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Bär & Karrer AG’s team has ‘first-class knowledge’ across the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters, and combines this with ‘business-oriented advice and very short response times’. Highlights included successfully assisting PKB Privatbank with obtaining a non-prosecution agreement under the US disclosure programme. The team also assisted Credit Suisse with a CHF200m refinancing for the Kuoni group and continues to advise UBS on the reorganisation of its new subsidiary UBS Switzerland. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very knowledgeableEric Stupp, finance expert Ralph Malacrida, as well as Peter Hsu and Andreas Länzlinger.

The team at Homburger provides ‘impeccable service’ for finance transactions and ‘excellent advice’ on regulatory matters. Recent work includes representing UBS in FINMA enforcement proceedings regarding alleged market abuse in its FX business, assisting RBS with the sale of Coutts to Union Banquaire Privée, and acting for HNA Group on the financing of its acquisition of Swissport Group, including a €660m term loan and a CHF150m revolving credit facility. Practice head Benedikt Maurenbrecher, the ‘very experienced’ René Bösch and the ‘pragmatic and efficient’ Hansjürg Appenzeller are recommended alongside Daniel Daeniker and senior associate Benjamin Leisinger.



In 2010, lecocqassociate ltd was established as a regulatory advisory firm in Malta, however, the foundations of the firm originated in the late 1990s with the legal education and experience of its founder, Dominique R Lecocq. The lecocqassociate group presently consists of three international offices; in 2007, Dominique first founded lecocqassociate Geneva as a boutique law firm specialised in the niche areas of regulatory banking and corporate finance, followed by the incorporation of lecocqassociate Malta in 2010 as a regulatory advisory practice, and the establishment of lecocqassociate Dubai in 2013 as a structuring advisory practice (collectively, the ‘group’).

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Bär & Karrer

Bär & Karrer has an established practice advising banks, securities dealers, insurance and reinsurance companies, and other financial institutions in Switzerland and around the world.We represent financial institutions, issuers, investors, and other market participants in enforcement proceedings of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

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Lenz & Staehelin’s ‘excellent team’ is renowned for its regulatory expertise and for its track record in financings. Recent work includes advising VTG as borrower on a €1.2bn refinancing, acting for the lenders on $8bn of revolving credit facilities provided to Glencore, and advising the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) on Swiss regulatory issues. Practice head Patrick Hünerwadel, Stefan Breitenstein, Marcel Tranchet and Patrick Schleiffer are all recommended.

The ‘very experienced’ team at Niederer Kraft & Frey AG is noted for its ‘efficient service’, which covers finance transactions as well as regulatory matters and banking disputes. Highlights included acting for a bank consortium, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, on a €3.6bn bridge financing facility for Dufry to acquire World Duty Free, and advising EFG International on regulatory and financing aspects regarding the acquisition of Swiss private bank BSI. The practice is headed by the regulatory experts Sandro Abegglen and François Bianchi. Other recommended lawyers include Peter Isler, Marco Häusermann and recently promoted partner Bertrand Schott.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘swift and accurate’ team is noted for its handling of complex security structures, syndicated loans, acquisition finance and export finance. Recent work includes advising Credit Suisse on a $44m export credit facility and assisting Rabobank and a syndicate of lenders with a €1bn secured bridge financing facility. The practice is headed by Markus Affentranger and Lukas Glanzmann and was strengthened in October 2016 by the arrival of the well-regarded Ansgar Schott and Beat Barthold from Froriep.

The ‘very professional’ team at Pestalozzi has particular strength in large-scale finance transactions and is also singled out for its regulatory expertise. Highlights included acting as Swiss counsel to a banking consortium on $33.75bn credit facilities provided to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to acquire Allergan Generics, and advising Rusal on the Swiss law aspects of its $4.75bn refinancing. Practice head Urs Klöti is recommended along with Oliver Widmer and Robert Furter.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘an excellent service’ to lender clients including BNP Paribas and Raiffeisen Switzerland, which it advises on regulatory and contentious matters as well as finance transactions. On the borrower side, the firm advised Panasonic Healthcare on Swiss law aspects of its financing of the acquisition of the diabetes care business from Bayer. Practice head Martin Lanz is an ‘outstanding regulatory expert’ and Anita Schläpfer is recommended for financing matters.

Walder Wyss Ltd provides ‘quick and accurate service’ and ‘excellent value for money’. Recent work includes advising Castleton Commodities International on the Swiss law aspects of a $3.5bn credit facility and acting for the lending bank on a CHF750m acquisition financing. The ‘very experienced’ Luc Defferrard, Francis Nordmann, Enrico Friz and Markus Pfenninger are all recommended.

The ‘very efficient and professional’ team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is particularly recommended for acquisition financings, structured financings and syndicated lending transactions. Recent work includes assisting Gearbulk Holding with a $750m refinancing, including a syndicated loan and several bilateral loans. Practice head Alexander Vogel and Daniel Schoch are recommended.

Vischer provides ‘reliable and quick answers’ on banking regulatory matters and financing transactions. Recent work includes assisting AFINUM with obtaining financing from Zürcher Kantonalbank to acquire Lomb Art, and advising Peopleinvest on the setting up of a crowd-lending platform. The practice is headed by the ‘commercially minded’ Adrian Dörig and Markus Guggenbühl.

