Stefan Breitenstein Senior Counsel
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, LL.M.

Stefan Breitenstein

Senior Counsel
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, LL.M.
+41 58 450 80 00
stefan.breitenstein@lenzstaehelin.com
Zurich
Brandschenkestrasse 24
CH-8027 Zurich
www.lenzstaehelin.com
  • Expertise

    Dr. Stefan Breitenstein has a broad private client, corporate, banking and finance practice and regularly advises on international and domestic transactions including financial regulatory matters. He was our firm's managing partner from 2015 to 2021.

  • Practices

  • Professional Experience and Education

    and Education

    2023Senior Counsel at Lenz & Staehelin
    1994Partner at Lenz & Staehelin
    1989Joined Lenz & Staehelin
    1988Harvard Law School, USA (LL.M.)
    1987University of Zurich (Dr. iur.)
    1986Admission to Zurich Bar
    1984College of Europe, Brügge (Diplôme des Hautes Etudes Européennes)
    1983University of Zurich (lic. iur.)
  • Specialist Areas

    Private Clients, Banking and Finance, Investment Funds, Corporate and M&A, Insolvency, Commercial and Contracts
  • Languages

    German, English, French
  • Memberships

    International Bar Association (IBA, former Co-Chair of the Sub Committee on Banking Regulation), Swiss Society of International Law (SVIR, Secretary General from 1998 to 2022)
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    • Barmes Mark, Vijverberg Leonard, Breitenstein Stefan, Greter Alexander, Relevant changes for trustees in final ordinance of the Financial Institutions Act, Lenz & Staehelin Update Newsflash, November 2019
    • du Pasquier Shelby R., Breitenstein Stefan, Poskriakov Fedor, Private Banking & Wealth Management 2020 - Switzerland (Contributing editors), in: Getting the Deal Through, October 2019, 74-84
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Barmes Mark, Private Client 2015 - Switzerland, in: The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Client 2015, 200-207
    • Gaberthüel Tino, Breitenstein Stefan, Heikler Bereinigungsprozess im Bankensektor, in: Finanz und Wirtschaft, 21 May 2014
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Threat of Over Regulating the Financial Sector, in: Yearbook 2012/13 of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Zurich 2012, 61-63
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Trusts und M&A, in: Oertle/Wolf/Breitenstein/Diem (eds.), M&A - Recht und Wirtschaft in der Praxis, Liber Amicorum for Rudolf Tschäni, Zurich 2010, 129-145
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Die Regulierung von Rohwarenhändlern, in: Unternehmen - Transaktion - Recht (Liber Amicorum for Rolf Watter), DIKE Zurich/St.Gallen 2008, 65-81
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Poskriakov Fedor, International Acquisition Finance in Switzerland, in: International Acquisition Finance: Law and Practice, Oxford University Press 2006, 563-600
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Schleiffer Patrick, Money Laundering Law in Switzerland, in: Butterworths Money Laundering Law, Issue 12/2004, 2601-2611
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Bank Confidentiality in Switzerland, in: Neate: Bank Confidentiality Third Edition, LexisNexis UK 2003, 588-614
    • Breitenstein Stefan, Internationales Insolvenzrecht der Schweiz und der Vereinigten Staaten, Schweizer Studien zum internationalen Recht, Volume 64, Zurich 1990
  • Contact Details

  • Assistant

  • References

    Highly recommended for his stellar financial and regulatory advice

    Who's Who Legal, 2020

    He is a well-recognised practitioner in the Swiss market, known for his impressive handling of major banking transactions both in Switzerland and internationally.

    Who's Who Legal, 2020

    He has good overview of the market and can spot the weak points in arguments immediately.

    Chambers, 2019

    Impressive analytical skills

    Chambers, 2018

Highly recommended for his stellar financial and regulatory advice

Who's Who Legal, 2020

He is a well-recognised practitioner in the Swiss market, known for his impressive handling of major banking transactions both in Switzerland and internationally.

Who's Who Legal, 2020

He has good overview of the market and can spot the weak points in arguments immediately.

Chambers, 2019

Impressive analytical skills

Chambers, 2018

1/4