Niederer Kraft Frey AG > Zurich, Switzerland > Firm Profile

Niederer Kraft Frey AG
BAHNHOFSTRASSE 53
8001 ZÜRICH
Switzerland

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1

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:

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.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG has established itself as a strong player on debt, equity and hybrid capital market products. The group has a particular strong track record in IPOs, but also assists with Swiss domestic securitization transactions, issuance of covered bonds, equity capital markets transactions, as well as rights offerings, spin-offs and private equity placements. François Bianchi leads the practice, which also includes DCM and ECM transaction specialist Daniel Bono and Philipp Haas who also covers market conduct rules. Till Spillmann is considered to be ‘an amazing partner‘. Philippe Weber also advises on compliance with securities law and regulations. Andrea Giger was promoted to partner in January 2022. Christina Del Vecchio became a general counsel at PolyPeptide Group in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

François Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Till Spillmann; Philippe Weber; Deirdre Ní Annracháin; Andrea Giger; Marco Häusermann; Daniel Bono; Philipp Haas; Thomas Brönnimann

Testimonials

‘Very flexible, accomodating and service-oriented. They will always find a solution for you.’

‘Till Spillmann is an amazing partner, the best I have ever worked with.’

‘Super professional, very diligent, attention to detail, solution-driven.’

‘Availability, responsiveness, expertise, relationships.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

UBS

Zurich Cantonal Bank

Glencore

Leonteq AG

Julius Baer Group

PolyPeptide Group AG

KKR

EQT

Partners Group

Selecta

SFS Group AG

Swiss Confederation (Treasury Division)

VFS Global Ltd / VFS Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Blue on the merger with Far Point, which consisted of a combination of a Swiss/Continental European company with a US blank check company combined with an IPO at the NYSE.
  • Advised PolyPeptide Group AG on its up to CHF848m IPO on SIX.
  • Advised Idorsia on the placement of CHF600m in convertible bonds in July 2021 and on the rights offering of CHF535.5m as well as on their private placement of CHF330m in May 2020.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG ‘guarantees a very precise and safe landing on business points, without any compromise on the legal side of the advice.‘ The corporate team has a strong track record in advising corporations from the pharmaceutical and life sciences, financial services, high-tech and retail industries, as well as private equity houses in acquisitions, sales, takeovers and mergers. The group has experience in international matters, and has established a dedicated China Desk. Practice head Philipp Haas is a seasoned transaction specialist whose team also includes Adrian Koller, Peter IslerMoritz Maurer and investor key contact Patrik Peyer. Till Spillmann also has capital market and finance know-how, while Philippe Weber also assists with governance and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Moritz Maurer is very experienced, reliable and always calm in the storm. Samuel Hochstrasser is a gifted and very precise young M&A lawyer.’

‘Highly professional, hands-on, business minded.’

‘Patrik Peyer: great network and solution-oriented.’

‘Top-notch Swiss firm, but with the flexibility to address scope for smaller deals/add-on transactions in terms of costs/billing while still maintaining high quality.’

‘I appreciate their ability to provide high-quality advice throughout the spectrum needed: corporate, M&A, capital markets and regulatory. The partners are not only very hands-on, but make every effort to be available when needed, even at short notice. The quality of the work is very strong, they provide clear advice and are well used to dealing with regulators.’

‘Philippe Weber remains one of the best lawyers I know. He is always easy to reach, very commercial, provides clear advice and is trusted by boards of listed companies. He has also trained and nurtured a strong pool of lawyers working with him who have become strong partners.’

‘Thomas Brönnimann, excellent knowledge, thorough, cost efficient.’

‘Manuel Werder is extremely experienced and knows the various negotiation tactics well and is an excellent sparring partner for M&A advisors. The team that works with Manuel is on top of things and turns documents over within short time frames and extremely professionally. Lastly, we have a lot of fun working together on our joint projects.’

Key clients

Ardian

Assa Abloy

Boston Scientific Corporation

Coop/Transgourmet

Credit Suisse Group AG

EQT

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Idorsia Ltd

IBM Corp., Armonk N.Y. and IBM Switzerland AG

KKR

Lindsay Goldberg

OC Oerlikon

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Nordic Capital

Paragon Partners

Vivendi

Via Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Blue on its becoming a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange through a merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation.
  • Acted as lead advisor to NEC corporation on the $2.15bn acquisition of Avaloq.
  • Advised Coop as lead counsel on the acquisition of Jumbo from Maus Frères SA by way of which Coop has become the second largest do-it-yourself (DIY) store operator in Switzerland.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG has recently been involved in many of the major disputes and white-collar crime mandates in Switzerland, acting for a broad range of high-profile clients including BMW, Credit Suisse, UBS and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With a notable mix of domestic and international litigation instructions, the team also handles criminal proceedings and internal investigations. The practice fields ‘excellent litigators and bright young minds’ including group co-heads Daniel Eisele and Tamir Livschitz, employment and corporate dispute specialist Valerie Meyer Bahar, white-collar crime expert Peter C Honegger, of counsel Ernst Schmidt, Lukas Beeler and Juerg Bloch. At the senior associate level, Anja Vogt is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Niederer Kraft Frey are the top firm for cross-border litigation matters in Switzerland. Their sheer will to win cases and pursue the best interests of their clients is impressive. NKF does not only have great individual lawyers but will put together a tailor-made team for each specific matter.’

‘Juerg Bloch is the most competent lawyer for large cross-border litigation. He has an incredible international network and is a strategic thought leader. Juerg is the lawyer you want on your side when it really matters.’

‘Anja Vogt is extremely pleasant to work with, very committed, a huge talent and always helpful.’

‘We work with Lukas Beeler, who is an exceptional lawyer. He provides very clear advice that we always follow; He further always explains the options and suggests which option would be the best for us; He is a superb sparring partner. He always provides clear timelines; His filing drafts are exceptionally good, both from wording and content; Lukas always makes sure that we understand all the legal implications and explains everything in a very simple way; Lukas is always available to talk to and makes sure to also provide short notice advice.’

‘NKF’s dispute resolution team is one of Switzerland’s top-tier litigation teams. It offers a great combination of decades-long top tier experience in all areas of dispute resolution, brightest young minds and seamless coordination with the firm’s other expert teams and is therefore able to handle any dispute successfully. NKF has a great dispute resolution team. All team members are very knowledgeable, competent and very committed to the client. They offer great, practical advice and defend the client’s interests in an optimal manner. It is a great pleasure to work with them.’

‘NKF’s litigation team is very responsive, active and creative. They are willing to go the extra mile – an outstanding team with excellent lawyers and an impressive team spirit. NKF is truly up to the task. NKF is not without reason the leading litigation firm in Switzerland.’

