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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

LÖWENSTRASSE 19, PO BOX 1876, 8021 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 44 215 52 52
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Fax +41 44 215 52 00
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Geneva, Singapore, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is noted for its ‘outstanding derivatives expertise, great responsiveness and adequate fees’. The practice is also active in investment management, debt and equity transactions and regulatory matters in the areas of finance and commodity trading. The group advised Austrian company austriamicrosystems (ams) on its $570m acquisition of all share capital in Heptagon Advanced Micro-Optics and assisted BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and UBS as joint lead managers with the Republic of Argentina’s CHF400m bonds issue on the SIX Swiss Exchange; both matters were led by Philippe Borens. Derivatives expert Olivier Favre and team lead Martin Lanz 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 Ltdprovides appropriate, practical advice in a responsive fashion’ and focuses on M&A deals. Recent highlights include advising AXA Life on its tender offer for all shares in Zürcher Freilager, and assisting blue-infinity with its acquisition by Dentsu Aegis. Clients recommend Oliver Triebold and ‘experienced M&A lawyersMartin Weber and Pascal Hubli, Hubli was promoted to the partnership along Tarek Houdrouge in 2017.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Considered ‘one of the go-to firms in Switzerland’, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with ‘very short response times, excellent business acumen and proactivity’. The practice focuses particularly on investigations, Commission proceedings, appeals, leniencies and dawn raids, while also advising clients on their compliance programs. Recent highlights include the handling of all merger control and antitrust aspects of the merger between Postfinance’s and SIX’s mobile payment operators TWINT and Paymit and representing Husqvarna in a resale price investigation by the Swiss competition authority regarding robotic lawn mowers. Upc cablecom and Warner Music are other active clients. The ‘experiencedDavid Mamanealways provides spot-on, relevant advice’ and ‘gets the job done with little hassle’. Jürg Borer left to establish Borer Attorneys at Law.

Leading individuals

David Mamane - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd offers ‘in-depth knowledge, good advice and quick response times’. Particular expertise exists in relation to M&A transactions, employment litigation, employee relocation, social security, data protection and business restructuring, including redundancy programs and mass dismissals. The ‘highly reliable’ Catherine Weniger has ‘excellent expertise’; the ‘knowledgeableVincent Carron heads the team.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team provides ‘value for money and appropriate advice’ to international companies on contentious and non-contentious regulatory and transactional matters. The team defended Actavis in a patent dispute brought by Eli Lilly and also advised Lovance Biotherapeutics on the import and export of human biological materials as well as on clinical trials for cell therapy as a cancer treatment. Litigator Philipp Groz is the main adviser; Andrea Mondini joined Times Attorneys in October 2017.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Clients see Schellenberg Wittmer Ltdat the forefront of Geneva’s legal market’, especially in insolvency matters. The ‘excellent’ team advises distressed companies, acts as receiver or liquidator for the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and also handles foreign bankruptcies. ‘Well-seasoned practitionerVincent Jeanneret, who is ‘very focused on practical solutions and possesses a sharp mind and excellent leadership skills’, was recently appointed as administrator for Petroplus Refining Cressier and the group was also appointed as special liquidator of life insurance group Zenith Vie following its bankruptcy. Other active clients are Foundation Hypotheka and Supra Assurances. ‘Exceptional’ of counsel Olivier Hari is a ‘cutting-edge expert’ and a ‘leading academic in the insolvency field’.

