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Walder Wyss Ltd.
AESCHENVORSTADT 48
PO Box 633
4010 BASEL
Switzerland

Capital markets Tier 1

The practitioners at Walder Wyss Ltd. are noted for their proficiency in the full range of capital markets matters. The team has considerable knowledge of securitisation transactions, mortgage loan programmes, IPOs and regulatory topics and the group's client portfolio includes Swiss and foreign companies and banks. Theodor Härtsch, who heads the practice, has extensive experience in rights issues and public M&A. Lukas Wyss adds banking and finance expertise to the team, and Urs Schenker covers public takeovers. Other key names are Johannes BürgiAlexander Nikitine and Ramona Wyss.

Practice head(s):

Theodor Härtsch

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Wyss; Urs Schenker; Johannes Bürgi; Alexander Nikitine; Ramona Wyss; Urs Gnos

Testimonials

‘Excellent co-operation and track record in mid and small caps; experienced in capital markets transactions and extremely reliable; highly committed, outstanding support and pleasant to work with.’

‘The team is strong on capital markets advisory and in particular the various obligations relating to listed companies, including ad hoc notification and management transaction disclosures.’

‘Theodor Härtsch provides well thought-through, solution-oriented advice within a short turnaround time.’

‘Very knowledgeable and up-to-date. Solution-oriented. Client-oriented.’

‘Smart, highly skilled, experienced and pragmatic team.’

‘Its know-how and fast response times are important for in-house lawyers. Because the team knows the client’s structure well, its advice includes options for business-oriented solutions.’

Key clients

Valiant Bank AG

AMAG Leasing AG

Cembra Money Bank AG

Swisscard AECS GmbH

Goldman Sachs International Bank, London

Swiss Life Holding Ltd

Migros Bank AG

Aluflexpack AG

Helvetica Property Investors AG

CRISPR

SF Urban Properties AG

Oriflame Holding AG

Competition Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s competition team is 'very solution oriented and finds practicable solutions'. It is regularly instructed by predominantly large Swiss companies but also international institutions from different sectors and regulated industries. The group covers merger control issues, competition proceedings, dominant position cases and dawn raids. Reto Jacobs is a highly regarded regarded practitioner, who has strong know-how of distribution systems. Hans Rudolf Trüeb combines competition and corporate expertise; he leads the practice with Jacobs. Counsel Daniel Zimmerli and managing associates Gion Giger and Monique Sturny are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Reto Jacobs; Hans Rudolf Trüeb

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Zimmerli; Gion Giger; Monique Sturny

Testimonials

‘The group coordinates if need be among the specialist teams; Very responsive; experts are always available even on short notice.’

Key clients

Migros

TX Group

Swisscom

Die Schweizerische Post AG

Coty

Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB

Medbase AG

Baloise

Aduno / Viseca

Employment Tier 1

The employment team at Walder Wyss Ltd. provides ‘very competent advice’ on employment law and all employment-related areas, including immigration, social security, pensions and collective bargaining negotiations and has a strong track record in mass layoffs and transactional employment issues. The team's litigation capacities were further strengthened by the arrival of Irène Suter-Sieber, who joined from Homburger in 2020; Suter-Sieber is also experienced in executive compensation and employment investigations, Practice heads Ueli Sommer and Philippe Nordmann are experienced in setting up compensation schemes and participation plans.

Practice head(s):

Ueli Sommer; Philippe Nordmann

Other key lawyers:

Irène Suter-Sieber

Testimonials

‘Great law firm, always top quality and very responsive’

‘Ueli Sommer has an awesome knowledge in employment law and provides always an extraordinary quality of work’

‘This law firm has understood our requirements and implemented them to the point. Their highly professional and pragmatic way of working convinced us from the very first moment.

‘Irène Suter-Sieber is focused on the essentials, solution-oriented, competent with open communication, assertive and initiative-oriented. She sets high standards for quality, reliability, efficiency and transparency and is very objective. She is direct and sums up the issues without frills.’

‘Advice is pragmatic – I really appreciate the way Philippe Nordmann tells you straight what the likelihood of success/failure might be and doesn’t sit on the proverbial fence. In my view, in line with what I expect from good firms.’

‘Philippe Nordmann is first rate. Direct in a good way, pragmatic and able to translate legal complexity into layman.’

‘Compared to other firms, Walder Wyss is clearly above average regarding content, service level and speed. ’

‘I am really very satisfied by Philippe Nordmann.’

‘Very friendly contact and always very competent advice. Available at any time.’

‘Philipp Nordmann has excellent knowledge of Swiss labour law, very pleasant cooperation, best negotiation tactics.’

Key clients

Canopius Reinsurance

General Electric

Lugano Airport SA

Mediamarkt

Nestlé

Panalpina

University Children’s Hospital of Zurich

Bayer

Sanitas Healthcare

Intellectual property Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd.’s IP practice provides comprehensive advice, handling IP mandates from the IP aspects of M&A transactions to patent and trade mark litigation. The team focuses on the luxury and consumer goods, fashion, IT, pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries and is experienced in claims regarding unfair competition, patent infringements, trade mark infringements, remuneration disputes, company name disputes, trade mark oppositions and cancellation actions. Group head Markus Frick handles patent, trade mark and unfair competition matters, while Roger Staub advises on IP strategies and technology-related IP contracts, and acts as arbitrator in international arbitration tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Markus Frick

Other key lawyers:

Roger Staub

Testimonials

‘The IP team, especially in the area of pharmaceuticals, is outstanding in view of the broad competence combining experience in IP and pharmaceuticals law. In a very competent and complete manner, the team elaborates different possibilities and recommendations for clients to proceed.’

