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19-09-2017

Python’s Real Estate and Construction Practice Successfully Advises on Major Strategic Real Estate Reorganisation project in 7 Swiss Cantons

Python’s Real Estate and Construction Practice attorneys Partner Olivier Klunge and Counsel Talia Poleski...
12-07-2017

PYTHON PARTNER INGRID ISELIN ZELLWEGER SELECTED AND APPOINTED AS A MEMBER OF A GROUP OF EXPERTS BY THE SWISS FEDERAL OFFICE OF JUSTICE

We are delighted to announce that Partner and attorney-at-law Ingrid Iselin Zellweger has been appointed as a member of a prestigious Group of Experts by the Swiss Federal Of...
12-07-2017

Python Advises Engie on Major Renewable Energy Project in Switzerland

Python advised Engie on a large biomass cogeneration plant project. The biomass plant will be constructed and operated by a project company owned jointly by Engie (60%) and ewz (40%). The plant will be located in Sisseln (canton of Aargau) on the site of DSM, a global science-based company. The b...
10-07-2017

Python Partner Philippe Kenel Speaks to Radio Television Suisse (RTS) about the election of French President Emmanuel Macron

Interviewed by the RTS Journal du Matin, Philippe Kenel spoke about the election of French President Emmanuel Macron as well as Swiss French issues.Please click on the
19-05-2017

Python Partner Jean-Christophe Hocke comprehensively advised the Swiss seller on the sale of the five star resort Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & SPA

Python Partner Jean-Christophe Hocke comprehensively advised Promoroches SA (the seller) on the sale of the Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & SPA to a Chinese financial group.Located in Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), the Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & SPA is the only 5 star ski resort in the Vaud Alps (Swit...
11-05-2017

Python Recognised as "Highly Recommended" in Leaders League 2017 Ranking of The Top Law Firms in Trademark Prosecution Switzerland

Python's intellectual property, IT and telecom team is delighted to announce that the department has been recognised as "Highly Recommended" in the Leaders League 2017 Ranking of the Top Trademark Prosecution Law Firms in Switzerland.Please click on the
09-05-2017

Python Recognised as "Highly Recommended" in Leaders League 2017 Ranking of The Top Law Firms in Commercial Litigation Switzerland

Python's litigation and insolvency team is delighted to announce that the department has been recognised as "Highly Recommended" in the Leaders League 2017 Ranking of the Top Commercial Litigation Law Firms in Switzerland.Please click on the
08-05-2017

Python Recognised as "Highly Recommended" in Leaders League 2017 Ranking of The Top Law Firms in Banking and Finance Litigation Switzerland

Python's banking and finance team is delighted to announce that the department has been recognised as "Highly Recommended" in the Leaders League 2017 Ranking of the Top Banking and Finance Litigation Law Firms in Switzerland.Please click on the
05-05-2017

Arbitration Department and Iranian Office Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Interviewed by Leading Swiss Economics and Finance Publication L'Agefi

Arbitration Department and Iranian Office Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh was interviewed by leading Swiss economics and finance publication L'Agefi (Société de l'agence économique et financière SA) for an article entitled "Can We Work With Iran?"The article was published on May 5, 20...
04-05-2017

Arbitration Department and Iranian Office Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Speaks About Sanctions and Compliance At The Webster University Geneva Campus

The Webster University Geneva Campus invited a group of well known experts to speak about doing business in Iran on May 4, 2017.The conference was attended by a group of about 60 business people, NGOs and Swiss academics, all of whom sought information on the Iran that is starting to e...
28-04-2017

Python Recognised as Leading Swiss Law Firm in Inheritance Law

We are delighted to announce that Python has been announced as a leading Swiss law firm in the area of inheritance law by Le Temps and Bilanz.After reviewing the “peer review” of 6500 lawyers in Switzerland by the Statista German institute, Le Temps has announced in its four star ranking o...
12-04-2017

Python’s Practices and Lawyers Are Once Again Ranked and Recommended By The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

We are delighted to announce that the illustrious Legal 500 EMEA has once again ranked and recommended our practices and lawyers for 2017.The Legal 500 EMEA is the clients' guide to the best law firms and top lawyers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa par excellence.Each year, th...
12-04-2017

Python is ranked as a "Leading Firm" in French speaking Switzerland by the Legal 500 EMEA 2017

We are delighted to announce that our law firm has been ranked once again as a "Leading Firm" in French speaking Switzerland by the Legal 500 EMEA 2017.The Legal 500 EMEA is the clients' guide to the best law firms and top lawyers in Europe, the Middle East and Af...
03-04-2017

Python’s Practices and Lawyers Are Once Again Ranked By Chambers And Partners in 2017

We are delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners have once again ranked our practices and lawyers in 2017.Chambers And Partners have been ranking the best lawyers since 1990 and now cover 185 jurisdictions across the globe.For our practices and lawyers in 2017, Chambers E...
16-03-2017

