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Bär & Karrer AG attracts praise for delivering the ‘best service possible’ on M&A and corporate governance matters. Highlights included advising Syngenta on its defence against an unsolicited takeover approach by Monsanto and the subsequent takeover by ChemChina for $43bn, and assisting EQT with the CHF1.4bn public tender offer for Kuoni Travel. Recommended lawyers include the ‘outstanding’ Rolf Watter and the ‘experienced and passionateDieter Dubs, as well as Christoph Neeracher, Ralph Malacrida and Mariel Hoch.

Homburger’s ‘top-notch’ practice is recommended for high-profile M&A transactions. Highlights included assisting ChemChina with its $43bn public takeover of Syngenta, acting for Kuoni Travel on EQT’s CHF1.4bn public tender offer, and advising Kaba Group on its merger with German group Dorma. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Dieter Gericke heads the practice, which includes the ‘experienced and pragmatic’ Daniel Daeniker, ‘sharp-minded’ Frank Gerhard, ‘extremely astute’ Daniel Hasler and Claude Lambert.



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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The ‘highly skilled and professional’ team at Lenz & Staehelin is ‘a pleasure to work with’. It advised Sika on its defence against an unsolicited CHF10bn takeover approach by Saint-Gobain, assisted HNA Group with the CHF2.7bn acquisition of Swissport Group, and advised Banco BTG Pactual on the sale of BSI to EFG International. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very thoughtful and pragmaticRudolf Tschäni, ‘great problem-solverHans-Jakob Diem, the ‘very experiencedAndreas Rötheli, the ‘highly dedicatedTino Gaberthüel and Stephan Erni, who is ‘a great negotiator’.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG attracts praise for its ‘extraordinary service levels’ and ‘practical advice’. Recent work includes assisting Assa Abloy with its acquisition of Cedes Holding and advising Zeochem on the acquisition of a majority stake in ALSIO Technology from the Jiangsu Feixiang Group. The ‘business-orientedPhilippe Weber and the ‘very experiencedPhilipp Haas head the practice, in which Peter Isler, the ‘very accurate’ Ulysses von Salis and the ‘extremely committedPatrik Peyer are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s practice is particularly recommended for cross-border deals. It assisted REWE with the acquisition of Kuoni’s European tour operating business and advised Citizen Watch on the acquisition of the Frédérique Constant group. The ‘experienced and pragmaticMartin Anderson, the ‘business-oriented’ Alexander Fischer and Martin Furrer lead the practice, which lost Urs Schenker to Walder Wyss Ltd, but gained Beat Barthold from Froriep.

The ‘excellent’ team at Kellerhals Carrard is particularly strong in mid-market transactions, but also has experience in larger deals. It advised Galenica on its $1.5bn acquisition of Relypsa and assisted Marc Jaquet with the sale of Jaquet Technology to TE Connectivity. Key figures include the ‘business-oriented’ Ines Pöschel in Zurich, the ‘pragmatic’ Beat Brechbühl in Bern and Marco Balmelli in Basel.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal provides ‘practical and solution-driven’ advice to clients from a broad range of industries. Recent work includes advising Micronas on its public takeover by TDK Corporation and assisting Bellevue Group with the Swiss aspects of its acquisition of German fund manager StarCapital. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice head Alexander Vogel is recommended along with the ‘pragmatic’ Andrea Sieber and Christophe Rapin.

The ‘very responsive’ team at Pestalozzi is praised for its ‘very high standard of legal know-how and business sense’. It recently advised Ringier on its joint venture with Axel Springer and assisted Royal Bank of Canada with the sale of its Swiss subsidiary to Banque SYZ. Sébastien Roy and Jakob Hoehn head the practice, in which Christoph Lang is also recommended.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s lawyers ‘respond in record time and have great business acumen’. Highlights included assisting EFG International with the CHF1.3bn acquisition of BSI and acting as Swiss counsel to Panasonic Healthcare on its acquisition of Bayer’s diabetes care business. Jean Jacques Ah Choon and Lorenzo Olgiati head the practice, which includes the ‘prudentOliver Triebold.

Vischer’s ‘very reliable and extremely efficient’ corporate team has particular expertise in regulated industries. It assisted Shanghai Jiuchuan Investment with the acquisition of SHL Telemedicine and advised Newmont Mineral Holdings on the sale of Valcambi to Rajesh Exports. Key figures include Jürg Luginbühl, who is an ‘excellent negotiator’, Matthias Staehelin, who has ‘outstanding life sciences industry expertise’, and the ‘very professionalRobert Bernet.

