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Zurich-based firm Homburger has 'one of Switzerland's leading practice groups for data privacy law'. The team combines intellectual property and patent law with regulatory and commercial expertise in telecoms and media, as well as marketing, e-commerce and internet law. Georg Rauber assisted Viacar with the negotiation of a re-design project for its core application platform, while Gregor Bühler is defending Google against defamation claims concerning the right to be forgotten. 'Approachable, supportive and pragmatic leading lawyer' David Rosenthal advises Open Systems on IT security services contracts with international companies.

VISCHER's TMT practice has experience of sector-relevant convergence issues, regulatory requirements, online services licensing, outsourcing and transfer agreements. Rolf Auf der Maur successfully represented Swisscom as defendant in the first Swiss ISP-blocking matter brought by film rights holders, while Basel-based Christian Wyss assists Sympany with the review, drafting and negotiation of various different IT agreements with suppliers and outsourcing providers. Netflix, Quadrant and Additiv also feature in the client list.

Walder Wyss Ltd 'has a strong data privacy team', while also dealing with fintech projects, outsourcing and technology transfer, as well as licensing, transactions, insolvency matters and TMT litigation. Michael Isler advised the joint venture structure of insurance consortium B3i, which aims to develop a blockchain, while 'exceptional' counsel David Vasella, who 'combines an outstanding level of expertise with creativity and professionalism', is assisting Galenica with its GDPR implementation. Mark Reutter acts for Zurich Insurance company on the re-negotiation of an existing global outsourcing agreement. Didier Sangiorgio is another name to note. Former managing associate Dirk Spacek joined CMS as partner in February 2019.

The TMT practice at Baker McKenzie focuses on product compliance, data privacy, regulatory requirements, service distribution and licensing matters. In a new highlight, Alessandro Celli assists Planzer Transporte with its GDPR compliance programme and implementation. Hubert Gillieron is the key partner in Geneva.

'Highly professional and responsive firm' Bär & Karrer Ltd. 'is the go-to firm for international companies', 'providing the perfect mix of extraordinary legal skills, deep industry knowledge, proactivity and kind personal treatment'. Its range of TMT services includes M&A transactions and joint ventures, software contracts and IT outsourcing projects, regulatory telecoms law, as well as intellectual property, commercial, tax and estate planning assistance for artists in the media and entertainment sector. 'Readily available, business-minded and technically excellent' Markus Wang handled the software and intellectual property aspects of the client's (an affiliate of Warburg Pincus) acquisition of a stake in Avaloq. 'Leading lawyer' Michele Bernasconi, who is 'a smart strategist' and 'makes a practical and straightforward approach to legal problems', serves as a regular adviser to Hotels.com, Expedia.com and Facebook on regulatory and compliance issues.

Lausanne-based specialist firm id est avocats sàrl is best known for its financing and investment, fintech, media and medical technology expertise. A recent highlight for Michel Jaccard is his advice to Beqom on its data protection compliance programme, while Juliette Ancelle assists start-up Kapaw with fundraising and the drafting of standard terms and conditions regarding its video platform.

Lenz & Staehelin is renowned for its transactional, contractual, licensing, regulatory, e-commerce, advertising and outsourcing experience, including longstanding expertise in the banking sector. In recent work, Lukas Morscher assisted a global banking group with the regulatory and transactional aspects concerning intra-group hosted data platform solutions. Transactions partner Guy Vermeil is the main contact in Geneva.

'Service-oriented and well-reputed law firm' Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 'has in-depth knowledge of data protection law and its developments', while also being 'well versed in handling IT contracts for the health sector' and 'cross-border fintech', as well as 'e-commerce matters'. It has additional expertise in IT outsourcing and regulatory topics, technology transfer, copyright and transactions. The client roster includes Bucherer, Schweiz Tourismus, Sunrise and British American Tobacco. The 'highly committed, practical and professional stand-out partner and strong visionary' Lukas Bühlmann and 'quick and efficient' senior associate Michael Reinle are recommended.

MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance impresses with its 'good all-round knowledge of data and IT issues, with particular expertise in blockchain'. The team also provides assistance with IT outsourcing, distribution, transactions and medical technology, as well as regulatory matters, data protection and telecoms law. Key name Martin Eckert represents a Swiss bank in a court case pertaining to a licensing issue, while Luka Müller, Thomas Linder and Andreas Glarner are instructed by numerous clients to assist with the set-up of ICO structures.

