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Homburger is highly adept at advising clients from the telecommunications, media and IT sectors on the full spread of IP, data protection and outsourcing matters as well as on transactions, e-commerce and contentious issues. The team assisted Viacar with the redesign of its application platform and related project management aspects and defended Google against several claims concerning defamation and the right to be forgotten. Georg Rauber and David Rosenthal are the key partners.

Vischer delivers ‘a very good performance with quick reactions, subject competency and a solution-oriented approach’. The practice is particularly well known for broadcasting and e-commerce matters, while also handling IT and telecommunication cases. Recent highlights include representing Swisscom in Switzerland’s first ISP blocking case brought by film rights holders and advising Netflix on copyright issues as well as on regulatory requirements for VOD services. Private TV network 3 Plus Group is another active client. Rolf Auf der Maur is a ‘proven specialist’.

Walder Wyss Ltd’s ‘excellent’ practice is particularly recommended for its ‘strong partnership and team-player qualities’, which add to the ‘profound expertise in technology issues, outsourcing and data protection’, as well as the ‘high responsiveness and open dialogue’; the group also advises on IP matters and contentious TMT issues. Co-lead Mark Reutter assisted Kuoni with the reorganisation of its global outsourcings, as well as on application management, data centre hosting and end-user support. Other work included advising Migros on its global GDPR implementation project. ‘Efficient and excellent negotiator’ Michael Isler and Lugano team head Stefano Codoni are recommended. Roger Staub and counsel David Vasella joined from Froriep in 2017.

Exhibiting a ‘high level of business and industry knowledge’, Baker McKenzieperforms well in TMT matters’, particularly in relation to internet-based products, e-commerce and distribution, technology implementation, data privacy, cyber security as well as regulatory and contentious TMT issues. The group advised Intrum Justitia on BPOs of video-ID and e-signing solutions. Swisscom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Apple are other active clients. Alessandro Celli and Markus Winkler joined from Froriep.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.’s ‘meticulous’ team ‘provides high-quality advice in a very prompt manner’, not least due to its ‘quick understanding, great experience in international matters and unique arbitration and litigation expertise’. The practice covers software contracts, IT outsourcings, M&A transactions, IP matters, as well as regulatory and tax issues. Recent highlights include advising Sky Deutschland on its acquisition of Homedia and assisting industry heavyweights such as Expedia and Facebook with regulatory issues. As ‘one of Switzerland’s leading lawyers in the TMT area’, the ‘clever, pragmatic and technically impeccableMichele Bernasconi has a ‘unique background in media issues’ and ‘always anticipates problems’; he jointly heads the practice with Markus Wang.

With a particular focus on IT issues, id est avocats sàrl offers specialist expertise in fintech, cyber security, cloud services and digital health matters. The team frequently assists scaleup Bestmile with all contractual, licensing and data ownership aspects and advised a health insurance group on the development of a new online and social media marketing strategy as well as on compliance with GDPR data protection regulation. Michel Jaccard and Juliette Ancelle are the key contacts.

Lenz & Staehelin’s ‘first-rate’ team provides transactional and regulatory advice in the TMT sector, as well as assistance with data management, media rights, fintech and outsourcing. Recent work includes assisting a global asset management group with the structuring and implementation of a hosted data management platform and advising an international insurance group on restructuring and outsourcing matters in preparation for Brexit. The ‘excellentLukas Morscher is ‘great with clients’ and ‘very easy to work with’, while Guy Vermeilconsistently combines high technical knowledge with strong business acumen, risk assessment and strategic vision’.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG focuses on telecoms and IT transactions, regulatory and contractual advice, as well as IT procurement, licensing, outsourcing and cyber security; other areas of expertise include sports media rights and related dispute resolution. The team advised Actelion on data protection issues and is frequently assisting FIFA with media rights agreements, television contracts, IP, sponsorship and marketing aspects. András Gurovits and data protection lawyer Clara-Ann Gordon are the main contacts.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘competitive, pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team consists of ‘top professionals who have an excellent track record as well as deep knowledge and understanding of client needs’. The group handles IP, competition, compliance and contentious issues for TMT clients as well as major technology system implementation, outsourcing and digital transformation matters. Recent highlights include advising Schindler on an IT infrastructure outsourcing and assisting Manor Group with the development of a new IT platform. The ‘highly experiencedRoland Mathys is ‘always focused and target-oriented’ and has a ‘clear strategic instinct to state-of-the-art solutions in a very constructive way’. Competition partner David Mamaneis good at taking the client’s commercial reality into account for his advice’.

