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Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger’s practice ‘is second to none’ when it comes to equity and debt capital markets matters. It recently assisted Credit Suisse with two capital increases totalling CHF6bn, advised UBS on its $1.5bn tier one capital notes issuance, and acted for the underwriters on Investis Holding’s IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very experienced’ Daniel Daeniker, ‘dynamic ECM expert’ Frank Gerhard, René Bösch, Hansjürg Appenzeller and Benedikt Maurenbrecher.

Leading individuals

Daniel Daeniker - Homburger

René Bösch - Homburger

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger’s ‘top-notch’ practice is recommended for high-profile M&A transactions. Highlights included assisting ChemChina with its $43bn public takeover of Syngenta, acting for Kuoni Travel on EQT’s CHF1.4bn public tender offer, and advising Kaba Group on its merger with German group Dorma. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Dieter Gericke heads the practice, which includes the ‘experienced and pragmatic’ Daniel Daeniker, ‘sharp-minded’ Frank Gerhard, ‘extremely astute’ Daniel Hasler and Claude Lambert.

Leading individuals

Daniel Daeniker - Homburger

Dieter Gericke - Homburger

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Hasler - Homburger

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger’s ‘excellent’ practice has been representing Eli Lilly in appeal proceedings against a fine imposed by the Competition Commission for alleged vertical price fixing and assisted AMAG Automobil- und Motoren with three separate investigations into its business practices. Practice head Franz Hoffet and Marcel Dietrich are recommended.

Leading individuals

Franz Hoffet - Homburger

Marcel Dietrich - Homburger

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger is ‘a top choice’ for merger-related employment matters, including mass dismissals and social plan negotiations, as well as for litigation regarding management and employee participation plans. Clients include UBS, Credit Suisse, Google and Deloitte. Balz Gross and counsel Roger Zuber are recommended.

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German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger is ‘a first-rate firm’ in Switzerland and is wholly based in Zurich. Recommended lawyers include the ‘very experienced’ René Bösch, who stands out for banking matters, Daniel Daeniker, who is recommended for capital markets and M&A work, competition expert Franz Hoffet, Georg Rauber, who is singled out for intellectual property, and Dieter Grünblatt for tax.

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

Homburger

Homburger combines a leading life sciences transactions practice, led by Dieter Gericke, and an excellent pharma patent team, led by Georg Rauber. It advised Kuros Biosurgery on its merger with Cytos Biotechnology. Other clients include AbbVie, Baxter, Eli Lilly, GE Healthcare, and Sanofi-Aventis.

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

Homburger

Homburger’s expertise includes handling corporate restructurings of distressed companies and representing creditors throughout the pre-insolvency phase, in insolvency proceedings and in related litigation. Ueli Huber heads the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

The ‘excellent’ practice at Homburger covers the full range of IP matters and is particularly strong in pharmaceutical patent disputes. It recently assisted Johnson Electric with the enforcement of its Saia trade mark. Other clients include AbbVie, Baxter and Nestlé. Practice head and ‘impressive patent litigator’ Georg Rauber is recommended along with Andri Hess and Gregor Bühler.

Leading individuals

Georg Rauber - Homburger

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Homburger

Homburger’s team has experience in international estate planning and continues to advise the executor of Marc Rich’s estate on its transfer to the heirs. The ‘extremely efficient and responsive’ Gabrielle Nater-Bass and Harold Grüninger are recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Homburger

Homburger regularly advises on regulatory issues in the energy sector and has experience in public procurement matters. Key clients include Nord Energia, which it acts for in proceedings before the Swiss Federal Electricity Commission (ElCom). Mariella Orelli and Marcel Dietrich are recommended.

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

Homburger

Homburger regularly handles transactions in the real estate sector and related litigation. Marcel Dietrich has been assisting 3M with the planning and construction of its new EMEA headquarters in Langenthal.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger’s ‘outstanding’ practice advised health insurer Helsana on the outsourcing of customer data to a Microsoft cloud server abroad and continues to represent several Swiss banks in data protection-related disputes with clients and employees regarding the banks’ co-operation with US authorities. Georg Rauber and ‘very knowledgeable and practically minded’ counsel David Rosenthal are recommended.

Leading individuals

David Rosenthal - Homburger

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger’s team is ‘a safe pair of hands’ for transactional tax advice, including M&A and finance deals. Practice head Dieter Grünblatt has ‘deep knowledge’ and shows ‘sound judgement’. Peter Riedweg and Stefan Oesterhelt are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Dieter Grünblatt - Homburger

Peter Riedweg - Homburger

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

The team at Homburger provides ‘impeccable service’ for finance transactions and ‘excellent advice’ on regulatory matters. Recent work includes representing UBS in FINMA enforcement proceedings regarding alleged market abuse in its FX business, assisting RBS with the sale of Coutts to Union Banquaire Privée, and acting for HNA Group on the financing of its acquisition of Swissport Group, including a €660m term loan and a CHF150m revolving credit facility. Practice head Benedikt Maurenbrecher, the ‘very experienced’ René Bösch and the ‘pragmatic and efficient’ Hansjürg Appenzeller are recommended alongside Daniel Daeniker and senior associate Benjamin Leisinger.

Leading individuals

Daniel Daeniker - Homburger

René Bösch - Homburger

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin Leisinger - Homburger

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Homburger

Homburger is noted for its ‘excellent service’ in international commercial and investment arbitration. It continues to represent the Kingdom of Jordan against a Qatari investor in an ICSID arbitration and a parallel ad hoc arbitration regarding investments in the Jordanian financial services sector. Other clients include Alpiq and F. Hoffmann-La Roche. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Felix Dasser, Balz Gross and the ‘very professional’ Mariella Orelli are recommended.

Leading individuals

Felix Dasser - Homburger

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger’s ‘very responsive’ team is a top choice for foreign clients with contentious matters in Switzerland, and provides ‘outstanding service’, particularly with regard to litigation in the banking, finance and insurance sectors. Recent work includes representing several banks in data protection matters concerning information requests from foreign tax authorities. Recommended lawyers include Felix Dasser, Balz Gross, Mariella Orelli and Georg Naegeli.

Leading individuals

Balz Gross - Homburger

Felix Dasser - Homburger

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Legal Developments in Switzerland

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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.