Switzerland report: Mutual appreciation

At The Lawyer’s recent Global Collaboration Summit, law firms of all sizes expressed the growing strategic importance of referrals within their own firms as well as with other law firms in the region.

US and Swiss duo win top roles on ChemChina’s $43bn Syngenta purchase

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have won top roles, alongside Bär & Karrer and Homburger, on China National Chemical Corporation’s (ChemChina) $43bn acquisition of Syngenta. Davis Polk & Wardwell represented the target, Syngenta, on US matters, with a team led by New York partner Louis Goldberg. As a Swiss-headquartered agrochemical and […]

Latham joins Swiss duo in Kuoni’s £1bn sale to EQT

Bär & Karrer, Homburger and Latham & Watkins have all won roles on private equity house EQT’s acquisition of Swiss-listed Kuoni Travel Holdings. Tourism company Kuoni turned to Swiss firm Homburger for advice, with Zurich-based managing partner Daniel Daeniker and corporate partner Daniel Hasler leading the team. They were assisted by partner Marcel Dietrich, who […]

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Winston & Strawn to close Geneva office

Winston & Strawn is to shut its Geneva office at the end of September, putting London and Paris at the heart of its international arbitration practice.   Since the Geneva office was established in 1993, it has acted as one of the firm’s main international arbitration hubs.  However, in a statement the firm revealed it […]

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Orrick joins handful of international firms with Geneva office

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has become one of only a few international firms to open in Geneva with the hire of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa. Liborio is the second partner to leave Akin Gump in recent months. Former office head Charles Adams left the firm recently following […]


Former Akin Gump Geneva head confirmed as US Ambassador to Finland

The former head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Geneva office, Charles Adams, has been confirmed as the next US Ambassador to Finland. Adams’ nomination by president Barack Obama was confirmed by the US Senate on Wednesday (24 June) and he will take up his new duties at the end of July. Arbitration partner […]