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Baker McKenzie


Switzerland

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Professional law firmBaker McKenzie delivers ‘robust quality of work’ for ‘reasonable fees’, especially in the fields of IPOs and capital market transactions, public M&A, structured products and derivatives. The group advised Schmolz+Bickenbach on the issuance of €200m high-yield senior secured notes on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and assisted a consortium of banks with the IPO of Zur Rose Group. The ‘well-organised’ Marcel Giger and the ‘reliable’ Anette Waygood are recommended along the ‘responsive, practical and capableMatthias Courvoisier, whose ‘huge business network is very helpful’. Martin Anderson is now with Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is recommended for its ‘global office network, efficiency and prompt reaction’ in the context of cross-border transactions, leverage buy-outs and venture deals in the banking and healthcare sectors. In Zurich, the team advised Deutsche Beteiligungsgesellschaft on its acquisition of all shares in Duagon and assisted Walter Meier with the de facto merger of its heating, ventilation and airconditioning business with Tobler Haustechnik. The client portfolio includes Selecta, Cross Private Equity, Carlyle and Ufenau Capital Partners. Martin Anderson is now with Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie focuses on merger control, as well as cartel, vertical, abuse of dominance and compliance investigations. The team represented Schweizerische Drahtziegelfabrik and Zinctec in a price collusion investigation before the Swiss Competition Commission and further supported Selecta with its group-wide compliance program. Estée Lauder is another active client and Aduno Gruppe retained the group for merger control and competition law advice. Philippe Reich and Hubert Gilliéron are the team leads in Zurich and Geneva, respectively. Boris Wenger and two associates joined from Froriep in October 2016.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles the whole array of employment benefits matters, restructurings, litigation and global employee relocation. Notably, the team is advising International Road Transport Union on internal investigations following an employee complaint against a colleague. Longstanding clients include Dow Chemical, computer software company Oracle and British Airways. Peter Reinert in Zurich and senior associate Serge Pannatier in Geneva are the key individuals.

Leading individuals

Peter Reinert - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Serge Pannatier - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie exhibits experience in advising distressed businesses and creditors on multijurisdictional insolvency matters, while the team is particularly adept at assisting banks with the refinancing of insolvent companies. Recent highlights include advising Credit Suisse on the financing of a European fashion designer. Zurich-based lawyers Lukas Glanzmann and Richard Gassmann form the core team. Rodolphe Gautier joined Walder Wyss and Florian Bommer left to found BommerMathys Rechtsanwälte. Martin Anderson is now with Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie impresses with ‘very good response times, broad knowledge, excellent cooperation and a customer-friendly service’. The team is renowned for its work in trade mark, design and copyright litigation, IP right enforcement and prosecution, as well as unfair competition matters; additional non-contentious expertise is provided in trade mark registration and with regards to commercial contracts and transactions. The practice provides ongoing advice to Swarovski on trade mark clearance, design filings as well as on the enforcement and prosecution of both. Other key clients include Abbott, Estee Lauder and Swatch Group. The ‘quick and pragmatic’ Eva-Maria Strobel offers ‘very practical advice and a hands-on approach’, especially in connection with trade mark infringements, while ‘trade mark law expert’ Michael Treis is ‘dedicated to his work and has a very good business sense’. Former ITC head Nicolas Passadelis left for an in-house position at Swisscom in May 2017.

Leading individuals

Michael Treis - Baker McKenzie

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s mainstays are banking, corporate and M&A, employment, private client and tax advice which are complemented by expertise in capital markets and competition law. Stephanie Jarrett are highly recommended, as is employment law expert Serge Pannatier. Martin Anderson is now with Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Employment, IP, sports, insolvency and real estate advice are the central pillars of Baker McKenzie well reputed practice. The team gained several new partners from Froriep, which have strengthened the TMT, IP and sports practices in particular. Peter Reinert, Lukas Glanzmann, Michael Treis and Daniel Peregrina are recommended.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s particular strengths in the private client area are its ‘depth of expertise and global networking capabilities’, due to which the firm provides ‘service quality irrespective of regions or individual lawyers’. The practice advises families, family offices, wealth managers and financial institutions on wealth, tax and succession management, as well as governance issues, trust and succession disputes. The ‘client-focusedMarnin Michaels has ‘comprehensive US tax and wealth-planning knowledge’ and gives ‘pragmatic advice on the spot’ and Stephanie Jarrett is ‘technically strong’.

Leading individuals

Stephanie Jarrett - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s clients ‘appreciate the quick and business-oriented support from the team, as well as the second-to-none work ethic and the strong international network’. The practice handles transactions, developments, restructurings and corporate real estate issues for companies, asset managers, private clients and investors, and in a recent highlight advised Migros-Pensionskasse on the transfer of its Swiss real estate portfolio to its newly established investment foundation. Zurich team leads Martin Furrer and Alexander Wyss are ‘very professional and experienced in international transactions and always available for questions’, while the ‘fabulous’ Samuel Marbacher is the team’s ‘young force with very profound technical skill and already very good credentials in the Swiss real estate industry’. The ‘well-connected’ Olivier Ducrey is also recommended. Daniel Peregrina heads the Geneva team.

