Law Firm of the Year: Switzerland
Swiss Firm of the Year Froriep suffered a blow in 2016 with the loss of one third of its partnership. The judges were impressed by its rapid recovery and reinvention, recognising that is clearly a firm with ambitious plans and one that is not afraid to lead the market. They could see a clear focus and strategy in play and gave the firm credit for its very high rate of cross-border work and creation of a truly international practice. Among its significant matters in the past year, Froriep advised on the Credit Suisse financing of Ethiopian Railways and is acting as counsel the German affiliate of a multinational chemical group in a US$10m Geneva-based arbitration relating to a joint venture agreement regarding an investment in Saudi Arabia.
The judges were also impressed by Froriep’s establishment of a Disruptive Technologies Practice Group, emphasis on training and its plans to recruit from outside the legal profession.
Bär & Karrer
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