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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Bär & Karrer has an established practice advising banks, securities dealers, insurance and reinsurance companies, and other financial institutions in Switzerland and around the world.

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Banking and finance: Zurich in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.‘s strong banking and finance practice is regularly sought after by major Swiss banks, Swiss affiliates of foreign banks and financial institutions. The team is active in the regulatory space, where it advises clients on the establishment of operations, fintech, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and US investigations. Furthermore, the practice has also expertise in representing lenders and borrowers in debt financings, leveraged and syndicated deals, as well as acquisition, real estate, and project finance, among others. The prominent practitioners are Eric Stupp, Ralph Malacrida, Peter Hsu, Andreas Länzlinger, and Daniel Flühmann.

Practice head(s):

Eric Stupp; Ralph Malacrida; Peter Hsu; Andreas Länzlinger; Daniel Flühmann

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Roesler

Testimonials

‘Bär & Karrer’s banking and finance team offers legal expertise and knowledge in a unique form. This covers civil, penal, and administrative law both in Switzerland and abroad. They have human and digital resources that enable them to analyse large cases with huge amounts of data and files in a short time. They focus on the economically ideal solution and an efficient, cost-effective process.’

‘We have achieved outstanding results with Andreas Länzlinger and Pascal Hachem. Andreas Länzlinger brought his many years of international experience in dealing with financial markets and banking issues and Pascal Hachem efficiently managed the large team of associates and paralegals who helped to analyse the files with the highest legal precision.’

‘Very professional, fast, reliable.’

‘Ralph Malacrida: intelligent, excellent knowledge, good sparring partner.’

‘Eric Stupp couples first-rate experience and expertise with a pragmatic approach to addressing issues and a keen ability to navigate often conflicting legal regimes which is a critical skill in cross-border matters. On top of all of this, Eric is a great strategic thinker and fosters a strong collaborative approach where the only goal is to deliver a superior legal product to the clients in pursuit of the client’s interests. He is my go-to person in Switzerland.’

Key clients

UBS

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Rothschild Bank AG

Libra Association

Calibra Inc.

Cembra Money Bank AG

Bank Cler (former Bank Coop)

Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Morgan Stanley International, London, Zurich Branch

UBS

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Rothschild Bank AG

Libra Association

Calibra Inc.

Cembra Money Bank AG

Bank Cler (former Bank Coop)

Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Morgan Stanley International, London, Zurich Branch

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal adviser to Diem Association in its pursuit to build a global payment system based on the Diem blockchain.
  • Advised SIG Combibloc Group on a refinancing with new sustainability-linked loan facilities and new senior notes.
  • Acted as legal advisor to Deutsche Börse Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in Crypto Finance AG

Homburger

HomburgerComparative Guides promotional icon impresses with considerable experience in the banking and finance area, in which it covers the full spectrum of relevant matters. The team has a particularly strong track record in financing transactions and platforms, and is also often sought after in shaping new legislation. The client roster includes large banks as well as corporations being active in Switzerland. Benedikt Maurenbrecher leads the practice and is also well versed in regulatory questions. Other prominent practitioners are the experienced René Bösch, Daniel Haeberli, Benjamin Leisinger and Stefan Kramer. Jürg Frick is a key contact in syndicated debt, structured finance, and high-yield bond offerings. Associate David Borer knows asset based financings and securities offerings well.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt Maurenbrecher

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Kramer; René Bösch; Jürg Frick; Daniel Haeberli; Benjamin Leisinger

Testimonials

‘Market-leading practice with an unrivalled mix of skill and seniority. Fantastic connections with the Swiss banks and cutting-edge knowledge of market practice and norms.’

‘Rene Bosch and Benjamin Leisinger stand out. Rene in his own category in understanding the market, has excellent technical skills and unrivalled market view and experience. Benjamin is following in Rene’s footpath and is reassuringly a strong successor.’

‘Homburger is a firm that drives developments in the banking industry and is familiar with any and all IB and PB setups. They provide tailor-made practical solutions and are close to any relevant regulatory change matter. Their advice is always sounded among different partners and provided as one voice.’

‘Stefan Kramer is a highly professional lawyer who grasps the most complex business set-ups very fast and is used to thinking outside the box to provide accurate and the most fitting solutions while pointing out risks and other potential issues. At the same time, Stefan is a very friendly and easy to talk to person.’

‘The team of Homburger gave us top advice in the areas and within the time required. Our contacts were very proactive and provided out of the box solutions.’

‘René Bösch and Benjamin Leisinger have perfectly complemented each other in the advice provided, have always been coordinated among each other and have therefore fully satisfied our needs. Both are easily approachable.’