‘Daniel Eisele is an outstanding and impressive litigator. He is tactically smart and skilful, legally persuasive and with good ideas and a tremendous fighting spirit. It is great to have him in your team. I can only give him the highest marks.’

‘Tamir Livschitz: Tamir is an extraordinarily capable expert in litigation and international arbitration. He has a razor-sharp intellect and is an outstandingly skilful, clear and confident advocate. Tamir has an exceptional sense of priorities in terms of presenting persuasive arguments on the issues. His legal arguments are excellent, his manner is firm and he is a tenacious fighter for his clients. Tamir always delivers.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Black Diamond Equipment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BSI Bank

Chevron

Citibank

Credit Suisse AG

EFG International AG

Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA)

Globegarden

HDI Global

LEONI Group

Prada Group

UBS Group

EMIX Trading AG

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Switzerland > Employment Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s ‘great‘ employment team advises clients, in general companies and senior employees, on the full array of contentious and non-contentious matters, such as the drafting of employment agreements, share plans and compensation schemes. The practice is jointly headed by ‘first-class employment lawyerCatherine Grun Meyer and ‘skillful litigatorValerie Meyer Bahar and frequently assists with employment advice on M&A transactions and restructurings, including issues regarding tax, social security and pensions law. The unit has recently seen an increase in discrimination cases relating to gender and age discrimination. Andreas Casutt, Thomas Sprecher and the ‘sharp-wittedLivia Keller are other key contacts.

Testimonials

‘Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd. delivers efficient, helpful, timely solutions which cover all the bases. Every eventuality is considered and managed.’

‘Catherine Grun is a pleasure to work with. Her advice is well thought out, measured and to the point. She has a capacity to understand and deal with what is going on at every level. She applies her deep legal expertise and broad industry knowledge to get to the results a client needs. She is a first-class employment lawyer.’

‘Livia Keller is sharp-witted, analytical and highly responsive.’

‘In Switzerland, NKF is considered to be a leading full-service firm, with a strong employment practice. We have experienced them to be very experienced, skillful and responsive. They have a great team and are very committed. In employment and litigation matters, we regularly work with Valerie Meyer. In our view, they are clearly a tier-1 team, with a very pragmatic and business-minded approach.’

‘Valerie Meyer is an experienced employment lawyer, as well as a skillful litigator. She is particularly good at navigating high-profile employment disputes – she vigorously defends our interests in court, but also knows how to broker a settlement, if this the preferred outcome. We trust her with our high-profile cases.’

‘Academically very good and also practically minded.’

‘The team showed very creative approach.’

‘Highly dedicated, extremely informed about the latest developments in law-enforcement practices.’

Key clients

Capvis Equity Partners AG

Coop

Globegarden

Global Blue and Silverlake

Klopman AG

Metalloinvest

PriceWaterhouseCoopers AG

Swiss Steel Holding AG (formerly Schmolz + Bickenbach)

HCM International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of the single family office company of a high net-worth individual regarding the dismissal for cause (immediate termination) of the CEO of the family office as the CEO breached his duties, abused the trust of the family and acted in his own benefit instead of the company’s benefit. Deal value CHF1.6m.
  • Advised a large foreign bank with offices in Zurich in two employment litigation cases, one in which a former employee holds the bank accountable for his burnout, the other consists of a dispute with a former employee who was laid off because they stalked a co-worker. The deals in sum exceed a value of CHF 1 million.
  • Advised a client from the Swiss financial industry regarding litigation against the former top management, litigation against multiple former employees, against a discrimination claim of a former employee and advised the client in all aspects of employment law. Deal value CHF5m.

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG’s fintech practice group acts for companies of all sizes ranging from start-ups to publicly listed multinationals as well as traditional financial services providers. Key types of advice include regulatory issues and proceedings before supervisory authorities, lending platforms, crowdfunding, mobile payment, and digital asset management as well as financing and transactions for fintech companies and investors, including private equity houses and venture capitalists – a focus area of partner Patrik Peyer. The ‘highly competentThomas Frick is the practice head and is noted for his ‘profound business knowledge of the fintech space‘ regarding, among others, crypto exchanges, ICO-foundations, security token offerings and utility token distribution.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘NKF stands out by the strength of their people, both individually and as a team. Compared with many other law firms, they also have a far better international network of partner firms, which is truly helpful. Last but not least, we very much appreciate NKF’s corporate culture, which is focused on creating long-term clients, not on short-term profit maximisation.’

‘In addition to being a highly competent lawyer, Thomas Frick continues to impress us with his profound business knowledge in the FinTech space and his entrepreneurial thinking. He has become a true sparring partner for us to develop lasting, pragmatic solutions to our legal and regulatory challenges.’

Key clients

AMNIS Treasury Services

DISEO

BC Capital

Crescent Fintech Ltd.

Move Digital

Finch Capital

Finastra

Keyman

Leontec

Swiss Impulse Group AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Fintech start-up BC Capital AG on its second financing round in 2018 in the amount of €11m (rounded) with current and new shareholders participating and its third financing round in 2019 in the amount of €3m (internal round).
  • Advised on and structured the ICO for the BABB project and the BAX token issued to enable everybody to have a UK bank account, with a total deal value of £30m.
  • Assisted the Blue Code group of companies with preparing the roll-out of its Blue Code payment scheme in Africa via the joint venture vehicle Blue Code Africa Ltd based in Mauritius.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields a plethora of experts covering a comprehensive legal service offering. Among the core areas of expertise are corporate and M&A as well as banking and finance matters, which are ably covered by Philippe Weber and Philipp Haas. In dispute resolution, Tamir Livschitz and Daniel Eisele are the key figures. Clara-Ann Gordon and András Gurovits are the team’s experts in TMT and sports law matters. Other names to note are tax expert Thomas Graf, private client-focused Catherine Grun Meyer, real estate specialist Andreas Vögeli and competition law expert Nicolas Birkhäuser.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG assists clients with the full range of real estate matters across all asset classes as well as in all language areas in Switzerland with expertise ‘ranging from construction, transactions, asset and portfolio-management to tax and tenant law‘ as well as litigation. The real estate practice is headed by Andreas F Vögeli who makes use of his ‘exceptional negotiation and argumentation skills‘ when assisting clients with sale and lease back transactions, the development of former industrial sites and hotel and leisure projects. ‘Excellent real estate lawyerOliver Zbinden advises clients on matters regarding tenancy law, private and public construction as well as zoning law, environmental law and Lex Koller issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Andreas Vögeli and his team (Oliver Zbinden, among others) have delivered outstanding service. I very much value the direct approach and their ability to deliver in a timely manner, working precisely and efficiently.’

