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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.

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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 ‘experienced’ Marc Nufer and the ‘knowledgeable’ Oliver 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 Advised UBS on its Shared Services Transfer to UBS Business Solutions AG

    Through a series of transactions which were completed for the most part in early June, UBS AG and other UBS group companies transferred group shared services functions, which are mainly based in Switzerland, in the UK and the US, to UBS Business Solutions AG and other related service companies. UBS Business Solutions AG now operates as the group service company of UBS and is a wholly owned subsidiary of UBS Group AG. The implementation of UBS Business Solutions AG enables UBS to maintain operational continuity of critical services should a recovery or resolution occur. It represents an important step towards improved resolvability, and is in line with global guidance defined by the Financial Stability Board.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Huntsman Corporation on All-stock Merger of Equals with Clariant

    On 22 May 2017, SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX) listed Clariant AG and Huntsman Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), announced that their Boards of Directors approved a definite agreement to combine in a cross-border merger of equals through an all-stock transaction. The combination of both companies will create a leading global specialty chemical company with a combined enterprise value of approximately USD 20 billion at announcement.
  • Bär & Karrer boosts Tax Practice with new Partner in Geneva

    Bär & Karrer announces that Christoph Suter has been elected as partner to lead the tax practice in Geneva as of 1 October 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Successful in Large Arbitration Proceeding

    Bär & Karrer successfully defends the interests of its long standing client EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG in a CHF 1 billion ad hoc-arbitration proceeding in Zurich instituted by a German entrepreneur four years ago. In its final award, the tribunal dismissed the plaintiff's claim in its entirety and awarded Bär & Karrer's client full compensation for its legal costs.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CVC on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Breitling

    CVC Fund VI has agreed to acquire an 80% stake in Breitling, a leading independent, family-owned manufacturer of Swiss luxury watches. As part of the transaction, Théodore Schneider will re-invest for a 20% shareholding in Breitling. Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises EQT and Kuoni Group on the Combination of Kuoni's GTA Business with Hotelbeds

    Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd, owned by EQT VII, a fund of the private equity group EQT, and the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation, has entered into a binding agreement on the sale of its GTD business division (GTA) to Hotelbeds Group, owned by a consortium led by Cinven und Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The shareholders of Kuoni Group will roll-over a large portion of their participation in GTA into the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business and upon completion, will hold a substantial minority stake in the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including merger control filings and approvals.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Hellman & Friedman and GIC on the Acquisition of Allfunds

    On 7 March 2017 Hellman & Friedman and GIC acquired Allfunds Bank, S.A. from Intesa Sanpaolo Group, Santander Group, General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus. Allfunds Bank is a leading financial technology business. The transaction is valued at EUR 1.8 billion and is subject to customary closing conditions.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises an Affiliate of Warburg Pincus on the Acquisition of a Stake in Avaloq

    Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, has entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 35% shareholding in the Avaloq Group AG. Avaloq is an internationally leading FinTech company based in Switzerland. With its integrated business process outsourcing services, Avaloq is the only independent provider for the financial industry that does both, developing and operating its own software. Closing of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Mitsui on the Acquisition of Chemtrade Aglobis

    On 28 February 2017, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) and Chemtrade Logistics Inc. (Chemtrade) announced an agreement under which Mitsui will acquire the entire stake in Chemtrade Aglobis AG (Aglobis), subsidiary entirely owned by Chemtrade. Aglobis is a leading distributor of sulphur and sulphuric acid in Europe. The transaction is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Partnership with Sanofi to Establish a

    Today, Lonza and Sanofi announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland. The large-scale facility will be established through a joint venture with an initial investment of around CHF 290 million shared equally between Lonza and Sanofi. The initial construction phase of the facility will commence in 2017, pending necessary regulatory approvals. The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2020. The partnership provides both parties with substantial flexibility by using an innovative setup enabling them to optimize biologics production capacity across the whole industry.