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Switzerland

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

Lalive

Lalive specialises in corporate transactions, public-private partnerships and commercial contracts. Alexander Troller and Jean-Paul Vulliéty are the main contacts in Geneva, while Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Bühr lead the practice in Zurich.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive mainly handles contentious IP matters, but also advises clients on trade mark portfolio management. ‘Proactive and extremely knowledgeable’ counsel Thomas Widmerresponds very quickly and keeps clients updated’; he represented IKKS in proceedings against third-party usage of its trade mark.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive is best known for its expertise in banking, litigation, arbitration and private client matters. Clients recommend Alexander Troller, Marc Henzelin and Sandrine Giroud.

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

Lalive

Lalive is best known for its banking and finance, corporate and dispute resolution teams. Matthias Scherer, Michael Schneider, Simone Nadelhofer and Matthias Gstoehl are the key partners.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Lalive has ‘impressive experience in advising on wills and related areas across international jurisdictions’ and also handles tax, trust, estate planning and marital property issues; special expertise exists in the field of art law and inheritance disputes. Alexander Troller is representing an individual in proceedings regarding the recovery of assets from a Swiss private bank after the client’s offshore company accounts had been blocked due to alleged tax compliance and money laundering issues. The ‘highly competent, dedicated, committed and knowledgeableWerner Jahnel and ‘careful listener’ and associate Marion Binder recently represented several heirs in an estate succession dispute, which also concerned the release of funds.

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

Lalive

Lalive covers real estate transactions, financings, leasing, construction and infrastructure advice on both non-contentious and contentious level. The practice is representing an instrumentality of a Middle Eastern state in arbitration proceedings concerning transport infrastructure and also advised an international organisation on the refurbishment of its European headquarters and construction of new offices in Geneva. Alexander Troller, Michael Schneider, Bernd Ehle and Matthias Scherer are the main partners.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

The ‘very client-oriented and responsiveLalive delivers ‘outstanding services’ in litigation against banks by applying ‘aggressive’ methods; however, ‘strong practical advice’ is also provided on regulatory issues. Marc Henzelin often represents high-net worth individuals in asset freezing, fraud and wrongful execution matters and jointly heads the practice with Alexander Troller, who is an ‘exceptional practitioner with unrivalled technical expertise’. ‘Effective’ litigator Sandrine Giroud is also recommended.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

The Zurich team of Lalivehas strong capabilities and is extremely knowledgeable’, offering expertise in regulatory, compliance, litigation and investigation matters. The group advised Thurgauer Kantonalbank on a cross-border investigation concerning alleged assistance with tax avoidance. The ‘well-organised, forward-planning, practical and effectiveDaniel Lucien Bühr is recommended and Simone Nadelhofer is another name to note. Matthias Gstoehl joined from Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG in April 2017.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Lalive

Lalivemeets international best standards in commercial arbitration’ and impresses with ‘outstanding case management, attention to detail and engagement for the benefit of the client’. The group is also highly adept at advising on investment arbitration and recently represented Romania in two high-value ICSID arbitrations against North American and Scandinavian investors. Furthermore, the practice acted for a Middle Eastern company against a European construction company in a $30m ICC arbitration related to outstanding payments for jointly planned Middle Eastern business activities. ‘Cutting-edge practitionerTeresa Giovanniniis very responsive, to-the-point and practical in her advice’, while Matthias Scherer has ‘impressive expertise in difficult international cases’. Marc Veit is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthias Scherer - Lalive

Veijo Heiskanen - Lalive

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive provides ‘a heavy-weight contentious offering’, including a ‘specialisation in white-collar crime’. The team also exhibits strength in banking, commercial, private client, energy, real estate, employment and IP disputes and recently represented the Lybian Investment Authority in a $58m asset recovery case against Société Générale. Other work included representing the head of a Middle Eastern group against multijurisdictional fraud claims worth $9bn. The ‘knowledgeable and well-respectedMarc Henzelin, who jointly leads the practice with Alexander Troller, the ‘attentive, accurate and conciseSandrine Giroud and ‘commercially astute’ counsel Sonja Maeder Morvant are recommended. Matthias Gstoehl joined the Zurich office from Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG.

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.