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Lalive is ‘a clear market leader’ when it comes to international commercial and investment arbitration. Recent work includes representing Mauritius in an UNCITRAL arbitration and Romania in two ICSID arbitrations, one regarding tax enforcement measures in the food and beverages industry and another concerning a mining project. Recommended lawyers include the ‘incredibly bright and strategicVeijo Heiskanen, the ‘impeccableMichael Schneider, the ‘very sharpNoradèle Radjai, the ‘extremely thorough and tenaciousDomitille Baizeau, the ‘knowledgeableBernd Ehle, and Matthias Scherer.

Bär & Karrer AG’s ‘very skilled’ team is recommended for international commercial and sports arbitration. It continues to represent Sonera Holding in a post-M&A arbitration under ICC rules. Other clients include Generali and UEFA. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Daniel Hochstrasser is recommended along with Saverio Lembo and sports arbitrator Michele Bernasconi. The practice was further strengthened with the arrival of a team including the highly regarded Pierre-Yves Gunter from Python.

Homburger is noted for its ‘excellent service’ in international commercial and investment arbitration. It continues to represent the Kingdom of Jordan against a Qatari investor in an ICSID arbitration and a parallel ad hoc arbitration regarding investments in the Jordanian financial services sector. Other clients include Alpiq and F. Hoffmann-La Roche. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Felix Dasser, Balz Gross and the ‘very professional’ Mariella Orelli are recommended.

Lenz & Staehelin’s ‘excellent’ commercial arbitration practice recently represented Hidroelectrica in an UNCITRAL arbitration regarding the supply of electricity. It also acted for a well-known luxury brands group in an ICC arbitration regarding the distribution and franchise of a brand in India. Harold Frey, Xavier Favre-Bulle and Martin Burkhardt are recommended.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very business-oriented and responsive’ team has expertise in commercial arbitrations, particularly regarding engineering and construction as well as energy and commodities. It has been representing a Qatari construction company in an ICC arbitration regarding airport construction works and it represented Hungary against EDF in setting-aside proceedings of an arbitral award under the Energy Charter Treaty. The ‘excellentElliott Geisinger, Nathalie Voser and Martin Bernet are recommended.

Kellerhals Carrard has ‘a very strong practice’ that provides ‘excellent service’. The ‘outstandingBernhard Berger and Martin Molina are recommended for commercial arbitration, and Marco Balmelli is singled out for sports arbitration. Recent work includes defending the International Weightlifting Federation against appeals by the Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation regarding its exclusion from the Rio Olympic Games.

Outstanding’ boutique firm Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler is highly regarded for its experience in international investment, commercial and sports arbitration. Recent work includes successfully defending FIFA against an appeal by Michel Platini regarding his ban from football administration. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Laurent Lévy and Sébastien Besson are recommended.

The ‘very capable’ team at Niederer Kraft & Frey AG is noted for its ‘impressively efficient service’ and ‘high-quality’ handling of commercial arbitration cases. Standout figures include Daniel Eisele, who has ‘extraordinary tactical and legal skills’, Ernst Schmid, who is ‘very experienced in arbitration matters’, and Tamir Livschitz, who has ‘remarkable advocacy skills’.

Pestalozzi’s ‘very good’ and ‘down-to-earth’ team has been defending Johnson & Johnson in an ICC arbitration initiated by Adimmune regarding the termination of a long-term supply agreement. Other clients include Glencore and Swiss Life. The ‘experiencedLaurent Killias, the ‘very responsiveMichael Kramer and the ‘solution-focusedThomas Rohner are recommended.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘excellent’ team in Geneva successfully represented Atomstroyexport in a case against Natsionalna Elektricheska Kompania regarding the termination of the Belene nuclear power plant project in Bulgaria; the ICC arbitral tribunal awarded €620m in damages to the client. Practice head Marc Palay, David Roney and Tanya Landon are recommended.

Walder Wyss Ltd is noted for its ‘excellent service’ in commercial arbitration cases, particularly regarding engineering and construction disputes. Clients include DMG Mori Seiki, ExxonMobil, Strabag and ThyssenKrupp. ‘Very analytical and experienced’ practice head Dieter Hofmann and the ‘knowledgeable’ Micha Bühler are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Eversheds (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) is recommended for international commercial arbitration, particularly in the areas of engineering and construction as well as commodities trading. Claudius Triebold and James Hargrove are recommended.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s ‘excellent’ practice is recommended for international commercial arbitration. Among its diverse roster of clients is tool manufacturer Felco. Practice head Manuel Arroyo is ‘a very diligent, professional and seasoned arbitrator’.

