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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

RUE DU RHONE 65, PO BOX 3199, 1211 GENEVE 3, SWITZERLAND
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www.mll-legal.com

Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) offers ‘excellent service’ and ‘is strong in the overall assessment of a situation not only from a legal, but also from a commercial view point’. The practice focuses on transactions, structured products, investment fund formation and regulatory matters. Highlights included advising Norwegian railway company Norges Statsbaner on issuing a series of international bonds on the Swiss and Luxembourgian exchanges, as well as assisting Meyer Burger Technology with its financial recapitalisation program, involving both equity and debt capital market transactions. Alexander Vogel, Andrea Sieber and Daniel Schoch are all recommended.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) handles share and asset acquisitions, mergers, public tender offers, private equity transactions as well as commercial matters on both domestic and international level. The team, which ‘masters new subjects quickly’, advised H.I.G. Capital on acquiring a majority of the share capital in Infinigate by means of a squeeze-out merger and assisted Calida’s with the acquisition of German company Reich Online Services from a private individual. Alexander Vogel, Andrea Sieber and Daniel Schoch are recommended.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) has ‘a good grasp of international competition issues’ and apart from acting in proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission, the ‘reliable’ practice ‘is also able to intervene before national courts and achieve good results’; the general focus lies on merger control filings, investigations, antitrust compliance and distribution agreements. Notably, the team represented Cousins Material House in an abuse of dominance claim against Swatch before the Federal Supreme Court. The ‘excellent’ and ‘well-connectedMario Strebel, who has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘strives to provide his clients with practical guidance’, joined from Lenz & Staehelin. Other key lawyers are the ‘pragmaticChristophe Rapin in Geneva and the ‘experiencedSimon Holzer in Zurich.

Next generation lawyers

Mario Strebel - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) offers ‘high-quality services for a very good price and within a reasonable time frame’. The practice covers employment, social security and immigration law as well as representation in disputes; focus areas include restructuring, outsourcing, bonus packages, redundancies, lay-off procedures as well as union and authority negotiations. The group advised Zurich Insurance on employment and social security matters. Other notable clients inclue Calida, Tesla Motors Switzerland and railCare. Thomas Kälin has ‘extensive know-how and a lot of valuable experience’ and ‘is always able to illustrate his legal conclusions in a very comprehensive way’. Martin Ammann is another key contact.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Considered one of the ‘top patent law firms’ in Switzerland, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) also provides ‘excellent expertise in pharmaceutical patent litigation’; other focus areas are regulatory and commercial advice, transactions and litigation. The team is representing Gilead Sciences in all patent disputes concerning its tenofovir patents and supplementary protection certificates and advised the Swiss Cosmetics Association on labelling obligations for Swiss cosmetic products. The ‘responsiveSimon Holzer impresses with a ‘strong scientific background’ and ‘works well in international teams’; IP litigator Michael Ritscher is also recommended.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) acts for companies, creditors and investors on debt collection, transactions, insolvency proceedings and contentious matters. Highlight work included advising DK Company on insolvency proceedings of its Swiss distributor. Marcel Lustenberger, Alexander Vogel, Christian Schilly, Alain Le Fort and Reinhard Oertli are the key contacts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

As one of the ‘leading firms in Switzerland’, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) also fields a highly reputed IP practice that covers trade mark, copyright and design matters, patent litigation and advertising. The group is particularly often retained by pharmaceutical industry clients and recently represented Gilead Sciences in all patent disputes related to tenofovir. Other highlight work included representing Max Bill Stiftung in a copyright infringement matter concerning its design icons. Michael Ritscherthinks strategically and has extensive knowledge of the court system’, while pharma patent lawyer Simon Holzer and trade mark and design expert Peter Schramm are other prominent practitioners. Michael Reinle and Lukas Bühlmann joined from their former boutique firm Bühlmann Rechtsanwälte.

Leading individuals

Michael Ritscher - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Simon Holzer - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd stands out for its experience in banking and finance, private client and litigation matters. Christophe Rapin, Serge Calame, Nicolas Didisheim and Bernard Lachenal are the names to note.

