Walder Wyss Ltd. > Basel, Switzerland > Firm Profile
Walder Wyss Ltd. Offices
PO Box 633
Walder Wyss Ltd. > The Legal 500 RankingsWalder Wyss Ltd. covers a wide range of capital market matters, such as initial public offerings, private investments in public enterprises (PIPEs), and high-yield or mezzanine financings. Convertible bond issues, derivative instruments and new hybrid security or debt restructurings are also handled. In close collaboration across practice groups, the members regularly act for national and international issuers, syndicate banks, and shareholders. Practice head Theodor Härtsch is further well versed in corporate and capital markets compliance matters, while Lukas Wyss also covers regulatory securities. Alexander Nikitine has know-how in DCM and ECM offerings.
‘Accessibility and know-how.’
UBS AG and Credit Suisse AG
Valiant Bank AG
UBS AG and Credit Suisse Ltd
Baloise Holding AG
Ford Motor Credit Company LLC
Swiss Life Holding Ltd.
Swiss Life AG
Montana Aerospace AG
CRISPR Therapeutics AG
Swisscard AECS GmbH
Cembra Money Bank AG
Credit Suisse – Emil Frey
- Advising UBS AG, Credit Suisse Ltd and ING Bank as lenders under a mezzanine facility agreement granted to the Singapore based shareholder of gategroup Holding AG in relation to the restructuring of the financial debt and the recapitalization of gategroup Holding AG’s shareholder as well as gategroup Holding AG itself.
- Advising Valiant Bank AG on a further issuance under its CHF5bn covered bond program.
- Acted as counsel to the underwriters UBS AG and Credit Suisse Ltd on the rights offering of Swiss Steel Holding AG.
Switzerland > Competition Tier 1Walder Wyss Ltd. fields a team of ‘highly reliable and motivated people.’ It has a notably strong track record in merger control proceedings across a wide range of sectors, but also covers dominant position cases and dawn raids. Reto Jacobs also has experience in representing companies before competition authorities and courts, as well as in matters involving distribution systems. He leads the practice jointly with Monique Sturny who is well versed in the healthcare, consumer and luxury goods, and digital economy sectors. Counsel Gion Giger also covers commercial and contract law.
‘Professional and skilled, very specialised lawyers with large teams interacting perfectly to solve complex legal problems appropriately.’
‘Monique Sturny is a qualified and renowned specialist in affairs of antitrust laws and supervisory authority for banking and health insurances (FINMA). She is very dedicated to her work, quick in analysing problems and formulating legally sound answers. She is very easily accessible.’
‘Extremely high expertise in different fields of practice and smooth transition and exchange between the practice areas. A key asset to bring all knowledge in the firm to the table in order to give the highest standard of legal advice out of ‘one hand’ to the client.’
‘Fantastic team, very dedicated, headed by the experienced Reto Jacobs. Bright attorneys.’
‘Reto Jacobs knows how work is done.’
‘Gion Giger is excellent, and a real workhorse with full dedication.’
‘Highly reliable & motivated people.’
‘Monique Sturny: Highly skilled and experienced in supporting the application of antitrust consultation procedures.’
Daimler AG and Volvo AB
TX Group (former Tamedia)
Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB (Swiss Federal Railway)
ADVA Optical Networking
- Represented Daimler AG and Volvo AB in the merger control proceedings related to a joint venture.
- Represented ADVA Optical Networking SE in an investigation conducted by the Swiss Competition Commission (ComCo) into possible submission agreements in the field of optical networks.
- Represented Dovista A/S, part of the Danish VKR Group, in the merger control proceedings related to the purchase of Arbonia’s Windows Division.
‘Outstanding privacy expertise combined with the ability to deliver pragmatic and sound solutions for clients across all industries.’
‘David Vasella’s expertise in privacy is highly recognised across all industries. David is well known for helping clients solve complex privacy-related challenges in a pragmatic and sound manner.’
‘Very profound knowledge, yet very hands-on, clear statements and answers to ‘practical’ questions, directly applicable.’
‘Top law firm in data protection matters. Their efficient and responsive team always delivers high-quality work.’