Key clients

UBS

Credit Suisse

SIX (Switzerland’s principal stock exchange)

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft

J.P. Morgan

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Bank Julius Bär

Quintet Private Bank (Europe)

Pictet

FIFA

Dormakaba Group

Gategroup

Zurich Insurance Company

Swissport

SR Technics

Siegfried Holding

Implenia

Swarovski International Holding

Telemos Capital

FountainVest Partners

MTH Retail Group Holding/OFFICE WORLD Holding

TPG Growth

Orior

UBS

Credit Suisse

SIX

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft

J.P. Morgan

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Bank Julius Bär

Quintet Private Bank (Europe)

Pictet

Roche

FIFA

Dormakaba Group

Gategroup

Zurich Insurance Company

Swissport

SR Technics

Siegfried Holding

Sonova

Swarovski

Implenia

Swarovski International Holding

Telemos Capital

FountainVest Partners

MTH Retail Group Holding/OFFICE WORLD Holding

TPG Growth

Orior

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse (Schweiz) on structuring, establishment and launch of its novel mortgage financing platform.
  • Advised the board of directors of gategroup Holding on financing in its global restructuring.
  • Advised Implenia on CHF650m ESG/sustainability financing.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin is known to provide ‘first-class legal advice, allied with excellent commercial nous.‘ Clients such as Swiss and foreign banks, financial institutions and alternative lenders approach the group for regulatory and transactional matters. Matters include large-cap financings transactions and a growing number of  leveraged finance, regulatory proceedings and fintech matters. Practice head Marcel Tranchet has a strong reputation in syndicated financings, acquisition finance, and structured finance. Patrick Hünerwadel also deals with asset securitisations and derivatives. Regulatory specialist Stefan Breitenstein and capital markets practitioner Patrick Schleiffer are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Tranchet

Testimonials

‘Marcel Tranchet is experienced and highly regarded in the Swiss market.’

‘Marcel Tranchet is pound for pound one of the best lawyers I have come across. First-rate legal skills combined with a good commercial approach.’

‘Roland Fischer is constructive, straight-forward and with pragmatic solutions, bringing progress to a transaction.’

‘L&S is a leading law firm established in Switzerland. It has strong expertise in many relevant areas with specialist advice on the entire range of contract matters across the full bandwidth of contract types, but especially when it comes to structured and lease finance – company law and housekeeping – corporate compliance and governance.’

‘Patrick Hünerwadel’s main and valuable qualities are: expert knowledge of our organisation,  functioning and its contracts, effectiveness and speed of delivery.’

‘Marcel Tranchet has a strong understanding of commercial and business terms providing clear advice.’

‘Stefan Breitenstein and his team always addressed matters always in an efficient way.’

‘Consistently excellent work product, clear, concise and business-oriented. Very strong in securities and banking regulation and credit business.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Ares Life Sciences/Waypoint

Aviva Investors Global Services

Bain Capital

Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

Banque Pâris Bertrand SA

Banque Pictet & Cie SA

BigPoint Holding AG

BNP Paribas

Barclays Bank

Chequers Capital

Cinven

Citibank Group

Clariant

Crédit Agricole

Credit Bank of Moscow

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Equistone Partners

Eurofima

FINControl Suisse

Gazprombank

Geberit

Goldman Sachs

Heubach

HSBC

INEOS

ING Bank

ISDA

Itau Group

J.P. Morgan

LafargeHolcim

Lombard Odier

Macquarie Group

Mediclinic

Neuberger Berman Europe Limited

New York Digital Investment Group

ODDHO BHF

OROX Asset Management

Pargesa Holding SA

Pictet Group

Rabobank

REHAU

Reyl & Cie

Saxobank

Sempione Fashion AG

Sika AG

SIX Swiss Exchange

SK Capital

Société Générale

SoftwareONE

Stallergenes Greer

Stratéo

Swissquote Bank SA

UBS

Unigestion S.A.

