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Baker McKenzie


Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The ‘very good’ team at Baker McKenzie recently assisted Investis Holding with its IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange and advised Basilea Pharmaceutica on its CHF200m convertible bond issuance. Matthias Courvoisier in Zurich and Martin Anderson in Geneva are recommended. The practice lost Urs Schenker and Theodor Härtsch to Walder Wyss Ltd but hired DCM expert Ansgar Schott from Froriep.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice is particularly recommended for cross-border deals. It assisted REWE with the acquisition of Kuoni’s European tour operating business and advised Citizen Watch on the acquisition of the Frédérique Constant group. The ‘experienced and pragmaticMartin Anderson, the ‘business-oriented’ Alexander Fischer and Martin Furrer lead the practice, which lost Urs Schenker to Walder Wyss Ltd, but gained Beat Barthold from Froriep.

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Competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ team assisted REWE Group with merger control filings concerning the acquisition of Kuoni’s European tour operating business. Philippe Reich heads the practice, which was strengthened by the arrival of Boris Wenger from Froriep.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is noted for its ‘excellent service’. The firm’s expertise spans a broad range of employment matters, with particular strength in international assignments. Highlights included assisting the World Meteorological Organisation with an employment dispute. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Peter Reinert is ‘very good at taking emotions out of employee separation negotiations’. Serge Pannatier is also recommended for his ‘pragmatic advice’.

Leading individuals

Peter Reinert - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Geneva office has core strengths in banking and finance, as well as corporate and M&A. Key figures include Martin Anderson, real estate and construction specialist Daniel Peregrina, and Stephanie Jarrett, who heads the ‘excellent’ private client practice.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s office in Zurich excels in cross-border matters. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Peter Reinert is recommended for employment matters, Martin Furrer is recommended for real estate transactions, Hans Koch is the key figure for tax matters and Michael Treis stands out for his intellectual property law expertise.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team assisted AE&E Inova Holding with its restructuring, enabling the client to lift the debt moratorium and start a voluntary liquidation. Other clients include UBS and Swissmetal Industries in liquidation. Lukas Glanzmann is recommended. Urs Schenker joined Walder Wyss Ltd

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

New client wins for Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ team include Swarovski, which it is advising on its trade mark and design portfolio. The team is also representing BAT in a trade mark dispute with Philip Morris. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Michael Treis and ‘responsive and dedicated’ Eva-Maria Strobel are recommended.

Leading individuals

Michael Treis - Baker McKenzie

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s excellent’ practice handles global tax and wealth planning for individuals, family offices and wealth managers. Stephanie Jarrett, Marnin Michaels and Richard Gassmann are recommended.

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 ‘outstanding’ practice assisted Deka Immobilien with its entry into the Swiss market, which involved the acquisition of the Utoschloss property in Zurich, and advised Hewlett-Packard on the construction and lease of its headquarters in Geneva. Recommended lawyers include Martin Furrer and Alexander Wyss in Zurich as well as Daniel Peregrina in Geneva.

Leading individuals

Daniel Peregrina - Baker McKenzie

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TMT - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team has expertise in data protection, IT outsourcing and telecoms regulatory matters. Highlights included advising Centralway on the roll-out of its Numbrs app. Nicolas Passadelis is recommended.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ team excels at cross-border tax matters. It advises Credit Suisse on mitigating tax risks in international asset management and represents Praxair in tax litigation. Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch and of counsel René Matteotti are recommended. Tobias Rohner recently joined the practice from Froriep.

Leading individuals

Denis Berdoz - Baker McKenzie

Hans Koch - Baker McKenzie

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The ‘excellent’ practice at Baker McKenzie recently acted for the lender on a refinancing of a multinational pharmaceuticals company. Other recent work includes assisting a Geneva-based private bank with the repatriation of its derivatives business from its foreign and Swiss affiliates. Frédéric Bétrisey and Martin Anderson are recommended.

Leading individuals

Martin Anderson - Baker McKenzie

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Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘swift and accurate’ team is noted for its handling of complex security structures, syndicated loans, acquisition finance and export finance. Recent work includes advising Credit Suisse on a $44m export credit facility and assisting Rabobank and a syndicate of lenders with a €1bn secured bridge financing facility. The practice is headed by Markus Affentranger and Lukas Glanzmann and was strengthened in October 2016 by the arrival of the well-regarded Ansgar Schott and Beat Barthold from Froriep.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is particularly recommended for banking litigation and white-collar crime matters. Recent work includes defending art dealer David Nahmad in criminal and civil proceedings regarding the ownership of a Modigliani painting. Rodolphe Gautier and Richard Gassmann are recommended.

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Legal Developments by:
Baker McKenzie LLP

  • 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.
    - Esin Attorney Partnership

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.