Leading individuals

Daniel Peregrina - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Samuel Marbacher - Baker McKenzie

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises sports organisations, professional athletes, marketing and media companies as well as financial services providers on sports-related contractual, IP, tax and contentious matters. Corporate and real estate partner Olivier Ducrey assisted the International Basketball Federation with several contractual issues concerning the Basketball Champions League and the group also advised Union Cycliste Internationale on television media rights for its cycling tours.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Exhibiting a ‘high level of business and industry knowledge’, Baker McKenzieperforms well in TMT matters’, particularly in relation to internet-based products, e-commerce and distribution, technology implementation, data privacy, cyber security as well as regulatory and contentious TMT issues. The group advised Intrum Justitia on BPOs of video-ID and e-signing solutions. Swisscom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Apple are other active clients. Alessandro Celli and Markus Winkler joined from Froriep.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘hands-on’ team impresses with ‘outstanding tax knowledge, technical depth, a result-based approach and quick responses’. The practice focuses on international tax planning, transfer pricing, VAT matters, restructuring and transactional support, as well as tax controversy and wealth planning. In a recent highlight, the group advised EXPERTsuisse on the notification procedure regarding the distribution of dividends in lieu of paying withholding tax. Of counsel René Matteotti is ‘analytical and clear’, Kilian Perroulaz is ‘technically excellent’ and the ‘professional’ Tobias Rohner, who joined from Froriep, shows ‘great commitment, readiness and devotion towards the best result’. Denis Berdoz leads the team.

Leading individuals

Denis Berdoz - Baker McKenzie

Hans Koch - Baker McKenzie

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles compliance, restructuring, M&A, outsourcing and IP matters in the transport and logistics sectors. The team assisted Planzer Transport with updating its code of conduct and compliance program, advised Enterprise Rent-a-Car on trade mark issues and also assisted rail cargo service provider HUPAC with antitrust agreements.Alessandro Celli, Boris Wenger and Beat Barthold, who all joined from Froriep in October 2016, are the key contacts.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The Geneva-based practice of Baker McKenzie is especially known for its regulatory and securitisation expertise. An exemplary highlight of the latter is the team's advice to Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in relation to the arrangement of residential mortgage-backed securities worth CHF200m. The Canton of Geneva is another longstanding client. Martin Anderson is a key contact. Martin Anderson and Frédéric Bétrisey are now with Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘outstanding, highly competent’ team has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and is considered a ‘safe, reliable choice of partner’ due to their ‘flexible, client-oriented approach’, especially in relation to credit transactions and financing documentation. The practice also focuses on regulatory implementations, such as the Financial Market Infrastructure Act, and securitisation work. Recent highlights include advising Walter Meier AG on the CHF118m financing of its de facto merger with Tobler Haustechnik. Markus Affentranger retired in June 2017 and handed the practice lead to ‘very experienced and competent’ financing expert Lukas Glanzmann and the ‘highly qualified and pragmatic’ Samuel Marbacher. Associate Philip Spoerlé is ‘skillful and efficient’.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie focuses on multi-party and white-collar crime litigation, especially in relation to trusts, inheritance, finance, energy, infrastructure and corporate issues. The practice represented an Austrian logistics and postal services company in a dispute against three Turkish individuals related to a call option agreement and a Taiwanese pharmaceutical company in a cross-border fraud litigation against Swiss individuals. Alessandro Celli joined from Froriep in October 2016, while Beat Mathys and Florian Bommer founded BommerMathys Rechtsanwälte and Rodolphe Gautier left for Walder Wyss.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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    On 19 November 2018, ARYZTA, a global food business with a leadership position in speciality bakery, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering structured as a volume underwriting in the amount of approximately CHF 900 million. 97.4% of the shareholders of ARYZTA exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The new shares not subscribed were placed in the market.
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  • Swiss Tax Reform Package Approved: Update and Outlook

    The Swiss National Council approves the proposed tax reform package! On 12 September 2018 the larger chamber of parliament adopted the proposal of the Economic Affairs and Taxation Committee of the Council of States on the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (formerly Tax Proposal 17), which is largely in line with the legislative bill adopted by the Council of States, the smaller chamber of parliament. Although slight differences regarding the capital contribution principle remain to be settled, the majority of member of the National Council sees the adopted text of the bill as a viable compromise.
  • Retrocessions: Criminal Consequences of Non Disclosure

    In a recent decision 6B_689/2016 of 14 August 2018, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the failure to disclose adequately retrocessions may constitute an act of criminal mismanagement. After a short summary of the legal framework governing the disclosure of retrocessions, the present briefing analyses this decision and its practical impact in particular for Swiss financial institutions dealing with external asset managers.
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  • Bär & Karrer Elects Ruth Bloch-Riemer, Daniel Raun and Philippe Seiler to Partner

    Bär & Karrer has announced the election of Ruth Bloch-Riemer, Daniel Raun and Philippe Seiler to the firm's partnership. The appointment is effective as of 1 January 2019.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Swiss Prime Site on its Rights Offering

    On 28 September 2018, Swiss Prime Site, the largest publicly listed real estate investment company in Switzerland, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders in the amount of approximately CHF 320 million. 97,7% of the shareholders of Swiss Prime Site exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The remaining new shares not subscribed were placed in the market. The offer price was set at CHF 74.00 per share. Credit Suisse and UBS Investment acted as Joint Global Coordinators, J.P. Morgan and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Joint Bookrunners.