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Considered by clients as ‘best in class’, Bär & Karrer Ltd. delivers ‘first-rate service’ in arbitration proceedings across four offices. Focus areas include post-M&A, sports and IT-related matters. Pierre-Yves Gunter is acting as chairman in a $700m construction dispute regarding the Panama Canal and the recommended Matthew Reiter successfully represented EnBW in a CHF1bn IP arbitration against Hans-Günter Kiss concerning the Thermoselect technology. Other names to note are Daniel Hochstrasser, ‘business-oriented proceedings rule expert’ Nadja Jaisli Kull as well as associates Cinzia Catelli and Alain Grieder.

The ‘responsive and punctual’ practice at Homburger provides ‘professional and reliable advice’ to domestic and international blue-chip companies, particularly in the regulated industries, and packs a particular punch in commercial arbitration. The team respresented Pawlowski in an ICSID claim against the Czech Republic concerning a real estate development project and also represented Alpiq in a proceeding against Romania regarding the unlawful termination of several electricity supply contracts. As president of tribunal, Gabrielle Nater-Bass acted in an $1.4bn ICC arbitration between a Chinese energy investor and the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines. Georg Naegeli is recommended for his ‘strength in analysing complex situations’. Balz Gross heads the practice.

Lalivemeets international best standards in commercial arbitration’ and impresses with ‘outstanding case management, attention to detail and engagement for the benefit of the client’. The group is also highly adept at advising on investment arbitration and recently represented Romania in two high-value ICSID arbitrations against North American and Scandinavian investors. Furthermore, the practice acted for a Middle Eastern company against a European construction company in a $30m ICC arbitration related to outstanding payments for jointly planned Middle Eastern business activities. ‘Cutting-edge practitionerTeresa Giovanniniis very responsive, to-the-point and practical in her advice’, while Matthias Scherer has ‘impressive expertise in difficult international cases’. Marc Veit is also recommended.

Lenz & Staehelin’s practice consists of ‘excellent colleagues with a sharp understanding of foreign law matters and a willingness to collaborate in an effective manner’. The group is particularly well versed in commercial, corporate, transactional, contractual and IP arbitration across various sectors. ‘Very intelligent’ Zurich team lead Harold Frey is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ who also regularly acts as arbitrator. His counterpart in Geneva is Xavier Favre-Bulle.

Well-established firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a ‘fantastic reputation in international arbitration’ and ‘demonstrates professionalism in every aspect of its work, especially in cross-cultural legal environments’; additionally, the group has particular industrial expertise in the construction, infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals, investment and sports sectors. The team represented MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas in a UNCITRAL dispute against the Republic of Croatia concerning a management agreement. Global Chair Elliott Geisinger is ‘one of the top Swiss arbitrators of his generation’, while Global Vice-Chair Christopher Boogstands out for his international experience and presence in Asia’. Also recommended is ‘efficient, cautious and responsible’ co-Global Vice-Chair Philippe Bärtsch, Manuel Liatowitsch and senior associate Anya George, who gives ‘clear-cut advice’.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG‘s ‘well-tested and competent’ team provides ‘excellent knowledge in arbitration matters, cross-border expertise and responsiveness that is second to none’. It focuses on commercial, banking, M&A and sports arbitration. The key partners are the ‘broadly experienced and very effective’ Ernst Schmid, cross-border arbitration expert Peter Honegger, ‘outstanding strategistDaniel Eisele and the ‘internationally mindedTamir Livschitz, who also possesses ‘remarkable advocacy skills’.

Pestalozzi has a ‘very high professional profile’ and delivers ‘consistently high, tailored and appropriate advice which is based on good industry knowledge’. It is best known for its arbitration expertise in the financial, technology, pharmaceutical and construction sectors. Clients recommend the ‘creative and open-mindedLaurent Killias, ‘pragmatic, responsive and committed’ Zurich team lead Michael Kramer, as well as ‘strategic thinkerFlorian Mohs. Thomas Legler heads the team in Geneva.

