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Switzerland

Banking and finance: Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd stands out for its transaction, regulatory and litigation expertise, including handling civil claims, compliance issues, asset recovery and white-collar crime investigations. Christophe Emonet is advising a Swiss-listed bank on regulatory changes and cross-selling issues in international banking, and is also handling tax compliance litigation against the bank's clients. Ludivine Boisard and Sébastien Roy assisted the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on financings and commodities trade transactions.

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Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Finance transactions, regulatory advice, as well as ancillary services in tax, dispute resolution and compliance are core areas of expertise at Pestalozzi. In recent highlights, Oliver Widmer advised GE Capital on multiple factoring transactions, and assisted Instimatch Global with drafting a new business model, which enables corporations to lend to borrowers. Urs Klöti advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch International on the implementation of a Brexit plan, involving applications for new banking and securities dealer licences.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has strength in derivative and high-yield bond issuances, mainly acting for banks and companies. Other areas of expertise range from transactions, IPOs, private equity financing, private investment in public equity offerings and securitisation to fintech products and regulatory matters. Crédit Agricole, EON, RWE, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are among its clients for securitisation and real estate-related capital markets transactions, while Nordea Bank, HSBC and Danske Bank were advised on their respective structured notes programmes. Practice lead Urs Klöti and partner Oliver Widmer are the key practitioners. Debt capital markets lawyer Beat Schwarz and stock exchange specialist Severin Roelli are other names to note.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's team handles the full range of services in commercial, corporate and M&A, from governance aspects, liability issues and contracts to corporate compliance, reorganisations and transactions. New client American International Group instructed¬†Christoph Lang¬†and¬†Beat Schwarz¬†with the negotiation of an agreement to acquire Validus Holdings for $5.56bn, while Severin Roelli¬†advised on the purchase of Raiffeisen Privatbank Liechtenstein by Mason Group.¬†Christian Leuenberger¬†and¬†Martin M√ľller¬†are other key partners in Zurich, and¬†S√©bastien Roy¬†heads the Geneva practice.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

The practice at Pestalozzi combines competition and international trade matters, focusing on merger notifications, leniency applications, distribution systems, compliance and dawn raid assistance, as well as representation in administrative proceedings. Key partner Christoph Lang advises Koninklijke DSM and Evonik Industries on the merger control aspects of their joint venture aiming to establish a new animal nutrition product.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's large arbitration practice provides 'very thoughtful advice' and stands out for its 'thorough, straightforward and to-the-point communication'. With expertise in the commodities business and regulated industries, Michael Kramer¬†led a team that represented claimant T√ľrkmengaz in a ‚ā¨1.5bn ICC gas supply contract dispute against the National Iranian Gas Company. Other notable individuals include¬†Laurent Killias, who has¬†'a¬†first-class legal mind',¬†and 'highly experienced intellectual property arbitrator'¬†Thomas Legler.

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

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has 'deep-bench expertise around the Swiss court system'. The team is most experienced in the commodities and financial sectors, as well as post-M&A and white-collar crime cases. 'Top practitioner' Christophe Emonet 'deeply cares about his clients' and is representing the Republic of Kazakhstan and the City of Almaty in multi-jurisdictional investigations, global recovery actions and civil disputes against former public agent Viktor Khrapunov. Commercial litigator Michael Kramer, who is based in Zurich, is another core practitioner. Thomas Rohner, Laurent Killias, Florian Mohs and Beat Mumenthaler are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Michael Kramer - Pestalozzi

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi¬†covers employment, labour and immigration law, with longstanding expertise in contracts, policies and regulations, compensation, share and bonus schemes, employee transfer and outsourcing, as well as transactional, downsizing and mass dismissal matters. In recent work,¬†Martin M√ľller¬†advised on the staff transfer and pension scheme aspects related to the $8.8bn merger between client Micro Focus International and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software, while Christian Roos¬†provided similar assistance to AT&T concerning its acquisition of App Nexus.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi is best known for its M&A, financing, intellectual property, competition, regulatory and compliance work in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Christian Roos are defending Zimmer against product liability claims concerning the client's metal-on-metal hip implants.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi handles insolvency proceedings, asset recovery actions, restructurings, insolvency-related litigation and the recognition process for foreign bankruptcies in Switzerland. Recent highlights for Christophe Emonet include representing the First International Bank of Israel in a loan recovery and avoidance claim against several foreign diamond trade companies. Zurich-based Thomas Rohner is also noted.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

