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Bär & Karrer Ltd. in Zurich and Zug impresses with 'partner commitment, responsiveness, legal expertise in various areas and good communication'. The full-service firm is especially renowned in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, as well as competition, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal law, insurance, private client and sports law. Key lawyers include Eric Stupp, Ralph Malacrida and Thomas Reutter, Christoph Neeracher, Peter Hsu, Tina Wüstemann, Susanne Schreiber and Michele Bernasconi.

As one of the best firms in Zurich, Homburger delivers superb work on banking and finance, corporate, M&A and capital markets law. René Bösch, Benedikt Maurenbrecher and Daniel Daeniker are the key contacts. Other prominent areas include Franz Hoffet's and Marcel Dietrich's competition practice, the dispute resolution work of Felix Dasser and Balz Gross, as well as the IP and TMT departments, led by Georg Rauber and David Rosenthal. Dieter Grünblatt and Peter Riedweg are recognised for their tax expertise.

Lenz & Staehelin has supreme experience of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, competition and dispute resolution, with additional expertise in IP, TMT, sports and tax matters. Patrick Hünerwadel, Marcel Tranchet, Hans-Jakob Diem, Harold Frey, Marcel Meinhardt, Jürg Simon and Lukas Morscher are among the leading individuals.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG handles big-ticket work, ranging from corporate and M&A, litigation, capital markets and tax matters, with additional strength in TMT, real estate and sports law. Notable practitioners include Philippe Weber, Philipp Haas, Daniel Eisele, Andreas Vögeli, András Gurovits, Thomas Graf, Tamir Livschitz, Clara-Ann Gordon and Catherine Grun Meyer.

Baker McKenzie is highly regarded for its employment, intellectual property, sports, insolvency and real estate practices. Peter Reinert, Lukas Glanzmann, Michael Treis and Martin Furrer are the key contacts in these areas.

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with high-end work in dispute resolution, banking and finance, transport, sports and TMT. David Mamane, Martin Lanz, 'outstanding data protection lawyer' Roland Mathys, Manuel Liatowitsch, Christopher Boog and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners, while Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are also noted.

VISCHER has core strength in the healthcare, TMT and transport sectors and notable public law expertise, while also fielding strong capital markets, M&A, competition and litigation departments. Key partners include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan Rechsteiner, Benedict Christ  and Christian Oetiker. Michael Waldner and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

With offices in Zurich, Bern and Basel, Walder Wyss Ltd provides superior advice on capital markets, employment, competition, litigation, real estate, tax, intellectual property and TMT matters. Luc Defferrard, Ueli Sommer, Philippe Nordmann, Markus Frick, Magda Streuli-Youssef, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, Mark Reutter and Thomas Meister are the core partners.

International firm CMS has a strong reputation for competition law, dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, as well as insurance sector, employment law and real estate matters. Prominent practitioners include Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, David Hürlimann, Marquard Christen, Clemens von Zedtwitz, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann.

With significant sector-based expertise, Kellerhals Carrard is renowned for its experience in sports matters and public law, as well as capital markets, corporate and M&A and insolvency law. Managing partner Beat Brechbühl, Thomas Eichenberger, Daniel Emch and Christoph Jäger are key names.

Providing full-service advice, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is best known for its intellectual property, private client, real estate, TMT, competition and corporate work. Key names include Simon Holzer, Michael Ritscher , Patricia Guerra, Lukas Bühlmann, Michael Reinle and Mario Strebel.

With offices in Zurich and Zug, Wenger & Vieli LTD has strength in fintech and capital markets matters, corporate and M&A, as well as competition, healthcare and life sciences law. Wolfgang Zürcher, Martin Hess, Urs Weber-Stecher, Michael Tschudin, Frank Scherrer and Pascal Honold are the names to note.

Bratschi Ltd has four offices in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and a full-service approach. Core practice areas are corporate and M&A, private client and public law, with notable individuals including Marco Rizzi, Barbara Jecklin, Christian Stambach, Mirco Ceregato, Ingmar Snijders and Walter Boss.

Boutique firm Burckhardt Ltd. advises on litigation, employment, private client and tax matters. The key contacts are Jacqueline Burckhardt, Rolf Wüthrich, Mark Eichner, Regula Hinderling and Piera Beretta.

The Zurich team of Froriep includes banking, finance and corporate specialist Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, litigator Sabina Schellenberg, intellectual property and TMT partner Nicola Benz, as well as tax lawyer Marcel Jung. Swiss-qualified transport expert Dunja Koch is based in London.

LALIVE's Zurich team has a strong position in the dispute resolution space, where  Matthias Gstoehl is a key name. The group also handles banking and intellectual property matters. Simone Nadelhofer is another name to note.

