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 advises high-profile clients on a broad range of banking and finance matters such as regulatory compliance and enforcement, banking litigation, banking insolvency, and financing transactions. The practice is headed by the ‘renowned and well-respected’ Sandro Abegglen whose practice covers bank and financial service regulatory law, complex contractual work, blocking statutes and KYC/AML regulations, and civil contentious matters. Marco Häusermann specialises in international financing transactions whilst Bertrand Schott focuses on financial services regulations. Philipp Candreia handles investigation and enforcement matters and Thomas A Frick has a key focus on syndicated finance. Other key team members include Adrian Koller and Philip Spoerlé.

Practice head(s):

Sandro Abegglen

Other key lawyers:

Marco Häusermann; Bertrand Schott; Philipp Candreia; Thomas Frick; Adrian Koller; Philip Spoerlé; Simon Bühler; Martin Schaub; Yannick Wettstein; Stefan Härtner; Nina Bremi

Testimonials

‘It is a team that delivers to the point pragmatic and useful legal advice as compared to other firms with a more theoretical approach.’

‘Sandro Abegglen is a renowned and well-respected legal practitioner in the Swiss banking and financial services area. He provides outstanding and respected legal advice.’

‘Premium law firm.’

‘Bertrand Schott is responsive and highly competent. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘I commend NKF’s Banking and Finance team for their exceptional client service. They foster a collaborative and supportive environment, ensuring that we feel heard and valued as their clients. It is evident that they genuinely care about the success of their clients.’

‘Sandro Abegglen knows his client’s needs, is very pragmatic, has strong analytical skills and is known for giving practical advice and delivering creative solutions. He is an excellent lawyer and well connected.’

‘The team is top of the line in banking topics, stands out for its quality and on-time services.’

‘I specifically worked with Sandro Abegglen on litigation cases where he contributed his expertise in certain banking and finance topics in order to shape our argumentation.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG

Julius Baer

Bank of America

Ardian Private Equity

ED&F Man Group

Volcafe Ltd.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

ING Bank N.V.

Deutsche Bank

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Credit Suisse

J.P. Morgan

CIBC

EQT Partners

Invision

Swiss Confederation

Capvis

Clariant AG

Gasverbund Mittelland AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the Swiss Confederation on the conclusion of a CHF9 billion Loss Protection Agreement (LPA) with UBS Group AG.
  • Advised UBS Switzerland,Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., NATIXIS and Zürcher Kantonalbank on a new CHF 500 million syndicated revolving credit facility for Swiss Life.
  • Advised Bank of America, acting as bookrunning mandated lead arranger, on the financing of DKSH’s acquisition of Terra Firma and the subsequent take-out financing.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 1

Recommended for being ‘client-focused and commercial’, Niederer Kraft Frey AG’s breadth of expertise encompasses debt, equity and hybrid capital market products. The team routinely handles large-scale IPOs and public tender offers alongside a host of other complex transactions. The firm’s new Geneva office, which opened in January 2023, expands the team’s capabilities in this area. Daniel Bono, who assists clients with a diverse scope of issues from equity capital market transactions to finance transactions, and Thomas Brönnimann, who is particularly experienced in handling matters for listed entities and other large enterprises, are key contacts in the practice. Philipp Haas is entrusted by clients to handle equity and convertible debt transactions and market conduct rules, while Philippe Weber is geared to handle IPOs, rights offerings and asset-backed securities.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Client-focused and commercial. Well reputed, respected and dynamic.’

‘Andrea Giger and Philip Spoerlé are very knowledgeable, client-focused and commercial. Deirdre Ni Annrachain has a broad experience across different sectors and is very good at prospectus drafting.’

‘Great team commitment, 24/7 availability.’

‘Philipp Haas is a great guy; he is fully committed, no matter how chaotic it may occasionally get.’

‘Great mix of different characters in partnership, with Thomas Brönnimann complementing Philipp Haas’s practice in certain areas perfectly.’

‘Accurate, excellent co-operation and a large track and relevant track record.’

Key clients

Axpo Holding AG

Bain and Cinven

Bank Julius Baer Ltd.

Banking syndicate consisting of Berenberg, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Commerzbank

Banking syndicate led by BofA Securities, SVB Leerink and Credit Suisse

Bell Food Group

China International Capital Corporation (UK) Limited

CLSA Limited

CoinShares

Credit Suisse AG

Digital Realty

Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG

EQT, VFS Group

Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V.

Gategroup

Global Blue Group Holding AG

Goldman Sachs International

Gotion High-Tech Co., Ltd.

Helvetische Bank

Huatai Financial Holdings, Guotai Securities

Idorsia Ltd

Industry Standard Opinions for Repos and Securities Lending

ING Bank N.V. Singapore Branch

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co KG, Commerzbank AG

Julius Baer Group Ltd.

Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG

Macquire Group Limited (MGL)

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Sportradar Group AG

Swiss Confederation

Swiss Finance & Property AG

Swiss Re, Glencore, JP Morgan, Citibank, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch International, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Natwest, UBS Limited, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered

Swiss Steel Group AG

UBS AG

UBS Switzerland AG, Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., NATIXIS, Zürcher Kantonalbank

Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Porsche on its international initial public offering and listing on Frankfurt Stock Exchange, being the largest IPO ever carried out in Europe in terms of the market capitalisation of around EUR 78bn.
  • Advised the Swiss Confederation on the conclusion of a Loss Protection Agreement (LPA) with UBS Group AG. The loss protection guarantee governed by the LPA is a cornerstone element of the merger between UBS and Credit Suisse and became effective with the completion of the merger on 12 June 2023.
  • Acted on each of the inaugural issuances of global depository receipts (GDRs) under the newly launched China-Switzerland Stock Connect programme, taking four Chinese companies public on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Whilst expanding its network with the opening of a new Geneva office, Niederer Kraft Frey AG maintains a broad corporate offering across the life sciences, high-tech, industrials and manufacturing, and education sectors. The team possesses expertise in large-scale M&A transactions and private equity matters. Practice head Philipp Haas is well equipped to manage cross-border work. Thomas Brönnimann handles a wide variety of private and public M&A, while Philippe Weber excels in handling M&A and corporate crisis matters. Andreas Casutt is noted for his capability in shareholder litigation and Moritz Maurer’s broad range of expertise encompasses private equity, multi-jurisdictional reorganisations and private M&A matters. Other key names to note in the practice include Philip Spoerlé and Katalin Siklosi.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Haas

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Brönnimann; Philippe Weber; Andreas Casutt; Moritz Maurer; Philip Spoerlé; Katalin Siklosi; Ulysses von Salis; Manuel Werder; Patrik Peyer; Philipp Candreia; Phidias Ferrari

Testimonials

‘The team is always appropriately staffed. This gives me the necessary efficiency, speed and know-how.’

‘Moritz Maurer in a nutshell: my go-to M&A lawyer, 100% client and deal focused, 24/7 available, pragmatic, looks for solutions, and is fun to work with.’

‘A team with great experience with start-ups and scale-ups. A large practice with all services in-house. They use the latest technology tools.’

