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Kellerhals Carrard

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Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Lugano, Sion, Zurich

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard recently assisted BX Berne Exchange listed aventron with a CHF80m capital increase and acted as Swiss counsel to Shield Holdings on its IPO on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Beat Brechbühl is recommended.

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

Kellerhals Carrard

The ‘excellent’ team at Kellerhals Carrard is particularly strong in mid-market transactions, but also has experience in larger deals. It advised Galenica on its $1.5bn acquisition of Relypsa and assisted Marc Jaquet with the sale of Jaquet Technology to TE Connectivity. Key figures include the ‘business-oriented’ Ines Pöschel in Zurich, the ‘pragmatic’ Beat Brechbühl in Bern and Marco Balmelli in Basel.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard’s ‘excellent’ practice has been representing Sabag Holding in an appeal against a fine imposed by the Competition Commission for alleged horizontal price fixing practices in the wholesale market for bathroom fixtures and fittings. Practice head Daniel Emch is recommended.

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

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard is especially known for its outstanding sport law practice through François Carrard. The firm also has a very good commercial, corporate and M&A team, in which Edgar Philippin is recommended.

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

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard attracts praise for providing ‘very good’ service at ‘competitive rates’. The ‘business-oriented’ Ines Pöschel in Zurich, the ‘pragmatic’ Beat Brechbühl in Bern and Marco Balmelli in Basel are the key figures for corporate and commercial work.

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

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard’s ‘excellent’ practice is recommended for regulatory work and product liability matters. It successfully represented health insurer KPT in a reimbursement dispute with a hospital group. Other clients include Bayer and Roche Pharma. Thomas Eichenberger has ‘a profound understanding of the healthcare industry’.

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’s ‘very thorough’ team has been appointed by FINMA as liquidator of Banque Privée Espírito Santo and continues to represent Lehman Brothers Holding in the insolvency proceedings of Lehman Brothers Finance. Daniel Staehelin and Lukas Bopp are recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard’s practice head Daniel Alder is especially known for his expertise in patent disputes and also has experience with copyright and trade mark matters.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard

At Kellerhals Carrard, public procurement expert Christoph Jäger successfully represented Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke in appeal proceedings against a public tender for the supply of electricity. Thomas Eichenberger is recommended for regulatory matters in the healthcare sector.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard regularly advises clients on IT and media matters. The team recently assisted Magnolia International with drafting software development agreements. Daniel Alder heads the practice.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard’s practice advises asset managers on regulatory issues concerning foreign collective investment schemes. It advised Man Group on the distribution of several of its funds in Switzerland. Dominik Oberholzer is recommended.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard has ‘a very strong practice’ that provides ‘excellent service’. The ‘outstandingBernhard Berger and Martin Molina are recommended for commercial arbitration, and Marco Balmelli is singled out for sports arbitration. Recent work includes defending the International Weightlifting Federation against appeals by the Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation regarding its exclusion from the Rio Olympic Games.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard’s broad-based practice is noted for its strength in handling corporate and commercial disputes as well as insolvency-related litigation. Daniel Staehelin is recommended.

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Legal Developments by:
Kellerhals Carrard

  • Minder-Initiative – need for action?

    On March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted in a nationwide ballot in favor of the so called “rip-off” initiative by the businessman-turned-politician Thomas Minder...
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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.