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Bär & Karrer AG is a ‘top-notch firm’ with offices throughout Switzerland. It is especially strong in Zurich, where Rolf Watter is an ‘outstanding’ M&A lawyer and Eric Stupp is ‘very knowledgeable’ in banking matters. Other key figures in Zurich include Ralph Malacrida, who is recommended for finance transactions, Peter Hsu, for insurance maters and Mani Reinert, who stands out for competition law.

Homburger is ‘a first-rate firm’ in Switzerland and is wholly based in Zurich. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very experienced’ René Bösch, who stands out for banking matters, Daniel Daeniker, who is recommended for capital markets and M&A work, competition expert Franz Hoffet, Georg Rauber, who is singled out for intellectual property, and Dieter Grünblatt for tax.

Lenz & Staehelin attracts praise for its ‘first-class service’. The firm, which has strong capabilities in the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, fields numerous leading lawyers in its Zurich office. Marcel Meinhardt is a ‘brilliant’ competition expert, Harold Frey is recommended for dispute resolution, Rudolf Tschäni stands out for corporate and M&A matters, Patrick Hünerwadel handles banking work, and Thierry Calame is a key figure for intellectual property.

Baker McKenzie’s office in Zurich excels in cross-border matters. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Peter Reinert is recommended for employment matters, Martin Furrer is recommended for real estate transactions, Hans Koch is the key figure for tax matters and Michael Treis stands out for his intellectual property law expertise.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG in Zurich achieves top tier positions in a number of core practice areas. Standout figures include the ‘business-orientedPhilippe Weber and Philipp Haas, who are recommended for capital markets and corporate and M&A work; Andreas Vögeli, who is recommended for real estate matters; and banking and finance expert Sandro Abegglen.

Pestalozzi in Zurich is especially strong in contentious matters, particularly in the areas of banking, finance and capital markets. Key figures on the contentious front include the ‘experiencedLaurent Killias and the ‘very responsiveMichael Kramer, while Urs Klöti and Oliver Widmer are recommended for banking, finance and capital markets work.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is active in the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, and provides ‘an excellent service’. Key figures in the Zurich office include ‘very knowledgeable’ litigator Martin Bernet, ‘outstanding’ banking and capital markets expert Martin Lanz, leading tax lawyer Michael Nordin and highly regarded transport law specialist Alexander von Ziegler.

Vischer excels in public law, where the ‘outstandingStefan Rechsteiner attracts praise, and in the regulated life sciences industry, where Stefan Kohler is recommended for regulatory and patent matters and Matthias Staehelin focuses on M&A transactions. Rolf Auf der Maur is a key figure on the media and telecoms side.

Walder Wyss Ltd’s core strength lies in its Zurich office, but the firm also fields significant capabilities in Basel and Bern. Standout lawyers include Johannes Bürgi for real estate and capital markets work, Luc Defferrard for banking and finance, Hans Rudolf Trüeb for public law and Thomas Meister for tax.

Stefan Gerster heads the ‘excellent’ real estate and construction practice at CMS, which has particular expertise in the hotel industry. Other key figures include Christian Gersbach, who leads the employment law team, and Patrick Sommer, who is noted for his ‘great service’ regarding competition matters.

Kellerhals Carrard attracts praise for providing ‘very good’ service at ‘competitive rates’. The ‘business-oriented’ Ines Pöschel in Zurich, the ‘pragmatic’ Beat Brechbühl in Bern and Marco Balmelli in Basel are the key figures for corporate and commercial work.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal has an ‘outstanding’ IP practice headed by Michael Ritscher, a top-tier real estate team led by Wolfgang Müller, and a very strong practice for commercial, corporate and M&A work, where Alexander Vogel is recommended.

Wenger & Vieli fields ‘very professional’ teams handling capital markets work as well as commercial, corporate and M&A matters. Wolfgang Zürcher and Christoph Schmid are the key figures, while Martin Hess is the standout figure in its ‘excellent’ banking and finance team.

Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd’s expertise covers corporate and M&A matters, where Christian Stambach is recommended, and private client, which is led by Ingmar Snijders.

Burckhardt Ltd. in Basel is adept in litigation, employment law, tax law and private client matters. Regula Hinderling and Piera Beretta are recommended.

At Froriep, managing partner Catrina Luchsinger has expertise in banking and finance as well as corporate and M&A matters, while Nicola Benz is recommended for IP and IT matters.

Geneva-headquartered Lalive also has a strong office in Zurich. Simone Nadelhofer is noted for her expertise in litigation and banking matters. Philipp Habegger recently left the firm.

At Prager Dreifuss AG, Daniel Hayek is recommended for banking and finance, as well as corporate and M&A and insolvency matters. Urs Feller is recommended for litigation.

Wenger Plattner has wide-ranging capabilities, with particular strength in insolvency and corporate recovery matters. Recommended lawyers include Karl Wüthrich and Brigitte Umbach-Spahn.

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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.