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FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

BĂ„R & KARRER LTD.

Bär & Karrer has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in domestic and international securities offerings. We provide transactional services as well as specific advice in connection with the issuance of securities and subsequent trading in secondary markets. We are regularly retained by leading investment banks and Swiss public companies.

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Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles IPOs, capital transactions, equity-related matters, bond and notes issuance, as well as private placements and recapitalisation programmes. Thomas Reutter acted for syndicate banks Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs on a combined offering worth CHF505m on the placement of shares and senior convertible bonds of Idorsia. Another highlight was its advice to the syndicate banks on Klingelnberg's CHF241m IPO. Swiss Re, Ceva Logistics and Novartis are among its other clients. M&A and finance lead Ralph Malacrida and transaction partner Rolf Watter are other core team members. Till Spillmann left for Niederer Kraft Frey AG at the beginning of 2018.

Homburger is 'valued for its strong client focus, market intelligence, competence and high-quality work products'. With considerable expertise in equity, hybrid and debt transactions, the team is also well known for advising on IPOs, equity raisings, capital and debt issuances, as well as traded investment products. Recent highlights include advising on the updating of UBS Group's senior debt programme, work which was led by Stefan Kramer, who has 'strong knowledge of banking regulations', and the 'skilled and client-oriented' Benedikt Maurenbrecher. Other core practitioners are René Bösch, a key counsel for Credit Suisse, and Daniel Daeniker, who acted for Sensirion on the listing of over eight million shares in connection with its IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange. 'Outstanding legal adviser' Hansjürg Appenzeller and 'solution-driven' counsel Lee Saladino are also recommended.

One of the 'leading practices in Switzerland', Lenz & Staehelin's 'depth and quality is world class'. Equity transactions, bond offerings, securitisation, derivatives, convertibles and structured notes are among its areas of expertise. 'Stand-out performer' Jacques Iffland advised ObsEva on a $60m private investment of shares and short-term warrants regarding a public equity transaction with several investors, while Rudolf Tschäni and Hans-Jakob Diem assisted Sika with its CHF1.65bn issuance of senior convertible bonds on SIX Swiss Exchange. 'Knowledgeable and thorough' derivatives and structured products expert François Rayroux and Zurich co-lead Patrick Schleiffer are other names to note.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is 'a level above most local competitors' and stands out for its 'professionalism and high quality of work'. The capital markets practice is best known for advising on Swiss IPOs, securitisation, debt and hybrid transactions, as well as rights offerings and private equity placements. 'Go-to lawyer' Philippe Weber, who is 'a reassuring presence on transactions', and Marco Haeusermann assisted Swiss Re with its $500m offering of senior exchangeable notes, while Philipp Haas and Till Spillmann advised Idorsia on a share offering worth CHF500m. Team head François Bianchi and Daniel Bono are also key practitioners.

Walder Wyss Ltd's 'reputable, experienced and well-connected' practice 'has the right mix of seniority, experience and work dedication to handle complex matters' and is particularly 'experienced in transactions' for the financial services, life sciences, real estate and logistics industries. Securitisation matters form another key area of expertise. Alexander Nikitine acted for underwriting banks Zürcher Kantonalbank, Bryan Garnier and Kepple Cheuvreux on Medartis Holding's CHF700m IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange, while the 'calm and focused' Theodor Härtsch assisted Athris with its IPO on BX Swiss. Lukas Wyss advised Glarner Kantonalbank on placing additional Tier 1 bonds worth CHF100m.

Baker McKenzie's 'very dedicated team' receives praise for its high level of 'availability and engagement'. Advisory services include IPOs, share issuance, equity and debt transactions, public M&A, structured products and derivatives, while the team also handles contentious matters including disclosure disputes and compliance issues. 'Valuable sparring partner' Matthias Courvoisier, who 'convinces through his legal knowledge and market understanding', assisted Lalique Group with its capital increase and IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange, and advised Schmolz+Bickenbach on the issuance of €200m-worth of senior secured notes. Marcel Giger is another key practitioner.

