Philipp Candreia specialises in M&A transactions with a focus on regulated markets, in particular financial services and telecom.

Philipp also specialises in banking regulatory licensing and compliance matters, as well as internal and regulatory investigations and enforcement matters.

He advises clients on large shareholding disclosure obligations under Swiss stock exchange regulations, and represents clients before FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority in connection with applications for, and changes to, licenses for FINMA regulated activities.


Recent experience includes:

  • Wind down of the Swiss private banking branch of an international banking group, including by way of complex cross border asset transfer and referral agreements
  • Representing Orange Business Services, Euronext listed Orange Group, in its acquisition of Business & Decision
  • Representing a listed Italian appliance manufacturer in the acquisition of a 40% participation in a Swiss manufacturer of coffee machines, including a shareholders agreement with option rights to acquire all remaining shares
  • Representing EFG Bank AG in connection with the asset transfer and integration of the business of BSI SA into EFG
  • Negotiating a framework agreement for strategic technology and supply collaboration for Navistar regarding Navistar’s strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus, including an equity investment in Navistar by Volkswagen Truck & Bus, framework agreements for strategic technology and supply collaboration and a procurement joint venture
  • Forensic investigation for a Swiss Private Bank to assess potential individual responsibilities of senior management, directors and key employees in connection with alleged international bribery matters
  • Conducting large scale internal investigations for a Swiss Private Bank in connection with money laundering and corruption investigations of Swiss and foreign authorities against third parties in the 1MDB and the FIFA matters
  • Representing various clients in connection with cross-border administrative and judicial assistance requests in connection with foreign investigations in competition law, stock exchange, and/or tax matters
  • Representing EFG Bank AG for Swiss banking regulatory approvals in connection with the acquisition of BSI SA
  • Continuing support for various clients, in particular fund structures, in connection with large shareholding reporting obligations under Art. 120 Financial Market Infrastructure Act FMIA
2006 University of Zurich, PhD (Thesis in competition law: Group of Companies as market-dominant undertakings)
2003 University of Cambridge, Peterhouse, LL.M.
2001 Admitted to the Bar
1998 University of St. Gallen, lic. iur. HSG
Best Lawyers 2019 – 2025
The Legal500 EMEA 2024 – Recommended
The Legal500 EMEA 2023 – Recommended
IFLR1000 2017 – 2023 – Highly Regarded
The Legal500 EMEA 2022 – Recommended
Chambers Europe 2016 – 2018
Chambers Global 2017
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • IBA International Bar Association
2014 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey
2011 Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, London
2009 Senior Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2005 Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2003 Doctoral Researcher and Assistant for Private, Commercial and European Law at University of Zurich
1999 Trainee, Niederer Kraft Frey
1999 Clerk, District Court of Lucerne-City
1998 Assistant for European and Public Law at University of St. Gallen (HSG)




Deals & Cases


Medartis successfully places CHF 115.8m convertible bonds maturing 2031

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Leonteq acquires a 10% stake in the Swiss stock exchange BX Swiss

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Confederation and UBS sign CHF 9bn Loss Protection Agreement

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Market Perception

«‘He has deep knowledge of the banking system, that really sets him apart from others in this space I would say, he is unparalleled in his knowledge’. ‘He is valuable support on critical cases.’»
Chambers 2024
«Philipp is very well-positioned for international work. He has deep knowledge of the banking system, what really sets him apart from others in this space. He is unparalleled in his knowledge.»
Chambers Global 2023
«He has broad experience in M&A deals and you can rely on him.»
Chambers Global 2018
«Philipp Candreia is described as ‘a very knowledgeable partner,’ with clients remarking that they ‘appreciate his professionalism and courteousness.»
Chambers Global 2017

Awards & Rankings


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

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Panoramic: Financial Services M&A 2024 – Switzerland

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Financial Services M&A: Switzerland, 2023

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LexGTDT: Financial Services M&A: Switzerland, 2022

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Speaking Engagements


Art. 271 StGB: Was gilt heute?

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Dual Track Transaktionen – Europa Institut Zürich (EIZ), 21. Zürcher Konferenz Mergers & A…

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