• "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

  • "Absolutely great service."


    Client in IFLR1000 2015

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


    Legal 500 2013

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2017

  • "Has specialists for all relevant deal aspects."


    Client in The Legal 500 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Client in IFLR 1000 2000

  • "The quality is impressive in every way."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "The best mix of dedication and knowledge."


    Legal 500 2013

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Legal 500 2016

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Legal 500 2013

  • "Praised for delivering the best service possible."


    Legal 500 2017

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


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "A legal powerhouse."


    Legal 500 2014

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


    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


Team Leaders


Team Members

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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Lupa Systems, the Likely New Anchor Shareholder in MCH Group more »
Bär & Karrer advises Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund on the Sale of the Shopping Center Glatt more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Majority Shareholders of Alpiq Holding in Public Offer for all Publicly Held Shares in Alpiq Holding and Subsequent Squeeze-Out Merger more »
more deals & cases


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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Insiderstrafrecht: Besprechung des Urteils BGE 145 IV 407 des Bundesgerichts (Urteil 6B_90/2019 vom 7. August 2019)
Naegeli Vera,

GesKR 1/2020, S. 155 ff.

more publications

Speaking Engagements

Einführung Mergers & Acquisitions, Konzernrecht, Verantwortlichkeitsrecht
Naegeli Vera,

Hochschule Luzern, MAS in Economic Crime Investigation, 4. April 2020 (virtuell)

LEFIN – Nouveau régime d’autorisation et de surveillance des gestionnaires de fortune - Approfondissements
Bahar Rashid / Bétrisey Frédéric,

Ateliers Pratiques Fund Academy, 23 January 2020, Geneva

Compensation in the context of M&A: key issues and how to avoid the pitfalls
Stoltz Thomas / Bloch-Riemer Ruth / Raun Daniel,

Event with ACC Association of Corporate Counsel, 15 January 2020, Zurich

more speaking engagements