Niederer Kraft Frey has 'longstanding relationships with clients and develops deep insights into the particularities of each business structure'. The TMT practice combines expertise in broadcasting, data privacy, outsourcing, licensing and IoT matters with significant telecoms knowledge and sports-related media experience. The 'team-working approach' between 'business expert' András Gurovits and 'data privacy specialist' Clara-Ann Gordon is 'highly appreciated'. The duo assist Fifa and Huawei with their GDPR readiness. Gordon is also a regular adviser to Microsoft on all Swiss TMT matters.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly works on outsourcing projects, transactions, contractual and compliance matters, as well as dispute resolution, for emerging technology, telecoms, media, banking, pharmaceutical and construction clients. Practice lead Roland Mathys advises Ernst & Young on the drafting and negotiation of ICT contracts and data privacy law. Manor and Coop also feature in the client list. IT competition partner David Mamane is another name to note.

Augsburger Deutsch & Partner's practice handles IT procurement and contract matters for both public and private clients. In a recent highlight, key partner Wolfgang Straub assists the Swiss Bar Association with cloud services for lawyers, including the design of a public RFI procedure and drafting of a model contract for law firms. The Swiss Confederation's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is also a client.

'One of the leading Swiss thinkers in blockchain', tokenisation and ICOs, Froriep houses 'a skilled team of IT lawyers who are available when needed'. It 'stands out for its combination of longstanding corporate finance experience with deep knowledge of the fintech start-up industry, which gives the lawyers fantastic credibility'. Additional services include technology transactions, contracts and outsourcing projects, as well as telecoms regulation matters. 'Trusted partner' Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler teamed up with 'pragmatic and broadly knowledgeable' associate Ronald Kogens to assist Procivis with its ICO and data encryption project "Vetri", while 'outstandingly professional subject matter expert' Nicola Benz advises Elea Labs on the licensing of its applications and the development of new blockchain technology for the real estate sector.

Business boutique firm HDC specialises in data protection, IT outsourcing, commercial and contract law. Key partners Sylvain Métille and David Raedler act for SECO on the development of a new web-based platform for SMEs, involving data protection, public tender and contract aspects. The client roster also includes GILAI and the Polytechnic State School in Lausanne.

The TMT team at Kellerhals Carrard focuses on litigation, outsourcing projects, IT licensing, fintech and e-commerce matters. Lausanne-based Edgar Philippin assists the Basketball Champions League with the commercialisation of its media rights and outsourcing of media contents production. Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann are other key names.

Pestalozzi's TMT team is 'very caring and precise' and 'delivers work to the clients' complete satisfaction'. Covering e-commerce, data protection, IT distribution and outsourcing, telecoms law, as well as fintech and medical tech matters, the practice is led by 'devoted lawyer' Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who counts the Southern Switzerland Film Commission among her clients. Intellectual property partners Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are other key members of the team.

'Multi-skilled' firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte 'understands client needs and acts at a very high professional level, with an excellent view for the big picture'. The focus areas include litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, contracts, as well as fintech products. The 'outstanding and very experienced' practice lead Katia Favre advises Microsoft on Swiss telecoms law and compliance topics. The team also comprises fintech specialist Michael Bosch and litigator Patrick Rohn.

TMT is a key sector for boutique Zurich-based firm TIMES Attorneys, which handles cognitive computing, digitalisation, automation and virtualisation technologies. The team assists with IT licensing and outsourcing agreements, data protection issues and compliance reviews. Lausanne partner Philippe Gilliéron and Markus Kaiser in Zürich are key names. Alesch Staehelin joined in November 2018 from his previous position as lead counsel at IBM.

