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Wenger & Vieli

DUFOURSTRASSE 56, 8008 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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www.wengervieli.ch
Zug, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli delivers ‘excellent services combined with pragmatism and value for money’, particularly in equity and debt capital markets matters and transactions. The practice advised Züblin Immobilien on the repurchase of a bond, the recapitalisation of equity and the restructuring of its compensation system, while Acron Premium Swiss Assets was supported during its public takeover offer for all shares of Acron Helvetia VII Immobilien. Wolfgang Zürcher has a ‘good understanding of the clients’ business models’ and is also recommended for his ‘fairness and clear communication’.

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

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli’s team is ‘quick, reliable and straight to the point’ and focuses on mid-cap M&A work for energy, manufacturing, private equity and venture capital clients. Wolfgang Zürcher advised Audax Private Equity Fund on the $640m sale of Laborie Medical Technologies to North American company Patricia Industries. Zug-based partners Beat Speck and Michael Mosimann are recommended; Pascal Honold made partner in 2017.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli‘s ‘renowned’ competition practice is ‘known for its ability to understand its clients’ businesses and needs and to provide tailored, practical and high-quality advice’. The group exhibits particular expertise in Swiss cartel law, merger control filings, cartel investigations and related compliance programs and recently represented a foreign air cargo company in an international law infringement case. In other work, the team is advising an e-bike company on an antitrust investigation concerning its selective distribution system. Urs Weber-Stecher and Frank Scherrer are the key partners; and ‘well-connected’ senior associate Michael Tschudincombines a profound knowledge of Swiss and European law with strong analytical skills and a deep understanding of commission and administrative court proceedings’.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Wenger & Vieli

Apart from general corporate and transactional experience, Wenger & Vieli offers expertise in pricing, marketing authorisation, advertising, data protection, IP, clinical trial, competition and product liability matters. The practice counts pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, as well as hospitals among its clients and is representing several pharmaceutical companies in their appeals against price reductions. Frank Scherrer has longstanding experience in pharmaceutical matters, while Beat Speck is the key contact for transactional issues.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘quality team’ is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and offers ‘excellent value and immediate response times’. A major focus lies on the representation of creditors in contentious insolvency proceedings, while the lawyers also provide insolvency advice to financial institutions and in restructuring cases. The team is advising former board members of Swissair on the company’s insolvency and also served as administrator and then liquidator in Helvetia Wealth’s composition proceedings. The ‘patient yet determinedMartin Hess is recommended, while Georg Zondler and Pascal Honold are also noted.

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

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli is particularly commended for its capital markets, corporate and M&A as well as litigation expertise. Wolfgang Zürcher is recommended, as is the up-and-coming Michael Tschudin.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘solid tax team’ provides ‘high technical expertise’ in both corporate and M&A and private tax matters; it also represents clients in tax appeals. Hybris AG is an active client. Private client and US tax specialist Bruno Bächli and corporate tax lawyer Barbara Brauchli Rohrer are the key partners. Senior associate Marc Gerber is a ‘truly devoted professional with strong VAT and transactional expertise’.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 3

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli focuses on drafting legal opinions on regulatory topics, such as the Financial Market Infrastructure Act, and product issuances. Other areas of expertise are fintech, syndicated loans, lending structures and claims prevention. The team assisted block-chain company Lykke with the establishment of an organised trading facility. The client base also includes Interhoerbiger Finance, Falcon Bank and SIX Group. Bignia Vieli, Martin Hess and Andreas Hünerwadel are the key partners.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli has its ‘special strengths in international commercial arbitration’ and ‘a healthy balance between partners and young, skilled associates’. The group is particularly experienced in arbitral matters in the energy sector and relating to joint ventures as well as telecommunication and construction projects. ‘Down-to-earth arbitratorUrs Weber-Stecher, who is ‘well-liked for his balanced approach and efficiency’, as well as ‘highly professional and outstanding academicDaniel Girsberger and the ‘very analyticalMichael Mráz are recommended.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vielihas a very pragmatic, cost-sensitive approach’ and ‘provides high-value services’. The group predominantly focuses on litigious banking, commercial and white-collar crime matters, but the service offering also includes expertise in contentious liability, employment and private client matters. Head of litigation Marco Cereghettiworks fast and exact’. Peter Altorfer, Michael Huber and Michael Mráz are other notable practitioners.

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Switzerland

Offices in Zurich and Zug

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  • 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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  • Bär & Karrer Advises Swiss Prime Site on its Rights Offering

    On 28 September 2018, Swiss Prime Site, the largest publicly listed real estate investment company in Switzerland, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders in the amount of approximately CHF 320 million. 97,7% of the shareholders of Swiss Prime Site exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The remaining new shares not subscribed were placed in the market. The offer price was set at CHF 74.00 per share. Credit Suisse and UBS Investment acted as Joint Global Coordinators, J.P. Morgan and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Joint Bookrunners.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises SIG Combibloc Group as Issuer and Onex as Selling Shareholder on the IPO of SI

    SIG Combibloc, a leading provider of aseptic carton packaging solutions for the food and beverage industry, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 28 September 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 3.6 billion and a generating total gross proceeds of CHF 1.5 billion, this is considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange in the last years. In connection with the IPO, SIG Combibloc Group Holdings S.A., the holding company of SIG Combibloc Group, migrated its legal seat and the place of management of the company from Luxembourg to the Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland by way of a cross-border relocation and thereby became a stock corporation governed by Swiss law prior to the first day of trading.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Joint Bookrunners in the Offering of an Aggregate of USD 8,000,000,000 Not

    Nestlé Holdings, Inc. completed an offering of USD 1,000,000,000 3.100% Notes due 2021, USD 1,500,000,000 3.350% Notes due 2023, USD 900,000,000 3.500% Notes due 2025, USD 1,250,000,000 3.625% Notes due 2028, USD 1,250,000,000 3.900% Notes due 2038 and USD 2,100,000,000 4.000% Notes due 2048. The notes were offered and sold by the Joint Bookrunners in the United States in reliance on Rule 144A and in transactions outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act. Each series of notes is guaranteed by Nestlé S.A.