The biggest deals in Switzerland have one thing in common

Breadth, depth, focus and reassuring dependability. These enduring qualities have put us at the heart of some of the biggest deals in recent Swiss business history. Every project is led by an experienced partner. And, alongside their expertise, we bring an innovative edge and pragmatic mindset – solving problems and opening up opportunities.

While legal systems may operate within national borders, global business is breaking down barriers. So, as well as being specialists in Swiss business law, we also partner with leading firms worldwide. It means we can offer our clients the very best advice and representation – whether inside or outside Switzerland – including the many foreign clients who choose to live and work here. This extends to keeping a very close eye on the EU legislation implications for companies based throughout the country.

Our lawyers don't just encompass the globe, they also span generations. Together, we build relationships for the long term and conduct business Swiss-style in a way that proves that consensus, humility and restraint often offer the smartest route to the quickest results.

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Employees

Handpicked for their skills, energy and ideas

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Lawyers

Our proven subject experts await your brief

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Female employees

We work hard to create equal opportunities

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Languages spoken

We're always ready to talk

Lenz & Staehelin has a fully invested team: professional, available and friendly.

Chambers Global 2023

Highly reliable law firm with very strong technical skills and a deep understanding of the market.

IFLR 1000 2022

Outstanding expertise and expert knowledge.

Legal 500 2023

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Ranking and awards

We're honoured to be recognised for our work by leading legal publications and related organisations.

Our Top-Tier Rankings

  • Chambers

    Arbitration
    Banking & Finance
    Competition/Antitrust
    Corporate/M&A
    Intellectual Property
    International & Cross-Border Transactions
    Investment Funds
    Litigation
    Tax

  • Legal 500

    Banking and finance: Geneva
    Banking and finance: Zurich
    Capital markets
    Commercial, corporate and M&A
    Competition
    Data privacy and data protection
    Dispute resolution: arbitration
    Dispute resolution: litigation
    Employment
    Intellectual property
    Private client
    Public law
    Real estate and construction
    Tax
    Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
    Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

  • IFLR 1000

    Banking and finance
    Capital markets : Equity
    Financial services regulatory
    M&A
    Project development
    Restructuring and insolvency

  • IP Stars

    Patent Disputes
    Trade mark Disputes

  • World Tax

    Private client
    Tax
    Tax controversy

  • WTR

    Firms: enforcement and litigation

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Our Awards

  • Chambers Awards

    2023, 2020, 2015, 2010

    Switzerland Firm of the Year

  • Citywealth IFC Awards

    2024, 2023, 2022, 2020, 2018, 2017

    Law Firm of the Year – Switzerland

  • IFLR Europe Awards

    2021

    Capital Markets Firm of the Year

    2010

    M&A Deal of the Year

  • ITR Awards

    2022, 2010, 2006

    Switzerland Tax Firm of the Year

  • Legalcommunity Awards Switzerland

    2023

    Law Firm of the Year – Corporate and M&A

    2023

    Law Firm of the Year – Litigation

  • Magic Circle Awards

    2023, 2022, 2020, 2017

    Law Firm of the Year – Switzerland

  • Managing IP Awards

    2022, 2021

    Switzerland Firm of the Year – Trademark Contentious

    2014

    Swiss IP Firm of the Year

  • Mergermarket M&A Awards

    2020, 2012

    Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

  • Top Ranked EMEA Awards

    2022

    Switzerland Firm of the Year

  • Trophées du Droit

    2022

    Best law firm: Switzerland

  • Who’s Who Legal Awards

    2018, 2017, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

    Swiss Firm of the Year

“Lenz & Staehelin constantly delivers seam-less work of exceptionally high quality.”

Who’s who legal, 2020

“Reputable, strong, efficient and focused on solutions to achieve outstanding results.”

Our journey

1917

Conrad Staehelin founds law firm Staehelin in Zurich, which later becomes Staehelin, Hafter, Jagmetti, Lutz & Partners.

1945

Conrad’s son Willy positions Switzerland as a post-war foreign investment hub, gaining the interest of American investors in Zurich.

1951

Raoul Lenz establishes a new firm Lenz in Geneva. Nine years later, partners Schluep, Briner and De Coulon join the business.

1965

The 1960s sees both firms expand. Gaining a broader, more international clientele, they continue to grow in scale and reputation.

1989

By the late 1980s, the Geneva firm is keen to create a nationwide presence opening talks with Staehelin, Hafter, Jagmetti, Lutz & Partners.

1991

The two firms confirm they are a natural match, merging swiftly. Lenz & Staehelin is born on 1st January 1991.

Since then...

Lenz & Staehelin continues to grow, remaining one of Switzerland’s largest independent law firms.

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