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Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Capvis and Partners Group in a transaction to acquire Vat Holding AG

January 2014

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG advises Capvis, the leading private equity firm in Switzerland, and Partners Group, the global private markets investment management firm, in a transaction to acquire Vat Holding AG, the global market leader in the development, manufacture and sale of vacuum valves, headquartered in Switzerland. The transaction is subject to approval by the respective antitrust authorities.

VAT has manufacturing operations in Switzerland, Romania and Malaysia and sales offices in the USA, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The company employs a staff of about 1'000 globally, of which some 700 are located in Switzerland, and generates an annual turnover of more than CHF 300 million. The company focuses on end markets such as the semiconductor, flat panel display and photovoltaic industry as well as other industrial and research applications.

The NKF team comprised Ulysses von Salis (Partner, lead), Philippe Weber (Partner) and Thomas Brönnimann (Partner), Gian-Andrea Caprez and Arie Gerszt (all M&A), Urs Pulver (Partner) and Christina Del Vecchio (all Finance), Nicolas Birkhäuser (Partner, Competition) and Andreas Vögeli (Partner, Real Estate).

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  • GrenzĂĽberschreitende Finanzdienstleistungen

    Der Finanzbereich ist auch in der Schweiz einer der am stärksten regulierten Wirtschaftzweige. Sich darin zurechtzufinden ist nicht immer einfach. Nachfolgende Ausführungen sollen dazu einen Einstieg vermitteln. Sie zeigen, dass die Schweiz im Gegensatz zum Ausland und abgesehen vom Bereich der kollektiven Kapitalanlagen und der Versicherungsprodukte, was die Zulässigkeit von grenzüberschreitend angebotenen Finanzdienstleistungen anbelangt, ein sehr liberales Regime kennt.
    - Niederer Kraft & Frey

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