The Legal 500

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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Geneva, Singapore, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘excellent’ practice recently acted as transaction counsel during Zürcher Freilager’s share capital increase, which generated CHF109m, and advised Raiffeisen on the issuance of additional tier one capital bonds. The practice is led by Geneva-based Jean-Yves De Both and the ‘extremely experienced and commercialMartin Lanz in Zurich.

Leading individuals

Martin Lanz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘very good’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd recently assisted Johnson Controls with the divestment of its workplace facilities management business to CBRE and advised on the merger of Perrot Duval Holding and Infranor Inter. The practice is headed by Jean Jacques Ah Choon in Geneva and the ‘very experiencedLorenzo Olgiati in Zurich, where Oliver Triebold is also recommended.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very good’ team has been advising upc cablecom on the Competition Commission investigation against competitor Swisscom and the distribution practice of its pay TV service. It also continues to represent SIX Payment Services in an appeal against a decision by the Competition Commission regarding an alleged abuse of its dominant market position. Jürg Borer and David Mamane are recommended.

Leading individuals

Jürg Borer - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘excellent’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly strong in employment litigation, but also has remarkable expertise in immigration law and data protection issues. Vincent Carron has ‘very profound knowledge of Swiss employment law’.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a particularly strong dispute resolution practice, in which Christian Girod is recommended for commercial litigation and Benjamin Borsodi for white-collar crime cases. Another core strength is insolvency and corporate recovery under the ‘very experiencedVincent Jeanneret, while the ‘brilliantJean-Yves De Both is recommended for banking and finance.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is very strong in the German and the French-speaking parts of Switzerland. Outstanding lawyers in its Zurich office are the ‘extremely diligent and knowledgeable’ litigator Martin Bernet, the ‘extremely experienced and commercial’ capital markets lawyer Martin Lanz, tax expert Michael Nordin and renowned transport law specialist Alexander von Ziegler.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides regulatory advice regarding clinical trials and genetic testing, and assists with the drafting and negotiation of licensing, R&D, distribution, and technology transfer agreements. Andrea Mondini is recommended for litigation and arbitration of IP and licensing disputes in the life sciences sector, while Philippe Ducor regularly represents physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation and regulatory matters. Clients include Nestlé, Merck Serono and Association des médecins de Genève.

Leading individuals

Philippe Ducor - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has ‘a leading insolvency and restructuring team in the French-speaking part of Switzerland’. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Vincent Jeanneret and ‘knowledgeable’ counsel Olivier Hari are recommended. The firm continues to act as FINMA-appointed receiver of the insurance company Supra Assurances in bankruptcy.

Leading individuals

Vincent Jeanneret - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘strong’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly known for handling contentious patent, trade mark and copyright matters, including litigation and arbitration. Andrea Mondini is ‘a very quick and smart thinker in all areas of IP’ and Philipp Groz is ‘a skilled and efficient lawyer’.

Leading individuals

Andrea Mondini - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘top-quality’ practice is particularly strong in estate litigation and also has ‘outstanding’ expertise in multi-jurisdictional estate planning as well as advising family businesses on governance and succession issues. Bernard Vischer is recommended for advisory work, as are Manuel Liatowitsch, David Wilson and Christian Girod for litigation.

Leading individuals

Bernard Vischer - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very good’ team recently assisted Australia-based Barana Group with the CHF126m sale of the Airgate office building in Zurich North to the city of Zurich. The ‘crafty and strategicYves Jeanrenaud has ‘both national and local knowledge in Geneva and Zurich’; Josef Caleffunderstands what the client wants and provides advice to the point’.

Leading individuals

Yves Jeanrenaud - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly advises many clients on ICT contracts and data protection matters, for example Vifor Pharma and Manor, and advised upc cablecom on ‘must-carry’ issues. Roland Mathys is ‘an excellent IT and data protection expert’; Andrea Mondini is recommended for IP and competition issues in the industry.

Leading individuals

Roland Mathys - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very good’ team has been assisting corporate clients with restructurings and advised private clients on adapting to tax rule changes. It also advised Credit Suisse on the investigations by US tax authorities. Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti are recommended.

Leading individuals

Michael Nordin - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is especially ‘well established in all matters of marine insurance as well as carriers and forwarding agents’ liability issues’. Alexander von Ziegler is one of the ‘most renowned specialists in this field in Switzerland’ and counsel Giovanna Montanaro is ‘very knowledgeable’. The firm acted for owners and insurers to facilitate the liberation of a vessel held by Somali pirates.

