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Pestalozzi

LÖWENSTRASSE 1, 8001 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 44 217 91 11
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Fax +41 44 217 92 17
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Web:
www.pestalozzilaw.com
Geneva, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi is an ‘excellent law firm with very good expertise, comprehensive advice as well as attention to detail’ and advises on IPOs, high-yield bond and debt transactions, equity matters, listings, private equity, restructuring finance and private placements. The team assisted Goldman Sachs International and Morgan Stanley International as global coordinators and joint bookrunners with Altice’s $11bn high-yield bond issue. Other clients include Credit Suisse, Gazprombank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Oliver Widmer, Severin Roelli and Beat Schwarz are recommended.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi advises on corporate governance, directors’ liability, shareholder relations, compliance and restructurings issues as well as M&A deals. The team assisted CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique with the acquisition of wealth manager FIBI Bank and advised Adveq on its takeover by Schroders. Other key clients include Coca Cola, Swiss Life and CBS. Christoph Lang is the key partner in Zurich, while Sébastien Roy heads the Geneva practice.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi handles antitrust, competition and trade matters, which involve merger control, leniency applications, litigation, investigations, cartel cases, compliance programs and state aid. The practice represented Mizuho Financial Group during a LIBOR and TIBOR investigation and further advised state-owned EKZ on the acquisition of shares in Repower and the connected merger notifications. The ‘accurateChristoph Lang has ‘an excellent grasp of the local competition environment’ and provides ‘high-quality, commercial advice’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi covers transactional employment law, pensions, executive employment, litigation, personnel lending, immigration and work permit applications. The team advised LeasePlan Supply and Services on the transfer of various Swiss business departments to multiple European countries, as well as related employee relocations and mass dismissals. The client portfolio further includes Alexion Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Infor and General Motors. Martin Müller and Christian Roos are the main contacts.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi is ‘very strong in the life sciences industry’, where it provides ‘stellar service’, ‘high quality advice and invaluable solutions to strategic questions’; the team is particularly recommended for its expertise in distribution contracts, product liability, advertising law and IP. Recent highlights include advising Dow Chemical Company on its all-stock merger of equals with DuPont, which also required assistance with pre-merger restructurings. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is a ‘trusted adviser who truly understands the clients’ business and specific legal challenges’, while associate Janine Demont is ‘very helpful regarding product liability litigation’. Christian Roos and Christoph Lang are other names to note.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has ‘good experience in Swiss insolvency law’ and regularly represents debtors, creditors and liquidators in contentious proceedings. Recent highlight work includes advising Metinvest on its debt restructuring through newly listed senior secured notes. Florian Mohs and Thomas Murmann are recommended for the ‘excellent quality of their work’. Other names to note are Zurich team lead Thomas Rohner and his Geneva-based counterpart Christophe Emonet.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzigoes way beyond just delivering a good result’, provides ‘invaluable input on strategic questions’ and is ‘very strong in IP and advertising legislation’. The practice focuses on patent, trade mark, copyright and unfair competition law for life sciences, food, luxury and ICT companies. A recent highlight was the representation of a global pharmaceutical company as claimant in an enforcement dispute regarding licensing royalties; British American Tobacco and McDonald’s Switzerland are also among the team´s notable clients. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, Michèle Burnier and associate Janine Demont all have a ‘particularly noteworthy eye for detail and quality’.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi in Geneva is recommended for its banking and finance, corporate, IP and IT services. Clients can rely on Sébastien Roy, Christophe Emonet and Michèle Burnier.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi is particularly often instructed by clients from the banking, real estate, healthcare and TMT sectors seeking advice on corporate, competition, intellectual property and dispute resolution matters. Managing partner Urs Kloeti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips are all recommended partners.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

Long-established firmPestalozzihas truly managed to keep up to date on private equity structures for high-net-worth individuals and philanthropic organisations’; the practice also advises on relocations, regulatory services for family offices, yacht and aircraft registration, inheritance, divorce law, as well as trust and foundation disputes. Highlight work included the continuing assistance of various respective family members with the restructuring of Porsche’s ownership structure and representing a Pakistani citizen in an improper currency transaction management claim against his bank in Switzerland. Private equity expert Oliver Widmer and litigator Thomas Rohner are recommended. Christophe Emonet is the main contact in Geneva.

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

Pestalozzi

The ‘experienced and highly specialised real estate group’ of Pestalozziprovides legally sound, pragmatic, solution-oriented and hands-on advice without lengthy theory’. Focus areas include transactions, commercial and residential leases, real estate pledges and encumbrances as well as regulatory and environmental issues. Valser Mineralquellen, Adam Opel and the UBS Personnel Pension Investment Fund form part of the client portfolio. The ‘eloquent and professionalMichael Lipshas exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge and takes a serious and cost-effective approach to his proposals’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi is experienced in assisting with IT services and licences, data protection, online distribution and advertising, as well as cyber crime matters. Sony Computer Entertainment Switzerland, Infor and advertising company WPP are active clients. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier form the core team.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi focuses particularly on cross-border tax and restructuring matters, but also assists clients with tax structurings of financing transactions, real estate and private wealth. The team advised HSBC Bank as lenders during the acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Glencore and UBS are also active clients. The ‘experienced’ Silvia Zimmermann and counsel Christoph Ramstein ‘find solutions which are openly discussed with the authorities in a very practical and favorable way’. Financial services tax expert Nils Harbeke leads the team.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd

The Geneva team of Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd provides ‘solid work’ in relation to regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. The ‘calm’ Sébastien Roy handles financing, contractual and regulatory aspects, while Christophe Emonet specialises in litigation and FINMA investigations. The team advised HSBC and a syndicate of banks on the financing of ChemChina’s $43bn public tender offer to acquire Syngenta and also represented a Russian oligarch against a Swiss private bank in a liability matter.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi’s ‘outstanding’ team provides a ‘very high overall quality level with one of the best values for money and fast response times’. Apart from supporting Credit Suisse as security and escrow agent during the ChemChina – Syngenta public tender offer, the team also advised VTB Bank on several financings and commodity trade transactions. Practice lead Urs Kloeti and senior associate Philipp Otto attract praise for their ‘subject matter expertise and professional approach’, while Oliver Widmer is ‘highly client-oriented, practical and commercial’. Severin Roelli and Beat Schwarz impress in banking M&A and financial transactions.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has a ‘very high professional profile’ and delivers ‘consistently high, tailored and appropriate advice which is based on good industry knowledge’. It is best known for its arbitration expertise in the financial, technology, pharmaceutical and construction sectors. Clients recommend the ‘creative and open-mindedLaurent Killias, ‘pragmatic, responsive and committed’ Zurich team lead Michael Kramer, as well as ‘strategic thinkerFlorian Mohs. Thomas Legler heads the team in Geneva.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pestalozzi

Very experienced and reliable firmPestalozzihas the advantage of being smaller in size and a higher chance of partner involvement’. The historical focus lies on commodity businesses, banking disputes and criminal investigations. Ongoing highlights are the representation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the city of Almaty in global investigations, civil court litigation and asset recovery, as well as representing First International Bank of Israel in loan recovery and avoidance claims against several foreign companies. The ‘diligent and responsiveThomas Rohner in Zurich and ‘great negotiatorChristophe Emonet in Geneva are recommended. Head of the Zurich practice Michael Kramer is another name to note.

Leading individuals

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