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Lalive SA

35 RUE DE LA MAIRIE, PO BOX 6569, 1211 GENEVA 6, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 105 20 00
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Fax +41 58 105 20 60
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Web:
www.lalive.ch
Doha, Geneva, Zurich

Switzerland

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Lalive’s practice focuses mostly on mid-market domestic and cross-border commercial and corporate transactions. It also has a significant amount of inbound business from its office in Doha. Alexander Troller is recommended.

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

Lalive

Dispute resolution specialist Lalive has many ‘outstanding’ international arbitration lawyers, including Matthias Scherer, and is also strong in litigation. Marc Henzelin is recommended for contentious banking matters, as is Georges Racine for telecoms issues.

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German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Outstanding’ dispute resolution firm Lalive has its headquarters in Geneva, but has a robust and growing Zurich office. Philipp Habegger is recommended for arbitration, as is Simone Nadelhofer for litigation.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive’s ‘very professional’ team is well known for IP dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration, but also provides trade mark portfolio management, prosecution and advisory services. Thomas Widmer is recommended.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive is especially known for dispute resolution, but also provides advisory services to high-net-worth individuals on estate planning regarding private wealth and business assets. Werner Jahnel is recommended.

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

Lalive

Lalive is particularly recommended for real estate and construction disputes, but also excels on the advisory side. Michael Schneider has ‘extensive experience in construction matters’ and ‘a talent for composing the adequate teams of lawyers for a particular dossier’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive is especially strong in the telecoms sector. It recently advised an international telecom network operator on Swiss regulatory requirements following its acquisition of a music streaming service provider. Georges Racine recently left the firm.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

The ‘very professional’ team at Lalive is exceptionally strong when it comes to banking litigation, but it also provides ‘fast and practical advice’ on a range of banking regulatory and finance matters. Alexander Troller is ‘client-oriented, responsive, diligent and very supportive’. Recent work includes representing a Swiss private bank in an exchange rate dispute with an offshore company.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Lalive’s practice in Zurich focuses on regulation, compliance and internal investigations. One highlight was its work as Swiss counsel to Neil Barofsky, the US appointed monitor of a major Swiss bank, including the establishment of a whistle‐blower reporting system. Simone Nadelhofer and recently promoted partner Daniel Bühr head the practice.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Lalive

Lalive is ‘in a league of its own’ regarding international arbitration and the ‘strength in depth of its first-class team is outstanding’. Among its ‘many exceptionally bright lawyers’ are the ‘experiencedMichael Schneider, the ‘professionalMatthias Scherer, the ‘competentVeijo Heiskanen, the ‘capablePhilipp Habegger, the ‘brilliantNoradèle Radjai and ‘excellent fighterDomitille Baizeau. The firm was recently selected in a public tender process by the Swiss government to defend it against a potential $750m ICSID claim by Turkish investors, which would be the first investment treaty claim brought against Switzerland.

Leading individuals

Matthias Scherer - Lalive

Veijo Heiskanen - Lalive

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive’s ‘excellent’ practice regularly acts for corporations, states and high-net-worth individuals – often politically exposed persons – in civil and criminal matters. The team recently successfully defended a Middle Eastern entity against allegations of fraud and claims totalling $9bn. The ‘very diligentAlexander Troller is recommended along with Marc Henzelin and Simone Nadelhofer.

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Lalive SA

Legal Developments in Switzerland

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • 11 November 2016: Mercury acquires CES

    Mercury Systems, a NASDAQ listed leading commercial provider of secure processing subsystems, acquires the Swiss mission computing company Creative Electronic Systems (CES).
  • 11 November 2016: FinanceFox successfully completes Series A financing round

    Swiss insurtech startup FinanceFox has successfully completed its Series A financing round with Target Global and Horizons Ventures as lead investors. The financing round also included the conversion of existing venture loan investments from, amongst others, Salesforce Ventures. Idinvest, Speedinvest and AngelList.
  • 1 November 2016: Ardian will acquire lighting Group SLV from Cinven

    The independent private investment company Ardian has won the bidding for the Germany based lighting maker SLV. Ardian entered into an agreement with Cinven to acquire SLV. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval of the applicable anti-trust authorities.
  • 18 October 2016: Dr. Michael Cartier elected officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

    Dr. Michael Cartier was elected as an officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for the years 2016 to 2022. Dr. Michael Cartier has previously been Chair of the IPBA TMT Committee from 2013 to 2016. The IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was established in April 1991 and has over 1400 members from over 65 national jurisdictions throughout the world.
  • 8 November 2016: Next Generation takes over Lunchgate

    Simultaneously with a capital increase a group of investors led by Nikolaus Wein and Yves Latour has acquired a majority stake in Lunchgate AG from its founders. Lunchgate, Switzerland’s leading restaurant platform, was founded in 2009 as ICT startup and has developed a comprehensive product portfolio for restaurateurs and gastronomy groups.
  • 2 November 2016: Victory before the Supreme Court

    With decision dated 6 October 2016, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court fully rejected a motion to set aside an arbitral award. The decision resulted from a dispute in the amount of about USD 35 million concerning the aviation industry.
  • 3 October 2016: Full integration of e-fon AG by UPC Switzerland

    On 3 October 2016, UPC Switzerland (formerly upc cablecom) acquired the remaining 51% in e-fon AG. In October 2013, UPC already aquired 49% and entered into a joint venture with the sellers. e-fon is the leading provider in Switzerland for modern telephone solutions in the wholesale market.
  • 30 September 2016: Ascom to divest its Network Testing Division to InfoVista

    Ascom Holding AG (SIX: ASCN) and InfoVista have closed a sale agreement under which InfoVista acquired the Network Testing Division. The transaction is based on a cash-free / debt-free enterprise value of USD 45 million. Ascom received USD 30 million in cash at closing and the remainder of the consideration is in the form of a subordinated vendor loan with a nominal value of USD 15 million, a 7-year maturity and a stated interest rate of 4% p.a.
  • 11 October 2016: Sulzer Ltd – Exemption from the duty to submit a mandatory takover offer

    With decision dated 11 October 2016, the Takeover Board concluded that the refinancing and the potential enforcement of shares in Sulzer Ltd, which serve as a security for the financing banks, does not trigger a duty to launch a mandatory public tender offer for the shares in Sulzer AG for Natixis S.A., Credit Suisse AG, J.P. Morgan Securities Plc, ING Bank N.V., Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) Ltd., Sberbank of Russia as well as Tiwel Holding AG and Renova Holding Limited. Sberbank of Russia was granted an exemption from the obligation to submit a mandatory public tender offer in case that they hold more than 33 1/3% of the voting rights in Sulzer Ltd due to an appropriation of the respective shares in enforcement proceedings.
  • 27 September 2016: Swiss Life – EUR 600 mio. Hybrid Bond

    Swiss Life Ltd has successfully placed a EUR 600 million undated subordinated bond, first callable in May 2027. The coupon until the first call date has been fixed at 4.5%.