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VISCHER

SCHĂśTZENGASSE 1, 8021, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 58 211 34 00
Fax:
Fax +41 58 211 34 10
Email:
Web:
www.vischer.com
Basel, ZURICH

Dr Benedict F. Christ

Tel:
Work +41 58 211 34 62
Email:
VISCHER

Work Department

Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Commercial and Corporate Law

Position

Partner, co-heading the practice group Corporate/M&A. Ben has a wealth of transactional experience, and advises regularly on cross-border M&A, real estate, private equity, financing and capital markets matters.

Career

Qualified in Switzerland and New York. Worked as an associate with Mayer Brown in New York and as court clerk before joining VISCHER in 2002. Regularly writes on corporate and contract topics, including the new Swiss corporate governance rules; contributed to the new commentaries on the Merger Act and on partnerships.

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

Member

Swiss, Zurich and Basel Bar Associations; International Bar Association (IBA)

Education

University of Freiburg i.Ue. (lic. iur. with focus in EU law, 1996; Dr. iur., 1999) Manchester Metropolitan University (1995); New York University (LL.M. in Comparative Jurisprudence, 2001).


Switzerland

Insurance

Within: Insurance

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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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

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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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

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 Bâloise'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 Müller, real estate specialist Andreas Albrecht , corporate partner Benedict Christ  and counsel Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer make up the core team.

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Legal Developments by:
VISCHER

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    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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