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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 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.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Valora on its Rights Offering

    Valora Holding AG completed a capital increase raising net proceeds of approximately CHF 166 million. The capital increase was executed as an "at market" rights offering. The offer price for the new shares was determined following a bookbuilding process for the shares not taken up by existing shareholders. Valora will use the proceeds from the capital increase to refinance its recent acquisition of BackWerk, to finance the expansion of production capacities, to refinance existing capital market instruments and for general corporate purposes. Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised KKR on a Follow-On Investment in GetYourGuide

    KKR, a leading global investment firm, together with other investors, has closed an investment to increase its minority stake in GetYourGuide AG. GetYourGuide is the world's largest online platform for tours, activities and attractions and offers over 31,000 activities in nearly 7,300 destinations.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Talbot Holding on its Public Tender Offer for ImmoMentum

    On 29 August 2017, Talbot Holding AG, an entity controlled by investment company Actium AG, launched an all cash public tender offer for all listed shares in ImmoMentum AG, a Swiss real estate company listed on BX Berne eXchange invested primarily in residential real estate. With the satisfaction of all offer conditions, the offer was successfully settled on 10 November 2017. As a result, Talbot Holding holds 99.67% of the voting rights and share capital of ImmoMentum.
  • Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland

    Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland – Digital Influencer Marketing is a new subtle form for reaching target audiences online. Due to its’ increasing emergence as a marketing practice, governmental agencies and selfregulatory bodies worldwide have reacted with the issuance of guidelines how such practices should be conducted in a transparent manner. Also, a few court decisions have been rendered with remarkable remedies ordered. Therefore, it appears sensible to take broad look at what’s happening on our globe. In the following, we will provide (i) an overview on noteworthy legal developments with regard to digital influencer marketing in select jurisdictions worldwide, (ii) an overview on the legal status of digital influencer marketing in Switzerland and (iii) a general impact assessment for businesses in Switzerland. 
  • Nouscom AG USD 40 Mio. Series B Financing Round

    Walder Wyss advises Abingworth and 5AM Venture on Nouscom’s Series B financing round. Nouscom is active in the development of tumor specific oncolytic viruses and patient specific cancer vaccines. The financing round was subscribed by Abingworth and 5AM Venture as well as by existing shareholders.