Samuel Hochstrasser’s practice focuses on private and public M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions. His expertise includes corporate, commercial and contract law. He has particular knowledge of the life sciences sector, advising on regulatory and legal in life science matters.

Deals & Cases

Global Blue and Far Point Acquisition Corporation announce USD 2.6bn business combination
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NKF advises Landis+Gyr Group, Toshiba Corporation and INCJ in the IPO of Landis+Gyr on SIX Swiss Exchange
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Actelion: Cash offer by Johnson & Johnson and demerger of R&D operations
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Samuel has expertise in domestic and cross-border corporate/M&A and capital markets transactions. Samuel’s M&A practice includes both public tender offers and private transactions for strategic and financial buyers and sellers. He also advises issuers and investment banks in IPOs, rights offerings, convertible bonds, PIPE transactions, block trades and other capital market transactions, and advises listed and private companies on corporate law and governance matters.

Matters in which Samuel acted as counsel include the representation of:

  • Swiss Steel in the divestiture of its Eastern European entities (2023)
  • Macquarie Asset Management in its USD 325m investment in Atlas Agro Holding AG (2023)
  • SIX listed Autoneum in its rights offering (2023)
  • Affidea in connection with its acquisitions of Brust-Zentrum Zurich and Plastic Surgery Group (2022/2023)
  • Marché Restaurants in connection with its acquisition of Popeyes Restuarants (2022)
  • NYSE and Mexican Stock Exchange listed FEMSA in the CHF 1.14 billion public takeover of SIX listed Valora Holding (2022)
  • SVB Securities, Piper Sandler and LifeSci Capital as joint bookrunners/financial advisors in the public offering and private placement of Nasdaq listed VectivBio Holding AG (2022)
  • International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG) on the sale of CordenPharma to European private equity firm Astorg (2022)
  • SIX listed SFS Group on the acquisition of Hoffmann SE (2021)
  • Coop in connection with the acquisition of Interkauf AG (operating the shopping center Perry Center, Oftringen) (2021)
  • Transgrourmet in connection with the acquisition of GM Food, Spain operating cash & carry markets (2021)
  • Coop in connection with its acquisition of Jumbo (2021)
  • Swiss Steel in connection with the contested CHF 247m capital increase (2021)
  • NEC Corporation in the CHF 2.05bn acquisition of Swiss Avaloq Group (2020)
  • ASSA ABLOY on the acquisition of a controlling stake in agta record ag (2019)
  • Worldline (Atos) in the CHF 2.75 billion acquisition of SIX Payment Services (2018)
  • Landis+Gyr Group and its shareholders Toshiba and INCJ in the dual track exit process resulting in the CHF 2.3 billion IPO of Landis+Gyr Group on SIX, the largest Swiss IPO of the past 10 years and second largest IPO in Europe 2017
  • Actelion in connection with the public tender offer by Johnson & Johnson to the shareholders of Actelion and in connection with the demerger of Idorsia from Actelion (2017)
  • BioTelemetry, Inc. in connection with its competing public tender offer to the shareholders of LifeWatch AG (2017)
2020 LL.M., Keio University, Tokyo, Gerald P. McAlinn Price in International and Comparative Law
2016 Admitted to the Bar, Rechtsanwalt
2014 University of St. Gallen, Master of Arts HSG in Law and Economics
2012 University of Texas, School of Law, Exchange Semester
2011 University of St. Gallen, Bachelor of Arts HSG in Law and Economics
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • HSG Alumni
2022 Senior Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2017 Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2015 Clerk with the District Court of Aarau
2014 Junior Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey




Deals & Cases


Smart Building & Industrial Services GmbH acquires Swibox Holding AG

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Swiss Steel successfully completes divestiture of Eastern European entities

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R&S Group enters into Business Combination Agreement with VT5

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Market Perception

«Samuel Hochstrasser is a super attorney. I’ve always been impressed by him.»
Chambers 2023/2024 – Healthcare & Life Sciences

Awards & Rankings


NKF receives European Corporate Deal of the Year Award at The Lawyer European Awards ceremony

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Firm News


NKF promotes four senior associates as of 1 July 2022

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In the Media


The stock corporation law reform (finally) reaching its goal

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