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) has clear expertise in intellectual property, real estate and private client matters and also advises on capital markets, corporate and M&A issues. Simon Holzer, Michael Ritscher, Patricia Guerra and Wolfgang Müller are recommended.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is comprised of ‘extremely personable and able lawyers with a high degree of technical ability and particular expertise in complex cross-border estates, including tax planning and post-death administration’; the team also handles relocation matters, business succession planning, inheritance disputes and asset management. The ‘very knowledgeable, responsive and professionalSerge Calame leads the Geneva practice, while ‘well-connected, seasoned practitionerPatricia Guerra, who ‘uniquely combines charm and class with experience, knowledge and persistence’, is the main contact in Zurich. Further recommended are ‘pragmatic’ inheritance and tax partner Nicolas Didisheim, ‘bright’ relocation and family law expert Maud Udry-Alhanko and counsel Jean-Charles Roguet.

Leading individuals

Patricia Guerra - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Maud Udry-Alhanko - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

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

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)stands out for its efficiency and pertinence when finding solutions’, as well as its ‘smart strategic and tactical propositions’. The practice handles property transactions, project development, construction, zoning and litigation matters and is particularly adept at advising on Lex Koller aspects as well as cross-border investments and financing. Active clients include Allreal Holding, Strabag and Verenahof. ‘Strategic thinkerWolfgang Müller is ‘always two steps ahead’, while Christian Eichenberger has ‘broad knowledge and an entrepreneurial approach’. In Geneva, clients recommend Philippe Prostfor his acumen, availability and foresight in analysing legal problems’ as well as associate Cosima Castan.

Leading individuals

Wolfgang Müller - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Expert firmMeyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)impresses with very short response times, practical and tailored advice, as well as a pragmatic, client-oriented approach at affordable rates’. Focus areas include copyright and regulatory advice to broadcasters, IT outsourcings and cloud-computing projects, e-commerce, data protection and analytics, technology transfer, investments, TMT disputes and IP law topics. Teo Jacob, Salza and Assia are exemplary clients. ‘Clear communicatorLukas Bühlmann and ‘competent data protection specialistMichael Reinle, who both joined from former boutique firm Bühlmann Rechtsanwälte in July 2017, as well as the ‘constructive and pragmaticReinhard Oertli are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Michael Reinle - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) advises corporate clients on tax aspects of restructurings, investments and M&A transactions, tax structuring as well as tax controversy and also supports private clients regarding estate and tax planning. David Brönimann heads the practice, which also includes counsel Urs Behnisch, private client specialist Nicolas Didisheim and international tax partner Markus Huber, who joined from EY Law AG in July 2017.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

The four-partner team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd handles regulatory, financial product, investment fund and litigation matters. Jean-Christophe Liebeskind advised UBS on establishing securitisation instruments for the financing of oil trade transactions in China worth $650m and the team also assists Landolt & Cie and Banque CIC Suisse on an on going basis. Team lead Christophe Rapin provides expertise on banking regulations such as MiFID, while Alain Le Fort also practices asset recovery. Nicolas Didisheim is the main contact for private banking.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)impresses with broad knowledge on banking issues and technical strength in finance transactions, especially in the Islamic market’, as well as ‘a cooperative, team-oriented working manner’; syndicated lending, banking litigation, M&A and fintech are other mainstays of the practice. Notably, the ‘helpful and solution-orientedDaniel Schoch advised Meyer Burger Technology on a CHF354.5m financial recapitalisation program, while ‘competent, reliable and commercial’ team lead Alexander Vogel assisted digital asset manager Move Wealth Management with its strategic investments from Credit Suisse and Falcon Private Banking. Further recommended are the ‘knowledgeable and attentiveSamuel Ljubicic and Karin Oberlin, who ‘has a good understanding of both legal and commercial aspects’.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)always provides swift, appropriate and solution-focused responses’ and adopts a ‘professional, yet personal approach’. The practice is active in the banking, corporate and pharmaceutical sectors, representing industry heavyweights such as Bayer Pharma, AstraZeneca, Migros and Credit Suisse. With Léonard Stoyanov and Geneva team lead Bernard Lachenal, clients ‘are in best hands’ and can ‘count on the reliable team in every situation’. Further recommended is Simon Holzer, who is appreciated for his ‘knowledge, availability and hard work’. Marcel Lustenberger heads the Zurich team.

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