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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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Fax +41 58 261 50 01
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www.baerkarrer.ch
Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Switzerland

Banking and finance: Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for advising financial institutions on regulatory and compliance issues, internal restructurings and financings, as well as during enforcement proceedings, white-collar criminal law matters and investigations. Rashid Bahar assisted Forte Securities with obtaining a licence from FINMA related to the opening of a representative office in Switzerland. Team lead Cédric Chapuis, financing transaction partner Martin Anderson and financial products lawyer Frédéric Bétrisey are the names to note.

Leading individuals

Martin Anderson - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for handling financing deals, derivative transactions and debt structuring, as well as banking M&A. Regulatory advice, enforcement proceedings and investigations are additional focus areas. Peter Hsu advised Tellco Vorsorge on its acquisition of private bank Dominick Company, while Rashid Bahar acted for HQLAx on the first live securities lending transaction via R3's Corda blockchain platform. Eric Stupp acted for Copernicus during the establishment of a Swiss holding company and application for a FINMA licence. Transaction partner Ralph Malacrida, internal investigation practice lead Andreas Länzlinger and fintech partner Daniel Flühmann are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Eric Stupp - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles IPOs, capital transactions, equity-related matters, bond and notes issuance, as well as private placements and recapitalisation programmes. Thomas Reutter acted for syndicate banks Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs on a combined offering worth CHF505m on the placement of shares and senior convertible bonds of Idorsia. Another highlight was its advice to the syndicate banks on Klingelnberg's CHF241m IPO. Swiss Re, Ceva Logistics and Novartis are among its other clients. M&A and finance lead Ralph Malacrida and transaction partner Rolf Watter are other core team members. Till Spillmann left for Niederer Kraft Frey at the beginning of 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.

With a long-standing track record in public and private M&A and private equity transactions, as well as a sizeable corporate and regulatory team advising in all parts of Switzerland, Bär & Karrer Ltd. is one of the best known local practices. Banking M&A specialist Ralph Malacrida led advice to BZ Bank on the acquisition of United Grinding Group, while Christoph Neeracher assisted Porterhouse with its purchase of clinic group Paracelsus. Mariel Hoch and Thomas Reutter assisted Clearstream International with buying all shares in Swisscanto Funds Centre. Rolf Watter is another name to note.

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.'s multi-lingual competition team is especially renowned for its assistance during cartel and abuse-of-dominance investigations launched by the competition commission. It further covers merger control proceedings and antitrust matters. Key partner Mani Reinert led on the competition advice to Summer Capital during its acquisition of Swiss Education Group, and also assisted Saint-Gobain with merger control questions concerning its combination with Sika.

Leading individuals

Mani Reinert - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The multilingual team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has 'excellent knowledge of Swiss law', focusing on M&A, private client, intellectual property and IT disputes for a range of companies in the scientific, automotive, media and technology industries. Pierre-Yves Gunter serves as chairman in a $700m ICC arbitration proceeding concerning the Panama canal, and also co-represents the National Iranian Gas Company in a €5bn gas dispute against claimant Turkmengas. Daniel Hochstrasser in Zurich and the 'terrific' Geneva-based Saverio Lembo, who 'has excellent practical judgement', are also key partners.

Leading individuals

Daniel Hochstrasser - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Full-service firm Bär & Karrer Ltd. stands out for its 'in-depth know-how and pragmatic legal advice', as well as its 'experience in complex international cases and good relationships with other relevant entities'. The ten-partner team is best known for M&A, private client, intellectual property, IT litigation and white-collar criminal law matters. In a pending matter before the Swiss Supreme Court, Pierre-Yves Gunter and Aurélie Conrad Hari are instructed by Omea to enforce an award against the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in order to secure a payment of more than €95m, while Matthew T Reiter represented an industrial company in a successful appeal proceeding before the Zurich Superior Court concerning profit margins related to a share purchase agreement. 'Excellent outside-the-box thinker' Andreas Länzlinger acts for an insurance carrier as respondent to the insured in a proceeding regarding alleged claims under a professional indemnity insurance policy. Saverio Lembo is a key partner in Geneva.

