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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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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 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 specialistMichael 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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  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers on the Sale of Briner Winterthur

    The owners of Briner AG Winterthur sold the company. Briner is a leading family-owned trading and service company operating in the fields of construction services, steel services, supply systems and building services as well as heating and energy systems.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised GfK on the Sale of Four Divisions

    GfK has sold four global divisions (Customer Experience, Experience Innovation, Health and Public Affairs) to Ipsos. The sale included GfK's respective businesses in 25 countries.
  • Derivatives Trading under FMIA: Reporting Obligations

    On 14 September 2018, the Federal Council extended the transition period for the reporting of derivative transactions by small non-financial counterparties (NFC-) until 1 January 2024 under the Financial Market Infrastructure Act (FMIA). The amendment to the Financial Market...
  • Swiss Tax Reform Package Approved: Update and Outlook

    The Swiss National Council approves the proposed tax reform package! On 12 September 2018 the larger chamber of parliament adopted the proposal of the Economic Affairs and Taxation Committee of the Council of States on the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (formerly Tax Proposal 17), which is largely in line with the legislative bill adopted by the Council of States, the smaller chamber of parliament. Although slight differences regarding the capital contribution principle remain to be settled, the majority of member of the National Council sees the adopted text of the bill as a viable compromise.
  • Retrocessions: Criminal Consequences of Non Disclosure

    In a recent decision 6B_689/2016 of 14 August 2018, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the failure to disclose adequately retrocessions may constitute an act of criminal mismanagement. After a short summary of the legal framework governing the disclosure of retrocessions, the present briefing analyses this decision and its practical impact in particular for Swiss financial institutions dealing with external asset managers.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Waterland on its Investment in Tineo

    Waterland Private Equity invested in Tineo AG after the carve-out from Quickline Holding AG. Tineo is an integrated enterprise solution provider of data centres, glass-fiber connections, high-speed internet and VoIP services with state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Bär & Karrer Elects Ruth Bloch-Riemer, Daniel Raun and Philippe Seiler to Partner

    Bär & Karrer has announced the election of Ruth Bloch-Riemer, Daniel Raun and Philippe Seiler to the firm's partnership. The appointment is effective as of 1 January 2019.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Swiss Prime Site on its Rights Offering

    On 28 September 2018, Swiss Prime Site, the largest publicly listed real estate investment company in Switzerland, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders in the amount of approximately CHF 320 million. 97,7% of the shareholders of Swiss Prime Site exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The remaining new shares not subscribed were placed in the market. The offer price was set at CHF 74.00 per share. Credit Suisse and UBS Investment acted as Joint Global Coordinators, J.P. Morgan and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Joint Bookrunners.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises SIG Combibloc Group as Issuer and Onex as Selling Shareholder on the IPO of SI

    SIG Combibloc, a leading provider of aseptic carton packaging solutions for the food and beverage industry, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 28 September 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 3.6 billion and a generating total gross proceeds of CHF 1.5 billion, this is considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange in the last years. In connection with the IPO, SIG Combibloc Group Holdings S.A., the holding company of SIG Combibloc Group, migrated its legal seat and the place of management of the company from Luxembourg to the Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland by way of a cross-border relocation and thereby became a stock corporation governed by Swiss law prior to the first day of trading.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Joint Bookrunners in the Offering of an Aggregate of USD 8,000,000,000 Not

    Nestlé Holdings, Inc. completed an offering of USD 1,000,000,000 3.100% Notes due 2021, USD 1,500,000,000 3.350% Notes due 2023, USD 900,000,000 3.500% Notes due 2025, USD 1,250,000,000 3.625% Notes due 2028, USD 1,250,000,000 3.900% Notes due 2038 and USD 2,100,000,000 4.000% Notes due 2048. The notes were offered and sold by the Joint Bookrunners in the United States in reliance on Rule 144A and in transactions outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act. Each series of notes is guaranteed by Nestlé S.A.

