Dr Martin Lanz is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's banking and finance group and capital markets group in Zürich. His practice focuses on banking and finance law, capital markets law, and stock exchange law. Martin advises clients in transactions such as initial public offerings, rights offerings, convertibles, bond issues, syndicated loans and the structuring of employee stock option plans.
Martin specialises in establishing financial intermediaries and advises on regulatory matters that affect them, such as capital adequacy issues, organisational and governance aspects, and outsourcing matters. He is an authorised representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange.
Some recent examples of Martin's expertise in banking include:
- Counsel to Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative in connection with the status of the Raiffeisen group as a domestic systemically important banking group (D-SIB), in particular with respect to group structure aspects and gone-concern capital issues;
- Advising a Swiss bank on cross-border high level regulatory issues and Swiss banking transactions and assisted in updating required client documentation;
- Advising a major Swiss Bank on the preparation of a structured Lombard lending documentation.
Martin is highly recognised by leading directories and publications for his expertise in banking and finance. They praise him as being a "highly experienced lawyer in the fields of banking regulatory compliance and debt and equity financial products". They additionally describe him as being "outstanding" and "seamlessly handling complex transactions - known for his wide-ranging experience working with financial intermediaries."
Martin frequently authors publications in the field of securities law, stock exchange law, banking law and corporate law.
Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 1991 (where he has been a partner since 1995), Martin worked in an international law firm in New York. From 1984 to 1991, he additionally gained practical experience as a lawyer in the legal and documentation department of the capital markets division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS Investment Bank) in Zürich and in London.
Martin was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1983 and graduated as a Doctor of Law from the University of Basel in 1985.