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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 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.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises EQT and Kuoni Group on the Combination of Kuoni's GTA Business with Hotelbeds

    Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd, owned by EQT VII, a fund of the private equity group EQT, and the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation, has entered into a binding agreement on the sale of its GTD business division (GTA) to Hotelbeds Group, owned by a consortium led by Cinven und Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The shareholders of Kuoni Group will roll-over a large portion of their participation in GTA into the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business and upon completion, will hold a substantial minority stake in the combined Hotelbeds/GTA business. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including merger control filings and approvals.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Hellman & Friedman and GIC on the Acquisition of Allfunds

    On 7 March 2017 Hellman & Friedman and GIC acquired Allfunds Bank, S.A. from Intesa Sanpaolo Group, Santander Group, General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus. Allfunds Bank is a leading financial technology business. The transaction is valued at EUR 1.8 billion and is subject to customary closing conditions.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises an Affiliate of Warburg Pincus on the Acquisition of a Stake in Avaloq

    Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, has entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 35% shareholding in the Avaloq Group AG. Avaloq is an internationally leading FinTech company based in Switzerland. With its integrated business process outsourcing services, Avaloq is the only independent provider for the financial industry that does both, developing and operating its own software. Closing of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Mitsui on the Acquisition of Chemtrade Aglobis

    On 28 February 2017, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) and Chemtrade Logistics Inc. (Chemtrade) announced an agreement under which Mitsui will acquire the entire stake in Chemtrade Aglobis AG (Aglobis), subsidiary entirely owned by Chemtrade. Aglobis is a leading distributor of sulphur and sulphuric acid in Europe. The transaction is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Partnership with Sanofi to Establish a

    Today, Lonza and Sanofi announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland. The large-scale facility will be established through a joint venture with an initial investment of around CHF 290 million shared equally between Lonza and Sanofi. The initial construction phase of the facility will commence in 2017, pending necessary regulatory approvals. The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2020. The partnership provides both parties with substantial flexibility by using an innovative setup enabling them to optimize biologics production capacity across the whole industry.