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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is known for its expertise in IPOs as well as equity-related, transactional and bond and note issuance matters. The team advised UBS as bookrunner on AFG Arbonia-Forster’s CHF37.8m private placement of over 2.6m new shares and assisted the banking syndicate with Galenica Santé’s CHF1.9bn IPO. African Bank, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs are other active clients. Thomas Reutter is the main adviser and sole team head, after Till Spillmann joined Niederer Kraft Frey. Martin Anderson was a new arrival from Baker McKenzie in August 2018.

Leading individuals

Ralph Malacrida - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Thomas Reutter - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

A ‘top class’ practice with ‘a dynamic and highly intelligent approach’, Bär & Karrer Ltd.’s ‘entire team is very committed to delivering custom-made advice’ in M&A transactions as well as regulatory corporate matters: recent highlights include assisting Lonza with the $5.5bn acquisition of Capsugel and advising Huntsman Corporation on the $20bn all-stock merger with Clariant. The ‘excellentRalph Malacrida, ‘M&A star’ Rolf Watter and public M&A expert Mariel Hoch are recommended. Till Spillmann joined Niederer Kraft Frey. Martin Anderson was a new arrival from Baker McKenzie in August 2018.

Leading individuals

Christoph Neeracher - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Rolf Watter - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Next generation lawyers

Mariel Hoch - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. covers cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as antitrust matters. Recent highlights include advising PSA on competition law aspects of its acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall. Ralph Lauren, Credit Suisse and Fluxys are other active clients. Mani Reinert is the main contact.

Leading individuals

Mani Reinert - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. provides employment advice in connection with corporate transactions and restructurings, including relocations, international assignments, permits, data protection aspects and exit packages, on dismissals, retention packages, social plans and compliance as well as litigation support. Strong sector experience has been gained in the sports, financial services, life sciences, technology and energy industries. The team advised Huntsman on incentive plans and employment contracts related to its merger with Clariant. Counsel Laura Widmer is recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Laura Widmer - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. covers transactions, regulatory matters, product marketing and distribution, as well as IP advice and litigation in the health and life sciences sector. Recent highlights include advising Galenica Santé on its CHF1.9bn IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange and assisting EQT with the acquisition of Fertin Pharma from Bagger-Sørensen. Novartis is another key client. Markus Wang and Markus Schott are recommended.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has a strong focus on assisting private equity companies with restructurings, but also represents creditors in insolvency proceedings and advises investors and shareholders on risk mitigation. In a recent highlight, the group assisted Credit Suisse and UBS with the recapitalisation program of Meyer Burger Technology. In other work, the Geneva team acted as supervisors appointed by FINMA on the bankruptcy of Banque Privée Espírito Santo. Thomas Rohde is the main contact; Urs Kägi, Cédric Chapuis and Christoph Neeracher are other names to note. Martin Anderson was a new arrival from Baker McKenzie in August 2018.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is adept at advising on IP aspects of M&A and capital market transactions as well as on licensing arbitration matters for pharmaceutical and technology companies. The team assisted Bank Coop with IP issues related to its rebranding to Bank Cler and advised chemicals company Lonza on cross-licensing structures related to its strategic partnership with Sanofi. Volkswagen Truck & Bus, Sanofi and EQT are other active clients. Practice lead Markus Wang is a ‘very experienced lawyer with great expertise’. Pierre-Yves Gunter joined from Python in January 2017.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The French-speaking team of Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for banking, insolvency, arbitration and litigation work. Cédric Chapuis, Pierre-Yves Gunter and Saverio Lembo are the key partners. Tax lawyer Christoph Suter joined from EY Law AG. Martin Anderson was a new arrival from Baker McKenzie in August 2018.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is particularly well versed in advising on banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A issues as well as competition, dispute resolution, private client and sports matters. Eric Stupp, Ralph Malacrida, Thomas Reutter, Mani Reinert, Daniel Hochstrasser, Andreas Länzlinger, Tina Wüstemann, Markus Schott and Michele Bernasconi are all recommended advisers.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The Lugano office of Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles transactions, disputes, tax and private client matters. Paolo Bottini, Andrea Gamba, Cesare Jermini and Massimo Vanotti are the key contacts.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. covers international wealth and estate planning, litigation, estate administration and execution, charity foundation, relocation, pre-nuptial agreements, M&A, tax planning and art collection advice. Team lead Tina Wüstemann, Daniel Leu and Daniel Bader are the main practitioners. Tax expert Christoph Suter joined the Geneva office in October 2017 from EY Law AG, while Robert Danon left to found Danon & Salomé at the start of 2017.

Leading individuals

Tina Wüstemann - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.‘s ‘client-oriented’ public law practice impresses with its ‘remarkable awareness of business needs and profound corporate knowledge’. The group focuses on both contentious and non-contentious public law issues in the infrastructure, energy, telecommunication, education and healthcare sector and recently assisted Swissgrid with the valuation of its grid assets by the Swiss Federal Electricity Commisision. Novartis is another active client. Public and administrative lawyer Markus Schott and regulatory energy law expert Phyllis Scholl are recommended.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Transactional and corporate advice are Bär & Karrer Ltd.’s mainstays in the real estate arena: in recent higlights, the practice assisted Valora with the sale of the La Praille building in Geneva to retail company Migros and further acted as transaction counsel for Swiss Prime Site during its CHF250m 0.25 convertible bonds placement. Swiss Life, TH Real Estate and Orascom also receive legal services from the team. Corrado Rampini in Zurich is the lead adviser.

