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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘excellent team’ is regularly called on to advise on complex insolvency cases. It is acting as administrator of Petroplus Refining Cressier and assisted FINMA with an investigation into the collapse of Banque Privée Espírito Santo. Vincent Jeanneret is recommended for his wide-raging knowledge of Swiss insolvency law, and of counsel Olivier Hari attracts praise for his ‘outstanding experience in Swiss financial insolvency law’.

Wenger Plattner’s practice has ‘unrivalled strength, depth and experience, particularly in the role as appointed administrator’. It has recently been appointed by FINMA as liquidator of Bank Hottinger & Cie and continues to act as liquidator for several companies of the Swissair group and the Petroplus group. Key figures include The ‘very experiencedKarl Wüthrich, Brigitte Umbach-Spahn (who is ‘a very good negotiator’), Fritz Rothenbühler and ‘very bright’ senior associate Stefan Bossart.

Baker McKenzie’s team assisted AE&E Inova Holding with its restructuring, enabling the client to lift the debt moratorium and start a voluntary liquidation. Other clients include UBS and Swissmetal Industries in liquidation. Lukas Glanzmann is recommended. Urs Schenker joined Walder Wyss Ltd

Kellerhals Carrard’s ‘very thorough’ team has been appointed by FINMA as liquidator of Banque Privée Espírito Santo and continues to represent Lehman Brothers Holding in the insolvency proceedings of Lehman Brothers Finance. Daniel Staehelin and Lukas Bopp are recommended.

Lenz & Staehelin’s practice assisted Valartis Group with its restructuring under the protection of an initially non-public composition moratorium, and continues to advise creditors on enforcing their rights against insolvent Petroplus. Tanja Luginbühl and Roland Fischer are recommended.

Bär & Karrer AG’s practice focuses on out-of-court restructurings, and also regularly represents creditors in insolvency proceedings, such as in the Lehmann Brothers case. Thomas Rohde heads the practice.

Homburger’s expertise includes handling corporate restructurings of distressed companies and representing creditors throughout the pre-insolvency phase, in insolvency proceedings and in related litigation. Ueli Huber heads the practice.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG’s ‘very good’ team has been advising Valartis Bank (Austria) on the Swiss moratorium proceeding for Valartis Group and acted for several creditors in the insolvency of sports marketing agency ISL. Thomas Sprecher is recommended.

Pestalozzi assists creditors in insolvency proceedings and related litigation. It is continuing to act for First International Bank of Israel and Union Bank of Israel in the Regent Diamond Group insolvency. Thomas Rohner and newly promoted partner Florian Mohs are recommended.

Prager Dreifuss AG regularly represents creditors in insolvency proceedings. The firm acts for Attestor Value Master Fund, an alternative investment fund focused on distressed claims, on issues arising from its investments, and is acting as lead adviser to the bondholders in claims against the insolvent Petroplus group. Daniel Hayek is recommended.

Staiger Attorneys at Law’s Marc Bernheim has been defending the Swiss Climate Cent Foundation against a clawback action by the liquidators of Petroplus Marketing and continues to act as extraordinary receiver of the bankruptcy estates of the Atraxis group of companies.

Vischer’s ‘excellent’ practice successfully defended PwC as liquidator of the Swiss entities of Lehman Brothers against a creditor’s challenge of the schedule of claims. It is also representing LSF VIII Pine Investments as creditor in the moratorium proceedings of the Valartis Group. David Jenny is recommended.

Walder Wyss Ltd has been advising administrators of foreign Petroplus entities on Swiss insolvency proceedings and assisted Investec Bank with the insolvency proceedings of Immobiliengesellschaft Ausserholligen. Recommended lawyers include Christoph Stäubli and counsel Urs Schenker, who recently joined from Baker McKenzie.

Froriep’s team continues to act for the joint liquidators of UK Petroplus entities regarding claims arising from Swiss insolvency proceedings. Recently promoted partner Sabina Schellenberg is a name to note.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal regularly advises creditors on enforcing their rights in insolvency proceeding and related litigation. Marcel Lustenberger is ‘very experienced’.

Wenger & Vieli assisted with the restructuring of distressed packaging producer PetroplastVinora and is acting as liquidator of Helvetia Wealth. Georg Zondler heads the practice.

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Legal Developments in Switzerland for Insolvency and corporate recovery

  • 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.
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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 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.
  • 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.