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EXPERTISE

Our fields of expertise

We advise our clients on Swiss law and German law, with a particular focus on:

  • business law, corporate law und commercial law
  • law of foundations (trusts)
  • corporate governance und compliance (corporate and financial)
  • banking and capital markets law, (structured) finance, asset management, derivatives
  • regulatory law
  • contract law
  • legal support in respect of digitalisation

 

Further Services

We offer the following additional services:

Training in Compliance and Corporate Governance

Tailored training and coaching of individuals and teams in all aspects of compliance (corporate and financial) as well as corporate governance

Qualification of Members of Management and Supervisory Boards

Coaching and training of active and future members for their mandates in management and supervisory boards (including foundation councils and advisory boards)

Interim Management

Compliance, corporate governance and law

Project related Reinforcement

Reinforcement of existing teams in one-off projects with expertise in law, organisation, transaction management, supervision

Mandats in Management and Supervisory Boards

Assumption of mandates in management and supervisory boards, foundation councils, advisory boards

 

Advisory Examples

Corporate & Financial Compliance

  • risk analysis, structuring and implementation of Compliance Management Systems (CMS), analysis and improvement of CMS, digitalisation of CMS, internal investigations

Foundation Law

  • incorporation, drafting of regulations, informal clarifications and support in dealing with authorities
  • drafting, reviewing and developing of compliance for foundations
  • adaption to regulations, merger and liquidation of foundations

Finance and Asset Management:

  • investment and deinvestment of capital markets and other investment products, legal risk analysis of such investment products
  • debt and equity capital market financings, (structured) financing (including securitisation)

Regulatory Law

  • analysis and regulatory opinion on investment products
  • regulatory advice and support in respect of existing and new financial business domestic and abroad

Corporate Law

  • incorporation, structuring, organisation and liquidation of corporate entities, capital measures, corporate housekeeping

Business Law

  • venture capital (investments and deinvestments)
  • private M&A (asset and share deals)
  • commercial and service contracts (drafting, negotiation, adaption)

Legal Support of Digitalisation

  • adaption, drafting of legal processes and documentation for areas to be digitalised

 

CLIENTS

Our clients mainly are:

  • enterprises and entrepreneurs
  • foundations, NGOs
  • asset and fund managers, family offices, trustees
  • financial institutions, financial service providers
  • public sector
  • individuals
  • start ups

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

What we stand for

Competence

We provide for more than 20 years of practical experience each in the national and international legal advisory and transaction business. Our experience is based on our activities in leading international law firms (Linkalters, Hengeler, Clifford Chance) and in stock listed global enterprises (e.g. Celanese AG). Correspondingly, our advice is focussed and of highest quality.

Efficiency and Diligence

Our organisation is lean. We work efficient and diligent. Our advice is pragmatic and straightforward.

Personal

We set high value on a long term relationship with our clients, based on respect and trust. We advise in a personal manner and
are directly accessible at any time.

International

We advise on Swiss law, German law and the laws of the European Union. We are admitted to the bars in Switzerland and Germany.

  • Linklaters
  • Clifford Chance
  • Hengeler Mueller

FEES

Transparent

Our mandate starts with a fee agreement. Therein we agree with our client our scope of advice, our fees and the billing method, in a comprehensible and precise language.

Our invoices come with a detailed narrative of our time spent on the relevant matter. This allows for an easy confirmability of the services rendered.

We report in regular intervals on the incurred fees, tailored to our clients needs.

Typically, we bill our invoices on a monthly basis.

Flexiblity

We generally bill our advice and service on an hourly basis at the rates agreed with our clients. We are open for alternative fee models.

Fair

A trustful and long term relationship with our clients is key to us. Therefore, we value a fee arrangement that reflects the benefit we contribute to our clients business.

 

LAWYERS

Our advice is efficient, competent and personal.

We combine more than twenty years of practical experience in leading international law firms with experience in international listed companies.