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Shortlisted for Most Important Arbitration Decision Award 2017

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh has been shortlisted for the most important arbitration decision award 2017 by the highly prestigious Global Competition Review/Global Arbitration Review for his work on the Trans-Asiatic Oil v. National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Fim...
21-02-2017

Python Partner Etienne von Streng Recognised by Who's Who Legal Switzerland, Corporate Tax

Python Partner Etienne von Streng has been recognised by the prestigous Who's Who Legal Switzerland in the category of Corporate Tax.Please click on the link below for details:http://whoswholegal.com/firms/13557/...
20-02-2017

Python Partner Rémi Sacerdote Recognised by Who's Who Legal Switzerland, Private Client

Python Partner Rémi Sacerdote has been recognised by the prestigous Who's Who Legal Switzerland in the category of Private Client.Please click on the link below for details:http://whoswholegal.com/firms/13557/pyt...
15-02-2017

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Speaks to La Tribune de Geneve about President Trump's Immigration Order

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Speaks to La Tribune de Geneve about President Trump's Immigration Order.Please click on the link to acces...
19-01-2017

Per Prod'Hom To Speak at the Journée de Droit Fiscal Conference on February 6, 2017

Per Prod'Hom will make a presentation on the Swiss tax court cases of the year at the "Journée de droit fiscal" conference, co-organized by the University of Geneva and the Western Switzerland Association of Certified Tax Experts (l'Ordre Romand des Experts Fiscaux, OREF) on February 6, 2017....
16-01-2017

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh To Speak At The ICC YAF Conference on February 2, 2017

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh will speak at the "Features of ICC Arbitration Proceedings" conference organised by the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF), generously supported by ICC Iran International Chamber of Commerce.The conference will be held on Februa...
13-01-2017

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh To Speak at The ICC International Court of Arbitration on February 1, 2017

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh will speak at the "The Rising Jurisdiction in International Arbitration" conference organised by the ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC Iran.The conference will be held on February 1, 2017 in Tehran. Please click on the...
02-01-2017

Python Recognised as Leading Arbitration Firm in Global Arbitration Review GAR 100 10th Edition 2017

Python's arbitration department is at the forefront of the arbitration field having been listed for a consecutive year in the prestigious GAR Top 100 10th Edition Global Arbitration Law Firm list for 2017.The importance of the GAR 100 is explained on the GAR website:"Nine years...
05-12-2016

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Speaks at the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution (SCAI) and the Tehran Regional Arbitration Center (TRAC) conference in Tehran on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration

Please click on the link to the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution Newsletter PDF
24-11-2016

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Speaks At Expert Arbitration Workshop

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh spoke on the topic of "contamination of international commercial arbitration by investment arbitration" at the Globalization of International Arbitration: Contemporary Issues, Challenges and Developments - Expert Workshop at Tilburg Unive...
10-11-2016

Arbitration Department Head and Partner Homayoon Arfazadeh Appointed as New Court Member at the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution (SCAI)

Please click on the link to the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution Newsletter PDF
03-11-2016

Python Partner and Certified SBA Specialist in Construction and Real Estate Law Olivier Klunge comprehensively advises on a complex real estate investment

Python Partner and Certified SBA Specialist in Construction and Real Estate Law Olivier Klunge comprehensively advised Fundim SA on a complex, multiple project, Swiss real estate development limited partnership investment, Realitim II SCPC.Olivier Klunge was in charge of the complete legal...
02-11-2016

Partner Dr. Nicolas de Gottrau Co-Authors Swiss Commentary on Debt Pledges

Partner Dr. Nicolas de Gottrau has co-authored with Dr. Bénédict Foëx, Professor at the University of Geneva Law School, a commentary on Art. 899-906 of the Swiss Civil Code relating to the pledge on debts and other rights ("Du gage sur les créances et autres droits"). This contribution was publi...
26-10-2016

Partner Dr. Nicolas de Gottrau Delivers A Lecture on Banking Law at the University of Geneva

On October 25, 2016, Partner Dr. Nicolas de Gottrau was invited by Professor Christian Bovet to deliver a lecture as visiting lecturer on "Provisional Measures Applicable to Documentary Credits and Bank Guarantees" in the Seminar on Banking Law Disputes taught by Professor Bovet on the Master of...
30-09-2016

Python Partner and Certified SBA Specialist in Construction and Real Estate Law Olivier Klunge advises on a Hotel Real Estate Deal

Python Partner and Certified SBA Specialist in Construction and Real Estate Law Olivier Klunge comprehensively advised private investors on the purchase of a hotel company in Zermatt. The complex deal included the hotel management services, the real estate investment aspects, req...
25-07-2016