Transactions, exchange-traded products, IPOs, asset management, derivatives and disclosure matters make up the bulk of work at Kellerhals Carrard. Dominik Oberholzer advised Man Group on the foundation of an international CLO investment vehicle, and also assisted UBS with the regulatory registration and listing of financial products on SIX Swiss Exchange. Beat Brechbühl acted for Aventron on a cross-border share capital increase.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s 'goal-oriented, efficient, pragmatic and experienced' capital markets team handles IPOs, private placements, collective investment schemes, as well as rights, debts and exchange offerings, combined with regulatory aspects. Wolfgang Müller, who 'is very pleasant to work with', acted for TDK-Micronas as selling shareholder on the IPO of X-Fab Silicon Foundries on Euronext Paris, while Christoph Heiz advised Norges Statsbaner on issuing a series of international bonds worth CHF375m on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Pestalozzi has strength in derivative and high-yield bond issuances, mainly acting for banks and companies. Other areas of expertise range from transactions, IPOs, private equity financing, private investment in public equity offerings and securitisation to fintech products and regulatory matters. Crédit Agricole, EON, RWE, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are among its clients for securitisation and real estate-related capital markets transactions, while Nordea Bank, HSBC and Danske Bank were advised on their respective structured notes programmes. Practice lead Urs Klöti and partner Oliver Widmer are the key practitioners. Debt capital markets lawyer Beat Schwarz and stock exchange specialist Severin Roelli are other names to note.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team of 'outstanding professionals' maintains 'good working relationships' with clients and is renowned for staying 'calm even in stressful situations'. With a focus on debt capital market transactions, OTC derivatives and asset management, the department's recent highlights include the placement of €600m-worth of zero-coupon convertible bonds by public-listed company ams and advising a foreign bank on the issue of mortgage-backed bonds in Switzerland. The practice includes team head Philippe Borens, financial products expert Martin Lanz and transactions partner Olivier Favre.

Derivatives, securities listings, IPOs, bond issues and fintech products constitute the core areas of advice at VISCHER. Markus Guggenbühl assists UK-based Elliott Advisors on Swiss securities laws, takeover and disclosure rules in connection with several matters, while Robert Bernet advised Openlimit Holding during its authorised investment capital increase; its shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Matthias Staehelin advised Crispr Therapeutics on a $130m public offering of shares on Nasdaq.

The team at Wenger & Vieli LTD receives praise for its 'excellent project dedication, availability and legal competence'. Equity and debt capital markets, fintech work and transactions are core strengths. Wolfgang Zürcher assisted MacxRed with the creation of structured products and liaising with FINMA concerning some of the first non-regulated products publicly available to third-party investors, and Martin Hess acted for start-up Sonect on the Swiss and EU regulatory aspects regarding the realisation of a cash withdrawal app.

Bratschi Ltd handles mid-sized capital market transactions, as well as debt and structured finance matters. St. Gallen-based practice lead Christian Stambach advised Adecco Group during the issue of $300m-worth of notes under a €3.5bn medium-term note programme, while Barbara Jecklin assisted the same client with a €600m senior unsecured revolving credit facility. Marco Rizzi also handles domestic rights issues and alternative IPOs.

Areas of expertise at GHR Rechtsanwälte include securities, public tender and rights offerings, IPOs, convertibles, bond and notes issues, share buybacks, as well as regulatory and compliance aspects. Marc Grüninger and Markus Brülhart assisted Cemex with its global issuance of €650m-worth of senior secured notes on the Irish Stock Exchange. Eurasian Resources Group is another key client of the practice.

IPO planning, transactions, stock exchange regulation (including ad-hoc disclosure and public tender offers) and advice on financing structures are the key areas of expertise at Prager Dreifuss AG. The team consists of corporate and transactional partners Urs Bertschinger and Andreas Moll, as well as associate Christian Schönfeld.

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  • Bär & Karrer Advised Colombo Wealth on the Reorganisation of its Structure and Obtaining FINMA's ap

    Colombo Wealth SA (previously Colombo Wealth Management SA, Heron Holding SA and Heron Asset Management SA), a financial service provider in the canton Ticino for institutional and private HNWI clients, is the first FINMA licensed asset manager of collective investment schemes with presence in all three main language areas in Switzerland, with headquarter in Lugano and branches in Zurich and Geneva. After obtaining the relevant authorisations from FINMA, Colombo Wealth (previously Heron Asset Management) successfully completed the mergers with Colombo Wealth Management and Heron Holding.
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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.