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Baker McKenzie handles the whole array of employment benefits matters, restructurings, litigation and global employee relocation. Notably, the team is advising International Road Transport Union on internal investigations following an employee complaint against a colleague. Longstanding clients include Dow Chemical, computer software company Oracle and British Airways. Peter Reinert in Zurich and senior associate Serge Pannatier in Geneva are the key individuals.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. provides employment advice in connection with corporate transactions and restructurings, including relocations, international assignments, permits, data protection aspects and exit packages, on dismissals, retention packages, social plans and compliance as well as litigation support. Strong sector experience has been gained in the sports, financial services, life sciences, technology and energy industries. The team advised Huntsman on incentive plans and employment contracts related to its merger with Clariant. Counsel Laura Widmer is recommended.

Homburger‘s ‘excellent’ team is ‘very client-oriented, reliable, responsive and easy to deal with’ and advises on employee participation plans, compensation issues, regulatory aspects, restructuring and transactions, as well as global relocation and contentious employment matters. Recent highlights include assisting General Motors with pension plan and TUPE issues related to its sale of Opel. Balz Gross and Gregor Bühler head the department and the ‘pragmatic, comprehensive and effective’ Gabrielle Nater-Bass has ‘excellent experience and judgement’. Former counsel Roger Zuber left the firm to become a cantonal judge.

Lenz & Staehelin impresses with a ‘very pragmatic approach, high-quality answers and cost effectiveness’ in both advisory and contentious matters. Focus areas include legal employment support during company reorganisations and M&A transactions, as well as continuous advice on termination agreements, employee relocation and immigration, bonus and stock option schemes, discrimination, social security and pensions. In a recent highlight, the group advised Moody’s Analytics on employment matters related to its acquisition of Bureau van Dijk, and assisted Novartis Animal Health with employment and pension aspects of its business restructuring. Rayan Houdrouge heads the team in Geneva and ‘finds operational solutions very quickly’. His counterpart in Zurich is Matthias Oertle.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG‘s ‘friendly and understated team’ provides ‘very professional advice and delivers 100% value for money in a timely fashion’ to clients such as the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. Particular areas of expertise include compensation matters, transaction-related advice, disputes, employee transfer, social security and pension issues, data protection and employee rights, as well as specialist topics such as working time recording, temporary staffing and internal investigations. Clients appreciate the ‘well thought-out, measured advice’ of ‘smart and fast first-class employment lawyer’ Catherine Grun Meyer and further recommend Valerie Meyer Bahar, Thomas Frick, as well as ‘sharp-witted, analytical and tactically brilliant’ associate Daniel Antognini and ‘professional’ associate Livia Keller. Andreas Casutt and Thomas Sprecher lead the practice.

Walder Wyss Ltd‘s ‘strong and enthusiastic team’ provides ‘short response times, personal support and pragmatic solutions that the courts will largely recognise’. The practice handles regulatory employment aspects, gives social security, pensions and immigration advice and also represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. An ongoing highlight is the preparation of a collective bargaining agreement for the symphonial orchestra of Luzerne and its negotiation with the Swiss Musicians’ Union. Ueli Sommer in Zürich is ‘responsive, to-the-point and an absolute pleasure to work with’, while Philippe Nordmann in Basel has ‘in-depth knowledge of all aspects of employment law and always treats his work as high priority’. Clients further recommend associate David Hill, who has ‘great potential’.

BianchiSchwald LLC regularly advises on employment agreements, bonus schemes, pension and insurance plans, mass dismissals and health and safety; the group also covers internal processes audits, immigration advice, contentious employment matters as well as legal services provided to recruitment agencies. The team advised the International Road Union on compliance issues, governing rules and also represented the client in employment litigation. Stéphanie Fuld is the main contact.

Burckhardt Ltd. provides expertise in public sector and private employment law, including advice on bonus schemes, regulatory issues and compliance, litigation, data protection, restructurings and immigration matters. The team is defending a public body against an unfair treatment claim relating to salary increases brought by employees and advises a major Swiss insurance company on employment contracts. Regula Hinderling is recommended.

CMS delivers ‘great service and clear, comprehensive answers’ to employment law and corporate policy issues, including advice on M&A-related employment and contentious matters. The group is advising NIKE on a regular basis regarding employment certicificates, non-compete undertakings and secrecy agreements. Other active clients include Deutsche Lufthansa/Swiss International Airlines, Accenture and Burger King. The ‘responsive, professional and very practical’ Christian Gersbach is a ‘pleasure to work with’.

