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BianchiSchwald LLC

5 RUE JACQUES BALMAT, PO Box 5839, 1211 GENEVA 11, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 22 704 36 00
Fax:
Fax +41 58 220 36 01
Email:
Web:
https://www.bianchischwald.ch
Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich

Switzerland

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC offers advice on M&A transactions, venture capital, private equity and general corporate matters, particularly for clients in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Recent highlights include advising Stadler Rail on a joint venture with Austrian railway maintenance company ÖBB-Technische Services. Manuel Bianchi della Porta counts French food retail company Casino among his long-term clients. Thomas Schmid heads the practice and Andreas BĂ€ttig, Marc Metzger as well as Hans-Peter Schwald are other names to note.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC regularly advises on employment agreements, bonus schemes, pension and insurance plans, mass dismissals and health and safety; the group also covers internal processes audits, immigration advice, contentious employment matters as well as legal services provided to recruitment agencies. The team advised the International Road Union on compliance issues, governing rules and also represented the client in employment litigation. Stéphanie Fuld is the main contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC‘s IP practice is well versed on the full spectrum of trade mark portfolio management, including advice on filings, renewals and enforcement both for corporate and private clients. The team also represents clients in IP-related arbitration proceedings and unfair competition disputes. Recent highlights include representing Stadler Rail in an international patent litigation against Bombardier, which concerned the construction of rail vehicles, as well as advising Tyco on international trade mark and design registrations related to its merger with Johnson Controls. Christoph Gasser, who joined after the merger of parts of formerly Staiger, Schwald & Partner with BCCC, and managing associate StĂ©phanie Chuffart-Finsterwald are the main practitioners. Andreas BĂ€ttig is another name to note.

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

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC is a prominent player in the banking and finance, corporate and M&A, as well as employment arena. Thierry Amy, Thomas Goossens, Manuel Bianchi della Porta and Stéphanie Fuld are the key practitioners.

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

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC advises international investors as well as local developers, contractors and institutional investors on transactions, development projects, leases, asset management and financing. The team assisted HRS Real Estate with an acquisition offer for a property in the Geneva development zone. Yves de Coulon is the key contact for real estate matters in the Lake of Geneva region, while Marc Metzger specialises in construction matters for the healthcare sector.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC handles general corporate taxation matters and provides specialist expertise regarding banking and investment tax law, international double taxation as well as transfer pricing. The practice advised Medicxi Ventures on all direct and indirect tax aspects relating to the set-up of a separate investment fund. Joseph Merhai and Joseane Vieira Meier are the main advisors.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC’s ‘reactive and efficient’ team engages in regulatory and commercial banking, investment as well as criminal and contentious matters related to the industry. Typical clients include banks, asset managers, security dealers, private equity companies and investment funds. Practice lead Thomas Goossens and Thierry Amy further participate in think tanks set up by the firm in the light of major banking and investment industry changes.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC is particulary adept at advising on white-collar crime matters, but exhibits additional expertise in employment, real estate, banking, media and corporate litigation. Jean-Marc Carnice specialises in white-collar crime, while Thierry Amy provides advice on contentious banking and finance, as well as real estate matters. Stéphanie Fuld is the key contact for employment disputes.

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  • Latest developments in planning and zoning

    In Le Temps, the daily newspaper of reference of Western Switzerland, Yves de Coulon analyses the latest developments in the field of planning and zoning: Weber Initiative, Landscape Initiative, recent modifications of the Federal Law on planning and zoning, what consequences on the cantons' autonomy in the area of planning and zoning?
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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 MĂ©rat & 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.