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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

FORCHSTRASSE 452, PO BOX 1432, 8032 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 44 396 91 91
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Fax +41 44 396 91 92
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Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

The ‘excellent’ team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is especially known for its strength in mid-market transactions. It assisted AFG Holding with its issuance of new shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, and advised Allreal on a CHF150m bond issuance. Christoph Heiz and Wolfgang Müller are recommended.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal provides ‘practical and solution-driven’ advice to clients from a broad range of industries. Recent work includes advising Micronas on its public takeover by TDK Corporation and assisting Bellevue Group with the Swiss aspects of its acquisition of German fund manager StarCapital. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice head Alexander Vogel is recommended along with the ‘pragmatic’ Andrea Sieber and Christophe Rapin.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal provides an ‘excellent service level at a fair price’ to clients including Felco, Calida and Vilebrequin. Christophe Rapin is the chairman of the Swiss Association for Competition Law.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Martin Ammann successfully represented Rothschild Bank in employment litigation before the Swiss Supreme Court regarding a salary bonus issue.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Philippe Prost provides ‘excellent advice’ on real estate and construction matters, while Christophe Rapin is recommended for banking and finance law, as well as commercial, corporate, M&A and competition matters.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal has an ‘outstanding’ IP practice headed by Michael Ritscher, a top-tier real estate team led by Wolfgang Müller, and a very strong practice for commercial, corporate and M&A work, where Alexander Vogel is recommended.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s ‘excellent’ team is particularly recommended for patent disputes in the life sciences sector and also has experience with regulatory matters. Its clients include AstraZeneca, Bayer and H. Lundbeck. Practice head Simon Holzer ‘has expert knowledge in patents and life sciences’.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal regularly advises creditors on enforcing their rights in insolvency proceeding and related litigation. Marcel Lustenberger is ‘very experienced’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s ‘outstanding’ team has been advising the Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers on the new Swissness legislation, is assisting Ty with its trade mark and design portfolio in Switzerland, and is handling patent disputes for several pharmaceutical companies. Key figures include Michael Ritscher, who combines ‘incredible business acumen and strong negotiation skills’, patent and GI expert Simon Holzer, who is ‘an excellent litigator’, and Peter Schramm, who is ‘among the best design and trade mark experts’.

Leading individuals

Michael Ritscher - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Simon Holzer - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

The ‘very good’ team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal recently acted for the Sudanese Abboud family in a dispute with heirs of former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie regarding ownership of a watch. The ‘experienced’ Patricia Guerra, Nicolas Didisheim and Serge Calame are recommended.

Leading individuals

Patricia Guerra - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is especially recommended for real estate transactions and also has experience in project development and related litigation. Clients include Allreal, Immofinanz and Strabag. Wolfgang Müller in Zurich is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ and Geneva-based Philippe Prost provides ‘excellent advice’ in ‘a highly efficient manner’.

Leading individuals

Wolfgang Müller - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal regularly advises media companies on copyright and regulatory issues and recently assisted Teo Jakob with an IT outsourcing project. Reinhard Oertli is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘provides practical advice’.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s practice is adept in tax litigation and has expertise in the tax-efficient structuring of investments. Recommended lawyers include practice head David Brönimann and counsel Urs Behnisch.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal has extensive experience in financial markets regulation issues in Switzerland and the EU. The firm regularly advises on cross-border matters and represented several clients in banking litigation. Clients include Banque CIC (Suisse) and Landolt & Cie. The practice is headed by Christophe Rapin.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

The ‘very efficient and professional’ team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is particularly recommended for acquisition financings, structured financings and syndicated lending transactions. Recent work includes assisting Gearbulk Holding with a $750m refinancing, including a syndicated loan and several bilateral loans. Practice head Alexander Vogel and Daniel Schoch are recommended.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s ‘excellent’ practice is recommended for international commercial arbitration. Among its diverse roster of clients is tool manufacturer Felco. Practice head Manuel Arroyo is ‘a very diligent, professional and seasoned arbitrator’.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s ‘very responsive, efficient and pragmatic’ team has particular experience in disputes in the financial services and real estate sectors. Marcel Lustenberger is ‘a very calm and determined litigator’ and Walter Häberling is singled out for his experience as a former judge.

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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.