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Bär & Karrer Ltd. is particularly well versed in advising on banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A issues as well as competition, dispute resolution, private client and sports matters. Eric Stupp, Ralph Malacrida, Thomas Reutter, Mani Reinert, Daniel Hochstrasser, Andreas Länzlinger, Tina Wüstemann, Markus Schott and Michele Bernasconi are all recommended advisers.

Homburger is highly regarded for its banking and capital markets expertise, which is provided by René Bösch and Daniel Daeniker, as well as for its advice on competition matters, handled by Franz Hoffet and Marcel Dietrich. The firm additionally has a strong reputation in both the healthcare and TMT sector, the latter of which is Georg Rauber’s specialty. Other focus areas include intellectual property, corporate, litigation and tax law. Balz Gross, Andri Hess, Dieter Gericke, Peter Riedweg and Dieter Grünblatt are other names to note.

Lenz & Staehelin’s practice offers deep expertise across the full spectrum of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, competition and dispute resolution matters, complemented by a particular deep sector knowledge of the TMT industry. Key contacts include Patrick Hünerwadel, Hans-Jakob Diem, Harold Frey, Marcel Meinhardt, Jürg Simon, Andreas Rötheli and Lukas Morscher.

As ‘one of the best law firms in Zurich’, Niederer Kraft & Frey AG is well regarded for its capital markets, M&A, dispute resolution and tax practice and has a particular strong standing in the TMT and real estate sector. Philippe Weber, Philipp Haas, Daniel Eisele, Andreas Vögeli, András Gurovits, Thomas Graf, Tamir Livschitz and Catherine Grun Meyer are the names to note.

Employment, IP, sports, insolvency and real estate advice are the central pillars of Baker McKenzie well reputed practice. The team gained several new partners from Froriep, which have strengthened the TMT, IP and sports practices in particular. Peter Reinert, Lukas Glanzmann, Michael Treis and Daniel Peregrina are recommended.

Pestalozzi is particularly often instructed by clients from the banking, real estate, healthcare and TMT sectors seeking advice on corporate, competition, intellectual property and dispute resolution matters. Managing partner Urs Kloeti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips are all recommended partners.

First-rate firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd is highly recommended for its advice on competition, dispute resolution, TMT and transport matters, while banking and finance is another strong focus. David Mamane, Martin Lanz, Roland Mathys and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners; Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are other names to note. Martin Bernet left the firm to establish Bernet Arbitration / Dispute management. Jürg Borer left to establish Borer Attorneys at Law.

Vischer is particularly recommended for its public law, M&A and litigation expertise as well as its industry knowledge of the healthcare, TMT and transport sectors. Stefan Kohler, Rolf auf der Maur, Stefan Rechsteiner, Benedict Christ and Christian Oetiker are the most prominent partners; Michael Waldner is recommended as up-and-coming.

Walder Wyss Ltd is especially strong in employment, intellectual property, public, TMT and tax matters, but is also highly adept at advising on banking and finance, capital markets and competition issues. Luc Defferrard, Ueli Sommer, Philippe Nordmann, Markus Frick, Magda Streuli-Youssef, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, Mark Reutter and Thomas Meister are the key partners.

Outstanding and proactive’ firm CMS has significant expertise in real estate, employment, competition and litigation matters. Stefan Gerster, Marquard Christen, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann are the names to note.

Kellerhals Carrard is best known for its public law, corporate, capital markets, healthcare and insolvency practices. Managing partner Beat Brechbühl, Thomas Eichenberger, Lukas Bopp and Christoph Jäger are the main partners.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) has clear expertise in intellectual property, real estate and private client matters and also advises on capital markets, corporate and M&A issues. Simon Holzer, Michael Ritscher, Patricia Guerra and Wolfgang Müller are recommended.

Wenger & Vieli is particularly commended for its capital markets, corporate and M&A as well as litigation expertise. Wolfgang Zürcher is recommended, as is the up-and-coming Michael Tschudin.

Bratschi Ltd frequently assists with private client, corporate and public law matters. The recommended Ingmar Snijders and Walter Boss are the names to note.

Burckhardt Ltd.’s strengths lie in private client matters, employment and tax law. Jacqueline Burckhardt Bertossa, Regula Hinderling and Rolf Wüthrich are recommended.

Froriep’s Nicola Benz in Zurich regulalrly advises on intellectual property matters and has deep knowledge of the TMT sector.

Lalive is best known for its banking and finance, corporate and dispute resolution teams. Matthias Scherer, Michael Schneider, Simone Nadelhofer and Matthias Gstoehl are the key partners.

Prager Dreifuss AG covers banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, litigation, insolvency and tax law. Daniel Hayek, Andreas Moll, Urs Bertschinger and Roland Böhi are the main contacts.

Wenger Plattner’s mainstay is advice on insolvency issues, for which Brigitte Umbach-Spahn and Karl Wüthrich are recommended. Additional focus areas include corporate and M&A, competition and litigation. Dieter Gränicher is also noted by clients.

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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 Advised Copernicus Holding on the Establishment of its Structure and Obtaining a FINMA

    Copernicus Group is a financial service provider in the canton Ticino for institutional and private UHNWI clients, offering also family office and wealth planning services. The group consists of Copernicus Asset Management SA and Copernicus Wealth Management and Services SA. On 20 March 2018, Copernicus Asset Management started operating as a fully licensed Swiss asset manager of collective investment schemes.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Allianz Suisse on the Acquisition of DAS Switzerland

    On 3 April 2018, Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG has acquired all shares in DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs-AG. Through this acquisition Allianz Swiss becomes one of the largest providers of legal protection insurance in the Swiss market.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises XO Holding on Sale of Priora to Eiffage Construction

    XO Holding AG sold Priora AG, a leading Swiss project developer and general / total contractor (GC/TC), to Eiffage Construction SA, a French company forming part of the Euronext listed Eiffage group.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Axcel on the Acquisition of Invima

    The Danish private equity company Axcel has acquired all shares in Invima AB, a Swedish corporation, with its subsidiaries including two Swiss subsidiaries. Under the IsaDora brand, Invima AB is one of the Nordic region's leading manufacturers and distributors of cosmetics, with sales in approximately 5,000 stores in forty different countries. The seller Ingvar Vigstrand with family will remain as a minority owner in the new group.
  • Bär & Karrer Welcomes New Tax Counsel

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce Prof. Dr. Andrea Opel as a new counsel to the firm. She joined the tax team in Zurich on 1 March 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Orior on the Placement of Shares by Way of an Accelerated Bookbuilding

    Orior AG successfully placed 592,499 new shares by way of an accelerated bookbuilding in a private placement with institutional investors. The placed shares are sourced from the company's existing authorized share capital and the pre-emptive rights of the existing shareholders have been excluded.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised HQLAx on the first Live Securities Lending Transaction Using R3's Corda Blockc

    On 1 March 2018, financial technology innovator HQLAx together with Credit Suisse and ING completed the first live securities lending transaction using R3's Corda blockchain platform. The transaction included a basket swap between Credit Suisse and ING of value EUR 25 million using the HQLAx Corda-based collateral lending application. During the transaction, Credit Suisse and ING transferred legal ownership of Dutch and German government securities on the platform using HQLAx Digital Collateral Records (DCRs) while the underlying securities remained static.
  • 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.