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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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Web:
www.walderwyss.com
Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd’s ‘very good’ practice is especially recommended for mid-cap transactions. Recent highlights include advising Glarner Kantonalbank on its IPO and assisting Swiss Life with a €750m subordinated bond issuance. Lukas Wyss and recently promoted partner Alexander Nikitine head the team, in which Johannes Bürgi and Enrico Friz are recommended. Thiemo Sturny joined from Staiger, Schwald & Partner in 2017.

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘very strong and entrepreneurial’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd provides ‘excellent guidance through difficult transactions’. It recently assisted Migros with the acquisition of Lüchinger+Schmid Group and advised Tamedia on its purchase of Ricardo Group. ‘Very professional negotiator’ Urs Gnos jointly heads the practice with ‘excellent adviser’ Markus Vischer. The firm opened a new Geneva office in January 2016, with Patrick Vogel joining from Froriep.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd has been assisting Tamedia with obtaining merger clearance of the acquisition of Ricardo Group and has been representing Kies AG Aaretal in the Competition Commission’s investigation into gravel and landfill companies. Practice head Reto Jacobs is recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd has been assisting Actavis and Allergan with the combination of their businesses, including reduction of workforce and relocation of businesses, and advised Oriflame Cosmetics on its relocation to Switzerland. Philippe Nordmann is recommended.

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd has an excellent real estate team, for which Johannes Bürgi is the key contact. The IP and IT practice is also very strong, where Mark Reutter is recommended. Hans Rudolf Trüeb is a leading lawyer for public law, as is Thomas Meister for tax advice. Roger Staub joined from Froriep.

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

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd has a fast-growing healthcare and life sciences practice. New practice head Andreas Wildi, who came from Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, successfully represented Pfizer before the Federal Administrative Court in a pricing dispute. The ‘very skilled and commercial’ Markus Frick is recommended for IP matters.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd has been representing Credit Opportunities Master Ltd/ Paulson & Co. Inc in the Lehman insolvency proceedings. Christoph Stäubli and Mark Reutter are key contacts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘first-class’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd successfully protected the Zoo Sport trade mark in Switzerland for its client against an opposition filed by K-2, which was based on its ZOOT Sports mark. Other clients include Novartis, H&M and Mövenpick. Magda Streuli-Youssef is ‘one of the top trade mark lawyers’ and Markus Frick ‘has the bite needed to win any case that can be won’. The ‘brilliantRoger Staub joined from Froriep.

Leading individuals

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 has a ‘very good’ team in Lugano. ‘Excellent’ IP and IT lawyer Stefano Codoni has been representing lastminute.com in a dispute with Ryanair, which has a policy of attempting to block travel sites from selling its tickets. Davide Jermini is recommended for corporate and real estate matters.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd has a growing practice with remarkable expertise in cross-border successions, relocation and tax planning for high-net-worth individuals. Stephan Neidhardt and newly promoted partner Kinga Weiss are recommended along with Philippe Pulfer, who joined from Froriep.

Leading individuals

Philippe Pulfer - Walder Wyss

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd is known for assisting the Swiss government with public procurement procedures, including the recent representation in a software procurement dispute. The firm is also representing the Swiss army in a dispute about freedom of information requests by the press. Healthcare regulatory expert Andreas Wildi, who joined the practice from Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, is recommended along with Daniel Staffelbach and ‘very knowledgeable and client-oriented’ practice head Hans Rudolf Trüeb.

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 recently assisted a foreign sovereign state fund with its investment in a shopping centre development and advised ING Real Estate on the sale of the Designer Outlet Landquart. Francis Nordmann and Johannes Bürgi are key contacts for transactions, while Thomas Müller-Tschumi is expert for development and public real estate law.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd’s ‘very experienced team’ has been advising Avaloq on setting up a joint venture with Raiffeisen banking group for a business process outsourcing centre. Mark Reutter is ‘an outstanding outsourcing lawyer’, Didier Sangiorgio is ‘an excellent strategist and negotiator’, and Jürg Schneider is ‘a first-class data protection expert’.

Leading individuals

Mark Reutter - Walder Wyss Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd is particularly strong in tax-efficient business structuring and relocation as well as tax disputes. It successfully represented Helvetia Versicherungen before the Federal Supreme Court in a dispute regarding income tax credit for foreign dividend withholding taxes paid. Thomas Meister, Martin Busenhart and Marcus Desax are recommended.

Leading individuals

Thomas Meister - Walder Wyss Ltd

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

The ‘excellent’ practice at Walder Wyss Ltd is ‘fast and efficient’, especially in the context of structured finance and securitisations. The ‘very strong’ team includes several experienced lawyers, among whom Francis Nordmann, Luc Defferrard, Enrico Friz and Markus Pfenninger are particularly recommended. Recent work includes assisting Swiss Life and Axa Leben with a perpetual hybrid credit agreement with Palladio Versicherungen. Thiemo Sturny joined from Staiger, Schwald & Partner in 2017.

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’s team ‘combines profound legal knowledge with first-rate industry expertise’, and is particularly recommended for engineering and construction disputes. Clients include DMG Mori Seiki, ThyssenKrupp and ExxonMobil. Practice head Dieter Hofmann and the ‘excellent’ Micha Bühler are recommended.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd provides ‘high-level service’, ‘short response times’ and ‘good value for money’. The ‘very strong’ team has particular expertise with disputes in the construction and the financial services sectors, as well as with injunctive relief matters and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Dieter Hofmann and Micha Bühler are recommended. Oliver Kunz became partner in January 2016.

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  • 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.
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