‘Andreas Vögeli, but also his whole team, have been always quick to respond, proactive and well versed, especially taking into account the various mentalities and local regulations we deal with all over Switzerland.’

‘The team is interdisciplinary, has a deep understanding of the Swiss Real Estate market and its legal issues. The whole team is alert and eager to assist. NKF offers just the best value for money.’

‘Andreas Vögeli: specialist and team leader. He’s the best real estate lawyer in Switzerland. Oliver Zbinden: excellent real estate lawyer.’

‘Top real estate lawyers in Switzerland, they work as a team and have very deep knowledge of the Swiss real estate market.’

‘Andreas Vögeli and his team act very professionally, have exceptional knowledge of the whole industry, keep their promises and are proactive. The price-performance ratio is very good; they think not only in paragraphs and law topics – they also think in industry categories. They are very client-oriented and they understand the challenges and needs of their clients.’

‘Andreas Vögeli is very well experienced, specialised and his knowledge helps to solve difficult problems. He’s also very active in negotiations.’

‘The client service of NKF and especially of Oliver Zbinden is very client-oriented. Oliver Zbinden is available more or less all the time, while he is permanently patient with my questions. NKF is providing us with solutions and fact-based recommendations which generates an added value for us.’

Key clients

AXA Investment Managers (Schweiz) AG

BVK Personalvorsorge des Kantons Zürich (Pension Fund of the Canton of Zurich)

Canton of Zug

Credit Suisse Asset Management AG (resp. its Real Estate Funds and Real Estate Foundation; SIX Swiss Exchange listed)

EQT Partner AG

RUAG Real Estate AG

Rhystadt AG

REWE Group (www.rewe-group.com)

Schroder Investment Management (Switzerland) AG (resp. the Real Estate Fund Schroder ImmoPlus (SIX Swiss Exchange listed)

ZKB / Swisscanto Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Rhystadt AG, a consortium of institutional investors (including Baloise insurance group, Credit Suisse Anlagestiftung, Safra Sarasin Anlagestiftung and Pensionskasse Zug), on the gradual transformation of one of the largest development areas in Switzerland from an industrial site into a versatile mix of living, working and residential space (over the next two decades).
  • Advised ZKB/Swisscanto Invest and the pension fund of ZKB as leading firm in various due diligences and real estate sale and purchase transactions in several Swiss cantons such as Zurich, Geneva, St. Gallen, Lucerne, Zug, Basel-Landschaft and Schaffhausen.
  • Advised the Canton of Zug regarding the granting of a building right on the site of the former cantonal hospital to a real estate developer in a bidding process in private law as well as public law matters.

Switzerland > Tax Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses with its range in the tax area. The group works closely with the firm’s M&A, corporate, capital markets and finance departments to assist with tax implications of transactions. It further handles tax litigation and negotiations with tax authorities as well as cross-border restructurings. Practice head Thomas Graf is ‘an exceptional tax lawyer with a very pragmatic and proactive approach.Markus Kronauer is noted for his know-how in the transfer of domicile, lump sum taxation, and real estate transactions. Christina Rinne is a VAT-specialist, while Daniela Schmucki  specialises in the financial services industry.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Graf

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Schmucki; Markus Kronauer; Christina Rinne

Testimonials

‘Apart from its profound technical knowledge in domestic and international tax matters, the NKF tax team has unique experience in managing complex cross-border projects.’

‘I highly recommend Daniela Schmucki and Thomas Graf and have always experienced them as highly competent professionals with great personal engagement.’

‘Thomas Graf is an exceptional tax lawyer with a very pragmatic and proactive approach. He has excellent communication skills which makes it extremely pleasant to work with him and helps him regularly achieve excellent results for his clients. Also, Thomas is a true pleasure to work with and simply one of the best tax lawyers in the country.’

‘NKF is really hands-on and drives all matters in a direction that is as beneficial as possible for the client. NKF is also phenomenal when it comes to making complicated matters easy to understand.’

Key clients

ASSA ABLOY

Ardian

Anheuser Busch

beecom Products AG

Credit Suisse AG Switzerland

Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA

CGS Management

EFG International

Invision AG

SIG Combibloc PurchaseCo S.à r.l

Selecta Group

Work highlights

  • Handled a domestic issue of covered bonds for the Geneva-based Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA with a tax structuring so that no Swiss real estate source tax issues were brought up.
  • Acted for PolyPeptide in a cross-border quasi-merger in preparation of the IPO of the business allowing the IPO Company to book foreign qualifying capital contribution reserves in an amount equal to the IPO Value.
  • Advised Invision AG on the tax-efficient acquisition of a majority stake in SkySale Schweiz GmbH.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 2

The key name at Niederer Kraft Frey AG is practice head Nicolas Birkhaeuser whom clients note as someone who ‘understands their business, focuses on the relevant issues and delivers.’ The team is active in investigation proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission, precedent cases, merger control proceedings, drafting agreements and support to the M&A group. The group also advises on EU competition law and compliance training. Clients are from a variety of industries, including the automotive, retail, banking and finance, and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Frick

Testimonials

‘Deep know-how of the matter and industry standards and authorities. Proactive approach for pragmatic solutions.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser has an outstanding knowledge of competition law matters. His availability for questions is exceptional and his answers are always very well-founded. He takes into consideration the business models and always strives for best solutions.’

‘We chose NKF because of the complexity of the work, because of NKF’s know-how, and because NKF and the partner in charge are very reliable and deliver what we need.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser understands our business, focuses on the relevant issues and delivers exactly what we need. He is responsive and always available.’

‘NKF was great: Fully committed, fully dedicated, always available and passionate about the job to be done. They are very knowledgeable, very precise and very responsive. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser has the ability to explain complex matters in simple terms and provide clear recommendations. Even with short-notice enquiries, one receives a prompt response from him. He is very pleasant to work with.’

‘High profile, strong reputation, highly client-focused.’

‘Excellent practice group with very intelligent lawyers, solution-focused advice and knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

ASSA ABLOY AB

CEDES AG

BMW AG

Coop Genossenschaft (Coop Cooperative)

CLS Bank International

Credit Suisse AG

Franke Holding AG

Flumroc AG/ROCKWOOL group

Mitsubishi Corporation

Procter & Gamble

Schweiter Technologies AG

Skysale

Birchmeier Bau AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Procter & Gamble on competition law matters in Switzerland.
  • Advising Coop Cooperative on competition law matters arising in the course of business, including advising on contractual relationships, listings, complex negotiations of a significant, long-term franchise contract, and standing by in case of a dawn raid.
  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation on various competition law issues in the due diligence and in the transaction documents as well as regarding merger control.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The data privacy and data protection practice of Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises on the full range of matters, including cross-border data transfers, cyber security audits, data breaches and leakages as well on data privacy compliance programmes, both national and international in scope. The practice heads, ‘outstanding professionalAndrás Gurovits and ‘exceptional partnerClara-Ann Gordon are specialised in the technology and TMT fields respectively, with the ‘incredibly helpful‘ team bringing in further expertise in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Dispute resolution, including before international arbitration tribunals, is another area of strength.