The Partners of Python are delighted to welcome back their former Partner

Henric Immink has returned to the firm having ended his post as Group General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee of EFG, an international private banking group listed on the Swiss stock exchange.An accompl...
01-07-2016

Announcing the Change of Firm Name to Python

We are pleased to announce that effective July 1 2016, Python & Peter has become Python.Our new name reflects the evolution of our firm's identity in the marketplace, already commonly referred to as "Python".Our Swiss and international offices and contact details will remain as they...
01-07-2016

The Partners of Python are delighted to introduce their new Partner

Benjamin Humm, LL.M. (Georgetown University), has joined the firm as Partner.Benjamin Humm has over fifteen years of illustrious expertise in corporate and M&A, commercial contracts and private client matters, with a...
08-06-2016

Python Recognised as "Highly Recommended" in Leaders League 2016 Ranking of the Top Law Firms in Corporate Tax Switzerland

Python's tax department is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as "Highly Recommended" in the Leaders League 2016 Ranking of the Top Law Firms in Corporate Tax Switzerland."The corporate tax laws in Switzerland can be tricky and complex to navigate. Clients come to us be...
01-06-2016

Intriguing Transfer Pricing Article By Partner Etienne Von Streng and Associate Keita Mutombo Published in Leading Swiss Fiscal Publication

Müssen Ermessensfehler bei Transfer Pricing zur Bestrafung führen? – Nachsteuer- vs. Steuerhinterziehungsverfahren im Konzernverhältnis, Etienne von Streng and Keita Mutombo, in Steuer Revue (StR) Nr. 2016, S. 480 ff; (in German) may be downloaded
18-05-2016

Python Recognised as Highly Recommended in the Leaders League 2016 Ranking of the Top IP Law Firms in Trademark Prosecution Switzerland

Python's IP department is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as "Highly Recommended" in the Leaders League 2016 Ranking of the Top IP Law Firms in Trademark Prosecution Switzerland."Our expertise and reputation for properly protecting our clients' IP interests are well...
03-05-2016

Python Recognised as "Recommended" in Leaders League 2016 Ranking of The Top Law Firms in Banking and Finance Switzerland

Python's banking and finance team is delighted to announce that the department has been recognised as "Recommended" in the Leaders League 2016 Ranking of the Top Banking and Finance Law Firms in Switzerland.Please click on the
27-04-2016

Python Leads As First Ever Swiss Law Firm To Launch Office in Tehran

Seizing the opportunity of Iran opening for business in the wake of the groundbreaking nuclear agreement signed last year, Python continues to innovate and lead by becoming the first ever Swiss law firm to launch an office in Tehran.
23-03-2016

Python Partner Christophe de Kalbermatten Advises on a Major M&A & Real Estate Deal

Python Partner Christophe de Kalbermatten acted as Counsel for Boas Yakhin Holding in a structured deal for the sale of its senior care division (587 health care beds and 110 senior care protected apartments) to Tertianum and the separate sale of eight related buildings to Swiss Prime Anlage...
22-03-2016

The Partners of Python are delighted to introduce their new Partners and Counsels

Our new PartnersAlexandra JohnsonAlexandra Johnson specialises in dispute resolution and international arbitration, with over 15 years of experience in renowned law firms in New York, London and Geneva. She acts as counsel before international arbitral tribunals in various sectors s...
16-03-2016

Python Ranked as Leading Best Swiss Law Firm in International Arbitration 2016

Python's Arbitration Practice and Partners Pierre-Yves Gunter and Homayoon Arfazadeh have been top ranked as Leading in the category of Best Swiss Law Firm in International Arbitration by the influential and renowned Leaders League 2015/16 Intelligence Report.
06-01-2016

Python Partner Alexandra C. Johnson Recognised by Who's Who Legal in Arbitration

Python Partner Alexandra C. Johnson has once again been recognised by the prestigous Who's Who Legal in the category of Arbitration.WWL says: "The “terrific” Alexandra Johnson garners praise for her “unparalleled” counsel".Please click on the link below for details:
05-01-2016

Python Partner Pierre-Yves Gunter Recognised by Who's Who Legal in Arbitration and TMT

Python Partner Pierre-Yves Gunter has once again been recognised by the prestigous Who's Who Legal in the categories of Arbitration and TMT.WWL says: "Chambers Europe (2014) states: "Geneva-based Pierre-Yves Gunter is an ‘erudite and impressive’ arbitration lawyer, renowned in Swi...
04-01-2016

Python Senior Associate Olivier Cavadini Recognised by Who's Who Legal in Investment Management

Python Senior Associate Olivier Cavadini has once again been recognised by the prestigous Who's Who Legal in the category of Investment Management.WWL says: "Olivier Cavadini is “a consummate professional”, known among clients and peers for his “innovative arguments” and for bringing “...
01-01-2016