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  • Bär & Karrer Continues to Grow Finance and Sports Practice with Two New Partners

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that it further strengthens its Financing and Sports practices with new partners Lukas Roesler and Dr. Jan Kleiner, both of whom have worked with the firm previously.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Novartis and Alcon on the Spin-off of Alcon

    Today, Novartis AG completed the spin-off of the Alcon eye care devices business, and Alcon Inc. debuted as independent publicly traded company. The Alcon shares were successfully listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. and the New York Stock Exchange. They are also included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), which comprises the 20 largest Swiss listed stocks.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Primeo Energie and CSA Energie-Infrastructure Schweiz in Aquisition from ElĂ©t

    Primeo Energie, EOS Holding SA (EOS) and Électricité de France (EDF) have entered into a share purchase agreement relating to the purchase by Primeo Energie and EOS of the 25% interest held by EDF in Alpiq Holding SA. The purchase by Primeo Eergie and EOS will be financed through mandatory exchangeable loan agreements made by CSA Energie-Infrastruktur Schweiz (CSA) as lender, the biggest investment pool for Swiss energy infrastructure with 135 Swiss pension funds acting as investors. At maturity the mandatory exchangeable loan agreements will be converted into shares in Alpiq. Primeo Energie and EOS thereby pave the way for a Swiss shareholder structure of Alpiq.
  • Bär & Karrer Awarded Most Innovative Swiss Law Firm of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards

    Bär & Karrer was awarded „Most innovative law firm of the year - Switzerland", the national award for Switzerland given in the IFLR European Awards. The most innovative law firm of the year award recognizes Bär & Karrer as the Swiss law firm with the best track record in 2018 giving advice on the most innovative cross-border deals covering all award practice areas. It is already the third prize of this kind in period of six years awarded to Bär & Karrer.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises DSV on Public Exchange Offer for Panalpina

    On 1 April 2019, DSV A/S, Hedehusene, Denmark and Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Zurich, Switzerland, have entered into an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a public exchange offer by DSV for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina for approximately CHF 4.6 billion. The board of directors of Panalpina has resolved to support the public exchange offer by DSV and to recommend the acceptance of DSV's public exchange offer to its shareholders.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Joint Venture with Chr. Hansen for Deve

    On 2 April 2019, Lonza, a leading pharma contract manufacturing company, and Chr. Hansen, a leading global bioscience company, announced that they have signed an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture to pioneer the live biotherapeutic products (LBPs) industry and position themselves as the leading contract development and manufacturing partner (CDMO) for biotech and pharma customers. The joint venture brings together best-in-class, complementary capabilities and will be the first CDMO globally to provide a full supply chain that offers manufacturing of bacteria strains for therapeutic use. The joint venture will be a 50/50 controlled legal entity that will operate from its headquarters in Basel (CH) and have production facilities in Denmark and Switzerland. A phased investment of approximately EUR 90 million will be deployed over three years to build cGMP-compliant pharma production capabilities. The joint venture will upgrade existing facilities in Hørsholm (DK) and equip new facilities in Basel (CH) to serve pre-clinical to phase II projects. Further facilities for phase III and commercial manufacturing will be developed as the pipeline matures. The joint venture is expected to be largely self-funding after the production set-up has been established.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Computacenter in the Acquisition of PathWorks

    Computacenter Group, a leading European IT service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange, acquired PathWorks, a well-established hardware reseller in the Swiss market.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Addtech in the Acquisition of a Majority in Omni Ray

    Addtech Group, a leading Swedish publicly listed technology trading group, acquired a majority stake in Omni Ray AG, a well-established Swiss trading company and service provider for automation solutions, mainly focused on industrial applications, infrastructure, transportation and medical industry. By this transaction, Addtech aims at strengthening its position in the European automation market.
  • Bär & Karrer Partner Paolo Bottini Wins the Client Choice Award 2019 by Lexology

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that partner Paolo Bottini has been recognized by Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO) as the Client Choice Winner 2019 in the Corporate Tax category in Switzerland.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CEVA Logistics in Connection with the Strengthening of the Strategic Partnersh

    On 11 October 2018, the board of directors of CEVA Logistics AG announced that the Danish transport and logistic company DSV submitted a non-binding letter of interest with an indicative offer price of CHF 27.75 per CEVA share and that the board of directors of CEVA came to the conclusion that the offer was not in the best interest of the company and its shareholders. This was in particular because at that point in time, CEVA was already in discussions regarding an intensified cooperation with its main shareholder CMA CGM S.A., which shall exploit the full potential of CEVA.

