Corporate and M&A

70 partners and associates form the country’s strongest Corporate and M&A practice group - party to Switzerland’s most important corporate deals.

Praised by Chambers for its "excellent track record acting on high-profile public takeovers and private equity transactions", Lenz & Staehelin enjoys a leading position in domestic and cross-border private and public M&A transactions, and has been party to many of Switzerland’s most important corporate deals. Around 70 partners and associates form the country’s strongest Corporate and M&A practice group.

In response to the complex requirements of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and the many areas of law involved, this practice group brings together the knowledge, skills and experience of different practice areas to form focused, creative and hands-on teams for specific transactions.

In addition to advising on corporate law in general, the group also has ample experience in structuring complex cross-border and domestic M&A transactions and working with private equity investments. We also rank among the key players in the highly sophisticated field of public tender offers.

Besides advising on many of the major transforming deals in Switzerland, we regularly act as counsel on smaller transactions.

Our work includes:

General corporate

  • Company law
  • Corporate housekeeping
  • Corporate and regulatory compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • Shareholders' meetings of listed companies
  • Reorganizations and restructurings


  • Mergers
  • Private acquisitions
  • Private equity investments, including buy-out, venture capital
  • Public tender offers, including hostile takeovers and takeover defences
  • Joint ventures
  • Spin-offs

Capital markets and securities laws (disclosure duties, ad hoc publicity, insider information, management transactions) 

Corporate and M&A-related litigation and arbitration

Estate planning and tax advice for entrepreneurs and managers