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Bratschi Ltd

BAHNHOFSTRASSE 70, PO BOX, 8021 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 58 258 10 00
Fax:
Fax +41 58 258 10 99
Email:
Web:
www.bratschi.ch
Basel, Bern, Lausanne, St Gallen, Zug, Zurich

Switzerland

Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Bratschi Ltd

Mid-sized banks, major insurance companies, securities dealers and asset managers constitute the client portfolio at Bratschi Ltd, where the team focuses on financial market and fintech regulation, as well as investment structuring and implementation. The 'experienced and very responsive' Barbara Jecklin advised UBS and an international syndicate of banks on a facility agreement for Landis+Gyr. Reto Arpagaus, Marco Rizzi and Marcel Aellen are other names to note.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd handles mid-sized capital market transactions, as well as debt and structured finance matters. St. Gallen-based practice lead Christian Stambach advised Adecco Group during the issue of $300m-worth of notes under a €3.5bn medium-term note programme, while Barbara Jecklin assisted the same client with a €600m senior unsecured revolving credit facility. Marco Rizzi also handles domestic rights issues and alternative IPOs.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd fields 'a well-established, efficient team' that provides 'expert knowledge, a comprehensive service and sensible advice at reasonable costs'. The range of expertise includes mid-market M&A and international transactions for key clients in the financial sector, among others. Christian Stambach, who 'stands out as an extremely committed and service-minded legal expert', assisted Arbonia with the sale of Forster Profile Systems and related subsidiaries to Belgian Reynaers Group. St. Galler Kartonalbank and Raiffeisen Switzerland are other key clients. Thomas Peter heads the practice.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Bratschi Ltd

The 'vastly experienced' team at Bratschi Ltd is 'very committed' and impresses with its 'team player spirit and innovative approach to finding solutions'. Daniel Glasl handles commercial and media litigation, while his practice co-lead Mirco Ceregato specialises in banking and cross-border disputes. Recent highlights include the representation of an entrepreneur in his libel claim against a media house. 'Smart and accessible' Sandra De Vito Bieri is recommended alongside 'straightforward and focused' Kurt Blickenstorfer.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd stands out for its 'cross-jurisdictional capabilities and understanding of other legal frameworks', and clients also appreciate having 'personal contacts available during projects'. Providing both advisory and contentious services, the team handles contracts, agreements, option plans and benefit packages, policy drafting and working time regulations, as well as advising on a number of business restructuring aspects, including employee representation committees and public sector employment law. Key clients include Swisspower, Hälg Building Services and Securiton. Angela Hensch heads the team, which comprises Marco Rizzi, who 'has a deep understanding of the Spanish legal environment and language', newly promoted partner Stefan Rieder and 'flexible and approachable' Tobias Herren.

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

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd handles the enforcement of claims, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, as well as litigation in all parts of Switzerland. Recent work includes Mirco Ceregato's representation of a Chinese company in its damages claim against a bankrupt industrial manufacturer. He jointly heads the practice with insolvency litigator Daniel Glasl.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 4

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd has four offices in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and a full-service approach. Core practice areas are corporate and M&A, private client and public law, with notable individuals including Marco Rizzi, Barbara Jecklin, Christian Stambach, Mirco Ceregato, Ingmar Snijders and Walter Boss.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Bratschi Ltd

'Solid and well established mid-market firm' Bratschi Ltd has 'a good international reach', 'a full-service approach' and houses 'a knowledgeable, accessible and responsive' private client practice. It is best known for handling matters relating to trusts and foundations, tax, estate planning and the structuring of assets and commodities. Clients particularly recommend 'level-headed and strategic thinker' Kurt Blickenstorfer and 'unique international tax lawyer' Walter Boss, who 'consistently delivers excellent and timely work'. Trust expert Ingmar Snijders, who also serves as Honorary Consul to Iceland in Switzerland, and tax partner Michael Barrot are other names to note.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Bratschi Ltd

The public and administrative law practice at Bratschi Ltd handles constitutional, subsidy, healthcare, state organisation, energy, media and traffic matters, as well as public labour law. Isabelle Häner is the key contact.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Bratschi Ltd

The private and public real estate law department at Bratschi Ltd is particularly experienced in the hotel sector, and also handles transactions, financing, contractual, planning, zoning, environmental and construction matters, as well as real estate-related disputes. Ion Eglin assists PSP Group Services with its first hotel development projects, and is also advising on the negotiation of a lease agreement for RIMC Schweiz Hotels & Resorts. St. Gallen-based Thomas Schönenberger advises Asga Pensionskasse on transactions and a construction project in Ittigen.

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 3

Bratschi Ltd

The client base of Bratschi Ltd includes sports clubs and athletes, as well as events and marketing organisations that require assistance with transfers, M&A, sponsoring, tax and broadcasting rights matters. Reto Arpagaus acted for IFM International Football Management on the transfer of its client, a football player, from FC Basel to Borussia Mönchengladbach, while Mirco Ceregato successfully represented Advancesport in an arbitration claim to enforce outstanding agent fees against Polish football club Wisła Kraków, which refused to pay for a rights transfer service after its management changed.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Bratschi Ltd

The tax team at Bratschi Ltd 'demonstrates the highest level of professionalism through competence, attention to detail and efficiency'. It assists middle-sized and listed companies, as well as private clients and family-owned manufacturing businesses, with obtaining and negotiating tax rulings regarding tax planning, cross-border transactions, reorganisation and relocation, trading and employment matters. Michael Barrot, who advised Etihad Airways on the tax aspects concerning its sale to the Swiss subsidiary of Adria Airways, 'understands unconventional tax requirements and welcomes the challenge to provide personalised solutions'. Walter Boss is another name to note.

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