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Lenz & Staehelin’s Geneva-based team of ‘outstanding experts’ handles the full range of banking regulatory, financing and investment fund matters. Recent highlights include assisting Union Bancaire Privée with the purchase of Coutts’s international business from RBS and acting for Israel Discount Bank on the sale of its Swiss business to Hyposwiss Private Bank. The team also assisted several investment funds with obtaining authorisation from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). The ‘highly regardedShelby du Pasquier heads the banking and finance practice, while the ‘outstandingFrançois Rayroux leads the investment management team. Olivier Stahler and Fedor Poskriakov are also recommended.

BianchiSchwald’s ‘highly skilled’ team is particularly recommended for contentious banking matters and regulatory issues. It has been handling several disputes, for and against banks, and regularly assists banks with the handling of suspected non-declared assets. The ‘very knowledgeable and responsiveThomas Goossens and Thierry Amy are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Baker McKenzie recently acted for the lender on a refinancing of a multinational pharmaceuticals company. Other recent work includes assisting a Geneva-based private bank with the repatriation of its derivatives business from its foreign and Swiss affiliates. Frédéric Bétrisey and Martin Anderson are recommended.

Bär & Karrer SA’s expertise covers regulatory issues, finance transactions and contentious matters. Recent work includes successfully defending fund manager Manuel Echeverria in Madoff-related criminal proceedings, and advising a Swiss bank on FINMA enforcement proceedings related to the Panama Papers. Christophe Buchwalder and Cédric Chapuis head the practice.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law has an ‘excellent’ practice that is particularly known for its expertise in investment fund regulatory matters. The team also has significant experience with wider banking and finance regulation as well as banking litigation. Practice head Frédérique Bensahel is ‘very smart, pragmatic and solution-oriented’, and is recommended alongside Pierre-Olivier Etique.

Lalive is well known for its ‘excellent’ banking litigation practice, which recently represented Georgian businessman and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili in a $1bn lawsuit against Credit Suisse for alleged mismanagement of funds. The team also has significant banking regulatory and financing expertise. Alexander Troller and Marc Henzelin are recommended.

The ‘very good’ team at Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd has a wealth of experience in banking litigation, internal investigations, regulatory matters and transactional mandates. Recent work includes assisting Royal Bank of Canada with the sale of its Swiss subsidiary to Geneva-based Banque SYZ and representing Russian oligarch Vitaly Malkin in litigation against Banque Bénédict Hentsch. Christophe Emonet and Sébastien Roy are recommended. Nicolas Herren became partner in 2016.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘excellent’ practice is frequently recommended for regulatory advice in the area of banking and asset management, where ‘effective, thorough’ and ‘very experienced’ practice head Caroline Clemetson acts for clients including The Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland. The team also has significant experience in banking litigation and finance transactions. Recently promoted partner Grégoire Wuest is recommended. Former practice head Jean-Yves De Both left the legal sector.

Borel & Barbey’s ‘very experienced’ team is highly regarded for banking regulatory issues and finance transactions. Highlights included assisting several banks with successfully obtaining non-prosecution agreements under the US disclosure programme and acting for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as lead arranger on a $90m credit agreement. Michel Barbey and Nicolas Piérard are recommended.

Froriep regularly advises on regulatory issues and cross-border finance transactions. Recent highlights include acting for ING Bank on a €500m credit facility and assisting City Financial Investment with the establishment of a collective investment scheme in Geneva, including obtaining relevant FINMA authorisation. Jean-Luc Herbez and Jérôme de Montmollin are the names to note.

Jacquemoud Stanislas combines strengths in regulatory and contentious matters. Jean-Pierre Jacquemoud and Guy Stanislas have an impressive track record in high-profile banking litigation and regularly represent clients against banks. Philippe Jacquemoud provides ‘excellent advice’ on regulatory matters and recently assisted two asset managers of collective investment schemes with their successful FINMA filings.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal has extensive experience in financial markets regulation issues in Switzerland and the EU. The firm regularly advises on cross-border matters and represented several clients in banking litigation. Clients include Banque CIC (Suisse) and Landolt & Cie. The practice is headed by Christophe Rapin.

