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Kellerhals Carrard

PLACE SAINT-FRANÇOIS 1, PO BOX 7191, 1002 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 200 33 00
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www.kellerhals-carrard.ch

Switzerland

Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard fields 'a business-driven, responsive, accurate and client-oriented' team, which handles asset management, regulatory issues, leasing transactions and fintech projects. Notable clients include UBS, Man Group and Deutsche Bank. Dominik Oberholzer is 'a go-to lawyer for questions on Swiss regulations, funds and asset management'. Armin Kuehne and Cornelia Stengel are also key practitioners. Blockchain expert Lars Schlichting, who is based in Lugano,  joined with three attorneys from KPMG Switzerland.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

Transactions, exchange-traded products, IPOs, asset management, derivatives and disclosure matters make up the bulk of work at¬†Kellerhals Carrard.¬†Dominik Oberholzer¬†advised Man Group on the foundation of an international CLO investment vehicle, and also assisted UBS with the regulatory registration and listing of financial products on SIX Swiss Exchange.¬†Beat Brechb√ľhl¬†acted for Aventron on a cross-border share capital increase.

Leading individuals

Beat Brechb√ľhl - Kellerhals Carrard

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

The practice at 'business-oriented, efficient and pragmatic firm'¬†Kellerhals Carrard¬†'cares about client objectives and offers great service and know-how in all areas'. It is especially known for mid-cap M&A transactions, corporate governance and fintech matters. 'Highly intelligent and entrepreneurial' managing partner¬†Beat Brechb√ľhl¬†advised the families In√§bit and Haag on the sale of its 70 per cent stake in Haag Streit Group to Metall Zug, while Edgar Philippin¬†acted for Accor on its acquisition of M√∂venpick's hotel business. Clients also recommend 'practical and precise thinker'¬†Ines P√∂schel.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

The competition practice at Kellerhals Carrard is recommended for serving as 'a very efficient one-stop shop for antitrust, abuse of dominance and merger control cases'. Other areas of expertise include compliance audits and training, as well as representation in price supervision proceedings. Many clients stem from the healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, construction and telecoms industries. Daniel Emch, who is 'a brilliant and experienced competition lawyer with outstanding economic expertise', assists with the Swiss merger control notification of the joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Carl Zeiss. The team is also representing Erne Holding AG, Galenica, HCI Solutions and Groupe Editis in separate appeal proceedings against ComCo decisions.

Next Generation Partners

Daniel Emch - Kellerhals Carrard

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard employs 'arbitration specialists' in Zurich and Bern, who mainly cover commercial and sports arbitration. A recent highlight for Bernhard Berger and Martin Molina was the representation of the claimant, the Republic of Croatia, in $5bn setting-aside proceedings against a final award granted to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company. François Kaiser, Henry Peter and senior associate Olivier Mosimann are also key practitioners.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Kellerhals Carrard

'Well known and experienced commercial litigation firm' Kellerhals Carrard displays 'a clear, partner-managed and aggressive approach in court'. The sizeable team is active in litigation related to corporate and commercial matters, insolvency proceedings and post-M&A disputes throughout Switzerland. Co-lead Andreas Guengerich is acting for a Swiss architects firm in its additional compensation claim against a city due to modifications applied during the construction of a new theatre, while his 'pleasant, professional and competent' counterpart Lukas Bopp supported the insolvent Banque Privée Espirito Santo in a voidance action concerning a payment made during liquidity. Clients also recommend the 'very experienced and commercially knowledgeable' Peter Schatz. Lugano-based Ivan Paparelli and François Roger Micheli, who joined the new Geneva office from Python in January 2019, are other names to note. Life sciences, internal compliance and corruption specialist Claudia Götz was a new arrival from Novartis in October 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

Present in all parts of Switzerland, Kellerhals Carrard acts for a number of long-term clients, frequently advising on contractual matters and negotiations, as well as dispute resolution. In a major highlight, the team advised numerous clients on the drafting of employment agreements and incentive plans in connection with the implementation of say-on-pay rules. Daniel Alder heads the team.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

A popular choice for industry-related litigation, regulatory and financing advice, Kellerhals Carrard is recommended for its 'high levels of responsiveness and knowledge'. In a recent highlight, Thomas Eichenberger is representing Roche Pharma in an administrative appeal proceeding against regulatory authority Swissmedic concerning its decision to prohibit certain phrases included in the summary of product characteristics for Herceptin.

