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Baker McKenzie’s ‘outstanding’ practice assisted Deka Immobilien with its entry into the Swiss market, which involved the acquisition of the Utoschloss property in Zurich, and advised Hewlett-Packard on the construction and lease of its headquarters in Geneva. Recommended lawyers include Martin Furrer and Alexander Wyss in Zurich as well as Daniel Peregrina in Geneva.

Bär & Karrer AG’s team is ‘highly responsive’ and provides ‘highly commercial advice’, particularly when it comes to large-scale real estate transactions. Clients include Swiss Life, Swiss Prime Site, TH Real Estate and Züblin Immobilien Holding. Practice head Corrado Rampini has ‘very broad expertise’ and is ‘a very good project manager’.

CMS attracts praise for combining ‘a perfect service with excellent value for money’. The team has expertise in investments in hotels, shopping and entertainment centres, as well as in real estate project developments and portfolio transactions. Practice head Stefan Gerster is recommended.

Lenz & Staehelin’s ‘excellent’ team has been assisting Z Capital Partners with the acquisition of the hotel Waldhaus Flims in Graubünden and advised Ritz-Carlton on its agreement with the Manz family to take over the management of the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva. Beat Kühni, Cécile Berger Meyer and Andreas Rötheli are recommended.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is especially recommended for real estate transactions and also has experience in project development and related litigation. Clients include Allreal, Immofinanz and Strabag. Wolfgang Müller in Zurich is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ and Geneva-based Philippe Prost provides ‘excellent advice’ in ‘a highly efficient manner’.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG’s team advised Procimmo on the acquisition of an industrial property in Graubünden and assisted Citychamp Dartong with the acquisition of the hotel Le Mirador Resort & Spa in Vaud. Andreas Vögeli combines ‘broad legal knowledge’ with ‘in-depth experience in the real estate sector’.

Highlights for the ‘excellent’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd included assisting Rockspring with the acquisition of a company that owns nine plots of land with permission to build in Plan-les-Ouates near Geneva, and advising Aerium on the sale of an industrial building in Winterthur. The ‘responsive and knowledgeableYves Jeanrenaud and Josef Caleff are recommended.

Walder Wyss Ltd’s team has been assisting De Raekt with the acquisition and subsequent development of a holiday resort in the Bern area and advised Maagtechnic on the sale and leaseback of its headquarters in Dübendorf. Recommended lawyers include the ‘outstanding’ Francis Nordmann, Johannes Bürgi and Thomas Müller-Tschumi.

BianchiSchwald’s ‘responsive, swift, accurate and efficient’ team is recommended for real estate transactions and developments in Western Switzerland. Practice head Yves de Coulon has ‘a tremendous command of real estate issues and the industry itself’.

Homburger regularly handles transactions in the real estate sector and related litigation. Marcel Dietrich has been assisting 3M with the planning and construction of its new EMEA headquarters in Langenthal.

Pestalozzi assisted UBS with transferring a real estate portfolio from Georg Fischer’s pension fund to a fund managed by UBS. It also advised Valser Mineralquellen on the potential impact of a nearby hotel construction on its mineral water spring. Anne Imhoff and Michael Lips are recommended.

Python’s ‘very good’ team regularly advises foreign clients on commercial and residential real estate transactions. It recently assisted Westcore with the sale of the Satigny business park in Geneva for CHF58m. Marc Iynedjian and Jean-Christophe Hocke are recommended.

Roland Müller heads the ‘excellent’ practice at Vischer, which is assisting Biogen International with the construction of a large manufacturing facility in the canton of Solothurn and is providing ongoing advice to SPS Immobilien on retail leasing matters.

The practice at B•M•G Avocats is noted for construction matters and also regularly handles real estate transactions. Nicolas Wisard and Isabelle Salomé Daïna head the practice.

Baur Hürlimann AG’s Roland Hürlimann is very experienced in real estate and infrastructure development projects, including handling commercial contracts and public law aspects. He also has dispute resolution expertise.

Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd’s ‘quick, accurate and professional’ team has been assisting CSL Behring with the construction of a large manufacturing facility in Lengnau. Ulrich Keusen is recommended.

Lalive’s team is noted for its strength in real estate and construction disputes and also handles non-contentious matters. Michael Schneider is ‘very experienced’.

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Legal Developments in Switzerland for Real estate and construction

  • 5 January 2017: Takeover of Pax Anlage AG by Baloîse

    Baloîse (SIX: BALN) is to acquire a majority stake in publicly listed real-estate company Pax Anlage AG (SIX: PAXN). By entering into agreements with majority shareholders Pax Holding (Genossenschaft), Pax, Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG and Nürnberger Lebensversicherung AG, Baloîse Life Ltd will acquire around 70 per cent of the share capital and voting rights. Today, Baloîse published the pre-announcement of a public takeover offer for the remaining approx. 30 per cent of shares in free float at a price of CHF 1,600 per share (subject to dilution effects). The aggregate transaction value amounts to approx. CHF 288 mio. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.
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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 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.
  • 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.