Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has enhanced its Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Switzerland by hiring Christoph Stutz, a proven employment and social security law specialist, as a new lateral partner.
Employment law plays a decisive role in any restructuring; in transactions, existing contracts have to be reviewed and amended, terms and conditions have to be adjusted, and employees have to be informed and consulted — important tasks for a global transactional powerhouse like Baker McKenzie. However, this is not the only area where the expertise of employment lawyers is in demand; our lawyers advise employers on all employment law matters, from employment to termination of contracts and — if necessary — representation in court. All this expertise is now further enhanced by the addition of Christoph Stutz as a partner.
Christoph joins Baker McKenzie Switzerland from another law firm, where he specialized in employment law and social security law for the past nine years. In addition to his bar admission and being a Certified Specialist SBA in Labor Law, he holds a federal certificate as a social insurance specialist.
During his career as a lawyer, Christoph has advised companies in all aspects of employment law, including compensation schemes and all areas of mandatory and non-mandatory pension plans and other social security schemes and represented them in employment and pension litigation. Further-more, Christoph has vast experience in advising on and assisting with secondments, international management transfers to and from Switzerland, and dismissals.
This strategic hire sets the stage for the continued success of our top-ranked employment law practice. The team — composed of Peter Reinert as practice group leader; Serge Pannatier as Geneva counsel; three Zurich associates, Martina Steiner, Kaspar Projer and Andreas Becker; and two immigration paralegals, Anne-Marie Sermier (Geneva) and Karin Reese (Zurich) — is firmly established in the Swiss market and will thus be complemented by another professional with a proven record of success.
Referring to the expansion of the Swiss practice group, Peter Reinert said the following:
In today's connected world, our clients' labor and employment requirements are getting more and more complex. Hence, we are very much looking forward to our new colleague and to expanding our knowledge in the field of employment and social security law on a national and international level — to serve our client's needs everywhere they operate.
Christoph added the following comments on his move to Baker McKenzie:
I am excited to join Baker McKenzie and be a part of its well-recognized Employment & Compensation Practice and to add my in-depth knowledge in the areas of employment law, social security law and social insurance for advising the Firm's local and global clients with their challenging tasks.