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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

L√ĖWENSTRASSE 19, PO BOX 1876, 8021 Z√úRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 44 215 52 52
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Fax +41 44 215 52 00
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Geneva, Singapore, Zurich

Switzerland

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team attracts a growing client base through its 'proactivity, strong strategic vision, in-depth knowledge and business acumen'. Handling banking M&A, investment management, syndicated lending and regulatory matters, the client roster includes Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, UBS and Credit Suisse Funds. Grégoire Wuest advised a major bank on regulatory issues connected to the granting of securities on its entire book of mortgages to a foreign entity. Practice head Caroline Clemetson provides on-going regulatory assistance to fund manager Veraison Capital AG. Tarek Houdrouge, who 'demonstrates both detailed legal knowledge and strong interpersonal skills', is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Grégoire Wuest - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Tarek Houdrouge - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The 'professional, responsive and reliable' team at 'well-established firm' Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is highly regarded for its 'broad expertise in regulatory issues', while also assisting with restructurings, investments, asset management and syndicated lending transactions. Practice lead Philippe Borens advised Reichmuth Investment Management on the structuring and implementation of special purposes vehicle LokRoll. Derivatives and transactions specialist Olivier Favre, who together with Martin Lanz acts for Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative on group structure aspects, is also noted.

Leading individuals

Martin Lanz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Olivier Favre - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team of 'outstanding professionals' maintains 'good working relationships' with clients and is renowned for staying 'calm even in stressful situations'. With a focus on debt capital market transactions, OTC derivatives and asset management, the department's recent highlights include the placement of ‚ā¨600m-worth of zero-coupon convertible bonds by public-listed company ams and advising a foreign bank on the issue of mortgage-backed bonds in Switzerland. The practice includes team head¬†Philippe Borens,¬†financial products expert¬†Martin Lanz¬†and transactions partner¬†Olivier Favre.

Leading individuals

Martin Lanz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Olivier Favre - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

'Top law firm' Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides 'straight-to-the-point, tailored advice on both the French- and German-speaking Swiss markets' and consists of 'very proactive and business-friendly corporate experts'. M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions are the core areas of expertise. 'Outstanding negotiator' Oliver Triebold was instructed by Schroder & Co Bank to structure the takeover of its Eastern European private banking unit by Compangnie Bancaire Helvétique. 'Extensively experienced in cross-border transactions', Geneva team lead Jean Jacques Ah Choon assisted Eiffage Construction with its acquisition of Priora, while 'solution-oriented' Tarek Houdrouge advised Hugo Fund Services on entering into a joint venture with Acolin Fund Services. Other names to note are Zurich M&A head Lorenzo Olgiati, transactional partner Martin Weber and 'smart and highly effective negotiator' Pascal Hubli.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

International coordination of merger control filings, compliance programmes, multi-jurisdictional investigations (including dawn raids, leniency procedures and dominance cases) and civil law litigation form the range of services at¬†Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. In a recent highlight, David Mamane¬†acted as lead competition adviser to Bouygues Construction on its CHF850m acquisition of Alpiq Energy Services. Other clients operate in the TMT, energy, retail and finance industries. Counsel¬†Samuel Hagenstein-Jost¬†joined from Siegrist Ries & Partner¬†in November 2017, while of counsel Peter Georg Picht¬†joined from the University of Zurich in November 2018.¬†J√ľrg Borer¬†left to found¬†Borer Attorneys at Law¬†in January 2018.

Leading individuals

David Mamane - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's 'well-informed, collaborative' team 'has a very high working level with broad experience¬†and clear communication'. Commercial, commodities, energy and construction, intellectual property, investment and sports arbitration constitute the main areas of expertise, which can be applied in a global context. Practice head¬†Elliott Geisinger, 'truly international rising star'¬†Christopher Boog¬†and 'excellent'¬†Nathalie Voser¬†represented the Russian Federation in several setting-aside cases regarding awards obtained in separate investment disputes. Apart from representing athletes in sports arbitration, the 'thorough'¬†Philippe B√§rtsch¬†also acted for an entity owned by two energy companies in a ‚ā¨400m arbitration concerning a large dam in Europe.¬†Anya George¬†and¬†Anna Kozmenko¬†made partner in January 2019.¬†Martin Bernet¬†left to establish his own boutique firm,¬†Bernet Arbitration / Dispute management¬†in 2018.