Testimonials

‘Very quick turnaround times and deep know-how of national and international data privacy legislation.’

‘Clara-Ann Gordon has a deep knowledge in data privacy matters. Her advice is very professional and shows a pragmatic approach with respective connected risks.’

‘Clara-Ann Gordon is an exceptional partner, highly skilled and very motivated. Compared to other representatives of this industry, she works in a pragmatic way and pursues innovative approaches.’

‘András and his team provide insightful, practical advice on Swiss data protection laws.’

‘András is incredibly responsive. His advice is practical and thoughtful.’

‘Within Niederer Kraft and Frey, we get within very short time frames all the needed services, resources or bare information we request. The whole cooperation is based on flexibility and supportive minds. We work with our prime contact partner, who integrates transparently others where needed.’

‘Exceptional know-how.’

‘Highly knowledgeable very friendly approach. András Gurovits is an outstanding professional.’

Key clients

Allianz Global

Amdocs

Axpo Services AG

BearingPoint

Bühler

Balgrist

Constellium

Grasshopper Football Ltd

Huawei

Jeld-Wen

Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC

Microsoft

Mercury Engineering Ltd

Nyrstar

Recticel

RedBull

Schindler

Selecta

SR Technics

Swisslife

World Economic Forum

Zoll medical

Work highlights

  • Advised NEC Corporation on the acquisition by way of auction of Avaloq, a global leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Microsoft Corporation in the negotiations of a collaboration agreement for Mixed Reality research with ETH Zurich, especially in relation to the design of the contracts on which the cooperations are based, with a focus on security and data protection.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to Huawei Technologies Inc. on the acquisition of a Swiss technology provider, covering all M&A and corporate aspects as well as shareholders matters.

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG assists clients with securing intellectual property and know-how and is particularly known for handling the IP aspects of transactions. Practice head Nicolas Birkhäuser has ‘very good specialist skills‘, especially with regard to commercial contracts concerning licensing, technology transfers, cooperations and manufacture distribution. Clara-Ann Gordon is a specialist for contracts at the intersection of TMT and IP and Janine Reudt-Demont ‘is an outstanding specialist of life sciences and healthcare law‘ with a focus on licensing of intellectual property rights, protection of know-how and business secrets.

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Testimonials

‘NKF was great: Fully committed, fully dedicated, always available and passionate about the job to be done. They are very knowledgeable, very precise and very responsive. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser handled the matters exactly how we needed it. We achieved all our goals. Great job.’

‘Janine Reudt-Demont is an outstanding specialist of life sciences and healthcare law. She is still young, but she is very engaged, provides clear advice and is very active as a speaker and author.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser has very good specialist skills and always provides fast and professional answers.’

‘Nicolas Birkhauser made the otherwise painful legal process easy on us. The entire process is highly efficient.’

‘They have built a strong name and network for themselves.’

‘The team strives to understand the business needs of the client, not just the legal issues at hand.’

‘Nicolas Birkhauser understands our business and our risk tolerance and provides advice accordingly.’

Key clients

ASSA ABLOY AB

HANDELSVERBAND.swiss

CEDES AG

Flatfox AG

Navistar International Corporation

Partners Group

Procter & Gamble

The Body Shop

Thomson Reuters

Josef Binkert AG

Capvis AG

Healey Sports Cars Switzerland AG

Selecta

ASSA ABLOY AB

HANDELSVERBAND.swiss

CEDES AG

Flatfox AG

Navistar International Corporation

Partners Group

Procter & Gamble

The Body Shop

Thomson Reuters

Josef Binkert AG

Capvis AG

Healey Sports Cars Switzerland AG

Selecta

Switzerland > Sports law Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG has a strong track record in sports arbitration proceedings, acting as counsels as well as arbitrators. The team represents sports federations, enterprises and individuals, often from the football or hockey space. Practice head András Gurovits is the key contact in these matters. DR-specialists Tamir Livschitz  and Daniel Eisele  regularly get involved in sports-related matters. Other areas of expertise are media law, transactions and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits

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Testimonials

‘András Gurovits is an excellent and an extremely complete lawyer. His work as CAS arbitrator is excellent, as he knows the law and the practice very welll and works very hard to know everything about the case – a top lawyer.’

Key clients

Junckers Industrier A/S

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Ferencváros Budapest Football Club

Grasshopper Football Foundation

Grasshopper Football Ltd

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Swiss Ice Hockey Federation

FC Basel Holding AG, FC Basel 1893 AG

David Degen

Philipp Degen

Daniela Ryf

Loris Benito

Gregor Kobel

SBE Management AG

Jan van Berkel

Silvan Dillier

Adrian Grbic

Kevin Rüegg

Ludovic Magnin

Shkodran Mustafi

Julian von Moos

Pajtim Kasami

Yusuf Demir

Work highlights

  • Acting as the Vice-President of Grasshopper Football Ltd, operating professional football of the Grasshopper Club Zurich.
  • Advising the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF on a wide range of sports and corporate matters as well as compliance issues.
  • Advising Ferencváros on a wide range of sports and corporate matters as well as on legal proceedings.

Switzerland > TMT Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts on technology procurement, development, contractual, regulatory and compliance issues and is known for the particular expertise in telecommunications matters. With a background as a software engineer, ‘outstanding professionalAndrás Gurovits has particular knowledge of the IT industry and specialises in e-commerce matters and M&A transactions involving technology. Key areas of expertise of the ‘excellentClara-Ann Gordon are outsourcing projects, data protection matters, including audits and compliance, as well as internal investigations and court proceedings.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clara-Ann Gordon and Patrik Peyer are excellent partners. They are highly qualified and working with them is not only successful, but also fun.’

‘Competent, use of top notch technology, available.’

‘At Niederer Kraft and Frey, we get within very short time frames all the needed services, resources or information we request. The whole cooperation is based on flexibility and supportive minds. We work with our prime contact partner, who integrates others transparently where needed.’

‘Clara-Ann Gordon has been supporting us perfectly in all our needs/questions from day zero onwards. With her, I feel for the first time that a lawyer can be real partner in difficult situations. Thank you!’

‘The firm has an inclusive approach and meets internal counsel on equal terms.’

‘High knowledge, very friendly approach. Andras Gurovits is an outstanding professional.’

