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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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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.