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Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is renowned for its expertise in regulatory, financing transactions, fintech and banking litigation. Marco Haeusermann handled a €2.9bn loans portfolio disposal for Hypothekenbank Frankfurt, while Bertrand Schott acted for US-based agency Fixed Income Clearing Corporation on the regulatory conditions concerning the offering of services in Switzerland. Team lead Sandro Abegglen assists a number of major banks with the upcoming introduction of the Finanzdienstleistungsgesetz. M&A finance specialist Till Spillmann joined with three associates from Bär & Karrer Ltd. in January 2018.

Capital markets Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is 'a level above most local competitors' and stands out for its 'professionalism and high quality of work'. The capital markets practice is best known for advising on Swiss IPOs, securitisation, debt and hybrid transactions, as well as rights offerings and private equity placements. 'Go-to lawyerPhilippe Weber, who is 'a reassuring presence on transactions', and Marco Haeusermann assisted Swiss Re with its $500m offering of senior exchangeable notes, while Philipp Haas and Till Spillmann advised Idorsia on a share offering worth CHF500m. Team head François Bianchi and Daniel Bono are also key practitioners.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

With 'good communication and appropriate leadership', Niederer Kraft Frey AG provides 'excellent support' and 'focuses 100 per cent on the client's needs'. Best known for public takeovers, private equity and other M&A transactions, a major highlight of 2018 was Philipp Haas' advice to Broadcom on its $18.9bn acquisition of CA Technologies. The 'commercially minded and extremely responsive' Patrik Peyer and 'reliable' senior associate Moritz Maurer assisted Sportradar with its €2.1bn sale to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, while 'pragmatic' Manuel Werder acted for Paragon Partners on its acquisition of Asia Robotics. Other key practitioners include public M&A partner Philippe Weber, as well as Andreas Casutt and Ulysses von Salis. Transaction expert Till Spillmann joined from Bär & Karrer Ltd. at the beginning of 2018.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

'A leading force in the Swiss market', the 'outstanding litigation practice' at Niederer Kraft Frey AG 'consists of very experienced and highly professional lawyers who are results-oriented and committed to winning', handling 'complex cases with international dimensions'. The client base includes banks, technology, construction and fashion companies, as well as sports organisations, automotive manufacturers and insurers. 'Cross-border expertPeter Honegger acted for UBS, which held assets worth €1.5bn for an Italian family that faced criminal charges concerning public safety on an Ilva steel plant. Honegger is also representing Fifa, alongside 'exceptional tacticianDaniel Eisele and 'stellar advocateTamir Livschitz, in its widely reported global corruption case. Also recommended are Valerie Meyer Bahar and Ernst F Schmid, who achieved a settlement for Bill and Melinda Gates as minority shareholders in a dispute concerning the hostile takeover attempt by Saint-Gobain initiated by the majority shareholder of Sika. Commercial dispute attorney Brigitte Knecht was promoted to counsel in January 2019.

Employment Tier 1

The 'very experienced and efficient practice' at Niederer Kraft Frey AG is renowned for 'straight-to-the-point advice and well thought-through solutions'. Focus areas include transactional and investigatory employment law assistance, litigation and the implementation of compensation plans, as well as employee transfers, mass dismissals and social security advice. 'First-class lawyerCatherine Grun Meyer is handling ongoing employment and compliance advice to new client Microsoft, while also assisting Crypto International with the transfer of employees required for its acquisition of Swiss IT manufacturer Crypto. Andreas Casutt and Thomas Sprecher lead the team, while litigator Valerie Meyer Bahar is another name to note.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG handles big-ticket work, ranging from corporate and M&A, litigation, capital markets and tax matters, with additional strength in TMT, real estate and sports law. Notable practitioners include Philippe Weber, Philipp Haas, Daniel Eisele, Andreas Vögeli, András Gurovits, Thomas Graf, Tamir LivschitzClara-Ann Gordon and Catherine Grun Meyer.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses with 'a fast and focused service, no-nonsense advice and a combination of capabilities in construction and real estate transaction law'. The team also handles investment, financing, leasing and management matters regarding commercial, hospitality and residential properties. Andreas Vögeli, who clients single out as a strong 'sparring partner', assisted Credit Suisse with multiple sale transactions concerning residential and mixed-use property in all language regions of Switzerland. Fortimo, Pocimmo, Ruag Real Estate and AXA Investment Managers also feature in the client list.

Sports law Tier 1

'Go-to law firmNiederer Kraft Frey AG 'has a very experienced, well-versed and reputable sports law practice' that receives particular recommendation for its expertise in relation to the 'commercialisation of international sporting events and international tax structuring'. It has additional strength in sports-related arbitration, governance and data protection. 'Strong technical lawyerAndrás Gurovits advises Fifa on its GDPR readiness and also serves as a CAS arbitrator and chairman. Clients also recommend 'trusted contract adviser and prestigious litigatorDaniel Eisele, as well as 'safe pair of handsTamir Livschitz.

Tax Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG's tax practice is 'extremely competent and understanding with clients, providing a high standard and creative solutions'. Focus areas include assistance with M&A transactions, capital markets matters and reorganisations, tax structuring, negotiation and litigation, both for corporate and private clients. Neue Helvetische Bank instructed Markus Kronauer  with the analysis of structured products for tax purposes and SIX listing documentation. Daniela Schmucki and Thomas Graf both 'have strong technical knowledge, combined with practical common sense'. In January 2019, VAT, customs and export tax lawyer Christina Rinne made partner, while counsel Elga Reana Tozzi joined from Baryon AG.

