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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Cowen Acquires Quarton Group

December 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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Cowen Inc., a NASDAQ listed, diversified financial services firm, agreed to acquire the Quarton group, a global financial advisor serving the middle market. Closing is expected in early 2019.

Bär & Karrer Advises the Banking Syndicate in the Rights Offering of ARYZTA

November 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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On 19 November 2018, ARYZTA, a global food business with a leadership position in speciality bakery, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering structured as a volume underwriting in the amount of approximately CHF 900 million. 97.4% of the shareholders of ARYZTA exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The new shares not subscribed were placed in the market.

The banking syndicate comprised BofA Merrill Lynch and UBS as Process Banks and Joint Global Coordinators, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and HSBC Bank plc as additional Joint Global Coordinators and Crédit Agricole CIB, Mizuho International plc and Rabobank as Joint Bookrunners.

Bär & Karrer acted as legal adviser to the syndicate banks in this transaction. The team included Thomas U. Reutter, Michael Trippel, Alexander von Jeinsen, Annette Weber, Carlo Hunter and Manuela Cassano (all Capital Markets), Dieter Dubs (Listed Companies/Takeover Law) as well as Susanne Schreiber and Lukas Scherer (both Tax).

Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers on the Sale of Briner Winterthur

October 2018 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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The owners of Briner AG Winterthur sold the company. Briner is a leading family-owned trading and service company operating in the fields of construction services, steel services, supply systems and building services as well as heating and energy systems.

Bär & Karrer Advised GfK on the Sale of Four Divisions

October 2018 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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GfK has sold four global divisions (Customer Experience, Experience Innovation, Health and Public Affairs) to Ipsos. The sale included GfK's respective businesses in 25 countries.

Derivatives Trading under FMIA: Reporting Obligations

October 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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On 14 September 2018, the Federal Council extended the transition period for the reporting of derivative transactions by small non-financial counterparties (NFC-) until 1 January 2024 under the Financial Market Infrastructure Act (FMIA). The amendment to the Financial Market...

Swiss Tax Reform Package Approved: Update and Outlook

October 2018 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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The Swiss National Council approves the proposed tax reform package! On 12 September 2018 the larger chamber of parliament adopted the proposal of the Economic Affairs and Taxation Committee of the Council of States on the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (formerly Tax Proposal 17), which is largely in line with the legislative bill adopted by the Council of States, the smaller chamber of parliament. Although slight differences regarding the capital contribution principle remain to be settled, the majority of member of the National Council sees the adopted text of the bill as a viable compromise.

Retrocessions: Criminal Consequences of Non Disclosure

October 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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In a recent decision 6B_689/2016 of 14 August 2018, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the failure to disclose adequately retrocessions may constitute an act of criminal mismanagement. After a short summary of the legal framework governing the disclosure of retrocessions, the present briefing analyses this decision and its practical impact in particular for Swiss financial institutions dealing with external asset managers.

Bär & Karrer Advises Waterland on its Investment in Tineo

October 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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Waterland Private Equity invested in Tineo AG after the carve-out from Quickline Holding AG. Tineo is an integrated enterprise solution provider of data centres, glass-fiber connections, high-speed internet and VoIP services with state-of-the-art infrastructure

Bär & Karrer Elects Ruth Bloch-Riemer, Daniel Raun and Philippe Seiler to Partner

October 2018 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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Bär & Karrer has announced the election of Ruth Bloch-Riemer, Daniel Raun and Philippe Seiler to the firm's partnership. The appointment is effective as of 1 January 2019.

Bär & Karrer Advises Swiss Prime Site on its Rights Offering

September 2018 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Bär & Karrer.

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On 28 September 2018, Swiss Prime Site, the largest publicly listed real estate investment company in Switzerland, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders in the amount of approximately CHF 320 million. 97,7% of the shareholders of Swiss Prime Site exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The remaining new shares not subscribed were placed in the market. The offer price was set at CHF 74.00 per share. Credit Suisse and UBS Investment acted as Joint Global Coordinators, J.P. Morgan and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Joint Bookrunners.

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