• "Regularly involved in the country's most prominent cases."


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Excellent team."


    Legal 500 2016

  • "They are an excellent firm with excellent lawyers."


    Chambers Europe 2017

  • "A top-class firm which handled the international aspects of our transaction very well."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Extremely reliable and efficient, a very smooth service."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Offers notable experience in the healthcare, banking and technology sectors."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "They have built up excellent breadth in the capital markets team."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "They are very innovative in capital markets, willing to develop novel approaches and execute them."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "They are commercial in their view, innovative and relentlessly pursue the interests of their clients."


    Chambers Europe 2017

  • "A remarkable track record in IPOs and specialist expertise in hybrid debt instruments."


    Legal 500 2016

  • "We hire Bär & Karrer because the team always does an outstanding job."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Standout knowledge of hybrid instruments."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Bär & Karrer's business-oriented, supportive and cooperative group has a very deep bench of highly experienced practitioners."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "The lawyers inspire confidence and really fight for you in negotiations."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "A strong and well established practice."


    The Legal 500 2015

  • "Clients particularly praise the group's strength in negotiations."


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Praised for its ‘pragmatism, business acumen, speed of delivery, and quality output and advice’."


    Legal 500 2014

  • "A stellar team."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Major capital markets practice with an outstanding reputation for equity, debt and structured finance."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Top-notch practice."


    Client in Legal 500 2017

  • "The lawyers turn things around quickly and have vast experience across different industries."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Instructed on many of the market's most significant IPOs."


    Chambers Europe 2015




Capital Markets


Our capital markets team has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in domestic and international securities offerings. We provide transactional services as well as specific advice in connection with the issuance of securities and subsequent trading in secondary markets. We are regularly retained by leading investment banks and Swiss public companies to advise them on IPOs, rights offerings, convertible bonds, hybrid instruments and other securities transactions.


Our team covers a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on health care, banking, insurance and high technology.


  • Structuring capital market transactions
  • Drafting of contractual and disclosure documentation in connection with offerings
  • "Swiss finish" to international issuance programs with a view to a listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Regulatory compliance in connection with offerings
  • Filing of listing applications with the SIX Swiss Exchange




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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in a Combined Offering on the Placement of Shares and CHF 200 Million 0.75% Senior Convertible Bonds of Idorsia more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Vontobel on the Placement of CHF 450 Million Tier 1 Bonds to fund the acquisition of Notenstein La Roche more »
Bär & Karrer Advised Swiss Re in the Offering of USD 500 Million Senior Exchangeable Notes with Issuer Stock Settlement more »
more deals & cases


Cornerstone investment in CEVA IPO
von Jeinsen Alexander / Gabriel Flandin,

IFLR Magazine July/August 2018

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Debt capital markets in Switzerland: regulatory overview
Reutter Thomas / Weber Annette,

Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Global Guide 2017

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Equity capital markets in Switzerland: regulatory overview
Reutter Thomas / Weber Annette,

Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Global Guide 2017

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more publications

Speaking Engagements

ICO – eine neue Form von IPO aus rechtlicher Sicht
Reutter Thomas / Iacangelo Salvatore,

Swiss Legal Tech, 3. Oktober 2017, Zürich

FinTech: Fallstudien und Schlaglichter
Fischer Joel,

Referat an der Tagung «Vermögensverwaltung und Anlageberatung», SIX ConventionPoint, 23. Juni 2017, Zürich

Aktienkapital: Nennwert, Erhöhung und Herabsetzung
Spillmann Till,

GesKR-Tagung zur Aktienrechtsrevision (Veranstalter: GesKR), 31. Januar 2017, Zürich

more speaking engagements