‘Markus Frick has expertise and experience in IP matters. He quickly analyses the facts and provides recommendations. He is one of the most experienced patent lawyers in Switzerland.’

‘They offer very good and sound legal advice as well as offering practical recommendations on options to resolve IP disputes. They are very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have worked with Markus Frick on various IP disputes over the years and have found his advice to be legally sound and also pragmatic. He is sensitive to the commercial concerns/sensitivities of our clients and would work out a legal strategy that takes into account the legal strengths and weaknesses and the commercial concerns of clients. Not every lawyer that we work with is willing or able to do that and hence, he is my lawyer of choice when our clients require IP advice in Switzerland, particularly in IP disputes.’

‘We can be very demanding of local counsel and Walder Wyss has always stood up to the challenge. They have always been very attentive to us and our client’s needs and they communicate every part of the proceeding with us so that there are no surprises, even when it comes to billing. They can be very transparent which we appreciate from local counsel.’

‘Markus Frick consistently provides great work. He has been very attentive to our clients needs and is very communicative throughout the whole opposition, whichever project we include him on.’

‘A very strong patent litigation practice. They also dig into technical details, which is very helpful in particular for patent invalidation cases. International experience and capabilities, also due the fact that it is the Swiss member of the global practice group.’

‘Markus Frick is the head of the team with international experience and international working style.’

Key clients

Nestlé

Amazon

Microsoft

Richemont (incl. Cartier, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Chloé, Baume & Mercier, Montblanc, Van Cleef & Arpels, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne)

Merck KGaA

Alcon Inc.

ABB Ltd.

AT&T

Easygroup, incl. EasyJet

Bystronic

Snap, Inc. (former Snapchat)

Pret A Manger

OTTO’S AG

Migros

The Association of the Swiss Gas Industry

Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd. has 'extensive knowledge in different sectors'. The Lugano-team's key practice areas are corporate, commercial, IP/ IT, real estate, banking and inheritance law, as well as dispute resolution and transactions. Led by IP and life sciences specialist Stefano Codoni and corporate practitioner Davide Jermini, the firm advises a mix of national and international companies. Counsel Stefano Fornara is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Codoni; Davide Jermini

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Fornara

Testimonials

‘It is a competent team, which offers a professional, personal service and particularly attentive to the needs of the customer. It takes the necessary time, evaluates the chances of success and in a transparent manner advises the client on the steps to be taken.’

‘Stefano Fornara is a lawyer who dedicates time to the client; he does not waste time and goes straight to the point. He has an excellent ability of synthesis and presents the solution proposals to the customer in a simple and comprehensible way.

‘The team is very well prepared, flexible and cooperative and subject matter experts are supporting us in a very consistent way.’

‘Very motivated, capable and resourceful team. Extensive knowledge in different sectors.’

‘Stefano Fornara: young, capable, fast and very reliable.’

‘High standard legal advice, in a positive atmosphere, with a lot of time, flexibility and concrete solutions.’

‘Stefano Codoni and Davide Jermini are technically outstanding, with a nice way to approach clients and cooperate with other business partners. Easy to create an interdisciplinary team with.’

‘Competences & reactivity.’

‘The approach and the solutions proposed by Stefano Fornara have always been very balanced, weighing the accents on the pros and cons. In addition the availability, speed and courtesy, have always been a strength that I really appreciate. It is a great pleasure to work with lawyer Fornara.’

‘Credibility through experience and knowledge. Very well connected in Ticino in terms of stakeholders, brings additional added value.’

‘Stefano Fornara has shown great commitment to our action, addressed all the possible pain points and gave us hints to find an effective way out. Stakeholder management was top priority: he brought outstanding knowledge of the region and of the stakeholders.’

‘The team is very responsive and always available. We are handling complex cross-boarder litigations together and I am happy to can rely on the team of Stefano Codoni.’

‘Stefano Codoni is a practitioner in trademark and unfair competition litigation with an extremely high expertise. He combines a thorough knowledge of statutory and case law with a great business acumen for the benefit for the client.’

‘Stefano Codoni is fluent in all three languages, German, Italian and English. That is a great benefit in assisting Italian clients.’

‘Walder Wyss has a highly specialised team and follows every customer with a personal approach. The specialists are strong in different issues and can give you a 360 degree consultation. The strong presence in the biggest cities and immediate contact with the customer stand out.’

Key clients

Actial Farmaceutica Srl, Rome, Italy

Bravofly / Bravonext/ Lastminute.com

Riverside Europe Partners BVBA (Part of Riverside Group)

Jetpharma

Artisa Group

Akara Funds AG

Lifeware SA,

TDK Lambda

METECA SA

Supreme Italfigo Sagl

Fiduciaria Mega SA

Private client Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd. has a strong track record in advising Swiss and foreign entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. The firm is noted for fielding the 'complete set of skills, languages and experts' and the team is active in succession planning, including matrimonial, inheritance, corporate and tax law, and related disputes. Through collaboration with the labour and real estate teams, it also often advises on relocations. Kinga Weiss has more than 20 years of experience acting as an adviser to private clients, banks and family offices. She and tax specialist Stephan Neidhardt head up the Zurich practice, and Philippe Pulfer leads in Geneva. Olivier Sigg combines his private client practice with employment law. Robert Desax and Geneva-based Fouad Sayegh are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Kinga Weiss; Stephan Neidhardt; Philippe Pulfer

Other key lawyers:

Robert Desax; Fouad Sayegh; Olivier Sigg

Testimonials

‘Walder Wyss is very well established in Switzerland and lawyers are able to provide their clients with very detailed answers, whichever canton they are located in. They are very reactive.’

