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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.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Sofinnova Partners and New Enterprises Associates (NEA) on their Series A investment into Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals AG

  • Advised WiseTech Global in its acquisition of SISA Studio Informatica SA

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

  • Regularly advises in several major domestic and cross-border reorganizations and restructurings

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

Co-author, "Offenlegungspflichten nach GAFI und Private Equity - Wie, wer, was oder die Quadratur des Kreises", in: Gericke, Dieter, Private Equity V, Fundraising, Investition, Realisation, Reinvestition - Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Herausforderungen im Ökosystem Private Equity, 2016

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

Author, "Beteiligung und Incentivierung des Managements beim Buy-out", in: Gericke Dieter, Private Equity II, Rechtliche, steuerliche und regulatorische Aspekte von Buy-out bis Exit, 2012

Author, "Investment Agreement - Rechtsfragen und Ausgestaltung", in: Gericke Dieter, Private Equity, Verträge und Rechtsfragen bei Venture Capital Investments (auf Grundlage der SECA-Musterverträge), 2011