• "This firm provides high level of employment advice."


    Chambers Europe 2012

  • "Excellent and to the point. "


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "I value the team's advice highly."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The firm draws on expertise from its litigation, corporate and tax departments to cover the full range of labour law issues."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "They are very well organised."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "They had an excellent understanding of our needs."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Swiss-wide practice active in Zürich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Regularly handles major M&A transactions and business transfer projects, including mass dismissals, migration issues and other human resources aspects."


    Legal 500 2016

  • "The team is business-minded, responsive and very capable."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Highly recommended for its experience in advising international clients on their Swiss employment issues."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Well-regarded practice."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The lawyers are very responsive, understand the respective legislation and advise us correctly."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Strong links to the firm's banking and finance and M&A departments, with experience of mass dismissals."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Known for handling major M&A and business transfer projects, including mass dismissals and other human resources aspects."


    The Legal 500 2015




Employment & Migration


We advise corporate clients and high-level management employees on all matters relating to employment relationships and, in collaboration with our tax and social security teams, with regard to all employment related tax and social security aspects.


Our specialized and well-experienced team assists our clients with regard to all administrative and legal aspects of work and residence permit applications related to international recruitments.


  • Preparing and advising on standard and tailor made employment contracts
  • Incentive and employee participation plans
  • Bonus schemes
  • Maternity/paternity queries
  • Individual and mass dismissals
  • Social security
  • Tax advice
  • Immigration (work and residence permits)
  • Employment law mediation and litigation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Discrimination issues
  • Whistleblowing issues
  • Data protection compliance (national and international)
  • Work place safety standards
  • Staff handbooks/policies/procedures
  • HR issues in M&A and private equity transactions
  • HR issues in insolvencies




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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis and Alcon on the Spin-off of Alcon more »
Bär & Karrer Advises DSV on Public Exchange Offer for Panalpina more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Computacenter in the Acquisition of PathWorks more »
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Brexit and Swiss Migration Law: Existing rights protected by a bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the UK
Stoltz Thomas / Fuchs Anja / Mancosu Frédéric,

Bär & Karrer Briefing March 2019

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Mitarbeiterbeteiligungen: Nicht zu unterschätzen in der Umsetzung
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

TREX der Treuhandexperte 1/2019

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Switzerland: The Legal Landscape
Conrad Hari Aurélie / Schreiber Susanne / Schott Markus / Balzan Marie-Christine,

Getting the Deal Through 2018

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Speaking Engagements

GmbH-Geschäftsführung 2018
Stoltz Thomas / Bader Daniel,

Rechte und Pflichten kennen, Haftungsrisiken vermeiden, Risikomanagement entwickeln, 30. Oktober 2018, Zürich-Flughafen

Empirisches zur Umsetzung der VegüV
Spillmann Till / von Büren Ivo,

(Veranstalter: 3. GesKR Tagung), 23. Oktober 2014, Zürich 

Vergütungen von Organpersonen bei börsenkotierten Gesellschaften – ein Praxisbericht
Spillmann Till,

(Veranstalter: ZAV-Fachgruppe Handelsrecht), 21. Oktober 2014, Zürich


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