Valora

Varo

VTB

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Zehnder

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to the senior lenders, a syndicate of banks, in connection with the successful financial restructuring of Gategroup.
  • Acting as counsel to Bain Capital and Cinven on all matters of Swiss law in connection with their acquisition of Lonza Specialty Ingredients, a division of Lonza AG, for an enterprise value of CHF4.2bn.
  • Assisting the banking syndicate in connection with the structuring and documentation of the financing of the acquisition of an equity stake in Vostok Oil by Trafigura.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s broad practice is a go-to address for national and international banks as well as other financial institutions. It has considerable experience representing borrowers and lenders in financing transactions; banking and financial services regulation; banking litigation and advising on banking insolvency regulation. The members also often get involved in new legislative proposals. Sandro Abegglen  is a key contact for several large institutions in regulatory questions. He leads the practice jointly with François Bianchi who is a specialist in proceedings before the FINMA. Marco HäusermannPhilippe Weber, and Till Spillmann are well versed in syndicated credit facilities agreements. Bertrand Schott impresses with his ‘extraordinary strategic thinking.’ Transaction specialist Adrian Koller made partner in early 2021. Philip Spoerlé was a new arrival in late 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sandro Abegglen; François Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Marco Häusermann; Philippe Weber; Till Spillmann; Bertrand Schott; Thomas Frick; Adrian Koller; Philip Spoerlé

Testimonials

‘The NKF team collaborates well and provides sound advice within budget. We especially appreciate their expertise in banking, bankruptcy, and corporate matters.’

‘Bertrand Schott is very friendly and accommodating – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Profound expertise, business-oriented, excellent service quality.’

‘Outstanding quality of people. Very responsive and communicative. Culture of excellence dedication and responsiveness.’

‘Bertrand Schott is very smart and knowledgeable. Extraordinary strategic thinking, great communicator, balanced, thoughtful. An outstanding attorney.’

Key clients

Ares Limited

CLS Bank International, New York/CLS Services, London

EFG Group, including EFG International, EFG Bank and BSI

Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC)

Bank of New York Mellon

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

UBS

HSBC Private Bank

Sberbank

China Construction Bank

Kantonalbank Schwyz

Leonteq

Morgan Stanley

Quintet Private Bank Luxembourg and Switzerland

Tellco AG

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited

Mitsuho International Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised various international banks as arrangers on Liberty Global plc, London through its Swiss subsidiary UPC GmbH’s CHF6.8bn public takeover of Sunrise Communications AG.
  • Advising Gategroup on all aspects of its innovative financial restructuring, inter alia, by way of a UK Restructuring Plan which raised various cross-border recognition issues due to Brexit and the UK no longer being party to the Lugano Convention.
  • Advised DTCC, FICC and DTC on various Swiss regulatory aspects also vis-à-vis the Swiss regulator (FINMA) and its cooperation with SIX SIS, the Swiss central securities depository.

Baker McKenzie

Headed by Lukas Glanzmann and Samuel Marbacher, Baker McKenzie‘s Zurich office provides ‘excellent‘ ‘out of the box advice’ with a particularly strong regulatory angle, helping clients obtain banking and other licences and advising on the implementation of regulations under the new Financial Services Act. A further strength is advice on Swiss law-governed syndicated facility agreements and the related LIBOR transition. Ansgar Schott specialises in the regulatory aspects of financial services transactions. Philip Spoerle left the firm in late 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Ansgar Schott

Testimonials

‘Excellent collaboration, out of the box advice and very responsive.’

‘Excellent advice by Ansgar Schott and Lukas Glanzmann.’

Key clients

UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Canton of Geneva

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB)

Ambienta Capital

Rabobank

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

Ufenau Capital Partners

UniCredit Bank AG

Aareal Bank

Quilvest (Switzerland) AG

IG Bank SA

Arbonia AG

Clariant AG

Argo-Hytos Group

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

Allied World Group

Walter Meier AG

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

LGT Bank AG

RRJ Capital

CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland

MET Group

Helvetica Capital

Yorkville Advisors

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Raiffeisen

Cimpress plc

Duagon Holding AG

Société Générale

Deposit Solutions GmbH

ING Bank N.V.

CoinShares

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS Switzerland AG and Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. as mandated lead arrangers and coordinators, UBS Switzerland AG as agent and security agent, as well as a syndicate of banks in a CHF1,500,000,000 government-backed rescue financing for Swiss International Air Lines AG and Edelweiss Air AG, with the Swiss government acting as surety provider.
  • Advised UBS on the sale of Fondcenter AG (‘Fondcenter’), its B2B fund distribution platform, and part of its Asset Management business division, to Clearstream, Deutsche Börse Group’s post-trade services provider.
  • Advised the Swiss National Working Group on Swiss Franc Reference Rates (NWG).

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has a long-standing track record of transactions and regulatory advice in the banking and finance sector where the unit continues to be very active. Urs Klöti, a specialist for regulatory, anti-money laundering and compliance issues, heads the practice together with Sébastien Roy from the Geneva office. Andrea Huber has an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in the fintech sector‘. Thomas Rohner is the specialist for all contentious matters and Oliver Widmer acts for various players in banking, finance and capital market matters. Commodities trade financing is an area of particular strength.