‘A complete set of skills, languages and experts: the quality of their advice is second to none and they truly make clients comfortable at once.’

‘Robert Desax is a very talented tax lawyer. He is very available and appreciated. He knows the wealth management sector well and is strongly recommended for Switzerland-France tax issues.’

‘Robert Desax is very responsive and efficient on Swiss tax matters, especially in an international context’

‘Very professional team of Swiss lawyers, very available and competent. They are excellent in terms of tax and estate planning with Swiss ramifications (relocation of individuals to Switzerland, negotiation of tax rulings with the authorities, drafting of wills, advice on trust structures, etc.). Strong presence in different Swiss cities.’

‘Olivier Sigg: very skilled and knowledgeable, strong knowledge of Swiss succession regulations and organisation of wealth involving the use of trusts, foundations and other complex structures. Very available and friendly.’

‘Fouad Sayegh: a tax expert in the Swiss field, a reference in the matter of relocation of individuals to Switzerland, negotiating lump-sum taxation in Switzerland and tax planning in general with an international flavour.’

‘A sophisticated practice with a strong client base and a well-thought of team of lawyers.’

‘Philippe Pulfer – an excellent international private client lawyer, with particular expertise in arts and charities. Very easy to work with.’

‘Philippe Pulfer and his team know how to service international work and how to collaborate.’

‘Philippe Pulfer is a go-to Swiss lawyer. He has a great team and great coverage in terms of expertise.’

‘Technically excellent, great strength in depth’

‘Fouad Sayegh – technically excellent.’

‘Philippe Pulfer has very commercial and sound judgement.’

‘Olivier Sigg: pragmatic and a good communicator.’

‘Philippe Pulfer and Olivier Sigg are very experienced tax/trust/charity/private client lawyers, with a strong team behind them.’

‘Philippe Pulfer and Olivier Sigg are approachable, experienced and have a very practical approach.’

‘Top notch service in the prime Swiss location. Both Geneva and Zurich people are great ’

‘Kinga Weiss is great and super technical.’

‘Philippe Pulfer is also extremely good to work with.’

‘The Walder Wyss private client team specialises in advising high net worth families with a connection to Switzerland. Their team has experience in the international market and they are fully conversant with both common law and civil law matters, with a long established track record in advising on private client, tax and structuring. ’

‘Philippe Pulfer is a highly respected and well known figure in the Swiss private client advisory network. He is extremely client focussed and will go above and beyond what is required of him in order to satisfy tight deadlines.’

‘Olivier Sigg is a key individual in the trust industry and he is an approachable and dedicated private client advisor. Having worked together for many years, Philippe and Olivier operate as a strong unit and have built a solid client base.’

‘This is a very classy firm – discreet and utterly professional.’

‘Philippe Pulfer is a really first rate private client lawyer – immensely knowledgeable and a complete pleasure to deal with.’

‘Olivier Sigg is stands out as one of their rising stars. He is particularly good on cross border matters involving the UK. ’

‘Their advice is usually concise and on point, which is exactly what you would want when instructing overseas lawyers.’

‘Philippe Pulfer & Olivier Sigg are a great team as they have complementary skills.’

‘One of the leading practices, if not the leading, in the private clients field. The team is extremely strong due also to the hiring a few years ago of Philippe Pulfer and Olivier Sigg who are outstanding professionals. The team is extremely responsive, available and a pleasure to work with. The relationship with clients is very personal and this makes clients very comfortable and reassured. It seems that partners are massively involved on the files rather than delegating much to associates.’

‘Philippe Pulfer and Olivier Sigg. Both are extremely capable and a pleasure to work with. Both are great technicians and sharp lawyers. Philippe is already a star in the Swiss scene but I am confident that Olivier, already recognised, will be there at the same level soon. ’

‘A quality firm that competes at the top level.’

‘Philippe Pulfer is an excellent technical lawyer with sound judgement and a good strategic approach.’

‘Clients of Philippe Pulfer not only enjoy his excellent advice and benefit from his knowledge but also see outcomes that were those originally intended.’

‘Philippe Pulfer is the safest pair of hands for trust and fiduciary matters in Geneva – I would trust him with any mandate.’

Public law Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd. has an enviable track record of advising the Swiss government and various other Swiss public bodies. The team covers the full spectrum of public law issues, including procurement, energy, natural resources and open access law as well as data protection, infrastructure and transport. Practice head Hans Rudolf Trüeb represents public clients before court and arbitral tribunals and is experienced in energy, telecoms and procurement law. Ramona Wyss has a focus on regulated industries, in particular the energy sector, and Martin Zobl, who ‘clearly stands out from other lawyers’, specialises in administrative law and procedure.

Practice head(s):

Hans Rudolf Trüeb

Other key lawyers:

Ramona Wyss; Martin Zobl; Daniel Zimmerli

Testimonials

‘Very qualified advice and a very pleasant and solution-oriented cooperation.’

‘Superior knowledge in health industry issues. Deal maker qualities.’