‘David Vasella is the go-to lawyer for data protection matters in Switzerland. He has excellent people skills, is extremely sharp and is always focused on finding pragmatic solutions. We particularly appreciate his in-depth knowledge and understanding of data protection laws in other jurisdictions, most notably the GDPR.’
‘David Vasella is super knowledgeable, highly responsive and always fully solution-oriented. Rather than discouraging long evaluations leading to short memos requiring more questions to be solved thus never arriving at an end, we have short exchanges, quick answers with recommendations that we can implement and that work. This motivates us to work with Walder Wyss Ltd. repeatedly and leaves us as a very satisfied client.’
‘Jürg Schneider: great single point of contact, timely and pragmatic delivery, very knowledgeable.’
‘Walder Wyss has one of the largest and fastest-growing data privacy practices in Switzerland, covering all aspects of data privacy law. The team not only is very knowledgeable in Swiss data privacy law but also has excellent knowledge of European and international developments in the field. They are a pleasure to work with, both on a professional as on a personal level.’
LGT Capital Partners
Swiss Banker’s Association
- Advised santésuisse, an association of several health insurers, on outsourced health care provider performance analytics and audits including consultation with the Data Protection Authority.
- Advised Emmi on their implementation of the GDPR and Swiss data protection regulation.
- Advised Migros on Swiss data protection regulation/compliance.
Switzerland > Employment Tier 1Walder Wyss Ltd. ‘is surely one of the best in Switzerland‘ when it comes to advice regarding all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including employment contracts, international assignment of employees and transaction-related issues, in particular transfers of undertaking. The team is further adept at advising on internal investigations, plant closures as well as mass dismissals and assisting clients in any related negotiations and conflict resolution with individual employees, employee representatives and trade unions. Philippe Nordmann, who ‘stands out both professionally and as a coordinator‘, heads the practice together with Ueli Sommer, ‘a thoughtful lawyer with the best expertise and a lot of experience‘. Irène Suter-Sieber is noted for her ‘excellent knowledge of employment law‘. Rayan Houdrouge joined the firm from Lenz & Staehelin .
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm clearly stands out in the area of professional organisation. Among other things, Walder Wyss is able to quickly deliver extremely competent, client-oriented and equally useful results from all legal disciplines up to tax law issues. The legal results as well as the billing can be described as excellent which means that the cost-benefit ratio can also be described as optimal in comparison to the competitors.’
‘The extremely goal-oriented commitment of Philippe Nordmann is striking. He always manages (even when he is on holiday) to come up with a very effective and equally effective response to all (even unexpected) legal questions. If it does not concern his personal paper, it is handed over to a colleague without any loss of time. Philipp Nordmann stands out both professionally and as a coordinator. The entire team at Walder Wyss is also worth mentioning.’
‘Ueli Sommer is a thoughtful lawyer with the best expertise and a lot of experience.’
‘Irene Suter-Sieber always responds within a short timeframe and I can 100% rely on that I receive the advice within the communicated timeframe. In addition, the advice contains the necessary depth in each case, but is not too detailed. I can highly recommend Irene Suter-Sieber as a reliable external partner for all employment matters.’
‘Not only are they true experts in their fields, they also work efficiently and client-oriented. It is important for us to work with outstanding legal advisors, so the collaboration with Walder Wyss seemed always like the right choice.’
‘Philippe Nordmann’s legal knowledge is outstanding. What makes him special in my opinion is his extremely quick responsiveness and his strategic and pragmatic approach as well as his excellent social skills. He is always focused on the client’s needs. This very client-friendly manner to work is one of the reasons why we appreciate collaborating with Walder Wyss and Philippe Nordmann in particular.’
‘The employment practice of Walder Wyss Ltd. is surely one of the best ones in Switzerland, consisting of many stellar practitioners.’
‘I greatly value Philippe Nordmann. He is very smart, with excellent employment law knowledge, responsive, to the point, yet in-depth. I highly recommend him.’
WuXi AppTec (China), Hong Kong-listed
‘A very professional team, top in IP litigation.’
‘Roger Staub is a great IP litigator with extraordinary capabilities of good ‘storytelling’.’
