Christoph Vonlanthen

Pascaline Kempf


Christoph Vonlanthen is a specialist in mergers & acquisitions, growth equity, corporate governance and capital markets.

Christoph is a partner based both in our Geneva and Zurich offices, and has vast experience accumulated in Switzerland, New York, and London in market-leading transactions, including buyouts, divestitures, spin-merge transactions, exchange offers, carve-outs, rights offerings and IPOs in a range of industries. He regularly advises strategics, financial sponsors and investment banks on complex cross-border assignments. Christoph also assists fund managers and institutional investors on structured investments, co-investments and secondary sale transactions.


  • Christoph advises clients on large and complex public and private M&A transactions across multiple industries, including tech, pharma, healthcare, asset management, banking, insurance, infrastructure, retail, and transportation. Christoph has recently advised a consortium of private investors in the carve-out acquisition of retail industry leader Conforama Switzerland, a shipping company in its more than $1.5 billion spin-merge transaction; a real estate company in its £1.5 billion all-share merger; a pharma company in its $3.5 billion acquisition of a generic drug manufacturer; and a private equity firm in its secondary buy-out of a global security services provider.
  • Christoph has advised clients on many of their strategically significant capital markets and corporate matters, including IPO, follow-on equity offerings, investment grade debt offerings and rights offerings. Among other assignments, Christoph has advised one of the largest publicly traded European investment holding companies on its IPO; an oil and gas group in its more than $3 billion high grade debt offerings; and a global full-service bank in its $15 billion rights offering.
  • Christoph's experience in leveraged finance includes multiple assignments in high-yield bond offerings, bridge loans and liability management. Experience highlights include advising the underwriters in a £500 million bridge-to-bond financing for the acquisition of a specialty insurance group; the underwriters to a major car manufacturer in its inaugural £1 billion equivalent offering of high-yield bonds and multiple follow-on offerings; and a global telecommunication company in its more than $2 billion comprehensive liability management transactions.
  • Christoph has also assisted institutional investors and family offices on anchor and seed investments, co-investments and secondary trades. Most recently, Christoph has advised a large European investment holding company in its more than $150 million seed investment in a global technology fund.


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in London and New York
Associate in a Swiss business law firm
Education and Admission
Bar Admission in New York
LL.M., University of Pennsylvania
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of Fribourg
Additional Professional Activities
  • Authorized representative at SIX Swiss Exchange

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