Leading individuals

Corrado Rampini - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. focuses primarily on sports arbitration and litigation proceedings; notably, the team supported UEFA in several disciplinary and commercial arbitration matters before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and the ICC. ‘Rare talentMichele Bernasconi is ‘one of the best CAS arbitrators’ and a ‘real problem solver with excellent settlement and mediation skills’; he recently served as sole arbitrator in the dispute between Real Madrid Club de Fútbol and FIFA, which resulted in a new-player registration ban for one season and a fine to be paid to FIFA by Real Madrid. The Olympic Council of Asia also receives legal services from the practice.

Leading individuals

Michele Bernasconi - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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.

Leading individuals

Michele Bernasconi - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has ‘a top-quality tax department for high-end international transactions and planning matters’, which delivers ‘fast responses with a pragmatic approach’. The group focuses on tax advice related to M&A, financing transactions and restructuring matters, as well as on international taxation and negotiations with tax authorities; it recently advised Regus on tax aspects of the establishment of new holding company IWG. Daniel Bader focuses on tax advice for private clients and jointly heads the team with the ‘commercial’ Susanne Schreiber, who has ‘amazing VAT and direct tax know-how, communicates well and is connected to every major tax player in Switzerland’. Daniel Lehmann is an ‘excellent tax adviser’ and Christoph Suter joined the team from EY Law AG in October 2017.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.’s banking and finance team advises financial institutions, including Swiss and national subsidiaries of international banks, as well as insurance companies on regulatory and transactional matters, but also represents them in enforcement and criminal procedures. The client roster includes Banque Cantonale de Genève, UBS and Credit Suisse. Cédric Chapuis heads the team, which also fields banking litigation expert and ‘brilliant strategist with good cross-border connections’ Saverio Lembo. Christophe Buchwalder joined Gantey Attorneys. Martin Anderson and Frédéric Bétrisey were new arrivals from Baker McKenzie.

Leading individuals

Martin Anderson - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has ‘broad experience in a wide range of litigation cases and regulatory proceedings’ for the whole range of financial service providers; and creates ‘in-depth teams for various matters out of one hand’ additionally the team is adept at handling debt and acquisition financings as well as derivative transactions. Notable highlights included assisting EQT Infrastructure II with the acquisition financing of CHEP Aerospace Solutions. Goldman Sachs, UBS and Valora are also clients of the practice. ‘Concise and pragmatic’ litigation partner Andreas Länzlinger and ‘outstanding’ regulatory expert Rashid Bahar are recommended along Eric Stupp, who ‘brings long standing industry expertise’ and jointly leads the fintech practice with newly promoted partner Daniel Flühmann.

Leading individuals

Eric Stupp - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Considered by clients as ‘best in class’, Bär & Karrer Ltd. delivers ‘first-rate service’ in arbitration proceedings across four offices. Focus areas include post-M&A, sports and IT-related matters. Pierre-Yves Gunter is acting as chairman in a $700m construction dispute regarding the Panama Canal and the recommended Matthew Reiter successfully represented EnBW in a CHF1bn IP arbitration against Hans-Günter Kiss concerning the Thermoselect technology. Other names to note are Daniel Hochstrasser, ‘business-oriented proceedings rule expert’ Nadja Jaisli Kull as well as associates Cinzia Catelli and Alain Grieder.

Leading individuals

Daniel Hochstrasser - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has ‘broad experience in a wide range of litigation cases and regulatory proceedings, especially in relation to white-collar crime’. Another focus is M&A and banking litigation, as well as private client disputes. In a recent highlight, the team defended EnBW in a dispute brought by H.G. Kiss regarding the valuation of the minority shareholding in Kiss’s Thermoselect which EnBW had acquired in the 1990s. Novartis and UBS are other active clients. Andreas Länzlinger is noted for his expertise concerning international matters, for which he ‘comes up with concise, pragmatic and specifically tailored advice’. Also recommended are ‘pragmatic litigatorDaniel Hochstrasser, head of litigation Matthew Reiter and associate Cinzia Catelli. Saverio Lembo is the main contact in Geneva.

Leading individuals

Andreas Länzlinger - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Saverio Lembo - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

  • Cowen Acquires Quarton Group

    Cowen Inc., a NASDAQ listed, diversified financial services firm, agreed to acquire the Quarton group, a global financial advisor serving the middle market. Closing is expected in early 2019.
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  • Cowen Acquires Quarton Group

    Cowen Inc., a NASDAQ listed, diversified financial services firm, agreed to acquire the Quarton group, a global financial advisor serving the middle market. Closing is expected in early 2019.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Banking Syndicate in the Rights Offering of ARYZTA

    On 19 November 2018, ARYZTA, a global food business with a leadership position in speciality bakery, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering structured as a volume underwriting in the amount of approximately CHF 900 million. 97.4% of the shareholders of ARYZTA exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The new shares not subscribed were placed in the market.
  • 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.