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Froriep

4 RUE CHARLES-BONNET, CASE POSTALE 399, 1211 GENÈVE 12, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 22 839 63 00
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Fax +41 22 347 71 59
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https://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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