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Walder Wyss Ltd

SEEFELDSTRASSE 123, PO BOX 1236, 8034 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 658 58 58
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www.walderwyss.com

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘dynamic’ practice at Walder Wyss Ltd provides ‘top-quality service’ and ‘good value for money’. It assisted AMAG Leasing with two notes issues with a total value of CHF825m, advised Swisscard AECS on a CHF200m notes issuance, and assisted Auris Medical Holding with an at-the-market offering. The ‘knowledgeable and quick’ Alexander Nikitine is recommended along with Johannes Bürgi and Enrico Friz. The team was further strengthened with the arrival of Theodor Härtsch and counsel Urs Schenker from Baker McKenzie, as well as Thiemo Sturny from Staiger, Schwald & Partner.

Leading individuals

Urs Schenker - Walder Wyss Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Nikitine - Walder Wyss Ltd

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

Praised for its ‘very good and efficient’ service, Walder Wyss Ltd acted as Swiss counsel to Groupe SEB on the acquisition of WMF Group and advised Bayer on the sale of its diabetes care business to Panasonic Healthcare. Urs Gnos and Markus Vischer head the practice, which includes the ‘business-savvy’ Patrick Vogel and of counsel Urs Schenker, who joined from Baker McKenzie.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd’s highly regarded practice has been representing Swisscom in an appeal against a fine imposed by the Competition Commission for an alleged price squeeze in the broadband market and advised Tamedia on merger control issues regarding several acquisitions. Practice head Reto Jacobs is recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘terrific’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd is particularly recommended for employment aspects of mergers and restructurings. It assisted Teva with the acquisition of the Swiss generics division from Actavis, which involved the reduction of the workforce and relocation of businesses. Ueli Sommer is ‘a fantastic employment lawyer’ and Philippe Nordmann is ‘an experienced employment litigator’.

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd’s core strength lies in its Zurich office, but the firm also fields significant capabilities in Basel and Bern. Standout lawyers include Johannes Bürgi for real estate and capital markets work, Luc Defferrard for banking and finance, Hans Rudolf Trüeb for public law and Thomas Meister for tax.

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd advised Molecular Health on market entry in Switzerland, assisted Teva with a complaint about marketing activities by a competitor, and continues to represent Pfizer in a price-setting dispute. Andreas Wildi and Alexander Gutmans are recommended.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd has been advising administrators of foreign Petroplus entities on Swiss insolvency proceedings and assisted Investec Bank with the insolvency proceedings of Immobiliengesellschaft Ausserholligen. Recommended lawyers include Christoph Stäubli and counsel Urs Schenker, who recently joined from Baker McKenzie.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd provides ‘top-notch advice’ on soft IP matters and also has patent expertise. The firm successfully defended insurer Zurich against copyright infringement claims regarding an advertisement campaign and successfully represented H&M in appeal proceedings concerning the registration of the COS trade mark. Markus Frick is ‘one of the best trade mark lawyers in Switzerland’; Magda Streuli-Youssef (who is ‘a very experienced litigator’) and Stefano Codoni are also recommended. Roger Staub joined from Froriep in January 2017.

Leading individuals

Magda Streuli-Youssef - Walder Wyss Ltd

Markus Frick - Walder Wyss Ltd

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd’s Lugano office provides ‘outstanding service’. The ‘highly professional’ Stefano Codoni is ‘very experienced’ in IP and IT matters, including advisory work and litigation. The ‘personable’ Davide Jermini is ‘an excellent corporate lawyer’ and also recommended for real estate matters.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

At Walder Wyss Ltd, Philippe Pulfer is ‘one of the most knowledgeable trust and private client practitioners in Switzerland’. Also recommended are Kinga Weiss, who is ‘very experienced in succession law and cross-border matters with Germany’, and Stephan Neidhardt, who is singled out for tax planning.

Leading individuals

Philippe Pulfer - Walder Wyss

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘excellent’ practice at Walder Wyss Ltd has been defending Axpo against Greenpeace’s attempts to shut down two nuclear power plants based on seismic security claims. The firm also advises the Swiss federal government on public procurement procedures. Practice head Hans Rudolf Trüeb is noted for his ‘very high level of expertise and pragmatic advice’. Daniel Staffelbach and Andreas Wildi are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Hans Rudolf Trüeb - Walder Wyss Ltd

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd’s team has been assisting De Raekt with the acquisition and subsequent development of a holiday resort in the Bern area and advised Maagtechnic on the sale and leaseback of its headquarters in Dübendorf. Recommended lawyers include the ‘outstanding’ Francis Nordmann, Johannes Bürgi and Thomas Müller-Tschumi.

Leading individuals

Francis Nordmann - Walder Wyss Ltd

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

For some, Walder Wyss Ltd is ‘number one for outsourcing and among the top for general TMT matters’. Highlights included advising health insurer Sanitas on the outsourcing of its core IT operations to Swisscom and assisted ABB with its global outsourcing programme. Mark Reutter and Didier Sangiorgio are recommended for outsourcing, and Jürg Schneider attracts praise for his data protection expertise.

Leading individuals

Mark Reutter - Walder Wyss Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘very responsive and efficient’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd is singled out for its knowledge of tax-efficient business structuring and relocation as well as tax litigation. Clients include Swiss Life and AMAG Leasing. ‘Knowledgeable and pragmatic’ practice head Thomas Meister, Martin Busenhart, Maurus Winzap and counsel Marcus Desax are recommended.

