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


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Very good negotiator. "


    Chambers Global 2019

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


    Clients Chambers Global 2017

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


    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

  • "One of the top lawyers in Switzerland. "


    Who's Who Legal Banking 2018

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


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Really remarkable attorney. "


    Chambers Global 2019

  • "A leading lawyer in the Swiss market."


    Peers in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Universal genius."


    Source in Chambers Global 2020

  • "Simply the best! "


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

  • "Skill-level and business mind-set is unmatched. "


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "Extensive know-how paired with the broadest possible experience of the requirements of a listed company."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "A big name."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Outstanding."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "M&A star."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "He is an outstanding M&A lawyer."


    Client in Legal 500 2017




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 chairman of PostFinance AG since 2013 and a board member of Aryzta AG, AP Alternative Portfolio and of the privately held Faber Castell (Holding) AG. He used to be a board member in a number of Swiss listed companies, namely CEVA Logistics AG (chairman 2018 - 2019), Nobel Biocare (chairman 2012 - 2014), Zurich Insurance Group, Syngenta, Forbo, Feldschlösschen Getränke AG and Centrepulse. 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 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. Rolf Watter is recognised as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. 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 and won the ILO Client Choice Award Switzerland in the category M&A (2016 & 2018) and Capital Markets (2014). WWL has ranked him in 2019 as best Corporate Governance lawyer.


German, English, French


  • Currently chairman of PostFinance AG (since 2013), board member of Aryzta AG (since 2016), AP Alternative Portfolio AG (since 2000) as well as Faber-Castell (Holding) AG (since 1997)
  • Chairman of Ceva Logistics AG (2018 -2019), Nobel Biocare AG (2007-2014, chairman as from 2012) and Chairman of Cablecom Holdings GmbH (2003-2008); board member Zurich Insurance Group (2002-2014), Syngenta (2000-2012), Forbo (1999-2005), Feldschlösschen Getränke AG (2001-2004) and Centerpulse (2002-2003)
  • 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)
  • SIX Swiss Exchange: Member of the Admission Board, Recognised Representative for the Listing of Securities
  • Part-time Professor of Law at the University of Zurich
  • Co-editor of the law journal "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-8002 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 52 80
F: +41 58 261 50 01


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Saint-Gobain on the Sale of Sika Shares for CHF 2.56 Billion more »
Bär & Karrer Advises CSS on the Sale of its Corporate Business to Zurich more »
Bär & Karrer Advises MET Group on the Sale of a 20% Stake in MET more »
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Interessenkonflikte – wie hat sich ein Verwaltungsratsmitglied zu verhalten?, Schulthess Manager Handbuch 2018/2019, S.55 ff. … Download »
Deal-Watch: In Re appraisal of SWS, Inc. Klägerisches Eigentor, Lehren für die Behandlung von Synergien in Fusionen nach Schweizer Recht, in: GesKR 2018 (2), S. 216 ff. … Download »
Basler Kommentar Finanzmarktaufsichtsgesetz Finanzmarktinfrastrukturgesetz, 3. Auflage, Helbing Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2019 …
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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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