The 'responsive and solution-focused' team at Pestalozzi demonstrates 'thorough regulatory know-how in the Swiss and US insurance fields' and is able to 'adapt to the client's needs'. Other areas of expertise are sector-related M&A transactions, as well as corporate and contractual matters. Practice head Christoph Lang and 'knowledgeable and practical' Beat Schwarz acted for AIG on its $5.56bn acquisition of re-insurer Validus, while 'experienced and flexible' Christian Leuenberger regularly assists the same client with the provision of W&I insurance during M&A transactions.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's intellectual property department is recommended for its 'deep knowledge, sharp critical thinking, quick turnaround times and trustworthiness'. It is particularly strong in the protection, licensing and commercialisation of regulated products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical, IT and food industries, involving trade mark, branding and patent advice and litigation, as well as the defence against product liability claims. The team includes lead partner Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, dispute resolution specialist Thomas Legler and Geneva-based contact Michèle Burnier.

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

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd

The Geneva office of Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd assists with banking, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal investigations, financing and M&A transactions. Sébastien Roy and Christophe Emonet are well known for the aforementioned areas, while Michèle Burnier handles IP and TMT matters.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

The 'professional, solution-oriented, flexible and efficient' private client practice at Pestalozzi stands out for its 'know-how and commitment to philanthropic matters' and houses 'some excellent litigators'. It focuses on the global planning, coordination and structuring of private wealth and business assets, using its expertise in tax, inheritance, trust and estate, property and private equity law. Oliver Widmer advises Cern on the merger of two foundations, while Christophe Emonet represents a Russian oligarch in a claim against a Swiss private bank concerning losses in the client's account. 'Skilled, approachable and thoughtful' Thomas Rohner is recommended for his 'high-end international litigation work'.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

'Accomplished in handling real estate transactions', Pestalozzi 'provides efficient, solution-oriented advice and has an excellent understanding of its clients' industry and needs'. Focusing on a diverse range of industrial, commercial and residential construction projects, the department further assists with portfolio transactions, environmental and public-law topics. The 'exceptional' team of partner Michael Lips and associates Andrea Rohrer and Larissa Rickenbacher are advising luxury hotel The Capra on refurbishment, construction and expansion proceedings with authorities and neighbours. McDonald's is a longstanding client, for which the firm provides leasing and construction advice.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's TMT team is 'very caring and precise' and 'delivers work to the clients' complete satisfaction'. Covering e-commerce, data protection, IT distribution and outsourcing, telecoms law, as well as fintech and medical tech matters, the practice is led by 'devoted lawyer' Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who counts the Southern Switzerland Film Commission among her clients. Intellectual property partners Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are other key members of the team.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Pestalozzi

The 'experienced' tax practice at Pestalozzi provides 'practical, quality advice' and covers M&A, financing and real estate transactions, as well as tax planning for corporate and private clients, including VAT, withholding and stamp taxes. Practice lead Nils Harbeke assisted with the tax aspects of the intellectual property integration arising from client Mylan's $5.3bn acquisition of Abbott's generic drug business. 'Up-and-coming' corporate tax specialist Jonas Sigrist, who acted for Resonetics on the set-up of a tax-efficient Swiss acquisition structure, financing and share remuneration, made partner in January 2018. Counsel Silvia Zimmermann is also noted.

