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Bär & Karrer Ltd.‘s ‘client-oriented’ public law practice impresses with its ‘remarkable awareness of business needs and profound corporate knowledge’. The group focuses on both contentious and non-contentious public law issues in the infrastructure, energy, telecommunication, education and healthcare sector and recently assisted Swissgrid with the valuation of its grid assets by the Swiss Federal Electricity Commisision. Novartis is another active client. Public and administrative lawyer Markus Schott and regulatory energy law expert Phyllis Scholl are recommended.

Kellerhals Carrard advises on infrastructure, construction, energy, environmental and public procurement projects, thereby delivering an ‘outstanding client service and responsiveness, as well as extreme commitment, genuine enthusiasm and an efficient entrepreneurial approach’. The practice represented datacentre provider NTS Workspace in its appeal against the Swiss Federal Office of Energy’s refusal to partially refund its electricity grid usage fee. Bern Airport is also being represented in an appeal procedure. ‘Clear communicator’ Christoph Jäger has a ‘strong track record in regulatory matters, public planning, construction and environmental law’ and is recommended for his ‘analytical, joined-up thinking’. Public procurement and construction litigator Ernst Hauser is another key member of the team.

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Lenz & Staehelin focuses on public procurement matters in the insurance, IT and telecoms sector, tender law, price surveillance regulation, as well as public energy, infrastructure, environmental and construction projects. The practice is defending Swiss Post against a legal complaint from several Swiss publishing houses regarding postal fees for newspaper delivery before the Supreme Court and also represented the City of Zurich in a tribunal regarding the cost compensation resulting from electricity grid maintenance works. Benoît Merkt in Geneva and Marcel Meinhardt in Zurich lead the respective teams.

Public sector clients consider Vischer’s ‘response times, industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice outstanding’. Andreas Albrecht and counsel Michael Waldner assisted multiple hospitals with regulatory and administrative court proceedings concerning tariff charges for hospital treatments to health insurance companies. The client roster also includes Repower and Swisslos. The ‘knowledgeableStefan Rechsteineradvises clients successfully over many years’.

Providing ‘excellent value for money’, Walder Wyss Ltd‘s ‘very quick and responsive’ public law practice advises the Swiss government, state entities and state-owned enterprises on public tender projects and related litigation, as well as on environmental and energy matters. Recent highlights include defending the Swiss Confederation in proceedings against an unsuccessful bidder concerning a procurement matter and advising longstanding client Axpo on the restructuring of its public utilities group. Considered ‘one of the best in his field’, ‘brilliant, hands-on’ team lead Hans Rudolf Trüeb possesses a ‘great business sense and a sharp intellect’ and associate Martin Zobl is ‘up-and-coming in public and administrative law litigation’.

Bratschi Ltd assists public communities, enterprises and individual clients with administrative energy, procurement, healthcare, media, state liability and education matters. Clients include CARBURA, the Canton of Zug, Werke am Zürichsee and the Cantonal Social Welfare Office of Zurich. Isabelle Häner is the key contact.

Homburger advises sovereign states, as well as clients in the energy, IT, medical and financial services industries. In an ongoing highlight, the group is representing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in an ICSID investment arbitration brough by a Qatari investor. Alpiq is also being represented in an investment arbitration against Romania, while Nord Energia, Fluxys and Siemens are other active clients. Regulatory and competition expert Franz Hoffet and litigator and arbitrator Mariella Orelli jointly head the practice.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd covers administrative law procedures involving energy producers and distributors, as well as regulatory matters and public procurement in the telecommunications, technology and environmental sectors. The team advised Sopra Steria on various ICT public procurement projects and represented Services Industriels de Lausanne in proceedings against regulator ElCom concerning the energy and grid tariff. ICT lead Roland Mathys and competition partner David Mamane is the key figure. Jürg Borer left to establish Borer Attorneys at Law.

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is ‘a very good address for energy law in Switzerland’ and ‘stands out in terms of responsiveness, balanced advice’ and due to its ‘high level of expertise, experience and commercial attitude’. The team focuses entirely on public law matters in the energy sector, including contract negotiations, strategic advice and the representation in civil, administrative, antitrust and regulatory proceedings. In a recent highlight, the team represented Erdöl Vereinigung in its claim against the increase of CO2-output compensation before the the Supreme Court. Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke and Swiss Climate Cent Foundation are other active clients. The ‘practical and quick’ Marc Bernheim has ‘excellent commercial negotiation skills’ and managing associate Gaudenz Geiger’s ‘input is highly professional and innovative’.

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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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