Prager Dreifuss AG is especially good for insolvency law and tax matters, and also handles banking, capital markets, corporate and M&A, competition law and litigation. Andreas Moll, Daniel Hayek, Urs Bertschinger, Philipp Zurkinden, Roland Böhi and Christian Casanova are some of the notable individuals.

Wenger Plattner's stellar record in insolvency and corporate recovery matters is complemented by its corporate and M&A, competition, litigation and real estate expertise. Key partners include Brigitte Umbach-Spahn, Karl Wüthrich, Oliver Künzler, Fritz Rothenbühler, Stephan Kesselbach, Thomas Wetzel and Placidus Plattner.

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  • Bär & Karrer awarded by Mergermarket as "Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018"

    At this year's Mergermarket European Awards Ceremony on 6 December 2018 in London, Bär & Karrer has been awarded as the "Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018".
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers of Astes4 SA

    The owners of Astes4 SA, a company based in Balerna, Switzerland, which is engaged in development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines, sold their interests in the company to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. Mitsubishi Electric is active in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. By acquiring Astes4, Mitsubishi Electric will further strengthen its lineup of automation systems together with sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines to provide its valued customers with integrated solutions that require less manual loading, unloading and sorting to realize higher productivity and efficiency.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Constellium on the Sale of Rolling Business Assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to

    On 23 July 2018, Constellium Valais SA, a company of the Constellium group engaged in the aluminium plate and extrusions businesses for industry, aerospace and transportation applications, successfully completed the sale of its aluminium rolling business assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to Novelis Switzerland SA for EUR 200 million. The assets, consisting of real estate, machinery and equipment, were previously leased by Constellium Valais to Novelis Switzerland and both parties will continue to operate in Sierre following the transaction. Concurrently with the asset sale, Constellium Valais contributed the Sierre site's shared infrastructure to a newly established 50-50 joint venture with Novelis Switzerland.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Bank Cler in Connection with the Public Tender Offer by Cantonal Bank of Basel

    On 20 June 2018, the Cantonal Bank of Basel, which already holds 77.52% of the share capital and the voting rights of Bank Cler Ltd., published the preannouncement for a public tender offer for all publicly held bearer shares of Bank Cler, which is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Subsequently, Bank Cler concluded a transaction agreement with the Cantonal Bank of Basel regarding the public tender offer. The Cantonal Bank of Basel offers CHF 52 per share of Bank Cler. Taking into consideration the results of the Fairness Opinion of an independent Expert, the board of directors of Bank Cler recommends to its shareholders to accept the offer.
  • Bär & Karrer Successful in Appeal Proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court Against the F

    On 11 May 2016, the French tax authorities requested administrative assistance from the Swiss Federal Tax Administration. The request was made based on lists containing several thousand UBS Switzerland AG account numbers which are or were held by persons presumed to be French residents for tax purposes. The French tax authorities were asking for Switzerland to provide names and dates of birth of the persons connected to the accounts as well as the account balances. UBS Switzerland AG (which the Federal Administrative Court ("FAC") had granted party status in its judgment A-4974/2016 of 25 October 2016) and private individuals directly affected lodged appeals with the FAC against the Federal Tax Administration’s final decisions, which were issued on 9 February 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises BZ Bank on Purchase of United Grinding Group

    BZ Bank Aktiengesellschaft, through its acquisition company LEMRO AG, purchased the United Grinding Group from Körber Beteiligungen GmbH. The United Grinding Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of precision grinding machines.
  • Bär & Karrer advised PSP Swiss Property on Sale of a Commercial Property

    PSP Swiss Property sold a commercial property in Petit-Lancy, Geneva. The property at the Av. des Morgines 8/10 (approx. 14'000 m2 of rentable space) was sold for CHF 55 million to an affiliate company of Epic Suisse AG.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in a Combined Offering on the Placement of Sha

    Idorsia Ltd successfully placed 11,912,000 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. The offer price was set at CHF 25.62 per share. Additionally, Idorsia successfully placed CHF 200 million of senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2024 in a private placement with institutional investors.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Vontobel on the Placement of CHF 450 Million Tier 1 Bonds to fund the acquisit

    Vontobel Holding AG successfully completed the placement of CHF 450 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.625% until 2023. The proceeds of this capital market transaction will be mainly used to finance the acquisition of Notenstein La Roche Private Bank.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Swiss Re in the Offering of USD 500 Million Senior Exchangeable Notes with Iss

    Swiss Re Ltd (Swiss Re) has completed an offering of USD 500 million, 6-year senior exchangeable notes, which may be stock settled at the option of Swiss Re or may be exchanged at the option of noteholders for registered shares of Swiss Re, unless Swiss Re elects to settle the exchange of notes in cash. Swiss Re has purchased call options on its own shares, which allow it to settle an exchange by noteholders without issuing new shares.