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Walder Wyss Ltd > The Legal 500 Rankings
Capital markets Tier 1
Walder Wyss Ltd's 'reputable, experienced and well-connected' practice 'has the right mix of seniority, experience and work dedication to handle complex matters' and is particularly 'experienced in transactions' for the financial services, life sciences, real estate and logistics industries. Securitisation matters form another key area of expertise. Alexander Nikitine acted for underwriting banks Zürcher Kantonalbank, Bryan Garnier and Kepple Cheuvreux on Medartis Holding's CHF700m IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange, while the 'calm and focused' Theodor Härtsch assisted Athris with its IPO on BX Swiss. Lukas Wyss advised Glarner Kantonalbank on placing additional Tier 1 bonds worth CHF100m.
Competition Tier 1
With a strong reputation for merger filings and appeals, Walder Wyss Ltd is one of the best known practices in Switzerland. In a recent highlight, Reto Jacobs acted for Swisscom in the appeal against ComCo's fines imposed for an alleged price squeeze in the broadband market. Other recent work includes handling the competition aspects of Tamedia's acquisition of Basler Zeitung. Ticketcorner, Starticket and their three parent companies are also active clients.
With multiple offices in every region of Switzerland, Walder Wyss Ltd focuses on commercial litigation, the enforcement of foreign judgement, as well as infrastructure, construction, engineering, banking, post-M&A and shareholder disputes. Team lead Dieter Hofmann is representing Eurobank Ergasias in its asset recovery claim against one of its former managers, who was charged with embezzlement via unsecured loans. Counsel Urs Schenker acted for the Burkard family in the £2.5bn dispute over the Sika takeover and the sale of a controlling stake in the company to Saint-Gobain. Michael Buhler and Oliver Kunz are other names to note in Zurich, while Rodolphe Gautier is the key partner in Geneva.
Employment Tier 1
Walder Wyss Ltd houses 'one of the best employment teams in Switzerland' and offers 'a fast and uncomplicated cooperation' in addition to 'a very high professional level and a consistently good advisory service during complicated cases'. Its full-service approach includes employment litigation, regulatory compensation advice, as well as immigration and transactional assistance. 'Sharp and fast thinker' Philippe Nordmann advised Equatex on its restructuring, which involved a mass dismissal, and represented the company in a dispute against an ex-employee claiming unlawful and discriminatory termination of their employment. The team also comprises compensation and collective bargaining expert Ueli Sommer and Olivier Sigg, who made partner in January 2018.
Intellectual property Tier 1Clients 'appreciate reliable firm' Walder Wyss Ltd's 'commitment, know-how, experience, accuracy and efficient working attitude'. Its focus areas include trade mark and patent litigation, licensing and copyright issues, as well as IP assistance during transactions for the fashion, consumer goods, life sciences, financial and technology sectors. The 'analytic, sharp and to-the-point' Roger Staub represents Darmstadt-based Merck and its subsidiary Merck Switzerland in a trade mark and name rights dispute pertaining to unfair competition against US company Merck & Co, while Markus Frick defends Nestlé against a trade mark cancellation action filed by Abbott. Former managing associate Dirk Spacek joined CMS as a partner in February 2019. Magda Streuli-Youssef left the firm in 2019.
Walder Wyss Ltd's Lugano office impresses with its 'practical, commercial and strategic' approach to corporate, commercial and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property, TMT, real estate and banking matters. IP specialist Stefano Codoni is noted, while the team also comprises corporate and banking partners Davide Jermini and Karin Valenzano Rossi.
Private client Tier 1
The 'commercial, realistic and responsive' team at 'well-known firm' Walder Wyss Ltd has 'a real strength and depth across the private client space' and 'works well on international matters'. It is renowned for advising entrepreneurs, including their families and businesses, in trust, estate and succession planning, relocation, tax and philanthropy matters. Clients recommend 'engaging, pre-eminent private client lawyer' and 'excellent tactician' Philippe Pulfer, 'strong' co-lead Kinga Weiss, 'knowledgeable and savvy' Olivier Sigg and 'competent and reactive' managing associate Robert Desax. Tax specialist Fouad Sayegh joined from Oberson Abels Ltd in May 2018.