Wolfgang Straub of Augsburger Deutsch & Partner is ‘highly appreciated for his expertise in public tendering and IP law, as well as creative contract drafting and negotiation skills’. The practice focuses heavily on IT contracts and public procurement tenders for software development, outsourcing and system integration projects. Straub advises the Cantone of Bern on the acquisition of a new election voting software system and assisted Swiss Post with public tender procedures for the client’s public transport system architecture programme which also includes software components.

Froriep’s TMT group is ‘extremely responsive’, ‘delivers work on time’ and primarly advises on technology transactions, data protection, cyber security, outsourcing, IP and media rights, telecommunication regulations, licensing and contractual matters. Highlight work included representing Scytl Secur Electronic Voting in negotiations with Swiss Post regarding a software development venture and advising a foreign telecoms provider on regulatory issues, data protection and consumer rights regarding its market entry in Switzerland. The ‘efficient and approachableNicola Benz provides ‘competent and practical advice on data protection matters’.

Excellent’ boutique offering HDC’s mainstays clearly are data protection and cyber security advice, as well as assistance with telecommunication regulation issues and IT law. ‘Valuable data privacy expert’ Sylvain Métille, who ‘is very reactive and able to quickly manage difficult and specific issues related to Swiss or European law’, advised Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on outsourcing matters as well as on general data protection compliance.

Kellerhals Carrard primarily assists clients with outsourcings, e-commerce, fintech and IT litigation, while also advising telecoms companies on regulatory, corporate and transactional matters. The team regularly assists software company Magnolia International with IP matters, software licensing, development agreements and compliance aspects and recently represented several Swiss communities in a dispute regarding the cancellation of shareholder agreements with telecoms provider InterGGA due to poor service. Daniel Alder, Thomas Bähler, Edgar Philippin and Nicolas Mosimann are the key contacts.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance’s ‘professional and very good’ practice is ‘highly service-oriented and an absolute specialist in the TMT sector’. The group is particularly well versed in IT matters, including advice on crypto finance, data protection and outsourcing to banks and companies. Recent work includes representing one of the top four banks in Switzerland in a software license court case and advising Ethereum Foundation on the structuring and implementation of a crowd-funded cryptocurrency development. ‘Outstanding and target-oriented IT lawyerMartin Eckertlistens to the client’s needs first before giving advice’ and ‘does not hesitate to give recommendations regarding risk-based approaches’. Luka Müller, Andreas Glarner and Thomas Linder are the key contacts for fintech matters.

Expert firmMeyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)impresses with very short response times, practical and tailored advice, as well as a pragmatic, client-oriented approach at affordable rates’. Focus areas include copyright and regulatory advice to broadcasters, IT outsourcings and cloud-computing projects, e-commerce, data protection and analytics, technology transfer, investments, TMT disputes and IP law topics. Teo Jacob, Salza and Assia are exemplary clients. ‘Clear communicatorLukas Bühlmann and ‘competent data protection specialist’ Michael Reinle, who both joined from former boutique firm Bühlmann Rechtsanwälte in July 2017, as well as the ‘constructive and pragmaticReinhard Oertli are recommended.

Pestalozzi is experienced in assisting with IT services and licences, data protection, online distribution and advertising, as well as cyber crime matters. Sony Computer Entertainment Switzerland, Infor and advertising company WPP are active clients. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier form the core team.

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very good practice performs well in the TMT field’ and advised Microsoft Corporation on Swiss telecommunications law. ‘Responsive, knowledgeable and to-the-point’ associate Katia Favre is ‘highly appreciated by clients’. David Känzig is the key partner of the team.