Oberson Abels Ltd has a highly regarded banking regulatory practice. Recent work includes assisting several banks with the establishment of private equity funds and advising a number of asset managers on FINMA licences. Antoine Amiguet and Philipp Fischer are the names to note.

Python’s practice is known for its strength in regulatory and contentious banking matters. It regularly assists banks and asset managers in their dealings with FINMA and has represented banks and their clients in banking litigation. Nicolas de Gottrau and Jean-Yves Rebord are recommended.

Tavernier Tschanz is well regarded for handling regulatory matters for banks and investment funds. The team recently advised the purchaser on a private banking sector acquisition, and regularly acts for lenders and borrowers in finance transactions. The ‘thorough and responsive’ Phidias Ferrari and Jacques Bonvin are recommended.

Walder Wyss Ltd opened its Geneva office in January 2016; since that time it has handled an impressive number of transactional mandates. Highlights included assisting J. Safra Sarasin with the acquisition of Credit Suisse’s business units in Monaco and Gibraltar. Practice head Patrick Vogel is recommended.

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Legal Developments in Switzerland

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  • 17 February 2017: Auris Medical's Public Equity Offering

    Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ: EARS) issued and priced its public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and 10,000,000 warrants, each warrant entitling its holder to purchase 0.70 of a common share.  The common shares and warrants are being sold in units comprised of one common share and one warrant at the public offering price of USD 1.00 per unit. The warrants will be immediately exercisable at a price of USD 1.20 per common share and are exercisable for five years. In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional common shares and/or 1,500,000 additional warrants at the public offering price less underwriting discounts. The offering is expected to close on or about February 21, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. Roth Capital Partners is acting as sole book-running manager in the offering. Maxim Group LLC is acting as a financial advisor in the offering.
  • 16 February 2017: Credit Suisse successfully launched its new subsidiary Credit Suisse (Switzerland)

    Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. was incorporated with the purpose to be organized as a Swiss bank. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse AG. The transfer of assets and liabilities according to Swiss merger law became effective on 20 November 2016. The transfer was aimed to evolve the legal entity structure of the Credit Suisse Group to meet regulatory requirements for systematically important banks.
  • 14 February 2017: BASF acquires Rolic Group

    BASF acquires Rolic, a Swiss based group offering innovative and forward-thinking solutions, particularly in the display and security industries as well as the optical film business.
  • 15 February 2017: gategroup CHF 300 mio. bond issuance

    gategroup successfully raised CHF 300 million through the issuance of a fixed rate 5-year senior bond with a final maturity on February 28, 2022. The bond with a coupon of 3% p.a. has been issued by gategroup Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. and is guaranteed by its parent company gategroup Holding AG. gategroup will apply for the listing of the new bond on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • 17 February 2017: RWS acquires LUZ, Inc.

    RWS Holdings plc, a world leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), commercial translations and linguistic validation, has completed the acquisition of 100% of LUZ, Inc., a market leading Life Sciences language services provider based in San Francisco, for a cash consideration of USD82.5m.
  • 17 February 2017: Cembra Money Bank acquires invoice financing provider SWISSBILLING SA

    Cembra Money Bank has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of SWISSBILLING. The transaction is expected to close within the first quarter of 2017. The transaction consideration was below CHF 10 million and is expected to have a negative impact of 0.1% on the Group’s CET1 ratio as at closing.
  • 7 February 2017: TPF closes private offering and bank financing

    Transports publics fribourgeois Trafic (TPF TRAFIC) SA closed the financing of its maintenance and exploitation centre in the canton of Fribourg. The financing was partly made through a CHF 40 mio. private placement, a CHF 32 mio. secured bank loan and a CHF 55 mio. unsecured bank loan.
  • 3 February 2017: Migros acquires Tipesca

