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Prager Dreifuss AG

MÜHLEBACHSTRASSE 6, 8008 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 44 254 55 55
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Fax +41 44 254 55 99
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www.prager-dreifuss.com
Bern, Brussels, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG mainly advises companies listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and investors in relation to IPOs, stock exchange regulations, transactions and financing structures. Urs Bertschinger heads the team, which also includes M&A lawyers Andreas Moll, Daniel Hayek and Matthias Bürge.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG focuses on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring, as well as contract and liability issues. The practice was active for Swissgas and Schweizerische Aktiengesellschaft für Erdgas regarding the establishment of a buyers’ consortium for the acquisition of a majority stake in FluxSwiss Sagl. The main contacts are M&A specialists Andreas Moll and Daniel Hayek, Matthias Bürge and corporate lawyer Urs Bertschinger.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG is recommended for providing ‘immediate answers’ and a ‘very good local network’. The ‘carefully considerate and politically clever’ Philipp Zurkinden in Bern is the main contact; he focuses on cartel, abuse of dominance and merger control matters. Skywork Airlines is a new client, while the group is also representing Tamedia and its affiliate Starticket in a long-term abuse of dominance investigation, which is in its appeal stage before the Federal Supreme Court.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG’s team is ‘excellent in every way’ and offers ‘great insolvency advice’ to creditors and financial institutions, which often includes cross-border aspects. In a recent highlight, the practice represented Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as security agent in the insolvency of Petroplus. Klaus Tschira Stiftung, Halcyon Asset Management and Magnetar Capital are also active clients. Daniel Hayek has ‘in-depth knowledge of the market, an outstanding network and superb legal expertise’.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 4

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG covers banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, litigation, insolvency and tax law. Daniel Hayek, Andreas Moll, Urs Bertschinger and Roland Böhi are the main contacts.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG’s tax department demonstrates ‘competence, creativity and a solution-driven approach’ in relation to corporate finance, insurance, private client and international tax matters. The ‘knowledgeable’ Roland Böhi is recommended. Danielle Wenger is the second key partner of the practice.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG is especially known for its cross-border project financing, transactional and syndicated loan work. Team lead Daniel Hayek is supported by corporate finance expert Andreas Moll, regulatory adviser Urs Bertschinger and Matthias Bürge, who has deep transactional experience.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG handles commercial and banking litigation, insurance claims and debt collection cases. The practice is representing KTS in an ongoing bankruptcy litigation worth CHF640m against Lehman Brothers Finance. Daniel Hayek is ‘very client-focused, excellently masters the details of his cases and works really hard to get the best possible outcome for his clients’. Urs Feller heads the practice.

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