• "Really remarkable attorney. "


    Chambers Global 2019

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


    Clients Chambers Global 2017

  • "Very good negotiator. "


    Chambers Global 2019

  • "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

  • "M&A star."


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "A big name."


    Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Who's Who Legal 2016

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


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

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


    Chambers Global 2017

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


    Client in Legal 500 2017

  • "One of the top lawyers in Switzerland. "


    Who's Who Legal Banking 2018

  • "Outstanding."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "Simply the best! "


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

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


    Client in IFLR 1000 2016

  • "A leading lawyer in the Swiss market."


    Peers in Who's Who Legal 2019

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


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

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


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2019




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 is prensently vice-chairman of  CEVA Logistics AG (chairman 2018 - 2019) 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 (chairman 2012 - 2014), 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. 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. Rolf Watter won the ILO Client Choice Award Switzerland in the category M&A (2016 & 2018) and Capital Markets (2014).


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  • Currently chairman of PostFinance AG (since 2013) and vice-chairman of Ceva Logistics AG (chairman 2018 -2019), board member of Aryzta AG (since 2016), Faber-Castell (Holding) AG (since 1997) as well as of AP Alternative Portfolio AG (since 2000)
  • Chairman of Cablecom Holdings GmbH (2003-2008), board member of 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, chairman as from 2012)
  • 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-8002 Zurich

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


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Blackstone on the Acquisition of the European Distribution Business of CRH plc more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis and Alcon on the Spin-off of Alcon 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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