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Lenz & Staehelin

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Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva

Beat Kühni

Work +41 58 450 80 00
Lenz & Staehelin

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Corporate and M&A, Private Equity, Commercial and Contracts, Banking & Regulatory, Corporate Finance, Structured Finance, Real Estate and Insolvency & Restructuring.


Beat Kühni is an expert in corporate, M&A, private equity, banking and finance, real estate matters and corporate & regulatory investigations.


Admission to the Bar (1995), Joined Lenz & Staehelin (1996), Partner at Lenz & Staehelin (2003).


German, English, French.


University of Chicago Law School (LL.M. 1998).


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Beat Kühni - Lenz & Staehelin

Within: Real estate and construction

Lenz & Staehelin has a particularly strong market position for real estate matters in French-speaking Switzerland. It recently assisted Fondation pour les Terrains Industriels de Genève with a condominium real estate development. The ‘excellentCécile Berger Meyer and the ‘outstandingAndreas Rötheli are recommended in Geneva, as is Zurich-based Beat Kühni.

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  • 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.
  • 27 April 2016: Greatbatch/INTEGER

    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.
  • April 2016: Mövenpick invests in imported wine wholesaler Cheers in China

    Hospitality and food service industry company Mövenpick invests in Chinese wine wholesaler Cheers by acquiring a strategic stake. Cheers has 30 branch offices in the greater Beijing area and currently generates annual revenues of roughly three million Swiss francs. Mövenpick is a Swiss group of companies with global presence. Its core competency lies in the hospitality business, with a focus on gastronomy, hotels, wine and premium branded products.
  • 22 March 2016: Swiss Life - CHF 600 mio. Hybrid Bonds

    Swiss Life Ltd has successfully placed a CHF 450 million undated subordinated bond, first callable in September 2021 (coupon until first call date: 3.75%) and a CHF 150 million dated subordinated bond with final maturity in 2046, first callable in September 2026 (coupon until first call date: 4.375%).
  • 23 March 2016: J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG to acquire Credit Suisse (Monaco) S.A.M. and Credit Suiss

    Mit Aktienkaufvertrag vom 22. März 2016 erwarb die J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG von der Credit Suisse AG alle Aktien der Credit Suisse (Monaco) S.A.M. Der Vollzug der Transaktion steht unter dem Vorbehalt üblicher Bedingungen, einschliesslich der Zustimmung der Behörden. Der Vollzug der Transaktion soll noch vor Ende 2016 erfolgen. Mit der Transaktion würde eine der grössten Bankengruppe in Monaco entstehen.
  • 28 January 2016: New partner at Walder Wyss

    We are delighted to announce that Theodor Härtsch has joined Walder Wyss as new partner on 21 January 2016.
  • 11 February 2016: Oriflame: Cross-border asset transfer completed

    In a cross-border transfer Oriflame Cosmetics Global S.A., Luxembourg has transferred certain assets to Oriflame Cosmetics AG.
  • 11 March 2016: Joint Venture Wilmaa & Teleboy

    The two Swiss web TV platforms Teleboy and Wilmaa entered into a joint venture arrangement. The joint venture's purpose is to coordinate the marketing activities of Teleboy and Wilmaa through a jointly held service company. Each of the joint venture partners has a 50% stake in the service company.
  • The Revised Swiss Debt Restructuring Law

    Background of the Reform
  • Minder-Initiative – need for action?

    On March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted in a nationwide ballot in favor of the so called “rip-off” initiative by the businessman-turned-politician Thomas Minder...