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About Us

 Fefer Petersen & Cie is a Swiss partnership of American lawyers that restricts its practice to small entrepreneurial companies that want to be publicly held and listed on a stock exchange. Our office is located in the Château de Barberêche, a meticulously restored medieval castle in village of Barberêche in Canton Fribourg. The village of Barberêche is in the very heart of Europe. We are:

  • 7 km (4 miles) north of Fribourg;
  • 35 km (22 miles) south-west of Bern;
  • 144 km (90 miles) east of Geneva;
  • 155 km (96 miles) west of Zurich;
  • 360 km (225 miles) north of Milan;
  • 451 km (282 miles) south of Frankfurt; and
  • 550 km (344 miles) east of Paris.

Our practice is limited to serving the special requirements of small companies that want to raise third-party capital in preparation for an IPO or a reverse merger into a public shell. We focus on small companies for three main reasons

First, and most importantly, the requirements of small companies are fundamentally different from the requirements of larger companies. Where large companies typically have budgeting and financing plans that are measured in years, smaller companies tend to have budgeting and financing plans that are measured in months, or even weeks. We understand that small companies are different, and we have tailored our practice to accomodate the pressing time constraints and unreasonable deadlines that are unavoidable in a small company corporate finance practice.

Second, we take a expansive view of the securities lawyer's role. We prefer to get involved at an early stage so that we can offer our best advice on a variety of issues that are not necessarily legal in nature.  We've been through the process numerous times and can usually help our clients avoid the pitfalls that often damage small companies. We've learned from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. We don't know it all, but we don't make the same mistake twice.

Finally, we prefer to work with entrepreneurs and visionaries who have a wonderful idea, but don't know how to turn their idea into a business. We accept engagements based solely on a prospective client’s needs and our ability to effectively serve those needs. We take a deep personal interest in the business of each client and work diligently to become a member of that client's team. We believe our unique focus sets our firm apart from the bulk of its competitors.