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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

15 BIS RUE DES ALPES, PO BOX 2088, 1211 GENEVA 1, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 22 707 80 00
Fax:
Fax +41 22 707 80 01
Email:
Web:
www.swlegal.ch
Geneva, Singapore, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘sound strategic advice’ on ECM and DCM matters. It recently acted for Bank Vontobel as lead manager on Warwick Invest’s CHF76.7m capital increase and advised Raiffeisen on the issuance of tier one capital bonds worth CHF600m. The ‘outstandingMartin Lanz and the ‘business-mindedOlivier Favre are recommended.

Leading individuals

Martin Lanz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Olivier Favre - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s lawyers ‘respond in record time and have great business acumen’. Highlights included assisting EFG International with the CHF1.3bn acquisition of BSI and acting as Swiss counsel to Panasonic Healthcare on its acquisition of Bayer’s diabetes care business. Jean Jacques Ah Choon and Lorenzo Olgiati head the practice, which includes the ‘prudentOliver Triebold.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘first-rate’ team has been representing Credit Suisse in the Competition Commission’s investigation into the FX business and continues to advise upc cablecom on an investigation into competitor CT Cinetrade and its pay-TV distribution practice. The ‘very experienced’ Jürg Borer and the ‘excellentDavid Mamane are recommended.

Leading individuals

Jürg Borer - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very good’ team is especially recommended for employment litigation and also has experience handling employment aspects of corporate restructurings. It recently assisted Cardinal Health with employment matters regarding its acquisition of Cordis. Vincent Carron is recommended.

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French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is singled out as a ‘first-class’ firm for contentious matters. Benjamin Borsodi heads the excellent white-collar crime and internal investigations practice; other key figures include commercial litigation expert Christian Girod and Elliott Geisinger, who stands out for international arbitration. Vincent Jeanneret is noted for his ‘very broad expertise’ in insolvency and corporate recovery.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is active in the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, and provides ‘an excellent service’. Key figures in the Zurich office include ‘very knowledgeable’ litigator Martin Bernet, ‘outstanding’ banking and capital markets expert Martin Lanz, leading tax lawyer Michael Nordin and highly regarded transport law specialist Alexander von Ziegler.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

At Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Andrea Mondini is ‘an outstanding litigator’ for patent and licensing disputes in the life sciences sector. He successfully represented Mepha Pharma in a patent dispute with MSD regarding the contraceptive Desogestrel. Philippe Ducor left the practice to establish Ducor Law / Health & Technology in September 2016.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘excellent team’ is regularly called on to advise on complex insolvency cases. It is acting as administrator of Petroplus Refining Cressier and assisted FINMA with an investigation into the collapse of Banque Privée Espírito Santo. Vincent Jeanneret is recommended for his wide-raging knowledge of Swiss insolvency law, and of counsel Olivier Hari attracts praise for his ‘outstanding experience in Swiss financial insolvency law’.

Leading individuals

Vincent Jeanneret - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘outstanding’ team has been representing Hetronic in a patent dispute regarding railroad remote controls and regularly assists Google with the enforcement of its trade marks. Andrea Mondini is ‘an outstanding IP litigator’ and Philipp Groz is ‘smart and technically very strong’.

Leading individuals

Andrea Mondini - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘excellent advice’ on international estate planning and related dispute resolution, and acts for family businesses on governance and succession matters. The ‘astuteBernard Vischer and trust expert David Wilson are recommended for advisory work, while Manuel Liatowitsch and Christian Girod stand out for estate litigation.

Leading individuals

Bernard Vischer - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘very experienced’ Jürg Borer at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd successfully represented Axpo in an appeal against grid tariffs set by ElCom and has been acting for BKW Energie on issues arising from the expropriation of the transmission grid.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Highlights for the ‘excellent’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd included assisting Rockspring with the acquisition of a company that owns nine plots of land with permission to build in Plan-les-Ouates near Geneva, and advising Aerium on the sale of an industrial building in Winterthur. The ‘responsive and knowledgeableYves Jeanrenaud and Josef Caleff are recommended.

Leading individuals

Yves Jeanrenaud - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘excellent’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advised UBS on data protection issues regarding predictive analytics of bank customer data and has been assisting XING with several IT-related matters, including its acquisition of tech start-up BuddyBroker. Roland Mathys and Andrea Mondini are recommended.

Leading individuals

Roland Mathys - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd excels at contentious tax matters, including audits and litigation, and regularly advises on tax-efficient restructurings. Recommended lawyers include practice co-heads Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti, as well as VAT expert Harun Can.

Leading individuals

Michael Nordin - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly acts for insurers on claims in the aviation and shipping industries and also has expertise in financing transactions. It recently advised HSBC Private Bank on several business aircraft and yacht financings. Alexander von Ziegler ‘handles complex projects and finds solutions very efficiently’, and counsel Giovanna Montanaro provides ‘prompt and focused advice’.

Leading individuals

Alexander von Ziegler - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘excellent’ practice is frequently recommended for regulatory advice in the area of banking and asset management, where ‘effective, thorough’ and ‘very experienced’ practice head Caroline Clemetson acts for clients including The Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland. The team also has significant experience in banking litigation and finance transactions. Recently promoted partner Grégoire Wuest is recommended. Former practice head Jean-Yves De Both left the legal sector.

Next generation lawyers

Grégoire Wuest - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘an excellent service’ to lender clients including BNP Paribas and Raiffeisen Switzerland, which it advises on regulatory and contentious matters as well as finance transactions. On the borrower side, the firm advised Panasonic Healthcare on Swiss law aspects of its financing of the acquisition of the diabetes care business from Bayer. Practice head Martin Lanz is an ‘outstanding regulatory expert’ and Anita Schläpfer is recommended for financing matters.

Leading individuals

Martin Lanz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very business-oriented and responsive’ team has expertise in commercial arbitrations, particularly regarding engineering and construction as well as energy and commodities. It has been representing a Qatari construction company in an ICC arbitration regarding airport construction works and it represented Hungary against EDF in setting-aside proceedings of an arbitral award under the Energy Charter Treaty. The ‘excellentElliott Geisinger, Nathalie Voser and Martin Bernet are recommended.

Leading individuals

Elliott Geisinger - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘first-class litigation practice’ at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly strong in banking and white-collar crime matters. Highlights included defending Gazprom against a CHF80m claim by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development regarding alleged liability for loans granted to Russian companies. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very knowledgeableMartin Bernet, the ‘very responsive and professionalManuel Liatowitsch, Blaise Stucki (who is ‘a good tactician’), Benjamin Borsodi, Christian Girod and Stefan Leimgruber.

Leading individuals

Martin Bernet - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Stefan Leimgruber - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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