Public law Tier 1
Walder Wyss Ltd is best known for advising the Swiss government and its state-owned enterprises on national, federal and cantonal level. The team has experience in procurement, energy, environmental, data protection, infrastructure, healthcare and telecoms matters. Hans Rudolf Trüeb acts for SBB in collective appeal proceedings concerning the operating permit for newly procured double-decker trains relating to alleged non-compliance with the Disability Equality Act. Thomas Müller and healthcare specialist Daniel Staffelbach are other names to note.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Walder Wyss Ltd's 'knowledgeable and trustworthy' team 'provides clear and practical advice'. While mainly focusing on real estate transactions, the practice also engages in niche sector-related crowdfunding work. Francis Nordmann assisted Luxembourg company Propz with the $65m sale of a property in Winterthur, while the 'reassuring and pragmatic' Johannes Bürgi, together with Thomas Müller, advised the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on the development and letting of a shopping centre outside Lucerne. Lugano-based Davide Jermini acts as a regular adviser to various divisions of Artisa Group.
Tax Tier 1
'Engaged and collaborative' firm Walder Wyss Ltd 'has a comprehensive, solution-driven and strong tax team offering services regarding structuring, transactions and litigation'. The client base consists of domestic and multi-national companies, entrepreneurs and financial institutions. 'Reputable market leader' Maurus Winzap advised 40 North Latitude Master Fund on the acquisition of a significant stake in Clariant and the subsequent partial sale to Saudi Basic Industries, while the 'detail-oriented and very responsive' Thomas Meister handled the tax aspects of client JAB Holding's sale of control in Bally International to Shandong Ruyi Investment. 'Very professional' Bern-based restructuring partner Samuel Dürr and 'great VAT knowledge resource' Jan Ole Luuk are also recommended. Fouad Sayegh joined from Oberson Abels Ltd in May 2018.
TMT Tier 1
Walder Wyss Ltd 'has a strong data privacy team', while also dealing with fintech projects, outsourcing and technology transfer, as well as licensing, transactions, insolvency matters and TMT litigation. Michael Isler advised the joint venture structure of insurance consortium B3i, which aims to develop a blockchain, while 'exceptional' counsel David Vasella, who 'combines an outstanding level of expertise with creativity and professionalism', is assisting Galenica with its GDPR implementation. Mark Reutter acts for Zurich Insurance company on the re-negotiation of an existing global outsourcing agreement. Didier Sangiorgio is another name to note. Former managing associate Dirk Spacek joined CMS as partner in February 2019.
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2
Walder Wyss Ltd hosts 'a large team of excellent professionals in banking and finance', who stand out for their 'client-focused and forward-thinking' attitude. Focus areas include lending and structured finance transactions at a domestic or international level, regulatory advice, fund management, banking M&A and representation in investigations. 'Debt finance transaction expert' Lukas Wyss assisted Deutsche Private Equity with the leveraged acquisition financing concerning the purchase of AWK Group, while 'analytical and business-oriented' Theodor Härtsch acts as a core adviser to Perusa, Helvetica Property Investors and Equatex on regulatory issues. Luc Defferrard is another name to note.
With approximately 50 M&A professionals, sizeable firm Walder Wyss Ltd is renowned for its 'deep commercial understanding, excellent regulatory relationships, as well as its extremely practical and business-oriented advice'. Major highlights include Urs Schenker's assistance to the Burkard family with the CHF3.22bn sale of all shares in Schenker-Winkler Holding to Saint-Gobain, as well as Markus Pfenninger advice to 40 North Latitude Master Fund on its acquisition of a significant stake in Clariant . Practice head Urs Gnos, Alexander Nikitine and banking M&A specialist Patrick W Vogel, who 'demonstrates outstanding commitment, sound judgement and a deep legal understanding', are other names to note.
Walder Wyss Ltd houses 'a technically excellent, internationally experienced, strategical and collaborative' arbitration team that operates in 'a no-fuss, cost-sensitive' way. Key areas of strength include commercial, infrastructure, engineering, construction and M&A disputes, as well as awards enforcement. 'Stand-out practitioner' Michael Feit, who is recommended for his investment arbitration expertise, acted as arbitrator in the €330m ICSID dispute between claimant ACP Axos Capital and the Republic of Kosovo concerning the failed privatisation of Kosovo's postal and communications company. Michael Buhler, who is 'calm under pressure', and 'diligent' counsel Marco Stacher, who is 'excellent in cross-examinations', are also recommended.
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2
The majority of Walder Wyss Ltd 's work in the healthcare and life sciences sector involves financial investments, M&A transactions, intellectual property and regulatory matters. Industry specialist Andreas Wildi and Basel-based corporate partner Alexander Gutmans are the key contacts.
The 'diverse team' at 'experienced and reliable firm' Walder Wyss 'practises at the top end of the legal spectrum' and provides a 'hands-on and personalised service to clients'. It is highly recommended for its private client and tax departments, while also handling banking, corporate and litigation matters. 'Highly regarded stand-out partner' Philippe Pulfer manages the Geneva office. Banking and corporate lawyer Patrick Vogel, litigator Rodolphe Gautier, 'rising star' Olivier Sigg, Hubertus Hillerström and recent arrival Fouad Sayegh, who is a tax expert, are other key names.