‘Very solid knowledge of the market and its trends. Strong negotiation skills.’

‘The team is very responsive. It has the capacity to tackle different complicated subjects at the same time. The legal advice is always practical and can be applied to solve the problem at hand.’

‘Walder Wyss has managed to build up a dedicated public law team which is led by Rudolf Trüeb. The team, made of some 10 practitioners, uniquely caters to the requirements of public clients.’

‘Walder Wyss supported us in an area of law in which there is little literature and case matters. Thanks to their partner, who has an extensive knowledge in public law, we were able to win valuable support.’

‘Rudolf Trüeb has led and won many cases for us before federal courts. He is approachable and responsive, well known in the market and praised by clients. The team has become deep and diverse in the last years. We very much appreciate working with Martin Zobl who specializes in public law litigation. Martin Zobl clearly stands out from other lawyers we worked with as regards to quality, experience and responsiveness. Also, Ramona Wyss, now a partner, has provided very valuable assistance. Reto Jacobs, a senior competition lawyer and partner at Walder Wyss, regularly provides us with expert advice in transactions and projects. Also, Daniel Zimmerli, counsel in Walder Wyss’

‘Walder Wyss is staffed by various persons very competent in the legal field for which we have engaged them. They have extensive experience in public procurement law and regularly publish interesting articles on the subject.’

‘The legal opinion was prepared by Hans Rudolf Trüeb together with Daniel Zimmerli. These persons have special knowledge in public procurement law. They regularly work with public companies and are familiar with the relevant legal topics and problems. This makes cooperation much easier. They work very carefully and objectively.’

Key clients

Swiss Confederation (with all its administrative branches)

Canton of Zurich

Axpo Group (Axpo Holding, Axpo Power, Axpo Trading)

Energie 360 Grad AG

SBB – Swiss Federal Railways

SBB Cargo AG

ETH Zürich

Zurich University

Universitätsspital Zürich

Universität Kinderspital Zürich Eleonorenstiftung

Hirslanden AG

Zuger Kantonsspital AG

Spital Thurgau AG

Helsana Versicherung AG

Tertianum Gruppe

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s client roster includes publicly listed companies, funds and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI). The team is noted for its wealth of experience in real estate transactions, in which it often acts on the buyer side. Furthermore, the team's offering includes representation in related disputes as well as notarial services in the Basel, Bern and Lugano offices. Francis Nordmann and Johannes Bürgi know real estate finance matters well; they lead the practice jointly with Marco Strahm who is based in Bern. Christian Eichenberger made partner in early 2020 and advises on leases. Davide Jermini is the key contact in the Lugano region.

Practice head(s):

Francis Nordmann; Johannes Bürgi; Marco Strahm

Other key lawyers:

Christian Eichenberger; Davide Jermini; Thomas Müller; Thomas Meister

Testimonials

‘Top Efficiency, great network in every single aspect of the industry.’

‘Francis Nordmann is super efficient, friendly, down to earth.’

‘Davide Jermini: excellent work performed as attorney and notary in local real estate transaction.’

Key clients

Artisa Group

Pepperdine University

Nemaco

Swiss Finance & Property

Akara Funds

Goldman Sachs

Crowdhouse

Nestlé

Swiss Education Group

W RE London

Tax Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd. provides cross-disciplinary support in the full range of tax matters; together with specialists from the relevant team, the tax practitioners advise on M&A, real estate, corporate finance and capital markets transactions; relocations and employee benefits; blockchain and ICOs; and wealth and inheritance planning. The client portfolio includes Swiss and foreign companies and high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Maurus Winzap is 'highly regarded for his great and in-depth knowledge from tax planning to M&A transactions'. Thomas Meister has a track record handling the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and Robert Desax is experienced in controversial tax matters. Fouad Sayegh is the name to note in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Maurus Winzap

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Meister; Robert Desax; Fouad Sayegh

Testimonials

‘Very professional, responsive and comprehensive. In the Swiss market, they are capable of handle complex sophisticated cross-border transactions and planning.’

‘Robert Desax is extremely knowledgeable and practical with the tax advice he provides. He has a strong grasp of international tax issues as they apply in Switzerland. It is a pleasure working with him.’

‘Leading full-service tax practice headed by Maurus Winzap – extremely experienced. Fully integrated offices located in all three language regions of Switzerland for seamless client service across offices and languages ’

‘One should specifically mention Maurus Winzap who is a market leader and our go-to expert for all complex tax matters in Switzerland. Maurus is certainly one of the very best in Switzerland and is most highly regarded for his great and in-depth knowledge from tax planning to M&A transactions. Simply outstanding. Great fun to work with.’

‘Walder Wyss always seems to exceed our expectations in terms of responsiveness, quality of work, know-how, and professionalism.’

‘Maurus Winzap is extremely responsive, very knowledgeable, and always professional. Always amazed at the speed he responds to inquires. He is also a great team player.’

Key clients

Nestlé SA

Ardian

CRISPR Therapeutics Ltd.

UBS Switzerland Ltd.

Filtration Group

Solör Bioenergy Group

TEOXANE SA

wefox Group

Swiss Life Ltd.

Aduno Holding Ltd.

