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Homburger’s team is ‘a safe pair of hands’ for transactional tax advice, including M&A and finance deals. Practice head Dieter Grünblatt has ‘deep knowledge’ and shows ‘sound judgement’. Peter Riedweg and Stefan Oesterhelt are also recommended.

Lenz & Staehelin has ‘one of the best tax practices in Switzerland’, and is particularly strong in transactional matters and tax litigation. The firm successfully represented Agilent in a tax dispute concerning interest for a delayed withholding tax payment. Key figures include the ‘exceptionally creativeJean-Blaise Eckert, the ‘solution-orientedDaniel Schafer, Pascal Hinny and Heini Rüdisühli.

Oberson Abels Ltd has a broad-based team that covers tax-optimised transactions and corporate restructuring, estate planning, as well as assistance in tax litigation and criminal tax law procedures. Recommended lawyers include Xavier Oberson, Pierre-Marie Glauser and Jérôme Meyer.

The ‘very responsive and efficient’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd is singled out for its knowledge of tax-efficient business structuring and relocation as well as tax litigation. Clients include Swiss Life and AMAG Leasing. ‘Knowledgeable and pragmatic’ practice head Thomas Meister, Martin Busenhart, Maurus Winzap and counsel Marcus Desax are recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ team excels at cross-border tax matters. It advises Credit Suisse on mitigating tax risks in international asset management and represents Praxair in tax litigation. Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch and of counsel René Matteotti are recommended. Tobias Rohner recently joined the practice from Froriep.

Bär & Karrer AG is noted for its tax-efficient structuring of cross-border transactions. It advised UBS on the reorganisation of its global asset management division. Daniel Bader, Susanne Schreiber and Daniel Lehmann are recommended.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG’s ‘very good’ team combines strength in transactional tax issues, particularly regarding capital markets products, with niche expertise in tax issues governing international sports associations and athletes. Thomas Graf, Markus Kronauer and Daniela Schmucki are recommended.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd excels at contentious tax matters, including audits and litigation, and regularly advises on tax-efficient restructurings. Recommended lawyers include practice co-heads Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti, as well as VAT expert Harun Can.

Tax Partner AG provides ‘a very good service’ on the full range of tax matters. Alberto Lissi has ‘great negotiating skills that lead to good tax rulings’, Stephanie Eichenberger is recommended for corporate restructurings, as is Patrick Imgrüth for VAT and import duties.

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein’s team advises corporate and private clients on a range of matters, including tax disputes. Jürg Altorfer and Marco Duss are recommended.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law’s practice regularly handles tax disputes and has been advising several Swiss banks and private clients on the French voluntary disclosure programme. Jean-Luc Bochatay and Michel Abt are recommended.

Froriep’s ‘excellent’ team has expertise in the tax-efficient structuring of cross-border investments and M&A transactions. Michael Fischer is ‘very knowledgeable’. Tobias Rohner joined Baker McKenzie.

Tax boutique Ludwig + Partner Ltd. combines ‘excellent service’ with ‘very good value for money’. Its expertise covers a range of corporate tax advice, restructurings and investments. The ‘calm and pragmatic’ Thomas Ziegler and Hubertus Ludwig are recommended.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance provides ‘pragmatic, fast and efficient advice’. The ‘very experienced and creativeAndreas Müller and the ‘very responsive and efficientSamuel Bussmann are recommended. Walter Frei joined in 2016 from the now-defunct Bill & Isenegger.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s practice is adept in tax litigation and has expertise in the tax-efficient structuring of investments. Recommended lawyers include practice head David Brönimann and counsel Urs Behnisch.

Pestalozzi regularly advises on tax-efficient structures for cross-border transactions. Clients include Glencore and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Nils Harbeke heads the ‘very good’ team, in which Silvia Zimmermann is particularly recommended.

Python handles tax-efficient structuring of transactions and the negotiation of advance tax rulings. Recommended lawyers include the ‘reliable, pragmatic and creativeEtienne von Streng and Per Prod’hom.