With offices in Zurich, Bern and Basel, Walder Wyss Ltd provides superior advice on capital markets, employment, competition, litigation, real estate, tax, intellectual property and TMT matters. Luc Defferrard, Ueli Sommer, Philippe Nordmann, Markus Frick, Magda Streuli-Youssef, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, Mark Reutter and Thomas Meister are the core partners.
Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3
'Capable of solving complex issues', Walder Wyss' 'very efficient team' is best known for acting on financial services transactions and providing regulatory advice. In 2018, Patrick Vogel advised Bank J. Safra Sarasin on all regulatory, contractual and corporate aspects concerning its asset purchase of Bank Hapoalim's private banking divisions in Luxembourg and Switzerland. The 'calm and accessible' Hubertus Hillerström 'overcomes all obstacles during transactions'.
Walder Wyss Ltd engages in international bankruptcy and insolvency matters, with a particular focus on the representation of creditors, such as Swiss subsidiaries whose parent companies face Chapter 11 proceedings in the US. The practice also assists cross-border businesses with their restructuring needs. Counsels Christoph Stäubli and Dominik Hohler acted for the board of directors of Toys'R'Us in Switzerland during its US debtor-in-possession proceedings. Mark Reutter is another main practitioner.
Walder Wyss Ltd > Firm Profile
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 220 at this office : 21
LanguagesCroatian Dutch English Farsi French German Greek Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Italian Persian Polish Rhaeto-Romanic Russian Serbian Spanish Swedish
OtherContacts : M Courvoisier Contacts : A Curmally Contacts : A Gutmans Contacts : P Nordmann Contacts : R von Rosen Contacts : R Vonzun (management board) Other offices : Berne Other offices : Geneva Other offices : Lausanne Other offices : Lugano Other offices : Zurich (main office)
We are pleased to announce that our employees Alexandre Both, Michael Cartier, Michael Feit, Hubertus Hillerström and Olivier Sigg, who have been with us for many years, have been appointed as partners in our firm, effective from 1st of January, 2018.
We are pleased to announce that a new counsel, Christian Eichenberger, joined our firm as of 1st of January, 2018.
Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) acquires majority interest in AWK Group, one of the largest independent Swiss consulting companies for information technology and digitalization.
The Metall Zug Group has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of Haag-Streit Holding AG, based in Köniz, Switzerland. The transaction is expected to be consummated during the first quarter of 2018.
On 28 November 2017, Multilease AG closed its second Swiss auto lease securitization transaction involving the issuance by First Swiss Mobility 2017-2 AG (the Issuer) of CHF 267,300,000 Zero percent asset-backed Class A Notes, due in 2027, CHF 16,500,000 1.00 percent asset-backed Class B Notes, due in 2027 and CHF 14,800,000 2.00 percent asset-backed Class C Notes, due in 2027.
GetYourGuide, the leading online marketplace for travel activities, announced a USD 75 million series D financing round led by Battery Ventures. The company’s existing investors KKR, Spark Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Nokia Growth and Sunstone Capital joined Battery in its investment.
Valiant Bank AG has successfully placed a CHF250 million covered bond with a 10 year term and carrying a coupon of 0.375 percent. Moody's assigned a provisional (P)Aaa rating to Valiant Bank AG's mortgage covered bonds. Valiant Bank AG intends to have the covered bonds provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange on 5 December. The transaction is the first public covered bond issuance entirely structured under Swiss law with a Swiss guarantor. BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and Zürcher Kantonalbank act as lead-manager.
Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland – Digital Influencer Marketing is a new subtle form for reaching target audiences online. Due to its’ increasing emergence as a marketing practice, governmental agencies and selfregulatory bodies worldwide have reacted with the issuance of guidelines how such practices should be conducted in a transparent manner. Also, a few court decisions have been rendered with remarkable remedies ordered. Therefore, it appears sensible to take broad look at what’s happening on our globe. In the following, we will provide (i) an overview on noteworthy legal developments with regard to digital influencer marketing in select jurisdictions worldwide, (ii) an overview on the legal status of digital influencer marketing in Switzerland and (iii) a general impact assessment for businesses in Switzerland.
Walder Wyss advises Abingworth and 5AM Venture on Nouscom’s Series B financing round. Nouscom is active in the development of tumor specific oncolytic viruses and patient specific cancer vaccines. The financing round was subscribed by Abingworth and 5AM Venture as well as by existing shareholders.
The Walder Wyss teams consists of Alexander Gutmans (Partner, Corporate, Venture Capital) and Jessica Aeschbach (Associate, Corporate).
