The Legal 500

Wenger & Vieli

DUFOURSTRASSE 56, 8008 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 958 58 58
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Zurich, Zug

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘very good and impressively fast’ team is particularly recommended for ECM work, but also handles a significant amount of DCM mandates. Recent highlights include assisting Peach Property with its public bond issuance in Switzerland and bond repurchase in Germany. Practice head Wolfgang Zürcher is recommended along with the ‘knowledgeable’ Christoph Schmid and the ‘very professional’ Beat Speck.

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

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘very quick, professional and knowledgeable’ team is particularly known for private equity and venture capital transactions. It recently assisted Naspers with the sale of Ricardo Group, where Tamedia was the successful bidder, and advised the owners of Trüb on its divestment to Gemalto. The ‘exceptionally professional’ Beat Speck, the ‘knowledgeable’ Christoph Schmid and the ‘client-focusedPascal Honold are recommended.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli recently advised Naspers on merger control issues concerning the sale of Ricardo Group. It is also known for its advice on distribution systems, particularly in the pharmaceuticals industry. Urs Weber-Stecher heads the practice.

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German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 3

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli provides ‘a high level of competency and accuracy’. Martin Hess is a ‘very talented and pragmatic’ banking and finance adviser. Wolfgang Zürcher and Christoph Schmid are experts in capital markets as well as corporate and M&A work.

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

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli continues to represent several creditors of Lehman Brothers in the insolvency proceedings and is acting as liquidator in the composition proceedings of Helvetia Wealth. Georg Zondler and Martin Hess are the names to note.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli recently advised Geberit on tax issues regarding the acquisition of the Sanitec Group. Stephan Hürlimann heads the practice.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 3

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli provides ‘a high level of competency and accuracy’ in ‘a very efficient way’. Recent work includes the provision of a legal opinion for the European Central Bank regarding the Swiss Central Securities Depository joining T2S. The firm also has been advising various Swiss banks on the US disclosure programme. Martin Hess and Andreas Hünerwadel are ‘very talented and pragmatic’.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli has experience in commercial cases before international arbitration tribunals. The ‘very experienced and professional’ Urs Weber-Stecher is recommended along with ‘extremely well organised’ of counsel Daniel Girsberger.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘strong team’ is especially expert in litigation in the financial services and insurance sectors. Practice head Michael Huber is recommended along with Marco Cereghetti, who shows ‘excellent tactical and great analytical skills’.

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Legal Developments by:
Wenger & Vieli

  • Swiss Capital Contribution Principle

    As per 1 January 2011 a new regulation in the Swiss tax law concerning the tax treatment of the repayment of capital contributions enters into force. According to the new rules the repayment of capital contributions is exempt from Swiss income tax (if the shares are owned as private means) and Swiss withholding tax.
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