Key clients

Allianz Global

Huawei

Microsoft

Schindler

Swiss Life

SR Technics

RedBull

RHI Magnesita

World Economic Forum

Bühler

Recticel

Nyrstar

Constellium

Jeld-Wen

Omnicom

Zoll medical

ING Bank

BearingPoint

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Selecta (European market leader in unattended self-service coffee and convenience food solutions in the workplace and in public spaces)

Mercury Engineering Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised NEC Corporation on an acquisition by way of auction of Avaloq, a global leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Microsoft Corporation on the negotiations of a collaboration agreement for Mixed Reality research with ETH Zurich, especially in relation to the design of the contracts on which the cooperations are based, with a focus on security and data protection.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to Huawei on the acquisition of a Swiss technology provider, covering all M&A and corporate aspects as well as shareholders matters.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG has been highly active in Swiss and international arbitration proceedings, leveraging the expertise of several team members who are qualified in foreign jurisdictions. The group also has notable sector-based knowledge, particularly the financial services, construction, energy and sports industries. Daniel Eisele and Tamir Livschitz lead the practice, which also fields sports expert Thomas Sprecher, post-M&A and finance sector specialist Valerie Meyer Bahar, and senior associate Anja Vogt, who is active in the construction and media sectors.

Testimonials

‘Their law knowledge and capacity in Court to impose their arguments is unique.’

‘Tamir Livschistz is an outstanding lawyer, with attention to the issue at hand, details and care for a positive outcome for the client.’

‘Niederer Kraft Frey has proven to be a solid and well organised firm, while offering professional, skilful and careful legal assistance properly adapted to the latest communication means.’

‘All lawyers we have worked with are easy to work with, correct and friendly with colleagues, well prepared, efficient, insightful, and business-aware.’

‘I have known NKF’s arbitration team for many years and we work together on very complex and demanding cases. They are exceptional in various respects: Extraordinarily experienced as well as outstandingly skilled, knowledgeable and creative. The NKF team is responsive, efficient, pragmatic and fierce. They truly cater to their clients’ needs and are exceptionally hardworking. I have always enjoyed working with NKF’s arbitration team also from a personal perspective as the NKF team members have a great teamwork spirit, are truly collaborative and friendly.’

‘Daniel Eisele is the strategic mastermind of NKF’s arbitration practice. He has a wealth of experience, outstanding analytical skills and a razor-sharp legal mind. Daniel is always very calm and friendly, but at the same time, firm and straightforward. He always carries an argument home and his ability to present the most complex case in a convincing and comprehensible manner has always impressed me.’

‘Tamir Livschitz is a brilliant arbitration expert, with extensive experience in the fields of international arbitration. Tamir is always on top of his game. He knows each case inside out, has an extraordinary eye for details and an exceptionally fast and sharp legal and analytical mind. Tamir’s advice is practical and decisive. Tamir has a true fighting spirit and is fierce and straightforward in defending his clients’ interests. He tells you how it is.’

‘Anja Vogt is a very impressive, talented and exceptionally sharp young arbitration practitioner. She is precise, remarkably fast and efficient. Anja is able to handle complex and large cases, she is definitely one of the top young arbitration experts in Switzerland. Anja has very good legal skills and can coordinate both internal and external teams if the matter is large and complicated. It is always a pleasure working with her.’

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is well versed in the representation of distressed companies  and of creditors, such as creditor banks under financing arrangements. Through its close collaboration with the firm’s banking and finance practitioners, it is well positioned to assist institutions from this sector with protective measures, capital adequacy and liquidity requirements, the avoidance of concentration risks, netting and automatic close-out matters. Thomas Sprecher has know-how in litigation cases and co-heads the team with Marco Häusermann who is noted for his refinancing experience. Bertrand Schott offer support to financial institutions, funds and fund management companies.

Practice head(s):

Marco Häusermann; Thomas Sprecher

Other key lawyers:

Till Spillmann; Bertrand Schott; Adrian Koller; Andrea Giger

Testimonials

‘The NKF team collaborates well and delivers sound advice within budget. We especially appreciate their expertise in insolvency and corporate matters.’

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

‘The team is a very strong banking specialist. They understand banking legislation, regulation and litigation exceptionally well.’

Key clients

Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

Ares Management Limited

Bluebay Asset Management

Cytos Biotechnology AG

International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)

International Securities Lending Association (ISLA)

Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA)

Securities Lending and Repo Committee (SLRC) – Capital Adequacy Directive Working Group

Steinhoff Europe AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Gategroup on all aspects of its financial restructuring.
  • Advised the Selecta Group in connection with its successful recapitalisation and corporate reorganisation.
  • Rendering the Swiss legal opinions on the validity and enforceability of the Global Master Repurchase Agreement and the various Securities Lending Master Agreements used worldwide by banks and other financial institutions, specifically as to the close-out netting provisions and other similar contractual arrangements and addressing the potential insolvency of a Swiss counterparty.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises private clients, many of whom are Swiss-domiciled high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals as well as celebrities from the sports world, on estate, wealth and succession planning, asset protection, tax issues regarding investments and undertakings, foundations and philanthropy matters as well as any issues they may face in their daily lives, such as acquisition of real estate and art, the setting up of legal structures and the employment of staff. The team is further experienced in matrimonial property law and is noted for its divorce law practice. Catherine Grun Meyer provides brilliant advice‘ and heads the practice together with Thomas Graf, ‘an eminent and experienced tax lawyer‘. The ‘extremely hard-workingDaniel Antognini and Thomas Hochstrasser, an ‘extremely versatile lawyer‘ whom ‘you can really rely upon‘, assist clients with inheritance and estate matters as well as representation in disputes.

Testimonials

‘Strong tax and estate planning reputation and knowledge. Practical and insightful in terms of solutions/approaches to complex problems.’

‘Thomas Graf is an eminent and experienced tax lawyer, with a good understanding of cross-border/multi-jurisdictional matters. Catherine Grun Meyer is a collaborative and experienced international estate planning lawyer.’

‘I am extremely satisfied with their work and the outcomes we’ve received in court. Highly professional, efficient and savvy, the team I work with is an amazing counsel, “companion” and guide through all the challenges: spot-on analysis combined with practical, seamless case management and transparent, proactive communication.’

‘Catherine Grun Meyer: Excellent legal expertise, brilliant and extremely quick yet thought-through analysis, presence and convincing line of reasoning in front of court. Very professional yet personable, impressive communication and case management skills, savvy staffing, but always in control. Takes ownership of case and consistently ensures client feel being well-represented/ -covered. #

‘Daniel Antognini: excellent litigation specialist – detailed analysis in combination with in-depth case understanding, assessing case holistically and preparing the respective arguments in structured and punctuated manner. Proactive communicator, extremely hard-working and very responsive.