Leading individuals

Thomas Meister - Walder Wyss Ltd

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd opened its Geneva office in January 2016; since that time it has handled an impressive number of transactional mandates. Highlights included assisting J. Safra Sarasin with the acquisition of Credit Suisse’s business units in Monaco and Gibraltar. Practice head Patrick Vogel is recommended.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd provides ‘quick and accurate service’ and ‘excellent value for money’. Recent work includes advising Castleton Commodities International on the Swiss law aspects of a $3.5bn credit facility and acting for the lending bank on a CHF750m acquisition financing. The ‘very experienced’ Luc Defferrard, Francis Nordmann, Enrico Friz and Markus Pfenninger are all recommended.

Leading individuals

Luc Defferrard - Walder Wyss Ltd

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd is noted for its ‘excellent service’ in commercial arbitration cases, particularly regarding engineering and construction disputes. Clients include DMG Mori Seiki, ExxonMobil, Strabag and ThyssenKrupp. ‘Very analytical and experienced’ practice head Dieter Hofmann and the ‘knowledgeable’ Micha Bühler are recommended.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘very experienced litigation team’ at Walder Wyss Ltd is ‘very good at assessing the chance of success before a court’ and is especially noted for construction and financial services disputes. Key figures include practice head Dieter Hofmann (who is ‘an excellent practitioner’), the ‘very experienced’ Micha Bühler and the ‘very skilled and knowledgeable’ Oliver Kunz.

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Legal Developments by:
Walder Wyss Ltd

  • 17 February 2017: Auris Medical's Public Equity Offering

    Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ: EARS) issued and priced its public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and 10,000,000 warrants, each warrant entitling its holder to purchase 0.70 of a common share.  The common shares and warrants are being sold in units comprised of one common share and one warrant at the public offering price of USD 1.00 per unit. The warrants will be immediately exercisable at a price of USD 1.20 per common share and are exercisable for five years. In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional common shares and/or 1,500,000 additional warrants at the public offering price less underwriting discounts. The offering is expected to close on or about February 21, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. Roth Capital Partners is acting as sole book-running manager in the offering. Maxim Group LLC is acting as a financial advisor in the offering.
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  • 17 February 2017: Auris Medical's Public Equity Offering

    Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ: EARS) issued and priced its public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and 10,000,000 warrants, each warrant entitling its holder to purchase 0.70 of a common share.  The common shares and warrants are being sold in units comprised of one common share and one warrant at the public offering price of USD 1.00 per unit. The warrants will be immediately exercisable at a price of USD 1.20 per common share and are exercisable for five years. In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional common shares and/or 1,500,000 additional warrants at the public offering price less underwriting discounts. The offering is expected to close on or about February 21, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. Roth Capital Partners is acting as sole book-running manager in the offering. Maxim Group LLC is acting as a financial advisor in the offering.
  • 16 February 2017: Credit Suisse successfully launched its new subsidiary Credit Suisse (Switzerland)

    Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. was incorporated with the purpose to be organized as a Swiss bank. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse AG. The transfer of assets and liabilities according to Swiss merger law became effective on 20 November 2016. The transfer was aimed to evolve the legal entity structure of the Credit Suisse Group to meet regulatory requirements for systematically important banks.
  • 14 February 2017: BASF acquires Rolic Group

    BASF acquires Rolic, a Swiss based group offering innovative and forward-thinking solutions, particularly in the display and security industries as well as the optical film business.
  • 15 February 2017: gategroup CHF 300 mio. bond issuance

    gategroup successfully raised CHF 300 million through the issuance of a fixed rate 5-year senior bond with a final maturity on February 28, 2022. The bond with a coupon of 3% p.a. has been issued by gategroup Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. and is guaranteed by its parent company gategroup Holding AG. gategroup will apply for the listing of the new bond on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • 17 February 2017: RWS acquires LUZ, Inc.

    RWS Holdings plc, a world leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), commercial translations and linguistic validation, has completed the acquisition of 100% of LUZ, Inc., a market leading Life Sciences language services provider based in San Francisco, for a cash consideration of USD82.5m.
  • 17 February 2017: Cembra Money Bank acquires invoice financing provider SWISSBILLING SA

    Cembra Money Bank has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of SWISSBILLING. The transaction is expected to close within the first quarter of 2017. The transaction consideration was below CHF 10 million and is expected to have a negative impact of 0.1% on the Group’s CET1 ratio as at closing.
  • 7 February 2017: TPF closes private offering and bank financing

    Transports publics fribourgeois Trafic (TPF TRAFIC) SA closed the financing of its maintenance and exploitation centre in the canton of Fribourg. The financing was partly made through a CHF 40 mio. private placement, a CHF 32 mio. secured bank loan and a CHF 55 mio. unsecured bank loan.
  • 3 February 2017: Migros acquires Tipesca

    The Migros Group, through Mérat & Cie. SA, has acquired Tipesca SA, a company incorporated in the canton of Tessin. Tipesca offers a wide range of fish products.
  • 24 January 2017: Sharp Corporation and Skytec Group Limited enter into strategic business alliance

    Japan-based Sharp Corporation, part of Taiwan’s Foxconn Group, enters into a strategic business alliance with Skytec Group Limited (“Skytec”) regarding the manufacture and sale of Sharp branded products and services in Europe. For that purpose, Sharp acquires a majority stake of 56.7% in the newly incorporated joint venture Skytec UMC Ltd.
  • 25 January 2017: Zug Estates CHF 100 mio. Bond

    Zug Estates Holding AG (SIX: ZUGN) has successfully issued its first CHF 100 mio. fixed-interest bond with a 0.7% coupon and a 5-year maturity.