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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.

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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'.