Ultima Capital SA

Goldman Sachs International Bank

TMT Tier 1

Walder Wyss Ltd.’s TMT practice has particular experience in the financial services sector, acting for established financial institutions, credit card issuers and start-ups on financial technology projects. The team, which frequently draws on internal cross-departmental groups, has ‘excellent know-how’ and handles multi-stream projects, including advising on GDPR compliance for domestic clients, technology transactions and TMT litigation. Mark Reutter specialises in structuring, negotiating and implementing TMT projects and general contractual matters; Michael Isler focuses on outsourcings, technology transfers and platform projects; and David Vasella focuses on Swiss and EU data protection matters, including compliance implementation projects. Monique Sturny made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Reutter; Michael Isler

Other key lawyers:

David Vasella; Monique Sturny

Testimonials

‘Very experienced, hands on, swift in reply, excellent know-how.’

Key clients

ABB

APG

Avaloq

B3i

Credit Suisse

CSS Insurance

Galenica

Helvetia Insurance

Intrum

Kantar Media

Kuoni

Lux International

Migros

Mobiliar Insurance

Mövenpick

Nestlé

RUAG

Sanitas

SBB

STOXX

Swiss Federation

Swisscard

Swisscom

Zurich Insurance Group

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd. impresses with the breadth of its practice; under the lead of Lukas Wyss and transaction expert Theodor Härtsch, the team is regularly instructed by national and foreign banks and private equity funds. Particular areas of expertise are domestic and international lending transactions, structured finance transactions, collective investment schemes, investigations and matters relating to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Luc Defferrard is an established practitioner in the market and Markus Pfenninger is a 'strong negotiator'.

Practice head(s):

Theodor Härtsch; Lukas Wyss

Other key lawyers:

Luc Defferrard; Markus Pfenninger; Johannes Bürgi; Ramona Wyss; Roger Ammann

Testimonials

‘A very seasoned team with experienced professionals, capable of providing both swift advice an in depth analysis. Very hands-on and committed.’

‘Markus Pfenninger – very experienced, capable of providing sound and balanced advice, strong negotiator, outstanding drafting skills, very client-focused.’

‘Lukas Wyss is an innovative specialist in banking matters, totally committed to delivering outstanding solutions for clients.’

‘Ramona Wyss- well experienced with a high degree of drive and good drafting skills.’

‘Highly skilled and highly responsive; pragmatic.’

‘Well prepared team with extensive experience in ABS market in Switzerland. ’

‘Lukas Wyss has a solution-oriented approach, and he is one of the very best practitioners in securitisation in Switzerland. Very nice to work with and always reachable.’

Key clients

UBS AG and UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG and Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Cembra Money Bank

Bank Vontobel AG

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

Glarner Kantonalbank

Swiss Life

Baloise Holding AG

HSBC

Deutsche Bank

Unicredit

Lloyds Bank plc

Société Générale

ING Bank

Leonteq Securities AG

Aduno Holding AG

AMAG Leasing AG

PSA Finance (Suisse) SA

Swisscard AECS GmbH

Helvetica Property Investors AG

Equatex AG

Deutsche Private Equity

Athris AG

GSO Capital Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s sizeable group covers the full gamut of commercial and corporate matters; the team is active in public and private M&A transactions, drafts and negotiates agreements, and also assists with due diligence exercises and regulatory applications. The practitioners are regularly involved in local and cross-border mandates, acting for a range of corporations. Alexander Nikitine, who heads up the group, has a broad background spanning capital markets, private equity, venture capital and corporate law. Urs Gnos also handles corporate governance and restructurings. Stefan KnoblochPatrick Vogel in Geneva and Robert von Rosen are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Nikitine

Other key lawyers:

Markus Vischer; Urs Gnos; Alexandre Both; Patrick Vogel; Robert von Rosen

Testimonials

‘Responsive, knowledgeable and agile team.’

‘Urs Gnos is very responsive and innovative in his approach.’

Key clients

Nestlé SA

Oriflame Holding AG

GetYourGuide

NovImmune

NVT AG

Lindsay Goldberg/ Bilcare Research group

Boehringer Ingelheim

HOCHDORF

Suntel Group

Apax

Aduno

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd. advises on the full range of data privacy and data protection matters. The team handles all GDPR and Swiss data protection law issues and assists with implementing compliance programmes, conducting investigations and representing clients before data protection authorities and courts. David Vasella ‘has outstanding expertise’ in IT and data protection matters and regularly leads on compliance implementation projects. Jürg Schneider is specialised in information technology and advises domestic and international clients on the data aspects of cross-border outsourcing projects, among other matters.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s strengths are in construction, plant and equipment engineering disputes. It also has notable experience in arbitration proceedings arising from joint venture, agency and distribution agreements as well as shareholder and post-M&A-cases, where practice head Dieter Hofmann is a key contact. Other names to note are 'outstanding lawyersMichael FeitMicha Bühler and Michael CartierAndrea Meier and Geneva-based Diana Akikol joined in April 2020 from Wartmann & Merker and ABR Attorneys at Law LLC respectively.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Hofmann

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Meier; Michael Cartier; Diana Akikol; Michael Feit; Micha Bühler 

Testimonials

‘Walder Wyss is a perfect law firm for arbitration advice and Swiss civil law matters. The team has a good understanding of the arbitration world in Switzerland and a good network.’

‘The team is able to act very smoothly and react to a need to provide legal advice on a short term basis. The quality of the advice was very high and very well-researched.’

‘Andrea Meier is very knowledgeable in terms of the Swiss arbitration market. She is also very easy to work with and very responsive. She was able to accommodate our requests easily even if put forward on short notice.’