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Legal Developments in Switzerland

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  • B√§r & Karrer Continues to Grow Finance and Sports Practice with Two New Partners

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that it further strengthens its Financing and Sports practices with new partners Lukas Roesler and Dr. Jan Kleiner, both of whom have worked with the firm previously.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises Novartis and Alcon on the Spin-off of Alcon

    Today, Novartis AG completed the spin-off of the Alcon eye care devices business, and Alcon Inc. debuted as independent publicly traded company. The Alcon shares were successfully listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. and the New York Stock Exchange. They are also included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), which comprises the 20 largest Swiss listed stocks.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises Primeo Energie and CSA Energie-Infrastructure Schweiz in Aquisition from El√©t

    Primeo Energie, EOS Holding SA (EOS) and √Člectricit√© de France (EDF) have entered into a share purchase agreement relating to the purchase by Primeo Energie and EOS of the 25% interest held by EDF in Alpiq Holding SA. The purchase by Primeo Eergie and EOS will be financed through mandatory exchangeable loan agreements made by CSA Energie-Infrastruktur Schweiz (CSA) as lender, the biggest investment pool for Swiss energy infrastructure with 135 Swiss pension funds acting as investors. At maturity the mandatory exchangeable loan agreements will be converted into shares in Alpiq. Primeo Energie and EOS thereby pave the way for a Swiss shareholder structure of Alpiq.
  • B√§r & Karrer Awarded Most Innovative Swiss Law Firm of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards

    B√§r & Karrer was awarded ‚ÄěMost innovative law firm of the year - Switzerland", the national award for Switzerland given in the IFLR European Awards. The most innovative law firm of the year award recognizes B√§r & Karrer as the Swiss law firm with the best track record in 2018 giving advice on the most innovative cross-border deals covering all award practice areas. It is already the third prize of this kind in period of six years awarded to B√§r & Karrer.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises DSV on Public Exchange Offer for Panalpina

    On 1 April 2019, DSV A/S, Hedehusene, Denmark and Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Zurich, Switzerland, have entered into an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a public exchange offer by DSV for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina for approximately CHF 4.6 billion. The board of directors of Panalpina has resolved to support the public exchange offer by DSV and to recommend the acceptance of DSV's public exchange offer to its shareholders.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Joint Venture with Chr. Hansen for Deve

    On 2 April 2019, Lonza, a leading pharma contract manufacturing company, and Chr. Hansen, a leading global bioscience company, announced that they have signed an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture to pioneer the live biotherapeutic products (LBPs) industry and position themselves as the leading contract development and manufacturing partner (CDMO) for biotech and pharma customers. The joint venture brings together best-in-class, complementary capabilities and will be the first CDMO globally to provide a full supply chain that offers manufacturing of bacteria strains for therapeutic use.¬†The joint venture will be a 50/50 controlled legal entity that will operate from its headquarters in Basel (CH) and have production facilities in Denmark and Switzerland. A phased investment of approximately EUR 90 million will be deployed over three years to build cGMP-compliant pharma production capabilities. The joint venture will upgrade existing facilities in H√łrsholm (DK) and equip new facilities in Basel (CH) to serve pre-clinical to phase II projects. Further facilities for phase III and commercial manufacturing will be developed as the pipeline matures. The joint venture is expected to be largely self-funding after the production set-up has been established.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises Computacenter in the Acquisition of PathWorks

    Computacenter Group, a leading European IT service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange, acquired PathWorks, a well-established hardware reseller in the Swiss market.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises Addtech in the Acquisition of a Majority in Omni Ray

    Addtech Group, a leading Swedish publicly listed technology trading group, acquired a majority stake in Omni Ray AG, a well-established Swiss trading company and service provider for automation solutions, mainly focused on industrial applications, infrastructure, transportation and medical industry. By this transaction, Addtech aims at strengthening its position in the European automation market.
  • B√§r & Karrer Partner Paolo Bottini Wins the Client Choice Award 2019 by Lexology

    Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that partner Paolo Bottini has been recognized by Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO) as the Client Choice Winner 2019 in the Corporate Tax category in Switzerland.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises CEVA Logistics in Connection with the Strengthening of the Strategic Partnersh

    On 11 October 2018, the board of directors of CEVA Logistics AG announced that the Danish transport and logistic company DSV submitted a non-binding letter of interest with an indicative offer price of CHF 27.75 per CEVA share and that the board of directors of CEVA came to the conclusion that the offer was not in the best interest of the company and its shareholders. This was in particular because at that point in time, CEVA was already in discussions regarding an intensified cooperation with its main shareholder CMA CGM S.A., which shall exploit the full potential of CEVA.