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  • Bär & Karrer awarded by Mergermarket as "Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018"

    At this year's Mergermarket European Awards Ceremony on 6 December 2018 in London, Bär & Karrer has been awarded as the "Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018".
  • Bär & Karrer Advises the Sellers of Astes4 SA

    The owners of Astes4 SA, a company based in Balerna, Switzerland, which is engaged in development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines, sold their interests in the company to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. Mitsubishi Electric is active in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. By acquiring Astes4, Mitsubishi Electric will further strengthen its lineup of automation systems together with sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines to provide its valued customers with integrated solutions that require less manual loading, unloading and sorting to realize higher productivity and efficiency.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Constellium on the Sale of Rolling Business Assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to

    On 23 July 2018, Constellium Valais SA, a company of the Constellium group engaged in the aluminium plate and extrusions businesses for industry, aerospace and transportation applications, successfully completed the sale of its aluminium rolling business assets in Sierre, Switzerland, to Novelis Switzerland SA for EUR 200 million. The assets, consisting of real estate, machinery and equipment, were previously leased by Constellium Valais to Novelis Switzerland and both parties will continue to operate in Sierre following the transaction. Concurrently with the asset sale, Constellium Valais contributed the Sierre site's shared infrastructure to a newly established 50-50 joint venture with Novelis Switzerland.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Bank Cler in Connection with the Public Tender Offer by Cantonal Bank of Basel

    On 20 June 2018, the Cantonal Bank of Basel, which already holds 77.52% of the share capital and the voting rights of Bank Cler Ltd., published the preannouncement for a public tender offer for all publicly held bearer shares of Bank Cler, which is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Subsequently, Bank Cler concluded a transaction agreement with the Cantonal Bank of Basel regarding the public tender offer. The Cantonal Bank of Basel offers CHF 52 per share of Bank Cler. Taking into consideration the results of the Fairness Opinion of an independent Expert, the board of directors of Bank Cler recommends to its shareholders to accept the offer.
  • Bär & Karrer Successful in Appeal Proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court Against the F

    On 11 May 2016, the French tax authorities requested administrative assistance from the Swiss Federal Tax Administration. The request was made based on lists containing several thousand UBS Switzerland AG account numbers which are or were held by persons presumed to be French residents for tax purposes. The French tax authorities were asking for Switzerland to provide names and dates of birth of the persons connected to the accounts as well as the account balances. UBS Switzerland AG (which the Federal Administrative Court ("FAC") had granted party status in its judgment A-4974/2016 of 25 October 2016) and private individuals directly affected lodged appeals with the FAC against the Federal Tax Administration’s final decisions, which were issued on 9 February 2018.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises BZ Bank on Purchase of United Grinding Group

    BZ Bank Aktiengesellschaft, through its acquisition company LEMRO AG, purchased the United Grinding Group from Körber Beteiligungen GmbH. The United Grinding Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of precision grinding machines.
  • Bär & Karrer advised PSP Swiss Property on Sale of a Commercial Property

    PSP Swiss Property sold a commercial property in Petit-Lancy, Geneva. The property at the Av. des Morgines 8/10 (approx. 14'000 m2 of rentable space) was sold for CHF 55 million to an affiliate company of Epic Suisse AG.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in a Combined Offering on the Placement of Sha

    Idorsia Ltd successfully placed 11,912,000 new shares by way of an accelerated bookbuilding in a private placement with institutional investors. The placed shares are sourced from the company's existing authorized share capital and the pre-emptive rights of the existing shareholders have been excluded. The offer price was set at CHF 25.62 per share. Additionally, Idorsia successfully placed CHF 200 million of senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2024 in a private placement with institutional investors.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Vontobel on the Placement of CHF 450 Million Tier 1 Bonds to fund the acquisit

    Vontobel Holding AG successfully completed the placement of CHF 450 million perpetual additional tier 1 subordinated bonds. The additional tier 1 subordinated bonds were issued at 100% of their nominal amount with an interest of 2.625% until 2023. The proceeds of this capital market transaction will be mainly used to finance the acquisition of Notenstein La Roche Private Bank.
  • Bär & Karrer Advised Swiss Re in the Offering of USD 500 Million Senior Exchangeable Notes with Iss

    Swiss Re Ltd (Swiss Re) has completed an offering of USD 500 million, 6-year senior exchangeable notes, which may be stock settled at the option of Swiss Re or may be exchanged at the option of noteholders for registered shares of Swiss Re, unless Swiss Re elects to settle the exchange of notes in cash. Swiss Re has purchased call options on its own shares, which allow it to settle an exchange by noteholders without issuing new shares.