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The sizeable team at 'dynamic' and 'highly professional firm' Lenz & Staehelin is renowned for its regulatory and transactional expertise provided to clients such as Banque Pictet & Cie, Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan, as well as its 'strong ties with international peers'. Investment management partner François Rayroux advised Paris-based Amundi Asset Management on the merger of 33 exchange traded funds, while Swissquote banking group instructed fintech specialist Fedor Poskriakov on all contractual and regulatory aspects concerning bitcoin trading. Financing expert David Ledermann, the 'hands-on and pragmatic' Olivier Stahler and 'pre-eminent lawyer' Shelby du Pasquier  are among the key practitioners.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for advising financial institutions on regulatory and compliance issues, internal restructurings and financings, as well as during enforcement proceedings, white-collar criminal law matters and investigations. Rashid Bahar assisted Forte Securities with obtaining a licence from FINMA related to the opening of a representative office in Switzerland. Team lead Cédric Chapuis, financing transaction partner Martin Anderson and financial products lawyer Frédéric Bétrisey are the names to note.

BianchiSchwald LLC covers regulatory, financing, investment funds and dispute resolution matters for local and internationally-based banks. Thomas Goossens assisted a global bank headquartered in the UK with the preparation of contracts guaranteeing multiple loans to foreign first-division football clubs, and Lausanne-based Thierry Amy acted for Anglo-Swiss Advisors on the framework of a FINMA application procedure for collective investment schemes’ distributor. The Swiss affiliates of BNP Paribas, Banque Bordier and Barclays Bank form part of the client roster.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law has expertise in banking, finance regulations, fund investment, asset management and securities, while also representing clients in FINMA enforcement, civil and criminal proceedings. Frédérique Bensahel assisted a Swiss bank with the constitution and private placement of a private equity fund in relation to an international real estate project. Pierre-Olivier Etique and Jean-Louis Tsimaratos advised a fund asset manager on offering shares from two investment funds on a US-based electronic platform.

The core areas of LALIVE's practice include dispute resolution against financial institutions, advice on regulatory issues and internal investigations, as well as capital market and fintech matters. Alexander Troller represents a private client in claiming assets worth $70m from a private bank that had blocked offshore company accounts due to US tax compliance and money laundering allegations. Another highlight was Sandrine Giroud's advice to a finance solution provider concerning the drafting of pledge agreements for the use of artworks as loan collateral. Litigator Dr Marc Henzelin is the another name to note.

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd stands out for its transaction, regulatory and litigation expertise, including handling civil claims, compliance issues, asset recovery and white-collar crime investigations. Christophe Emonet is advising a Swiss-listed bank on regulatory changes and cross-selling issues in international banking, and is also handling tax compliance litigation against the bank's clients. Ludivine Boisard and Sébastien Roy assisted the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on financings and commodities trade transactions.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team attracts a growing client base through its 'proactivity, strong strategic vision, in-depth knowledge and business acumen'. Handling banking M&A, investment management, syndicated lending and regulatory matters, the client roster includes Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, UBS and Credit Suisse Funds. Grégoire Wuest advised a major bank on regulatory issues connected to the granting of securities on its entire book of mortgages to a foreign entity. Practice head Caroline Clemetson provides on-going regulatory assistance to fund manager Veraison Capital AG. Tarek Houdrouge, who 'demonstrates both detailed legal knowledge and strong interpersonal skills', is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie's 'highly professional' team covers regulatory matters, as well as debt, trade and project financing. The 'responsive and helpful' Jingjin Guo is further experienced in advising on investments between Chinese and Swiss entities. In a recent highlight, he handled a syndicated facility arranged by UBS for a Swiss company operating data centres. Martin Anderson and Frédéric Bétrisey left for Bär & Karrer Ltd..

Froriep's practice is best known for its banking M&A, regulatory and international financing expertise. Jean-Luc Herbez assisted investment vehicle JFK Capital Alternative Sicav with obtaining a Swiss collective investment scheme licence from FINMA. Transaction partner Jérôme de Montmollin, Russian/CIS desk lead Dmitry Pentsov and investment product specialist Laetitia Meier Droz, who became a partner in January 2018, make up the core team.

Contractual work, regulatory advice, fintech projects and investment transactions constitute the bulk of expertise at Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés. Recent highlights include advising on the initial coin offering of a cryptocurrency wealth management platform and assisting with a compliance matter related to the Financial Market Infrastructure Act for a private bank, both advised by Géraldine Badel Poitras. Damien Cand focuses on banking matters for private clients.

The team at Jacquemoud Stanislas deals with regulatory, financial products and contentious matters, mainly in the private banking sector. Philippe Jacquemoud and Jean-Pierre Jacquemoud are the key partners.

With 'unique knowledge of corporate finance matters coupled with thorough understanding of business implications and technological development', Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC focuses on asset management, anti-money laundering, finance transactions, as well as FINMA authorisations and rulings. Fabien Aepli, who 'masters banking and finance laws and can explain them in simple terms', and senior associate Nurith Cohen acted for Swiss Crypto Advisors on regulatory aspects, including anti-money laundering compliance, for its membership in a Swiss self-regulatory organisation.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has experience of advising major financial service and insurance providers on national and cross-border regulatory aspects, investment fund matters, private banking and contentious cases. Bernard Lachenal and Christophe Rapin are the key practitioners.

