Bär & Karrer Ltd

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 150 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug.

Our core business is to advise clients on innovative and complex transactions and represent them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings, often involving IP issues. Our clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Most of our work has an international component. We have broad experience handling cross-border proceedings and transactions. Our extensive network comprises correspondent law firms which are all market leaders in their jurisdictions.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Swiss Law Firm of the Year by the most important international legal ranking agencies in recent years, including:

  • Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2014-2016;
  • Chambers & Partners Awards 2012, 2013 and 2016;
  • Most Recommended Law Firm in Switzerland – Legal 500 2014-2016;
  • Trophées du Droit 2016;
  • International Financial Law Review Awards 2014-2015;
  • The Lawyer European Awards 2010-2011 and 2013-2015;
  • Law Firm of the Year, Europe, the Middle East and Africa – Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2015; and
  • Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards 2014.

Intellectual property and technology

Our IP team advises domestic and foreign companies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues relating to patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, licensing and other intellectual property.

In addition, we provide assistance across the full range of software contracts and regularly advise on outsourcing projects, as well as M&A transactions and joint ventures in the IT industry.

Further, we advise and represent telecommunications companies, cable network providers and internet providers.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • IP and IT-related litigation and arbitration;
  • trademark and design filings;
  • licensing and other IP transactions;
  • software contracts;
  • IT contracts;
  • M&A transactions and joint ventures; and
  • telecoms law.


We offer our bespoke services in German, English, French and Italian.

Further practice areas

  • Banking and insurance
  • Capital markets
  • Competition law
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Corporate governance
  • Data protection
  • Funds, financial products and asset management
  • Internal investigation
  • Life sciences
  • Listed companies
  • Media, entertainment and sports
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Notarial services
  • Private clients
  • Real estate
  • Reorganisation and insolvency
  • Social security and pensions
  • Transport and logistics
  • White collar crime

Contact details

Bär & Karrer Ltd
Brandschenkestrasse 90
Zurich 8027

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Geneva
  • Lugano
  • Zug

Sample client list

  • EQT
  • Lonza
  • Novartis
  • Syngenta
  • TripAdvisor
  • UBS

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