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Bär & Karrer Ltd. covers transactions, regulatory matters, product marketing and distribution, as well as IP advice and litigation in the health and life sciences sector. Recent highlights include advising Galenica Santé on its CHF1.9bn IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange and assisting EQT with the acquisition of Fertin Pharma from Bagger-Sørensen. Novartis is another key client. Markus Wang and Markus Schott are recommended.

Homburger focuses on IP, regulatory, transactional and alternative dispute resolution. Andri Hess represented Illumina in an infringement claim against Genoma related to NIPT patents before the Swiss Federal Patent Court and the group also advised Eli Lilly on an investigation regarding alleged vertical price fixing for pharmaceutical products. Johnson & Johnson also receives legal advice from the practice. Corporate partner Dieter Gericke, competition and regulatory lawyer Franz Hoffet and IP team lead Georg Rauber are the main contacts.

Vischer provides transactional, financing, capital markets, product launch and regulatory advice to health and life sciences industry clients and further represents them in contentious matters. The practice assisted JSR Corporation with its acquisition of Selexis and advised Axovant Sciences on its debt financing agreement with Hercules Capital. Stefan Kohler jointly heads the practice with Matthias Staehelin; Christian Wyss is another name to note.

CMS offers advice on regulatory and pricing issues, commercial cooperation agreements, product advertising and compliance programs. The team assisted Synlab International with its compliance program roll-out of in Switzerland and continues to represent Bayer in Swiss administrative proceedings concerning a pricing matter. Patrick Sommer and Alain Raemy lead the practice. IP counsel Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser joined from Rentsch Partner AG in 2017.

Kellerhals Carrard advises life sciences companies, medical professionals and hospitals on regulatory, product liability, competition and contractual matters and is also adept at assisting start-ups with financing rounds and corporate transactions. The team is representing Roche Pharma and Interpharma in an ongoing price reduction litigation against the Federal Office of Public Health. KPT Versicherungen is another active client. Thomas Eichenberger is the main contact.

Lenz & Staehelin regularly handles IP, competition, corporate, M&A and contentious liability matters for a wide range of pharmaceutical, biotechnical and medical devices companies, as well as healthcare providers and academic institutions. Thierry Calame, Harold Frey and Stephan Erni are the main contacts in Zurich, while Benoît Merkt heads the Geneva team.

Considered one of the ‘top patent law firms’ in Switzerland, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) also provides ‘excellent expertise in pharmaceutical patent litigation’; other focus areas are regulatory and commercial advice, transactions and litigation. The team is representing Gilead Sciences in all patent disputes concerning its tenofovir patents and supplementary protection certificates and advised the Swiss Cosmetics Association on labelling obligations for Swiss cosmetic products. The ‘responsiveSimon Holzer impresses with a ‘strong scientific background’ and ‘works well in international teams’; IP litigator Michael Ritscher is also recommended.

Pestalozzi is ‘very strong in the life sciences industry’, where it provides ‘stellar service’, ‘high quality advice and invaluable solutions to strategic questions’; the team is particularly recommended for its expertise in distribution contracts, product liability, advertising law and IP. Recent highlights include advising Dow Chemical Company on its all-stock merger of equals with DuPont, which also required assistance with pre-merger restructurings. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is a ‘trusted adviser who truly understands the clients’ business and specific legal challenges’, while associate Janine Demont is ‘very helpful regarding product liability litigation’. Christian Roos and Christoph Lang are other names to note.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team provides ‘value for money and appropriate advice’ to international companies on contentious and non-contentious regulatory and transactional matters. The team defended Actavis in a patent dispute brought by Eli Lilly and also advised Lovance Biotherapeutics on the import and export of human biological materials as well as on clinical trials for cell therapy as a cancer treatment. Litigator Philipp Groz is the main adviser; Andrea Mondini joined Times Attorneys in October 2017.

Walder Wyss Ltd focuses on regulatory, pricing, IP and licensing, transactional and corporate matters, thereby impressing with ‘very good business acumen, concrete industry knowledge, comprehension of complex issues and pleasant team interaction’. The group defended a major international pharmaceutical company in pricing-related litigation brought by the Swiss Government and also advises the client on strategic and reactive market access law. Andreas Wildi, Michael Isler, Alexander Gutmans, Markus Frick and Stefano Codoni are the key contacts.

