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gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd provides a ‘high service level, has excellent know-how and access to an established network for international tasks’. Clients particularly recommend the practice for its ‘in-depth expertise in aviation, ship financing and marine insurance law’, but the group is also adept at assisting with road transport matters, M&A transactions, trade law and contractual disputes. Recent highlights include defending a global corporate insurance company and one of its clients, an aircraft maintenance provider, against the insurer of a business jet owner regarding a damage caused by a wrongful perfomance during maintenance work as well as representing DHL in a freight forwarding dispute against a South Amercian oil group. The ‘fast, knowledgeable and professionalLars Gerspacherunderstands problems very quickly and speaks in a language for non-legal professionals’. It is also ‘a pleasure for clients to work with the very good aviation lawyerLaurent Chassot.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘advice is thorough and addresses questions concretely’. The group is particularly active in the aviation and maritime sector, where it focuses on regulatory, financing and insurance matters, as well as liability disputes and fraud cases. ‘Knowledgeable’ team lead Alexander von Ziegler is recommended, as is ‘responsive senior lawyerBernard Vischer and the ‘analytic and reasonable’ Grégoire Wuest, who is ‘very experienced in business aviation transactions and the yachting and maritime industry’. Giovanna Montanaro joined Wartmann & Merker in January 2018.

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Based on ‘quick response times, good business acumen and fair value for money’, Eversheds Sutherland AG establishes a ‘trustful cooperation’ with clients. Headed by Oliver Beldi, the transport practice is predominantly active in the railway sector and regularly advises on corporate and procurement projects. ‘Reliable and smart team playerBruno Schoch has ‘outstanding knowledge and many years of experience in the railway sector and procurement law’ and transport insurance specialist Barbara Klett is also recommended.

Top firmVischer recently saw an increase in instructions from the aviation sector, but also covers the full spectrum of rail and maritime issues. The team supports Swiss International Airlines in various international tax matters as main adviser in Switzerland and also represented the client successfully against patent violation allegations regarding a mobile ticket application. Other recent highlight work includes advising DLH Fuel Company’s acquisition of a 12% stake in Unterflurbetankungsanlage Flughafen Zürich from an oil company. Deutsche Lufthansa is another key client. Christoph Niederer and associate Martin Dubach are recommended. Urs Haegi heads the practice.

Baker McKenzie handles compliance, restructuring, M&A, outsourcing and IP matters in the transport and logistics sectors. The team assisted Planzer Transport with updating its code of conduct and compliance program, advised Enterprise Rent-a-Car on trade mark issues and also assisted rail cargo service provider HUPAC with antitrust agreements.Alessandro Celli, Boris Wenger and Beat Barthold, who all joined from Froriep in October 2016, are the key contacts.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles finance, M&A, regulatory, employment, antitrust, data protection and contentious matters in the aviation, maritime and rail industries. The practice advised EQT Infrastructure II on its acquisition of CHEP Aerospace Solutions from supply-chain logistics provider Brambles. Luca Jagmetti is the key contact of the practice, which also includes aviation specialist Mariel Hoch, financing lawyer Ralph Malacrida, IP partner Markus Wang and railroad and logistics expert Christoph Neeracher.

Froriep is ‘very good in aircraft finance and leasing matters’, but also advises shipping industry clients on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. Recommended practice head Dunja Koch assisted Apollo Aviation with its investment in a commercial aircraft as well as with the registration and deregistration of two A319 aircraft of Germania Air following the latter´s reorganisation.

HFW specialises in advice on commodity law matters in the shipping sector, including commercial contracts, transactions, compliance, trading issues and dispute resolution. Michael Buisset, Jeremy Davies and Sarah Hunt are the key contacts in Geneva.

MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance’s ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team provides an ‘excellent service due to pragmatic and uncomplicated cooperation and appropriate response times’. The practice handles trade, distribution, logistics and shipping matters, and further focuses on compliance issues, financial claim enforcement and negotiations with business partners and administrative authorities across the entire transport sector. ‘International transport law expert’ Andreas Furrer has ‘great practical and theoretical knowledge’, ‘perfect client understanding’ and ‘tactical skills’, Raphael Brunner is ‘experienced in high-value marine insurance disputes’ and Peter Henschel is ‘deeply knowledgeable in export control law’.

Geneva-based boutique offering Meyer Avocats’ mainstay is business aviation advice, which includes assistance with corporate, transactional, operational and insurance matters, but the group also advises on the full lifecycle of superyacht projects. Frédéric Meyer, Raphaël Baeriswyl, Laurent Isenegger and Anouch Sedef are the main advisers.

Schiller Rechtsanwälte AG has special expertise in aviation liability and passenger rights matters and disputes, but also covers authorisation, contractual and regulatory advice for maritime and ground carriers. Clients include both private companies and governmental entities. The key partners are Kaspar Schiller, Heinrich Hempel, Michael Hochstrasser and Daniel Maritz.

ThomannFischer maintains ‘strong partnerships’ with clients and ‘stands out for its extremely high service level, client orientation and fast response times’. The practice covers national and international transport, freight forwarding, logistics and financing law in the road, rail, aviation and shipping sectors. The team also has considerable expertise in arbitration and litigation. Stephan Erbe has ‘vast and profound knowledge and experience within transportation law’ and ‘is very well informed about the industry’. Christian Hochstrasser and aviation specialist Alexander Filli are other key contacts.

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    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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