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VISCHER

AESCHENVORSTADT 4, 4010 BASEL, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 211 33 00
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www.vischer.com
Basel, ZURICH

Switzerland

Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 3

VISCHER

VISCHER's banking and finance team¬†covers banking insolvency, acquisition finance, cross-border lending, aircraft finance, regulatory advice, fintech matters and banking litigation. Practice head¬†Markus Guggenb√ľhl¬†advises PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidator of Lehman Brothers on a long-term basis, and¬†Adrian D√∂rig¬†assisted Myovant Sciences with securing flexible financing commitments worth up to $140m from Nova Quest Capital Management and Hercules Capital. Helvetia Schweizerische Lebensversicherung and Export Development Canada are longstanding clients of the practice.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

Derivatives, securities listings, IPOs, bond issues and fintech products constitute the core areas of advice at¬†VISCHER.¬†Markus Guggenb√ľhl¬†assists UK-based Elliott Advisors on Swiss securities laws, takeover and disclosure rules in connection with several matters, while¬†Robert Bernet¬†advised Openlimit Holding during its authorised investment capital increase; its shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.¬†Matthias Staehelin¬†advised Crispr Therapeutics on a $130m public offering of shares on Nasdaq.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

VISCHER¬†has 'a strong position in the Basel market' and¬†'can assist very well in corporate transactions', with a particular focus on mid-market M&A and private equity deals, as well as Chinese inbound and outbound transactions.¬†J√ľrg Luginb√ľhl¬†and the 'very responsive' Robert Bernet¬†'align teams according to the size of the transaction' and provide 'pragmatic solutions while maintaining reasonable hourly rates'. Recent highlights include handling Dutch client Lundbeck's ‚ā¨905m acquisition of the entire share capital in Prexton Therapeutics, as well as advising¬†GreatStar Hangzhou Industrial¬†on the purchase of Lista. Life sciences and IT specialist¬†Matthias Staehelin¬†is the another key contact.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

IT, banking and finance, aviation and construction are key sector strengths for VISCHER, which routinely handles competition investigations and antitrust matters. Klaus Neff successfully represented Immer in appeal, challenging a fine imposed due to alleged participation in a cartel. Royal Bank of Scotland and Air Canada are also active clients.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

VISCHER

VISCHER's arbitration team 'provides solid, high-quality work in complex international disputes', including 'hands-on, proactive settlement strategies'. Transport, banking, nuclear power and construction form major areas of expertise, and the team is additionally experienced in representing clients in relation to Russia and the Middle East. 'Highly skilled and experienced practitioner' Thomas Weibel is recommended in Basel. Daniele Favalli and Christian Oetiker are the key partners in Zurich.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

VISCHER's 'thorough' dispute resolution practice has 'in-depth knowledge and outstanding legal expertise, combined with a practical, result-oriented approach'. The main areas of focus include commercial attachment, enforcement and injunctive relief proceedings, and it also has considerable experience in the transportation, insurance, IT and telecoms sectors. The 'patient and capable' Christian Oetiker is representing Pricewaterhouse Coopers as liquidators of Lehman Brothers in proceedings against the claimant, the Italian pension fund Fondazione Enasarco. 'Excellent strategist' Daniele Favalli and 'dedicated analyst' Thomas Gelzer are also recommended. Thomas Weibel leads the team.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

VISCHER is best known for its full-service approach to employment law, which includes assisting with work permits, executive compensation support and litigation, data protection, staff leasing, social security and pensions advice. Transactions, international transfers and collective labour disputes form other areas of expertise. Marc Prinz acted on all employment aspects of the merger between client Foboha and Heinz Hänggi Stanztechnik, including a mass dismissal resulting from the closure of one site. The team regularly advises Deutsche Bank on employment terminations at executive and director level.

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

VISCHER

VISCHER¬†is renowned for its expertise in corporate, commercial, transactional, regulatory and patent-related healthcare and biotech matters.¬†Matthias Staehelin¬†assisted Medartis with its initial public offering on the SIX Swiss Exchange, while¬†Stefan Kohler¬†acted for Novo Nordisk Pharma in its appeal against a pricing decision made by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health concerning the client's type-two diabetes product.¬†Christian Wyss¬†advised Lundbeck on its ‚ā¨905m acquisition of Prexton Therapeutics.