Oberson Abels Ltd specialises in national and cross-border regulatory matters, FINMA licensing and financial contracts. In a recent highlight, Antoine Amiguet assisted a Swiss foundation with the set-up of a collective investment scheme, while Philipp Fischer advised a major Swiss bank on regulatory, contractual and data protection issues related to the implementation of multiple outsourcing projects.

Python's range of services include handling regulatory matters such as licensing subsidiaries and investment schemes, assisting with anti-money laundering implementations, international compliance, litigation, investigations, contracts and financial transactions. Nicolas de Gottrau and Jean-Yves Rebord are the main contacts.

'Capable of solving complex issues', Walder Wyss' 'very efficient team' is best known for acting on financial services transactions and providing regulatory advice. In 2018, Patrick Vogel advised Bank J. Safra Sarasin on all regulatory, contractual and corporate aspects concerning its asset purchase of Bank Hapoalim's private banking divisions in Luxembourg and Switzerland. The 'calm and accessible' Hubertus Hillerström 'overcomes all obstacles during transactions'.

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  • Bär & Karrer awarded by Mergermarket as "Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018"

    At this year's Mergermarket European Awards Ceremony on 6 December 2018 in London, Bär & Karrer has been awarded as the "Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018".
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers of Astes4 SA

    The owners of Astes4 SA, a company based in Balerna, Switzerland, which is engaged in development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines, sold their interests in the company to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. Mitsubishi Electric is active in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. By acquiring Astes4, Mitsubishi Electric will further strengthen its lineup of automation systems together with sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines to provide its valued customers with integrated solutions that require less manual loading, unloading and sorting to realize higher productivity and efficiency.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Constellium on the Sale of Rolling Business Assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to

    On 23 July 2018, Constellium Valais SA, a company of the Constellium group engaged in the aluminium plate and extrusions businesses for industry, aerospace and transportation applications, successfully completed the sale of its aluminium rolling business assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to Novelis Switzerland SA for EUR 200 million. The assets, consisting of real estate, machinery and equipment, were previously leased by Constellium Valais to Novelis Switzerland and both parties will continue to operate in Sierre following the transaction. Concurrently with the asset sale, Constellium Valais contributed the Sierre site's shared infrastructure to a newly established 50-50 joint venture with Novelis Switzerland.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Bank Cler in Connection with the Public Tender Offer by Cantonal Bank of Basel

    On 20 June 2018, the Cantonal Bank of Basel, which already holds 77.52% of the share capital and the voting rights of Bank Cler Ltd., published the preannouncement for a public tender offer for all publicly held bearer shares of Bank Cler, which is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Subsequently, Bank Cler concluded a transaction agreement with the Cantonal Bank of Basel regarding the public tender offer. The Cantonal Bank of Basel offers CHF 52 per share of Bank Cler. Taking into consideration the results of the Fairness Opinion of an independent Expert, the board of directors of Bank Cler recommends to its shareholders to accept the offer.
  • Bär & Karrer Successful in Appeal Proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court Against the F

    On 11 May 2016, the French tax authorities requested administrative assistance from the Swiss Federal Tax Administration. The request was made based on lists containing several thousand UBS Switzerland AG account numbers which are or were held by persons presumed to be French residents for tax purposes. The French tax authorities were asking for Switzerland to provide names and dates of birth of the persons connected to the accounts as well as the account balances. UBS Switzerland AG (which the Federal Administrative Court ("FAC") had granted party status in its judgment A-4974/2016 of 25 October 2016) and private individuals directly affected lodged appeals with the FAC against the Federal Tax Administration’s final decisions, which were issued on 9 February 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises BZ Bank on Purchase of United Grinding Group

    BZ Bank Aktiengesellschaft, through its acquisition company LEMRO AG, purchased the United Grinding Group from Körber Beteiligungen GmbH. The United Grinding Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of precision grinding machines.
  • Bär & Karrer advised PSP Swiss Property on Sale of a Commercial Property

    PSP Swiss Property sold a commercial property in Petit-Lancy, Geneva. The property at the Av. des Morgines 8/10 (approx. 14'000 m2 of rentable space) was sold for CHF 55 million to an affiliate company of Epic Suisse AG.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in a Combined Offering on the Placement of Sha

    Idorsia Ltd successfully placed 11,912,000 new shares by way of an accelerated bookbuilding in a private placement with institutional investors. The placed shares are sourced from the company's existing authorized share capital and the pre-emptive rights of the existing shareholders have been excluded. The offer price was set at CHF 25.62 per share. Additionally, Idorsia successfully placed CHF 200 million of senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2024 in a private placement with institutional investors.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Vontobel on the Placement of CHF 450 Million Tier 1 Bonds to fund the acquisit

    Vontobel Holding AG successfully completed the placement of CHF 450 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.625% until 2023. The proceeds of this capital market transaction will be mainly used to finance the acquisition of Notenstein La Roche Private Bank.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Swiss Re in the Offering of USD 500 Million Senior Exchangeable Notes with Iss

    Swiss Re Ltd (Swiss Re) has completed an offering of USD 500 million, 6-year senior exchangeable notes, which may be stock settled at the option of Swiss Re or may be exchanged at the option of noteholders for registered shares of Swiss Re, unless Swiss Re elects to settle the exchange of notes in cash. Swiss Re has purchased call options on its own shares, which allow it to settle an exchange by noteholders without issuing new shares.