Practice head(s):

Urs Klöti; Sébastien Roy

Testimonials

‘A practical approach focused on finding a solution in a time-efficient manor makes this a valuable relationship. The ability to analyse and find the core questions and their answers creates value for us as clients!’

‘Andrea Huber has vast experience in her field. When combining that with her great personal skills and approachable personality you get the right solutions presented in practical way.’

‘We are mainly working with Andrea Huber who is a great lawyer: vast know-how, straight to the point and always available.’

‘The full commitment of the lawyers as well as their extensive experience in all areas of fintech law enables them to provide tailor-made and targeted solutions for Swiss and international clients. The firm enjoys an international reputation for the diversity and integrity of its lawyers, as well as for its high quality and proven efficiency.’

‘Andrea Huber has an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in the fintech sector, which she can use to the greatest advantage of her clients. Response times are very short and the solutions proposed are always very workable.’

‘Excellent know-how, ability to “think outside of the box” and do the extra-mile for us.’

‘Precise, transparent and regular communication on the costs, outstanding know-how, friendliness. We feel taken care of.’

‘For Andrea Huber and the other Pestalozzi lawyers, clients always come first. Pestalozzi understands their business and puts their interests ahead of their own interests. They are honest and pursue a transparent communication. From my experience they are simply fun to work with. Pestalozzi staff constantly dedicate their time, energies and talents to improve the firm.’

‘Strong client focus. Flexible and adapts to clients’ wishes. Fast response time and availability.’

‘Client-centric service.’

‘Truly close to our needs and always responsive and proactive.’

Key clients

AGCO International GmbH/AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Capital

Canton of Aargau

CH Media

Citibank

Cott Beverages

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gazprombank

General Electrics

Goldman Sachs

ING

Instimatch

International Finance Corporation

Jefferies

JP Morgan

Metinvest International SA

Noble Corporation

River Rock

Saxo Bank (Schweiz) AG

Swissport

UBS

Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB)

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America on various regulatory aspects, notably with respect to its BREXIT strategy.
  • Advised Gazprombank on commodity trade financings (Swiss law governed) in excess of $1bn.
  • Advised Noble Corporation on Swiss legal and tax matters in a restructuring/financing in excess of $1.5bn with Noble coming out of Chapter 11.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘high-end legal advice in banking and finance matters‘. The ‘outstanding‘ team includes Anita Schläpfer, ‘a highly skilled and very experienced transaction lawyer in the finance area‘, Olivier Favre, who has a focus on derivatives and structured finance transactions, and Martin Lanz, a specialist for capital markets and stock exchange law. Recently, the unit, headed by Philippe Borens, has been particularly active in investment management matters, for example setting up collective investment schemes, and has further assisted financial institutions with LIBOR transitions and advice on Swiss market abuse legislation. Caroline Clemetson is a further key contact.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens 

Testimonials

‘Schellenberg Wittmer has an outstanding team supporting its clients with its deep banking and finance knowledge. Compared to other Swiss or international law firms, Schellenberg Wittmer is always available upon short notice and the quality of their work was significantly above the industry average. Instead of only focusing on legal aspects, Schellenberg Wittmer has a holistic approach covering also business aspects which is exceptional compared to other law firms.’

‘We would like to highlight the work of Fabio Elsener which is extraordinary and it is always a great pleasure working together with him. He has a unique knowledge in the banking and finance practice that we can highly recommend to anyone. He is also extremely efficient and it is very pleasant to work together with them. Fabio Elsener has also a deep understanding of the business which makes his work even more valuable for us.’

‘They provide high-end legal advice on banking and finance matters. Highly reliant and quick.’

‘Fabio Elsener is very knowledgeable in his field.’

‘Very responsive and top notch experts.’

‘Peter Burckhardt is down to earth, responsive, a hands-on expert. Oliver Triebold is an M&A crack.’

‘The team is extremely efficient in the handling of finance transactions. Outstanding level of responsiveness and a remarkable capability to accomodate and enforce clients’ needs.’

‘Anita Schläpfer from the Zurich Office is a highly skilled and very experienced transaction lawyer in the finance area. She combines an impressive level of precision and knowledge as well as a pragmatic hands-on approach to get things done efficiently.’