Leading individuals

Stefan Kohler - VISCHER

Next Generation Partners

Christian Wyss - VISCHER

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

VISCHER

VISCHER provides 'top advice, which is clearly above the market standard'. The team has core strengths handling bankruptcies in the financial sector, having been involved in the Lehman Brothers insolvency as liquidator's counsel. In recent work, Adrian Dörig  represented indenture trustee Wilmington Trust in the bankruptcy of Toys'R'Us. 'Truly knowledgeable and profoundly experienced practitioners' David Jenny and Thomas Weibel are also recommended, while Jana Essebier is another name to note.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

VISCHER specialises in resolving coverage issues regarding financial lines, D&O, crime, cyber and property policies for insurance companies, brokers and insured parties. Daniele Favalli is the key contact. The firm also provides ancillary services to the insurance sector, including handling Baloise's CHF288m acquisition of a majority share in Pax Anlage; Benedict Christ  led the advice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

The intellectual property department at VISCHER covers protective, strategic, transactional and contentious matters in relation to patents, copyright, designs and trade marks. Christian Wyss assisted Balderton Capital with the IP due diligence in preparation for its investment into Sophia Genetics' $30m financing round, while team lead Stefan Kohler advises Philipp Morris on the agreements required for the technological development of reduced-risk tobacco products. Rolf Der Maur, who combines intellectual property law with IT expertise, is another name to note.

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

VISCHER

VISCHER has core strength in the healthcare, TMT and transport sectors and notable public law expertise, while also fielding strong capital markets, M&A, competition and litigation departments. Key partners include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan Rechsteiner, Benedict Christ  and Christian Oetiker. Michael Waldner and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

VISCHER

VISCHER has a 'customer-oriented approach mixed with legal expertise'. Led by regulatory expert Stefan Rechsteiner, the team mainly advises on energy and public healthcare matters. In recent work, Michael Waldner is representing several hospitals in regulatory court proceedings concerning the hospital treatment tariffs chargeable to insurance companies.

Leading individuals

Stefan Rechsteiner - VISCHER

Next Generation Partners

Michael Waldner - VISCHER

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

VISCHER's practice group¬†combines real estate, development and notarial services, with special expertise in foreign investment projects and urban housing developments. Recent highlights include handling B√Ęloise's majority shareholding acquisition of real estate company Pax Anlage and advising Biogen International on the acquisition of land and the construction of a biologic manufacturing facility. The team also assists Meininger Hotels with its expansion in Switzerland. Team lead¬†Roland M√ľller, real estate specialist¬†Andreas Albrecht¬†, corporate partner¬†Benedict Christ¬†¬†and counsel¬†Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer¬†make up the core team.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

VISCHER

VISCHER's TMT practice has experience of sector-relevant convergence issues, regulatory requirements, online services licensing, outsourcing and transfer agreements. Rolf Auf der Maur successfully represented Swisscom as defendant in the first Swiss ISP-blocking matter brought by film rights holders, while Basel-based Christian Wyss assists Sympany with the review, drafting and negotiation of various different IT agreements with suppliers and outsourcing providers. Netflix, Quadrant and Additiv also feature in the client list.

Leading individuals

Rolf Auf der Maur - VISCHER

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

VISCHER

The tax team at VISCHER consists of 'top professionals with broad experience and good internal collaboration skills', who provide 'clear advice'. With particular expertise in heavily regulated sectors, the practice assists with transactions, tax litigation and administrative representation, international restructuring and relocation matters, as well as employment tax issues. Co-lead Christoph Niederer advised Fidelium on the tax consequences arising from its acquisition of all shares in Wolfensberger, while Oculis instructed Basel team lead Nadia Tarolli Schmidt to obtain a tax ruling regarding a quasi-merger in order to establish the client's structure in Switzerland.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

VISCHER

VISCHER's transport department specialises in acting for airlines on corporate matters, contract negotiations and transactions, as well as insurance cases.¬†Christoph Niederer¬†and¬†Urs Haegi¬†are advising Swiss International Air Lines on various legal aspects concerning international employment, social security and tax issues. Managing associate¬†Peter K√ľhn¬†is another name to note.

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Legal Developments by:
VISCHER

  • 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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