‘Walder Wyss consistently provides outstanding results and we trust them with difficult cases that require the utmost care.’
‘The attorneys are very responsive and personable which makes working with them a joy. They are very knowledgeable about IP in general which makes trusting them with difficult matters easy.’
‘Competent, experienced, committed.’
‘Markus Frick: A great litigator, tough and with great fighting spirit. Roger Staub: Excellent litigator, one of the best, with excellent connections and good ‘gut feeling’ for the right strategy.’
‘The team can provide an impressively wide range of IP services – it has an incredible depth of experience and can always put someone forward with the particular expertise you need for your case. Its lawyers are extremely collaborative, unflappable and a pleasure to work with.’
Actial Farmaceutica Srl
Easygroup, incl. EasyJet
Giorgio Armani SpA
Hitachi/ABB Power Grids
Inventio AG (IP management company of Schindler Group)
Pret A Manger
Richemont (incl. Cartier, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Chloé, Baume & Mercier, Montblanc, Van Cleef & Arpels, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne)
Snap, Inc. (former Snapchat)
The Association of the Swiss Gas Industry
Other key lawyers:
‘We receive full 360-degree service in all legal aspects of our private and business life.’
‘Our leading lawyer Stefano Fornara handles issues related to residence in Switzerland, real estate acquisition and construction, legal aspects for family members, and also provides any other support related to integration or other issues.’
‘Whenever we contact the team / partners are available and provide the support required. Since our offices are not in the Italian part of Switzerland, the use of advanced technology by the firm has always been a big plus. Billing is always handled smoothly and in a very clear manner. People at the firm are very knowledgeable and easy to work with.’
‘Both Davide Jeremini and Stefano Fornara have a very broad know-how in their fields. They manage our procedures and affairs expeditiously, always keep us informed and we can at any time count on their recommendations. When we come to them with short-term problems, they do everything they’ can to support us, even when they’re running at capacity.’
‘Professional, competent, committed, intellectually honest, dedicated beyond any expectations.’
‘Stefano Codoni is competent, trustworthy and reliable. It is a pleasure working with him.’
‘The firm and their team members are very reactive, responsive and know their subject matters well. It is key that we receive well framed and to the point advice, which is what we are getting time and time again.’
‘Stefano Fornara: Great partner, approachable, practical, direct, honest.’
Actial Farmaceutica Srl, Rome, Italy
Bravofly / Bravonext/ Lastminute.com
Akara Funds AG
Fiduciaria Mega SA
Switzerland > Private client Tier 1The private client team at Walder Wyss Ltd. acts for an ‘impressive roster of clients‘ with a focus on acting for entrepreneurs from all types of business sectors as well as their families. The team advises on all personal and business aspects of clients, which includes international succession planning, including marital property law, setting up charitable foundations as well as funds and trusts, and, working in close conjunction with the labour law and real estate teams, the unit advises clients on the relocation to Switzerland and the acquisition of real estate assets. The practice is headed by ‘first class‘ Kinga Weiss and ‘outstanding‘ Philippe Pulfer and includes the ‘very dedicated‘ Robert Desax, ‘technically excellent‘ tax expert Fouad Sayegh and ‘highly talented’ international trust specialist Olivier Sigg.
‘Philippe Pulfer is impressive and omnipresent in the Swiss private client market. Olivier Sigg and Fouad Sayegh have growing reputations in the international tax markets and an impressive roster of clients.’
‘It has some very capable individuals – Philippe Pulfer and Olivier Sigg in particular – who are leaders in the field in Switzerland. They are strong on both contentious and non-contentious private client work and understand trust and Anglo-Saxon concerns as well as Swiss issues.’
‘Superlative client care and brilliant strategic thinkers.’
‘Olivier Sigg is knowledgeable and capable, and happy to do business in both English and French. Fouad Sayegh is technically excellent when it comes to tax issues and a delight to deal with. Philippe Pulfer is well known in international circles and conversant with Anglo-Saxon trust structuring which is rare for a continental lawyer!’
‘They are a leading private client team – high-profile lawyers who are very able and user-friendly with a top notch client base.’
