Bertrand Schott specialises in the regulation of financial services, investment funds and other investment vehicles in particular asset management and distribution, financial market infrastructures and the trading of derivatives and other financial instruments. Bertrand also focuses on corporate law and M&A, primarily in the financial sector. Bertrand Schott is a member of NKF’s Executive Committee.

Deals & Cases

China-Switzerland Stock Connect goes Live: NKF acts on all four inaugural GDR issuances and listings on SIX Swiss Exchange
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Atos / Worldline acquires SIX Payment Services
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Actelion: Cash offer by Johnson & Johnson and demerger of R&D operations
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Bertrand Schott advises domestic and international banks, asset managers, fund management companies, financial market infrastructures and other financial institutions as well as investors in all aspects of financial market regulation, often in cross-border projects. He is regularly instructed by his clients to prepare complex documentation, to draft legal opinions or to represent them before FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.

His main activities include:

  • New regulations and developments, in particular the Financial Services Act and FinTech: structuring offer, implementation, documentation
  • Financial market infrastructures, in particular trading venues, payment systems, central counterparties: obtaining licenses and recognitions
  • Trading in financial instruments: implementation of derivatives trading regulation, co-author of the ICMA/ISLA industry opinions on the framework agreements for securities lending and repo transactions, drafting of various netting opinions
  • Corporate law, M&A: organisation, corporate governance, transactions
  • Management and distribution of investment funds: advice on organization, delegation, documentation
2012 Columbia University School of Law, New York, LL.M.
2009 University of Zurich, PhD, Issekutz Award and Prof. Walther Hug Award
2002 University of Fribourg, lic. iur.
2000 University of Durham, UK, Foreign Student Degree
Best Lawyers 2025
Best Lawyers 2024
The Legal500 EMEA 2024 – Leading Individual
The Legal500 EMEA 2023 – Leading Individual
IFLR1000 2023 – Highly Regarded
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Switzerland 2023
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2021 – 2024
Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2019 – 2024
Best Lawyers 2023
The Legal500 EMEA 2022 – Next Generation Partner
IFLR1000 2022 – Highly Regarded
The Legal500 EMEA 2021 – Next Generation Partner
IFLR1000 2021 – Highly Regarded
The Legal500 EMEA 2020 – Next Generation Partner
IFLR1000 2020 – Notable Practicioner
The Legal500 EMEA 2019 – Next Generation Lawyer
The Legal500 EMEA 2018 – Next Generation Lawyer
The Legal500 EMEA 2017 – Next Generation Lawyer
  • IBA International Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
2016 Niederer Kraft Frey, Partner (since 2021 member of NKF’s Executive Committee)
2012 Wuersch & Gering LLP, New York, Foreign Associate
2008 Niederer Kraft Frey, Associate
2005 Law Faculty of the University of Zurich, Research and Teaching Assistant in Corporate Law and Capital Markets
2005 Admitted to the Swiss and Zurich Bar
2003 Zurich Law Firm, Trainee
2002 District Court of Zurich, Law Clerk



Deals & Cases


Medartis successfully places CHF 115.8m convertible bonds maturing 2031

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China-Switzerland Stock Connect goes Live: NKF acts on all four inaugural GDR issuances and listings o…

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Atos / Worldline acquires SIX Payment Services

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Market Perception

«Bertrand Schott has expertise across a wide range of banking and insolvency-related issues. I have needed Bertrand’s attention on a number of urgent matters through the years, and he has always made himself available to address the issue and meet quick deadlines, and always at a reasonable cost. He also has a helpful and friendly disposition. »
Legal 500 2024
«Bertrand Schott is responsive and highly competent. He is also a pleasure to work with. »
Legal 500 2024
«Bertrand Schott is very smart and knowledgeable. Extraordinary strategic thinking, great communicator, balanced, thoughtful. An outstanding attorney. »
Legal 500 2022
«Excellent knowledge, thoughtful, calm, level headed, very thorough. »
IFLR 2021
«Bertrand has been an excellent partner in connection with the work we have done together. He is calm and deliberate, but his experience has clearly helped us achieve the results we were seeking. »
IFLR 2020

Awards & Rankings


Nineteen NKF lawyers listed as “Thought Leaders Switzerland 2023” by Who’s Who Legal

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NKF ranked top-tier firm in six practice areas by IFLR1000 2023

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NKF wins “Deal of the year: Equity” at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2023

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Firm News


NKF presents its new Executive Committee

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NKF announces its new executive committee and strengthens its business services

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Niederer Kraft Frey appoints four new partners

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Neuere Entwicklungen im Wealth Management

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FinSA (FIDLEG) Position Paper regarding selected Aspects of the Financial Services Act

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Switzerland’s New Financial Market Architecture

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Newsletters & Alerts


NKF Banking, Finance & Regulatory Team – Update 7/2017: Publication of the revised FINMA-Circula…

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Partial revision of AMLO-FINMA: Consultation process until 16 October 2017

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Swiss Banking Regulations become more FinTech-Friendly

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