Walder Wyss Ltd is a ‘heavy-weight in international arbitration with real strength-in-depth and a solid commercial approach’; the group focuses particularly on infrastructure, construction, engineering, joint venture and shareholder arbitration. ‘Excellent team player and inventive thinker’ Michael Feit acted as arbitrator in a proceeding between ACP Axos Capital and the Republic of Kosovo. Other key clients include Bally and ExxonMobil. ‘Calm-headed tactician’ Michael Bühler and practice head Dieter Hofmann are other names to note.

Kellerhals Carrardhas a good reputation’ in the arbitration arena, especially in relation to commercial and sports proceedings. The team represented Tanzania Electric Supply Company in an ICSID arbitration against Standard Chartered Bank concerning a power purchase agreement and represented Republic of Croatia in arbitral matters against Mol Hungarian Oil and Gas regarding a shareholder agreement. Siemens is another active client. The ‘excellentBernhard Berger and the ‘diligent, competent and professionalMartin Molina are recommended and François Kaiser is another name to note.

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler focuses on commercial, investment and sports arbitration. Clients include private companies, governments and international organisations. Recent highlights were the defence of FIFA before the CAS against an appeal brought by former president Joseph Blatter regarding his six-year ban from all football-related activities, as well as the ICC representation of a buyer in a case relating to the purchase of an industrial machine. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Sébastien Besson, Laurent Lévy and Antonio Rigozzi are the key partners.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘reactive and professional’ practice is ‘overall pleasant to work with’, thereby ‘well-known and respected throughout Switzerland, particularly for its expertise in construction arbitration’. The team also handles arbitration in the infrastructure, energy, manufacturing and sports sectors, as well as in relation to joint ventures and other commercial topics. The ‘excellently organised’ Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa and recommended of counsel Rena Scott welcomed the ‘extremely experienced’ former US Ambassador Charles Adams to their team in April 2017; all of them ‘do a fantastic job under very high pressure’.

Eversheds Sutherland AG‘s ‘responsive and pragmatic’ team consists of ‘commercially savvy lawyers who understand the way business works, combined with the expected legal expertise’. The team covers arbitration in a wide range of sectors such as banking and finance, TMT, pharma, insurance, trade and construction, as well as general commercial disputes. Louis Dreyfus, BNP Paribas and Cotecna Inspection are all active clients. Monika McQuillenalways thinks carefully about the cost-benefit relation for the client and is excellent in giving advice in a language that business people can understand’. Further recommended are ‘good strategic thinker’ Claudius Triebold and the ‘approachable and easy-to-work-with’ James Hargrove.

The ‘well-established’ commercial and sports arbitration practice at Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG is a ‘particularly good choice for legal actions against major Swiss corporates’ and provides a ‘lean operation with substantial partner involvement’. The team recently acted for Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC in a proceeding against FIFA, USSF and CONCACAF regarding competition law aspects of closed-shop football leagues in the US. Key partners include ‘very experienced strategist’ Roberto Dallafior, commercial arbitrator Hans Nater, ‘skilled and pro-active arbitrator’ Manuel Arroyo, who joined from Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) in 2017, and ‘quick and business-minded’ IP arbitration counsel Mathis Berger.

Patocchi & Marzolini acts for multinational companies and financial institutions in pharmaceutical, energy, construction, commodity and trade-related arbitration proceedings, as well as providing arbitrator services in commercial and investment cases. The team represented the North American engineering company MSI in a contractual dispute against a Russian oligarch related to a construction project. Paolo Patocchi and Paolo Marzolini are the key contacts.

Vischer’s ‘reliable and trustworthy’ team consists of ‘highly skilled and dynamic attorneys’ who are ‘very knowledgeable in arbitration’ and have ‘a remarkable, solution-oriented approach’. Key sources of work include the freight forwarding, timber and wood, shipping and financial industries. Christian Oetiker acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC proceeding between a US company and a European manufacturer concerning the acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicle systems (drones). The ‘clear, convincing and experiencedThomas Weibel, ‘skilled and dedicated’ senior associate Claudia Walz and the ‘responsive and tactically considerateDaniele Favalli are recommended.

Wenger & Vieli has its ‘special strengths in international commercial arbitration’ and ‘a healthy balance between partners and young, skilled associates’. The group is particularly experienced in arbitral matters in the energy sector and relating to joint ventures as well as telecommunication and construction projects. ‘Down-to-earth arbitratorUrs Weber-Stecher, who is ‘well-liked for his balanced approach and efficiency’, as well as ‘highly professional and outstanding academicDaniel Girsberger and the ‘very analyticalMichael Mráz are recommended.

