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Best Lawyers Switzerland

Recommended for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisition Law. Droit du private equity.

The Best Lawyers in Switzerland named Robert Bernet "Lawyer of the Year 2020" for Corporate Law in Basel.

Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "Commercial, Corporate and M&A"

"VISCHER has 'a strong position in the Basel market' and 'can assist very well in corporate transactions', with a particular focus on mid-market M&A and private equity deals, as well as Chinese inbound and outbound transactions. Jürg Luginbühl and the 'very responsive' Robert Bernet 'align teams according to the size of the transaction' and provide 'pragmatic solutions while maintaining reasonable hourly rates'. Recent highlights include handling Dutch client Lundbeck's €905m acquisition of the entire share capital in Prexton Therapeutics, as well as advising GreatStar Hangzhou Industrial on the purchase of Lista. Life sciences and IT specialist Matthias Staehelin is the another key contact."

Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "Capital Markets"

"Derivatives, securities listings, IPOs, bond issues and fintech products constitute the core areas of advice at VISCHER. Markus Guggenbühl assists UK-based Elliott Advisors on Swiss securities laws, takeover and disclosure rules in connection with several matters, while Robert Bernet advised Openlimit Holding during its authorised investment capital increase; its shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Matthias Staehelin advised Crispr Therapeutics on a $130m public offering of shares on Nasdaq."

Chambers Europe/Global (2019) - "Corporate/M&A"

"Robert Bernet represented Syngenta in the Swiss aspects of the carve-out and sale of its sugar beet seeds business. He has further experience in the energy and private equity sectors, assisting with cross-border transactions. He draws praise from interviewees for his "proactive and commercially-minded approach to tackling problems."

Chambers Europe (2018) - "Energy"

"According to market commentators, Robert Bernet is a 'very well-known' figure in the Swiss market. He is particularly focused on advising on transactions in the energy sector and has experience of public M&A. He advised Thales Alenia Space on its purchase of RUAG's opto-electronics business."

Chambers Europe (2018) - "Corporate/M&A"

"According to market commentators, Robert Bernet is a 'very well-known' figure in the Swiss market. He is particularly focused on advising on transactions in the energy sector and has experience of public M&A. He advised Thales Alenia Space on its purchase of RUAG's opto-electronics business."

Chambers Europe/Global (2017) - "Corporate/M&A"

"Robert Bernet advised Educas Investments on the acquisition of St George's International School. Bernet 'has a positive, proactive and commercially minded approach to tackling problems,' according to sources. He advises listed companies from the energy and manufacturing sectors on public M&A."

Legal 500 (EMEA 2016) - "Commercial, Corporate and M&A"

"Jürg Luginbühl heads the ‘reliable, knowledgeable, and prompt’ team at Vischer. Recent work includes advising the owners of GlycoVaxyn regarding its sale to GlaxoSmithKline and assisting OC Oerlikon with the sale of its advanced technologies segment to Evatec. Robert Bernet has ‘excellent business acumen’ and Matthias Staehelin is particularly recommended for life sciences transactions."

Legal 500 (EMEA 2016) - "Capital Markets"

"The team at Vischer 'provides very prompt and reliable advice'. Recent work includes assisting Cytos Biotechnology with its restructuring of convertible notes and outstanding mandatory convertible bonds listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Other clients include Julius Bär, Helvetia Insurance and PwC as liquidators of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland. Practice head Markus Guggenbühl and Robert Bernet are recommended."

Chambers Europe/Global (2016) - "Corporate/M&A"

"Robert Bernet advises on M&A and has strong experience of private equity and energy-related transactions. One client was happy that he was 'precise, flexible and always available,' and that 'he had a good understanding of the challenges faced.'"

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