Niederer Kraft Frey is a prominent Swiss law firm with a proven track record of representing clients and businesses in the insurance sector. Our primary goal lies in creating ground-breaking and strategic approaches that assist clients in achieving their business objectives.

Our market-leading team offers exceptional depth and breadth of expertise particularly in advising insurance clients on transactional, M&A, regulatory, tax, employment and disputes matters. We have extensive experience in advising and representing Swiss and international insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries and service providers, offering comprehensive advice concerning their business operations.

We also have top instructions from major international insurers and reinsurers who request our regulatory and transactional expertise, which puts us at the forefront on advising banks and asset managers in the insurance linked securities space.

We advise on:

  • Establishing institutions and obtaining required licenses and approvals
  • Structuring insurance products and drafting insurance documentation
  • Advising insurance and reinsurance companies and insurance intermediaries on distribution structures and fee arrangements
  • Regulatory matters and administrative and civil law proceedings, including representing them before FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority
  • Compliance matters (including sanctions compliance)
  • M&A and corporate transactions involving insurance companies
  • Relocating listed insurance companies to (immigration) and from (emigration) Switzerland


  • Advised Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. (listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange) on the sale of its reinsurance subsidiaries Tokio Millennium Re AG and Tokio Millennium Re (UK) Limited for the total consideration of approximately USD 1.5 billion.
  • Advised the joint lead managers consisting of Barclays, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo on the USD 1 billion 5.000% Guaranteed Subordinated Fixed Rate Reset Step-up Callable Notes issued by Swiss Re Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. and irrevocably guaranteed on a subordinated basis by Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
  • Advised the joint lead managers consisting of BNP Paribas, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley on the USD 1 billion Guaranteed Subordinated Fixed Spread Callable Notes issued by Swiss Re Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. and irrevocably guaranteed on a subordinated basis by Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
  • Advised Allianz Global (leading international provider of assistance, travel insurance and personal services)
  • Advised Helvetia Group AG, a leading international insurance group, in successfully placing new shares in a private placement by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately CHF 300 million
  • Advised Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG, Germany’s largest independent financial sales company, on the acquisition of a participation in the independent insurance broker Global Sana AG.
  • Advised four founders and further shareholders of flatfox AG in successfully selling their shares in flatfox to Mobiliar, one of Switzerland’s leading insurance companies
  • Advised Swiss entity (global leader in its industry) in filling a legal action against one of the largest insurance syndicates related to the breach of a D&O insurance policy in the courts in Zurich; this legal action was mainly caused by parallel proceedings ongoing in the Eastern District of New York.

Deals & Cases


EMZ sells ASSEPRO group to The Ardonagh Group

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Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG acquires shares of Global Sana AG

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flatfox sold to Mobiliar

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Newsletters & Alerts


Current status of measures affecting liquidity regarding direct federal tax, withholding tax, stamp du…

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NKF Banking, Finance & Regulatory Team – Update 7/2017: Publication of the revised FINMA-Circula…

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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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FinSA (FIDLEG) Position Paper regarding selected Aspects of the Financial Services Act

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Speaking Engagements


Beziehung Bank – externe Vermögensverwalter / Anlageberater: (Neue) Formen der Zusammenarbeit u…

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Retrozessionen – Neuste Judikatur zu Art. 400 Abs. 1 OR und Gedanken zum Anwendungsbereich von A…

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W&I Insurance – Rechtliche & Taktische Aspekte

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