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Doha, Geneva, Zurich

Switzerland

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

Lalive

Lalive’s ‘very good’ team is recommended for mid-market and cross-border transactions. The practice continues to handle 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

Lalive is considered ‘a clear market leader’ for international arbitration, where Matthias Scherer is frequently recommended, and is very strong in litigation and contentious banking matters, where Alexander Troller and Marc Henzelin are the names to note.

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

Lalive

Geneva-headquartered Lalive also has a strong office in Zurich. Philipp Habegger is recommended for arbitration, and Simone Nadelhofer is noted for his expertise in litigation and banking matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive’s ‘very good’ team is known for handling trade mark dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration, and also provides trade mark prosecution services. Counsel Thomas Widmer is recommended.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Lalive regularly advises high-net-worth individuals on estate planning and is particularly known for its strength in dispute resolution. Werner Jahnel is ‘very responsive and very knowledgeable in inheritance law’.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive’s team is noted for its strength in real estate and construction disputes and also handles non-contentious matters. Michael Schneider is ‘very experienced’.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive is well known for its ‘excellent’ banking litigation practice, which recently represented Georgian businessman and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili in a $1bn lawsuit against Credit Suisse for alleged mismanagement of funds. The team also has significant banking regulatory and financing expertise. Alexander Troller and Marc Henzelin are recommended.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Bühr head the practice at Lalive, which is recommended for banking litigation as well as compliance and internal investigations. It successfully assisted Thurgauer Kantonalbank with obtaining a non-target letter under the US disclosure programme.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Lalive

Lalive is ‘a clear market leader’ when it comes to international commercial and investment arbitration. Recent work includes representing Mauritius in an UNCITRAL arbitration and Romania in two ICSID arbitrations, one regarding tax enforcement measures in the food and beverages industry and another concerning a mining project. Recommended lawyers include the ‘incredibly bright and strategicVeijo Heiskanen, the ‘impeccableMichael Schneider, the ‘very sharpNoradèle Radjai, the ‘extremely thorough and tenaciousDomitille Baizeau, the ‘knowledgeableBernd Ehle, and Matthias Scherer.

Leading individuals

Matthias Scherer - Lalive

Veijo Heiskanen - Lalive

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive is ‘a very good choice’ for litigation, particularly in the areas of financial services and white-collar crime. The team is representing Georgian businessman and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili in a $1bn lawsuit against Credit Suisse for alleged mismanagement of funds. Recommended lawyers include Alexander Troller, Marc Henzelin and recently promoted partner Sandrine Giroud.

Next generation lawyers

Sandrine Giroud - Lalive

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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.