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The ‘excellent’ practice at Homburger covers the full range of IP matters and is particularly strong in pharmaceutical patent disputes. It recently assisted Johnson Electric with the enforcement of its Saia trade mark. Other clients include AbbVie, Baxter and Nestlé. Practice head and ‘impressive patent litigator’ Georg Rauber is recommended along with Andri Hess and Gregor Bühler.

Lenz & Staehelin’s broad-based practice provides ‘excellent’ service. Highly regarded trade mark expert Jürg Simon has niche expertise in geographical indications (GI) and continues to represent Emmentaler Switzerland in GI disputes. Patent expert Thierry Calame has been handling several disputes for life sciences companies. Other clients include MSD and Pfizer.

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Weinmann Zimmerli

WEINMANN ZIMMERLI is a leading Swiss IP firm based in Zurich and Zug specialising in Swiss and international trade mark, patent, copyright and design law, as well as unfair competition and antitrust law. The firm is handling prosecution and litigation. It was formed in January 2013 through the merger of two firms: KRSW WEINMANN and Zimmerli, Wagner & Partner AG. Since its foundation it has been the fastest growing IP law firm in Switzerland with a very good success rate in court.

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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s ‘outstanding’ team has been advising the Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers on the new Swissness legislation, is assisting Ty with its trade mark and design portfolio in Switzerland, and is handling patent disputes for several pharmaceutical companies. Key figures include Michael Ritscher, who combines ‘incredible business acumen and strong negotiation skills’, patent and GI expert Simon Holzer, who is ‘an excellent litigator’, and Peter Schramm, who is ‘among the best design and trade mark experts’.

Walder Wyss Ltd provides ‘top-notch advice’ on soft IP matters and also has patent expertise. The firm successfully defended insurer Zurich against copyright infringement claims regarding an advertisement campaign and successfully represented H&M in appeal proceedings concerning the registration of the COS trade mark. Markus Frick is ‘one of the best trade mark lawyers in Switzerland’; Magda Streuli-Youssef (who is ‘a very experienced litigator’) and Stefano Codoni are also recommended. Roger Staub joined from Froriep in January 2017.

New client wins for Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ team include Swarovski, which it is advising on its trade mark and design portfolio. The team is also representing BAT in a trade mark dispute with Philip Morris. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Michael Treis and ‘responsive and dedicated’ Eva-Maria Strobel are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Bär & Karrer AG successfully represented Spirig HealthCare in a patent dispute with Bayer and continues to assist Salt Mobile with its rebranding. Practice head Markus Wang is recommended.

The ‘very responsive and efficient’ team at BianchiSchwald provides ‘excellent service at competitive rates’. It successfully represented Stadler Rail in a patent dispute with Bombardier. Christoph Gasser is a ‘proactive’ lawyer with ‘extraordinary expertise and business acumen’.

Froriep’s team is a ‘safe pair of hands’ for soft IP matters. It successfully represented Cartier in a trade mark cancellation action and assisted Meltwater with a trade mark prosecution matter. Nicola Benz provides ‘excellent advice’ on IP protection strategies. Roger Staub joined Walder Wyss Ltd in January 2017.

Highly regarded IP boutique Fuhrer Marbach & Partners is especially noted for its strength in trade mark prosecution and litigation, where Eugen Marbach is the key figure. The firm also has significant experience in patent matters, an area for which Peter Widmer is recommended.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG is particularly noted for its knowledge of brand protection strategies. In an illustration of its contentious expertise, the firm represented Lipo Einrichtungsmärkte in a design and copyright dispute with Vitra. Other clients include Procter & Gamble and FIFA. Recommended individuals include Nicolas Birkhäuser, who is ‘very knowledgeable and business-minded’, and Clara-Ann Gordon, who recently joined from Pestalozzi.

Pestalozzi’s team is particularly recommended for contentious trade mark, copyright and patent matters. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is recommended for IP litigation, while Thomas Legler focuses on IP arbitration. Clara-Ann Gordon joined Niederer Kraft & Frey AG.

Well-regarded IP boutique Rentsch Partner AG provides prosecution services and also has significant experience in litigation. Clients include Genesupport and Nordson Corporation. Christian Hilti is recommended for patent litigation, while Matthias Städeli is the key contact for soft IP.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘outstanding’ team has been representing Hetronic in a patent dispute regarding railroad remote controls and regularly assists Google with the enforcement of its trade marks. Andrea Mondini is ‘an outstanding IP litigator’ and Philipp Groz is ‘smart and technically very strong’.

Lucerne-based Troller Hitz Troller has a well-established IP prosecution and dispute resolution practice. Patrick Troller is highly regarded for patent and trade mark matters and Gallus Joller is particularly recommended for trade mark litigation.

