Switzerland’s Lachenal and Meyerlustenberger seal merger

Swiss firms Lachenal & LeFort and Meyerlustenberger have merged to create an 85-lawyer outfit with offices across the country.

The merger comes less than two years after Lachenal’s creation. The firm was formed after partners from the Geneva office of Pestalozzi broke away due to differences of opinion over strategy and the future collaboration between Zurich and Geneva (25 April 2011).

At the time Lachenal partner Christophe Rapin said the firm wanted to focus on its core practice areas in Geneva.

However, he told The Lawyer this morning that Lachenal had realised it needed to have some sort of capability in German-speaking Switzerland and had been working in cooperation with Meyerlustenberger for about a year.

“It appeared that the cooperation was excellent,” Rapin said. “After one year of corresponding we thought we should do it more formally.”

The merger takes effect on 1 April. The combined firm will be headed by a four-strong executive board with two partners in each of the Zurich and Geneva offices.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal will have 30 partners and 85 lawyers in total, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Zug, Lausanne and Brussels. Meyerlustenberger’s two-lawyer Geneva associated office has also joined the enlarged firm.