‘Excellent, fast, hard-working team ready to investigate any details in pursuit for arguments in favour of the client.’

‘Michael Cartier is an excellent attorney, able to predict actions of opposing counsels and to act accordingly. He has an excellent knowledge of law and the ability to use IT technologies to advance the position of the client.’

‘Micha Bühler is highly recommended for: his calming presence in the most difficult of cases; tactical insights; excellent client-handling skills; and ability to go to the heart of legal problems every time.’

‘Michael Feit is a talented advocate and consistent provider of first class tactical and legal advice in arbitrations.’

‘This is a very strong team dealing with commercial arbitration.’

‘Michael Feit has great knowledge of ICC arbitration matters.’

‘Micha Bühler and Michael Feit are outstanding lawyers and partners. In addition to being full of technically great lawyers, the Walder Wyss international arbitration team: is very collegiate (a delight to work with them); has true ‘bench strength’ in the associates – there is a significant pool of talent at the firm; and is calm in the face of even the toughest of cases and situations. The combination of all these factors make the experience of working with them an excellent one. You have the security of top rate legal advice delivered by individuals with whom you enjoy working.’

Key clients

Roche

Nestlé

The Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd. fields a large team of dispute resolution specialists, who operate from six offices across Switzerland. The practice is specialised in a broad range of commercial matters before Swiss courts, with particular expertise in injunctive relief as well as in handling the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Its offering also includes expertise in white-collar criminal law. Team head Dieter Hofmann is well versed in joint venture, M&A, shareholders' and construction disputes. Rodolphe Gautier in Geneva is a 'wise and valued adviser'. Other names to note are counsel Urs SchenkerMicha Bühler and Maurice Courvoisier in Basel, as well as Oliver Kunz and Antonio Carbonara.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Hofmann

Other key lawyers:

Maurice Courvoisier; Rodolphe Gautier; Urs Schenker; Micha Bühler; Oliver Kunz; Antonio Carbonara

Testimonials

‘Great experience within finance/corporate issues and a solid track record + proven results in very complex situations.’

‘Dieter Hofmann is a litigation expert.’

‘Great law firm, top quality, excellent network.’

‘Oliver Kunz is a top lawyer, very experienced and great to work with.’

‘Maurice Courvoisier is detail-oriented on legal matters, while keeping in mind the business background and constantly assesses one against the other on how to build up the strategy of the case.’

‘The level of attention and detail are extremely impressive. I always feel I can trust them completely with accomplishing what needs to be done. The lawyers leave absolutely no loose ends. Also, they make an effort to establish personal relationships, and communicate directly and easily as they have extensive knowledge of their clients and individuals.’

‘Rodolphe Gautier is a wise and valued adviser, and has a wisdom and level of knowledge that is staggering. He is also the best negotiator I know. We engage legal counsel in several jurisdictions, but he is simply the best; on a personal and professional level.

‘The team constantly keeps the client up to date on the developments and is quick to reply with competent and good industry specific knowledge.’

‘Direct honesty about the case and the possible outcomes. The partners display a clear strength in their industry as well as a very well founded background to support the case.’

‘Good knowledge of the judicial practice, recent case law and proactive and pragmatic approach with a transparent risk assessment.’

‘Rodolphe Gautier is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Smart, highly skilled, versatile.’

Key clients

Nestlé

Credit Suisse

Ferring

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG

University Hospital Zurich

Hinduja Automotive Limited

Eurobank Ergasias (fka Proton Bank)

Ernst & Young

Roche

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

The members of Walder Wyss Ltd.'s French-Swiss offices are well versed in corporate, banking and finance, regulatory, litigation and white-collar criminal law as well as real estate, tax and private client matters. The Lausanne offering also includes experience in IP/IT, where managing partner Jürg Schneider is a key contact. Managing partner of the Geneva office, Philippe Pulfer, regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals, trust companies and charities. Alexandre Both handles M&A and PE transactions. Rodolphe GautierHubertus HillerströmOlivier SiggPatrick Vogel and Fouad Sayegh are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Pulfer; Jürg Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Both; Rodolphe Gautier; Hubertus Hillerström; Olivier Sigg; Patrick Vogel; Fouad Sayeg; Nicolas Iynedjian; Diana Akikol

Testimonials

‘Very responsive; quick turn-around of transaction documents; always available for advice (in and out of office hours); in face-to-face head-to-head lawyer exchanges during negotiations they are very strong; and have a very commercial law practice; transparent billing and efficient which keeps costs down.’

‘Alexandre Both – is a strong asset to have on your side during M&A negotiations. Alexandre is very strong in face-to-face and head-to-head lawyer exchanges. Mainly due to his strong calibre to adapt and propose on-the-spot alternative solutions to unblock a deadlock which matches his client’s wish list, to be commercial and not over-lawyer a situation, and remains calm and collected and leaves the ego at the door. Plus, on a personal-level, he is a great person to shoot-the-breeze with when you are both stuck in the trenches in the last 72 hours before a deal is closed.

‘Strong but calm expertise: the care they bring to everything they do clearly sets them apart. ’

‘Having worked with Philippe Pulfer for many years, I can only say that the clients who have benefited from his expertise have been extremely fortunate. The outcome of Philippe’s advice is always top notch and what the clients wish!’