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Rechtsanwältin (Germany)
Dr. Rita Pikó, LL.M. (Exeter)
Phone: +41 (0) 43 817 61 62
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Rechtsanwalt (Fürsprecher)
Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
Dr. Laurenz Uhl, LL.M. (Exeter)
Phone: +41 (0) 43 817 61 62
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Main Practice Areas

Rita's main practice areas are:

Rita is admitted to bar as German Rechtsanwalt (attorney at law) in Switzerland and in Germany.

Expertise

Rita Pikó provides for more than 20 years of practical experience as an attorney at law. Her expertise is based on her activities in leading international law firms (Hengeler, Clifford Chance), in a stock listed global enterprise (Celanese AG, dual listed in Frankfurt and New York, where she held, inter alia, the role as Global Chief Compliance Officer and Global Risk Officer and representative of corporate governance) and as interim manager in different large organisations.

Teaching at University

Rita is lecturer for Compliance at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Rita is a permanent lecturer at the "Exzellenzprogramm für Aufsichtsräte" as well as lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. She so far educated in this programme approximately 200 active as well as potential members of Supervisory Boards.

For further information:

Further activities

 

Rita is a Six Sigma Leadership Greenbelt. Six Sigma is a systematic approach for process improvement based on analytical and statistical methods through a mathematical approach.

Short Curriculum Vitae

Memberships

Publications

Press

Professionalisation of Members of Supervisory Boards and Boards of Directors

Rita supports and advises members of Supervisory Boards and Boards of Directors within their function.

She carries out In-house Trainings for entire Boards and conveys practical experience, inter alia, through a simulated Board Meeting.

She individually briefs members of Boards tailored to their respective experiences. Such briefings take place in one-to-one meetings.

Rita supports Members of Boards during their mandates on an ongoing basis and prepares them for their Board Meetings.

Rita conducts customised efficiency assessments for Boards.

Feedback

Feedback from participants of trainings and simulated Board Meetings (Translation from German):

It was incredibly interesting to listen to your lecture, not only because you complemented the theoretical part with real cases from your impressive professional life but also because you explained all these themes in such a sympathetic and authentic way! Highlight of the day was the simulated Board Meeting for sure and I thank you for the chance – and the challenge – you granted me to take the part of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The “surprises” which were integrated in these two hours made the “learning by doing” extremely instructive and enriching – even though my pulse creeped upward sometimes very much and I felt like being in an exam test… I really gained a lot from these hours for myself which will help me absolutely in my real role as a young member of a Supervisory Board. “
Irene Bader, Member of Supervisory Board

„Many thanks for having been „toasted“! I have definitely learned a lot. And it was great fun! In fact, a superb Case Study and you made a superb lecture. Thank you very much! Kind regards,
Kerstin Pramberger“

 

Compliance

Rita advises clients on all areas of Compliance: from the development over the design up to the implementation of Compliance Management Systems. Her practical experience is based on, inter alia, her function as Chief Compliance Officer of Celanese AG. In this function she, in particular, developed a new Compliance Structure and organisation.

She advises on the preparation of Code of Conducts. As Chief Compliance Officer of Celanese AG she implemented the Global Business Conduct Policy across the group and advised companies of various branches on the preparation of their Code of Conduct.

Rita has many years of experience in the education of executives and employees. As Chief Compliance Officer of Celanese AG she developed concepts for the education of approximately 10,000 employees worldwide on all levels up to the Board of Management. She regularly educates employees of companies and Board Members on Compliance.

She conducts custom-made risk analyses for companies.

Rita temporarily assumes vacant positions of Compliance Officers within companies of clients up to their replacement (interim management).


  • Interim Management as Compliance Officer in a construction company including the implementation of a Compliance Management System, training of employees, conduct of internal investigations and cooperation with the department of the state prosecutor
  • Interim Management as Compliance Manager in a Health Care Undertaking
  • Advice of Chief Compliance Officers on the implementation of Compliance Management Systems, inter alia, of international Health Care Undertakings

We are happy to send you upon request a detailed list of references.