Leading individuals

Vincent Jeanneret - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s ‘impressive’ IP practice exhibits ‘unique experience’ and ‘excellent court decision know-how’ in contentious patent, trade mark, copyright and licensing matters for pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical devices companies. The team defended Quark Pharmaceuticals in an ICC arbitration concerning a patent licensing agreement. Brother Industries, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Bayer are also active clients. ‘To-the-point, commercial and strong advocatPhilipp Groz and Roland Mathys are the key partners. Andrea Mondini left for Times Attorneys in October 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Philipp Groz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is ‘far ahead of other firms in terms of quality, efficiency and rapidity of its services’. The firm has particular strength in arbitration, insolvency, private client, banking and real estate matters. Elliott Geisinger, Vincent Jeanneret, Bernard Vischer and Yves Jeanrenaud are all ‘top’. Banking lawyer Grégoire Wuest is another name to note.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

First-rate firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd is highly recommended for its advice on competition, dispute resolution, TMT and transport matters, while banking and finance is another strong focus. David Mamane, Martin Lanz, Roland Mathys and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners; Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are other names to note. Martin Bernet left the firm to establish Bernet Arbitration / Dispute management. Jürg Borer left to establish Borer Attorneys at Law.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The ‘well-established and broadly experienced practice’ of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is ‘ahead of other firms in terms of quality, efficiency and rapidity of its services and personal attentiveness’, especially in connection with ‘complex cross-border tax planning matters and significant trust and estate litigation’. Other focus areas include estate planning and administration, real estate, transport and pre-immigration advice. The team represented family members in an international shareholder dispute concerning the family-owned corporation. Clients recommend the ‘very knowledgeableBernard Vischer, the ‘pragmatic and straightforwardDavid Wilson, ‘superb litigatorManuel Liatowitsch, ‘strong transport lawyer’ Grégoire Wuest, as well as ‘attentive and user-friendly’ counsel Andrea Dorjee-Good.

Leading individuals

Bernard Vischer - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Dorjee-Good - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd covers administrative law procedures involving energy producers and distributors, as well as regulatory matters and public procurement in the telecommunications, technology and environmental sectors. The team advised Sopra Steria on various ICT public procurement projects and represented Services Industriels de Lausanne in proceedings against regulator ElCom concerning the energy and grid tariff. ICT lead Roland Mathys and competition partner David Mamane is the key figure. Jürg Borer left to establish Borer Attorneys at Law.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s ‘hardworking team’ ‘has a very good reputation and excellent market knowledge’ in the real estate arena; areas of expertise include transactional advice, construction financing, contentious real estate matters as well as engineer, interior design and architect agreements and facility management issues. In recent work, the group advised SV Group on longterm hotel lease agreements in Germany and Switzerland and Foncia, Rockspring and SPG Intercity also regularly instruct the practice. ‘Very good dealmakerYves Jeanrenaudis a pillar in the Geneva real estate market and has undisputable expertise, excellent connections and incredible attention to detail’. Josef Caleff leads the team in Zurich.

Leading individuals

Yves Jeanrenaud - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Premier law firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd is ‘sound and pragmatic in its approach’ and focuses entirely on sports dispute resolution; a particular focus is the representation of athletes in relation to doping allegations and of individuals holding high-ranking positions in sports organisations. In a recent highlight, the group successfully represented the Vice President of the Qatar Football Association in his appeal against his suspension by the FIFA Ethics Committee. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ Philippe Bärtsch is recommended. Christopher Boog is the key partner in Zurich.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘competitive, pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team consists of ‘top professionals who have an excellent track record as well as deep knowledge and understanding of client needs’. The group handles IP, competition, compliance and contentious issues for TMT clients as well as major technology system implementation, outsourcing and digital transformation matters. Recent highlights include advising Schindler on an IT infrastructure outsourcing and assisting Manor Group with the development of a new IT platform. The ‘highly experiencedRoland Mathys is ‘always focused and target-oriented’ and has a ‘clear strategic instinct to state-of-the-art solutions in a very constructive way’. Competition partner David Mamaneis good at taking the client’s commercial reality into account for his advice’.

