LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR: SWITZERLAND

WINNER: Bär & Karrer

Zurich-headquartered Bär & Karrer continues to stand out in the Swiss market. Over the past three years the firm has continued to grow, with 10 internal promotions to partner and plans to add office space in Geneva, Lugano and Zurich.

Bär & Karrer’s position on headline deals is strong, with a role for Xstrata on its market-leading merger with Glencore and for Coca-Coca Hellenic Bottling Company, which bought out its Greek subsidiary in June last year.

The firm’s position on diversity issues is improving and flexible working initiatives are paying off. Of its 10 internal promotions, three were female.

Knowledge management and business development have been a focus in the past two years and are now the responsibility of a dedicated team. Meanwhile, the firm’s new intranet has proved wildly popular – a ‘wiki’-based platform, it encourages all staff to contribute content and news.

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