Python Partner Philippe Kenel Recognised by Who's Who Legal Switzerland, Private Client

Python Partner Philippe Kenel has been recognised by the prestigous Who's Who Legal Switzerland in the category of Private Client.Please click on the link below for details:http://whoswholegal.c...
04-09-2015

Nord Stream 2 Deal Signed

Gazprom, Wintershall (BASF Group), E.ON, OMV, Shell and ENGIE have signed a shareholders' agreement related to the Nord Stream 2 project at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on 4 September 2015. The Nord Stream 2 project adds a third and fourth pipelines to the two existing lines transpor...
16-07-2015

Sale of Groupe MK to Foncia

On 16 July 2015, FONCIA Groupe, the French leading residential property management and real estate services company, completed the acquisition of Groupe MK, a well-established Lausanne-based property manager. Python & Peter acted as counsel to the sellersin this transaction as well as in the pre-...
17-06-2015

Python Recognised as "Excellent" in Leaders League 2015 Ranking of the Top Law Firms in International Arbitration Switzerland

Python's arbitration team is delighted to announce that the department has been recognised as "Excellent" in the Leaders League 2015 Ranking of the Top Law Firms in Switzerland."The "Excellent" ranking is the best possible award that can be awarded by the prestigious Leaders League an...
20-05-2015

Python Recognised as "Recommended" in Leaders League 2015 Ranking of The Top Law Firms in IT & Outsourcing Switzerland

Python's intellectual property, IT and telecom team is delighted to announce that the department has been recognised as "Recommended" in the Leaders League 2015 Ranking of the Top IT & Outsourcing Law Firms in Switzerland.Please click on the
24-03-2015

Python launches its new website today!

19-03-2015

Swiss TV report

Python & Peter contributed to a Swiss TV report of March 2015 on international arbitration in Switzerland. Link
02-03-2015

Intellectual property disputes at the Geneva Car Show

After almost two years of preparation together with WIPO and Palexpo, Python & Peter managed to set up a panel of experts able to decide intellectual property disputes at the Geneva Car Show within 24 hours.
15-01-2015

Westcore Europe completes sale of the Satigny Business Park

On 15 January 2015, Westcore Europe completed the 58 million sale of the Satigny Business Park located in Meyrin, Geneva. Python acted as counsel to the seller. The team included Marc Iynedjian and Nicolas Pellaton.
31-10-2014

Swiss Arbitration Academy (SAA)

Our Associate Nicolas Pellaton has obtained from the Swiss Arbitration Academy (SAA) a post-graduate degree in arbitration (CAS in A...
02-10-2014

IBA Annual Meeting in Tokyo

Coinciding with events sponsored by Python & Peter at the IBA Annual Conference in Tokyo, the firm launches a new web platform for its clients across Switzerland and abroad. As part of the IBA Conference, Python & Peter organizes a reception at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo and a breakfa...
24-07-2014

Arbitration: Swiss Federal Tribunal Rules in Favour of Client

Python & Peter secured an important win for its client at the Swiss Federal Tribunal (=Supreme Court) level, resulting in a seminal decision on aspects of res judicata under Swiss law. The case involved parallel proceedings and confirmation of an ICC award in favour of our client in a co...
10-07-2014

Real Estate: successful closing

Python & Peter, led by its partner Jean-Christophe Hocke, successfully closed one of the biggest commercial real-estate transactions in Geneva in 2014. The project involved a new building located in a historical and prestigious neighborhood worth almost USD 100 million and involved a multi-facete...
12-03-2014

Arbitration: Python Among the Top 100 Law Firms According to the GAR

Python was featured once again, for 7th time in the row, in the Global Arbitration Review’s rankings for the top 100 law firms in the field of international arbitration in the world. This reflects the firm’s growing practice in the field as well as its long-standing presence as one...
07-02-2014

Arbitration: 10th Anniversary of the Swiss Rules

On 31 January 2014, the Swiss Arbitration Association, or ASA, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Swiss Rules. Dr. Wolfgang Peter (founding partner), who was part of the working group that drafted the Swiss Rules in 2004, spoke on the background of the Swiss Rules and proposed some future ame...
31-12-2013

New Partners and Counsel

Dr. Homayoon Arfazadeh who has been with the firm for almost 20 years and was counsel of the firm from 1999 has become a partner as of 1st January 2014. He acted as arbitrator or counsel in more than 60 international arbitrations, successfully representing claimants in...
30-09-2012

Intellectual Property: Swiss Federal Tribunal rules in favour of client

The New York and Paris publishing houses of the magazine VOGUE represented by Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier obtained a decisive victory before the Swiss Federal Tribunal (Supreme Court). The two publishing companies filed a civil suit with the Swiss courts because of the activities of a c...