‘Philippe Pulfer is outstanding and is absolutely in the front rank of Swiss private client lawyers (both on the advisory and contentious sides). Kinga Weiss is first class and Olivier Sigg is excellent.’
‘Fouad Sayegh is an outstanding tax lawyer. He is very proactive and sharp when it comes to finding tax solutions for the clients.’
‘Robert Desax and his team are very dedicated and can be contacted for questions in relation with all the Swiss cantons.’
Switzerland > Public law Tier 1Walder Wyss Ltd. acts for the Swiss government, federal and cantonal entities, local municipalities and state-owned enterprises as well as further public and private clients from the transport, education, energy and healthcare sectors, among others. The ‘easy to understand‘ ‘cutting-edge advice‘ covers all areas relevant to public law, including procurement, natural resources, infrastructure, zoning, public employment and open access law. Practice head and ‘outstanding lawyer‘ Hans Rudolf Trüeb has an ‘impressive track record‘ of representing clients in disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. ‘Extremely skilled litigator‘ Martin Zobl, who made partner in 2022, and Ramona Wyss are both particularly experienced in matters regarding regulated industries.
‘Hans Rudolf Trüeb is the address in Switzerland for public legal matters, especially energy law and administrative court litigation together with Ramona Wyss.’
‘A great team. All lawyers are true professionals with great expertise in public health law and general public law. They are great humans which I always like to conduct our business with.’
‘Great people with a sense of humor, great legal expertise and the ability to assess any potential risks for our company. Fair and transparent billing.’
‘We require fast and cutting-edge advice from our legal counsel. Working with Walder Wyss, I receive just that: excellent and crisp advice, delivered fast. Given the size of the Walder Wyss team, which is exceptional in the market, they are able to react to our requests timely and efficiently. Plus they win their cases in court, given their deep experience in litigating before administrative courts at the federal level.’
‘Hans Rudolf Trüeb is an outstanding lawyer with a long and impressive track record, respected by peers and clients alike. He is fast-paced and results-oriented. You definitively want to have him at your side in tight cases. Martin Zobl is an extremely skilled litigator with a deep understanding of public law and procedure.‘
‘Professional excellence as well as extraordinary client management attention. Will to find solutions with/together with the client. Excellent availability (also on short-term notice) whenever advice is requested.’
‘Outstanding professional excellence in a broad range of areas of public law/which also leads to broadly based judgements. Very approachable and open communication/interaction which is particularly helpful when it comes to “critical matters” or “matters requiring a fast decision-making”.’
‘Outstanding market and legal knowledge. Tough negotiators.’
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
Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG (nuclear power plant operator)
Universität Kinderspital Zürich Eleonorenstiftung
Zuger Kantonsspital AG
Spital Thurgau AG
Helsana Versicherung AG
‘The most important and leading strength of the team we have delt with in the past numerous times is their professional, proactive and most of all solution-orientated way of working. More than any other law firm for us, Walder Wyss always works with the final goal in mind, helping us to achieve the best result possible without risking a deal.’
‘We believe that Davide Jermini stands out especially for the following characteristics: expert in his field, fast and efficient, honest, proactive, solution-orientated and practical.’
‘Outstanding knowledge and efficient support.’
‘Christian Eichenberger has a very good understanding of our company and its needs and special structure and therefore provides very useful and business-oriented support.’
‘Compared to other Swiss practices, Walder Wyss staff from the juniors up to the partners have relevant international experience and they manage to translate the Swiss local environment into concepts for foreigners.’
‘Johanes Buergi has a very commercial mind in approaching the contractual negotiations and a didactic approach to explaining to his client management the pros and cons of the different options.’
‘Very responsive, practical and effective team.’
‘Francis Nordmann: a practical and knowledgable lawyer.’