  • Attorney at Law since 1998
  • Hengeler Mueller
  • Clifford Chance
  • Celanese AG (Inhouse Lawyer, Global Governance, Chief Compliance & Global Risk Officer)
  • Lecturer at the „Exzellenzprogramm für Aufsichtsräte“ and lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • University of Constance, Germany (Law degree and Dr. jur.)
  • University of Exeter, United Kingdom (LL.M.)

We are happy to send you upon request a more detailed CV.

  • Schweizerischer Anwaltsverband
  • Zürcher Anwaltsverband
  • Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main
  • Deutsch-Ungarische Gesellschaft in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland e. V.
  • Deutsch-Ungarische Juristenvereinigung e. V.
  • DICO - Deutsches Institut für Compliance e.V.

Aktuelle Publikationen von Dr. Pikó:

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Main Practice Areas

Laurenz' main practice areas are:

  • business law, corporate law, venture capital, M&A
  • foundation law
  • (structured) finance, debt and equity capital markets law, derivatives, legal aspects of asset management
  • regulatory law
  • commercial law, contract law
  • legal support in digitalisation processes

Expertise

Laurenz provides for more than 20 years of practical experience as an attorney at law. Before co-founding Pikó Uhl he practiced for more than 17 years law at the international global law firm Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt am Main (thereof ten years as a partner of Linklaters).

He led, for many years, international teams of lawyers, tax advisors and other service providers in the advisory and transactional business

During the financial crises Laurenz in addition advised financial institutions, their creditors and bad banks on the emergency financing, restructuring and liquidation of financial institutions in difficulties.

Laurenz is qualified as Fürsprecher (attorney at law) in Switzerland and as Rechtsanwalt/Fürsprecher (attorney at law) in Germany.

Feedback

Chambers Europe 2016:

“Laurenz Uhl has an excellent reputation for his work on structured finance, in particular asset-based products.”
(Capital Markets, Structured Finance – Germany)

Chambers Europe 2015:

Laurenz Uhl „(...) won high praise for his dedicated and service-minded approach.“

„He’s very efficient, gets to the point and is extremely committed and pleasant to work with“.
(Capital Markets, Structured Finance – Germany)

IFLR 1000, 2016: Laurenz is ranked as “Leading Lawyer”

JUVE-Handbuch 2015/2016 (translated from German):

very good quality work, pragmatic und quick“ (client)

„client orientated, fit for service around-the-clock, very experienced, pragmatic, fair, efficient, proactive “ (client)

Further Activities

Laurenz engages in the start-up sector, in particular, FinTechs. Since its incorporation until 2017 he was a member of the investment committee of Main-Incubator (www.main-incubator.com), he further acted as co-founder and co-leader of the Start-Up-FinTech group at Linklaters LLP in Germany.  

Laurenz is further active as consultant in the area of Diversity and Inclusion / Internal Investigation of Discrimination

Short Curriculum Vitae

Memberships


 

  • Fürsprecher/Attorney at Law (Switzerland)
  • Rechtsanwalt/Attorney at Law (Germany) since 2003
  • Partner at Linklaters LLP, Frankfurt am Main
  • Bratschi Emch & Partner, Bern
  • Universität Bern, Switzerland (Law degree and Dr. jur.)
  • University of Exeter, United Kingdom (LL.M.)

We are happy to send you upon request a more detailed CV.

  • Schweizerischer Anwaltsverband
  • Zürcher Anwaltsverband
  • Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main

We are happy to send you upon request a detailed list of references.

Contact

Address:

Pikó Uhl Rechtsanwälte AG

Hauserstrasse 19
8032 Zürich
Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0) 43 817 61 62

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Address:

Pikó Uhl Rechtsanwälte AG
Flössergasse 15
8001 Zürich
Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0) 43 817 61 62

Attorneys:
  • Rechtsanwältin (Germany) Dr. Rita Pikó, LL.M. (Exeter)
  • Fürsprecher and Rechtsanwalt (Germany) Dr. Laurenz Uhl, LL.M. (Exeter)
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