• "Absolutely great service."


    Client in IFLR1000 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The quality is impressive in every way."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "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

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

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


    Legal 500 2016

  • "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

  • "A legal powerhouse."


    Legal 500 2014

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


    Legal 500 2018

  • "Praised for delivering the best service possible."


    Legal 500 2017

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Chambers Europe 2013

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


    Legal 500 2013

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


    Legal 500 2013

  • "The best mix of dedication and knowledge."


    Legal 500 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





Key Contact


Public M&A

Dr. Dieter Dubs



Dr. Mariel Hoch


Private M&A / Private Equity

M&A / Corporate Transactions


Team Leaders

Laura Widmer



Team Members

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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers of Astes4 SA more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Bank Cler in Connection with the Public Tender Offer by Cantonal Bank of Basel more »
Bär & Karrer Advises BZ Bank on Purchase of United Grinding Group more »
more deals & cases


Private Equity 2018 - Switzerland
Neeracher Christoph / Jagmetti Luca,

ICLG - International Comparative Legal Guides 2018

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Mergers & Acquisitions 2018
Hoch Mariel / Neeracher Christoph,

Global Legal Insights, Seventh Edition, 2018

Mergers & Acquisitions 2018
Hoch Mariel,

ICLG - International Comparative Legal Guide 2018

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more publications

Speaking Engagements

Vorlesung im Rahmen des LL.M. / CAS M&A und Gesellschaftsrecht
Raun Daniel,

(Veranstalter: Zentrum für Weiterbildung der Universität Zürich (ZWB)), 20. Januar 2018, Zürich

Vertragsverhandlungen: Dokumente im Verhandlungsstadium
Neeracher Christoph / Jagmetti Luca / Seiler Philippe,

CAS Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law (Veranstalter: Universität Zürich, LL.M.), Oktober 2017, Zürich

Aktienkapital: Nennwert, Erhöhung und Herabsetzung
Spillmann Till,

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

more speaking engagements