Key clients

UBS

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland

Credit Suisse

Crypto Fund AG

Falcon Private Bank

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank

Reuss Private Group AG

Helvetische Bank AG

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

Banque Thaler

Bank Vontobel

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

Mirabaud & Cie SA

UBP

Reichmuth Investment Management AG

Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

Oxford Finance LLC

e-GTSA S. A

Standard Chartered

Leonteq

Barclays Bank PLC

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Schroder & Co Bank

Pierer Mobility AG

Alpian SA

Lennox International

Computershare / Equatex

Global Funds SA

Bonhôte Immobilier

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to InRoll AG, a railway freight wagons asset company managed by Reichmuth Investment Management AG, in respect of a CHF150m senior secured credit facility granted by a syndicate of Swiss banks with UBS AG acting as collateral agent.
  • Advised a group of Swiss private investors who signed and closed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the Swiss operations of furniture and electronics retailer Conforama in a landmark deal in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to ams AG on issuing €760m 2.125% bonds due 2027 and convertible into ordinary shares of ams AG.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. offers advice on all banking and finance matters, including regulatory, investigations, funds, finance, fintech as well as transactions in the financial industry. The ‘highly skilled’ and ‘very helpful’ team is headed by Theodor Härtsch and ‘highly respected finance partnerLukas Wyss and includes key contacts Luc Defferrard, Markus Pfenninger, Johannes Bürgi, Ramona Wyss and Roger Ammann. The practice is well known for its advice on large scale international lending transactions, including advising private equity investors on leveraged finance transactions, as well as finance transactions, such as synthetic transactions, covered bond transactions and other securitisations.

Practice head(s):

Theodor Härtsch; Lukas Wyss

Testimonials

‘Fast and ready.’

‘Highly skilled. Great legal expertise.’

‘The team is very helpful and has a pragmatic approach. The responsiveness is very high and it is fun to work with.’

‘Lukas Wyss is a well-known and highly respected finance partner who really cares about client needs and cooperation.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland Ltd. and UBS AG

Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. and Credit Suisse AG

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Cembra Money Bank

Raiffeisen

Valiant Bank AG

Migros Bank AG

Equatex AG

Deutsche Private Equity

Naxicap

Ufenau Capital Partners

AMAG Leasing AG

Swisscard AECS GmbH

CMS

CMS‘ practice covers transactions and lending, acting on acquisitions, trade, project, debt and real estate finance. The regulatory practice includes assistance with applications for regulatory licences, rulings from FINMA and advising on anti-money laundering and derivatives trading issues. Led by Kaspar Landolt, the group is instructed by Swiss and international financial institutions, funds, and industrial enterprises. Tina Balzli joined in July 2021 from PwC Switzerland.

Practice head(s):

Kaspar Landolt

Other key lawyers:

André Lebrecht; Tina Balzli

Testimonials

‘The team has lots of experience relating to corporate governance/Finma regulations.’

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard‘s offering covers matters in the retail and private banking, investment banking, asset management and enforcement and insolvency space. The FinTech sector is an area of particular strength. Led by Cornelia Stengel, the group is instructed by Swiss and foreign banks, insurance companies, securities firms and other financial institutions. A recent development is the formation of a dedicated sustainable investment/ESG desk. Dominik Oberholzer  is a key contact for investment funds. The arrival of Luca Bianchi  in January 2021 from Niederer Kraft Frey AG bolstered the practice.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Stengel

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Oberholzer; Luca Bianchi

Testimonials

‘The accessibility and attention at partner level in connection with our mandate was definitely a key driver to advance quickly in the project. In comparison to other large law firms, it became apparent that KC always consulted the original problem and envisaged a solution and did not, as is otherwise not uncommon, open up secondary topics.’

‘Luca Bianchi is characterised by a very high level of commitment and is always available. In addition to his profound knowledge in his areas of expertise, he has the ability to think out of the box and is thus able to develop innovative, creative and, as a result, always constructive approaches to solutions. Luca Bianchi is very structured in his approach and works precisely and always with the client’s goal in mind, without unnecessarily inflating a mandate.’

Key clients

UBS AG

Swiss FinTech Innovations

GS Banque SA

Franklin Templeton Group

DWS

Man Group plc

TWINT AG

Macquarie Group

Heritage 47 AG

MNC SA

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Man Group plc with the set-up of up to ten new Irish/Luxembourg sub-funds and registration with Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.
  • Advised UBS AG on all aspects of Swiss law for the set-up, registration with the Swiss regulator and listing at SIX Swiss Exchange of listed and non-listed funds (in total approx. 150 funds).
  • Assigned by the authorities to provide legal support, coordinate and combat abuse in the granting of COVID-19 loans from Swiss banks to Swiss companies.