Competition Tier 2

The 'very pleasant and professional' team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG 'impresses through high availability, technical excellence, a very good service as well as sound, practical advice'. While being 'particularly strong in vertical agreements', the practice also covers dawn raid and investigation assistance, drafting agreements, compliance training, merger control and gun-jumping advice. 'Committed and professionalNicolas Birkhaeuser represented Birchmeier Bau in investigation proceedings and advised the client on its leniency programme. Other notable clients further stem from the automotive, insurance and retail sectors, including Coop Genossenschaft, BMW, Schweizer Versicherungsverband and Navistar. Thomas Frick  is also noted.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

'International arbitration is a particular strength' of Niederer Kraft Frey AG. Its 'very professional' team returns 'excellent work results under time pressure' and focuses on banking, commercial, sports and defence industry disputes, among other sectors. 'Thoughtful strategistTamir Livschitz, who delivers 'utmost client care', and the 'astute and personableErnst Schmid  are recommended. Schmid co-heads the team together with finance arbitration counsel Peter Honegger, while Daniel Eisele specialises in commercial disputes. Commercial dispute attorney Brigitte Knecht was promoted to counsel in January 2019.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG focuses on strategic and contractual advice regarding brands, trade marks, domain names, licences and designs, as well as the settlement of intellectual property disputes and unfair competition matters. Clients largely stem from the TMT, sports, life sciences and consumer goods sectors. Nicolas Birkhaeuser acts as a regular adviser to Fifa on media and licensing aspects, while Clara-Ann Gordon assisted Pandora with all IP, IT and antitrust questions concerning the roll-out of an online shop in Switzerland.

TMT Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG 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 expertAndrás Gurovits and 'data privacy specialistClara-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.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is experienced in creating and implementing restructurings and recovery actions, especially in the financial services sector and at an international level. It also represents companies, banks, liquidators and creditors in insolvency proceedings. Bertrand Schott advises CLS Group and CLS Bank on recovery measures for the latter and the impact of a possible insolvency on the former, while Thomas Sprecher was instructed by Stiftung Wisli to pursue liability claims against former board members of a now bankrupt subsidiary. Marco Haeusermann is another name to note. Restructuring partner Till Spillmann joined from Bär & Karrer Ltd. in early 2018.

Private client Tier 4

Niederer Kraft Frey AG 'provides top-quality, professional advice and is highly motivated and dedicated to its clients' cases'. Core areas of expertise include estate planning, tax structuring, matrimonial property and divorce law, philanthropic matters, as well as real estate, art and relocation issues. Tax partner Thomas Graf and 'highly competent stand-out practitionerCatherine Grun Meyer are the main contacts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate governance
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions
Data protection and privacy
Dispute resolution
Intellectual property
Private clients
Public law
Real estate
Social security and pensions
Trusts and foundations
White-collar crime
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Sandro Abegglen  photo Dr Sandro Abegglen
Dr Christoph Balsiger  photo Dr Christoph Balsiger
Dr iur François Bianchi  photo Dr iur François Bianchi
Mr Nicolas Birkhaeuser  photo Mr Nicolas Birkhaeuser
Mr Daniel Bono  photo Mr Daniel Bono
Mr Thomas Broennimann  photo Mr Thomas Broennimann
Dr Philipp Candreia  photo Dr Philipp Candreia
Dr iur Andreas Casutt  photo Dr iur Andreas Casutt
Mr Daniel Eisele  photo Mr Daniel Eisele
Prof Dr Peter Forstmoser  photo Prof Dr Peter Forstmoser
Dr iur Thomas A Frick  photo Dr iur Thomas A Frick
Ms Clara-Ann Gordon  photo Ms Clara-Ann Gordon
Dr iur Thomas Graf  photo Dr iur Thomas Graf
Ms Catherine Grun Meyer  photo Ms Catherine Grun Meyer
Dr iur András Gurovits  photo Dr iur András Gurovits
Mr Philipp Haas  photo Mr Philipp Haas
Mr Marco Haeusermann  photo Mr Marco Haeusermann
Dr iur Peter C Honegger  photo Dr iur Peter C Honegger
Dr iur Peter R Isler  photo Dr iur Peter R Isler
Dr iur Adrian W Kammerer  photo Dr iur Adrian W Kammerer
Dr iur Stefan Kraft  photo Dr iur Stefan Kraft
Mr Markus E Kronauer  photo Mr Markus E Kronauer
Mr Tamir Livschitz  photo Mr Tamir Livschitz
Dr Valerie Meyer Bahar  photo Dr Valerie Meyer Bahar
Dr iur Hans Niederer  photo Dr iur Hans Niederer
Dr Patrik R Peyer  photo Dr Patrik R Peyer
Dr iur Ernst F Schmid  photo Dr iur Ernst F Schmid
Ms Daniela Schmucki  photo Ms Daniela Schmucki
Dr Bertrand G. Schott  photo Dr Bertrand G. Schott
Prof Dr iur Rolf Sethe  photo Prof Dr iur Rolf Sethe
Dr iur Till Spillmann  photo Dr iur Till Spillmann
Dr iur Thomas Sprecher  photo Dr iur Thomas Sprecher
Ms Laurence Uttinger  photo Ms Laurence Uttinger
Mr Andreas F Vögeli  photo Mr Andreas F Vögeli
Dr Hermann Walser  photo Dr Hermann Walser
Dr Philippe Weber  photo Dr Philippe Weber
Mr Manuel Werder  photo Mr Manuel Werder
Dr iur Gaudenz G Zindel  photo Dr iur Gaudenz G Zindel
Dr iur Ulysses von Salis  photo Dr iur Ulysses von Salis
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