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The ‘first-class’ practice at Bär & Karrer AG provides ‘excellent service’ and is particularly noted for its strength in M&A-related disputes as well as banking and finance litigation. Andreas Länzlinger is ‘extremely knowledgeable and very responsive’, and Daniel Hochstrasser shows ‘real fighter spirit’. Saverio Lembo and Matthew Reiter are also recommended.

Homburger’s ‘very responsive’ team is a top choice for foreign clients with contentious matters in Switzerland, and provides ‘outstanding service’, particularly with regard to litigation in the banking, finance and insurance sectors. Recent work includes representing several banks in data protection matters concerning information requests from foreign tax authorities. Recommended lawyers include Felix Dasser, Balz Gross, Mariella Orelli and Georg Naegeli.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Lenz & Staehelin has particular expertise in banking litigation and corporate disputes. It continued to represent the board of directors of the chemicals company Sika in the prominent litigation regarding the Burkard family’s sale of its majority stake to Saint-Gobain. Martin Burkhardt has ‘an outstanding analytical mind’ and is recommended along with Harold Frey, Daniel Tunik, and Miguel Oural.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG’s ‘superb’ team has ‘the skills and expertise to handle the most difficult cases’. It continued to represent Bill and Melinda Gates as minority shareholders of Sika in the prominent dispute regarding the Burkard family’s sale of its majority stake to Saint-Gobain. Daniel Eisele is a ‘skilled advocate’, Peter Honegger has ‘excellent knowledge of cross-border matters’, Tamir Livschitz has ‘very good tactical skills’ and Valerie Meyer Baharexcels in difficult circumstances’.

Pestalozzi’s ‘phenomenal’ practice is particularly strong in banking litigation, white-collar crime defence and commodities disputes. It continues to act for the Republic of Kazakhstan in disputes with former public officials Viktor Khrapunov and Mukthiar Ablyasov to reclaim assets and seek extradition. Michael Kramer is a ‘seasoned litigator with excellent judgement’ and Christophe Emonet is ‘a pre-eminent white-collar crime practitioner’. Laurent Killias and Thomas Rohner are also recommended.

The ‘first-class litigation practice’ at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly strong in banking and white-collar crime matters. Highlights included defending Gazprom against a CHF80m claim by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development regarding alleged liability for loans granted to Russian companies. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very knowledgeableMartin Bernet, the ‘very responsive and professionalManuel Liatowitsch, Blaise Stucki (who is ‘a good tactician’), Benjamin Borsodi, Christian Girod and Stefan Leimgruber.

Lalive is ‘a very good choice’ for litigation, particularly in the areas of financial services and white-collar crime. The team is representing Georgian businessman and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili in a $1bn lawsuit against Credit Suisse for alleged mismanagement of funds. Recommended lawyers include Alexander Troller, Marc Henzelin and recently promoted partner Sandrine Giroud.

Vischer’s team is noted for its ‘excellent strategic and tactical skill’ and is particularly recommended for financial services litigation. Recent work includes acting for pension fund REVOR in a civil dispute with a contractual partner and criminal proceedings against a third party. The ‘knowledgeable’ Thomas Weibel, the ‘experiencedDaniele Favalli and the ‘impeccableChristian Oetiker are recommended.

The ‘very experienced litigation team’ at Walder Wyss Ltd is ‘very good at assessing the chance of success before a court’ and is especially noted for construction and financial services disputes. Key figures include practice head Dieter Hofmann (who is ‘an excellent practitioner’), the ‘very experienced’ Micha Bühler and the ‘very skilled and knowledgeable’ Oliver Kunz.

Baker McKenzie is particularly recommended for banking litigation and white-collar crime matters. Recent work includes defending art dealer David Nahmad in criminal and civil proceedings regarding the ownership of a Modigliani painting. Rodolphe Gautier and Richard Gassmann are recommended.

At CMS, Jodok Wicki is noted for his ‘impressive experience’, particularly in insurance litigation, and Damiano Brusa is recommended for banking litigation. Recent work includes defending Union Bancaire Privée against claims for damages arising from alleged breaches of contract.

Froriep has particular experience in transnational litigation and continues to act for Bank of America in disputes arising from the bankruptcy of the Parmalat Group. Isabelle Romy and Marcel Steinegger are recommended.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s ‘very responsive, efficient and pragmatic’ team has particular experience in disputes in the financial services and real estate sectors. Marcel Lustenberger is ‘a very calm and determined litigator’ and Walter Häberling is singled out for his experience as a former judge.

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG is ‘a very professional’ dispute resolution boutique that is particularly noted for its strength in banking and finance litigation. Key figures include the ‘very knowledgeable and analytical’ Roberto Dallafior, and Matthias Gstoehl, who ‘combines legal and commercial expertise’.

Wenger & Vieli’s practice (which attracts praise for its ‘high level of competency and accuracy’, as well as its efficiency) stands out for its expertise in financial services and insurance disputes. Marco Cereghetti and Peter Altorfer are recommended.

BianchiSchwald’s ‘highly skilled’ team has expertise in banking litigation and white-collar crime matters. Thierry Amy is ‘very professional’.

Borel & Barbey is known for its experience handling disputes in the banking and finance sector, as well as acting in white-collar crime cases. Alexandre de Weck is a key contact.

Buis Bürgi AG is a ‘dynamic’ banking and litigation boutique that is recommended for handling contentious matters in the areas of banking and finance as well as insurance. Paul Bürgi heads the practice.

Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd’s ‘very strong’ team includes Daniel Glasl, who successfully defended former members of the board of Swiss Source in directors’ liability claims arising from its liquidation.

