The Legal 500

Lalive SA

35 RUE DE LA MAIRIE, PO BOX 6569, 1211 GENEVA 6, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 58 105 20 00
Fax:
Fax +41 58 105 20 60
Email:
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 is recommended.

Leading individuals

Georges Racine - Lalive

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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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  • 23 June 2016: Castleton closes refinancing facility

    On 16 June 2016, Castleton Commodities International LLC (CCI), a global commodities merchant, closed the fifth amended and restated credit agreement between, among others, certain entities of CCI, as Borrowers and Guarantors, and BNP Paribas, as administrative agent and collateral agent.
  • 27 June 2016: Cembra Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction 2016-1 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

    On 23 June 2016, Cembra Money Bank AG (Cembra) closed its fourth auto lease securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Auto Lease 2016-1 GmbH (the Issuer) of CHF 200,000,000 0.22 per cent. Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 and CHF 22,600,000 0.40 per cent. Asset-Backed Class B Notes due 2026 to the Swiss capital market. The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by Cembra and transferred to the Issuer.
  • 28 June 2016: Statkraft Ventures invests into Swiss Smart Grid Solution Company DEPsys

    Statkraft Ventures GmbH led a Series-A financing round with participation of VNT Management and One Creation. In this round the Swiss start-up DEPsys raised CHF 3 million in total.
  • 24 May 2016: Groupe SEB acquires WMF Group from KKR

    Listed Groupe SEB acquires WMF Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to merger control clearance. Groupe SEB will pay 1,020 million EUR in cash for the WMF Group and assume net debt in an amount of 565 million EUR. In addition, SEB takes over 125 million EUR of early retirement and pension liabilities.
  • May 2016: AMAG Leasing: Second Auto Lease CHF 515m ABS Transaction (Dual Tranche 2016-/2016-2)

    On 4 May 2016, AMAG Leasing AG closed its second auto lease securitization transaction. The transaction was structured as a dual trance transaction involving the issuance of notes with various terms, issued by two separate SPVs. Swiss Car ABS 2016-1 AG (the 2016-1 Issuer) issued CHF 200,000,000 0.15 percent Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 (2y soft bullet) and CHF 15,000,000 1.125 percent Asset-Backed Class B Notes due 2026 (2y soft bullet) and Swiss Car ABS 2016-2 AG (the 2016-2 Issuer) issued CHF 300,000,000 0.30 percent Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 (4y soft bullet). The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are each backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG and transferred to the Issuers. The Class Notes are rated "AAAsf" by Fitch and "Aaa(sf)" by Moody’s and the Class B Notes are rated «AA+sf» by Fitch and «A1(sf)» by Moody’s. UBS Investment Bank acted as Lead Manager, Sole Bookrunner and Co-Arranger, Credit Suisse and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Senior Co-Manager and StormHarbour acted as Co-Arrangers and Co-Manager (Class B Notes) on this transaction.
  • 27 April 2016: Greatbatch/INTEGER

    Following completion of the acquisition of the Lake Region Medical groupe by Greatbatch, Inc. and the renaming of Lake Region Medical into INTEGER, Greatbatch contributed in multiple capital increases own shares to Swiss-based P Medical Holding AG/INTEGER (Switzerland) GmbH, which were swapped against shares in the Irish-based Lake Region Medical Holdings Limited. The transaction was completed by a down-stream merger of P Medical Holding AG into its subsidiary INTEGER (Switzerland) GmbH.
  • April 2016: Mövenpick invests in imported wine wholesaler Cheers in China

    Hospitality and food service industry company Mövenpick invests in Chinese wine wholesaler Cheers by acquiring a strategic stake. Cheers has 30 branch offices in the greater Beijing area and currently generates annual revenues of roughly three million Swiss francs. Mövenpick is a Swiss group of companies with global presence. Its core competency lies in the hospitality business, with a focus on gastronomy, hotels, wine and premium branded products.
  • 22 March 2016: Swiss Life - CHF 600 mio. Hybrid Bonds

    Swiss Life Ltd has successfully placed a CHF 450 million undated subordinated bond, first callable in September 2021 (coupon until first call date: 3.75%) and a CHF 150 million dated subordinated bond with final maturity in 2046, first callable in September 2026 (coupon until first call date: 4.375%).
  • 23 March 2016: J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG to acquire Credit Suisse (Monaco) S.A.M. and Credit Suiss

    Mit Aktienkaufvertrag vom 22. März 2016 erwarb die J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG von der Credit Suisse AG alle Aktien der Credit Suisse (Monaco) S.A.M. Der Vollzug der Transaktion steht unter dem Vorbehalt üblicher Bedingungen, einschliesslich der Zustimmung der Behörden. Der Vollzug der Transaktion soll noch vor Ende 2016 erfolgen. Mit der Transaktion würde eine der grössten Bankengruppe in Monaco entstehen.
  • 28 January 2016: New partner at Walder Wyss

    We are delighted to announce that Theodor Härtsch has joined Walder Wyss as new partner on 21 January 2016.