Apart from general corporate and transactional experience, Wenger & Vieli offers expertise in pricing, marketing authorisation, advertising, data protection, IP, clinical trial, competition and product liability matters. The practice counts pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, as well as hospitals among its clients and is representing several pharmaceutical companies in their appeals against price reductions. Frank Scherrer has longstanding experience in pharmaceutical matters, while Beat Speck is the key contact for transactional issues.

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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 advises Coresystems FSM on the takeover by SAP (Schweiz)

    The software company SAP bought all shares of Coresystems FSM AG. Coresystems FSM develops and runs workforce-management software based on a Crowd Service platform which uses artificial intelligence and allows finding available field-service technicians in real time.
  • Bär & Karrer Strengthens its M&A and Banking Practice with two new Partners

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that it further strengthens its M&A and banking practice with new partners Martin Anderson and Frédéric Bétrisey. They will join the firm with their team of associates as of 1 August 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises XO Holding on Sale of Priora FM to ENGIE

    XO Holding AG sold Priora FM SA, a leading Swiss facility management company, to ENGIE Energy Services International S.A., a subsidiary of ENGIE SA, which is listed on the Euronext exchange in Paris and Brussels.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Andermatt Swiss Alps on the Sale of Real Estate Portfolio and Establishment of

    Andermatt Swiss Alps Ltd has successfully completed a transaction comprising a real estate portfolio sale to Taurus Andermatt Ltd, a newly established real estate joint venture. The portfolio consists of 25 properties located in the Holiday Village Andermatt Reuss in Andermatt (Switzerland). Andermatt Swiss Alps will participate in future sales profits exceeding the list price of the properties.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Banking Syndicate in the IPO of Polyphor

    Polyphor Ltd, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative antibiotics and other specialty pharma products, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Trading in the shares started on 15 May 2018. The shares were priced at the upper end of the price range, resulting in gross proceeds of CHF 165 million. The IPO of Polyphor is considered the largest biotech IPO in Switzerland in over 10 years and one of the top three in Europe within the last three years in terms of proceeds raised by an issuer in order to finance the development of its pipeline.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Saint-Gobain in connection with the Takeover Battle over Sika

    This morning, Sika and Saint-Gobain have announced the signing of agreements which terminates all disputes around the purchase by Saint-Gobain of a controlling stake in Sika dated 5 December 2014.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Vyaire Medical on its Acquisition of imtmedical ag

    Vyaire Medical, Inc., a global leader in respiratory care, completed the acquisition of all shares in imtmedical AG, a Swiss company, which is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of mechanical ventilation products.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CEVA Logistics on its IPO, the anchor investment by CMA CGM and its migration

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading third-party logistics companies, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 4 May 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 1.6 billion and generating gross proceeds of CHF 821 million, this is so far considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange for 2018. In addition, CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping group in the world, has committed to make a strategic cornerstone investment in CEVA Logistics by purchasing CHF 379 million of mandatory convertible securities which will convert into shares of CEVA Logistics once certain regulatory approvals have been obtained. Simultaneously with the IPO, CEVA Holdings, the former holding company of the CEVA group, migrated from the Marshall Islands to Switzerland by way of a cross-border merger with CEVA Logistic as the surviving company.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises on the Financing of the Largest Thermoelectric Plant in Latin America

    Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) has successfully issued bonds for approx. USD 1 billion equivalent in local currency at a fixed, long-term rate in international capital markets. The innovative bond issue is guaranteed by the Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV), the export credit agency of Switzerland. The bonds are part of a financial package to finance the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant by CELSE in the state of Sergipe in the northeast region of Brazil. Besides the bond issue for approx. USD 1 billion, the transaction includes a USD 200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation and a financial package of the Inter-American Development Bank in the amount of approx. USD 300 million. Once operational expected for in 2020, CELSE will sell electricity to 26 distribution companies in Brazil, becoming the largest and most efficient thermoelectric plant in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises lastminute.com on Partial Self-Tender Offer

    On 21 September 2017, an extraordinary shareholders' meeting of the SIX Swiss Exchange listed lastminute.com N.V. authorized the board of directors to repurchase up to 33 1/3% of the company's share capital by means of a partial self-tender offer. The resolution adopted under Dutch law contained detailed information, among others regarding the period for which the authorization is granted, the manner in which the shares are repurchased and the price range within which the offer price must be set.