Vischer’s team has been representing Westwind in a patent dispute regarding heat exchange technology and assisted Netflix with copyright matters. The ‘very skilled and knowledgeableStefan Kohler is an expert for patent and trade mark matters, while Rolf Auf der Maur is recommended for copyright work.

At B•M•G Avocats, Sylvie Gurry-Veit and Anne Virginie La Spada are noted for their brand protection work in the luxury goods sector, including prosecution and litigation.

In addition to its transactional IP expertise, id est avocats sàrl also excels in matters at the intersection of IP and IT, such as open source. Michel Jaccard and Juliette Ancelle are recommended.

Kellerhals Carrard’s practice head Daniel Alder is especially known for his expertise in patent disputes and also has experience with copyright and trade mark matters.

Lalive’s ‘very good’ team is known for handling trade mark dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration, and also provides trade mark prosecution services. Counsel Thomas Widmer is recommended.

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG’s practice head Mathis Berger has experience with a broad range of IP litigation, including patent, copyright and trade mark disputes.

At Python, Felix Locher handles soft IP disputes; he successfully represented an Italian industrial company in trade mark cancellation proceedings and acted for a Swiss musician in a copyright dispute.

IP boutique Weinmann Zimmerli provides ‘a very good’ service to clients on patent and trade mark prosecution matters as well as IP disputes. Conrad Weinmann is a key contact.

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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 Muhr und Bender on the Sale of its Stake in Feintool

    On 3 October 2017, Dr. Thomas Muhr and Muhr und Bender KG sold their entire stake in Feintool International Holding AG (Feintool) amounting to 616,500 shares of Feintool corresponding to 13.81% of the total share capital of Feintool. The shares were sold to institutional investors through an accelerated bookbuilding process led by Bank Berenberg.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Orior on the Placement of a CHF 110 Million Inaugural Bond Issue

    Orior AG successfully completed the placement of its CHF 110 million inaugural bond issue. The bonds carry a coupon of 0.625% and will mature on 26 September 2023 at par. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. The issue was lead-managed by UBS AG and Zürcher Kantonalbank.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Valora on the Acquisition of BackWerk

    Valora has signed an agreement to acquire BackWerk from Swedish financial investor EQT. BackWerk is a German-based food service company with over 340 locations mainly in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Completion is subject to merger control approval.
  • Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, an investment company based in Singapore, sold its stake in Dufr

    Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, an investment company based in Singapore, sold its stake in Dufry AG through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary to the HNA Group.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Cummins on its Joint Venture with Eaton

    The global power leader Cummins Inc. announced that it successfully completed the formation of a joint venture with the power management company Eaton, concerning the design, manufacture, sale and support of automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial vehicles (named Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies). As part of the transaction, the Swiss company Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies Sàrl was formed earlier this year and Cummins acquired a 50% participation on 31 July 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Jacobs Holding on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in OdontoSalute

    Colosseum Dental Group, a fully owned portfolio company of Jacobs Holding AG, has acquired 70% of OdontoSalute, an Italian dental clinics group providing dental treatments of any kind through a national network. Colosseum is a leading provider of private dental care in the Scandinavian area, which is now operating in more than 150 clinics in Norway, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark and aiming at building a leading pan-European dentistry group. With this acquisition, Colosseum further expands into continental Europe and becomes one of the leading dentistry clinic operators in Italy.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised the Sellers of Rotronic

    The owners of Rotronic AG, which develops and manufactures measuring technologies, sold the company to funds managed by Battery Ventures.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CliniSciences on the Acquisition of BIOTREND Chemicals

    On 13 June 2017, CliniHolding S.à r.l. (CliniSciences) acquired the entire stake in BIOTREND Chemicals AG (BIOTREND) from its founders. BIOTREND is a leading distributor of high-quality reagents and biochemicals for the life science research community in Switzerland, Germany and USA.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Banque Cantonale de Genève on the Placement of CHF 200 Million Additional Tie

    Banque Cantonale de Genève successfully completed the placement of CHF 90 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds and CHF 110 million tier 2 subordinated bonds due 2027. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.00%. The tier 2 subordinated bonds were issued at 100.024% of their nominal amount with an interest of 1.125% and will mature on 28 June 2027 at their nominal amount. Both bonds have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. UBS AG, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Banque Cantonale de Genève acted as Joint Lead Managers.
  • Bär & Karrer wins Europe Women in Business Law Award

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that partner Tina Wüstemann, who heads the private clients team, won the title 'Best in trusts & estates' at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards ceremony on 15 June 2017 in London. This is the second time Tina Wüstemann wins this award. In addition, partner and dispute resolution specialist Nadja Jaisli Kull was shortlisted as 'Rising Star Litigation'.