Praised for its ‘very good and efficient’ service, Walder Wyss Ltd acted as Swiss counsel to Groupe SEB on the acquisition of WMF Group and advised Bayer on the sale of its diabetes care business to Panasonic Healthcare. Urs Gnos and Markus Vischer head the practice, which includes the ‘business-savvy’ Patrick Vogel and of counsel Urs Schenker, who joined from Baker McKenzie.

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘very professional’ team is noted for its core strength in private equity and venture capital deals. The firm also has a strong corporate client base; highlights included advising Daimler on a joint venture with Nissan in Mexico and assisting Statoil with the sale of its 20% stake in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. The ‘very experienced’ Beat Speck, Christoph Schmid and Wolfgang Zürcher are recommended.

BianchiSchwald combines an ‘excellent’ broad-based practice in Western Switzerland with ‘a very responsive and experienced’ team in Zurich, which is particularly noted in the manufacturing sector and in regulated industries. Manuel Bianchi della Porta and Hans-Peter Schwald are recommended. Benjamin Humm joined Python.

Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd handles mid-market transactions and attracts praise for its ‘very good service’. It advised Filtex on the sale of Jakob Schlaepfer to the Forster Rohner Group and assisted Relief Therapeutics with the sale of four clinical research organisations to Accelovance. Christian Stambach and Marco Rizzi are recommended.

The ‘remarkably responsive and client-focused’ team at CMS is particularly strong in private equity transactions. It recently advised Aurelius Group on its acquisition of Valora Group’s FMCG distribution business. Practice head Stefan Brunnschweiler and Pascal Favre are recommended. Former practice head Oliver Blum joined EY Law AG.

Eversheds (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s ‘very good’ team is noted for its strength in mid-market and cross-border matters. It recently advised Akina on the sale of Enkom to Kathrein. The ‘experiencedMarc Nufer and the ‘knowledgeableOliver Beldi head the practice, which saw the departure of several individuals including Fabien Aepli to Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC, but hired Daniel Bachmann from EY Law AG and Olivier Dunant from Meyerlustenberger Lachenal.

Boutique firm id est avocats sàrl is ‘an excellent choice’ for venture capital and technology transactions. Highlights included assisting HouseTrip with its sale to TripAdvisor and advising Aspediens on its sale to Computer Sciences Corporation. Michel Jaccard combines ‘outstanding legal and business knowledge’.

Known for its energy-sector strength, Python’s ‘excellent’ practice regularly acts for key client Engie, recently advising it on the Nord Stream 2 joint venture. Marc Iynedjian and Christophe de Kalbermatten are recommended. Benjamin Humm joined the team from BCCC Attorneys-at-law LLC.

Marco Villa heads the ‘very good’ team at FBT Attorneys-at-Law, which is particularly recommended for financial services transactions in Western Switzerland.

Froriep regularly handles mid-market transactions, primarily involving privately held companies. Clients include Revox Holding and Novavest Real Estate. Catrina Luchsinger is the key contact following the departure of former practice head Beat Barthold to Baker McKenzie.

Marc Grüninger heads the ‘extremely responsive and professional’ team at GHR Rechtsanwälte, which assisted Swisspower Energy with the transfer of its trading business to EBM Energie and advised F24 on its acquisition of Dolphin Systems.

Jacquemoud Stanislasdelivers outstanding quality on time and for competitive rates’. The team recently assisted with the sale of a hotel chain in Geneva to an investment fund based in Qatar. Philippe Jacquemoud is ‘very solution-oriented’.

Lalive’s ‘very good’ team is recommended for mid-market and cross-border transactions. The practice continues to handle a significant amount of inbound business from its office in Doha. Alexander Troller is recommended.

Oberson Abels Ltd is noted for its track record in financial services transactions. It recently advised on the sale of a subsidiary of a Geneva-based private bank. Sébastien Bettschart and Stefan Eberhard head the practice.

Prager Dreifuss AG regularly handles transactions involving distressed companies and in regulated industries. It recently assisted Swissgas with the acquisition of a stake in FluxSwiss. Practice head Daniel Hayek is recommended.

Geneva-based Tavernier Tschanz has experience in mid-market cross-border transactions and recently assisted the buyer with an acquisition in the private banking sector. Jacques Bonvin is recommended.