Piera Beretta heads the ‘excellent’ practice at Burckhardt Ltd., which is recommended for handling trust and inheritance disputes, litigation against banks and contentious employment matters.

Eversheds (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s ‘very good’ team has been representing BNP Paribas in criminal proceedings brought against the owner of a group of grain trading companies. Claudius Triebold and Barbara Klett are recommended.

The ‘very good’ team at FBT Attorneys-at-Law has expertise in litigation in the banking and financial services sector. Serge Fasel is recommended.

Jacquemoud Stanislas’ ‘excellent’ practice is recommended for banking litigation and commercial disputes. Jean-Pierre Jacquemoud and Guy Stanislas are ‘very experienced, effective and wise litigators’ and regularly represent clients in disputes against banks.

Kellerhals Carrard’s broad-based practice is noted for its strength in handling corporate and commercial disputes as well as insolvency-related litigation. Daniel Staehelin is recommended.

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC was established in early 2016 by ‘excellent white-collar crime litigatorGrégoire Mangeat. Recent work for the boutique firm includes defending Gulnora Karimova in criminal proceedings for money laundering.

Prager Dreifuss AG is known for its strength in insolvency-related disputes and also handles commercial and financial services disputes. Practice head Urs Feller is ‘smart, flexible, service-oriented and a pleasure to work with’.

Python is known for its strength in white-collar crime matters and banking litigation. Homayoon Arfazadeh is the name to note. Pierre-Yves Gunter joined Bär & Karrer AG.

Staiger Attorneys at Law is noted for its experience in insolvency-related litigation as well as disputes in the financial services and energy sectors. Philipp Känzig is recommended.

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very good’ team has been representing wine producer Casa Vitivinicola Tinazzi in an unfair competition dispute with a former distributor. Daniel Stoll and Patrick Rohn are recommended.

Wenger Plattner is especially known for its strength in insolvency-related disputes. Recent work includes defending a former board member in a director’s liability claim. Stephan Kesselbach heads the practice.

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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 Advised UBS on its Shared Services Transfer to UBS Business Solutions AG

    Through a series of transactions which were completed for the most part in early June, UBS AG and other UBS group companies transferred group shared services functions, which are mainly based in Switzerland, in the UK and the US, to UBS Business Solutions AG and other related service companies. UBS Business Solutions AG now operates as the group service company of UBS and is a wholly owned subsidiary of UBS Group AG. The implementation of UBS Business Solutions AG enables UBS to maintain operational continuity of critical services should a recovery or resolution occur. It represents an important step towards improved resolvability, and is in line with global guidance defined by the Financial Stability Board.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Huntsman Corporation on All-stock Merger of Equals with Clariant

    On 22 May 2017, SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX) listed Clariant AG and Huntsman Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), announced that their Boards of Directors approved a definite agreement to combine in a cross-border merger of equals through an all-stock transaction. The combination of both companies will create a leading global specialty chemical company with a combined enterprise value of approximately USD 20 billion at announcement.
  • Bär & Karrer boosts Tax Practice with new Partner in Geneva

    Bär & Karrer announces that Christoph Suter has been elected as partner to lead the tax practice in Geneva as of 1 October 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Successful in Large Arbitration Proceeding

    Bär & Karrer successfully defends the interests of its long standing client EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG in a CHF 1 billion ad hoc-arbitration proceeding in Zurich instituted by a German entrepreneur four years ago. In its final award, the tribunal dismissed the plaintiff's claim in its entirety and awarded Bär & Karrer's client full compensation for its legal costs.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CVC on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Breitling

    CVC Fund VI has agreed to acquire an 80% stake in Breitling, a leading independent, family-owned manufacturer of Swiss luxury watches. As part of the transaction, Théodore Schneider will re-invest for a 20% shareholding in Breitling. Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises EQT and Kuoni Group on the Combination of Kuoni's GTA Business with Hotelbeds

    Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd, owned by EQT VII, a fund of the private equity group EQT, and the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation, has entered into a binding agreement on the sale of its GTD business division (GTA) to Hotelbeds Group, owned by a consortium led by Cinven und Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The shareholders of Kuoni Group will roll-over a large portion of their participation in GTA into the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business and upon completion, will hold a substantial minority stake in the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including merger control filings and approvals.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Hellman & Friedman and GIC on the Acquisition of Allfunds

    On 7 March 2017 Hellman & Friedman and GIC acquired Allfunds Bank, S.A. from Intesa Sanpaolo Group, Santander Group, General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus. Allfunds Bank is a leading financial technology business. The transaction is valued at EUR 1.8 billion and is subject to customary closing conditions.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises an Affiliate of Warburg Pincus on the Acquisition of a Stake in Avaloq

    Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, has entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 35% shareholding in the Avaloq Group AG. Avaloq is an internationally leading FinTech company based in Switzerland. With its integrated business process outsourcing services, Avaloq is the only independent provider for the financial industry that does both, developing and operating its own software. Closing of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Mitsui on the Acquisition of Chemtrade Aglobis

    On 28 February 2017, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) and Chemtrade Logistics Inc. (Chemtrade) announced an agreement under which Mitsui will acquire the entire stake in Chemtrade Aglobis AG (Aglobis), subsidiary entirely owned by Chemtrade. Aglobis is a leading distributor of sulphur and sulphuric acid in Europe. The transaction is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Partnership with Sanofi to Establish a

    Today, Lonza and Sanofi announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland. The large-scale facility will be established through a joint venture with an initial investment of around CHF 290 million shared equally between Lonza and Sanofi. The initial construction phase of the facility will commence in 2017, pending necessary regulatory approvals. The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2020. The partnership provides both parties with substantial flexibility by using an innovative setup enabling them to optimize biologics production capacity across the whole industry.