Leading individuals

Elliott Geisinger - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The 'strong and competent team' at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd 'demonstrates a very high degree of expertise, professionalism, pro-activity and responsiveness'. Commercial and banking disputes form the key areas of experience, in addition to white-collar crime litigation and internal investigations. Peter Burckhardt represents Volkswagen in a class-action matter concerning damage claims connected to the diesel scandal brought by 6,000 car owners, while 'excellent white-collar crime litigator' Vincent Jeanneret acted for Credit Suisse in a criminal proceeding involving a $150m asset diversion against a former employee. George Ayoub and Clara Poglia in Geneva were promoted to the partnership in January 2019. 'Strategic thinker and very good negotiator' Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is recommended for his knowledge in multi-jurisdictional banking litigations and currently represents Centrum Beratungs- und Beteiligungen in a claim against other Swiss banks concerning issues with effecting payment transactions. Martin Bernet left to establish Bernet Arbitration / Dispute management in 2018. Stefan Leimgruber has particular expertise in banking and post-M&A litigation. Louis Burrus has considerable expertise in financial services sector disputes. Manuel Liatowitsch is also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Stefan Leimgruber - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is recommended for its 'competent, professional and pleasant collaboration with clients'. Areas of expertise include M&A support, documentation drafting, review and negotiation, structuring of participation and compensation plans, preparation of staff reductions and relocations, as well as data protection issues, pension advice and employment litigation. Team lead Vincent Carron assisted Bouygues Construction with the due diligence concerning its acquisition of Alpiq's engineering business. The 'experienced and soundly knowledgeable' Michael Hess, who advised an IT company on a data security incident and the termination of an employment contract, was promoted to counsel in 2018.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

With a specialism in cross-border matters, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is most experienced in regulatory matters and dispute resolution regarding patents, licensing, technology transfer, research and commercial agreements. In recent work, the 'prompt and to-the-point' Philipp Groz led advice to Iovance Biotherapeutics on the import and export of human biological materials between the EU and third countries, and assisted with the negotiation and drafting of a licence and development agreement concerning rare disease treatments for Santhera Pharmaceuticals. Andrea Mondini left for TIMES Attorneys in 2017.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is renowned for handling insolvency administration matters in the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, as well as for handling foreign bankruptcies. Apart from his role as receiver in the ongoing administration of Petroplus Refining Cressier, Vincent Jeanneret also advised a watch industry supplier on its impending bankruptcy. Of counsel Prof Dr Olivier Hari was instructed by a foreign bank to create an insolvency-related analysis regarding the validity of a set-off of claims from an ISDA agreement.

Leading individuals

Vincent Jeanneret - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with its 'rare specialist knowledge of insurance regulation'. Other key areas of expertise include private insurance law, review of policies and conditions, insurance fraud and liability defence, co- and re-insurance litigation, as well as its strength in resolving issues with insurance brokers. Transport specialist Alexander von Ziegler heads the practice, while Olivier Favre  provides 'great value' to clients and 'understands issues quickly'.

Next generation lawyers

Olivier Favre - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Best known for litigation and arbitration regarding intellectual property and licensing, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd focuses on assisting clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, consumer goods and luxury sectors. Philipp Groz is advising on a licence and development agreement related to a phase-one compound for Santhera Pharmaceuticals and is representing a German medical device and pharmaceutical company in a Swiss patent litigation matter. Andrea Mondini joined TIMES Attorneys in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Philipp Groz - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