‘I am particularly impressed by Thomas Hochstrasser. Thomas is an extremely versatile lawyer with excellent expertise in numerous legal areas. He is very responsive, a legal expert which you can really rely upon. If you have him at your side, you are in good hands. I can highly recommend him.’

‘One of THE well-established players in the Swiss market.’

‘I would like to especially mention Catherine Grun Meyer, a private client expert working in the team. She is very smart, easy to work with and provides brilliant advice.’

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG ‘convinces by its responsiveness and its superb quality’ in investigation and white-collar crime matters. The practice shoulders a particularly busy caseload in the banking sector, but is increasingly active in the insurance, medical, fashion, energy and automobile sectors. Clients include Swiss and international companies as well as individuals. The practice is headed by ‘strategic mastermindJuerg Bloch and financial industry specialist Philipp Candreia. Lukas Beeler and Daniel Eisele add dispute resolution expertise to the team.

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Testimonials

‘We consider the NKF team to be outstanding. We appreciate the excellent legal skills, the good strategic advice, the efficiency, the responsiveness and the very good working relationship which are key components for such excellence. We can highly recommend NKF for both complex white-collar matters as well as important corporate internal investigation work.’

‘NKF does not only have great individual lawyers, but will put together a tailor-made team for each specific matter. NKF’s investigation team is superb and is able to handle also very large cross-border cases. NKF convinces by its responsiveness and its superb quality. The best team for internal investigations in Zurich.’

‘Optimal allocation of key experts. Excellent commitment and availability of partners and lawyers. Profound IT knowledge. Good team spirit. High level of commitment. Availability of all team members at all times. Substitution is excellently organised.’

‘The NKF team is highly diverse and takes a comprehensive approach to any problem they are faced with. The NKF team is 100% focused on their client’s needs. The team is extremely responsive and available 24/7. I have worked with many international law firms in my career, but the teams’ professionalism on this complex case has been truly outstanding!’

‘Juerg Bloch is a star lawyer in regulatory, compliance and investigation matters. He is extremely responsive and offers excellent quality work and a superb support team. He is a strategic mastermind, very responsive and has an excellent command of his client’s needs. Juerg is the lawyer you want to have next to you if it really counts.’

‘Juerg Bloch is a stand-out name at NKF and leads the investigations and compliance team. He has an extremely international approach and is a profound expert in matters which involve multiple jurisdictions. He could not have performed better. Juerg is a highly skilled lawyer and possesses enormous experience. He is definitely my go-to guy!’

Key clients

BMW AG

Black Diamond Equipment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BSI Bank

Chevron

Citibank

EMIX Trading AG

Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA)

Globegarden

HDI Global

LEONI Group

Prada Group

UBS Group

Credit Suisse

The firm:
Niederer Kraft Frey is a leading full service Swiss law firm based in Zurich with an international approach. The firm works closely with its clients in Switzerland and internationally, to implement strategic goals, strengthen businesses and navigate change effectively.

Niederer Kraft Frey offers integrated advice across the whole spectrum of corporate, finance and business law. The firm has a long track record of dealing effectively with complex challenges by combining legal excellence with commercial focus. Over decades, Niederer Kraft Frey has worked on the most significant and demanding matters in the Swiss market. This is the foundation of the firm’s distinct market knowledge, legal expertise and its capacity for innovative thought.

Main areas of practice

Antitrust and competition:
The team advises companies in cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations and in merger control proceedings, as well as in high-profile transactions, including the setup and growth of their business, cooperation, distribution, sourcing, R&D, market dominance and compliance. Clients include Swiss and international companies from a broad range of sectors and industries.

  • Advising companies in major cartel investigations, such as in the LIBOR, FX, leasing and bid rigging investigations
  • Swiss counsel to, among others, ASSA ABLOY, BMW, Coop Genossenschaft, CLS Bank International, Credit Suisse AG, Procter & Gamble, See Tickets

Banking, finance and regulatory:
NKF’s team represents all kinds of financial services providers around the globe, their clients and investors in innovative finance transactions, financial services regulatory and compliance matters, enforcement proceedings and governmental investigations.

  • The NKF regulatory team advised UBS, the world’s largest wealth manager, on legal and regulatory aspects of the retention of inducements paid by product providers i.c. with advised and execution only-transactions carried out for clients and the requirements on the monitoring of the bank’s relevant product shelves.
  • The NKF finance team acted as counsel on numerous domestic and cross-border credit and notes financings such as the landmark refinancing of Swiss Prime Site’s existing bank mortgages by two parallel unsecured ESG-linked credit facilities agreements with an aggregate value of CHF 2.6 billion or the financing for Bain and Cinven for the acquisition of Lonza’s Specialty Ingredients business and operations for an enterprise value of CHF 4.2 billion consisting of a combination of credit and sustainability-linked notes issuances.
  • NKF represented Credit Suisse in FINMA proceedings relating to the “spygate” affair which ended with a decree favourable for the bank in October 2021 and now advises Credit Suisse on the implementation of regulatory improvement measures.

Capital markets:
NKF regularly advises on the largest and most complex capital market transactions and have been at the forefront of the development of new and innovative capital market products for many years. The team advises banking and insurance clients on the structuring of novel hybrid and other innovative regulatory capital instruments and on the regulatory capital treatment of capital market transactions.

  • Swiss counsel in the largest Swiss IPOs every year since 2014
  • Counsel to EFG Bank AG as manager and escrow agent in connection with the IPO of VT5 Acquisition Company AG, the first special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) to list on SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Counsel to Selecta Group in 2020 recapitalisation regarding EUR 1.24 billion and CHF 250 million notes
  • Landmark CHF 20 billion Credit Suisse Switzerland Covered Bonds Programme
  • Represented Arrangers or Originators in all SIX listed Swiss ABS transactions since 2012

Commercial:
NKF’s specialist lawyers cover the entire spectrum of corporate services. The team supports companies in the full range of their operational activities, from procurement and production through to the distribution of products and the provision of services.

Corporate/M&A:
NKF’s practice covers: general aspects of corporate law, including capital markets laws and regulations applicable to public companies and groups; corporate restructurings and insolvency; preparation and holding of shareholders’ meetings of listed companies; advising senior management and boards of directors and their committees on a wide range of issues, including corporate governance and liability management; corporate housekeeping and compliance; and business succession planning for owner-managed and family businesses.