The ‘excellent’ team at Wenger & Vieli is recommended for regulatory matters, and has been assisting several FinTech start-ups on licensing requirements and advises Cornèr Bank on anti-money-laundering legislation. The ‘highly qualified and responsive’Martin Hess and Andreas Hünerwadel are recommended.

Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd is particularly noted for its regulatory expertise. ‘Experienced and innovative’ practice head Hannes Glaus has been assisting Primapen KGK on structuring and obtaining FINMA approval for a fund of funds. Finance expert Barbara Jecklin joined the practice from UBS.

Buis Bürgi AG is ‘a very business-oriented and dynamic’ banking and litigation boutique that is particularly noted for its representation of banks’ clients and foreign banks in litigation against Swiss banks. Eric Buis is recommended.

At Froriep, the well-regarded Catrina Luchsinger regularly assists Banco Itau with trade finance transactions. She also advises Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich on Swiss law governed securities, including share pledges and receivables assignments. Ansgar Schott and Beat Barthold joined Baker McKenzie.

Kellerhals Carrard’s practice advises asset managers on regulatory issues concerning foreign collective investment schemes. It advised Man Group on the distribution of several of its funds in Switzerland. Dominik Oberholzer is recommended.

Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Bühr head the practice at Lalive, which is recommended for banking litigation as well as compliance and internal investigations. It successfully assisted Thurgauer Kantonalbank with obtaining a non-target letter under the US disclosure programme.

The team at Prager Dreifuss AG regularly advises lenders and borrowers on credit facilities, including syndicated loans and leveraged finance. Practice head Daniel Hayek is recommended.

Staiger Attorneys at Law’s practice is noted for its regulatory expertise. It has been appointed as independent expert in several FINMA investigations into suspected unauthorised activities by financial service providers. The firm also advised Bank Hapoalim on its participation in the US disclosure programme. Désirée Wiesendanger is recommended.

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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 Advises Muhr und Bender on the Sale of its Stake in Feintool

    On 3 October 2017, Dr. Thomas Muhr and Muhr und Bender KG sold their entire stake in Feintool International Holding AG (Feintool) amounting to 616,500 shares of Feintool corresponding to 13.81% of the total share capital of Feintool. The shares were sold to institutional investors through an accelerated bookbuilding process led by Bank Berenberg.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Orior on the Placement of a CHF 110 Million Inaugural Bond Issue

    Orior AG successfully completed the placement of its CHF 110 million inaugural bond issue. The bonds carry a coupon of 0.625% and will mature on 26 September 2023 at par. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. The issue was lead-managed by UBS AG and Zürcher Kantonalbank.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Valora on the Acquisition of BackWerk

    Valora has signed an agreement to acquire BackWerk from Swedish financial investor EQT. BackWerk is a German-based food service company with over 340 locations mainly in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Completion is subject to merger control approval.
  • Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, an investment company based in Singapore, sold its stake in Dufr

    Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, an investment company based in Singapore, sold its stake in Dufry AG through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary to the HNA Group.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Cummins on its Joint Venture with Eaton

    The global power leader Cummins Inc. announced that it successfully completed the formation of a joint venture with the power management company Eaton, concerning the design, manufacture, sale and support of automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial vehicles (named Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies). As part of the transaction, the Swiss company Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies Sàrl was formed earlier this year and Cummins acquired a 50% participation on 31 July 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Jacobs Holding on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in OdontoSalute

    Colosseum Dental Group, a fully owned portfolio company of Jacobs Holding AG, has acquired 70% of OdontoSalute, an Italian dental clinics group providing dental treatments of any kind through a national network. Colosseum is a leading provider of private dental care in the Scandinavian area, which is now operating in more than 150 clinics in Norway, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark and aiming at building a leading pan-European dentistry group. With this acquisition, Colosseum further expands into continental Europe and becomes one of the leading dentistry clinic operators in Italy.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised the Sellers of Rotronic

    The owners of Rotronic AG, which develops and manufactures measuring technologies, sold the company to funds managed by Battery Ventures.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CliniSciences on the Acquisition of BIOTREND Chemicals

    On 13 June 2017, CliniHolding S.à r.l. (CliniSciences) acquired the entire stake in BIOTREND Chemicals AG (BIOTREND) from its founders. BIOTREND is a leading distributor of high-quality reagents and biochemicals for the life science research community in Switzerland, Germany and USA.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Banque Cantonale de Genève on the Placement of CHF 200 Million Additional Tie

    Banque Cantonale de Genève successfully completed the placement of CHF 90 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds and CHF 110 million tier 2 subordinated bonds due 2027. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.00%. The tier 2 subordinated bonds were issued at 100.024% of their nominal amount with an interest of 1.125% and will mature on 28 June 2027 at their nominal amount. Both bonds have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. UBS AG, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Banque Cantonale de Genève acted as Joint Lead Managers.
  • Bär & Karrer wins Europe Women in Business Law Award

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that partner Tina Wüstemann, who heads the private clients team, won the title 'Best in trusts & estates' at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards ceremony on 15 June 2017 in London. This is the second time Tina Wüstemann wins this award. In addition, partner and dispute resolution specialist Nadja Jaisli Kull was shortlisted as 'Rising Star Litigation'.