'Highly competent firm' Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is renowned for its 'impressive scale of expertise, team work and networking'. Key practice areas include sports, insolvency, dispute resolution, private client, transport and banking. Managing partner Benjamin Borsodi, arbitration and sports partner Philippe Bärtsch, arbitration partner Elliott Geisinger, insolvency specialist Vincent Jeanneret, private client partner Bernard Vischer, real estate lawyer Yves Jeanrenaud and banking partner Grégoire Wuest are prominent practitioners.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with high-end work in dispute resolution, banking and finance, transport, sports and TMT. David Mamane, Martin Lanz, 'outstanding data protection lawyer' Roland Mathys, Manuel Liatowitsch, Christopher Boog and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners, while Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are also noted.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The focus areas of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's private client practice include the planning and structuring of private wealth and business assets for families, succession planning, art- and philanthropy-related matters, inheritance disputes and international trusts and estates litigation. Manuel Liatowitsch and Andrea Dorjee-Good represent the shareholder of a family cooperation in a dispute concerning the control over the business, while Grégoire Wuest advises a trust company on the implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Information for its entire client base. Bernard Vischer and Alexander Jolles lead the teams in Geneva and Zurich, respectively.

Leading individuals

Bernard Vischer - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Next generation lawyers

Andrea-Dorjee Good - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides regulatory, compliance-related and procurement advice, with a major focus on energy, transport, construction and competition matters. TMT partner Roland Mathys assists start-up company Fairtiq with data privacy, contractual and financing work, while David Mamane handles the regulatory, public procurement and competition law aspects arising from the CHF850m acquisition of Alpiq Engineering Services by Bouygues Construction. Uber Switzerland, BKW and Axpo Energy Utility are among its other clients.

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

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The 'reactive, available and helpful' real estate practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is known for its international expertise in all aspects of real estate contracts, transactions, construction, environmental law, special rights, owner's liability, financing and dispute resolution. Yves Jeanrenaud, who provides 'accurate and precise' advice, assisted DuPont de Nemours International and Credit Suisse with the due diligence required for the simultaneous disposal of land and building reconstruction in relation to three office buildings constructed on the land. Josef Caleff advised Barana Group on the sale of a large retail building in Lucerne to a Swiss institutional investor via a structured, two-stage auction process.

Leading individuals

Yves Jeanrenaud - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The 'Swiss-law experts' at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd have 'enormous experience in arbitration' and are recommended for their 'competence, availability and international expertise'. Areas of expertise includes doping cases, unfair competition and dismissal claims, media, broadcasting and transfer rights, sponsorship matters, corruption, as well as contractual and employment issues. The team has a track record representing Olympic athletes; it acted for 39 Russian athletes in individual cases against the doping bans imposed by the International Olympic Committee. Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog  'stand out for their swift approach to finding feasible solutions'.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly works on outsourcing projects, transactions, contractual and compliance matters, as well as dispute resolution, for emerging technology, telecoms, media, banking, pharmaceutical and construction clients. Practice lead Roland Mathys advises Ernst & Young on the drafting and negotiation of ICT contracts and data privacy law. Manor and Coop also feature in the client list. IT competition partner David Mamane is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Roland Mathys - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Clients of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd 'appreciate its competent, professional and pleasant collaboration' and the 'swift delivery of comprehensive and clearly worded expert views'. Its tax law experience includes corporate tax, finance and M&A transactions, audits, VAT and customs matters as well as individual tax, real estate transactions and tax litigation. 'Broadly experienced and well-connected' Geneva-based partner Pietro Sansonetti advised an international non-governmental organisation on the potential acquisition of a foreign commercial entity, while the 'business-driven and smart' Jean-Frédéric Maraia assisted Foncia with the tax consequences resulting from its purchase of Brolliet. 'Deeply knowledgeable' corporate tax partner Michael Nordin is the also noted.

Leading individuals

Michael Nordin - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is appreciated for its 'professionalism, efficiency and relentless hard work'. Best known for maritime, aviation and trade matters, the transport team handles insurance-related, contentious, regulatory, financing and transactional matters. In a recent highlight, Grégoire Wuest assisted a Greek ship owner with the restructuring of its fleet, including the financing aspects regarding the sale of dry bulk carriers and purchase of new ships. Alexander von Ziegler heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Alexander von Ziegler - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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