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Switzerland

Banking and finance: Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd stands out for its transaction, regulatory and litigation expertise, including handling civil claims, compliance issues, asset recovery and white-collar crime investigations. Christophe Emonet is advising a Swiss-listed bank on regulatory changes and cross-selling issues in international banking, and is also handling tax compliance litigation against the bank's clients. Ludivine Boisard and Sébastien Roy assisted the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on financings and commodities trade transactions.

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Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Finance transactions, regulatory advice, as well as ancillary services in tax, dispute resolution and compliance are core areas of expertise at Pestalozzi. In recent highlights, Oliver Widmer advised GE Capital on multiple factoring transactions, and assisted Instimatch Global with drafting a new business model, which enables corporations to lend to borrowers. Urs Klöti advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch International on the implementation of a Brexit plan, involving applications for new banking and securities dealer licences.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has strength in derivative and high-yield bond issuances, mainly acting for banks and companies. Other areas of expertise range from transactions, IPOs, private equity financing, private investment in public equity offerings and securitisation to fintech products and regulatory matters. Crédit Agricole, EON, RWE, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are among its clients for securitisation and real estate-related capital markets transactions, while Nordea Bank, HSBC and Danske Bank were advised on their respective structured notes programmes. Practice lead Urs Klöti and partner Oliver Widmer are the key practitioners. Debt capital markets lawyer Beat Schwarz and stock exchange specialist Severin Roelli are other names to note.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's team handles the full range of services in commercial, corporate and M&A, from governance aspects, liability issues and contracts to corporate compliance, reorganisations and transactions. New client American International Group instructed¬†Christoph Lang¬†and¬†Beat Schwarz¬†with the negotiation of an agreement to acquire Validus Holdings for $5.56bn, while Severin Roelli¬†advised on the purchase of Raiffeisen Privatbank Liechtenstein by Mason Group.¬†Christian Leuenberger¬†and¬†Martin M√ľller¬†are other key partners in Zurich, and¬†S√©bastien Roy¬†heads the Geneva practice.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

The practice at Pestalozzi combines competition and international trade matters, focusing on merger notifications, leniency applications, distribution systems, compliance and dawn raid assistance, as well as representation in administrative proceedings. Key partner Christoph Lang advises Koninklijke DSM and Evonik Industries on the merger control aspects of their joint venture aiming to establish a new animal nutrition product.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's large arbitration practice provides 'very thoughtful advice' and stands out for its 'thorough, straightforward and to-the-point communication'. With expertise in the commodities business and regulated industries, Michael Kramer¬†led a team that represented claimant T√ľrkmengaz in a ‚ā¨1.5bn ICC gas supply contract dispute against the National Iranian Gas Company. Other notable individuals include¬†Laurent Killias, who has¬†'a¬†first-class legal mind',¬†and 'highly experienced intellectual property arbitrator'¬†Thomas Legler.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has 'deep-bench expertise around the Swiss court system'. The team is most experienced in the commodities and financial sectors, as well as post-M&A and white-collar crime cases. 'Top practitioner' Christophe Emonet 'deeply cares about his clients' and is representing the Republic of Kazakhstan and the City of Almaty in multi-jurisdictional investigations, global recovery actions and civil disputes against former public agent Viktor Khrapunov. Commercial litigator Michael Kramer, who is based in Zurich, is another core practitioner. Thomas Rohner, Laurent Killias, Florian Mohs and Beat Mumenthaler are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Michael Kramer - Pestalozzi

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi¬†covers employment, labour and immigration law, with longstanding expertise in contracts, policies and regulations, compensation, share and bonus schemes, employee transfer and outsourcing, as well as transactional, downsizing and mass dismissal matters. In recent work,¬†Martin M√ľller¬†advised on the staff transfer and pension scheme aspects related to the $8.8bn merger between client Micro Focus International and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software, while Christian Roos¬†provided similar assistance to AT&T concerning its acquisition of App Nexus.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi is best known for its M&A, financing, intellectual property, competition, regulatory and compliance work in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Christian Roos are defending Zimmer against product liability claims concerning the client's metal-on-metal hip implants.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi handles insolvency proceedings, asset recovery actions, restructurings, insolvency-related litigation and the recognition process for foreign bankruptcies in Switzerland. Recent highlights for Christophe Emonet include representing the First International Bank of Israel in a loan recovery and avoidance claim against several foreign diamond trade companies. Zurich-based Thomas Rohner is also noted.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

The 'responsive and solution-focused' team at Pestalozzi demonstrates 'thorough regulatory know-how in the Swiss and US insurance fields' and is able to 'adapt to the client's needs'. Other areas of expertise are sector-related M&A transactions, as well as corporate and contractual matters. Practice head Christoph Lang and 'knowledgeable and practical' Beat Schwarz acted for AIG on its $5.56bn acquisition of re-insurer Validus, while 'experienced and flexible' Christian Leuenberger regularly assists the same client with the provision of W&I insurance during M&A transactions.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's intellectual property department is recommended for its 'deep knowledge, sharp critical thinking, quick turnaround times and trustworthiness'. It is particularly strong in the protection, licensing and commercialisation of regulated products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical, IT and food industries, involving trade mark, branding and patent advice and litigation, as well as the defence against product liability claims. The team includes lead partner Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, dispute resolution specialist Thomas Legler and Geneva-based contact Michèle Burnier.

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

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd

The Geneva office of Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd assists with banking, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal investigations, financing and M&A transactions. Sébastien Roy and Christophe Emonet are well known for the aforementioned areas, while Michèle Burnier handles IP and TMT matters.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

The 'professional, solution-oriented, flexible and efficient' private client practice at Pestalozzi stands out for its 'know-how and commitment to philanthropic matters' and houses 'some excellent litigators'. It focuses on the global planning, coordination and structuring of private wealth and business assets, using its expertise in tax, inheritance, trust and estate, property and private equity law. Oliver Widmer advises Cern on the merger of two foundations, while Christophe Emonet represents a Russian oligarch in a claim against a Swiss private bank concerning losses in the client's account. 'Skilled, approachable and thoughtful' Thomas Rohner is recommended for his 'high-end international litigation work'.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

'Accomplished in handling real estate transactions', Pestalozzi 'provides efficient, solution-oriented advice and has an excellent understanding of its clients' industry and needs'. Focusing on a diverse range of industrial, commercial and residential construction projects, the department further assists with portfolio transactions, environmental and public-law topics. The 'exceptional' team of partner Michael Lips and associates Andrea Rohrer and Larissa Rickenbacher are advising luxury hotel The Capra on refurbishment, construction and expansion proceedings with authorities and neighbours. McDonald's is a longstanding client, for which the firm provides leasing and construction advice.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's TMT team is 'very caring and precise' and 'delivers work to the clients' complete satisfaction'. Covering e-commerce, data protection, IT distribution and outsourcing, telecoms law, as well as fintech and medical tech matters, the practice is led by 'devoted lawyer' Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who counts the Southern Switzerland Film Commission among her clients. Intellectual property partners Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are other key members of the team.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

The 'experienced' tax practice at Pestalozzi provides 'practical, quality advice' and covers M&A, financing and real estate transactions, as well as tax planning for corporate and private clients, including VAT, withholding and stamp taxes. Practice lead Nils Harbeke assisted with the tax aspects of the intellectual property integration arising from client Mylan's $5.3bn acquisition of Abbott's generic drug business. 'Up-and-coming' corporate tax specialist Jonas Sigrist, who acted for Resonetics on the set-up of a tax-efficient Swiss acquisition structure, financing and share remuneration, made partner in January 2018. Counsel Silvia Zimmermann is also noted.

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