• "Their connectivity with internal and external stakeholders is excellent."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Spending money on this firm is always a good investment."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "The best mix of dedication and knowledge."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "A leading firm thanks to its involvement in some of the country's most prominent and high-value transactions."


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Commercial acumen, eye for detail, good process management skills and flawless execution."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

  • "A legal powerhouse."


    Legal 500 2014

  • "The lawyers are used to working with clients who like quick turnarounds."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Market leader with experts located in Zürich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Has specialists for all relevant deal aspects."


    Client in The Legal 500 2015

  • "The lawyers are excellent, they are very responsive and take the heavy work off your shoulders."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "High Quality work, knows relevant counter-parties in Switzerland, very relevant and hands-on advice fast and reliable."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2000

  • "The team is technically excellent and more pragmatic and commercial than others."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "A top class practice with a dynamic and highly intelligent approach."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "We get gold standard service; the work is of exquisite quality."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Praised for delivering the best service possible."


    Legal 500 2017

  • "The firm’s extremely lean deal teams build nicely upon internal synergies and expertise."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "They dig into the background of the case where necessary but are to the point and fee conscious."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "A deep bench of highly experienced and competent practitioners."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "The quality is impressive in every way."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "The top-notch practice at Bär & Karrer provides excellent service and impresses with its strength in depth."


    Legal 500 2016

  • "Absolutely great service."


    Client in IFLR1000 2015

  • "The team is very consistent, extremely responsive, solution-oriented and experienced."


    Chambers Europe 2017

  • "The team is experienced and straightforward – my number one choice."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013




Mergers & Acquisitions


We have extensive experience and expertise in dealing with complex domestic and cross-border transactions. We act on major deals as well as on smaller transactions. We advise our clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and divestments of privately owned companies, auctions, friendly and hostile takeovers, spin-offs, mergers, transaction finance, and restructurings.


Our mergers & acquisitions practice covers a range of industries including industrial groups, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, technology firms, and energy providers. We act for corporate buyers and sellers, private investors as well as private equity funds and their financial advisers.


  • Structuring transactions
  • Due diligence
  • Drafting and negotiation of the transaction documentation
  • Securing regulatory permits, clearances and tax rulings
  • Organizing of signing and closing
  • Implementing transactions





Senior Head M&A

Head Private M&A / Private Equity

Co-Head Public M&A

Dr. Mariel Hoch


Co-Head Public M&A

Dr. Dieter Dubs


Head M&A / Corporate Transactions

Geneva Head M&A

Lugano Head M&A


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advised Byggfakta on the Acquisition of Olmero more »
Bär & Karrer Advises the Shareholders on the Sale of NEPLAN to PSI more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Patrimonium on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in the ROTH GROUPE more »
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Private Equity 2020 - Switzerland
Neeracher Christoph / Jagmetti Luca,

ICLG - International Comparative Legal Guides 2020

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Mergers & Acquisitions 2020
Neeracher Christoph / Hoch Mariel,

GLI - Global Legal Insights 2020

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Shareholder Activism & Engagement 2020
Hoch Mariel,

Getting the Deal Through 2020

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more publications

Speaking Engagements

Mergers & Acquisitions
Suter Christoph / Flühmann Daniel / Roesler Lukas / Annasohn Raphael,

HWZ, Studiengang CAS in Financial Markets Compliance Switzerland, 12. September 2020, Zürich

Ausnahmen von der Angebotspflicht
Dubs Dieter,

23. Zürcher Konferenz, Mergers & Acquisitions (Veranstalter: Europa Institut der Universität Zürich), Zürich, 2. September 2020

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Unternehmen und Kapitalmarkt - Kapitalmarktrecht
Neeracher Christoph / Annasohn Raphael / Seiler Philippe,

Wirtschaftsrecht für Manager, HSG, 17. August 2020, St.Gallen

more speaking engagements