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Bär & Karrer AG

BRANDSCHENKESTRASSE 90, 8027 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 261 50 00
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Web:
www.baerkarrer.ch
Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

The ‘top-notch’ practice at Bär & Karrer AG combines strengths in equity and debt capital markets matters. It advised the joint coordinators, including UBS and Credit Suisse, on the IPO of the VAT Group, assisted the Swiss company GeNeuro with its IPO on Euronext in Paris, and advised J.P. Morgan Securities and UBS as joint bookrunners on Basilea Pharmaceutica’s CHF200m convertible bond placement. Recommended individuals include Thomas Reutter (who is ‘an outstanding DCM expert’), Till Spillmann, Roland Truffer and Ralph Malacrida.

Leading individuals

Ralph Malacrida - Bär & Karrer AG

Thomas Reutter - Bär & Karrer AG

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG attracts praise for delivering the ‘best service possible’ on M&A and corporate governance matters. Highlights included advising Syngenta on its defence against an unsolicited takeover approach by Monsanto and the subsequent takeover by ChemChina for $43bn, and assisting EQT with the CHF1.4bn public tender offer for Kuoni Travel. Recommended lawyers include the ‘outstanding’ Rolf Watter and the ‘experienced and passionateDieter Dubs, as well as Christoph Neeracher, Ralph Malacrida and Mariel Hoch.

Leading individuals

Christoph Neeracher - Bär & Karrer AG

Rolf Watter - Bär & Karrer AG

Next generation lawyers

Mariel Hoch - Bär & Karrer AG

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer AG

The ‘excellent’ team at Bär & Karrer AG recently advised HNA Group on merger control issues arising from its acquisition of Gategroup Holding. Other clients include UBS and Fiat. Practice head Mani Reinert is recommended.

Leading individuals

Mani Reinert - Bär & Karrer AG

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG is noted for its handling of employment matters arising from mergers, restructurings, and business transfers, including mass dismissals and migration matters. Of counsel Marie-Christine Balzan is recommended.

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French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer SA

Bär & Karrer SA is particularly known for its strong banking and finance team, which is led by Christophe Buchwalder and Cédric Chapuis. It also has a growing dispute resolution practice, which includes Saverio Lembo, who is recommended for arbitration, litigation and white-collar crime matters.

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German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG is a ‘top-notch firm’ with offices throughout Switzerland. It is especially strong in Zurich, where Rolf Watter is an ‘outstanding’ M&A lawyer and Eric Stupp is ‘very knowledgeable’ in banking matters. Other key figures in Zurich include Ralph Malacrida, who is recommended for finance transactions, Peter Hsu, for insurance maters and Mani Reinert, who stands out for competition law.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG is ‘an excellent choice’ for health care providers as well as life sciences companies. It covers regulatory work as well as drug marketing and IP matters. Regulatory expert Markus Schott ‘possesses excellent analytic abilities’ and continues to assist Novartis with drug price-setting proceedings. Pharma patent expert Markus Wang successfully represented Spirig HealthCare in a patent dispute with Bayer regarding the launch of a generic contraceptive.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG’s practice focuses on out-of-court restructurings, and also regularly represents creditors in insolvency proceedings, such as in the Lehmann Brothers case. Thomas Rohde heads the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer AG

The ‘excellent’ practice at Bär & Karrer AG successfully represented Spirig HealthCare in a patent dispute with Bayer and continues to assist Salt Mobile with its rebranding. Practice head Markus Wang is recommended.

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Italian-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
Italian-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG’s Lugano office has several ‘outstanding lawyers’. Key figures include Paolo Bottini, who is recommended for banking and finance matters as well as corporate and tax law; Cesare Jermini, who is experienced in dispute resolution, including arbitration and litigation; and the ‘accurate’ Massimo Vanotti, who is recommended for private client work. The firm advised Gruppo Granarolo on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Comarsa Commercio Alimentari and successfully assisted Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino with obtaining a non-prosecution agreement under the US disclosure programme.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG has a ‘market-leading’ practice that handles international wealth and estate planning, Swiss residency matters and the setting up of trusts and foundations. Recommended lawyers include the ‘competent, trustworthy, experienced and client-orientedTina Wüstemann, the ‘accurate’ Massimo Vanotti, as well as Daniel Bader and Daniel Leu.

