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Froriep

BELLERIVESTRASSE 201, 8034 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 44 386 60 00
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Fax +41 44 383 60 50
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Web:
www.froriep.com
Geneva, London, Madrid, Zug, Zurich

Switzerland

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Froriep

Froriep offers ‘excellent expertise, good response times and availability, as well as relevant advice and understanding of the clients’ businesses’. The team handles M&A transactions in the privately held sector, investment rounds for start-up companies and non-profit enterprises. A recent highlight was the strategic-investment support given to Livingdocs after it received capital from NZZ Mediengruppe. Freshpoint and Novavest Real Estate have been clients for several years. The practice is led by Catrina Luchsinger, while the ‘very professional and responsiveMattias Johnson in Zug, the ‘smart, prompt and thoroughJulie Wynne in Geneva and ‘effective’ associate Evelien Zemp are also recommended.

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

Froriep

Froriep’s insolvency team ‘is really good to work with’ and represents companies, individuals and trustees in insolvency proceedings, restructuring matters, as well as in related disputes. Grub Brugger Rechtsanwälte and Paramount Securities & Trust Company are among the group’s active clients. Sabina Schellenberg is ‘very knowledgeable and hands-on at the same time’. Marcel Steinegger and Jérôme de Montmollin are other names to note.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Froriep

Froriep exhibits particular strength in advising clients from the retail, fashion, healthcare, technology, automotive and media sectors on the whole array of IP right prosecution and enforcement. Meltwater relies on the practice’s strategic advice regarding its global trade mark portfolio and the group also represented Christian Louboutin as claimant in an unfair competition court case against two shops in Geneva who allegedly took advantage of the client’s unregistered red-sole trade mark in Switzerland. Bentley Motors and Richemont International are other active clients. Nicola Benz in Zurich is the key partner. Frédéric Serra joined LBM AVOCATS & ASSOCIES SA in 2018.

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

Froriep

Froriep’s Geneva practice is recommended for its expertise in banking, corporate and private client matters, with key lawyers including Jean-Luc Herbez, Jérôme de Montmollin and Julie Wynne. Litigator Jean Marguerat is the other name to note. Frédéric Serra joined LBM AVOCATS & ASSOCIES SA in 2018.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 4

Froriep

Froriep’s Nicola Benz in Zurich regulalrly advises on intellectual property matters and has deep knowledge of the TMT sector.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 4

Froriep

The ‘outstanding, flexible and very professionalFroriep provides a ‘very good and timely service to private clients, with special expertise in the art and non-profit sectors’; cross-border estate and tax planning, relocation and litigation advice are other mainstays of the practice. The client roster includes Jean-Claude Gandur, the human rights organisation Fondation Act on Your Future and the Philippe Hatem Foundation for a Happy Childhood. The ‘clear and promptJulie Wynne has a ‘broad experience in the charity and social enterprise sector’ and ‘exceeds clients’ expectation beyond the legal support’; counsel Oliver Arter is ‘capable and academically impressive’.

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep’s ‘very competent’ team primarily handles sports arbitration matters and recently represented the Russian Paralympic Committee in CAS and Supreme Court cases regarding the suspension of its athletes and the committee itself. Other highlights included defending 34 players of the Australian Essendon Football Club in a Supreme Court appeal proceeding against a doping ban. Lucien Valloni is ‘diligent, experienced and always well prepared’ and Jean Marguerat is the key partner in the Geneva office.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep’s TMT group is ‘extremely responsive’, ‘delivers work on time’ and primarly advises on technology transactions, data protection, cyber security, outsourcing, IP and media rights, telecommunication regulations, licensing and contractual matters. Highlight work included representing Scytl Secur Electronic Voting in negotiations with Swiss Post regarding a software development venture and advising a foreign telecoms provider on regulatory issues, data protection and consumer rights regarding its market entry in Switzerland. The ‘efficient and approachableNicola Benz provides ‘competent and practical advice on data protection matters’.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Froriep

Froriep provides tax advice in connection with cross-border and national M&A transactions, particularly within the banking, finance and cryptocurrency industry, and is also experienced in tax litigation. The client roster also includes companies in the transport sector and private clients. Dimitri Rotter heads the department, which recently welcomed counsel Catherine Morf, the former tax director of Credit Suisse. Michael Fischer left to found Fischer Ramp Partner AG, while Tobias Rohner joined Baker McKenzie.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep is ‘very good in aircraft finance and leasing matters’, but also advises shipping industry clients on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. Recommended practice head Dunja Koch assisted Apollo Aviation with its investment in a commercial aircraft as well as with the registration and deregistration of two A319 aircraft of Germania Air following the latter´s reorganisation.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriepis a reliable partner with a very strong level of availability, expertise and knowledge’ and covers both regulatory and cross-border financing work as well as advice on the Collective Investment Schemes Act. The team advised lead arranger ING Bank regarding a facility granted to MET Holding and further assisted Longbow Finance with an application for authorisation to FINMA. Jean-Luc Herbez has a ‘unique set of skills and experience on every banking subject’, while Jérôme de Montmollin ‘understands the clients’ needs’. Another name to note is head of the Russia/CIS desk Dmitry Pentsov.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Froriep

Froriepprovides clear, succinct advice in a format which is easy for clients to digest and also offers a transparent fee system’. The practice’s activities cover banking M&A and regulatory advice as well as cross-border financing, while special expertise exists in relation to real estate investment vehicles. Recent highlights include advising Oaktree Capital Management on the refinancing of Adent Cliniques Dentaires. Team lead Catrina Luchsinger is recommended for her ‘client orientation’, as are ‘intelligent’ counsel Mark Montanari and senior associate Jérôme Pidoux.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

No-nonsense firmFroriep delivers ‘first-class service in an extremely responsive manner’, with a coverage of criminal, insolvency, environmental, commercial, corporate, banking, tax, sports and transport litigation. The Environmental, Transport and Agricultural Department within the State of Geneva received support in a railway construction dispute which raised pollution and remediation issues. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Abbott Pharmaceuticals and Groupon are other active clients. The ‘highly professional and solution-oriented’ Isabelle Romy is ‘very experienced in environmental legal issues and international litigation’, while ‘consummate professionalAlain Grosinspires confidence and gets results’. Alessandro Celli joined Baker McKenzie.

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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.