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Wenger & Vieli

DUFOURSTRASSE 56, 8008 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 958 58 58
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Web:
www.wengervieli.ch
Zug, Zurich

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 ‘knowledgeableChristoph Schmid and the ‘very professionalBeat 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 professionalBeat Speck, the ‘knowledgeableChristoph 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 professionalUrs 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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Switzerland

Offices in Zurich and Zug

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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Legal Developments in Switzerland

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  • 11 November 2016: Mercury acquires CES

    Mercury Systems, a NASDAQ listed leading commercial provider of secure processing subsystems, acquires the Swiss mission computing company Creative Electronic Systems (CES).
  • 11 November 2016: FinanceFox successfully completes Series A financing round

    Swiss insurtech startup FinanceFox has successfully completed its Series A financing round with Target Global and Horizons Ventures as lead investors. The financing round also included the conversion of existing venture loan investments from, amongst others, Salesforce Ventures. Idinvest, Speedinvest and AngelList.
  • 1 November 2016: Ardian will acquire lighting Group SLV from Cinven

    The independent private investment company Ardian has won the bidding for the Germany based lighting maker SLV. Ardian entered into an agreement with Cinven to acquire SLV. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval of the applicable anti-trust authorities.
  • 18 October 2016: Dr. Michael Cartier elected officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

    Dr. Michael Cartier was elected as an officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for the years 2016 to 2022. Dr. Michael Cartier has previously been Chair of the IPBA TMT Committee from 2013 to 2016. The IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was established in April 1991 and has over 1400 members from over 65 national jurisdictions throughout the world.
  • 8 November 2016: Next Generation takes over Lunchgate

    Simultaneously with a capital increase a group of investors led by Nikolaus Wein and Yves Latour has acquired a majority stake in Lunchgate AG from its founders. Lunchgate, Switzerland’s leading restaurant platform, was founded in 2009 as ICT startup and has developed a comprehensive product portfolio for restaurateurs and gastronomy groups.
  • 2 November 2016: Victory before the Supreme Court

    With decision dated 6 October 2016, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court fully rejected a motion to set aside an arbitral award. The decision resulted from a dispute in the amount of about USD 35 million concerning the aviation industry.
  • 3 October 2016: Full integration of e-fon AG by UPC Switzerland

    On 3 October 2016, UPC Switzerland (formerly upc cablecom) acquired the remaining 51% in e-fon AG. In October 2013, UPC already aquired 49% and entered into a joint venture with the sellers. e-fon is the leading provider in Switzerland for modern telephone solutions in the wholesale market.
  • 30 September 2016: Ascom to divest its Network Testing Division to InfoVista

    Ascom Holding AG (SIX: ASCN) and InfoVista have closed a sale agreement under which InfoVista acquired the Network Testing Division. The transaction is based on a cash-free / debt-free enterprise value of USD 45 million. Ascom received USD 30 million in cash at closing and the remainder of the consideration is in the form of a subordinated vendor loan with a nominal value of USD 15 million, a 7-year maturity and a stated interest rate of 4% p.a.
  • 11 October 2016: Sulzer Ltd – Exemption from the duty to submit a mandatory takover offer

    With decision dated 11 October 2016, the Takeover Board concluded that the refinancing and the potential enforcement of shares in Sulzer Ltd, which serve as a security for the financing banks, does not trigger a duty to launch a mandatory public tender offer for the shares in Sulzer AG for Natixis S.A., Credit Suisse AG, J.P. Morgan Securities Plc, ING Bank N.V., Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) Ltd., Sberbank of Russia as well as Tiwel Holding AG and Renova Holding Limited. Sberbank of Russia was granted an exemption from the obligation to submit a mandatory public tender offer in case that they hold more than 33 1/3% of the voting rights in Sulzer Ltd due to an appropriation of the respective shares in enforcement proceedings.
  • 27 September 2016: Swiss Life – EUR 600 mio. Hybrid Bond

    Swiss Life Ltd has successfully placed a EUR 600 million undated subordinated bond, first callable in May 2027. The coupon until the first call date has been fixed at 4.5%.