  •  Represented Actelion on its USD 30 billion transaction with Johnson & Johnson
  • Advised Tokyo-listed NEC Corporation in its acquisition of leading Swiss financial software company Avaloq Group AG
  • Advised Global Blue Group Holding AG in its USD 2.5bn merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation and listing on the NYSE
  • Advised Broadcom on the US$18.9bn cash acquisition of CA Technologies
  • Advised Électricité de France (EDF) on the sale of its 25% participation in Alpiq Holding AG

Dispute resolution:
The NKF team has extensive experience advising on complex and high-value cases, with a significant international element. The team’s extensive experience covers disputes in a wide range of industries from financial, commodities, sports, energy, construction, and pharma disputes to global investigations and risk management.

Employment:
NKF advises publicly listed and private companies, financial institutions, executive employees and directors on all aspects of employment law from recruitment and contract negotiation to termination, including related fiscal, compensation, pension and social insurance law matters.

Intellectual property:
NKF’s IP team has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law including the licensing, sale and securitisation of IP rights, copyright and trademark protection, unfair competition, bribery and the protection of know-how and business secrets.

  • Advised Navistar International Corporation on Swiss law aspects of a framework agreement for collaboration with Volkswagen Truck & Bus
  • Advising Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s leading sources of intelligent business information

Investigations and enforcement, white-collar crime:
NKF’s investigations and enforcement lawyers have broad experience in conducting transnational, multijurisdictional internal regulatory and white collar crime investigations as well as in defending clients in governmental investigations, enforcement proceedings by Swiss and foreign supervisory authorities, and related civil disputes.

  • Advising several financial institutions and individuals in relation to Swiss and foreign investigations and enforcement proceedings

Private client:
NKF’s expertise in advising wealthy individuals, family businesses and entrepreneurs extends across the firm, with a particular focus on private wealth services, estate planning, corporate, commercial property and tax planning.

  • Estate planning, matrimonial property law, divorce law, foundation and philanthropic work

Real estate:
The real estate team specialises in high value, complex real estate transactions including sale and lease back transactions, hotel and leisure projects and the development of former industrial sites. NKF advises on property acquisition and investment, development, regulatory framework and structures, management, insurance, financing, restructuring, and disposal of all asset classes of real estate.

  • Advised Ina Invest Holding AG on the acquisition of 82’600 sqm within the development site Bredella
  • Advised Rhystadt AG on the acquisition of 160,000 sqm within the Klybeck site from Novartis
  • Advised Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank Credit Suisse Asset Management AG and Schroders on various real estate transactions

Sport:
The NKF team advises international and national sports associations, leading sports clubs, global players in the sports industry and top athletes on all international and transdisciplinary sports law matters.

Tax:
The NKF tax team has deep expertise in structured finance, securitisation, corporate finance, corporate migration, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, capital markets transactions, investment funds, private equity, real estate, employee benefits and participation, sports, charities, art and global operations.

  • Lead counsel to various single family offices of UHNWI
  • Advised INA Invest (spin-off from Implenia) on a major real estate acquisition transaction with respect to all tax issues including for the financing of the transaction
  • Advised Swiss global private banking group Julius Baer on the bond issuance by its parent company, Julius Baer Group Ltd., of USD 320 million perpetual non-cumulative and unsecured Additional Tier 1 (AT1) securities with no Swiss withholding tax on interest payments

Technology:
NKF advises domestic and international clients across industries on all aspects of technology, IT, outsourcing, telecoms, data privacy and cybersecurity. Years of practical experience, both in the legal field and in relevant business functions with technology providers, enables the team to offer clients commercially pragmatic advice on both domestic and international projects.

  • Advising Schindler in worldwide outsourcing and IoT projects
  • Advising the World Economic Forum (WEF) on data protection matters and GDPR compliance
  • Advising Microsoft in negotiations with public institutions in cloud contract matters
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Dr Sandro Abegglen photo Dr Sandro AbegglenSandro Abegglen advises leading Swiss and international banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, fund…
Daniel Antognini photo Daniel AntogniniDaniel Antognini specialises in private and commercial client work and advises national…
Dr Christoph Balsiger photo Dr Christoph BalsigerChristoph Balsiger specializes in the fields of banking, regulatory and capital market…
Dr iur Lukas Beeler photo Dr iur Lukas BeelerLukas Beeler has extensive experience in dispute resolution. He specializes in domestic…
Dr iur François M. Bianchi photo Dr iur François M. BianchiFrancois Bianchi specializes in the fields of banking regulatory and capital market…
Mr Nicolas Birkhaeuser photo Mr Nicolas BirkhaeuserNicolas Birkhäuser advises undertakings in the field of Swiss and European competition…
Dr iur Juerg Bloch photo Dr iur Juerg BlochJuerg Bloch’s practice focuses on advising companies and individuals on corporate internal…
Mr Daniel Bono photo Mr Daniel BonoDaniel Bono’s practice focuses on capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, corporate…
Mr Thomas Broennimann photo Mr Thomas BroennimannThomas Brönnimann advises issuers, banks and institutional investors in capital market and…
Dr Philipp Candreia photo Dr Philipp CandreiaPhilipp Candreia specializes in complex M&A transactions in various industries with a…
Dr iur Andreas Casutt photo Dr iur Andreas CasuttAndreas Casutt’s practice focuses mainly on corporate law, corporate governance, employment law…
Mr Daniel Eisele photo Mr Daniel EiseleDaniel Eisele specializes in large and complex litigation and arbitration proceedings, commercial…
Prof Dr Peter Forstmoser photo Prof Dr Peter ForstmoserProf. Forstmoser specializes in Corporate Law (in particular Law of Stock Corporations…
Dr iur Thomas A Frick photo Dr iur Thomas A FrickThomas Frick specializes in counselling Swiss and foreign banks and other financial…
Andrea Giger photo Andrea GigerAndrea Giger’s practice focuses on complex international and domestic public and private…
Ms Clara-Ann Gordon photo Ms Clara-Ann GordonClara-Ann Gordon is specialized in the areas of TMT/Outsourcing, data privacy, internal…
Dr iur Thomas Graf photo Dr iur Thomas GrafThomas Graf specializes in national and international tax law. He has a…
Ms Catherine Grun Meyer photo Ms Catherine Grun MeyerCatherine Grun mainly focuses on inheritance, estate and family law (including marital…
Dr iur András Gurovits photo Dr iur András GurovitsAndrás Gurovits specializes in Technology (IT, Telecoms, Manufacturing, Regulatory) transactions (including acquisitions,…
Mr Philipp Haas photo Mr Philipp Haas
Mr Marco Haeusermann photo Mr Marco HaeusermannMarco Häusermann is a partner in the NKF banking, finance & regulatory…
Thomas Hochstrasser photo Thomas HochstrasserThomas Hochstrasser acts as counsel for private clients and also represents them…
Dr iur Peter C Honegger photo Dr iur Peter C HoneggerPeter Honegger specializes in banking and finance, mergers & acquisitions as well…
Dr iur Peter R Isler photo Dr iur Peter R IslerPeter Isler uses his broad legal experience in various areas of law,…
Mr Adrian Koller photo Mr Adrian KollerAdrian Koller’s practice focuses on public and private M&A and on financing…
Mr Markus E Kronauer photo Mr Markus E KronauerMarkus Kronauer specializes in all matters of tax advice for corporations, in…
Mr Tamir Livschitz photo Mr Tamir LivschitzTamir has extensive experience in different fields of dispute resolution, with a…
Mr Moritz Maurer photo Mr Moritz MaurerMoritz Maurer focuses on mergers & acquisitions, in particular as buyer’s advisor…
Dr Valerie Meyer Bahar photo Dr Valerie Meyer BaharValerie Meyer Bahar specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as…
Dr iur Hans Niederer photo Dr iur Hans NiedererHans Niederer specializes in large capital and cross-border finance transactions, equity capital…
Dr Patrik R Peyer photo Dr Patrik R PeyerPatrik R. Peyer is a Corporate law specialist with a main focus…
Ms Christina Rinne photo Ms Christina RinneFor more than 20 years Christina Rinne has specialised in national and…
Dr iur Ernst F Schmid photo Dr iur Ernst F SchmidErnst F. Schmid is the former head of the dispute resolution group…
Ms Daniela Schmucki photo Ms Daniela SchmuckiDaniela Schmucki specializes in Swiss and international tax law. She has devoted…
Dr Bertrand G. Schott photo Dr Bertrand G. SchottBertrand Schott’s practice focuses on banking including both transactions and regulatory issues.…
Prof Dr iur Rolf Sethe photo Prof Dr iur Rolf SetheRolf Sethe’s practice focuses mainly on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate…
Dr iur Till Spillmann photo Dr iur Till SpillmannTill Spillmann specializes in large and complex international and domestic private and…
Mr Philip Spoerlé photo Mr Philip SpoerléPhilip is a corporate finance specialist with a focus on complex debt…
Dr iur Thomas Sprecher photo Dr iur Thomas SprecherThomas Sprecher is an expert in Foundation Law, Association Law and Law…
Mr Andreas F Vögeli photo Mr Andreas F VögeliAndreas Vögeli heads our real estate practice group which deals with a…
Anja Vogt photo Anja VogtAnja Vogt represents clients of various industry sectors in international and domestic…
Dr Philippe Weber photo Dr Philippe WeberPhilippe Weber often represents Swiss and international clients in some of the…
Mr Manuel Werder photo Mr Manuel WerderManuel Werder’s practice focuses on corporate law and domestic and cross-border M&A…
Oliver Zbinden photo Oliver ZbindenOliver Zbinden is part of the Real Estate team at Niederer Kraft…
Dr iur Gaudenz G Zindel photo Dr iur Gaudenz G ZindelGaudenz Zindel specializes in corporate and commercial law, particularly the law on…
Dr iur Ulysses von Salis photo Dr iur Ulysses von SalisUlysses von Salis specializes in private equity, financing and M &A transactions,…
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VectivBio has its IPO on Nasdaq