Leading individuals

Roland Mathys - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a ‘very strong, competent team for cross-border tax issues’, which it handles with a ‘very professional approach, good team-playing attitude and to-the-point advice’; other focus areas include financial markets-related tax assistance, VAT and customs matters as well as tax auditing and international double taxation. The practice advised a non-governmental organisation on its potential acquisition of a foreign commercial entity including assistance with potential tax issues. The client roster also includes Swiss RE, Julius Baer, Vontobel and Christie’s. Jean-Frédéric Maraia has ‘excellent technical knowledge and can explain complex situations in a very clear, pragmatic way’ and Geneva team lead Pietro Sansonetti is ‘highly experienced’. His counterpart in Zurich is Michael Nordin. Harun Can left the firm.

Leading individuals

Michael Nordin - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘advice is thorough and addresses questions concretely’. The group is particularly active in the aviation and maritime sector, where it focuses on regulatory, financing and insurance matters, as well as liability disputes and fraud cases. ‘Knowledgeable’ team lead Alexander von Ziegler is recommended, as is ‘responsive senior lawyerBernard Vischer and the ‘analytic and reasonable’ Grégoire Wuest, who is ‘very experienced in business aviation transactions and the yachting and maritime industry’. Giovanna Montanaro joined Wartmann & Merker in January 2018.

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

Clients ‘feel in safe hands’ with ‘client-focused and pragmatic’ firm Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd and can rely on ‘timely responses’ for regulatory, investment management, FINMA authorisation and litigation matters. The Geneva practice supported Credit Suisse Funds regarding the establishment and FINMA approval of the Swiss Mortgage Umbrella Fund. Team lead Caroline Clemetsonhas the best know-how about collective investment schemes’; the ‘logical and reasonable’ Grégoire Wuest and newly promoted partner Tarek Houdrouge are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Grégoire Wuest - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Tarek Houdrouge - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a ‘distinctive level of detailed, pragmatic expertise and responsiveness’, covering regulatory and contractual matters, banking-related M&A and restructurings, investment management and syndicated lending. Philippe Borens advised Reichmuth Investment Management on structuring a locomotive portfolio. BNP Paribas, Raiffeisen and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg are also clients. Martin Lanz heads the practice and the ‘skilled and business-mindedOlivier Favre impresses with ‘outstanding derivative, regulatory EMIR/FMIA and international transaction experience’.

Leading individuals

Martin Lanz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Well-established firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a ‘fantastic reputation in international arbitration’ and ‘demonstrates professionalism in every aspect of its work, especially in cross-cultural legal environments’; additionally, the group has particular industrial expertise in the construction, infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals, investment and sports sectors. The team represented MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas in a UNCITRAL dispute against the Republic of Croatia concerning a management agreement. Global Chair Elliott Geisinger is ‘one of the top Swiss arbitrators of his generation’, while Global Vice-Chair Christopher Boogstands out for his international experience and presence in Asia’. Also recommended is ‘efficient, cautious and responsible’ co-Global Vice-Chair Philippe Bärtsch, Manuel Liatowitsch and senior associate Anya George, who gives ‘clear-cut advice’.

Leading individuals

Elliott Geisinger - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s team ‘has built up a reputation of excellence in litigation’, is ‘very responsive and easy to work with’ and ‘has a good grasp of problems that go beyond Swiss law’. The group is particularly strong in banking, white-collar crime, post-M&A and commercial litigation and recently defended Gazprom Neft against a CHF80m corporate liability claim brought by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Another highlight is the defence of a Swiss bank against damages claims related to alleged money laundering activities. Peter Burckhardt is ‘outstanding in every respect’, while co-lead Christian Girodimpresses with his excellent litigation skills’. Also recommended are white-collar crime experts Vincent Jeanneret and Benjamin Borsodi, as well as ‘creative strategistManuel Liatowitsch and the ‘hands-on and thoroughBlaise Stucki. Louis Burrus is ‘highly responsive and efficient’, ‘excellent lawyerStefan Leimgruber has ‘great social skills’ and ‘quick strategic thinkerUrs Hoffmann-Nowotny made partner in January 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Stefan Leimgruber - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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