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BianchiSchwald LLC

5 RUE JACQUES BALMAT, PO Box 5839, 1211 GENEVA 11, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 58 220 36 00
Fax:
Fax +41 58 220 36 01
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Web:
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 Bättig, 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 Stéphanie Chuffart-Finsterwald are the main practitioners. Andreas Bättig 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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Switzerland

Offices in Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich

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