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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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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

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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  • 17 February 2017: Auris Medical's Public Equity Offering

    Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ: EARS) issued and priced its public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and 10,000,000 warrants, each warrant entitling its holder to purchase 0.70 of a common share.  The common shares and warrants are being sold in units comprised of one common share and one warrant at the public offering price of USD 1.00 per unit. The warrants will be immediately exercisable at a price of USD 1.20 per common share and are exercisable for five years. In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional common shares and/or 1,500,000 additional warrants at the public offering price less underwriting discounts. The offering is expected to close on or about February 21, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. Roth Capital Partners is acting as sole book-running manager in the offering. Maxim Group LLC is acting as a financial advisor in the offering.
  • 16 February 2017: Credit Suisse successfully launched its new subsidiary Credit Suisse (Switzerland)

    Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. was incorporated with the purpose to be organized as a Swiss bank. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse AG. The transfer of assets and liabilities according to Swiss merger law became effective on 20 November 2016. The transfer was aimed to evolve the legal entity structure of the Credit Suisse Group to meet regulatory requirements for systematically important banks.
  • 14 February 2017: BASF acquires Rolic Group

    BASF acquires Rolic, a Swiss based group offering innovative and forward-thinking solutions, particularly in the display and security industries as well as the optical film business.
  • 15 February 2017: gategroup CHF 300 mio. bond issuance

    gategroup successfully raised CHF 300 million through the issuance of a fixed rate 5-year senior bond with a final maturity on February 28, 2022. The bond with a coupon of 3% p.a. has been issued by gategroup Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. and is guaranteed by its parent company gategroup Holding AG. gategroup will apply for the listing of the new bond on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • 17 February 2017: RWS acquires LUZ, Inc.

    RWS Holdings plc, a world leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), commercial translations and linguistic validation, has completed the acquisition of 100% of LUZ, Inc., a market leading Life Sciences language services provider based in San Francisco, for a cash consideration of USD82.5m.
  • 17 February 2017: Cembra Money Bank acquires invoice financing provider SWISSBILLING SA

    Cembra Money Bank has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of SWISSBILLING. The transaction is expected to close within the first quarter of 2017. The transaction consideration was below CHF 10 million and is expected to have a negative impact of 0.1% on the Group’s CET1 ratio as at closing.
  • 7 February 2017: TPF closes private offering and bank financing

    Transports publics fribourgeois Trafic (TPF TRAFIC) SA closed the financing of its maintenance and exploitation centre in the canton of Fribourg. The financing was partly made through a CHF 40 mio. private placement, a CHF 32 mio. secured bank loan and a CHF 55 mio. unsecured bank loan.
  • 3 February 2017: Migros acquires Tipesca

    The Migros Group, through Mérat & Cie. SA, has acquired Tipesca SA, a company incorporated in the canton of Tessin. Tipesca offers a wide range of fish products.
  • 24 January 2017: Sharp Corporation and Skytec Group Limited enter into strategic business alliance

    Japan-based Sharp Corporation, part of Taiwan’s Foxconn Group, enters into a strategic business alliance with Skytec Group Limited (“Skytec”) regarding the manufacture and sale of Sharp branded products and services in Europe. For that purpose, Sharp acquires a majority stake of 56.7% in the newly incorporated joint venture Skytec UMC Ltd.
  • 25 January 2017: Zug Estates CHF 100 mio. Bond

    Zug Estates Holding AG (SIX: ZUGN) has successfully issued its first CHF 100 mio. fixed-interest bond with a 0.7% coupon and a 5-year maturity.