‘Throughout the entire process, it truly felt like a partnership with Niederer Kraft Frey AG rather than just receiving highly relevant and knowledgeable advice. NKF’s demonstrated ability at every stage to comprehensively identify all available options and meticulously evaluate them within the context of our needs was nothing short of impressive.’

‘NKF has a broad base of knowledgeable juniors and fantastic senior lawyers.’

‘Moritz Maurer clearly stands out from the crowd. He is extremely knowledgeable, fast, dedicated and reliable. He provides fantastic resources in all M&A transactions and offers solutions to the problems detected. I would always recommend Moritz to others.’

‘Very strong legal skills with an excellent practical focus. Real knowledge of market norms and great communication style.’

‘Philipp Haas is a standout lawyer. He produces extremely high-quality work, is very practical and user-friendly, and is a great negotiator.’

Key clients

Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (FEMSA)

BRUSA HyPower

Ina Invest

Partners Group

GENFIT SA

Ambienta SGR SpA

INEOS

Unit8

Phoenix Systems AG

Stadtcasino Baden

Invision AG

Cinven, Ontario Teachers

Swiss Steel Group

L Catterton

Shareholders of Bahnhof Apotheke Langnau AG

Capvis

Shareholders of Entrepreneur Partners AG

Oliver Healthcare Packaging

Axpo Holding AG

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai (SISD)

Nederman Holding AB

Marché Restaurants Schweiz AG

Work highlights

  • Advised GENFIT SA, a late-stage biopharmaceutical company and a pioneer in liver disease research and development, on the acquisition of Versantis AG.
  • Advised Partners Group, acting on behalf of its clients, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Breitling from CVC.
  • Advised INEOS as Swiss counsel on the acquisition of a major concrete additives business from Sika.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

‘Excellent, efficient and creative litigator’ Daniel Eisele leads the ‘very reliable’ Niederer Kraft Frey AG practice group, which is active across a variety of courts, from the cantonal and federal courts, to FINMA and the Swiss Competition Commission. Eisele’s prowess lies in cross-border litigation, while Lukas Beeler primarily focuses on the financial market, as well as administrative and regulatory litigation. Valerie Meyer Bahar is particularly adept in corporate, commercial and employment litigation, with Juerg Bloch frequently handles matters pertaining to white-collar crime. Frank Spoorenberg, who joined the firm in January 2023, is established in the firm’s new Geneva office, bringing Nicolas Kuonen with him.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Eisele

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, professional, always accessible.’

‘NKF has an outstanding litigation team and it is always a pleasure to cooperate with them on important high-end cases.’

‘Lukas Beeler is always extremely available with great litigation skills to define the most accurate litigation strategy.’

‘Daniel Eisele is an excellent, efficient and creative litigator who knows the tactics inside out and never misses a point. He is very clever and concise, calm under pressure and an excellent advocate.’

‘Very reliable team with skilled and seasoned litigation lawyers.’

‘An excellent and highly regarded Swiss firm with the breadth of ability and expertise both in Zurich and Switzerland.’

‘Overall positive experience, good blend and good coverage for diversified topics, in addition to being familiar with the best practices.’

‘Availability for urgent matters in short time if required and flexibility.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Black Diamond Equipment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BSI Bank

Chevron

Citibank

Credit Suisse AG

EFG International AG

Globegarden

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Prada Group

UBS Group

EMIX Trading AG

Work highlights

  • Represent parties to fraud and embezzlement-related claims brought against the founder of a DAO and his holding company. Thus far, three lawsuits have been filed in Switzerland. Parallel litigation was also started in the US.
  • Represent a US business intelligence company in defamation claims against the largest Swiss media outlets in the context of services performed related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
  • Representing a minority shareholder of a Swiss professional football club in a shareholder dispute against a Swiss billionaire, who claims to be the majority shareholder.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG has ‘strong expertise’ in all aspects of employment law including compensation plans, working time recording, and employee transfers. The team is also very active in employment litigation cases before the Swiss courts, in particular with regard to wrongful termination claims and bonuses. The team is headed by Catherine Grun Meyer, who advises clients on employment law matters in M&A transactions and on personnel lending and temporary staffing regulations, and Valerie Meyer Bahar, whose expertise include drafting of employment agreements and related documents, compensation matters, terminations, and intra-group personnel hiring. Andreas Casutt specialises in executive compensation and incentive schemes whilst Nicolas Kuonen, who joined from Tavernier Tschanz in January 2023, and Thomas Sprecher are dispute resolution specialists. Livia Keller, who impresses clients with her ‘responsiveness and quick turnaround time’, advises clients on corporate employment law and compensation.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Grun Meyer; Valerie Meyer Bahar

Testimonials

‘The team provide sound advice and practical solutions when we have sought legal advice and do so in a very timely fashion.’

‘Valerie Meyer Bahar and Livia Keller are responsive, transparent with legal fees and truly understand the commercial sensitivities when working with us to find a solution to a dispute/challenge we may be facing.’

‘Outstanding performance by all individuals.’

‘Strong expertise in the employment practice, very pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Impressive responsiveness and quick turnaround time from Livia Keller.’

‘Very quick feedback, experienced and always come up with suggestions and solutions to problem solving.’

‘Good blend and adequate coverage for diversified topics, in addition to being familiar with the best practices.’

‘Diligent professionals, detail-oriented and available.’

Key clients

Capvis Equity Partners AG

Coop

Globegarden

Global Blue and Silverlake

Klopman AG

PriceWaterhouseCoopers AG

Swiss Steel Holding AG

HCM International Ltd

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG’s real estate group advises on property acquisition and investment, construction projects, and the management and leasing of property. Andreas F Vögeli, who heads the Zurich team, has a key focus on real estate transactions, sale and lease back transactions, and hotel and leisure projects. The new Geneva real estate team is led by Marc Iynedjian, who joined from Python in January 2023. Iynedjian has significant experience in advising various private and institutional investors in asset or share deals. The Zurich team is supported by Annina Fey who has extensive expertise handling construction disputes and queries, and Oliver Zbinden who has a special focus in tenancy law and public construction and zoning law. Fabiano Menghini  joined from Lenz & Staehelin in May 2024.

Practice head(s):

Andreas F Vögeli; Marc Iynedjian

Testimonials

‘NKF Real Estate Team Zurich stands out primarily due to its extensive experience across all cantons in Switzerland, which enables a comprehensive understanding and expertise in all local rules and the ability to handle documents in all languages proficiently. We value NKFs broad expertise in Swiss law, giving them a significant advantage in handling complex, multiregional cases with efficacy and precision.’

‘Annina Fey distinguishes herself with a deep commitment to us, always available to smooth out operational tasks arising from contracts. Her expertise in the real estate sector and understanding of financial deals ensure high-quality legal and security contracts. Fey’s detailed-oriented approach guarantees precision in every project she undertakes, placing her a notch above competitors.’

‘1. the strong will for finding solutions for all kind of problems. 2. the competence to work together in the team and also out of the team with specialists. 3. the offering of serious, practicable solutions for the sake of the customer.’

‘Andreas Vögeli with Oliver Zbinden and Annina Fey are highly experienced, responsive and always available. The mix of skills and willingness to perform makes them an amazing team. ’

‘The team works as a team and is diverse in terms of experience and skills; all competencies required for real estate investments are available, and the team always focuses on practical implementation. Very pragmatic in finding solutions without losing sight of the legal refinements.’

I’ve worked with Andreas Vögeli and Annina Fey and I value their deep and broad understanding of the business (not only on a legal but also on a more practical level). They are also very responsive, understand the time limitations and react accordingly. Working with them feels like being a team and wins are celebrated together.

The team has a huge variety of competencies and covers therefore all aspects of real estate.

‘Andreas Vögeli, Oliver Zbinden, Annina Fey: reliable, thorough working method, good availability, can work under time pressure, have a high economic understanding of the matter and not only of legal issues, have the necessary understanding to also make compromises -> dealmaker.’

Key clients

Boltshauser Architekten AG

Coop

Ina Invest Holding AG

Mettler2Invest AG

Swiss Finance Property AG

Swisscom Immobilien AG

AXA Investment Managers (Schweiz) AG

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

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

EQT Partner AG

Procimmo SA

Foxstone SA

REWE Group (www.rewe-group.com)

Rhystadt AG

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

Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB) / Swisscanto Invest / Pensionskasse der Zürcher Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Advises Credit Suisse in various sales of residential and mixed used buildings in different cantons of Switzerland (including the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and the French-speaking part of Switzerland), as well as on the acquisition of two big projects.
  • Advised Capvis, the specialist in mid-market investments and a well-known Swiss investor, on the acquisition of a majority stake in SCHURTER Group. The closing is subject to (European) regulatory approvals.
  • Acts as lead counsel for ZKB/Swisscanto Invest and pension fund of ZKB for all Real Estate matters, ZKB being one of the most important institutional investors in Switzerland.

Switzerland > Tax Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG provides tax advice in various corporate matters and collective investment schemes, with experience in the tax aspects of private equity transactions, M&A, and domestic and international reorganisations, as well as an array of disputes. Team head Thomas Graf has particular expertise in the taxation of sports organisations and athletes, and regularly advises high net worth individuals on all tax aspects of their private and business activities. Christina Rinne provides advice to corporate and private clients in relation to VAT, customs, and international trade matters. Markus Kronauer specialises in Swiss VAT aspects of M&A, financial services and capital market transactions. Daniela Schmucki has expertise in tax advice for high net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Graf

Other key lawyers:

Markus Kronauer; Christina Rinne; Daniela Schmucki; Sven Kälin; Derya Özdogan; Morgan Boëffard

Testimonials

‘Tax team around Daniela Schmucki is very experienced on management equity program. Very service oriented.’

‘Good team, very helpful and solution-oriented.’

‘Christina Rinne has a great knowledge of our business and always finds a perfect solution to our problems very fast.’

Key clients

ASSA ABLOY

Ardian

Heraeus Holding

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

PolyPeptide Group AG

Draupnir Holding B.V.

Julius Baer Group Ltd.

Axpo Holding AG

ObsEva SA

Mobimo (Proj Bernina)

Global Blue

Galderma

Peach Property

Akara Group

BB Biotech AG

Bellevue Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG on the trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with a total market capitalisation of EUR 78 billion, where the offering priced at EUR 82.50 per preferred share offered.
  • Acted on each of the inaugural issuances of global depository receipts (GDRs) under the newly launched China-Switzerland Stock Connect programme, taking four Chinese companies public on SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • Advised the Swiss Confederation on the conclusion of a Loss Protection Agreement (LPA) with UBS Group AG.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 2

Praised for being ‘talented, intelligent and responsive’, Niederer Kraft Frey AG’s competition team's broad range of strengths, encompassing merger control proceedings, the drafting of agreements, and assisting in connection with M&A transactions, means it is well placed to advise on complex and precedent-setting cases. ‘Excellent’ Nicolas Birkhäuser leads the team with his demonstrable expertise across a broad scope of issues from investigation and merger control proceedings to IP-related aspects of competition law. Handling a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues, Thomas A Frick is proficient in competition law in the finance industry, and in handling distribution systems and compliance matters. Anna Mentzer and Paloma Alcántara are other key names within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Thomas A Frick; Anna Mentzer; Paloma Alcantara

Testimonials

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is very competent, customer-oriented, flexible and professionally excellent. Over the past years, a very pleasant and uncomplicated cooperation has developed, which we appreciate very much.’

‘NKF has very talented, intelligent and responsive lawyers.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser has an excellent expert knowledge and provides understandable advice despite the complexity of the topic.’

‘I work with Nicolas Birkhauser, who serves as local counsel in an international cartel matter. He is excellent – smart, focused, organised, and very balanced.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is a good communicator and is very good with clients.’

Key clients

ASSA ABLOY AB

Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (“FEMSA”)

Fresenius Kabi

FibroGen Inc.

Citigroup

Stadtcasino Baden

Invision AG

Coop Genossenschaft (Coop Cooperative)

CLS Bank International

Capvis

Credit Suisse AG

BMW Leasing

Flumroc AG / ROCKWOOL group

Procter & Gamble

Schweiter Technologies AG

Skysale

Axpo Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Fresenius Kabi in the first ever investigation of the Competition Commission regarding relative market power in Switzerland.
  • Advising a bank in the first ever investigation of the labour market.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

‘Highly competent’ Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises a multitude of clients on cross-border data transfers, security and information management, and data privacy related litigation. The ‘highly efficient, pragmatic and reliable problem-solver’ co-lead Clara-Ann Gordon demonstrates prowess in outsourcing, data protection and internal investigations. Fellow co-lead András Gurovits possesses considerable expertise across technology, corporate and arbitration matters, while Jacques Bonvin focuses on the transactional side of the practice. Key contact Janine Reudt-Demont bolsters the practice with wide-ranging experience across technology, IP and data privacy.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits; Clara-Ann Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We very much appreciate the cooperation with the firm. The cooperation is very pleasant. When we need assistance in a legal area, we receive feedback relatively quickly. ’

‘Professional, experienced, pragmatic, fast, reliable’

‘Clara-Ann Gordon is a highly efficient, pragmatic and reliable problem solver. She is extremely good at understanding the challenges of the business world and suggesting solutions that are appropriate to the circumstances. Working with her is always extremely pleasant, which is also encouraged by her good sense of humour.’

‘Highly competent.’

‘Clara-Ann Gordon is to the point, hands-on and responsive’

‘With the new Swiss Data Protection law on the horizon, we needed an overview of what we needed to set up as mandatory, what can be postponed and what is not necessary, Clare Ann Gordon and Janine Reudt Dumont, provided great advice.’

‘Clara-Ann Gordon as the lead, is a remarkable privacy expert, her associate Janine Reudt Dumont provided great work product, easy to use, very comprehensive.’

Key clients

Capvis

Partners Group

EQT Future Fund

Cinven; Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Nederman Holding AB

Microsoft Schweiz GmbH

BRUSA HyPower

HCL Technologies

Pitcher AG

ClearSpace

SWISSto12

General Motors Europe

Belimo

ZimmerBiomet

RUAG

DXC

Winterthur Diesel & Gas

Bühler Group

Schindler

SR Technics

Work highlights

  • Advised Nederman Holding AB, an environmental technology company and a global leader in industrial air filtration, on the acquisition of MBE AG. The NKF Data Protection Team conducted a review and assessment of all matters related to the environmental technology and data protection compliance of the target.
  • Advised Microsoft Schweiz GmbH with regard to the Public Clouds Contract concluded on 27 September 2022 with the Swiss Federation and assisted in the negotiations. Further information can be derived from the official website of the Swiss Federal Council.
  • Advises General Motors on a regular basis on all questions relating to the online sales of its cars in Switzerland.

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 2

Operating across the full spectrum of fintech related matters, Niederer Kraft Frey AG’s provision of advice to strategic partners, venture capitalist houses and private equity houses is particularly notable. Key undertakings for the practice incorporate data protection law, regulatory proceedings and trading platforms, to name a few. Its work in the financial technologies sector is extensive. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Thomas A Frick frequently handles regulatory, contractual and structuring issues. Bertrand Schott strengthens the practice with his demonstrable proficiency in financial market regulations, financial infrastructure and payment system regulations.

Practice head(s):

Thomas A. Frick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They’re great.’

‘Bertrand Schott is a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have only dealt with Thomas Frick, who is an outstanding lawyer and has always fulfilled our needs in a very competent manner.’

‘I can highly recommend Thomas Frick as a specialist in all fields of FinTech and Regulation.’

Key clients

AMNIS Treasury Services (FinTech start-up), Zurich

DISEO

BC Capital (Blue Code payment scheme; FinTechs start-up), Zurich/Vienna

Crescent Fintech Ltd.

Move Digital

Finch Capital (FinTech Venture Capital Firm), London/Amsterdam

Finastra (global FinTech player),UK/ USA

Keyman

Leontec

Swiss Impulse Group AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Crescent Fintech Ltd on setting up a Swiss asset manager for foreign crypto investment funds.
  • Advised Hyperion on setting up a crypto asset manager.
  • General legal advice on all matters related to the legal set up of a Swiss FinTech license.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG's team covers both restructuring, such as preparation and implementation of recovery measures, and insolvency, including advising both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy litigation. The team is led by Marco Häusermann who has vast experience in restructurings and workouts of all forms of debt, structured credit, and securitised assets. Bertrand Schott advises financial institutions, funds and fund management companies on domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. Daniel Bono advises financial institutions on liquidity requirements. Adrian Koller, Philip Spoerlé, Andrea Giger, Roman Sturzenegger, and Moritz Maurer are notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Marco Häusermann

Testimonials

‘NKF has reliably delivered high-quality legal advice to our company on a variety of matters, including corporate, contract, insolvency, and data issues. NKF attorneys think clearly through complicated legal issues and provide actionable advice for a reasonable cost.’

‘Bertrand Schott has expertise across a wide range of banking and insolvency-related issues. I have needed Bertrand’s attention on a number of urgent matters through the years, and he has always made himself available to address the issue and meet quick deadlines, and always at a reasonable cost. He also has a helpful and friendly disposition.’

‘Niederer Kraft Frey AG were collaborative, communicative and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Marco Häusermann is a skilled practitioner.’

Key clients

Industry Standard Opinions for Repos and Securities Lending to various Industry Associations and Banks

Crédito Real, S.A.B. de C.V.,

Deutsche Bank

Invacare Corporation and Swiss subsidiaries

ED & F Man group

Work highlights

  • Render 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.
  • Advised Crédito Real, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican non-bank lender, with matters relating to the CHF 170,000,000 2.875 % Bonds due 2022 on which Credito Real defaulted in repayment in early 2022.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank in connection with Mallinckrodt plc’s reorganization process, emergence from Chapter 11 and completion of the Irish Scheme of arrangement.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 2

As a full-service law firm, Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises its private clients on the full spectrum of matters, including investments, estate planning, relocation, divorce, and inheritance law. The team is headed by Catherine Grun Meyer, who has an expertise in succession planning of family businesses. Leading the team alongside her, Thomas Graf is recommended for tax matters within the sports industry. Daniel Antognini and Thomas Hochstrasser are also notable members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Grun Meyer; Thomas Graf

Other key lawyers:

Michaela Zehnder; Daniel Antognini; Thomas Hochstrasser; Mirjam Vögeli

Testimonials

‘The team has extremely experienced lawyers.’

‘They are very responsive and strong on the technical side. They’re a pleasure to work with.’

‘Catherine Grun and Thomas Graf are very experienced on cross-border matters and a pleasure to work with.’

‘NKF has a strong historical private client practice and is very well established in the market.’

‘Mirjam Vögeli has become a very prominent figure in Zurich’s private client sphere. She has vast capabilities in the fields of charities and succession planning.’

‘Mirjam Vögeli is a specialised private client lawyer that advises on inheritance, foundational, matrimonial and contract law. Mirjam is a highly professional and strives for excellence while still maintaining a pragmatic approach.’

‘Niederer Kraft Frey and their lawyers have extensive knowledge in both the local law and cross-border matters. In the international terrain, they move with an incredible security that always gives us peace of mind. Niederer Kraft Frey is a one-stop shop.’

‘Catherine Grun has outstanding legal skills in the private client field. The response times to enquiries are incredibly short, and the answers always impress us with their level of detail.’

Work highlights

Switzerland > Sports law Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work across the sports industry. Practice head András Gurovits covers the full spectrum of sports-related matters where he regularly acts as an advisor and advocate for governing bodies and athletes before state courts and arbitral tribunals. Offering a commercial perspective, Daniel Eisele advises a range of organisers of major events. With the opening of the firm's new Geneva office, Boris Vittoz, who joined from Python in January 2023, has extensive experience in crisis management where he advised clients facing simultaneous legal and governance challenges. Thomas Hochstrasser regularly represents clients in high-profile cases.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits

Testimonials

‘The team has been able to answer my questions very competently and have always been at my disposal and reactive.’

‘The cooperation is very pleasant, and we always receive quick feedback and support in our legal matters.’

‘Andras Gurovits has a great expertise in the field of sports and helps us a lot in our legal matters or questions. It is a very pleasant cooperation.’

‘Very personal approach. Prompt reaction, good interaction between lawyers from different offices, Flexibility in billing arrangements.’

‘Andras Gurovits – very experienced and client orientated partner.”

Key clients

Junckers Industrier A/S

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Ferencváros Budapest Football Club

Grasshopper Football Foundation

Grasshopper Football Ltd

Hungarian Football Federation

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Swiss Ice Hockey Federation

FC Basel Holding AG, FC Basel 1893 AG

FC Winterthur

SBE Management AG

Switzerland > TMT Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s team possesses ‘in depth know-how’ of  matters such as IP and IT-related transactions, licensing deals, technology spin-offs, outsourcing, and AI. Team co-head András Gurovits has ‘great expertise’ in IT, telecoms, data privacys, and industrial projects. The team is also co-headed by Clara-Ann Gordon, who has a particular focus on outsourcing and data protection as well as representing clients in litigation and ADR proceedings. Jacques Bonvin, who joined from Tavernier Tschanz in January 2023, and Karim Piguet , who joined from Python in January 2023, use their corporate expertise to support on technology-related matters.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits; Clara-Ann Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Jacques Bonvin for more than 10 years and he is one of the best corporate lawyers I know.’

‘We appreciate the cooperation very much. The cooperation is very pleasant, and we always receive quick feedback and support in our legal matters.’

‘Andras Gurovits has a great expertise and helps us a lot in our legal matters or questions. It is a very pleasant cooperation.’

‘Very good quality of the delivery and with the team members we worked with, we feel well covered end to end.’

‘Great response time, team acting as trusted advisors.’

‘Highly competent.’

‘To the point, hands-on, responsive.’

 

Key clients

Capvis

Partners Group

EQT Future Fund

Cinven; Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Unit8 SA

Phoenix Systems AG

Nederman Holding AB

Microsoft Schweiz GmbH

BRUSA HyPower

HCL Technologies

Pitcher AG

Index Ventures

Accel

ClearSpace

SWISSto12

General Motors Europe

Belimo

ZimmerBiomet

RUAG

DXC

Winterthur Diesel & Gas

Bühler Group

Schindler

SR Technics

Work highlights

  • Advised Capvis on the acquisition of a majority stake in SCHURTER Group and conducted a review and assessment of all matters related to the SCHURTER Group’s technology, which was the key asset for this investment.
  • Advised Microsoft Schweiz GmbH with regard to the Public Clouds Contract concluded on 27 September 2022 with the Swiss Federation and assisted in the negotiations.
  • Advised BRUSA HyPower AGon an investment agreement with Bosch Rexroth, M&G Investments and Temasek.  

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

‘Excellent’ Niederer Kraft Frey AG is well-versed in handling disputes arising from the financial services, chemicals and commodities, as well as media and sport sectors. Daniel Eisele spearheads the practice, while Frank Spoorenberg often sits as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman on a variety of proceedings. Boris Vittoz focuses on international commercial disputes, and Valerie Meyer Bahar maintains a prevalent position within the financial and insurance sectors. Tamir Livschitz and Anja Vogt departed the team in September 2023, joining 5Gambit Disputes Ltd.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Eisele

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team. Recent opening of the Geneva office with great lawyers. In arbitration: Boris Vittoz.’

‘Superb. Excellent advocacy skills. Very well prepared.’

‘Ernst Schmid is a highly qualified and reliable arbitrator with a sound judgement and cogent reasoning; highly recommended.’

‘A law firm with a broad field of expertise. Excellent collaboration, top competent in whatever they do.’

‘Highly responsive, highly competent individuals. Strong negotiators, with an excellent grasp of their clients’ business. ’

‘Frank Spoorenberg stands out as one of the best arbirators in Switzerland. ’

‘Excellent team in Geneva.’

‘Frank Spoorenberg and Boris Vittoz are first-class practitioners.’

Work highlights

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 3

Recommended for its ‘solution-oriented’ nature, Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s diverse range of capabilities across strategic litigation, commercial contracts and brand protection strategies enables it to operate for multinational companies and organisations. The team enjoys a strong presence across a multitude of sectors, from manufacturing and electronics to life sciences and IT. ‘Super responsive’ practice head Nicolas Birkhäuser possesses a wealth of experience in commercial contracts as well as managing domestic and international IP strategies. ‘Highly motivated’ Janine Reudt-Demont demonstrates prowess in the life sciences sector and other regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Janine Reudt-Demont; Michaela Zehnder

Testimonials

‘Solution oriented. This is a great team of lawyers that focuses on the issues and provides practical business advice, not conservative legalese. ’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is super responsive and takes ownership of his issues.’

‘Janine Reudt-Demont is highly motivated and has an excellent knowledge of the life sciences industry in Switzerland.’

‘What I would also like to mention in particular is the teams’ focus on new technologies. NKF uses and supports its customers also based on the latest knowledge of artificial technology. This makes the performance of the teams faster, more competent and for me as a customer also more favourable. ’

‘Responsive and available.’

‘The needs of the customer always come first. I particularly appreciate the dutiful and quick implementation of my requests. NKF has partners who always advise me competently.’

‘Janine Reudt-Demont has meticulously read into our IP situation and our specific needs. We know at all times that our interests are always protected in the best possible way through her work. ’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

SkySale Schweiz GmbH

Thomson Reuters

Capvis AG

FibroGen Inc.

Josef Binkert AG

The Body Shop

Selecta

ASSA ABLOY AB

HANDELSVERBAND.swiss

Flatfox AG

Navistar International

Work highlights

  • Assisted Procter & Gamble in taking action against the sale of products by two competitors, which was held, among others, to amount to unfair competition. The result for the client was successful.
  • Advising and defending SkySale Schweiz against attacks by Apple and have already pushed back a significant part of them.
  • Assisting Capvis in transactions in a wide range of different issues, including among others, the due diligence review of IP portfolios (patents, trademarks, designs), copyrights including in particular software (open source and other), know-how and business secrets.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 3

With expertise in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters, Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s wide-ranging experience encompasses the insurance, medical and fashion sectors, among others, with particular strengths in handling white-collar related mandates. The team’s capabilities have been strengthened by the firm’s new office in Geneva, with white-collar experts Myriam Fehr-Alaoui and Nicolas Kuonen joining the team in January 2023 from Python and Tavernier Tschanz respectively. ‘Fantastic’ joint practice head Juerg Bloch is entrusted by clients to manage white-collar criminal defence matters and internal investigations, with fellow practice head Philipp Candreia fielding a strong practice that includes various investigations as well as enforcement matters concerning prudentially regulated institutions.

Practice head(s):

Juerg Bloch; Philipp Candreia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A team of highly qualified legal experts rendering excellent and useful advice.’

‘What really stands out is the collaboration in this field and the drive by the team to achieve the desired outcome. ’

‘I would like to specifically mention Juerg Bloch in the respective practice area, who really stood out supporting us in different matters. Juerg has a very profound legal knowledge in his practice area and is exceptionally approachable. Particularly, I would like to highlight his solution driven mindset.’

‘Juerg Bloch is fantastic and has both the experience and relationships to assist any company involved in an investigation that has touch points with Switzerland and Swiss authorities.’

Key clients

EFG Bank AG

Credit Suisse

BMW AG

EMIX Trading AG

Leonteq

Chevron

Globegarden

LEONI Group

Prada Group

UBS Group

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

HDI Global

B.A. Group

Work highlights

  • Mandated to conduct an internal investigation into whether M Investments SA was hacked or whether someone within the organisation defrauded the company intentionally, as several fraudulent payments were made from this account to accounts abroad. In addition, representing M Investments SA in criminal and civil proceedings against Bank B in Geneva.
  • Conducted a comprehensive internal investigation into Swiss based investment vehicle B.A. Group. Several investors and business partners claim that the client facilitated a multi-million Ponzi scheme and assisted in defrauding investors. A dozen criminal complaints were filed against various individuals (incl. our client) within the past 12 months.
  • Representing one of the largest private banks in the investigations involving Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (“1MDB”). This is one of the world’s largest money laundering and corruption investigations in history, involving authorities in the United States, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia and Luxembourg. It involves the alleged theft of over USD 7bn from 1MDB, several billion of which was allegedly laundered through BSI.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences

Acting for a range of clients, including biotech start-ups, research institutions, and medical device manufacturers, the team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG is noted for its vast transactional expertise. Philipp Haas leads the Zurich-based team, and Janine Reudt-Demont has deep regulatory knowledge, often advising on telemedicine and product liability mandates.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

With the opening of its new offices in Geneva on January 1st 2023, Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd is growing its Geneva banking and finance practice by advising clients on cross-border bank regulatory, enforcement matters, licensing, and financing transactions. The team is headed by Phidias Ferrari, Nicolas Kuonen, and Andrea Wuerzner.

The firm: Niederer Kraft Frey is a leading full service Swiss law firm based in Zurich and Geneva 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 CHF2.6bn or the financing for Bain and Cinven for the acquisition of Lonza’s Specialty Ingredients business and operations for an enterprise value of CHF 42bn 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 Porsche on its international initial public offering and listing on Frankfurt Stock Exchange
    • Swiss Counsel to the Global Coordinator, 4 other Joint Lead Managers and 15 Joint Bookrunners in the CHF4bn capital raise of Credit Suisse Group
    • Counsel as issuer or underwriter counsel on eight of the nine 2022 GDR listings on SIX Swiss Exchange under the China-Switzerland Stock Connect program launched in July 2022
    • Landmark CHF20bn 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.

Compliance: NKF advises and represents individuals and multinational companies on all aspects of compliance, in particular anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, sanction and embargo compliance as well as antitrust compliance matters.

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.

    • Counsel to leading Latin American retailer FEMSA on the acquisition of Valora Holding AG by way of public tender cash offer
      Counsel to Partners Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in leading Swiss watchmaker Breitling from CVC
    • Represented Actelion on its US$30bn 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 and handles all types of proceedings, in particular civil litigation, arbitration, administrative, criminal, and tax/customs proceedings.

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.

ESG: NKF has broad experience advising clients across many sectors on how to successfully manage ESG risks and availing ESG opportunities. The focus lies on the three key ESG pillars “ESG risk identification, reporting and disclosure”, “ESG risk management” and “sustainable and green Finance”.

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 US$320m 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 Worldline on a technology driven strategic partnership in which Worldline acquired SIX Payment Services, the payment services division of SIX Swiss Exchange
    • 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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Data protection and privacy
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Real estate
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IDAK Food Group’s majority owner changes from Invision, Nord Holding and LGT to TowerBrook Capital Partners

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Invision, Nord Holding and LGT on the sale of a majority stake in IDAK Food Group to TowerBrook Capital Partners, a London and New York-based investment company.

BSI Software AG’s majority owner changes from Capvis to Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the founders and managers of BSI Software AG on the sale of a stake in BSI Software AG to Bregal Unternehmerkapital,

Emmi secures CHF 700m acquisition financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised UBS Switzerland AG as arranger, agent and original lender on a CHF 700 million bridge loan facility for Emmi Group’s planned acquisition of the Mademoiselle Desserts Group.

Software AG sells Technology Platform Businesses to IBM for EUR 2.13 bn

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Software AG, a company majority owned by Silver Lake, on Swiss law on the sale of several technology platforms to IBM for EUR 2.13 billion in cash.

SIX listed CPH [SIX:CPHN] successfully completes transformational spin-off of its paper manufacturing business from its chemistry and packaging activities

Niederer Kraft Frey advised SIX listed CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG (CPH) on the separation of its paper manufacturing business and,

Warteck Invest successfully completes rights offering and listing of shares on SIX Swiss Exchange arranged by UBS

Niederer Kraft Frey advised UBS AG in its capacity as sole global coordinator and sole bookrunner on Warteck Invest’s CHF 94.7 million capital increase by way of a rights offering launched on 3 June 2024,

GreenState acquires Yasai to become vertical farming market leader in Switzerland

Niederer Kraft Frey advised GreenState AG, one of the leading Swiss vertical farming companies, on its acquisition of Yasai AG.

Partners Group acquires part of ROSEN Group

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as Swiss counsel to Herman Rosen on (i) the sale of (part of) the ROSEN Group to Partners Group as well as (ii) Mr. Rosen’s re-investment.

EDF acquires GE Steam Power’s nuclear activities from GE Vernova

EDF has completed the acquisition of GE Vernova’s steam nuclear activities covering conventional island equipment for nuclear power plants excluding servicing activities in the Americas.

EthonAI raises USD 16.5m series A financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Index Ventures on its investment in EthonAI.

Arbonia completes acquisition of the Dimoldura Group

Niederer Kraft Frey advised UBS Switzerland AG on a EUR 100 million bridge loan facility for Arbonia AG’s acquisition of the Dimoldura Group.

SOPHiA Genetics enters a secured credit facility with Perceptive Advisors

Niederer Kraft Frey advised SOPHiA Genetics SA (NASDQ: SOPH) on its secured credit facility with Perceptive Advisors.

Fresenius sells a majority stake in Vamed’s rehabilitation business

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as Swiss counsel to the global healthcare group Fresenius SE & CO. KGaA (Fresenius) on the sale of the majority of Vamed’s rehabilitation business to PAI Partners (PAI).

Moving Spine secures financing to further develop treatment standards for patients with spinal disorders

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Moving Spine on the funding received to further develop the improvement of treatment standards for patients with spinal disorders.

Shearwater invests in Mondaic and enters into strategic partnership

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as counsel to Shearwater GeoServices AS on its investment in Mondaic AG and the entering into a strategic partnership.

NKF expands its Real Estate practice with Fabiano Menghini joining as new partner

Niederer Kraft Frey is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its Real Estate practice with the joining of Fabiano Menghini as a new partner based in Zurich, effective 1 May 2024. The NKF core Real Estate team now comprises ten members, including three partners.

FUCHS SE acquires LUBCON group

Niederer Kraft Frey advised FUCHS SE as Swiss law advisors on the acquisition of the LUBCON group. The transaction is subject to approval of antitrust authorities.

Swiss Steel Holding successfully completes EUR 300m capital increase

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as legal counsel to Swiss Steel Holding AG on its EUR 300 million capital increase and all related corporate law matters and proceedings before the Swiss Takeover Board, as well as in the renegotiation of the Group’s existing debt.

Galderma secures USD 3.65bn financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the banking syndicate on a USD 3.65 billion term and revolving credit facilities agreement for Galderma group in connection with its successful IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange on 22 March 2024.

Breitling announces its partnership with Climate Impulse

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Climate Impulse on its partnership agreement with Breitling.

Clariant places dual tranche CHF 200m and CHF 150m senior bonds maturing 2027 and 2031

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Clariant AG on the placement of a CHF 200 million bond with a term to maturity of three years (Tranche A) and a CHF 150 million bond with a term to maturity of seven years (Tranche B).

Smart Building & Industrial Services GmbH acquires Swibox Holding AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised EOS Partners GmbH on the acquisition of Swibox Holding AG by Smart Building & Industrial Services GmbH. 

Phoenix Technologies collaborates with IBM to offer a unique and sovereign AI solution and state-of-the-art AI infrastructure in Switzerland

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as legal advisor to Phoenix Technologies AG in the negotiations and the conclusion of an AI collaboration agreement with IBM.

SpineArt secures more than CHF 20m in convertible financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised SpineArt on its CHF 20 million convertible financing.

Galderma successfully launches its IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange

Niederer Kraft Frey advised a syndicate of 15 banks, led by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS as joint global coordinators, in connection with the initial public offering of Galderma Group AG that launched on 13 March 2024.

MANDI invests in Cultivated Biosciences

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as counsel to Mandi Ventures (MANDI) on its investment in Cultivated Biosciences SA.

abrantix announces the joint venture PaytestLab with B2 Payment Solutions

Niederer Kraft Frey advised abrantix AG on its joint venture with B2 Payment Solutions Inc.

Groupe Factoria acquires PRINTHOF GmbH

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Groupe Factoria on the acquisition of PRINTHOF GmbH.

Calibre Scientific acquires Ruwag

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Calibre Scientific, Inc., (Calibre Scientific) on the acquisition of Ruwag Handels AG.

Springer Nature secures EUR 2.5bn financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the banking consortium led by Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, ING Bank, a branch of ING-DiBa AG,

Bertrand Piccard unveils Climate Impulse, a new flagship for climate action

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Bertrand Piccard and Climate Impulse on the project set-up and the partnership agreement with Syensqo.

Evolva Holding SA sells its operations to Lallemand Inc.

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Evolva Holding SA on the sale of its wholly-owned operating subsidiary Evolva AG to Danstar Ferment AG, a Swiss affiliate of Lallemand Inc.

MVM Partners closes USD 30m investment in icotec ag

Niederer Kraft Frey advised MVM Partners on its investment in icotec ag.

Demathieu Bard acquires Steiner Construction SA

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Demathieu Bard on the acquisition of Steiner Construction SA.

Rayner Group acquires This AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Rayner Group on the acquisition of This AG from the private investment company Multimed AG and accompanied minority investors.

Stalicla secures USD 17.4m in series B financing to propel precision neuro advancements

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Stalicla on its series B financing.

MediCrops acquires TopPharm pharmacy and Topmed medical office

Niederer Kraft Frey advised MediCrops AG on the acquisition of a majority stake in Hygieia Partners AG (TopPharm pharmacy) and Topmed AG (Topmed medical office).

Transgourmet Switzerland acquires POMONA SUISSE

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Transgourmet Switzerland AG on the acquisition of POMONA SUISSE AG.

Calibre Scientific acquires Bioreba AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Calibre Scientific, Inc., (Calibre Scientific) on the acquisition of Bioreba AG.

Leonteq acquires a 10% stake in the Swiss stock exchange BX Swiss

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Leonteq on its acquisition of a 10 per cent stake in the Swiss stock exchange BX Swiss.

Shenzhen Senior Technology Material Co., Ltd. completes GDR offering and SIX Swiss Exchange listing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Shenzhen Senior Technology Material Co., Ltd. on its offering of global depositary receipts (GDRs) and SIX Swiss Exchange listing under the China-Switzerland Stock Connect. Shenzhen Senior Technology Material, whose A Shares are listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange, sold 12,684,800 GDRs representing five A-Shares each at an offer price of USD 9.46, raising gross proceeds of approximately USD 120.0 million from the offering. Trading in the GDRs on SIX Swiss Exchange commenced on 18 December 2023. Shenzhen Senior Technology Material is a lithium-ion battery separator manufacturer with 20 years of experience in research and development, production, and sales of lithium-ion battery separators. Shenzhen Senior Technology Material expects to use the net proceeds from the transaction to support its overseas expansion and for working capital and general corporate purposes. Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited acted as sole global coordinator and joint bookrunner for the offering, while CLSA Limited, CMB International Capital Limited and China Securities (International) Corporate Finance Limited acted as joint bookrunners. The NKF team advising on the transaction was co-led by Capital Markets partners Philippe Weber and Daniel Bono, working with associates Thiago Claro and Manuel Hirlinger (both Capital Markets).
 

Breitling acquires Universal Genève SA

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the Stelux Group on the sale of Universal Genève SA to Breitling AG.

Cortexia completes a new financing round

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Cortexia SA as Swiss counsel on its financing round subscribed by Bloomhaus Ventures AG, Spicehaus Partners AG,

Invision acquires a majority stake in NonStop Gym

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Invision on its investment in NonStop Gym.

Sonio group acquires JevoTrust Management AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the Sonio group on the acquisition of JevoTrust Management AG.

Andermatt Swiss Alps AG closes CHF 125m credit facility

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. acting as arranger, agent and lender and a consortium of Swiss banks acting as lenders on a CHF 125 million revolving credit facility for Andermatt Swiss Alps AG to refinance its existing financial indebtedness and to finance working capital needs and investments for the development of, among other things, hotel and tourism infrastructure in Andermatt.

Solar Impulse Foundation launches RUNWAY, a new matchmaking tool for cleantech

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Solar Impulse Foundation on the setting-up of its new matchmaking platform.

Will Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Shanghai completes GDR offering and SIX Swiss Exchange listing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised J.P. Morgan Securities and UBS AG on the offering of global depositary receipts (GDRs) and SIX Swiss Exchange listing of Will Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Shanghai under the China-Switzerland Stock Connect.

EMZ sells ASSEPRO group to The Ardonagh Group

Niederer Kraft Frey advised EMZ on the sale of the ASSEPRO group to The Ardonagh Group.

Coop launches Coop Finance+

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Coop on the launch of Coop Finance+. With Coop Finance+, in collaboration with several partners in the financial, pension and technology sectors,

Swiss Steel successfully completes divestiture of Eastern European entities

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Swiss Steel Group, a leading producer of special long steel solutions, in the successful divestiture of several distribution entities in Eastern Europe to IMS group, a division of JACQUET METALS. The divestiture was completed on 31 October 2023.

R&S Group enters into Business Combination Agreement with VT5

Niederer Kraft Frey advised R&S Group, a leading provider of electrical infrastructure components in Switzerland and international markets,

Carvolution secures CHF 24m financing line

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Zuger Kantonalbank as sole lender on an innovative CHF 24 million credit facility to finance Carvolution's expansion of its modern vehicle fleet.

Lakera secures USD 10m in funding to secure Generative AI in the enterprise

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Lakera AI on its USD 10 million equity financing led by Redalpine, with Fly Ventures, Inovia Capital and angels including the co-founders of Snyk,

Clariant places CHF 150m bond maturing 2028

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Clariant AG on the placement of a CHF 150 million bond with a term to maturity of five years. The net proceeds will be used for general financing purposes.

DKSH completes second linkage of an existing credit facility to sustainability targets

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, acting as sustainability coordinator and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Singapore Branch acting as agent,

NKF expands tax practice with two new partners in Geneva

Niederer Kraft Frey is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its tax practice with the joining of two new tax partners in Geneva, effective as of 1 October 2023: Marcel Meier and Jacques Pittet.

PolyPeptide secures revolving credit facility

Niederer Kraft Frey advised PolyPeptide on its inaugural EUR 111 million three-year revolving credit facility with Credit Suisse, Danske Bank and Zürcher Kantonalbank as mandated lead arrangers.

NBW, BodyFeet and Bio-Medica join Vantage Education Group

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Vantage Education AG, one of the largest private providers of education and training in the Swiss market, on the acquisitions of the NBW, BodyFeet and Bio-Medica.

Autoneum launches its rights offering targeting net proceeds of approximately CHF 100m

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as counsel to Autoneum Holding AG in its rights offering launched on 14 September 2023. The targeted net proceeds from the offering of CHF 100 million will be used to partially repay the CHF 150 million bridge loan which Autoneum entered into to provide initial financing for the acquisition of Borgers’ automotive business.

IDAK Food Group acquires Romer’s Hausbäckerei AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised IDAK Food Group, a premium frozen food provider with highest quality standards, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Romer’s Hausbäckerei AG.

ZuriMED closes CHF 14.5m series A financing round

Niederer Kraft Frey advised ZuriMED Technologies on its CHF 14.5 million series A financing round led by Chindex Medical Limited (Hong Kong), Yellowstone Holding AG (Geneva) and a group of leading orthopaedic surgeons from Switzerland, Germany, France, and the United States.

Sonio group merges with BUSINESS IT AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the Sonio group on the merger with BUSINESS IT AG. The merger creates one of the largest ICT service providers in the field of IT infrastructure in Switzerland.

EMZ Partners and Aspire Education Group acquire WEKA Group’s Education Division

Niederer Kraft Frey advised private equity firm EMZ Partners (EMZ) and its portfolio company Aspire Education Group,

HYGH closes EUR 21.5m financing round

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as lead counsel to HYGH AG in connection with its EUR 21.5 million financing round in which Sparta Capital Management provided debt and equity financing.

Fabrimex AG sold to Exista AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Werap Group on the successful sale of its shares in Fabrimex AG to Exista AG,

Axpo sold minority stake in Axpo Volt Beteiligung AG to BVK

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Axpo Holding AG on the sale of a minority stake in Axpo Volt Beteiligung AG to BVK.

Oliver Healthcare Packaging acquires EK-Pack

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Oliver Healthcare Packaging, a leading supplier of sterile barrier flexible packaging solutions for the global healthcare market,

Capvis succcessfully completes the financing for the acquisition of SCHURTER Group

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Capvis on all aspects of the financing relating to the acquisition of a majority stake in SCHURTER Group.

CKW sells majority stake in EWA-energieUri AG to the canton of Uri and the corporation Uri

Niederer Kraft Frey advised CKW on the sale of a majority stake in EWA-energieUri AG to a consortium consisting of the canton of Uri, the corporation Uri and funds managed by Swiss Life Asset Management.

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai (SISD) joins Nord Anglia Education

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as lead counsel to the shareholders in Swiss International Scientific School Dubai (SISD) joining Nord Anglia Education in a landmark transaction in the education sector.

SAS Eurotandem merges with Advaton AG

Niederer Kraft Frey acted as lead counsel to CGS Management AG and Advaton AG, owner of Kalt Maschinenbau AG and Staedler Automation AG on the merger of Advaton AG with the French company SAS Eurotandem.

Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co., Ltd. completes GDR offering and SIX Swiss Exchange listing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co., Ltd. on its offering of global depositary receipts (GDRs) and SIX Swiss Exchange listing under the China-Switzerland Stock Connect.

bNovate Technologies SA completes Series C financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised bNovate Technologies SA as Swiss counsel on its CHF 12 million Series C financing round led by Emerald Technology Ventures, followed by existing shareholders.

BOCI issues CNH 200m fully digital structured notes originated by UBS

Niederer Kraft Frey advised UBS on all Swiss structuring, legal and regulatory aspects in connection with the origination of the issuance of CNH 200 million fully digital (tokenized) structured notes by Bank of China International Holdings (BOCI),

Confederation and UBS sign CHF 9bn Loss Protection Agreement

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the Swiss Confederation on the conclusion of a Loss Protection Agreement (LPA) with UBS Group AG.

Kunshan Dongwei Technology Co., Ltd. completes GDR offering and SIX Swiss Exchange listing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Kunshan Dongwei Technology Co., Ltd. on its offering of global depositary receipts (GDRs) and SIX Swiss Exchange listing under the China-Switzerland Stock Connect.

Swiss Prime Site issues CHF 275m convertible loan notes

Swiss Prime Site issued convertible loan notes in the aggregate amount of CHF 275 million to ELM B.V., a repackaging vehicle.

Gasverbund Mittelland AG raises EUR 250m credit facility

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Gasverbund Mittelland AG, the leading procurement and grid company of natural and biogas to the Plateau and Northwestern regions in Switzerland,

DKSH links existing CHF 315m term loan facility to sustainability targets

DKSH links existing CHF 315m term loan facility to sustainability targets

Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. and Gonet & Cie SA complete strategic business partnership

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Nicolas Gonet and Gonet & Cie SA on the strategic business partnership with Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Inmarsat selects SWISSto12’s HummingSat for I-8 Satellites to power L-band network

Niederer Kraft Frey advised SWISSto12 in its landmark deal with Inmarsat to build its new generation of spacecraft.

Ecorobotix SA completes Series B Prime financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Ecorobotix SA as Swiss counsel on its CHF 46 million Series B Prime financing round led by AQTON Private Equity GmbH and Cibus Capital LLP. Additional investments came from Swisscanto Invest/Swisscanto Growth Fund I, Yara Growth Ventures, Flexstone Partners, as well as existing investors including Swisscom Ventures, BASF Venture Capital, 4FOX Ventures and Verve Ventures.

NewBiologix raises USD 50m in series A financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised NewBiologix on its launch and its USD 50 million series A financing.

Swiss Finance & Property AG arranges CHF 135m rights offering of Orascom Development Holding AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Swiss Finance & Property AG as sole lead manager and Helvetische Bank as settlement agent in Orascom's successful capital increase by way of a rights offering launched on 14 April 2023. The transaction consisted of an offering of subscription rights and a backstop commitment by the majority shareholder for shares for which subscription rights were not exercised. Orascom has issued 19,228,617 registered shares with a par value of CHF 5.00 each, leading to gross proceeds in an amount of approximately CHF 135 million. The cash proceeds from the offering will be used to finance current development projects in Oman, Montenegro and the United Kingdom and for general corporate purposes. The newly issued registered shares are listed and traded on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Stadtcasino Baden AG acquires the remaining 19% minority stake in Casinò Locarno SA and becomes sole shareholder

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the Stadtcasino Baden group on its acquisition of the remaining 19% minority stake in Casinò Locarno. With this acquisition, the Stadtcasino Baden group owns all shares of Casinò Locarno and further strengthens its position in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.

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.