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  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers of Astes4 SA

    The owners of Astes4 SA, a company based in Balerna, Switzerland, which is engaged in development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines, sold their interests in the company to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. Mitsubishi Electric is active in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. By acquiring Astes4, Mitsubishi Electric will further strengthen its lineup of automation systems together with sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines to provide its valued customers with integrated solutions that require less manual loading, unloading and sorting to realize higher productivity and efficiency.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Constellium on the Sale of Rolling Business Assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to

    On 23 July 2018, Constellium Valais SA, a company of the Constellium group engaged in the aluminium plate and extrusions businesses for industry, aerospace and transportation applications, successfully completed the sale of its aluminium rolling business assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to Novelis Switzerland SA for EUR 200 million. The assets, consisting of real estate, machinery and equipment, were previously leased by Constellium Valais to Novelis Switzerland and both parties will continue to operate in Sierre following the transaction. Concurrently with the asset sale, Constellium Valais contributed the Sierre site's shared infrastructure to a newly established 50-50 joint venture with Novelis Switzerland.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Bank Cler in Connection with the Public Tender Offer by Cantonal Bank of Basel

    On 20 June 2018, the Cantonal Bank of Basel, which already holds 77.52% of the share capital and the voting rights of Bank Cler Ltd., published the preannouncement for a public tender offer for all publicly held bearer shares of Bank Cler, which is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Subsequently, Bank Cler concluded a transaction agreement with the Cantonal Bank of Basel regarding the public tender offer. The Cantonal Bank of Basel offers CHF 52 per share of Bank Cler. Taking into consideration the results of the Fairness Opinion of an independent Expert, the board of directors of Bank Cler recommends to its shareholders to accept the offer.
  • Bär & Karrer Successful in Appeal Proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court Against the F

    On 11 May 2016, the French tax authorities requested administrative assistance from the Swiss Federal Tax Administration. The request was made based on lists containing several thousand UBS Switzerland AG account numbers which are or were held by persons presumed to be French residents for tax purposes. The French tax authorities were asking for Switzerland to provide names and dates of birth of the persons connected to the accounts as well as the account balances. UBS Switzerland AG (which the Federal Administrative Court ("FAC") had granted party status in its judgment A-4974/2016 of 25 October 2016) and private individuals directly affected lodged appeals with the FAC against the Federal Tax Administration’s final decisions, which were issued on 9 February 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises BZ Bank on Purchase of United Grinding Group

    BZ Bank Aktiengesellschaft, through its acquisition company LEMRO AG, purchased the United Grinding Group from Körber Beteiligungen GmbH. The United Grinding Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of precision grinding machines.
  • Bär & Karrer advised PSP Swiss Property on Sale of a Commercial Property

    PSP Swiss Property sold a commercial property in Petit-Lancy, Geneva. The property at the Av. des Morgines 8/10 (approx. 14'000 m2 of rentable space) was sold for CHF 55 million to an affiliate company of Epic Suisse AG.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in a Combined Offering on the Placement of Sha

    Idorsia Ltd successfully placed 11,912,000 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. The offer price was set at CHF 25.62 per share. Additionally, Idorsia successfully placed CHF 200 million of senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2024 in a private placement with institutional investors.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Vontobel on the Placement of CHF 450 Million Tier 1 Bonds to fund the acquisit

    Vontobel Holding AG successfully completed the placement of CHF 450 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.625% until 2023. The proceeds of this capital market transaction will be mainly used to finance the acquisition of Notenstein La Roche Private Bank.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Swiss Re in the Offering of USD 500 Million Senior Exchangeable Notes with Iss

    Swiss Re Ltd (Swiss Re) has completed an offering of USD 500 million, 6-year senior exchangeable notes, which may be stock settled at the option of Swiss Re or may be exchanged at the option of noteholders for registered shares of Swiss Re, unless Swiss Re elects to settle the exchange of notes in cash. Swiss Re has purchased call options on its own shares, which allow it to settle an exchange by noteholders without issuing new shares.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Bank Berenberg in the IPO of Klingelnberg

    Klingelnberg Ltd, a global leader in developing and manufacturing premium machine tools for bevel gear and cylindrical gear machining and precision measuring centers for gears, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Trading in the shares started on 20 June 2018. The shares of Klingelnberg were priced at CHF 53 per share, near the upper end of the price range, corresponding to a base offer of CHF 241 million. The offer price implies a market capitalization of approx. CHF 470 million leading to a free float of 56.6% (assuming full exercise of the over-allotment option), whereas the remaining 43.4% remain with the Klingelnberg family as anchor shareholder.