Leading individuals

Andreas Länzlinger - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Saverio Lembo - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

With a 'dedicated team for immigration issues', Bär & Karrer Ltd. 'focuses clearly on the specifics of a matter'. The practice is also experienced in employment law support during transactions, restructurings and litigation, as well as advising on executive compensation, sports employment law and general contracts. 'Competent, proactive and client-focused' department head Thomas Stoltz and counsel Laura Widmer are the key names.

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. is one of the best known firms for transactions in the Swiss pharmaceutical market, while also providing regulatory, distribution, advertising, intellectual property and general contractual expertise. IP specialist Markus Wang worked on the sale of interests in client Humabs BioMed to Vir Biotechnology, while Markus Schott assisted Vyaire Medical with the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of the entirety of shares in Acutronic Medical Systems.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for applying its corporate and transactional experience to out-of-court restructurings, as well as assisting clients from the financial sector with recovery and resolution planning, regulatory intervention and insolvency proceedings. In recent work, Cédric Chapuis is advising Standard Chartered Bank on the voluntary liquidation and wind-down of its Swiss private banking subsidiary, and is also chairing the creditors' commission in Banque Privée Espírito Santo's liquidation. Insolvency specialist Thomas Rohde and transactions partner Ralph Malacrida jointly head the practice.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The 'highly experienced and knowledgeable practice group' at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has 'in-depth, practical expertise in insurance regulation matters and FINMA's supervisory standards'. Tied into the banking, life sciences and dispute resolution departments, the nine-partner team counts Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft, Chubb Insurance and AON Schweiz among its clients. 'Highly knowledgeable, supportive and responsive' lead Peter Hsu advised Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse on a transaction involving Swiss Export Risk Insurance guaranteeing the financing of a Brazilian power plant through a $1bn bond issuance. 'Outstanding, high-calibre lawyerRoland Truffer assisted Swiss Re with the re-domiciliation of Swiss Re Asia from Zurich to Singapore.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is well known for handling IP matters in connection with M&A and capital markets transactions for clients in the technology, life sciences, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, while also representing clients in licensing arbitration, patent litigation and rights disputes involving artists and event organisers. Markus Wang acts for a licensor from the sports equipment industry in several injunction proceedings against the licensee concerning the upcoming termination of their relationship.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.'s team impresses with its 'straight-to-the-point advice, great availability and efficiency'. Its practice groups are uniquely strong in handling transactions, as well as banking, regulatory, dispute resolution and white-collar criminal law matters. Cédric Chapuis, Saverio Lembo, Pierre-Yves Gunter and 'skilled arbitrator' Alexandra Johnson are the names to note. The Geneva office was further bolstered by the arrivals of Martin Anderson and Frederic Betrisey from Baker McKenzie.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. in Zurich and Zug impresses with 'partner commitment, responsiveness, legal expertise in various areas and good communication'. The full-service firm is especially renowned in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, as well as competition, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal law, insurance, private client and sports law. Key lawyers include Eric Stupp, Ralph Malacrida and Thomas Reutter, Christoph Neeracher, Peter Hsu, Tina Wüstemann, Susanne Schreiber and Michele Bernasconi.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. in Lugano covers M&A, banking, dispute resolution, tax and private client law. Paolo Bottini, Andrea Gamba, Cesare Jermini and Massimo Vanotti make up the team of partners.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is 'one of the go-to firms in Switzerland' in this space, due to its 'personal commitment, top private client lawyers, strong technical skills and good client relationships' and it has 'an excellent and highly regarded practice'. With an office in every region, the multilingual team often acts as a coordinator in international matters for entrepreneurs, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Tina Wüstemann, who 'is bursting with inspiring energy', is well known for handling estate and succession planning, as well as estate administration and contentious trust and estate matters. Clients also recommend 'thoughtful' partner Daniel Leu, 'up-and-coming' Geneva partner Aurélie Conrad Hari, 'experienced and solution-orientedDaniel Bader and 'great notaryMassimo Vanotti.