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the banking syndicate, led by BofA Securities, SVB Leerink and Credit Suisse, in connection with the initial public offering of VectivBio Holding AG and the listing of its shares on Nasdaq. Through its IPO, which priced on 8 April 2021 at USD 17 per share, VectivBio raised gross proceeds of USD 146.6 million (including greenshoe). At market close on the first day of trading, VectivBio had a market capitalisation of USD 824 million.

Securitisation of auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Credit Suisse as Arranger and Joint Lead Manager and Zürcher Kantonalbank as Joint Lead Manager in connection with the auto lease securitisation and issuance by Swiss Car ABS 2021-1 AG of CHF 200,000,000 0.50 per cent. asset-backed notes due 2031. The notes, which are backed by a portfolio of Swiss auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG, have been assigned a “AAAsf” / “AAA(sf)” rating by Fitch / S&P and are listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. The transaction closed on 19 April 2021 and constitutes the sixth auto lease securitisation of AMAG Leasing AG following its debut transaction in 2015.

Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA issues CHF 200m Covered Bonds under its innovative Covered Bond Programme

On 9 April 2021, Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA successfully completed its second issuance under its Swiss Covered Bond Programme, issuing CHF 200 million Series 2021-1 0.125 per cent. Fixed-Rate Covered Bonds due April 2031 (with extended maturity date April 2032). The Covered Bonds are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and rated “AAA” by Fitch. In respect of the issuance, Credit Suisse AG and Crédit Agricole CIB acted as Joint Lead Managers.

PolyPeptide Group AG successfully opens Swiss IPO Season 2021 with an up to CHF 848m offering

PolyPeptide Group AG, advised by Niederer Kraft Frey as lead counsel, today commenced trading on SIX Swiss Exchange. This represents the first traditional IPO in Switzerland since late 2019. The IPO was multiple times oversubscribed given strong demand from investors across Switzerland and internationally.

BC Capital AG (Bluecode) closes EUR 20m financing round

Niederer Kraft Frey advised BC Capital AG, a Fintech company with registered offices in Lachen, in connection with its latest financing round. The EUR 20 million financing round, which included existing as well as new investors, was led by the family office of the Hopp family.

Invision AG acquires majority stake in SkySale Schweiz GmbH

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Invision AG, a leading equity investment company, on the acquisition of a majority stake in SkySale Schweiz GmbH. The transaction was completed on 27 April 2021.

Transgourmet acquires GM FOOD

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Transgourmet on the acquisition of GM FOOD.

Montana Aerospace AG successfully launches its IPO and starts trading on SIX

Today, Montana Aerospace AG commenced trading on SIX Swiss Exchange. The offering consisted of 17,153,997 new shares at an offer price of CHF 25.65 per share (with an over-allotment option of up to 2,573,099 existing shares offered by Montana Tech Components AG), implying an offering volume of approximately CHF 506 million and a total market capitalisation of approximately CHF 1.2 billion.

David Degen acquires majority of shares in FC Basel Holding AG from Bernhard Burgener

Niederer Kraft Frey advised former Swiss national football player and entrepreneur David Degen on the acquisition of a majority of the shares in FC Basel Holding AG from Bernhard Burgener. FC Basel Holding AG owns 75 percent of FC Basel (FC Basel 1893 AG), 25 percent belongs to the association FC Basel 1893. FC Basel is a Swiss football club rich in tradition, which in its history has been Swiss Champion 20 times and Swiss Cup Winner 13 times.

beecom AG acquired by Eficode

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as counsel to the selling shareholders in the sale of beecom AG to Eficode, Europe’s leading DevOps company. The transaction was successfully closed in May 2021.