In an illustration of Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte’s strength in the technology sector, the firm recently assisted Wince with the acquisition of two Swiss technology companies. Markus Alder heads the practice.

Wenger Plattner’s ‘very reliable and experienced’ team is recommended for mid-market transactions and deals involving distressed companies. It advised the shareholders of the Induchem Group on its sale to Givaudan. Oliver Künzler is ‘very good at handling commercial issues’.

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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 Advises AON Schweiz on the Acquisition of Unidelta

    On 30 November 2017, AON Schweiz AG, a leading global service provider for risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokers as well as adviser on human resources, has acquired 100% of the shareholding in Unidelta AG, an all-branch insurance broker based in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Unidelta is specialized in risk management and has particular designed services in personal injury management.
  • Multilease: Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-2

    On 28 November 2017, Multilease AG closed its second Swiss auto lease securitization transaction involving the issuance by First Swiss Mobility 2017-2 AG (the Issuer) of CHF 267,300,000 Zero percent asset-backed Class A Notes, due in 2027, CHF 16,500,000 1.00 percent asset-backed Class B Notes, due in 2027 and CHF 14,800,000 2.00 percent asset-backed Class C Notes, due in 2027.
  • GetYourGuide announces USD 75 million Series D financing round

    GetYourGuide, the leading online marketplace for travel activities, announced a USD 75 million series D financing round led by Battery Ventures. The company’s existing investors KKR, Spark Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Nokia Growth and Sunstone Capital joined Battery in its investment.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers of AWK Group

    The owners of AWK Group AG sold the company to Deutsche Private Equity GmbH, an independent German investment company. AWK Group is one of the largest independent Swiss consulting firms for information technology and digitalization.
  • Valiant Bank AG places inaugural Swiss Covered Bond

    Valiant Bank AG has successfully placed a CHF250 million covered bond with a 10 year term and carrying a coupon of 0.375 percent. Moody's assigned a provisional (P)Aaa rating to Valiant Bank AG's mortgage covered bonds. Valiant Bank AG intends to have the covered bonds provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange on 5 December. The transaction is the first public covered bond issuance entirely structured under Swiss law with a Swiss guarantor. BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and Zürcher Kantonalbank act as lead-manager.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Valora on its Rights Offering

    Valora Holding AG completed a capital increase raising net proceeds of approximately CHF 166 million. The capital increase was executed as an "at market" rights offering. The offer price for the new shares was determined following a bookbuilding process for the shares not taken up by existing shareholders. Valora will use the proceeds from the capital increase to refinance its recent acquisition of BackWerk, to finance the expansion of production capacities, to refinance existing capital market instruments and for general corporate purposes. Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised KKR on a Follow-On Investment in GetYourGuide

    KKR, a leading global investment firm, together with other investors, has closed an investment to increase its minority stake in GetYourGuide AG. GetYourGuide is the world's largest online platform for tours, activities and attractions and offers over 31,000 activities in nearly 7,300 destinations.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Talbot Holding on its Public Tender Offer for ImmoMentum

    On 29 August 2017, Talbot Holding AG, an entity controlled by investment company Actium AG, launched an all cash public tender offer for all listed shares in ImmoMentum AG, a Swiss real estate company listed on BX Berne eXchange invested primarily in residential real estate. With the satisfaction of all offer conditions, the offer was successfully settled on 10 November 2017. As a result, Talbot Holding holds 99.67% of the voting rights and share capital of ImmoMentum.
  • Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland

    Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland – Digital Influencer Marketing is a new subtle form for reaching target audiences online. Due to its’ increasing emergence as a marketing practice, governmental agencies and selfregulatory bodies worldwide have reacted with the issuance of guidelines how such practices should be conducted in a transparent manner. Also, a few court decisions have been rendered with remarkable remedies ordered. Therefore, it appears sensible to take broad look at what’s happening on our globe. In the following, we will provide (i) an overview on noteworthy legal developments with regard to digital influencer marketing in select jurisdictions worldwide, (ii) an overview on the legal status of digital influencer marketing in Switzerland and (iii) a general impact assessment for businesses in Switzerland. 
  • Nouscom AG USD 40 Mio. Series B Financing Round

    Walder Wyss advises Abingworth and 5AM Venture on Nouscom’s Series B financing round. Nouscom is active in the development of tumor specific oncolytic viruses and patient specific cancer vaccines. The financing round was subscribed by Abingworth and 5AM Venture as well as by existing shareholders.