Vischer’s ‘fast, accurate and flexible’ team successfully represented media company Elevator Group in a tax dispute regarding the applicability of OECD transfer pricing rules within Switzerland. Nadia Tarolli Schmidt and Christoph Niederer are recommended.

BianchiSchwald’s Joseph Merhai has expertise in tax law governing private equity investments and regularly advises foreign corporations on tax-efficient investments in Switzerland.

At Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd, Michael Alexis Barrot successfully defended a UBS account holder in a case regarding an information request from Dutch tax authorities. Counsel Walter Boss joined from now-defunct firm Poledna Boss.

Burckhardt Ltd. advises on tax-efficient corporate restructurings and tax rulings. Practice head Rolf Wüthrich is recommended.

CMS focuses on corporate tax and has particular expertise in transfer pricing. The ‘very experienced’ Andrio Orler and David Hürlimann are recommended.

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés regularly advises private and corporate clients, negotiates tax rulings and handles tax litigation. Pierre Gillioz is the name to note.

Loyens & Loeff strengthened its Zurich office with the arrival of Beat Baumgartner from Homburger. He has been representing a Dutch bank in appeal proceedings against a decision by the Swiss tax authorities to deny a full refund of dividend withholding tax.

Bruno Bächli heads the practice at Wenger & Vieli, which regularly advises corporate clients on tax-efficient structures for acquisitions and investments.

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Legal Developments in Switzerland for Tax

  • Two important tax decisions have been rendered...

    by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in the field of tax-loss carryforward. The first one offers the possibility to set off losses of an ab-sorbed company which was in liquidation against the profit of the absorbing company. The second one deals with the carryforward of losses incurred as the company benefited from a holding status against the profit of the company after the holding status has ended. 104 Newsletter No. July 2012
    - Walder Wyss Ltd

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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 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.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Valora on its Rights Offering

    Valora Holding AG completed a capital increase raising net proceeds of approximately CHF 166 million. The capital increase was executed as an "at market" rights offering. The offer price for the new shares was determined following a bookbuilding process for the shares not taken up by existing shareholders. Valora will use the proceeds from the capital increase to refinance its recent acquisition of BackWerk, to finance the expansion of production capacities, to refinance existing capital market instruments and for general corporate purposes. Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised KKR on a Follow-On Investment in GetYourGuide

    KKR, a leading global investment firm, together with other investors, has closed an investment to increase its minority stake in GetYourGuide AG. GetYourGuide is the world's largest online platform for tours, activities and attractions and offers over 31,000 activities in nearly 7,300 destinations.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Talbot Holding on its Public Tender Offer for ImmoMentum

    On 29 August 2017, Talbot Holding AG, an entity controlled by investment company Actium AG, launched an all cash public tender offer for all listed shares in ImmoMentum AG, a Swiss real estate company listed on BX Berne eXchange invested primarily in residential real estate. With the satisfaction of all offer conditions, the offer was successfully settled on 10 November 2017. As a result, Talbot Holding holds 99.67% of the voting rights and share capital of ImmoMentum.
  • Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland

    Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland – Digital Influencer Marketing is a new subtle form for reaching target audiences online. Due to its’ increasing emergence as a marketing practice, governmental agencies and selfregulatory bodies worldwide have reacted with the issuance of guidelines how such practices should be conducted in a transparent manner. Also, a few court decisions have been rendered with remarkable remedies ordered. Therefore, it appears sensible to take broad look at what’s happening on our globe. In the following, we will provide (i) an overview on noteworthy legal developments with regard to digital influencer marketing in select jurisdictions worldwide, (ii) an overview on the legal status of digital influencer marketing in Switzerland and (iii) a general impact assessment for businesses in Switzerland. 
  • Nouscom AG USD 40 Mio. Series B Financing Round

    Walder Wyss advises Abingworth and 5AM Venture on Nouscom’s Series B financing round. Nouscom is active in the development of tumor specific oncolytic viruses and patient specific cancer vaccines. The financing round was subscribed by Abingworth and 5AM Venture as well as by existing shareholders.