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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 the Banking Syndicate in the IPO of Polyphor

    Polyphor Ltd, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative antibiotics and other specialty pharma products, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Trading in the shares started on 15 May 2018. The shares were priced at the upper end of the price range, resulting in gross proceeds of CHF 165 million. The IPO of Polyphor is considered the largest biotech IPO in Switzerland in over 10 years and one of the top three in Europe within the last three years in terms of proceeds raised by an issuer in order to finance the development of its pipeline.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Saint-Gobain in connection with the Takeover Battle over Sika

    This morning, Sika and Saint-Gobain have announced the signing of agreements which terminates all disputes around the purchase by Saint-Gobain of a controlling stake in Sika dated 5 December 2014.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Vyaire Medical on its Acquisition of imtmedical ag

    Vyaire Medical, Inc., a global leader in respiratory care, completed the acquisition of all shares in imtmedical AG, a Swiss company, which is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of mechanical ventilation products.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CEVA Logistics on its IPO, the anchor investment by CMA CGM and its migration

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading third-party logistics companies, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 4 May 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 1.6 billion and generating gross proceeds of CHF 821 million, this is so far considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange for 2018. In addition, CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping group in the world, has committed to make a strategic cornerstone investment in CEVA Logistics by purchasing CHF 379 million of mandatory convertible securities which will convert into shares of CEVA Logistics once certain regulatory approvals have been obtained. Simultaneously with the IPO, CEVA Holdings, the former holding company of the CEVA group, migrated from the Marshall Islands to Switzerland by way of a cross-border merger with CEVA Logistic as the surviving company.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises on the Financing of the Largest Thermoelectric Plant in Latin America

    Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) has successfully issued bonds for approx. USD 1 billion equivalent in local currency at a fixed, long-term rate in international capital markets. The innovative bond issue is guaranteed by the Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV), the export credit agency of Switzerland. The bonds are part of a financial package to finance the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant by CELSE in the state of Sergipe in the northeast region of Brazil. Besides the bond issue for approx. USD 1 billion, the transaction includes a USD 200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation and a financial package of the Inter-American Development Bank in the amount of approx. USD 300 million. Once operational expected for in 2020, CELSE will sell electricity to 26 distribution companies in Brazil, becoming the largest and most efficient thermoelectric plant in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises lastminute.com on Partial Self-Tender Offer

    On 21 September 2017, an extraordinary shareholders' meeting of the SIX Swiss Exchange listed lastminute.com N.V. authorized the board of directors to repurchase up to 33 1/3% of the company's share capital by means of a partial self-tender offer. The resolution adopted under Dutch law contained detailed information, among others regarding the period for which the authorization is granted, the manner in which the shares are repurchased and the price range within which the offer price must be set.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Vyaire Medical on its Acquisition of Acutronic Medical Systems

    Vyaire Medical, Inc., a global leader in respiratory care, acquired all shares in the Acutronic Medical Systems group, a Switzerland and Germany-based leader in the design and manufacture of neonatal ventilation equipment.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Porterhouse on the Acquisition of the Clinic Group Paracelsus

    Porterhouse Group AG, a family owned investment holding company based in Lucerne, has been accepted by the creditors’ committee to acquire the clinic group Paracelsus. The clinic group Paracelsus is a private hospital operator with 40 facilities in 22 locations. Completion is subject to the approval of the insolvency plans by the creditors’ committees and merger control approval by the German Federal Cartel Office.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Deutsche Börse on the Acquisition of Swisscanto Funds Centre

    Clearstream International S.A., a subsidiary of Deutsche Börse, acquired all shares in the London based Swisscanto Funds Centre Limited. The deal allows Clearstream to expand its services in the funds space with the management of distribution contracts and data processing. The purchase agreement was signed on 23 April 2018. The transaction is expected to close within the third quarter of 2018, subject to approval of the relevant authorities.
  • Bär & Karrer Awarded M&A Deal of the Year by IFLR

    Bär & Karrer was awarded "M&A deal of the year" on the IFLR European Awards in London last night.