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


    Client in Chambers Global 2015

  • "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

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


    Client in IFLR 1000 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

  • "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

  • "Hugely influential in the market."


    Who's Who Legal 2013

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


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

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


    Clients Chambers Global 2017

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Who's Who Legal 2016

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


    Chambers Global 2017

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


    Client in IFLR 1000 2016

  • "Outstanding."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "A star."


    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




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.

Rolf Watter is presently chairman of PostFinance AG. Furthermore he is Vice-Chairman of the listed AP Alternative Portfolio AG and board member of the privately held Faber Castell (Holding) AG; former board memberships in listed companies include Nobel Biocare (Chairman), Zurich Insurance Group, Syngenta, Centerpulse and Forbo.

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). Best Lawyers awarded him "Lawyer of the Year 2016" in "Corporate" in the Zurich area. In Chambers Global and Europe, Rolf Watter is consistently ranked in tier 1 of the leading lawyers for Corporate/M&A in Switzerland. He is listed among the top 30 corporate governance practitioners in the world by Expertguides.



English, French, German


  • Currently board member of Faber-Castell (Holding) AG (since 1997), Vice-Chairman of AP Alternative Portfolio AG (since 2000), Chairman of PostFinance AG (since 2013) and Aryzta AG (since 2016).
  • 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 an Affiliate of Warburg Pincus on the Acquisition of a Stake in Avaloq more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Sempione Retail and OVS on the Settlement of the Public Tender Offer for Charles Vögele Holding more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on its Acquisition of Capsugel more »
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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
Vermögensübertragung - Ausgewählte Aspekte aus der neueren Praxis, in: Rudolf Tschäni (eds.), Mergers & Acquisition XVIII, Zurich 2016, p. 7-36 Download »
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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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