Credit Suisse Asset Management (Schweiz) AG
Swiss Finance & Property
Zueblin Immobilien Holding
Rhystadt Ltd (consortium of Swiss Pensions Funds)
Switzerland > Tax Tier 1Walder Wyss Ltd. has considerable know-how in advising Swiss and foreign companies, business owners, investors and employees on tax planning matters. Areas of expertise include the development of tax-efficient structures, tax-optimised remuneration plans and structures for financing as well as tax litigation and compliance. Practice head Maurus Winzap has ‘great in-depth knowledge spanning from tax planning to M&A transactions.‘ Samuel Dürr is well versed in the real estate sector, while Fouad Sayegh is a key contact for private clients queries, trusts, and double tax treaty applications. Fabienne Limacher made partner at the beginning of 2021.
‘A leading full-service tax practice headed by Maurus Winzap. Extremely experienced, fully integrated offices located across Switzerland for seamless client service across offices and languages – French, Italian and German.’
‘One should specifically mention Maurus Winzap who is certainly one of the very best in Switzerland and is most highly regarded for his great and in-depth knowledge spanning from tax planning to M&A transactions. Simply outstanding. Great fun to work with.’
‘Fabienne Limacher is super client-focused. Especially tax rulings are done extremely well and fast.’
‘Tailor-made legal services, international culture and dedication of the team.’
‘Fouad Sayegh is dedicated, sharp, clever and humble. It is always a pleasure to work with him.’
‘Very good on complex matters, very client friendly and good accessibility to partners.’
Afinum Management Ltd.
AMAG Leasing Ltd.
AWK Group Ltd.
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
DCM Film Distribution (Switzerland) GmbH
Montana Aerospace Ltd.
Planted Foods Ltd.
PureFacts Financial Solutions Inc.
Stragen Pharma SA
wefox Holding Ltd.
- Advised German-Swiss private equity firm Afinum Management Ltd. on its investment into Threema GmbH.
- Advised AMAG Leasing Ltd. on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects on a auto lease securitisation transaction.
- Advised the consulting firm AWK Group Ltd. on its acquisition of TALOS Management Consultants GmbH.
Switzerland > TMT Tier 1Walder Wyss Ltd. boasts ‘one of the strongest and largest TMT practice teams among Swiss law firms‘. Headed by David Vasella, the team represents clients in judicial proceedings, arbitral tribunals as well as in investigations by authorities and provides ‘constructive legal advice‘ on a wide range of TMT matters, such as fintech, software as a service, e-commerce and technology transfers – a specialism of Mark Reutter. Recently, the ‘super practical and responsive‘ unit has been particularly busy with cloud migration projects for clients from regulated industries, such as banks. Martin Zobl made partner at the beginning of 2022.
Other key lawyers:
‘Walder Wyss has one of the strongest and largest TMT and data protection practice teams among Swiss law firms. Walder Wyss has been specialising for many years in these areas and is certainly the place to go when it comes to TMT and data protection. In addition to the excellent quality of their work, I particularly like their responsiveness, efficiency and hands-on approach. They know the market and are on top of legal developments and business practices. Also, due to the quality and size of their practice team, they have the resources to assist clients very quickly and successfully handle large and complex assignments and projects.’
‘Jürg Schneider has in-depth legal knowledge with a view for important details, paired with the ability to think outside of the box and come up with practical solutions. He is particularly responsive, client-oriented and always a pleasure to work with. I can certainly recommend Jürg to anyone requiring high quality and precise yet business-oriented advice, in particular for complex and multifaceted TMT and data protection projects.’
‘Super practical and responsive.’
‘Really enjoy working with Jürg Schneider and his team.’
‘I know Walder Wyss as a law firm with a very broad skillset and a large highly qualified team for IT law in general.’
‘Jürg Schneider: great single point of contact, timely and pragmatic delivery, very knowledgeable. David Vasella: very pragmatic, to the point and constructive legal advice.’
‘Walder Wyss is using the latest technology in terms of data protection as they think that using said technologies will bring them experience to support the clients. This is in fact exactly what we are expecting from our lawyers when we hire them.’
‘David Vasella makes sure that the whole team can benefit from his knowledge and from the technologies he is using.’
Hitachi ABB Power Grids
‘Fast and ready.’
‘Highly skilled. Great legal expertise.’
‘The team is very helpful and has a pragmatic approach. The responsiveness is very high and it is fun to work with.’
