Profile

Andreas Casutt’s practice focuses mainly on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, in particular private equity, corporate governance and employment law with particular expertise in compensation issues. His expertise includes litigation with a particular focus on shareholder and employment litigation. Andreas Casutt is described as “tactically skilled and pragmatic” and as “a savvy lawyer with a flash of genius about him” by Chambers and other directories. He chairs the board of listed Siegfried Holding AG and is a member of the boards of directors of various other companies.

Deals & Cases

04.10.2022
GENFIT acquires Versantis AG
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28.01.2022
M&G PLC acquires majority stake in responsAbility Investments AG
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21.01.2022
Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services AG acquired by DDM Group
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Experience

Andreas Casutt’s practice focuses mainly on corporate and employment law with a holistic view. He advises Swiss and international corporations on general corporate law issues, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and employment law, as well as on litigation, in particular employment and shareholder litigation. His various board memberships, in particular with listed Mikron Holding AG and as chairman of listed Siegfried Holding AG, help him to take a hands-on, commercially pragmatic and strictly client oriented approach. He has a thorough understanding of issues corporations are faced with during their entire life span.

His M&A experience includes both public and private transactions in various industries, including financial services and extends to complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, JVs and reorganisations of private, listed and regulated entities. Andreas Casutt has extensive experience in private equity. He advises investors, private equity funds and private investors, as well as target companies and/or their management. His work includes the drafting of investment and shareholder agreements and all other related agreements. His broad legal knowledge and expertise enable him to tackle intricate factual and legal issues involving also difficult personal situations where he can benefit from his employment law experience.

In his employment law practice, Andreas Casutt advises clients, with a focus on employers, on all issues of private labour law such as drafting of employment agreements and incentive plans, dismissals including collective dismissals as well as all other issues employers encounter. He advises listed companies on compensation issues related to the recent Swiss say-on-pay legislation.

Highlights:

  • The shareholders of responsAbility Investments AG, a leader in impact investing focusing on private debt and private equity across emerging markets, on the sale of a majority stake of responsAbility Investments AG to the M&G PLC
  • The shareholders of Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services AG, the Swiss market leader for prepaid cards, on the sale of 100 percent of Swiss Bankers’ share capital to the DDM
  • Swiss group companies of Thomson Reuters in a major complex cross-border restructuring
  • Invision in the acquisition of a participation in an eye clinic
  • Paragon Partners on the acquisition of Condecta AG, the industrial service division of Arbonia Group
  • Invision Private Equity AG in the acquisition of a majority stake in Parkresort Rheinfelden Holding AG
  • Citychamp Watch and Jewellery Group in the acquisition of a 70% majority stake in Bendura Bank AG
  • Citychamp Dartong Group in the acquisition of HL Le Mirador International SA
  • Assistance of various listed companies in amending their articles of association for compliance with the Ordinance against Excessive Compensation with respect to Listed Stock Corporations (the “Minder Ordinance”) and holding of their AGMs
1995 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, LL.M
1993 Admitted to the Bar, Rechtsanwalt
1991 University of Zurich, PhD, Dr. iur., summa cum laude
Best Lawyers 2017 – 2023
Chambers Global 2008 – 2022
Chambers Europe 2007 – 2022
The Legal500 EMEA 2018 – 2022 – Recommended
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2019 – 2022
Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2016 – 2022
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Switzerland 2021
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • IBA International Bar Association
2002 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey (2006 – 2014: Managing Partner)
1993 Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
1991 Clerk with the District Court of Meilen
1988 Assistant to Professor Peter Forstmoser at University of Zurich

German

English

French

Deals & Cases

04.10.2022

GENFIT acquires Versantis AG

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04.05.2022

Shareholders of responsAbility Investments AG complete sale of all outstanding shares to M&G PLC

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28.01.2022

M&G PLC acquires majority stake in responsAbility Investments AG

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Market Perception

«Andreas Casutt offers support in a variety of mandates ranging from employment litigations to hiring and termination procedures. He acts for both Swiss and international clients. A source says that ‘he has great experience in advising companies in this field.’ »
Chambers Europe 2022
«Andreas Casutt is a knowledgeable practitioner who is clear, friendly and is easy to work with on transactions.     »
Who’s Who Legal 2021
«Andreas Casutt is a well-rounded and balanced lawyer who looks for the best outcome for all parties.»
Chambers Europe 2019

Firm News

08.08.2019

NKF delegation will attend the 2019 IBA Annual Conference in Seoul

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04.10.2018

NKF partners will attend the 2018 IBA Annual Conference in Rome

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07.09.2017

NKF partners will attend the 2017 IBA Annual Conference in Sydney

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Publications

01.03.2020

Private equity in Switzerland: market and regulatory overview

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01.02.2019

Private equity in Switzerland – market and regulatory overview

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01.04.2016

Private equity in Switzerland: market and regulatory overview

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Speaking Engagements

19.10.2022

Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten der Aufsichts- und Verwaltungspraxis nach Rechtsform und Ländern

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14.09.2021

Vergütungsfragen in der Aktienrechtsrevision

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13.08.2020

General Management für Verwaltungsräte

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