MLL Legal

After joining forces in July 2021, MLL Legal now has a comprehensive banking and finance offering. Areas of expertise are in particular financing structures, banking, securities and asset management regulatory matters, FinTech mandates; real estate investment and structured products, as well as anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwilerlistens patiently, interjects with clarity and wisdom and educates with insight and experience.‘ She leads the team together with Daniel Schoch. Other key members are Alexander Vogel, Karin Oberlin and the London-based Dunja Koch.

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Vogel; Dunja Koch; Karin Oberlin; Samuel Ljubicic

Testimonials

‘It is difficult to provide enough praise for the professionalism of the MLL team. They are always fully aware of the critical and pivotal points in each case, they think strategically on how to apply them, they communicate professionally, they are available when we need them and they are one or two steps ahead of the counterparty. They make the client’s role easy.’

‘Catrina Luchsinger Gaehwiler listens patiently, interjects with clarity and wisdom and educates with insight and experience. We consider ourselves lucky to have Catrina passionately support us in our corner.’

‘All of the people that we work with exhibit an understanding of ‘business first’ enabling them to provide advice which can be used in a commercial way. We never get answers that are merely factual summaries of the law, but rather we get answers which show us how our business can work within the confines of the law. This practical approach is very useful.’

‘The team is always friendly, commercially-minded and extremely hands-on. We find that this firm’s work ethos is aligned with that of the top firms around the world.’

‘Catrina Luchsinger is very commercial, pragmatic, focused and sensible. She did a great job.’

‘Karin Oberlin is top notch in Swiss aviation law.’

‘Definitely one of the top firms in Switzerland in the area of derivatives, SLB, Repo and structured finance.’

‘Alexander Vogel is an outstanding lawyer in the area of structured finance and derivatives. He has an in-depth understanding of trading and products, and he speaks the traders’ language, which makes communication very easy and efficient. Alexander is very intelligent and quick-witted and fast at spotting the key issues while still seeing the broader picture. His responsive and calm manner make it pleasant to work with him. He and his team are very hands-on, come up with practical solutions to complex problems and understand what their clients need.’

Key clients

Argentem Creek Partners LP

Bank of America

Bellevue Group

bfw holding ag

Bitcoin (Suisse) AG

Capiton AG

Central Real Estate Holding AG and Central Real Estate Basel AG

Credit Agricole

Dogus Group

EBRD

Global Jet Capital

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

Julius Baer Group Ltd

SEBA Bank AG

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Swiss Bridge Capital

TWINT

UniCredit Bank

Verifort Capital Services AG

Zurich Airport

Work highlights

  • Advised Capiton AG, Germany on the acquisition of all shares in a sensor technology company and the related acquisition finance transaction.
  • Acted as legal advisor for TWINT AG in connection with financial market regulatory questions.
  • Advised SEBA Bank AG on their first structured product issuance valued at $70m.

VISCHER

The banking and finance team at VISCHER specialises in advising borrowers and lenders in financings, regulatory queries as well as on matters at the intersection with insolvency, capital markets and IP/IT where the close collaboration with the firm’s other teams adds value. The practice also often acts for defendants in contentious cases. Practice head Adrian Dörig specialises in structured finance transactions and aviation finance. Markus Guggenbühl and managing associate David Weber are a ‘very competent team.Jana Essebier impresses with FinTech and insolvency expertise in addition to her banking knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Dörig

Other key lawyers:

Jana Essebier; Markus Guggenbühl; David Weber; Stefan Grieder

Testimonials

‘Excellent market knowledge and response times.’

‘Markus Guggenbühl and David Weber: very competent team, immediate availability, quick and responsive.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG acting as liquidator of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland

Tokentrust AG

Swiss Cantonal Bank

Bank CIC

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited

UBS

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding AG

Dermavant Sciences, Inc.

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Tokentrust AG as general legal advisor on the implementation of Atomyze, a Hyperledger-based platform in the area of tokenization of assets.
  • Advised various large Swiss banks and insurance companies on moving to the cloud.
  • Advised Dermavant Sciences, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics in immuno-dermatology, on a $200m financing round.

Wenger Vieli Ltd

Wenger Vieli Ltd‘s practice scope encompasses financing transactions, regulatory matters and related litigation. The team has special know-how in real estate and project financings, for which the group works closely across departments. Regulations relating to blockchain, distributed ledger technologies and cryptocurrencies are other areas of strength. Bignia Vieli and litigation specialist Nicolas Bracher jointly lead the practice, which also includes Andreas Hünerwadel and Martin Peyer.