    The Migros Group, through Mérat & Cie. SA, has acquired Tipesca SA, a company incorporated in the canton of Tessin. Tipesca offers a wide range of fish products.
  • 24 January 2017: Sharp Corporation and Skytec Group Limited enter into strategic business alliance

    Japan-based Sharp Corporation, part of Taiwan’s Foxconn Group, enters into a strategic business alliance with Skytec Group Limited (“Skytec”) regarding the manufacture and sale of Sharp branded products and services in Europe. For that purpose, Sharp acquires a majority stake of 56.7% in the newly incorporated joint venture Skytec UMC Ltd.
  • 25 January 2017: Zug Estates CHF 100 mio. Bond

    Zug Estates Holding AG (SIX: ZUGN) has successfully issued its first CHF 100 mio. fixed-interest bond with a 0.7% coupon and a 5-year maturity.

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  • Bär & Karrer Welcomes New Tax Counsel

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce Prof. Dr. Andrea Opel as a new counsel to the firm. She joined the tax team in Zurich on 1 March 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Orior on the Placement of Shares by Way of an Accelerated Bookbuilding

    Orior AG successfully placed 592,499 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.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised HQLAx on the first Live Securities Lending Transaction Using R3's Corda Blockc

    On 1 March 2018, financial technology innovator HQLAx together with Credit Suisse and ING completed the first live securities lending transaction using R3's Corda blockchain platform. The transaction included a basket swap between Credit Suisse and ING of value EUR 25 million using the HQLAx Corda-based collateral lending application. During the transaction, Credit Suisse and ING transferred legal ownership of Dutch and German government securities on the platform using HQLAx Digital Collateral Records (DCRs) while the underlying securities remained static.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis on the Placement of EUR 2,250,000,000 Guaranteed Notes

    Novartis Finance S.A. completed the placement of EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2023, EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2030 and EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2038. The 2023 Notes were issued at 99.655% of their principal amount with an interest of 0.500% and will mature on 14 August 2023 at their nominal value. The 2030 Notes were issued at 99.957% of their principal amount with an interest of 1.375% and will mature on 14 August 2030. The 2038 Notes were issued at 99.217% of their principal amount with an interest of 1.700% and will mature on 14 August 2038. The Notes are guaranteed by Novartis AG. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises EGSB on the Purchase of a Majority Stake in Bauwerk Boen

    EGS Beteiligungen AG (EGSB) has acquired all shares in Bauwerk Boen AG held by ZM Opportunity II L.P. (a fund advised by Patrimonium Private Equity) and is thus majority shareholder of the company. The Bauwerk Boen Group is a leading manufacturer of premium parquet flooring.
  • Promotions at Walder Wyss

    We are pleased to announce that our employees  Alexandre Both ,  Michael Cartier ,  Michael Feit ,  Hubertus Hillerström  and  Olivier Sigg , who have been with us for many years, have been appointed as partners in our firm, effective from 1st of January, 2018.
  • New counsel at Walder Wyss

    We are pleased to announce that a new counsel,  Christian Eichenberger , joined our firm as of 1st of January, 2018.
  • DPE acquires AWK Group

    Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) acquires majority interest in AWK Group, one of the largest independent Swiss consulting companies for information technology and digitalization. 
  • Metall Zug (SIX: METN) acquires majority holding in Haag-Streit Holding AG

    The Metall Zug Group has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of Haag-Streit Holding AG, based in Köniz, Switzerland. The transaction is expected to be consummated during the first quarter of 2018. 
  • Tamedia Announces Public Tender Offer for Goldbach Group

    Tamedia AG announces an all cash public tender offer for all publicly held shares of Goldbach Group AG listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Tamedia offers CHF 35.50 per share of Goldbach Group, representing a transaction amount of around CHF 216 million. The board of directors of Goldbach Group recommends to its shareholders to accept the offer.