Leading individuals

Tina Wüstemann - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Leu - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The public law practice at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has considerable expertise in infrastructure matters, including pipelines, grids, telecoms networks and transport, as well as export control issues and strength in the education, healthcare, food, financial and gambling sectors. In the energy field, Phyllis Scholl assists Swissgrid, Pronovo and Foundation KEV with the outsourcing of the network surcharges execution and guarantees of origin to a subsidiary of Swissgrid. Regulatory and administrative adviser and litigator Markus Schott is another key contact.

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

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles real estate and development project transactions and sector-related capital market matters. Corrado Rampini and Thomas Reutter advised Andermatt Swiss Alps on the sale of a portfolio consisting of 25 properties to real estate joint venture Taurus Andermatt. Other clients include PSP Swiss Property and Porterhouse.

Leading individuals

Corrado Rampini - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

As 'one of the best firms in the sector', the 'highly specialised and effective sports law team' at Bär & Karrer Ltd. 'is very skilled in applying Swiss-law matters to international jurisdictions'. With a major focus on diverse sports arbitration, as well as sector-related commercial, TMT and intellectual property disputes, Michele Bernasconi is considered to be 'among the best CAS arbitrators', with 'almost incomparable knowledge and experience'. He represents Uefa in several disciplinary and media-related arbitration matters.

Leading individuals

Michele Bernasconi - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

'Highly professional and responsive firmBär & Karrer Ltd. 'is the go-to firm for international companies', 'providing the perfect mix of extraordinary legal skills, deep industry knowledge, proactivity and kind personal treatment'. Its range of TMT services includes M&A transactions and joint ventures, software contracts and IT outsourcing projects, regulatory telecoms law, as well as intellectual property, commercial, tax and estate planning assistance for artists in the media and entertainment sector. 'Readily available, business-minded and technically excellent' Markus Wang handled the software and intellectual property aspects of the client's (an affiliate of Warburg Pincus) acquisition of a stake in Avaloq. 'Leading lawyerMichele Bernasconi, who is 'a smart strategist' and 'makes a practical and straightforward approach to legal problems', serves as a regular adviser to Hotels.com, Expedia.com and Facebook on regulatory and compliance issues.

Leading individuals

Michele Bernasconi - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The 'friendly, supportive and solution-oriented' tax team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. impresses with 'very strong technical skills', 'high availability' and 'a good client focus'. Core areas of expertise include assistance with M&A, capital markets and financing transactions, international corporate taxation, as well as tax restructuring for businesses and private clients, negotiation with authorities and tax litigation. 'Analytical and very successful' team lead Susanne Schreiber, who 'delivers tailored solutions', advised Saint-Gobain on the tripartite tax structure, including authority negotiations during the rulings, of its CHF3.2bn purchase of Sika. Co-lead Daniel Bader is 'an exceptional tax lawyer with very good commercial skills'. Christoph Suter and Paolo Bottini are the respective key contacts in Geneva and Lugano.

Leading individuals

Susanne Schreiber - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The transport department at Bär & Karrer Ltd. covers finance, M&A, regulatory, employment, competition, data protection and contentious matters from the aviation, maritime, road and rail sectors. M&A specialist Christoph Neeracher acted for Matternet in negotiations with Swiss Post concerning the provision of unmanned aerial systems for drone delivery. Corporate and commercial partner Luca Jagmetti  heads the practice.

