Phidias Ferrari specializes in corporate and M&A transactions (with a focus on private equity and venture capital), as well as corporate governance and commercial contracts. His practice also covers banking, finance & regulatory matters.


Phidias Ferrari advises Swiss and international clients on corporate and M&A transactions, whether domestic or cross-border, including private equity and venture capital transactions, public takeovers, joint ventures, business transfers, restructurings and relocations. In addition to transactional work, he assists private and listed companies, family offices, entrepreneurs and start-ups/scale-ups in dealing with a wide range of corporate, commercial, contractual and regulatory matters in a variety of industries, striving to offer comprehensive and practical legal advice.

As part of NKF’s banking & finance practice, he regularly advises banks, securities traders, asset and investment managers and fintech companies on financial market laws and regulations.

He also acts for arrangers, underwriters, lenders, borrowers and sponsors in domestic and multijurisdictional financing transactions (including acquisition, leveraged and syndicated financings).

2007 LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law, UNSW, Sydney
2003 Admitted to the Swiss Bar
1997 Master of Law, Lausanne, awarded two prizes
The Legal500 EMEA 2024 – Recommended
  • Geneva and Swiss Bar Associations
2023 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey, Geneva
2011 Partner, Swiss law firm, Geneva
2004 Associate, Swiss law firm, Geneva
2001 Trainee, Swiss law firm, Geneva
2000 Clerk for civil matters, District Court of Lausanne
1998 Assistant for commercial law, CEDIDAC (Center for Business Law), University of Lausanne




Deals & Cases


Demathieu Bard acquires Steiner Construction SA

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Market Perception

«As M&A advisers we had the opportunity to collaborate with many lawyers across Switzerland but we consider Phidias Ferrari as the very best in the sector. He has outstanding capabilities to unlock complex situations and benefits from a great recognition from his peers as he always acts with respect and ethics to reach a fair common ground. »
Legal 500 2024 – Commercial, Corporate and M&A
«Phidias Ferrari is an outstanding legal business partner able to understand the commercial issues and the business strategy and consider these in a complex negotiation or a contract. His sound advice and sense of negotiation have been instrumental in the closing of various transactions. He is able to join a team of experts in different matters and play his role with intelligence and calm. Phidias’ commitment is also very appreciated. »
Legal 500 2024 – Banking & Finance
«Throughout our extensive collaboration spanning many years, Phidias has successfully cultivated what is truly invaluable: an exceptionally trustworthy relationship. This trust has steadily flourished thanks to his unwavering dedication, responsiveness, profound expertise, and consistent display of empathy. »
Legal 500 2024 – Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Firm News


NKF continues to grow and opens new offices in Geneva

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NKF, Tavernier Tschanz and a team of partners from Python join forces

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