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5 January 2017: Takeover of Pax Anlage AG by Baloîse

January 2017 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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Baloîse (SIX: BALN) is to acquire a majority stake in publicly listed real-estate company Pax Anlage AG (SIX: PAXN). By entering into agreements with majority shareholders Pax Holding (Genossenschaft), Pax, Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG and Nürnberger Lebensversicherung AG, Baloîse Life Ltd will acquire around 70 per cent of the share capital and voting rights. Today, Baloîse published the pre-announcement of a public takeover offer for the remaining approx. 30 per cent of shares in free float at a price of CHF 1,600 per share (subject to dilution effects). The aggregate transaction value amounts to approx. CHF 288 mio. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

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The mortgage bond system in Switzerland: analternative source of finance

August 2009 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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The ongoing disruption of credit and capitalmarkets has led banks to invent and pursue refinancing solutions that have previously been used only rarely or that have been used in a different context. Credit portfolios are now sold and transferred to selected investors at substantial discounts rather than to the broader capital markets.

Etate planning with foreign family foundations

Individuals resident in Switzerland are not entirely free to whom they bequeath their estate. Swiss residents find themselves constrained by the forced heirship provisions of Article 470 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code (SCC).

Impermissible Profits from subleasing Business Apartments

November 2008 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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In Switzerland, lessees (especially relocation companies) have discovered the business of subleasing business apartments. They rent an apartment, furnish it and make additional services available. Thereafter, the apartment is subleased for two to three times the original rent. This is legally problematic.

CMBS wave finally hits Switzerland

September 2008 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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Switzerland has seen a dramatic increase in both origination and securitisation activity in the commercial real estate market over the past two to three years. New foreign lenders and sponsors are entering the Swiss market. The year 2007 should show another significant increase in Swiss commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) issue volumes. Future multi-jurisdictional and pan-European deals, including Swiss assets from both existing CMBS conduits and an increasing number of new conduits by new CMBS lenders, are expected. This chapter provides an overview of Swiss legal issues in this new market sector.

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