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Martin H. Frey

Baker & McKenzie Zurich


Martin Frey’s practice covers private equity — including venture capital and buyouts — mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. He also advises domestic and international clients on general corporate and tax law matters. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1991 and previously served on the Firm’s Policy and Financial Committees and the Firm’s Global and European Steering Committees of the Private Equity Practice Group. He is a recognized leader in the Swiss private equity market, and has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in private equity in the Best Lawyers-Ranking 2018.

Practice Focus

Martin Frey regularly advises Swiss and foreign clients in M&A and private equity transactions, as well as multijurisdictional corporate restructurings. He is currently a member of the Management Committee of the Zurich Office.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised IST Investmentstiftung für Personalvorsorge in connection with its acquisition of a stake in Swissgrid from Alpiq AG

  • Represented funds advised by Gilde Buy out Partners and the management of RIRI SA on the acquisition and subsequent divestiture of RIRI SA

  • Advised Lalique Group SA in connection with its listing at SIX and related capital increase

  • Advised a global technology company in connection with several acquisitions in Switzerland

  • Advised MET Group the Swiss-based energy group, in its transformation into a management-owned company

  • Advised in several major domestic and cross-border reorganization and restructurings including the the cross-border relocation of a listed entity

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association


  • Switzerland (1984)


  • Swiss Tax Academy (Swiss Certified Tax Expert) (2002)
  • Georgetown University (LL.M.) (1987)
  • University of Berne (Attorney) (1984)


  • English
  • French
  • German


Co-author, Warranty & Indemnity Insurance und Private Equity, in: Gericke, Dieter, Private Equity VI, PE 6.0: Neue Mitspieler, neue Technologien, neue Themen, neues Recht, Schulthess, 2018

Author, Commentary on articles 3-6 of the Swiss Merger Act, in: Stämpflis Handkommentar, Fusionsgesetz, 2nd Edition, 2015