We are pleased to announce that a new partner, Roger Staub, as well as new consultants, Thiemo Sturny and David Vasella, will be joining our chancellery as of 1st January 2017.
Roger Staub is a Partner in the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition Team. He represents national and international companies from various industries, such as luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, fashion, medical devices and media. He specialises in litigating complex cases before state courts and arbitration tribunals. In addition, he advises clients in negotiating IP and technology-related contracts and in developing IP strategies. He also works as an arbitrator in international arbitration tribunals.
Thiemo Sturny advises domestic and foreign clients in all fields of company law, including national and international M&A transactions, restructuring and questions of corporate governance. He also specialises in credit financing, capital market transactions and supporting start-up’s in private equity financing matters. Thiemo Sturny publishes regularly in his fields of expertise and is lecturing in the LL.M. post-graduate degree programme at the University of Zurich.
David Vasella advises and represents companies on all questions of information and technology law. He specializes in data protection, intellectual property and contract law, especially in connection with the monetization of data and the digitization of business processes, and supports in data protection law compliance. He regularly gives talks and publishes on his fields of expertise.
Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ: EARS) issued and priced its public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and 10,000,000 warrants, each warrant entitling its holder to purchase 0.70 of a common share. The common shares and warrants are being sold in units comprised of one common share and one warrant at the public offering price of USD 1.00 per unit. The warrants will be immediately exercisable at a price of USD 1.20 per common share and are exercisable for five years. In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional common shares and/or 1,500,000 additional warrants at the public offering price less underwriting discounts. The offering is expected to close on or about February 21, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. Roth Capital Partners is acting as sole book-running manager in the offering. Maxim Group LLC is acting as a financial advisor in the offering.
Auris Medical is a Swiss biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing therapeutics that address important unmet medical needs in otolaryngology. The shares of Auris Medical trade on the NASDAQ Global Market.
Walder Wyss advises Auris Medical on Swiss law aspects of the transaction. The team is being led by Alex Nikitine (Partner, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A) and further includes Sarah Schulthess (Associate, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax) and Ayesha Curmally (Partner, Notary). Davis Polk & Wardwell advises Auris Medical on US law aspects. Cooley (as to US law) and Pestalozzi (as to Swiss law) act as legal advisors to Roth Capital Partners.
BASF acquires Rolic, a Swiss based group offering innovative and forward-thinking solutions, particularly in the display and security industries as well as the optical film business.
Cembra Money Bank has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of SWISSBILLING. The transaction is expected to close within the first quarter of 2017. The transaction consideration was below CHF 10 million and is expected to have a negative impact of 0.1% on the Group’s CET1 ratio as at closing.
The Migros Group, through Mérat & Cie. SA, has acquired Tipesca SA, a company incorporated in the canton of Tessin. Tipesca offers a wide range of fish products.
Baloîse (SIX: BALN) is to acquire a majority stake in publicly listed real-estate company Pax Anlage AG (SIX: PAXN). By entering into agreements with majority shareholders Pax Holding (Genossenschaft), Pax, Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG and Nürnberger Lebensversicherung AG, Baloîse Life Ltd will acquire around 70 per cent of the share capital and voting rights. Today, Baloîse published the pre-announcement of a public takeover offer for the remaining approx. 30 per cent of shares in free float at a price of CHF 1,600 per share (subject to dilution effects). The aggregate transaction value amounts to approx. CHF 288 mio. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.
Intershop has acquired the World Trade Center Lausanne as per 1 December 2016 for a purchase price of CHF 105.5 million. The acquisition represents one of the largest real estate M&A transactions in Switzerland during 2016.
Mercury Systems, a NASDAQ listed leading commercial provider of secure processing subsystems, acquires the Swiss mission computing company Creative Electronic Systems (CES).
Swiss insurtech startup FinanceFox has successfully completed its Series A financing round with Target Global and Horizons Ventures as lead investors. The financing round also included the conversion of existing venture loan investments from, amongst others, Salesforce Ventures. Idinvest, Speedinvest and AngelList.
Dr. Michael Cartier was elected as an officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for the years 2016 to 2022. Dr. Michael Cartier has previously been Chair of the IPBA TMT Committee from 2013 to 2016. The IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was established in April 1991 and has over 1400 members from over 65 national jurisdictions throughout the world.
Switzerland: Lending & Secured Finance
Published: July 2019
Authors: Theodor Härtsch Tervel Stoyanov
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Lending & Secured Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Switzerland: Patent Litigation
Published: December 2019
Authors: Markus Frick Manuel Bigler Felix Tuchschmid
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Patent Litigation laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
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