Key clients

Nespresso

Hinduja

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

Bank Vontobel AG

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Banque Cantonale Vaudoise

Edenred Capital Partners

ING Bank

Société Générale

Swisscom Ventures AG

Engie

Zürcher Kantonalbank – Private equity fund

Airbus

Audacia Holding SA

Avaloq

Migros

Emmi Schweiz AG

Swiss Bankers Associations

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Walder Wyss Ltd. is noted for its strong track record in M&A and capital markets transactions, public tender offers and restructurings. Here, prominent practitioners include Urs GnosAlexander NikitineMarkus PfenningerLuc Defferrard and Johannes Bürgi. The firm's offering also includes support in employment, tax, competition and IP matters. Markus FrickPhilippe NordmannHans Rudolf Trüeb and Reto Jacobs are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Bürgi

Other key lawyers:

Urs Gnos; Alexander Nikitine; Markus Pfenninger; Luc Defferrard; Markus Frick; Philippe Nordmann; Hans Rudolf Trüeb; Reto Jacobs

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

The group at Walder Wyss Ltd. is regularly instructed by domestic and international banks, brokers and other financial institutions. The team, which is led by Patrick Vogel, covers transactional and regulatory mandates, and is also active in the private equity and venture capital space. The group is regularly instructed by national and international banks, brokers and other financial institutions. Hubertus Hillerström also advises on structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Vogel

Other key lawyers:

Hubertus Hillerström

Testimonials

‘Our work with them was very collaborative and we found it easy to differentiate with them the international vs. local concerns and how they should be resolved.’

Key clients

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

Bank Vontobel AG

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Banque Cantonale Vaudoise

Edenred Capital Partners

ING Bank

Société Générale

Swisscom Ventures AG

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Hospitals, doctors, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and public administration agencies instruct the team at Walder Wyss Ltd. in transactions, financing rounds and particularly disputes. The key contacts are Andreas Wildi in Bern and Markus Frick.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Walder Wyss Ltd. is highlighted for its 'combination of insolvency law expertise and corporate law insight'. The team handles insolvencies, financial restructurings and corporate rescues for debtors and creditors; it is particularly experienced in acting for Swiss companies with head companies that are subject to a US Chapter 11 proceeding. The practice is led by Christoph StäubliMark ReutterDominik Hohler and Dieter HofmannMicha Bühler has dispute resolution expertise.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Stäubli; Dominik Hohler; Dieter Hofmann; Mark Reutter

Other key lawyers:

Micha Bühler

Testimonials

‘Walder Wyss is one of the best choices in Switzerland and cooperation always meets the goals. In particular, the combination of insolvency law expertise and corporate law insight is excellent. Also, the team’s ability to think from an international or even foreign law perspective is a great advantage compared to other teams.’

‘Dominik Hohler is not only an outstanding expert in Swiss restructuring AND corporate recovery law but also very well understands any differences between our national laws and can explain the particularities of his legal system from the perspective of German law. He works very cost-effective and client-orientated.’

‘The WW-team is very qualified and has a broad experience. We always get the right person for the specific topics. The know-how exchange and information flow within the team is very efficient which is a great benefit compared to other law firms.’

‘The team at Walder Wyss is highly commercial, has acted for a wide-range of client types and has decades of experience. All in all, the’ve seen everything over the last few restructuring cycles.’

‘Christoph Stäubli and Dominik Hohler understand the transactional space that buy-out and distressed firms work in. They are also able to act for companies in distressed, making them extremely versatile. Further, they understand broader international insolvency processes, including those outside their jurisdiction, making them better able to connect with clients not as familiar with the German-speaking legal environment.’

‘Knowledge and experience within this field and proactivity.’

‘Dieter Hofmann is highlighted for his proactive and experienced expertise.’

Key clients

Ad-Hoc Group in Nyrstar’s restructuring

Nespresso

Apollo International Management LLP

Ringier AG / Publicitas AG

Actavis Switzerland Ltd.

Allergan Inc.

Thomas Cook

CHC Group Ltd.

Cisco Capital

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Arbitration
Corporate and commercial
Corporate crime and investigations
Corporate finance and capital markets
Data protection
Employment
Financial products/regulatory
Information technologies and telecommunications
Healthcare and life sciences
Insolvency and restructuring
Litigation
Mergers and acquisitions
Outsourcing
Private equity and venture capital
Public procurement
Real estate
Private clients
Tax
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Dr iur Maurice Courvoisier  photo Dr iur Maurice Courvoisier Maurice Courvoisier is a partner at Walder Wyss in Basel. He concentrates…
Dr iur Philippe Nordmann  photo Dr iur Philippe Nordmann Partner. Philippe Nordmann advises national and international companies and business executives in…
Ass Jur Robert von Rosen  photo Ass Jur Robert von Rosen Robert von Rosen is partner at Walder Wyss. His practice focuses on…
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Contacts : A Curmally
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Contacts : R Vonzun (management board)
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Promotions at Walder Wyss

We are pleased to announce that our employees Alexandre BothMichael CartierMichael FeitHubertus 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.


New counsel at Walder Wyss

We are pleased to announce that a new counsel, Christian Eichenberger, joined our firm as of 1st of January, 2018.


DPE acquires AWK Group

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) acquires majority interest in AWK Group, one of the largest independent Swiss consulting companies for information technology and digitalization. 


Metall Zug (SIX: METN) acquires majority holding in Haag-Streit Holding AG

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. 


Multilease: Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-2

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 announces USD 75 million Series D financing round

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 places inaugural Swiss Covered Bond

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 – 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. 


