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Baker McKenzie is noted for its ‘excellent service’. The firm’s expertise spans a broad range of employment matters, with particular strength in international assignments. Highlights included assisting the World Meteorological Organisation with an employment dispute. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Peter Reinert is ‘very good at taking emotions out of employee separation negotiations’. Serge Pannatier is also recommended for his ‘pragmatic advice’.

Homburger is ‘a top choice’ for merger-related employment matters, including mass dismissals and social plan negotiations, as well as for litigation regarding management and employee participation plans. Clients include UBS, Credit Suisse, Google and Deloitte. Balz Gross and counsel Roger Zuber are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Lenz & Staehelin is particularly recommended for handling employment matters related to corporate restructurings. It has been assisting Eli Lilly with the integration of the Novartis animal health business, which involved handling the mass dismissal of employees at the Elanco Centre de Recherche Santé Animale. Matthias Oertle and Rayan Houdrouge are recommended.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG provides a ‘high-quality’ service covering a broad range of employment matters, including employment litigation, mass dismissals, and advice on compensation and say-on-pay regulations. Clients include Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Infrassure and Singapore Airlines. Andreas Casutt and Thomas Sprecher are recommended.

The ‘terrific’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd is particularly recommended for employment aspects of mergers and restructurings. It assisted Teva with the acquisition of the Swiss generics division from Actavis, which involved the reduction of the workforce and relocation of businesses. Ueli Sommer is ‘a fantastic employment lawyer’ and Philippe Nordmann is ‘an experienced employment litigator’.

The ‘very responsive and pragmatic’ team at BianchiSchwald is ‘a very good choice’ for employment matters in Western Switzerland, and has particular strength in immigration issues. Stéphanie Fuld is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘provides efficient support’.

Bär & Karrer AG is noted for its handling of employment matters arising from mergers, restructurings, and business transfers, including mass dismissals and migration matters. Of counsel Marie-Christine Balzan is recommended.

Burckhardt Ltd.’s ‘excellent’ team is particularly recommended for employment litigation. It has been representing a temporary staffing company in a dispute regarding a collective agreement. Regula Hinderling is a ‘gifted and dedicated lawyer’.

CMS provides ‘very good advice’ on a broad range of employment matters and regularly handles employment litigation. Clients include Accenture, Burson Marsteller, Denner, Nike and Swiss International Air Lines. Christian Gersbach is recommended.

Eversheds (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s ‘very good’ team recently assisted Tyco Integrated Fire Solutions with the transition to a new performance-based pay scheme. Monika McQuillen provides ‘thoughtful, practical advice’ and has experience handling employment disputes.

At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Martin Ammann successfully represented Rothschild Bank in employment litigation before the Swiss Supreme Court regarding a salary bonus issue.

Pestalozzi’s team has been representing Kelly Services in a dispute with a former senior manager. Martin Müller is recommended.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very good’ team is especially recommended for employment litigation and also has experience handling employment aspects of corporate restructurings. It recently assisted Cardinal Health with employment matters regarding its acquisition of Cordis. Vincent Carron is recommended.

Vischer’s ‘excellent’ team has been assisting Audatex on its restructuring and mass dismissals. Other clients include Hays and Impellam Group. New practice head Marc Prinz is an ‘outstanding employment lawyer’.

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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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  • 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.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises AON Schweiz on the Acquisition of Unidelta

    On 30 November 2017, AON Schweiz AG, a leading global service provider for risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokers as well as adviser on human resources, has acquired 100% of the shareholding in Unidelta AG, an all-branch insurance broker based in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Unidelta is specialized in risk management and has particular designed services in personal injury management.
  • Multilease: Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-2

    On 28 November 2017, Multilease AG closed its second Swiss auto lease securitization transaction involving the issuance by First Swiss Mobility 2017-2 AG (the Issuer) of CHF 267,300,000 Zero percent asset-backed Class A Notes, due in 2027, CHF 16,500,000 1.00 percent asset-backed Class B Notes, due in 2027 and CHF 14,800,000 2.00 percent asset-backed Class C Notes, due in 2027.
  • GetYourGuide announces USD 75 million Series D financing round

    GetYourGuide, the leading online marketplace for travel activities, announced a USD 75 million series D financing round led by Battery Ventures. The company’s existing investors KKR, Spark Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Nokia Growth and Sunstone Capital joined Battery in its investment.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers of AWK Group

    The owners of AWK Group AG sold the company to Deutsche Private Equity GmbH, an independent German investment company. AWK Group is one of the largest independent Swiss consulting firms for information technology and digitalization.
  • Valiant Bank AG places inaugural Swiss Covered Bond

    Valiant Bank AG has successfully placed a CHF250 million covered bond with a 10 year term and carrying a coupon of 0.375 percent. Moody's assigned a provisional (P)Aaa rating to Valiant Bank AG's mortgage covered bonds. Valiant Bank AG intends to have the covered bonds provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange on 5 December. The transaction is the first public covered bond issuance entirely structured under Swiss law with a Swiss guarantor. BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and Zürcher Kantonalbank act as lead-manager.