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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Notable expertise in advising clients from the financial services, especially banking, life sciences and technology sectors."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Top-notch and particularly attentive."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "This group is well versed in advising supervisory bodies and corporate boards on investigations."


    Chambers Europe 2013

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


    Chambers Europe 2015 (Corporate Investigations - Europe-wide)

  • "The team is extremely pleasant to work with."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Outstanding team renowned for its expertise in corporate investigations, mutual judicial assistance proceedings and asset tracing cases."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Highly respected practice with the capacity and breadth of expertise to handle large complex investigations."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Deep experience representing both defendant and plaintiffs before cantonal and federal criminal authorities."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "They know our business from all angles, continually monitor the matter and anticipate repercussions in areas beyond the obvious."


    Client in Chambes Europe 2018

  • "The lawyers know Swiss criminal law perfectly and are proactive, responsive and available."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "They provide expert opinions and wise advice."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Extremely intelligent, organised, practical and strategic lawyers."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2017

  • "The team helped us a lot with a large, complex and international case."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015




White Collar Crime


Our White Collar Crime team defends individuals and companies in complex criminal matters and represents victims of frauds and other wrongdoings in asset tracing cases before criminal law authorities.


We have extensive experience in conducting investigations to explore suspected criminal acts and regulatory breaches for corporations in Switzerland and around the world. We investigate incidents to assess criminal and civil liability and to determine their impact on our clients. Furthermore, we advise our clients on the implications of criminal breaches and on how to respond to them.


  • Representing and defending clients in white collar crime matters
  • International legal and administrative assistance
  • Investigations on behalf of corporate bodies or supervisory authorities
  • Crisis management and reputation protection
  • Coordinating cross-border proceedings




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Bär & Karrer Successfully Defends Client in Madoff-related Criminal Proceedings more »
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Geldwäscherei durch Unterlassen – Grenzen des unechten Unterlassungsdelikts am Beispiel der Geldwäscherei zugleich eine Kritik von BGE 136 IV 188
Muskens Louis Frédéric / Marcel Alexander Niggli,

ContraLegem 2019/1, S. 16 ff.

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La désignation du représentant de l’entreprise poursuivie pénalement (art. 112 CPP): morceaux choisis
Lembo Saverio / Paschoud Tali,

Revue Pénale Suisse Tome 137/2019, p. 224 - p. 236

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Ordinance on Integrity and Transparency in the Therapeutic Products Sector has been adopted
Seiler Philippe / Wang Markus / Schott Markus,

Bär & Karrer Briefing April 2019

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Speaking Engagements

Violation de l’obligation de communiquer: jurisprudence récente et difficultés pratiques
Garbarski Andrew M.,

Responsable LBA et organisation interne LBA (Organizer: Association Romande des Intermédiaires Financiers), 13 juin 2019, Genève

Poursuivre et défendre selon le droit pénal administratif
Garbarski Andrew M.,

La responsabilité pénale croisée de l'entreprise en droit pénal administratif et en droit pénal ordinaire (Organizer: Université de Neuchâtel), 10 May 2019, Neuchâtel

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

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