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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Fax +41 22 707 80 01
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Zurich, Singapore, Geneva

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very fast and pragmatic’ team has extensive experience in debt capital markets work, regularly advising issuers and often acting as transaction counsel. It recently assisted the investment company APEN with its refinancing and repayment of debt, which included a share capital increase. Martin Lanz and Jean-Yves De Both are the practice co-heads.

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EU, competition and WTO
EU, competition and WTO - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd successfully represented Editions Zoe, a book publisher and distributor, during an investigation by the Competition Commission. It is representing SIX Payment Services in an appeal against a decision by the Competition Commission. Other clients include Coop, Coca-Cola and upc cablecom. 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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘excellent service’, and is especially strong in the area of immigration law and data protection issues, and has experience with multi-jurisdictional cases, especially regarding bonuses and contract termination. Vincent Carron is recommended.

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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. Clients include Bayer, Mepha Pharma and Merck Serono. Andrea Mondini focuses on 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.

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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 was appointed by FINMA as receiver of the insurance company Supra Assurances in bankruptcy.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly represents Google in trade mark and domain name matters, including handling a recent dispute with the registrant of a trade mark infringing the Android trade mark. Andrea Mondini is recommended along with Roland Mathys, who joined from Wenger Plattner.

Leading individuals

Andrea Mondini - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd acted as Swiss counsel to Carlyle in its acquisition of a 50% stake in Varo Energy, assisted Julius Bär with its acquisition of the asset manager WMPartners, and advised the majority shareholders of Antéis during its sale to Merz Pharma. The practice is headed by Lorenzo Olgiati and Jean Jacques Ah Choon.

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Private banking
Private banking - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘top-quality’ practice is particularly strong in multi-jurisdictional estate planning, estate litigation and in advising family businesses on governance and succession issues. The firm recently moved CHF40m worth of real estate into a living trust. Geneva practice head Bernard Vischer and his Zurich-based counterpart Manuel Liatowitsch are ‘first-class lawyers’.

Leading individuals

Bernard Vischer - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘very good’ team recently advised Rockspring as developer of the Skylab office building near Geneva. Yves Jeanrenaud is ‘a strategic mind and deal-maker’, Josef Caleff is ‘knowledgeable, diligent and reliable’, and Elliott Geisinger produces ‘outstanding work’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly assists KPN with Swiss regulatory matters, has been advising upc cablecom on ‘must-carry’ issues, and acting for Rackspace concerning IT agreements and compliance. Andrea Mondini is recommended along with Roland Mathys, who joined from Wenger Plattner.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti head the practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, which has been advising private clients on adapting to tax rule changes and assisting corporate clients with restructurings and enforcement matters. Clients include American Express, Swiss Re and Johnson Controls.

Leading individuals

Michael Nordin - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is ‘outstanding’ in transport law and 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’. The firm has recently acted for owners and insurers to facilitate the liberation of vessels captured by Somali pirates. In aviation, it was appointed by Skyguide and its insurer AXA Winterthur following the Überlingen mid-air collision.

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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 represents ‘excellent value for money’. The team, which is headed by the ‘brilliantJean-Yves De Both, acted for several Swiss banks with regard to internal investigations to decide about participation in the US disclosure programme. Caroline Clemetson joined from FINMA (the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority) in December 2014.

Leading individuals

Jean-Yves De Both - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Martin Lanz leads the ‘very fast and pragmatic’ team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, which is renowned for its regulatory expertise. It assisted Raiffeisen in liaising with FINMA regarding a CHF550m tier 1 hybrid transaction, creating capital under the Basel III regime. The firm also advised Julius Bär with regard to its acquisition of the asset manager WMPartners.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘excellent service’. Recent work includes presiding as arbitrator over an ICC arbitral tribunal about a dispute regarding a failed joint venture energy project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The firm has recently acted as counsel to General Electric and Mepha Pharma. Elliott Geisinger, Georg von Segesser and Nathalie Voser are recommended.

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’. The ‘very good team’ includes the ‘extremely diligent and knowledgeableMartin Bernet and the ‘immensely able and tenaciousBenjamin Borsodi. The firm is especially known for litigation in the financial services and insurance sectors. It successfully defended UBS against Swatch before the Zurich Commercial Court regarding losses from absolute return funds.

Leading individuals

Martin Bernet - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Switzerland: Leading firms

Geneva
Leading firms: Geneva - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a particularly strong white-collar crime practice in Geneva, through the ‘immensely able and tenacious’ litigator Benjamin Borsodi. 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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Zurich
Leading firms: Zurich - 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 ‘extremely diligent and knowledgeable’ litigator Martin Bernet, tax expert Michael Nordin and renowned transport law specialist Alexander von Ziegler.

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