Practice head(s):

Bignia Vieli; Nicolas Bracher

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Hünerwadel; Martin Peyer

Testimonials

‘Fast, professional, to the point.’

‘Flexibility, know-how, solution-oriented, pragmatic.’

‘Very hands-on, no unnecessary overhead, smart, responsive.’

 

Key clients

Private Bank IHAG, Switzerland

Radicant AG

Nextech Invest AG

Signa Group

Danske Bank

Privatbank Bellerive

Scandit AG

BBVA (Switzerland)

Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)

Maerki Baumann & Co. AG

Falcon Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Signa Group on the refinancing of the bridge loan by a syndicate of Swiss banks relating to the prime location of a department store chain in Zürich.
  • Defending an asset manager in a high-stakes litigation case against an ultra-high-net-worth individual.
  • Advising the shareholder of radicant AG on the licensing process as a bank before FINMA to become the first fully digital bank in Switzerland.

Bratschi Ltd

Headed by Reto Arpagaus and Ivo Hungerbühler , Bratschi Ltd advises financial intermediaries on a variety of regulatory matters, including on obtaining licences for banks, securities dealers, and asset managers. Further, the team gives ‘high-quality advice‘ on market infrastructures and systems based on distributed ledger technology as well as on the structuring of financing and transactions. Barbara Jecklin is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Reto Arpagaus; Ivo Hungerbühler

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Jecklin

Testimonials

‘Professional and open-minded team. Hands-on approach.’

‘We feel very comfortable relying on their high-quality advice and judgement (response times are very short), and will continue to instruct Bratschi.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG

Sankt Galler Kantonalbank

CreditGate24

Adecco Group AG

Moneypark AG

Buis Bürgi AG

Buis Bürgi AG is a ‘highly professional‘ boutique with a specialisation in banking and finance matters. Acting on contentious and non-contentious matters, the team regularly works in conjunction with larger firms in special tasks in the framework of financial transactions. Eric Buis heads the banking and finance team in addition to covering white-collar crime matters where he is supported by Jeremias Widmer.

Practice head(s):

Eric Buis

Other key lawyers:

Jeremias Widmer; Paul Bürgi

Testimonials

‘Eric Buis is an outstanding practitioner; very pragmatic and solution-oriented, and therefore offering outstanding value for money.’

‘Eric Buis is a well-known, well-connected and excellent banking litigator.’

‘Buis Bürgi is a firm whose partners are involved in substantive work from A-Z in dynamic interaction with the client, provides excellent performance with a very experienced and long-standing core team in a solution-enabling spirit, has been continuously involved in various civil, white-collar and insolvency matters with significant amounts in dispute.’

‘The firm has a number of very knowledgeable people with longstanding practices, mainly in corporate, financing and litigation matters. They are used to deal with complex matters and have encounters with much larger firms on equal levels. They are also one of the first addresses if large firms are conflicted.’

‘Eric Buis combines top-level finance and corporate expertise with an open-minded approach.’

Jeremias Widmer is a very talented younger lawyer.’

‘Eric Buis and Paul Bürgi have a huge knowledge in banking and finance law and are very responsive.’

‘Eric Buis & Paul Bürgi are capable of leading very complex litigation cases. Eric Buis has a deep unterstanding of the litigation in the field of financial services. Due to the boutique character of the firm the client has the comfort that the handling of the cases is not delegated to junior associates. By retaining the services of Buis Bürgi, you know who you will be dealing with and whose work product you will receive.’

‘Eric Buis is clearly a go-to lawyer for financial litigation. He is experienced, pragmatic and very responsive.’

Key clients

Philips

Dufry

Omron

Toyota Material Handling

Lehman Brothers

Abengoa

Gate Group

A.B.S. Factoring

Philips

Dufry

Omron

Toyota Material Handling

Lehman Brothers

Abengoa

Gate Group

A.B.S. Factoring

Work highlights

  • Assisted a high-level bank executive with the ongoing Archegos and Greensill investigation.
  • Advised a Swiss bank on various insolvency aspects regarding a key customer.
  • Represented a Greek shipping fleet owner whose assets were hidden by family members in various Swiss, Liechtenstein and Panamanian off-shore structures with Swiss bank accounts.

LALIVE

Simone Nadelhofer, Daniel L Buhr, Matthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler jointly head the banking and finance practice of LALIVE. The unit specialises in contentious mandates acting against banks, representing clients in disputes relating to mismanagement of assets, improper execution, fraudulent orders as well as in disputes related to structured and derivative products. Dominik Elmiger made partner in 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Elmiger

Testimonials

‘Very strong client focus, ability to understand complex cases within a short period of time. Focused on client needs and finding optimal solutions. Fair and transparent pricing. Use of state of the art technology.’

