Manuel Werder’s practice focuses on corporate law and M&A, including private equity and venture capital transactions. He has expertise in large, complex, cross-border acquisitions, mergers, divestitures and corporate restructurings. His M&A expertise crosses all industries, including financial, industrials and services. Manuel Werder is Head of Finance, Risk & Compliance and a member of NKF’s executive committee.

Deals & Cases

Invision AG acquires a stake in Careanesth AG
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Shareholders of responsAbility Investments AG complete sale of all outstanding shares to M&G PLC
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Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services AG acquired by DDM Group
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Manuel Werder advises Swiss and international financial institutions and corporations active in different industries in M&A, corporate, commercial, contract, securities and stock exchange law. His expertise also includes investment and shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, commercial contracts and employment law.

Experience highlights:

  • Advising Citychamp Watch and Jewellery Group Ltd, Hong Kong, in various acquisitions, including a majority stake in Bendura Bank, all shares in HL Le Mirador International SA and all shares in the Corum-Group
  • Advising OC Oerlikon Corporation AG in the acquisition of Sulzer Metco, in the sale of its Solar Business to a Tokyo Electron Limited, and its Natural Fibers and Textile Components Business Units to the Chinese Jinsheng Group
  • Advising Knorr-Bremse AG the in the acquisition of Selectron Systems AG, Lyss
  • Advising Paragon Partners on the acquisitions of Condecta AG and KADI AG
  • Advising Invision Private Equity AG in an extensive number of transactions
2003 Admitted to the Bar of New York
2002 New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Comparative Jurisprudence
2001 Admitted to the Bar of Zurich, Rechtsanwalt
1998 University of Fribourg, Licentiatus iuris, magna cum laude
1997 Université Libre de Bruxelles School of Law, Brussels, Belgium, Swiss–Belgian Exchange Program, Studies of European and International law
Best Lawyers 2019 – 2024
Chambers Global 2019 – 2024
Chambers Europe 2019 – 2024
The Legal500 EMEA 2019 – 2024 – Recommended
IFLR1000 2020 – 2023 – Notable Practicioner
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • NYSBA New York State Bar Association
  • IBA International Bar Association
2015 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey (since 2024 member of NKF’s Executive Committee)
2010 Senior Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2007 Secondment to Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires, one of the largest and most prestigious full-service law firms in Argentina
2004 Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2002 Associate with a New York a law firm with highly specialized experience in international business transactions
1999 Traineeship with a Zurich law firm





Deals & Cases


NBW, BodyFeet and Bio-Medica join Vantage Education Group

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IDAK Food Group acquires Romer’s Hausbäckerei AG

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Paul Reinhart AG acquires Minka SGS AG

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Market Perception

«I can highly recommend Manuel Werder. He is a very pragmatic lawyer.»
Chambers Global 2024
«He is experienced, business minded and solution oriented. He is also responsive. His client service and general level of service, his level of sophistication and his commercial awareness and vision are all very strong. »
Chambers 2024
«Manuel Werder and Dr Lukas Beeler: Both lawyers always provide excellent advice helping the client to understand complex matters and to feel comfortable.»
Legal500 2024
«Manuel Werder is one of the best M&A lawyers in Zurich. He is pragmatic and able to simplify complex matters. His commercial awareness is one of his strong points. He is also extremely responsive and could serve us perfectly in a fast-paced deal. We are extremely satisfied by his M&A work. »
Chambers Global 2023
«Manuel Werder is extremely experienced and knows the various negotiation tactics well and is an excellent sparring partner for M&A advisors. The team that works with Manuel is on top of things and turns documents over within short time frames and extremely professionally. »
Legal 500 2022
«Manuel Werder is noted for his assistance with a range of acquisitions and sales. He frequently acts on cross-border majority stake sales and asset deals. »
Chambers Europe 2022



Das neue Aktienrecht in der Praxis – was ist (un)wichtig?

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Awards & Rankings


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

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Firm News


NKF presents its new Executive Committee

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NKF delegation will attend the 2019 IBA Annual Conference in Seoul

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NKF partners will attend the 2018 IBA Annual Conference in Rome

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LexGTDT: Swiss M&A – Pricing 2023

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LexGTDT: Swiss M&A – Labour and Employment 2023

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Getting The Deal Through: Swiss M&A – Labour and Employment 2021

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Speaking Engagements


COVID-19 Swiss Government Measures Supporting Business

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Sectoral Trade Restrictions in Switzerland and China

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Chinese Investments in Switzerland

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Newsletters & Alerts


The new stock corporation law in practice

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Coronavirus COVID-19: Legal issues

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