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Bern, Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne, Sion, Tehran and 2 more

Switzerland

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Python

Python’s ‘reliable’ practice provides ‘very good value for money’ based on ‘proactivity, concise legal documents and great partner availability during deals’. The team specialises in commercial contracts work, M&A transactions, reorganisations, asset and stock purchase agreements, as well as joint ventures. Marc Iynedjianunderstands problems quickly and is very business-minded’ and the Zug-based Thomas Steinmann is a ‘very good negotiator’ who ‘gets deals done’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Python

Python handles IP rights prosecution, IP-related transactional matters as well as contentious issues and is particularly experienced in the technology, e-commerce and entertainment sector. Felix Locher is assisted by counsels Dominique Graz and Inge Hochreutener.

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

Python

Python’s central pillars are banking and corporate advice as well as representation in contentious matters. Nicolas de Gottrau, Marc Iynedjian and Homayoon Arfazadeh are the main contacts.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Python

In 2017, Python handled an increasing number of inheritance disputes, while also providing advice on asset protection, tax, estate planning, domiciliation and family office matters. Jean-Christophe Hocke and Thomas Steinmann head the team, while Philippe Kenel, Nicolas Hoffmann and Ingrid Iselin Zellweger are other active partners.

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

Python

Python counts institutional investors, commercial users and private individuals among its clients, whom it advises on transactions, construction projects and agreements, Lex Koller matters, financing, leasing, environmental aspects and the full spread of contentious real estate issues. The practice assisted Promoroches with its sale of luxury resort Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa to a Chinese financial group per asset deal. Christophe de Kalbermatten and Marc Iynedjian head the practice, while Jean-Christophe Hocke is the third key partner.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Python

Python assists with advance tax rulings, M&A-related tax issues, corporate reorganisations, investments and relocations. Other areas of expertise include tax audit litigation and criminal proceedings. Etienne von Streng heads the group.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 3

Python

Python’s banking team is recommended for its ‘good industry knowledge and responsiveness’, working on licensing, investment fund, anti-money laundering, compliance, litigation and FINMA matters. Jean-Yves Rebord has particular expertise in financial products, while practice lead Nicolas de Gottrau provides ‘very good legal analysis and advice’.

Leading individuals

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Python

Python is well versed in international insurance claims, white-collar crime, energy, construction, technology, sponsorship and general commercial disputes. Dominique Henchoz, Homayoon Arfazadeh, Marc Joory, François Micheli and Philippe Ciocca are the key individuals.

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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.