Leading individuals

Thomas Eichenberger - Kellerhals Carrard

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard focuses on company restructurings and liquidation proceedings. Lukas Bopp represents Banque Privée Espírito Santo in a voidance action related to a payment dating back before its insolvency, while Daniel Staehelin and Jean-Luc Chenaux are handling the client's ongoing liquidation.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

The 'vastly knowledgeable and solution-driven' insurance team at Kellerhals Carrard is known for its 'reliable, efficient, professional and personable collaboration' with clients and 'a good connection to commercial ancillary practices'. It handles a range of work, including the resolution of disputes, liability and coverage issues and the design of insurance products, as well as regulatory advice and negotiations with FINMA. Basel-based Pascal Grolimund, who 'has a very clear judgement of situations', defended a large insurance company against a multimillion-dollar coverage claim brought by a policy holder, including bringing a counter-claim concerning alleged insurance fraud related to a disability pension. Practice head Christoph Frey produces 'outstanding work' and 'never fails to keep the client informed with to-the-point memos'.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard advises on the strategy, implementation, commercialisation and protection of patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs and other types of intellectual property. Zurich-based Daniel Alder  and commercial specialist Stefano Perucchi in Lugano are the key contacts.

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

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard opened its Geneva office in January 2019 following its merger with De Pfyffer & Partners. The Lausanne office is recognised for its strengths in corporate, dispute resolution, insolvency, sports and TMT matters. François Carrard, Edgar Philippin, Jean-Luc Chenaux and Ross Wenzel are the main practitioners.

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

Kellerhals Carrard

With significant sector-based expertise, Kellerhals Carrard¬†is renowned for its experience in sports matters and public law, as well as capital markets, corporate and M&A and insolvency law. Managing partner Beat Brechb√ľhl, Thomas Eichenberger, Daniel Emch¬†and Christoph J√§ger¬†are key names.

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Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard

The Lugano office of multi-regional firm Kellerhals Carrard covers dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, IP and tax law. Arbitrator and corporate partner Henry Peter, banking litigator Ivan Paparelli, private client and tax specialist Giovanni Stucchi and M&A partner Massimiliano Maestretti are the names to note. The former head of KPMG's legal department in Lugano, Lars Schlichting, joined in June 2018, bringing experience in blockchain and ICO matters.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard has 'outstanding expertise in procurement law, providing profound advice on the client's position and perspective'. Other focus areas include regulatory matters relating to energy, transport and postal services, as well as immigration and administrative criminal law. 'Outstanding and experienced public-law litigator' Christoph Jäger assists Swiss Post with internal investigations concerning its subsidiary PostBus Switzerland's compliance with subsidy law. In other work, it is representing Tamedia in its complaint against railway company Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)'s granting of a public tender bid for advertising to APG Allgemeine Plakatgesellschaft.

Next Generation Partners

Christoph Jäger - Kellerhals Carrard

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard

The 'extensively knowledgeable, experienced and very responsive' sports law team at Kellerhals Carrard 'demonstrates a comprehensive approach' and provides 'flexible solutions and clear explanations of possible consequences'. Its range of services includes anti-doping proceedings, football disputes and governance issues, as well as commercial, media-related and regulatory advice. The 'pragmatic' Jean-Pierre Morand leads the representation of the International Olympic Committee against the appeals brought by more than 40 Russian athletes concerning violations of anti-doping rules, while 'globally leading doping arbitration expert' Ross Wenzel defended the International Association of Athletics Federation against an appeal brought by an athlete who had participated in the 2011 World Athletics Championships. 'Deeply knowledgeable, fully dedicated, organised and coherent' attorney and barrister David Casserly, who joined the firm in 2017, 'stands out as an advocate in oral hearings'. François Carrard, who has an 'analytical' approach, is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Ross Wenzel - Kellerhals Carrard

Next Generation Partners

David Casserly - Kellerhals Carrard

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

The TMT team at Kellerhals Carrard focuses on litigation, outsourcing projects, IT licensing, fintech and e-commerce matters. Lausanne-based Edgar Philippin assists the Basketball Champions League with the commercialisation of its media rights and outsourcing of media contents production. Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann are other key names.

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