Nouscom AG USD 40 Mio. Series B Financing Round

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).


3 January 2017: New partners and consultants at Walder Wyss

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.


4 January 2017: AF Group acquires Edy Toscano AG

AF Group ASA, listed at the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE-AFG), a leading international civil engineering and construction group headquartered in Oslo, has acquired the renowned Swiss engineering and construction planning company Edy Toscano AG with 370 employees. Together with AF Consult Switzerland AG, AF Group will be among the three largest Swiss engineering and construction planning companies with a combined turnover in Switzerland exceeding CHF 100 million.


3 January 2017: Promotions at Walder Wyss

We are pleased to announce that our employees Ayesha Curmally, Michael Isler, Robert von Rosen and Stefan Knobloch, who have been with us for many years, have now been appointed as partners in our chancellery, effective from 1st January 2017.

Ayesha Curmally is a notary in the canton of Basel-Stadt, a Certified Specialist SBA in Inheritance Law as well as a lawyer in the Private Clients team of Walder Wyss. Her main areas of practice include mariage and inheritance law, estate and succession planning, settlement of estates (including distribution), corporate and commercial law and real property law. Additionally to adivsing clients and notarising deeds in these fields of law, Ayesha Curmally notarises share transfers, marriage and inheritance contracts and other transactions under German law.

Michael Isler regularly advises in complex outsourcing, technology transfer and platform projects from the conceptual and negotiation phase to dispute settlement. He further enjoys a vast experience in copyright, trademark and patent law. A particular focus of his work is dedicated to the life sciences and health sector. Michael Isler regularly publishes and lectures in his practice areas and takes an active role in several professional organizations.

Robert von Rosen’s practice focuses on domestic and international M&A transactions. He also advises corporate clients on all matters of corporate and commercial law related to their daily operation. A further focus of Robert von Rosen is banking, finance and capital markets law.

Stefan Knobloch deals primarily with international and national M&A transactions, public takeovers, private equity transactions, IPOs, debt financing, corporate governance and matters relating to company, stock exchange transaction and capital market law in general. He has overseen numerous transactions in these areas. He also prepares legal opinions in matters of law on stock exchange transactions, company law, law of obligations and law on civil procedure, as well as publishing articles and lecturing at the University of Zurich in his preferred fields of activity.


In addition, Janine Corti, Alexandre Both, Michael Cartier and Dominik Hohler have been promoted to Counsel as well as Ramona Wyss and Dirk Spacek have been promoted to Managing Associate. All promotions are effective as of 1 January 2017.

Janine Corti is working in the fields of domestic and international corporate tax and has professional experience in the financial services area. She focuses particularly on national and international restructurings, migrations, tax planning, employee participation programs, capital market transactions and M&A projects. In addition, she is at the board of the Zurich section of EXPERTsuisse.

Alexandre Both is focusing on M&A and finance transactions. His M&A experience includes private and public transactions, with a focus on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, mergers, private equity, asset and liability transfers and spinoffs. On finance transactions, Alexandre Both provides advice to lenders or borrowers in particular in relation to syndicated bank financings, real estate finance, leverage finance, project finance and structured finance. He also advises on banking, stock exchange and capital markets laws.

Michael Cartier represents parties in international arbitrations under all major institutional rules and in ad-hoc proceedings, before state courts and in enforcement and legal assistance matters. He is listed as an expert for arbitration in Who’s Who Legal 2016 and 2017. He also acts as arbitrator and is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the ICC National Committee (Switzerland). The focus of his work is on construction disputes and international commercial law. He also advises clients in white-collar criminal law matters and corporate investigations. He is an officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).

Dominik Hohler advises national and international companies regarding their restructuring, financing, establishment and expansion projects as well as with regard to reorganisation measures and insolvency. He also focuses his practice on domestic and international M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Additionally, he advises corporate clients on all matters of corporate and commercial law related to their daily operations. Dominik Hohler regularly publishes in his fields of expertise.

Ramona Wyss advises clients in finance and capital markets transactions, acquisitions and outsourcing projects. Other preferred areas of practice of Ramona Wyss include commercial and corporate law as well as administrative law with a special focus on energy, technology, financial markets, insurance and procurement law.

Dirk Spacek advises companies of the media- and technology-sector as well as industrial enterprises, healthcare providers, banks and insurances on the creation, procurement and commercialization of new ideas and technologies. Among various matters, he handles technology transfer- and outsourcing-projects, license, R&D- and distribution agreements, joint ventures and frequently contracts of the media & entertainment sector. In addition, Dirk has vast litigation-experience in patent-, trademark- and copyright-law and the handling of contractual and commercial disputes before state courts.


19 December 2016: Takeover Allied World

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) (TSX:FFH) (TSX:FFH.U) and Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (Allied World) (NYSE:AWH) have entered into a merger agreement (the Agreement), pursuant to which Fairfax will acquire all of the outstanding registered ordinary shares of Allied World. Under the terms of the Agreement, Allied World shareholders would receive a combination of Fairfax subordinate voting shares and cash equal to USD 54.00 per Allied World Share, for a total equity value of approximately USD 4.9bn.


20 December 2016: Apax/Unilabs

The joint owners of Switzerland-based Unilabs, private equity funds Apax Europe VI, Nordic Capital Fund VI ("Nordic Capital") and Apax France VII have accepted an offer from Apax IX, advised by Apax Partners LLP, for the acquisition of their respective stakes in Unilabs.