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Bär & Karrer AG has a ‘market-leading’ practice that handles international wealth and estate planning, Swiss residency matters and the setting up of trusts and foundations. Recommended lawyers include the ‘competent, trustworthy, experienced and client-orientedTina Wüstemann, the ‘accurate’ Massimo Vanotti, as well as Daniel Bader and Daniel Leu.

The ‘excellent’ team at Lenz & Staehelin assists high-net-worth individuals and families with wealth and estate planning, including tax planning and the establishment of trusts and foundations. The team includes Swiss and foreign qualified lawyers. Mark Barmes, Stefan Breitenstein and Lucien Masmejan are recommended.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘excellent advice’ on international estate planning and related dispute resolution, and acts for family businesses on governance and succession matters. The ‘astuteBernard Vischer and trust expert David Wilson are recommended for advisory work, while Manuel Liatowitsch and Christian Girod stand out for estate litigation.

Baker McKenzie’s excellent’ practice handles global tax and wealth planning for individuals, family offices and wealth managers. Stephanie Jarrett, Marnin Michaels and Richard Gassmann are recommended.

The ‘very good’ team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal recently acted for the Sudanese Abboud family in a dispute with heirs of former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie regarding ownership of a watch. The ‘experienced’ Patricia Guerra, Nicolas Didisheim and Serge Calame are recommended.

At Walder Wyss Ltd, Philippe Pulfer is ‘one of the most knowledgeable trust and private client practitioners in Switzerland’. Also recommended are Kinga Weiss, who is ‘very experienced in succession law and cross-border matters with Germany’, and Stephan Neidhardt, who is singled out for tax planning.

Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd’s ‘very good’ team has expertise in wealth management, trusts and foundations. The ‘extremely fast, competent and well-organisedIngmar Snijders heads the practice, which was strengthened with the arrival of counsel Walter Boss from the now-defunct Poledna Boss.

Charles Russell Speechlys AG provides ‘excellent advice’ on international wealth structuring. Recommended lawyers include ‘intelligent and practical trusts and estates expert’ Mark Summers, ‘diligent and emphatic’ Michael Wells-Greco, as well as Grégoire Uldry, who recently joined from Borel & Barbey.

Homburger’s team has experience in international estate planning and continues to advise the executor of Marc Rich’s estate on its transfer to the heirs. The ‘extremely efficient and responsive’ Gabrielle Nater-Bass and Harold Grüninger are recommended.

At Python, the ‘very professional and personableIngrid Iselin Zellweger is recommended for estate planning and inheritance litigation, while the ‘very responsive and dedicatedJean-Christophe Hocke regularly assists clients with their relocation to Switzerland.

Staiger Attorneys at Law has experience in international estate planning, tax matters – including the use of trusts and foundations – and related litigation. Recommended lawyers include practice head Natalie Peter and Michael Hamm.

At Borel & Barbey, Olivier Dunant is recommended for international estate planning and Marc Fischer is experienced in assisting clients with their relocation to Switzerland.

Burckhardt Ltd.’s ‘very knowledgeable and personableJacqueline Burckhardt Bertossa assists clients with succession planning and has expertise in the establishment of philanthropic foundations.

CMS regularly assists clients with wealth structuring, matrimonial property and succession planning. The ‘very intelligent and highly professionalTobias Somary is ‘very experienced in German-Swiss estate matters’.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law provides ‘very good’ service for tax matters, wealth and estate planning, and serves a particularly large client base from France. Frédérique Bensahel is recommended.

Froriep’s ‘excellent’ team handles estate and tax planning and charities matters for a particularly large client base from Latin America, Spain and Russia. Michael Fischer recently left to co-found a new law firm.

Lalive regularly advises high-net-worth individuals on estate planning and is particularly known for its strength in dispute resolution. Werner Jahnel is ‘very responsive and very knowledgeable in inheritance law’.

At MME Legal | Tax | Compliance, practice head Balz Hösly is ‘an excellent private client practitioner and inheritance specialist’ with particular expertise in business succession planning.

Pestalozzi’s team advises high-net-worth individuals including members of the Porsche family, who it is advising on the restructuring of assets and negotiations with Swiss tax authorities. Oliver Widmer is recommended.

Wenger Plattner regularly advises high-net-worth individuals on estate and tax planning, the use of foundations, as well as matrimonial property agreements. Filippo Beck heads the practice.

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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.

Press Releases in Switzerland

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  • 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.
  • 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.