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  • Ordinance on Integrity and Transparency in the Therapeutic Products Sector has been adopted

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  • Bär & Karrer Advises B3i in its Current Equity Funding Round

    Industry-led InsurTech B3i Services AG successfully raised additional funds from current shareholders and new investors to further develop and grow its blockchain-based insurance transaction platform. B3i was founded in October 2016 as an insurance industry consortium which then formed B3i Services AG as an independent company. The shareholder group includes some of the world's largest insurers and reinsurers from across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. B3i intends to further expand its shareholder base over the next several months.
  • Bär & Karrer Continues to Grow Finance and Sports Practice with Two New Partners

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that it further strengthens its Financing and Sports practices with new partners Lukas Roesler and Dr. Jan Kleiner, both of whom have worked with the firm previously.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis and Alcon on the Spin-off of Alcon

    Today, Novartis AG completed the spin-off of the Alcon eye care devices business, and Alcon Inc. debuted as independent publicly traded company. The Alcon shares were successfully listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. and the New York Stock Exchange. They are also included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), which comprises the 20 largest Swiss listed stocks.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Primeo Energie and CSA Energie-Infrastructure Schweiz in Aquisition from Elét

    Primeo Energie, EOS Holding SA (EOS) and Électricité de France (EDF) have entered into a share purchase agreement relating to the purchase by Primeo Energie and EOS of the 25% interest held by EDF in Alpiq Holding SA. The purchase by Primeo Eergie and EOS will be financed through mandatory exchangeable loan agreements made by CSA Energie-Infrastruktur Schweiz (CSA) as lender, the biggest investment pool for Swiss energy infrastructure with 135 Swiss pension funds acting as investors. At maturity the mandatory exchangeable loan agreements will be converted into shares in Alpiq. Primeo Energie and EOS thereby pave the way for a Swiss shareholder structure of Alpiq.
  • Bär & Karrer Awarded Most Innovative Swiss Law Firm of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards

    Bär & Karrer was awarded „Most innovative law firm of the year - Switzerland", the national award for Switzerland given in the IFLR European Awards. The most innovative law firm of the year award recognizes Bär & Karrer as the Swiss law firm with the best track record in 2018 giving advice on the most innovative cross-border deals covering all award practice areas. It is already the third prize of this kind in period of six years awarded to Bär & Karrer.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises DSV on Public Exchange Offer for Panalpina

    On 1 April 2019, DSV A/S, Hedehusene, Denmark and Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Zurich, Switzerland, have entered into an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a public exchange offer by DSV for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina for approximately CHF 4.6 billion. The board of directors of Panalpina has resolved to support the public exchange offer by DSV and to recommend the acceptance of DSV's public exchange offer to its shareholders.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Joint Venture with Chr. Hansen for Deve

    On 2 April 2019, Lonza, a leading pharma contract manufacturing company, and Chr. Hansen, a leading global bioscience company, announced that they have signed an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture to pioneer the live biotherapeutic products (LBPs) industry and position themselves as the leading contract development and manufacturing partner (CDMO) for biotech and pharma customers. The joint venture brings together best-in-class, complementary capabilities and will be the first CDMO globally to provide a full supply chain that offers manufacturing of bacteria strains for therapeutic use. The joint venture will be a 50/50 controlled legal entity that will operate from its headquarters in Basel (CH) and have production facilities in Denmark and Switzerland. A phased investment of approximately EUR 90 million will be deployed over three years to build cGMP-compliant pharma production capabilities. The joint venture will upgrade existing facilities in Hørsholm (DK) and equip new facilities in Basel (CH) to serve pre-clinical to phase II projects. Further facilities for phase III and commercial manufacturing will be developed as the pipeline matures. The joint venture is expected to be largely self-funding after the production set-up has been established.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Computacenter in the Acquisition of PathWorks

    Computacenter Group, a leading European IT service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange, acquired PathWorks, a well-established hardware reseller in the Swiss market.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Addtech in the Acquisition of a Majority in Omni Ray

    Addtech Group, a leading Swedish publicly listed technology trading group, acquired a majority stake in Omni Ray AG, a well-established Swiss trading company and service provider for automation solutions, mainly focused on industrial applications, infrastructure, transportation and medical industry. By this transaction, Addtech aims at strengthening its position in the European automation market.