Leading individuals

Tina Wüstemann - Bär & Karrer AG

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG has an ‘excellent’ team for matters concerning regulated industries. Phyllis Scholl is recommended for energy-sector matters, Markus Schott for healthcare and life sciences, and Michele Bernasconi for telecoms. The firm represented Swissgrid in proceedings concerning the compensation for the expropriated Swiss electricity transmission grid and continues to act for hospitals in administrative proceedings.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG’s team is ‘highly responsive’ and provides ‘highly commercial advice’, particularly when it comes to large-scale real estate transactions. Clients include Swiss Life, Swiss Prime Site, TH Real Estate and Züblin Immobilien Holding. Practice head Corrado Rampini has ‘very broad expertise’ and is ‘a very good project manager’.

Leading individuals

Corrado Rampini - Bär & Karrer AG

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer AG

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.

Leading individuals

Michele Bernasconi - Bär & Karrer AG

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG is noted for its tax-efficient structuring of cross-border transactions. It advised UBS on the reorganisation of its global asset management division. Daniel Bader, Susanne Schreiber and Daniel Lehmann are recommended.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG acts for transport and logistics companies and is particularly noted for its transactional practice. Clients include HNA Group, Jet Aviation, Planzer Transport and Swissport. Luca Jagmetti heads the team.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer SA

Bär & Karrer SA’s expertise covers regulatory issues, finance transactions and contentious matters. Recent work includes successfully defending fund manager Manuel Echeverria in Madoff-related criminal proceedings, and advising a Swiss bank on FINMA enforcement proceedings related to the Panama Papers. Christophe Buchwalder and Cédric Chapuis head the practice.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG’s team has ‘first-class knowledge’ across the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters, and combines this with ‘business-oriented advice and very short response times’. Highlights included successfully assisting PKB Privatbank with obtaining a non-prosecution agreement under the US disclosure programme. The team also assisted Credit Suisse with a CHF200m refinancing for the Kuoni group and continues to advise UBS on the reorganisation of its new subsidiary UBS Switzerland. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very knowledgeableEric Stupp, finance expert Ralph Malacrida, as well as Peter Hsu and Andreas Länzlinger.

Leading individuals

Eric Stupp - Bär & Karrer AG

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer AG

Bär & Karrer AG’s ‘very skilled’ team is recommended for international commercial and sports arbitration. It continues to represent Sonera Holding in a post-M&A arbitration under ICC rules. Other clients include Generali and UEFA. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Daniel Hochstrasser is recommended along with Saverio Lembo and sports arbitrator Michele Bernasconi. The practice was further strengthened with the arrival of a team including the highly regarded Pierre-Yves Gunter from Python.

Leading individuals

Daniel Hochstrasser - Bär & Karrer AG

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer AG

The ‘first-class’ practice at Bär & Karrer AG provides ‘excellent service’ and is particularly noted for its strength in M&A-related disputes as well as banking and finance litigation. Andreas Länzlinger is ‘extremely knowledgeable and very responsive’, and Daniel Hochstrasser shows ‘real fighter spirit’. Saverio Lembo and Matthew Reiter are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andreas Länzlinger - Bär & Karrer AG

Saverio Lembo - Bär & Karrer SA

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Legal Developments by:
Bär & Karrer AG

  • SWITZERLAND - AN OVERVIEW OF GOVERNANCE REGIME

    The basic source of law for Swiss governance rules is the Company Law with its manifold revisions, in particular Articles 620 ss. Swiss Code of Obligations (‘the CO’). In the course of the rather fundamental reform of 1991, corporate governance rules, in particular those relating to the improvement of shareholders’ protection, became law. A new debate was triggered at the beginning of the last decade, in 2000/2001, inter alia as a consequence of the Swissair bankruptcy.
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Legal Developments in Switzerland

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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.