Professional and highly knowledgeable firmEversheds Sutherland AGnot only provides technically detailed, but also very pragmatic and risk-conscious advice’ in the fields of employment, immigration and data protection law, including assistance with incentive plans, mass dismissals, collective bargaining, discrimination issues, management contracts, social security and pensions as well as transaction-related aspects. An ongoing highlight is advising International Air Transport Association on employment matters related to the relocation of its financial distribution services from Geneva to Madrid, Singapore and Montreal. The ‘logical’ Monika McQuillen is an ‘excellent partner to work with’, ‘knows the ins and outs of Swiss employment law’ and ‘delivers highly effective training which is pitched at just the right level’. Clients also appreciate Olivier Dunant for his ‘reasonable and straightforward approach’.

Kellerhals Carrard advises on a wide range of employment law matters and litigation cases, with a more recent focus on management contracts, say on pay regulations and working hour reviews. The team negotiated a collective bargaining agreement with the Swiss Syndicate for Media Employees for a radio and television company and advised a recruitment company on the enforcement of non-competition obligations against a leaving team of senior consultants. Daniel Alder is the main contact.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) offers ‘high-quality services for a very good price and within a reasonable time frame’. The practice covers employment, social security and immigration law as well as representation in disputes; focus areas include restructuring, outsourcing, bonus packages, redundancies, lay-off procedures as well as union and authority negotiations. The group advised Zurich Insurance on employment and social security matters. Other notable clients inclue Calida, Tesla Motors Switzerland and railCare. Thomas Kälin has ‘extensive know-how and a lot of valuable experience’ and ‘is always able to illustrate his legal conclusions in a very comprehensive way’. Martin Ammann is another key contact.

Pestalozzi covers transactional employment law, pensions, executive employment, litigation, personnel lending, immigration and work permit applications. The team advised LeasePlan Supply and Services on the transfer of various Swiss business departments to multiple European countries, as well as related employee relocations and mass dismissals. The client portfolio further includes Alexion Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Infor and General Motors. Martin Müller and Christian Roos are the main contacts.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd offers ‘in-depth knowledge, good advice and quick response times’. Particular expertise exists in relation to M&A transactions, employment litigation, employee relocation, social security, data protection and business restructuring, including redundancy programs and mass dismissals. The ‘highly reliable’ Catherine Weniger has ‘excellent expertise’; the ‘knowledgeable’ Vincent Carron heads the team.

Vischer handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including restructurings, staff leases and recruitment, unfair dismissal cases, public employment law matters, work time tracking, overtime and bonus compensation claims, data privacy and immigration issues. In a recent highlight, the group advised FOBOHA on a site closure and mass dismissals related to its acquisition by Barnes Groupe Suisse Industries. Longstanding clients include Deutsche Bank and recruitment company Hays. Marc Prinz is the name to note.

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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 Copernicus Holding on the Establishment of its Structure and Obtaining a FINMA

    Copernicus Group is a financial service provider in the canton Ticino for institutional and private UHNWI clients, offering also family office and wealth planning services. The group consists of Copernicus Asset Management SA and Copernicus Wealth Management and Services SA. On 20 March 2018, Copernicus Asset Management started operating as a fully licensed Swiss asset manager of collective investment schemes.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Allianz Suisse on the Acquisition of DAS Switzerland

    On 3 April 2018, Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG has acquired all shares in DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs-AG. Through this acquisition Allianz Swiss becomes one of the largest providers of legal protection insurance in the Swiss market.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises XO Holding on Sale of Priora to Eiffage Construction

    XO Holding AG sold Priora AG, a leading Swiss project developer and general / total contractor (GC/TC), to Eiffage Construction SA, a French company forming part of the Euronext listed Eiffage group.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Axcel on the Acquisition of Invima

    The Danish private equity company Axcel has acquired all shares in Invima AB, a Swedish corporation, with its subsidiaries including two Swiss subsidiaries. Under the IsaDora brand, Invima AB is one of the Nordic region's leading manufacturers and distributors of cosmetics, with sales in approximately 5,000 stores in forty different countries. The seller Ingvar Vigstrand with family will remain as a minority owner in the new group.
  • 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.