The biggest deals
have one thing
Lenz & Staehelin has played an active part in the biggest deals in recent Swiss business history.
Our approach combines breadth, depth and focus. Due to a unique blend of specialist knowledge and the ability to understand the issues affecting different professions and industries, we are able to find solutions that are comprehensive yet also work in practice. Each project is led by an experienced partner who serves as a personal contact, fully understands your objectives and can expertly represent your needs.
To this end, we cover the entire spectrum of business law services without having to rely on external experts.
you need lawyers who
actually cross borders.
National borders apply to legal systems, but not to business. And especially not to us. As a proven specialist in Swiss business law, over the years we have built successful relationships with leading law firms abroad. This way our clients receive effective advice and representation inside and outside Switzerland. At the same time we are the first point of contact for foreign clients in Switzerland. We keep a very close eye on the implications of EU legislation for companies in this country.
In Switzerland, the style of doing business is reserved and consensus-orientated, and in our experience humility and restraint often lead to the quickest results. This basic attitude helps us build long-term relationships with our clients. The ability to nurture relationships with clients as varied as banks, corporations and families over decades or even generations is one of the key strengths and distinguishing features of our firm. And is, of course, the basis of our reputation.
Our lawyers do not
span the globe,
they span generations.
Lenz & Staehelin traces its roots back to two law firms founded by Conrad Staehelin in Zurich in 1917 and by Raoul Lenz in Geneva in 1951.
After World War II, Conrad’s son Willy Staehelin realized that Switzerland would make an ideal hub for foreign investment and gained the interest of prominent American investors in Zurich. Joining with other partners in the 1960s, Staehelin, Hafter, Jagmetti, Lutz & Partner continued to serve predominantly American, British, German and Italian clients in addition to its Swiss clientele.
Meanwhile, in Geneva, Raoul Lenz similarly saw the benefits of an international clientele and a larger partnership. Lenz, Schluep, Briner & de Coulon developed representing foreign clients, global and private banks – and with them Swiss and foreign private clients.
By the late 1980s, the Geneva partners recognized the opportunities and synergies of a nationwide presence. They initiated talks with Staehelin, Hafter, Jagmetti, Lutz & Partner and the two firms soon understood that they were a natural match, permitting a swift merger. On 1st January 1991, Lenz & Staehelin was born. Since then it has continued to grow and remains Switzerland’s largest independent law firm.
A highly motivated team of lawyers, tax experts and other specialists is ready to advise you at our offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. We will be happy to offer you advice and support in a number of languages including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
In our Geneva office over 80 attorneys who work in all areas of law. The office is located in a state of the art building that is easily accessible from the main train station and Geneva International Airport.
More than 80 attorneys work at our Zurich office, covering all areas of legal expertise. Our office is situated in the central business district, with easy access from Zurich International Airport and the main train station.
The Lausanne office is located in the Vidy neighborhood. Our Lausanne team of attorneys is equipped to advise on a wide range of Swiss and international law issues. Special areas such as taxation and finance-related work are covered in conjunction with the Geneva and Zurich offices.
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