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Froriep

GRAFENAUSTRASSE 5, 6304 ZUG, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 41 710 60 00
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www.froriep.com

Switzerland

Banking and finance: Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep's practice is best known for its banking M&A, regulatory and international financing expertise. Jean-Luc Herbez¬†assisted investment vehicle JFK Capital Alternative Sicav with obtaining a Swiss collective investment scheme licence from FINMA. Transaction partner J√©r√īme de Montmollin, Russian/CIS desk lead Dmitry Pentsov¬†and investment product specialist¬†Laetitia Meier Droz, who¬†became a partner in January 2018, make up the core team.

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Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

'Commercially-oriented and responsive' firm¬†Froriep¬†has 'a deep understanding of legal issues' and is 'capable of handling complicated transactions in a timely manner'. A particular area of expertise is banking M&A, which is complemented by regulatory and cross-financing experience. 'Consistently excellent'¬†Dunja Koch¬†advised JSC VTB Bank on the restructuring of a high-value secured facility agreement with Eurasian Resources Group, while team lead¬†Catrina Luchsinger G√§hwiler¬†assisted Palmarian Group with the bond issuance financing of the acquisition of all shares in Lebara Group. Senior associate¬†J√©r√īme Pidoux, who (like Koch) is based in London, is also recommended.

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

Froriep

'A reliable international partner',¬†Froriep's 'pleasant team'¬†serves as 'a one-stop shop' due to its 'flexible approach' and 'technical capability'. Private M&A and corporate transactions, especially up to mid-market value, are a particular focus of the department, alongside investment rounds for start-ups and the real estate sector.¬†Catrina Luchsinger¬†advised Palmarium Group and its Dutch subsidiary Vieo on the bond-issue acquisition of all shares in Lebara Group, while the 'responsive and trustworthy' Mattias Johnson¬†assisted Envican with its corporate reorganisation, its first financing round and entering into a strategic partnership. Clients further recommend 'organised and knowledgeable'¬†Dmitry Pentsov, who specialises in corporate transactions involving Russian companies, commercial partner¬†J√©r√īme de Montmollin¬†, who provides 'clear' advice',¬†and 'very good' B-corporations expert¬†Julie Wynne.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep offers representation in civil, white-collar crime and liability proceedings. Focus areas include banking, corporate and commercial, construction, insurance and sports. Isabelle Romy acted for the Department of Environment, Transport and Agriculture of Geneva in a proceeding concerning the remediation of a polluted site related to the construction of the Ceva railway connection. Lucien W Valloni acted for football player Ezequel Matia Schelotto in a Supreme Court dispute against his former agent concerning his transfer to FC Internazionale Milan. Alain Gros and Marcel C Steinegger are other names to note.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep is recommended for its 'dedication and tireless work in order to get cases resolved quickly' and its ability to 'handle complex international insolvency and corporate recovery cases in collaboration with foreign trustees'. It also has considerable experience in insolvency-related litigation, including claw-back actions and liability disputes. Sabina Schellenberg represented a company in international liquidation proceedings, which involved the recognition of the powers of an Israeli trustee in Switzerland and the sale of assets. 'Caring adviser' Daniel Bloch is also recommended. Litigator Marcel Steinegger  is another key partner in Zurich.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep's range of services include strategic IP work, enforcement and prosecution matters, as well as transactions for various industries. Key partner¬†Nicola Benz¬†assisted Lebara¬†with the negotiation of a brand licence agreement with another telecoms company as licensee, and also advised Procivis on its alleged infringement of a trade mark. Media companies Lehrmittelverlag Z√ľrich and Meltwater News International receive regular strategic trade mark advice. Fr√©d√©ric Serra left for HOUSE Attorneys¬†in 2018.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep's Geneva-based team¬†covers banking, corporate, sports and private client law. Jean-Luc Herbez, J√©r√īme de Montmollin, Jean Marguerat, Julie Wynne¬†and¬†Dmitry Pentsov¬†are well-known partners.

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

Froriep

The Zurich team of Froriep includes banking, finance and corporate specialist Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, litigator Sabina Schellenberg, intellectual property and TMT partner Nicola Benz, as well as tax lawyer Marcel Jung. Swiss-qualified transport expert Dunja Koch is based in London.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 4

Froriep

Froriep¬†is recommended for its 'flexible approach, strategic view and practical solutions'. It handles estate, tax and succession planning, charitable activities, relocation matters and disputes. Of counsel¬†Oliver Arter¬†represented Bettina and Vital Stefanini in a board-member dispute against the¬†Stiftung f√ľr Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte before the Federal Supreme Court. The 'very organised and knowledgeable'¬†Dmitry A Pentsov, as well as 'creative and detail-oriented' partners¬†Julie Wynne¬†and¬†Jean-Marie Vulliemin¬†are other names to note.

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep's 'knowlegeable' sports law team 'impresses with its vigour, high degree of involvement and its combination of empathy and professional integrity'. Key areas of expertise include employment and transfer matters, the drafting and negotiation of various contracts, as well as disciplinary and litigation matters. Lucien Valloni and Jean Marguerat are representing football club Trabzonspor as the claimant in a match-fixing scandal concerning the 2010/2011 Super League season. The Swiss Association of Football Players is also a client.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

'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.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

The 'pragmatic and efficient' practice at Froriep delivers 'strong international tax expertise and litigation support'. It specialises in tax challenges arising from the digital economy, global tax transparency, international exchange of information and BEPS plans, while also dealing with transactions and tax planning issues for private individuals and corporations. Dimitri Rotter acts as a regular adviser to Elko Grupa, while Julie Wynne assisted Chapel & York with the establishment of a Swiss not-for-profit association. The 'proactive and innovative' Marcel Jung  joined from Reichlin Hess AG in December 2017.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Froriep

Froriep's 'knowledgeable and pragmatic' transport team 'is quick to offer expert legal advice on Swiss-law aviation matters and consider the commercial reality of the situation'. It is best known for assisting with aviation finance and insolvency cases, as well as general corporate and commercial matters, and representing maritime clients in litigation proceedings. Recent highlights include advisory services provided to BoComm Leasing on existing leasing contracts with the insolvent airline Air Berlin and its Swiss subsidiary Belair. 'Very responsive, thorough and risk-attuned' London-based key partner Dunja Koch is 'highly capable and has a clear communication style'. Felix Mathis, who handles commercial aviation matters, and tax specialist Dimitri Rotter are also noted.

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