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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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Fax +41 22 707 80 01
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Web:
www.swlegal.ch
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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Legal Developments in Switzerland

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  • 11 November 2016: Mercury acquires CES

    Mercury Systems, a NASDAQ listed leading commercial provider of secure processing subsystems, acquires the Swiss mission computing company Creative Electronic Systems (CES).
  • 11 November 2016: FinanceFox successfully completes Series A financing round

    Swiss insurtech startup FinanceFox has successfully completed its Series A financing round with Target Global and Horizons Ventures as lead investors. The financing round also included the conversion of existing venture loan investments from, amongst others, Salesforce Ventures. Idinvest, Speedinvest and AngelList.
  • 1 November 2016: Ardian will acquire lighting Group SLV from Cinven

    The independent private investment company Ardian has won the bidding for the Germany based lighting maker SLV. Ardian entered into an agreement with Cinven to acquire SLV. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval of the applicable anti-trust authorities.
  • 18 October 2016: Dr. Michael Cartier elected officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

    Dr. Michael Cartier was elected as an officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for the years 2016 to 2022. Dr. Michael Cartier has previously been Chair of the IPBA TMT Committee from 2013 to 2016. The IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was established in April 1991 and has over 1400 members from over 65 national jurisdictions throughout the world.
  • 8 November 2016: Next Generation takes over Lunchgate

    Simultaneously with a capital increase a group of investors led by Nikolaus Wein and Yves Latour has acquired a majority stake in Lunchgate AG from its founders. Lunchgate, Switzerland’s leading restaurant platform, was founded in 2009 as ICT startup and has developed a comprehensive product portfolio for restaurateurs and gastronomy groups.
  • 2 November 2016: Victory before the Supreme Court

    With decision dated 6 October 2016, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court fully rejected a motion to set aside an arbitral award. The decision resulted from a dispute in the amount of about USD 35 million concerning the aviation industry.
  • 3 October 2016: Full integration of e-fon AG by UPC Switzerland

    On 3 October 2016, UPC Switzerland (formerly upc cablecom) acquired the remaining 51% in e-fon AG. In October 2013, UPC already aquired 49% and entered into a joint venture with the sellers. e-fon is the leading provider in Switzerland for modern telephone solutions in the wholesale market.
  • 30 September 2016: Ascom to divest its Network Testing Division to InfoVista

    Ascom Holding AG (SIX: ASCN) and InfoVista have closed a sale agreement under which InfoVista acquired the Network Testing Division. The transaction is based on a cash-free / debt-free enterprise value of USD 45 million. Ascom received USD 30 million in cash at closing and the remainder of the consideration is in the form of a subordinated vendor loan with a nominal value of USD 15 million, a 7-year maturity and a stated interest rate of 4% p.a.
  • 11 October 2016: Sulzer Ltd – Exemption from the duty to submit a mandatory takover offer

    With decision dated 11 October 2016, the Takeover Board concluded that the refinancing and the potential enforcement of shares in Sulzer Ltd, which serve as a security for the financing banks, does not trigger a duty to launch a mandatory public tender offer for the shares in Sulzer AG for Natixis S.A., Credit Suisse AG, J.P. Morgan Securities Plc, ING Bank N.V., Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) Ltd., Sberbank of Russia as well as Tiwel Holding AG and Renova Holding Limited. Sberbank of Russia was granted an exemption from the obligation to submit a mandatory public tender offer in case that they hold more than 33 1/3% of the voting rights in Sulzer Ltd due to an appropriation of the respective shares in enforcement proceedings.
  • 27 September 2016: Swiss Life – EUR 600 mio. Hybrid Bond

    Swiss Life Ltd has successfully placed a EUR 600 million undated subordinated bond, first callable in May 2027. The coupon until the first call date has been fixed at 4.5%.