Patrik Peyer is the co-head of NKF’s Corporate and M&A team. He is a corporate law specialist with a focus on complex M&A transactions, private equity, venture capital and corporate governance. He has broad experience in and a deep understanding of all phases of the private equity and venture capital investment life cycle. He provides innovative legal solutions to help companies of all sizes to achieve their commercial and growth objectives. Patrik was the managing partner of Niederer Kraft Frey from 2021 until 2024.

Deals & Cases

L Catterton leads CHF 70m Series B of Planted
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Sportradar Group AG successfully launches its IPO and starts trading on Nasdaq
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Calibre Scientific, Inc. acquires HUBERLAB.AG
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Patrik Peyer’s expertise focuses on M&A transactions in the tech (including fintech) and life science industries. He advises investors, entrepreneurs and both domestic Swiss and international companies with operations in Switzerland throughout the entire life cycle of venture capital and private equity investments. Patrik has broad experience advising boards of directors and executive management teams on Corporate Governance and remuneration matters.

  • Swiss counsel to Sportradar Group AG on the successful launch of its IPO and the start of trading on Nasdaq
  • Counsel to SERgroup Holding International GmbH on the acquisition of Interact Digital AG
  • Swiss counsel to the private equity investor Ardian on the acquisition of a majority stake in Swissbit Holding AG
  • Counsel to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, on the purchase of 156,658 shares (2.85%) in Barry Callebaut AG
  • Counsel to Lindsay Goldberg, a New York based private investment firm, on the acquisition of Bilcare Research Group
  • Counsel to Boston Scientific Corporation, USA in its acquisition of the Swiss company Symetis SA for USD 435 million
2011 University of St. Gallen, Executive MBA HSG
2006 Admitted to the Bar, Attorney-at-law
2005 University of Zurich, PhD (Dr. iur.)
2003 University of Cambridge, LL.M., British Counsel Chevening Scholar 2002 / 2003
1999 University of Zurich, Masters Degree
Best Lawyers 2018 – 2024
Chambers Global 2020 – 2024
Chambers Europe 2020 – 2024
The Legal500 EMEA 2020 – 2024 – Recommended
IFLR1000 2023 – Highly Regarded
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Switzerland 2023
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2023
Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2016 – 2023
IFLR1000 2022 – Highly Regarded
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2022
IFLR1000 2021 – Highly Regarded
Chambers FinTech 2020
IFLR1000 2020 – Notable Practicioner
The Legal500 EMEA 2019 – Next Generation Lawyer
IFLR1000 2019 – Notable Practicioner
The Legal500 EMEA 2018 – Next Generation Lawyer
The Legal500 EMEA 2017 – Next Generation Lawyer
  • International Bar Association IBA
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
2015 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey (Managing Partner from 2021 until 2024)
2014 Secondee to the Frankfurt office of a Magic Circle firm
2009 Senior Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2006 Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2003 Research Assistant for Corporate Law at University of Zurich
2001 Research Assistant for Contract and Tort Law at University of Zurich
2000 Clerk with the District Court of Zurich




Deals & Cases


Smart Building & Industrial Services GmbH acquires Swibox Holding AG

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abrantix announces the joint venture PaytestLab with B2 Payment Solutions

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Calibre Scientific acquires Bioreba AG

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Market Perception

«He has very strong negotiation skills and is always on top of the transactions. He understands very well how to work closely with our team and how to allocate work. »
Chambers 2024
«He is an excellent M&A lawyer. He is our top choice for work in Switzerland.»
Chambers 2024
«Patrik Peyer’s client service and general level of service are very strong. The same applies to his level of sophistication and his commercial awareness and vision. He has very strong negotiation skills and is always on top of the transactions.»
Chambers 2023
«Patrik Peyer is ‘highly recommended’ as ‘a great choice for private M&A deals’.»
Who’s Who Legal 2022
«Patrik Peyer is always on top of the details and is a highly trusted advisor with great knowledge of the Swiss market. »
Chambers 2022

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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In the Media


Testing the mettle

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NKF’s Geneva Gambit

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Private Equity (Transactions) in Switzerland 2021

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Private Equity (Transactions) in Switzerland 2020

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Private equity in Switzerland: market and regulatory overview

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Speaking Engagements


Going public, staying private or selling

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Competition of legal forms – “GmbH vs. AG”

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New Swiss Corporate Law – “Much ado about nothing”?

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