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17 February 2017: Auris Medical's Public Equity Offering

February 2017 - Finance. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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.

Auris Medical is a Swiss biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing therapeutics that address important unmet medical needs in otolaryngology. The shares of Auris Medical trade on the NASDAQ Global Market.

Walder Wyss advises Auris Medical on Swiss law aspects of the transaction. The team is being led by Alex Nikitine (Partner, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A) and further includes Sarah Schulthess (Associate, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax) and Ayesha Curmally (Partner, Notary). Davis Polk & Wardwell advises Auris Medical on US law aspects. Cooley (as to US law) and Pestalozzi (as to Swiss law) act as legal advisors to Roth Capital Partners.

16 February 2017: Credit Suisse successfully launched its new subsidiary Credit Suisse (Switzerland)

February 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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

February 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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

February 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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.

February 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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

February 2017 - Finance. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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

February 2017 - Transport. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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

February 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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The Migros Group, through MĂ©rat & 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

February 2017 - Finance. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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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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