• "Produces consistently high-quality work."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "Very thorough teams organised to manage the cases very well."


    Chambers 2014, Europe-wide Corporate Investigations

  • "Great experience of cross-border matters."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Swiss market leader with a renowned cross-border investigations and white-collar crime offering."


    Chambers Europe 2015 (Corporate Investigations - Europe-wide)

  • "Well versed in advising supervisory bodies and corporate boards on investigations."


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "It is a well-structured firm that does everything possible to answer our enquiries."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Unrivalled strength in compliance matters."


    Client in Legal 500 2013




Internal Investigation & Crossborder Proceedings


We conduct independent investigations on behalf of corporate boards and supervisory authorities to assess civil or criminal liability and to determine their regulatory impact on our clients and advise our clients on their implications.


We assess the potential liability of directors and officers, alleged violations of domestic and foreign supervisory regulations, as well as alleged violations of domestic and foreign anti-corruption laws (such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FCPA). We are the only Swiss law firm listed by Chambers & Partners as one of the leading firms Europe-wide for corporate investigations.


Our team specializing in crossborder proceedings focuses on international legal assistance proceedings in both civil and criminal matters. We also represent clients in international administrative assistance proceedings initiated by financial markets supervisors and tax authorities.


As the only Swiss law firm, we are ranked in the category "Corporate Investigations - Europe-wide" by Chambers and Partners. The Global Investigations Review (GIR) features Bär & Karrer in the GIR 100, an independent guide to the world's best firms for international investigations.


  • Internal investigations and independent investigations on behalf of corporate bodies or supervisory authorities
  • Internal antitrust investigations
  • International legal and administrative assistance
  • Advice on privacy and secrecy laws (trade secrets, banking secrecy, data protection and employment law) and on sovereignty-related restrictions on the transferring of data to another jurisdiction (illicit operations of a foreign state and industrial espionage)
  • Compliance programs and codes of conduct
  • Whistle blowing programs
  • Crisis management and reputation protection






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Deals & Cases

Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino Reaches Agreement With the US Department of Justice more »
PKB Privatbank Reaches Agreement With the US Department of Justice more »
Zurich Based Private Bank Reaches Agreement With the US Department of Justice more »
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Corporate Investigations - 2019
Laenzlinger Andreas D. / Mahmud Sarah,

ICLG - International Comparative Legal Guide 2019

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Trends and Developments Switzerland
Dubs Dieter,

Chambers Global Practice Guides, Corporate M&A 2019, Chambers & Partners, p. 3 - 5

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OECD-BEPS measures in Swiss double tax treaties - impact of the principal purpose test
Schreiber Susanne / Diefenbacher Cyrill,

IFLR Magazine September 2018

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Speaking Engagements

Tendances récentes dans la poursuite pénale des entreprises en Suisse
Julen Berthod Anne Valérie / Garbarski Andrew M.,

Joint conference with Cabinet Bredin Prat (Paris), Geneva, 2 May 2019

Strafrechtliche Verantwortung des Unternehmens und Geschäftsherrenhaftung aus der Sicht des Compliance Officers
Huber Roman,

CAS Compliance Investigator (Veranstalter: ZHAW), 4. September 2017, Winterthur

Sport- und Wettbetrug: Athleten als Betrüger
Bernasconi Michele,

Sport- und Wettbetrug: Athleten als Betrüger -- oder als Opfer, 7. Schweizerische Tagung zum Wirtschaftsstrafrecht (Organizer: EuropaInstitut an der Universität Zürich), 18 April 2013, Zürich

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