• "Very pragmatic and solution-oriented – a great negotiator who thinks extremely swiftly."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "Singled out by clients for his strategic experience."


    Clients Chambers Global 2017

  • "Hotshot; he is a very well-connected and smart person."


    Client in Chambers Global 2015

  • "Highly experienced lawyer with the commercial mind of a board member; it is said that if you want a deal done you go to Rolf."


    Client in Chambers Global 2015

  • "The top-shot go-to-person for all corporate law and related questions."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2016

  • "Highly praised for his broad skill set and extensive knowledge base from which he provides advice that is second to none."


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "A figurehead at the top of his game."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Renowned specialist in his field and capable of answering most complex cases and legal issues within a very short time frame."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "Hugely influential in the market."


    Who's Who Legal 2013

  • "Recommended by clients and peers for his tenacity and ability to successfully negotiate complicated legal issues."


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Extremely accessible, very quick and extraordinarily business-minded."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2016

  • "Outstanding."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "A star."


    Client in Chambers Global 2015

  • "He is a great negotiator and has a very international outlook."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "Absolutely superb at all types of M&A transactions, including large-scale mergers, auction procedures, cross-border transactions and IPOs."


    Who's Who Legal 2013

  • "One of the very best M&A lawyers in Switzerland."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016




Prof. Dr. Rolf Watter


Rolf Watter has broad experience in all types of M&A transactions, including defence mandates. He also specializes in corporate governance questions and capital market transactions.

Rolf Watter is presently chairman of PostFinance AG and a board member of Aryzta AG, AP Alternative Portfolio and of the privately held Faber Castell (Holding) AG. Rolf Watter used to be a board member in a number of Swiss listed companies, namely Zurich Insurance Group, Nobel Biocare, Syngenta, Centrepulse and Forbo. In addition, he is a member of the Regulatory Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Rolf Watter is an editor of the GesKR and the Basler Kommentare on the Code of Obligations II, the Financial Infrastructure Act, the Banking and the Merger Act. He regularly publishes in his fields of work.

In Chambers Global and Europe, Rolf Watter is consistently ranked in tier 1 of the leading lawyers for Corporate/M&A in Switzerland. Best Lawyers awarded him "Lawyer of the Year 2016" in "Corporate" in the Zurich area. He is listed among the top 30 corporate governance practitioners in the world by Expertguides. In the Bilanz, a Swiss economy journal, Rolf Watter has been listed as one of the two most influential lawyers in Switzerland since 2009. Rolf Watter won the ILO Client Choice Award Switzerland in the category M&A (2016) and Capital Markets (2014).


English, French, German


  • Currently chairman of PostFinance AG (since 2013), board member of Aryzta AG (since 2016), Faber-Castell (Holding) AG (since 1997) as well as of AP Alternative Portfolio AG (since 2000)
  • Board member of Cablecom Holdings GmbH (2003-2008), Forbo (1999-2005), Centerpulse (2002-2003), Feldschlösschen Getränke AG (2001-2004), Syngenta (2000-2012), Zurich Insurance Group (2002-2014) and Nobel Biocare AG (2007-2014)
  • Member of the board of directors of Bär & Karrer AG (2007-2009)
  • Member of the management board of Bär & Karrer (2000-2009)
  • University of Zurich: Professor of Law (since 1996), Venia Legendi (1990)
  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 1994)
  • Georgetown University, Washington D.C.: LL.M. (1988)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1986)
  • University of Zurich: Dr. iur. (1985)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1983)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • SIX Swiss Exchange: Member of the Admission Board, Member of the Commission of Experts on Disclosure of Shareholdings, Recognised Representative for the Listing of Securities
  • Part-time Professor of Law at the University of Zurich
  • Co-editor of the law journals "Aktuelle Juristische Praxis" and "GesKR" and of the Basler Commentaries on Corporate Law, on the Banking Act, the Stock Exchange Act and the Merger Act

Contact Details

Prof. Dr. Rolf Watter
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8027 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 50 00
F: +41 58 261 50 01


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Hügli Holding on the Public Tender Offer of the Bell Food Group more »
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Bär & Karrer Advised UBS on its Shared Services Transfer to UBS Business Solutions AG more »
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The Corporate Governance Review - Switzerland, , 7th edition, London 2017, p. 419-434 … Download »
The Corporate Governance Review - Switzerland, in: Willem J L Calkoen (eds.), 6th edition, London 2016, p. 429-446 Download »
Mergers & Acquisitions - Switzerland, Thomson Reuters International Series, second edition, p. 489
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Speaking Engagements

Schadloshaltungsklauseln in M&A-Verträgen 19. Zürcher Konferenz Mergers & Acquisitions (Veranstalter: Europa Institut … more »
Überregulierung mit «Swiss Finish»? Verwaltungsratsforum 2015: Standort Schweiz: Herausforderung für den Verwaltungs … more »
Vermögensübertragung: Ausgewählte Aspekte aus der neueren Praxis 18. Zürcher Konferenz Mergers & Acquisitions (Veranstalter: Europainstitut), … more »
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