‘André Brunschweiler: Excellent lawyer and advisor, very focused on client needs, excellent understanding of banking/finance industry.’

Key clients

Banka Snoras

Work highlights

  • Acting for several major institutional and private ultra-high-net-worth investors with regard to potential major losses incurred in connection with the Greensill collapse.
  • Counsel to the liquidators of Lithuanian Banka Snoras which went into bankruptcy after the main shareholders diverted over €400m in assets owned by the bank.
  • Representing a global retailer in a dispute with a global Swiss bank acting as custodian to release shares held in escrow as part of a business transaction.

Loyens & Loeff

The banking and finance team of Loyens & Loeff is led by Judith Raijmakers and offers advice on a wide array of issues, covering regulatory aspects, such as licensings, financial market regulation and investment management, as well as transactional finance matters, including acquisition finance, asset finance and financial restructurings, an area where the unit has recently seen a lot of activity. Counsel Christine Hohl, formerly at Niederer Kraft Frey AG, joined the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Judith Raijmakers 

Other key lawyers:

Diana Lafita; Sandra Zysset

Testimonials

‘The finance team we worked with is a fresh, young, powerful team of women who were very active and responsive during the transaction. Judith Raijmakers and Sandra Zysset work together very smoothly. Overall, a strong, experienced and powerful team which is up and coming in the Swiss finance market.’

‘Judith Raijmakers and Sandra Zysset are two very experienced advisors. Both have longstanding finance experience in one of the best law firms and know the Swiss and international finance marked very well. Their support is uncomplicated and practicable and they always search for the solution.’

‘A client can feel that they work as a team. If needed, experts will just be ‘zoomed’ in or invited to the meeting, but you still always know who is your main contact within the firm.’

‘They go the extra mile! Besides being very competent, they are also very fun to work with! I strongly recommend Judith Raijmakers.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable about Swiss regulations and we have had excellent collaboration. Loyens offer practical advice and are great at communicating relevant updates to us.’

‘Diana Lafita has great technical knowledge, is very responsive and gives helpful, practical advice. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Folli Follie

HPS

AlpInvest Partners B.V.

J.P. Morgan

Novartis

Trinseo Materials Operating S.C.A., Trinseo Materials Finance Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted HPS Investment Partners and Capital One, National Association with the financing of the acquisition of AMAG Pharmaceuticals by Covis Group SARL.
  • Assisted Alpinvest with its $9bn fund and the marketing and distribution into Switzerland.
  • Advised Folli Follie on all steps in its financial restructuring.

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG has a strong track record in advising on syndicated loans in the Swiss market and continues to have a focus on cross-border project and transaction financing where the unit advises clients on appropriate financing structures. Recent activity has included negotiations of credit facilities regarding leveraged finance transactions. Daniel Hayek and Andreas Moll head the ‘extremely knowledgeable, practical and efficient‘ team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hayek; Andreas Moll

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable, practical and efficient. Particularly expert in restructuring and insolvency.’

‘Daniel Hayek is extremely knowledgeable, practical and my go-to lawyer on all Swiss banking matters.’

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is adept at advising on regulatory matters and is experienced in assisting clients with establishing financial service providers and frequently represents clients before the Swiss financial authorities. Assisting financial intermediaries and banks in internal investigations is another area of strength. Headed by the ‘very knowledgeableDésirée Wiesendanger, the team includes Marc Bernheim and Philipp Känzig and gives ‘efficient and very concise advice‘.

Practice head(s):

Désirée Wiesendanger

Other key lawyers:

Marc Bernheim; Philipp Känzig

Testimonials

‘Marc Bernheim is a reliable professional.

‘Efficient and very concise advice with recommendation.’

‘Désirée Wiesendanger is very knowledgeable and provides outstanding guidance and advice.’

 

Key clients

Jefferies International Ltd.

Jefferies (Switzerland) Ltd.

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Schweizer Kredit AG

Falcon Private Bank Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted as Jefferies’ outsourced competence centre for combating money laundering issues according to the Swiss Federal Act on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.
  • Acted as administrator during a debt-restructuring moratorium concerning Schweizer Kredit, advising Schweizer Kredit on regulatory matters in relation to its business activities.
  • Advised Falcon Private Bank on the legal and regulatory issues and represented Falcon Private Bank before authorities and courts with respect to client complaints, recovery and white-collar crime.