Patocchi & Marzolini is an ‘excellent’ boutique that is praised for its ‘outstanding fighting spirit’ in international commercial arbitrations. Paolo Patocchi is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ and Paolo Marzolini is ‘very thorough’.

At Tavernier Tschanz, arbitrator Pierre-Yves Tschanz and counsel Frank Spoorenberg act for various national and multinational corporations.

The ‘very good’ team at Vischer recently represented a Swiss bank in an ICC arbitration regarding the financing of a construction project in the Middle East. Daniele Favalli and Thomas Weibel are recommended.

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘excellent’ team is recommended for international commercial arbitration. Practice head Urs Weber-Stecher is ‘a very experienced practitioner’ and of counsel Daniel Girsberger is ‘a sought-after arbitrator’.

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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 Welcomes New Tax Counsel

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce Prof. Dr. Andrea Opel as a new counsel to the firm. She joined the tax team in Zurich on 1 March 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Orior on the Placement of Shares by Way of an Accelerated Bookbuilding

    Orior AG successfully placed 592,499 new shares by way of an accelerated bookbuilding in a private placement with institutional investors. The placed shares are sourced from the company's existing authorized share capital and the pre-emptive rights of the existing shareholders have been excluded.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised HQLAx on the first Live Securities Lending Transaction Using R3's Corda Blockc

    On 1 March 2018, financial technology innovator HQLAx together with Credit Suisse and ING completed the first live securities lending transaction using R3's Corda blockchain platform. The transaction included a basket swap between Credit Suisse and ING of value EUR 25 million using the HQLAx Corda-based collateral lending application. During the transaction, Credit Suisse and ING transferred legal ownership of Dutch and German government securities on the platform using HQLAx Digital Collateral Records (DCRs) while the underlying securities remained static.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis on the Placement of EUR 2,250,000,000 Guaranteed Notes

    Novartis Finance S.A. completed the placement of EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2023, EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2030 and EUR 750,000,000 Guaranteed Notes due 2038. The 2023 Notes were issued at 99.655% of their principal amount with an interest of 0.500% and will mature on 14 August 2023 at their nominal value. The 2030 Notes were issued at 99.957% of their principal amount with an interest of 1.375% and will mature on 14 August 2030. The 2038 Notes were issued at 99.217% of their principal amount with an interest of 1.700% and will mature on 14 August 2038. The Notes are guaranteed by Novartis AG. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises EGSB on the Purchase of a Majority Stake in Bauwerk Boen

    EGS Beteiligungen AG (EGSB) has acquired all shares in Bauwerk Boen AG held by ZM Opportunity II L.P. (a fund advised by Patrimonium Private Equity) and is thus majority shareholder of the company. The Bauwerk Boen Group is a leading manufacturer of premium parquet flooring.
  • Promotions at Walder Wyss

    We are pleased to announce that our employees  Alexandre Both ,  Michael Cartier ,  Michael Feit ,  Hubertus Hillerström  and  Olivier Sigg , who have been with us for many years, have been appointed as partners in our firm, effective from 1st of January, 2018.
  • New counsel at Walder Wyss

    We are pleased to announce that a new counsel,  Christian Eichenberger , joined our firm as of 1st of January, 2018.
  • DPE acquires AWK Group

    Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) acquires majority interest in AWK Group, one of the largest independent Swiss consulting companies for information technology and digitalization. 
  • Metall Zug (SIX: METN) acquires majority holding in Haag-Streit Holding AG

    The Metall Zug Group has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of Haag-Streit Holding AG, based in Köniz, Switzerland. The transaction is expected to be consummated during the first quarter of 2018. 
  • Tamedia Announces Public Tender Offer for Goldbach Group

    Tamedia AG announces an all cash public tender offer for all publicly held shares of Goldbach Group AG listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Tamedia offers CHF 35.50 per share of Goldbach Group, representing a transaction amount of around CHF 216 million. The board of directors of Goldbach Group recommends to its shareholders to accept the offer.