‘Lukas Wyss is a well-known and highly respected finance partner who really cares about client needs and cooperation.’
UBS Switzerland Ltd. and UBS AG
Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. and Credit Suisse AG
Cembra Money Bank
Valiant Bank AG
Migros Bank AG
Deutsche Private Equity
Ufenau Capital Partners
AMAG Leasing AG
Swisscard AECS GmbH
Other key lawyers:
‘Walder Wyss provided quality advice in a timely manner in relation to a very complex transaction. I appreciated the level of communication and their responsiveness when matters required a quick response.’
‘Urs Gnos has become a trusted advisor through the course of this very long and complex transaction. He is very responsive, provided excellent advice and was focused on ensuring that his firm delivered ‘value’ for the fees charged. I would highly recommend him.’
‘Christian Hagen was very dedicated, responsive and prepared quality work. He was instrumental in managing the deliverables and ensuring the work was kept to the timescales that we were working to. He was very organised and was key to keeping the deal on track.’
‘Attentive, service-minded and knowledgeable team.’
‘Very knowledgeable, service-minded, clear in communication, quickly understands the issues at hand, commercially good advice.’
‘Very strong insight on the business case, not only on legal matters. Outstanding responsiveness, reachability and availability even at late hours or very early in the morning. Very efficient.’
‘Urs Gnos, besides his legal and business knowledge, is a very strong negotiator who always tries to get the best deal for his clients, but can make compromises where needed. He is always in control of the process, even in difficult situations. He is extremely responsive which gives you the feeling of being the most important client. He is straightforward and provides a clear picture of the situation. Even when you contact him, he is involved in your matters and knows any detail of the process.’
Warburg Pincus International
Viseca Holding AG
Tamedia (TX Group)
Montana Tech Components
Bio Energy Group
- Advised Boehringer Ingelheim on the acquisition of NBE-Therapeutics AG.
- Advised Groupe Mutuel Holding SA on its acquisition of a majority participation in Neosana AG and its subsidiaries.
- Acted as lead counsel to ED&F Man Capital Markets regarding the sale of its structured commodities division to Albright Capital and De Jong Capital.
‘Walder Wyss is one of the best law firms for arbitration in Switzerland.’
‘We worked with Andrea Meier, who has a great knowledge of the Swiss civil and arbitration law, is very familiar with the Swiss market and was able to promptly address our and the client’s needs.’
‘Walder Wyss’ arbitration team is by far the best team I had a chance to work with: highly professional, brilliant legal minds and again by far the best technically equipped team that used both legal and tech-tools to put forward client’s arguments in a most persuasive manner. They are indeed second to none.’
‘Michael Cartier is by far the best leading counsel. He is hard working, brilliant legal and tech mind that anticipates the opponent’s actions well ahead and prepares the tactics accordingly. He is able not only to assess major points of the case, but also covers each detail that might be of importance down the road.’
‘Michael Feit is excellent, well-respected attorney whose arguments easily gets the attention of the arbitral tribunal.’
‘The international arbitration team of Walder Wyss is exceptional and they stand out from other Swiss firms in their professionalism, expertise, client orientation and responsiveness. For me, they are the leading international arbitration practice in Switzerland.’
‘Michael Feit is a real stand-out in Walder Wyss and in Switzerland altogether. He is exceptionally smart, intelligent and hard working and I would trust him with any work I may have in Switzerland. He is a clear standout for investment disputes in Switzerland but has exceptional capabilities also in commercial arbitration. Micha Buhler is also highly regarded and a leading arbitration practitioner in the Swiss community.’
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Actelion Ltd (part of the Johnson & Johnson group of companies)
Ali Gohar & Company (Private) Limited
Sharma Fabrictors and Erectors Private Limited
AFRILAND First Group
Other key lawyers:
‘Top-class academic and practical litigators.’
‘Michael Cartier is top class – very personable and hugely intelligent.’
‘I have been working with the litigation team for quite some time, and they are very competent and effective. They work hard and always have great input on the cases at hand. Good strategy and good guidance for the clients.’
‘One of the largest law firms in Switzerland, cultivates a modern and flexible client approach.’
