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Competition and Antitrust

Skilled Advice in Relevant Markets

Our Competition Group features lawyers with broad experience in Swiss competition law and excellent training in EU competition law. As a result, we are one of the few Swiss firms that offer the full range of competition law skills and resources.

„First-rate with a breadth of very experienced, excellent and recommended lawyers.“

Who's Who Legal

„this strong team is widely regarded as one of the best in Switzerland“

Chambers Europe

„First-rate with a breadth of very experienced, excellent and recommended lawyers.“

Who's Who Legal

„this strong team is widely regarded as one of the best in Switzerland“

Chambers Europe

Contact

David Mamane
Partner Zurich
Partners
Benjamin Borsodi
Partner Geneva
David Mamane
Partner Zurich
Roland Mathys
Partner Zurich
Full Team
Benjamin Borsodi
Partner Geneva
David Mamane
Partner Zurich
Roland Mathys
Partner Zurich
Prof. Dr. Peter Georg Picht
Of Counsel Zurich
Dr. Frank Bremer
Counsel Zurich
Edmond Kohler
Associate Geneva
Eva Peter
Associate Zurich
Amalie Wijesundera
Associate Zurich

Expertise

  • Merger Control: We assist in a variety of complex merger control proceedings in Switzerland and coordinate international notifications;
  • Investigations: We represent clients in competition law investigations by the Swiss competition authority, with special expertise in representing parties in dominance and distribution cases (luxury goods, electronics, print media and television, telecommunication, electricity, payment cards, retail etc.);
  • General Competition Advice: We advise both national and multinational corporate clients on competition law regarding exclusive and selective distribution agreements as well as licensing agreements (luxury watches, pharmaceuticals, technology, communication, media, financial and insurance services etc.);
  • Leniency: We handle national and international leniency procedures;
  • Dawn Raids: We assist with respect to dawn raids by the Swiss competition authority;
  • Compliance: We provide compliance programs, training, e-learning, and audits for Swiss and international clients;
  • Internal Investigations: We handle complex internal investigation processes in the context of competition law investigations;
  • Arbitration: We cooperate with the arbitration and litigation team on aspects of competition law in arbitration cases;
  • Related Areas: We handle telecom and energy regulatory assignments, health care procedures, public procurement matters and investigations by the Swiss Price Supervisor (Preisüberwacher, Surveillant des Prix).

Our experience includes:

  • Counsel in the merger control aspects in the recent merger of TWINT AG (PostFinance) and Paymit (SIX), creating the leading Swiss mobile payment solution TWINT 2.0, together with the six biggest Swiss banks, including UBS, Zürcher Kantonalbank, Credit Suisse, PostFinance, Raiffeisen, and Banque Cantonale Vaudoise;
  • Counsel to Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Altor Fund IV in the Swiss merger control procedure for the acquisition of joint control over Navico Holding AS, a leading provider of marine electronic;
  • Representation of Credit Suisse in investigations by the Swiss Competition Commission;
  • Advice to Husqvarna in an investigation by the Swiss Competition Commission regarding resale prices of a product. The team was able to limit the procedure to certain types of behavior and negotiate a favorable settlement.

Deals & Cases

Completion of DSV's CHF 5.1 Billion Public Exchange Offer for Panalpina

Schellenberg Wittmer advises ams AG on proposed public takeover offer for OSRAM Licht AG

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked and recognized amongst leading law firms in global directories and publications:

  • Chambers Europe in Competition & Antitrust
  • Legal 500 in Competition
  • GCR 100 and GCR 40 under 40
  • Expert Guides
  • WWL Switzerland and WWL Competition international guide

Selected Publications

Cartel Law, Developments 2018
Frank Bremer, David Mamane, Vlcek, Martens, Strebel
Vlcek/Mamane/Martens/Bremer/Strebel (eds.), njus.ch 2019, Berne, publication due in 2019
 
Commentary on Article 6(1) lit. a and b of the Swiss Cartel Act
Frank Bremer, Amstutz, Reinert
in: Amstutz/Reinert (eds.), Basler Kommentar zum Kartellgesetz, Basel, publication due in 2019
 
Merger Control 2019 - Switzerland
in: International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG)