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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Toshiba acquires Landis+Gyr

May 2011. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

The Japanese electronics manufacturer Toshiba Corporation has entered into a securities purchase agreement to buy the entire equity of the Swiss-based meter maker Landis+Gyr for USD 2.3 billion from a group of investors. The acquisition will substantially enhance the scope of Toshiba's smart grid and smart community businesses and position the company as a global competitor with world-class capabilities.

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New partners

February 2011. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

The partners of VISCHER Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners as of January 1, 2011:

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Christoph Niederer is appointed Zurich Head of Tax

August 2010. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

On September 1, 2010, Christoph Niederer, lawyer and certified tax expert will join VISCHER Ltd as partner and Head of the Zurich Tax Practice Group. In addition to advising national and international companies, Christoph also advises individuals and family offices on all aspects of inheritance planning and estate structuring. He represents clients before the tax authorities and in legal proceedings. VISCHER Ltd. offers a wide range of services in this sector, with its tax teams in Basel and Zurich cooperating closely.

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CTS EVENTIM group purchases Ticketcorner group

March 2010. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

On 5 March 2010, EVENTIM CH AG, a subsidiary of the German CTS EVENTIM AG has purchased Ticketcorner Holding AG from Capvis General Partners II Ltd. and other sellers (including a subsidiary of the Kudelski group).

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VISCHER advises Tyco International

January 2010. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

On January 18, 2010 Tyco International announced plans to purchase Broadview Security for $2 billion in a cash and stock deal.

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Urs Haegi President of the Zurich Lawyers' Association

December 2008. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

At its recent winter conference meeting, Urs Haegi, VISCHER's Managing Partner, was elected president of the Zurich Lawyers' Association for 2009 and 2010.

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This year`s Autumn Conference

November 2008. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

Bonus, Data Protection and Non-Compete Clauses

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Tax team highly recommended

November 2008. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

The VISCHER tax team has been highly recommended and ranked in the second highest tier of leading firms in the current issue of "World Tax 2009",

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VISCHER Announces Two New Partners

February 2008. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

VISCHER is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners who joined the partnership as of 1 January 2008 in the Zurich office.

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Dr. Stefan Rechsteiner and Stefan Widmer to join partnership of VISCHER as of 1 January 2008

January 2008. Press Releases by VISCHER (view listing).

 VISCHER is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners who have joined the partnership as of 1 January 2008 in the Zurich office.Dr. Stefan Rechsteiner has been practicing with VISCHER since 2003.

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  • Capital Contribution Principle: Meaning and Proceedings

    On January 1, 2011, the Swiss tax law capital contribution principle (CCP) enters into force - with far reaching consequences for companies, their owners, board members and tax advisors. A few days ago the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) published a Circular Letter on this change of law.

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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 MĂ©rat & 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.