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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 Coresystems FSM on the takeover by SAP (Schweiz)

    The software company SAP bought all shares of Coresystems FSM AG. Coresystems FSM develops and runs workforce-management software based on a Crowd Service platform which uses artificial intelligence and allows finding available field-service technicians in real time.
  • Bär & Karrer Strengthens its M&A and Banking Practice with two new Partners

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that it further strengthens its M&A and banking practice with new partners Martin Anderson and Frédéric Bétrisey. They will join the firm with their team of associates as of 1 August 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises XO Holding on Sale of Priora FM to ENGIE

    XO Holding AG sold Priora FM SA, a leading Swiss facility management company, to ENGIE Energy Services International S.A., a subsidiary of ENGIE SA, which is listed on the Euronext exchange in Paris and Brussels.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Andermatt Swiss Alps on the Sale of Real Estate Portfolio and Establishment of

    Andermatt Swiss Alps Ltd has successfully completed a transaction comprising a real estate portfolio sale to Taurus Andermatt Ltd, a newly established real estate joint venture. The portfolio consists of 25 properties located in the Holiday Village Andermatt Reuss in Andermatt (Switzerland). Andermatt Swiss Alps will participate in future sales profits exceeding the list price of the properties.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Banking Syndicate in the IPO of Polyphor

    Polyphor Ltd, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative antibiotics and other specialty pharma products, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Trading in the shares started on 15 May 2018. The shares were priced at the upper end of the price range, resulting in gross proceeds of CHF 165 million. The IPO of Polyphor is considered the largest biotech IPO in Switzerland in over 10 years and one of the top three in Europe within the last three years in terms of proceeds raised by an issuer in order to finance the development of its pipeline.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Saint-Gobain in connection with the Takeover Battle over Sika

    This morning, Sika and Saint-Gobain have announced the signing of agreements which terminates all disputes around the purchase by Saint-Gobain of a controlling stake in Sika dated 5 December 2014.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Vyaire Medical on its Acquisition of imtmedical ag

    Vyaire Medical, Inc., a global leader in respiratory care, completed the acquisition of all shares in imtmedical AG, a Swiss company, which is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of mechanical ventilation products.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CEVA Logistics on its IPO, the anchor investment by CMA CGM and its migration

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading third-party logistics companies, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 4 May 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 1.6 billion and generating gross proceeds of CHF 821 million, this is so far considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange for 2018. In addition, CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping group in the world, has committed to make a strategic cornerstone investment in CEVA Logistics by purchasing CHF 379 million of mandatory convertible securities which will convert into shares of CEVA Logistics once certain regulatory approvals have been obtained. Simultaneously with the IPO, CEVA Holdings, the former holding company of the CEVA group, migrated from the Marshall Islands to Switzerland by way of a cross-border merger with CEVA Logistic as the surviving company.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises on the Financing of the Largest Thermoelectric Plant in Latin America

    Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) has successfully issued bonds for approx. USD 1 billion equivalent in local currency at a fixed, long-term rate in international capital markets. The innovative bond issue is guaranteed by the Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV), the export credit agency of Switzerland. The bonds are part of a financial package to finance the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant by CELSE in the state of Sergipe in the northeast region of Brazil. Besides the bond issue for approx. USD 1 billion, the transaction includes a USD 200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation and a financial package of the Inter-American Development Bank in the amount of approx. USD 300 million. Once operational expected for in 2020, CELSE will sell electricity to 26 distribution companies in Brazil, becoming the largest and most efficient thermoelectric plant in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises on Partial Self-Tender Offer

    On 21 September 2017, an extraordinary shareholders' meeting of the SIX Swiss Exchange listed N.V. authorized the board of directors to repurchase up to 33 1/3% of the company's share capital by means of a partial self-tender offer. The resolution adopted under Dutch law contained detailed information, among others regarding the period for which the authorization is granted, the manner in which the shares are repurchased and the price range within which the offer price must be set.