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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

15 BIS RUE DES ALPES, PO BOX 2088, 1211 GENEVA 1, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 22 707 80 00
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Zurich, Geneva

Switzerland

Top-tier recommendations

  • Switzerland: Leading firms > Geneva

Recommendations

  • Switzerland: Banking and finance > Geneva
  • Switzerland: Banking and finance > Zurich
  • Switzerland: Leading firms > Zurich

Switzerland

Within Capital markets, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s team is led by Jean-Yves De Both in Geneva and Martin Lanz in Zurich. The group is particularly strong on the debt side, regularly advising both issuers and lead managers. Recent work includes advising Raiffeisen Bank on the CHF550m issuance of additional tier 1 capital bonds.

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Within EU, competition and WTO, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a first tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advised Advent International on Swiss merger control procedures for its acquisition of the international Douglas Group, and also acted for the canton of Graubünden and Axpo on its acquisition of a 24.6% stake in Repower from Alpiq. Jürg Borer and David Mamane jointly head the team.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a first tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s team is led by Vincent Jeanneret, who was recently appointed by the Swiss government as the administrator of a private health insurance company with over 1,000 employees. He was also appointed as co-provisional liquidator of Magro-Casino, and administrator of Petroplus Refining Cressier.

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Within Intellectual property, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly represents Google in trade mark and domain name matters, including acting in ongoing proceedings concerning alleged infringement of its Android trade mark. The main contacts are Andrea Mondini in Zurich and Philippe Ducor in Geneva.

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Within Mergers and acquisitions, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advised SAP on the Swiss aspects of its acquisition of hybris. Martin Weber is ‘experienced, intelligent and thoughtful, and has a calm style even when he is pushing difficult or strong positions’. He leads the team alongside Jean Jacques Ah Choon.

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Within Private banking, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a first tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd assists individuals and families with the global planning and structuring of private wealth and business assets. It also represents clients in trust and estates disputes. Bernard Vischer heads the group in Geneva, and Manuel Liatowitsch is his counterpart in Zurich.

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Within Real estate and construction, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd recently advised on the acquisition of a ground lease for the purpose of building a seven-storey multi-activity and hi-tech centre. Yves Jeanrenaud is the main contact.

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Within Tax, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a number of major corporates on its books, and advises on the tax aspects of complex public and private M&A transactions. Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti are the key contacts in Zurich and Geneva respectively.

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Within TMT, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Philippe Ducor and Andrea Mondini lead the practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, which assists on licensing, R&D, technology transfer, franchising, distribution, IT outsourcing and other agreements.

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Within Transport: aviation, maritime and rail, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a first tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all aspects of trade and transportation including import and export contracts; marine and cargo insurance; maritime, aviation and land transportation; and ship and aircraft finance. Bernard Vischer and Alexander von Ziegler are the main contacts.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Within Geneva, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

The banking and finance team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd in Geneva is ‘very knowledgeable about Swiss banking and securities law’, and has a complementary labour practice. Department head Jean Yves De Both is ‘meticulous’, and ‘his advice is always on point, no matter how complex or sophisticated the matter at hand’. BNP Paribas and Banco Santander are key clients.

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Within Zurich, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd recently acted for listed investment company APEN on its refinancing; the mandate involved four jurisdictions and advice on corporate and stock exchange matters. The team is ‘very knowledgeable about Swiss banking and securities laws as well as labour law matters’. Martin Lanz heads the department.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Within Arbitration, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a first tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s team is ‘very fast and responsive, and deeply committed’; it ‘provides advice with a high degree of knowledge, experience and sensitivity to both the legal and commercial issues involved’. The department is co-headed by Anne Véronique Schlaepfer in Geneva and Nathalie Voser in Zurich. Recent work includes representing a client in proceedings in Zurich under the ICC rules, with claims and counterclaims amounting to approximately $80m.

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Within Litigation, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a first tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘highly efficient, deeply committed’ and ‘highly talented’ practice is ‘first port of call for serious and complex international litigation matters’. It is co-led by Christian Girod and Martin Bernet in Geneva and Zurich respectively. The Geneva team also includes Benjamin Borsodi, who has ‘excellent experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional, complex, high-value claims’ and Paul Gully-Hart, who is ‘a top-notch, highly able and responsive lawyer’.

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Switzerland: Leading firms

Within Geneva, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a first tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s Geneva office is fully integrated with its Zurich counterpart, with 130 lawyers across the two offices advising a range of national and international clients.

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Within Zurich, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a second tier firm,

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a truly national practice, with strong teams in both Zurich and Geneva. The M&A team, led by Martin Weber, recently advised SAP on its acquisition of hybris.

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