Philippe Weber is the Managing Partner of NKF. He often represents Swiss and international clients in some of the largest and most complex corporate/M&A, capital markets and banking transactions in Switzerland. Chambers Global and other legal directories distinguish him as a top tier lawyer in these fields.


Philippe Weber has vast experience in high profile corporate/M&A, capital markets and banking transactions. He also regularly advises companies, boards and other parties on takeover law, governance and compliance and represents clients in such matters before regulators, including the SIX Swiss Exchange, the Swiss Takeover Board, FINMA, the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority and other Swiss and foreign regulators.

Highlights include:

  • Counsel on the largest Swiss IPO of the year in each of the past five years, i.e. 2014 (SFS), 2015 (Sunrise), 2016 (VAT), 2017 (Landis+Gyr) and 2018 (SIG Combibloc)

  • Counsel to Worldline (Atos) in the CHF 2.75 billion acquisition of SIX Payment Services

  • Swiss Counsel to KKR and Alliance Boots GmbH (Swiss ParentCo) in the USD multi billion acquisition of Alliance Boots by Walgreen Co.

  • Counsel to Orange (France) in the CHF multi billion sale of Orange Switzerland to Apax

  • Counsel to the Swiss Confederation in the recapitalization of UBS by way of a CHF 6 billion mandatory convertible bond

  • Swiss Counsel to the underwriters and other financing banks in the bank lending, bond and equity financings of SIX listed Dufry for the CHF multi-billion acquisitions of The NuanceGroup and World Duty Free

  • Swiss Counsel to GIC and Qatar Holding in their CHF multi-billion investments in equity linked securities of UBS (GIC) and hybrid securities of Credit Suisse Group (QH), respectively

  • Swiss counsel to BSI to reach an NPA with the U.S. DOJ under the “Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks”. BSI was the first bank to reach a resolution under the Program

  • Company Secretary of CLS Group (world largest FOREX settlement system and designated by the FSOC as systemically important financial market utility)

  • Member of the Board of Directors and Remuneration Committee of EDAG Engineering Group (listed on Frankfurt Stock Exchange; Prime Standard)

  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Europe Institute of Zurich
  • IBA International Bar Association

Market Perception

  • He is very incisive; he just gets it.

    Chambers Global 2018
  • He is the best lawyer I’ve worked with; he is clever, pragmatic, commercial and hard-working.

    Chambers Global 2017
  • He is a pleasure to work with and someone who cares about his clients.

    IFLR 2016
  • Philippe Weber is a ‘commercially focused problem-solver’ and a ‘brilliant thinker’.

    Legal 500 2016
  • Sources are unanimous in their praise of the ‘extraordinary’ Philippe Weber. Interviewees say: ‘He’s one of the premier capital markets advisers in Switzerland.’

    Chambers Global 2016

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