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Dr Matthias Staehelin

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Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Market Transactions, Restructuring and Establishment of Companies, Health Care Law.


Partner. Co-Head Corporate Practice Groupd and Co-Head Life Sciences Practice Group


Associate with the New York office of Cravath Swaine & Moore (1994) General reporter of the AIJA-Seminar on Cross Border M&A, New York (2000).


German, English, French.


Bio Valley Association (President), BioBac BioValley Business Angel Club (Treasurer)


University of Basel (lic. iur., 1990; Dr. iur., 1993) College of Europe, Bruges (Master of Advanced European Studies, 1992/Diplome des Hautes Etudes Europeennes, 1991) College: Internationalisierung des Privatrechts Freiburg i.B. (1992/93).


Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Derivatives, securities listings, IPOs, bond issues and fintech products constitute the core areas of advice at VISCHER. Markus Guggenbühl 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

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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. Jürg Luginbühl 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 €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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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

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 €905m acquisition of Prexton Therapeutics.

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