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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

Michael Kramer - Pestalozzi

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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.