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 has a ‘very professional’ regulatory practice that delivers ‘high-quality service on time’ with ‘excellent value for money’. Practice head Jean-Yves De Both has ‘an impressive amount of experience’ and ‘a very hands-on manner’. Caroline Clemetson has particular expertise in asset management and collective investment schemes. Recent work includes acting for several Swiss banks with regard to the US disclosure programme.

Leading individuals

Jean-Yves De Both - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘very experienced’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is renowned for its regulatory expertise and track record in banking litigation. It successfully defended UBS before the Federal Supreme Court against damage claims by its client Swatch regarding losses from absolute return funds. Other recent work includes assisting Veraison Capital with its licensing as a fund manager. Other clients include Raiffeisen, Spice Private Equity and Dextra Insurance. Practice head Martin Lanz and Anita Schläpfer are recommended.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘excellent’ practice has notable experience in arbitrations regarding construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, as well as energy, commodities and pharmaceuticals. Clients include Doka Group, MRI Trading and Mepha Pharma. The ‘outstandingElliott Geisinger, the ‘very professional’ Nathalie Voser and the ‘extremely talentedPhilippe Bärtsch are recommended. Anne Véronique Schlaepfer left the firm in September 2015 to start a new Geneva arbitration practice at White & Case LLP.

Leading individuals

Elliott Geisinger - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is ‘among the foremost Swiss firms in litigation’ and is especially known for its strength in banking and white-collar crime matters. It successfully defended UBS all the way up to the Federal Supreme Court against a CHF25m damage claim by its client Swatch regarding losses with absolute-return investments and has been defending former industrialist Stephan Schmidheiny in civil and criminal proceedings regarding alleged neglect of safety standards. ‘Excellent strategistMartin Bernet is recommended along with Benjamin Borsodi, Christian Girod, Paul Gully-Hart and Peter Burckhardt.

Leading individuals

Martin Bernet - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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  • 27 June 2016: Cembra Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction 2016-1 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

    On 23 June 2016, Cembra Money Bank AG (Cembra) closed its fourth auto lease securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Auto Lease 2016-1 GmbH (the Issuer) of CHF 200,000,000 0.22 per cent. Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 and CHF 22,600,000 0.40 per cent. Asset-Backed Class B Notes due 2026 to the Swiss capital market. The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by Cembra and transferred to the Issuer.
  • 28 June 2016: Statkraft Ventures invests into Swiss Smart Grid Solution Company DEPsys

    Statkraft Ventures GmbH led a Series-A financing round with participation of VNT Management and One Creation. In this round the Swiss start-up DEPsys raised CHF 3 million in total.
  • 24 May 2016: Groupe SEB acquires WMF Group from KKR

    Listed Groupe SEB acquires WMF Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to merger control clearance. Groupe SEB will pay 1,020 million EUR in cash for the WMF Group and assume net debt in an amount of 565 million EUR. In addition, SEB takes over 125 million EUR of early retirement and pension liabilities.
  • May 2016: AMAG Leasing: Second Auto Lease CHF 515m ABS Transaction (Dual Tranche 2016-/2016-2)

    On 4 May 2016, AMAG Leasing AG closed its second auto lease securitization transaction. The transaction was structured as a dual trance transaction involving the issuance of notes with various terms, issued by two separate SPVs. Swiss Car ABS 2016-1 AG (the 2016-1 Issuer) issued CHF 200,000,000 0.15 percent Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 (2y soft bullet) and CHF 15,000,000 1.125 percent Asset-Backed Class B Notes due 2026 (2y soft bullet) and Swiss Car ABS 2016-2 AG (the 2016-2 Issuer) issued CHF 300,000,000 0.30 percent Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 (4y soft bullet). The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are each backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG and transferred to the Issuers. The Class Notes are rated "AAAsf" by Fitch and "Aaa(sf)" by Moody’s and the Class B Notes are rated «AA+sf» by Fitch and «A1(sf)» by Moody’s. UBS Investment Bank acted as Lead Manager, Sole Bookrunner and Co-Arranger, Credit Suisse and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Senior Co-Manager and StormHarbour acted as Co-Arrangers and Co-Manager (Class B Notes) on this transaction.
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    Following completion of the acquisition of the Lake Region Medical groupe by Greatbatch, Inc. and the renaming of Lake Region Medical into INTEGER, Greatbatch contributed in multiple capital increases own shares to Swiss-based P Medical Holding AG/INTEGER (Switzerland) GmbH, which were swapped against shares in the Irish-based Lake Region Medical Holdings Limited. The transaction was completed by a down-stream merger of P Medical Holding AG into its subsidiary INTEGER (Switzerland) GmbH.
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