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Homburger’s ‘outstanding’ practice advised health insurer Helsana on the outsourcing of customer data to a Microsoft cloud server abroad and continues to represent several Swiss banks in data protection-related disputes with clients and employees regarding the banks’ co-operation with US authorities. Georg Rauber and ‘very knowledgeable and practically minded’ counsel David Rosenthal are recommended.

For some, Walder Wyss Ltd is ‘number one for outsourcing and among the top for general TMT matters’. Highlights included advising health insurer Sanitas on the outsourcing of its core IT operations to Swisscom and assisted ABB with its global outsourcing programme. Mark Reutter and Didier Sangiorgio are recommended for outsourcing, and Jürg Schneider attracts praise for his data protection expertise.

Bär & Karrer AG assisted Facebook with setting up its Swiss subsidiary and acted for Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR in litigation regarding the television rights to an international sports competition. Other clients include UEFA and Salt Mobile. Michele Bernasconi and Markus Wang are recommended.

id est avocats sàrl is a ‘top-notch’ boutique for technology and new media matters in Western Switzerland. It has been defending Wikimedia in litigation brought by a public figure over personality rights and is advising a prominent international organisation with global headquarters in Geneva on IT contracts. Michel Jaccard and Juliette Ancelle are recommended.

Lenz & Staehelin’s ‘highly responsive and flexible’ team advised Zimmer Group on its outsourcing of finance and accounting operations to Genpact, and assisted JP Morgan with obtaining ICT services from Swisscom. Lukas Morscher is a ‘great negotiator’ and Guy Vermeil has ‘cutting-edge technical knowledge’.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG is ‘an excellent choice’ for IT and media matters. It advised Schindler on an IT outsourcing and Internet of Things project and continues to assist FIFA with media rights agreements. Key figures include the ‘very knowledgeable’ András Gurovits and Clara-Ann Gordon, who recently joined from Pestalozzi.

The ‘excellent’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advised UBS on data protection issues regarding predictive analytics of bank customer data and has been assisting XING with several IT-related matters, including its acquisition of tech start-up BuddyBroker. Roland Mathys and Andrea Mondini are recommended.

Vischer’s ‘highly skilled’ team assisted insurer Sympany with negotiating IT contracts and has been advising Ring Central on data protection and telecoms regulatory matters. Other clients include 3 Plus, Netflix and Swisscom. Rolf Auf der Maur and Christian Wyss are recommended.

At Augsburger Deutsch & Partner, Wolfgang Straub is ‘outstanding in IT matters’ and particularly recommended for public IT procurement. He recently advised the Swiss government on a CHF156m IT contract.

Baker McKenzie’s team has expertise in data protection, IT outsourcing and telecoms regulatory matters. Highlights included advising Centralway on the roll-out of its Numbrs app. Nicolas Passadelis is recommended.

Froriep recently assisted online voting service Scytl with the negotiation of a software development venture with Swiss Post. Other clients include Expedia and Meltwater News. Nicola Benz is a ‘thoughtful and practical lawyer’.

HDC’s Sylvain Métille is ‘an outstanding data protection expert’. He successfully represented Christian Gutknecht in a freedom of information dispute with several Swiss university libraries.

Kellerhals Carrard regularly advises clients on IT and media matters. The team recently assisted Magnolia International with drafting software development agreements. Daniel Alder heads the practice.

The ‘very good’ team at MME Legal | Tax | Compliance has been assisting several banks with IT contracts and provides ongoing advice to a number of fintech companies. Martin Eckert and Luka Müller are recommended.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal regularly advises media companies on copyright and regulatory issues and recently assisted Teo Jakob with an IT outsourcing project. Reinhard Oertli is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘provides practical advice’.

Pestalozzi’s Lorenza Ferrari Hofer has been assisting Johnson & Johnson with commercial, regulatory and data protection matters regarding an app that collects patient data. Clara-Ann Gordon joined Niederer Kraft & Frey AG.

At Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte, the ‘very knowledgeable’ David Känzig regularly advises telecoms and technology companies on commercial, regulatory and data protection matters and has experience handling disputes regarding access to infrastructure.

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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 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'.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Groupe Acrotec on its Placement of CHF 70 Million 3.75% Bonds

    Groupe Acrotec SA, a high precision manufacturer of small components and specialised service provider for the watchmaking and industrial sectors, has completed the placement of CHF 70 million 3.75% bonds due 2023. The bonds were issued at 100% of their principal amount and, unless previously redeemed or repurchased and cancelled, will mature on 14 June 2023 at 100% of their principal amount. The bonds are guaranteed by a number of subsidiaries of the issuer, among them Finacrotec SA, which as substitute guarantor fulfills certain requirements under the listing rules of SIX Swiss Exchange in the place of the issuer. Credit Suisse AG acted as Lead Manager and Bookrunner.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised UBS on its Shared Services Transfer to UBS Business Solutions AG

    Through a series of transactions which were completed for the most part in early June, UBS AG and other UBS group companies transferred group shared services functions, which are mainly based in Switzerland, in the UK and the US, to UBS Business Solutions AG and other related service companies. UBS Business Solutions AG now operates as the group service company of UBS and is a wholly owned subsidiary of UBS Group AG. The implementation of UBS Business Solutions AG enables UBS to maintain operational continuity of critical services should a recovery or resolution occur. It represents an important step towards improved resolvability, and is in line with global guidance defined by the Financial Stability Board.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Huntsman Corporation on All-stock Merger of Equals with Clariant

    On 22 May 2017, SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX) listed Clariant AG and Huntsman Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), announced that their Boards of Directors approved a definite agreement to combine in a cross-border merger of equals through an all-stock transaction. The combination of both companies will create a leading global specialty chemical company with a combined enterprise value of approximately USD 20 billion at announcement.
  • Bär & Karrer boosts Tax Practice with new Partner in Geneva

    Bär & Karrer announces that Christoph Suter has been elected as partner to lead the tax practice in Geneva as of 1 October 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Successful in Large Arbitration Proceeding

    Bär & Karrer successfully defends the interests of its long standing client EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG in a CHF 1 billion ad hoc-arbitration proceeding in Zurich instituted by a German entrepreneur four years ago. In its final award, the tribunal dismissed the plaintiff's claim in its entirety and awarded Bär & Karrer's client full compensation for its legal costs.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CVC on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Breitling

    CVC Fund VI has agreed to acquire an 80% stake in Breitling, a leading independent, family-owned manufacturer of Swiss luxury watches. As part of the transaction, Théodore Schneider will re-invest for a 20% shareholding in Breitling. Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities.