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Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG¬†is renowned for its expertise in regulatory, financing transactions, fintech and banking litigation.¬†Marco Haeusermann¬†handled a ‚ā¨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¬†B√§r & Karrer Ltd.¬†in January 2018.

Leading individuals

Sandro Abegglen - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Next Generation Partners

Bertrand Schott - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 lawyer' Philippe 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.

Leading individuals

Philipp Haas - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Philippe Weber - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 ‚ā¨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¬†B√§r & Karrer Ltd.¬†at the beginning of 2018.

Leading individuals

Philipp Haas - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Next Generation Partners

Patrik Peyer - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 professional' Nicolas 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.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

'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 strategist' Tamir Livschitz, who delivers 'utmost client care', and the 'astute and personable' Ernst 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.

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

'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 expert'¬†Peter Honegger¬†acted for UBS, which held assets worth ‚ā¨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 tactician'¬†Daniel Eisele¬†and 'stellar advocate'¬†Tamir 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.

Leading individuals

Daniel Eisele - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Next Generation Partners

Tamir Livschitz - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 lawyer' Catherine 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.

Next Generation Partners

Catherine Grun Meyer - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 Livschitz, Clara-Ann Gordon and Catherine Grun Meyer.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 4

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 practitioner' Catherine Grun Meyer are the main contacts.

Next Generation Partners

Catherine Grun Meyer - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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.

Leading individuals

Andreas Vögeli - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

'Go-to law firm' Niederer 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 lawyer' András Gurovits advises Fifa on its GDPR readiness and also serves as a CAS arbitrator and chairman. Clients also recommend 'trusted contract adviser and prestigious litigator' Daniel Eisele, as well as 'safe pair of hands' Tamir Livschitz.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 expert' András Gurovits and 'data privacy specialist' Clara-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.

Leading individuals

Andr√°s Gurovits - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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.

Leading individuals

Thomas Graf - Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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