‘Oliver Kunz, Litigation: outstanding litigator with a developed strategic flair, excellent tactician, thinks out-of-the-box.’
‘Very solid and efficient practice. Excellent management of the case and good engagement with enforcement authorities.’
‘First-rate banking and fraud litigators – they are my go-to firm for complex Swiss civil and criminal fraud cases.’
‘Dieter Hoffman is exceptionally knowledgeable and responsive. Oliver Kunz is very adept at Swiss law criminal issues.’
Hitachi Zosen Inova AG
University Hospital Zurich
Hinduja Automotive Limited
Eurobank Ergasias (fka Proton Bank)
Ernst & Young
Bergos Bank (Swiss bank)
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is friendly, well organized and helpful.’
‘Partners are opened to discussion with respect to billing. Partners and associates have the extensive knowledge on their expertise and are open-minded in tackling the issues to be addressed.’
‘Walder Wyss team covers a wide range of subjects and they are highly professional and experienced, ready to intervene in case of urgencies.’
‘Professionalism, being highly skilled and experienced. Available for urgent and immediate request/cases. Friendly.’
‘Sound knowledge of venture capital and private equity transactions.’
‘Alexandre Both and Grégoire Henriod: Quick, efficient, pragmatic.’
Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG
Bank Vontobel AG
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
Edenred Capital Partners
Swisscom Ventures AG
Zürcher Kantonalbank – Private equity fund
Adent Cliniques Dentaires Groupe
Audacia Holding SA
Swiss Bankers Associations
Banque Syz SA
Emmi Schweiz AG
‘The team is friendly, well organised and helpful.’
‘The partners and associates have extensive knowledge in their expertise and are open-minded.’
‘Very efficient resource allocation, extremely knowledgeable, commercially-minded and solution-oriented.’
‘Patrick Vogel: Very efficient resource allocation, extremely knowledgeable, commercially-minded and solution-oriented, very nice to work with.’
Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG
Bank Vontobel AG
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
Swisscom Ventures AG
‘Very responsive, client-oriented, robust advice and guidance.’
‘Dominik Hohler is a rising star, a pleasure to work with.’
‘When it comes to the corporate reorganisation work the impression is very good: the quality of the work was very good, the team was very responsive and solution-oriented.’
‘Dominik Hohler is experienced, responsive and solution-oriented.’
‘Very commercially minded, good availability and flexible on billing; well regarded in the market.’
‘Dominik Hohler is easy to work with and doesn’t get lost in legal details; reliable and quick in adapting to changing requests.’
Bank Lender Ad Hoc Group (DTEK Energy)/Note Holder Ad Hoc Group (DTEK Energy)
Lodbrok Capital (Aryzta)
DCM Film Distribution (Arthouse Cinemas)
Meyer Burger Group
Bankruptcy Administrator (STA Travel Holding)
Paracelsus Hospital Richterswil
Informal Group of PIK Loan Lenders (Swissport Group)
Esprit Europe and its Swiss Subsidiaries Esprit Switzerland Retail and Esprit Switzerland Distribution
UBS, Credit Suisse and ING Bank among others (gategroup Holding)
Liquidator (Thomas Cook)
Apollo International Management LLP and Funds Managed by Affiliates of Apollo Global Management
Walder Wyss Ltd. > Firm Profile
The firm: Around 250 legal experts make Walder Wyss one of the most successful and fastest growing Swiss commercial law firms. The firm specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Its clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.
Growth and a close relationship to its clients are the factors that determine the firm’s success. Walder Wyss was established in Zurich in 1972 and has since grown continuously. With offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano, it provides its clients with seamless one-stop-shop, personalised and high-quality services in all language regions of Switzerland.
Its strong national and international network of correspondents and partners from a broad range of disciplines are selected according to the highest standards of professional competence.
Areas of practice
Banking, finance and insurance: Walder Wyss handles domestic and international banking, securitisations, infrastructure and project finance, domestic and cross-border leasing, and structured financial instruments, as well as over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives. Walder Wyss advises on all aspects of Swiss securities laws and regulations.
IT, telecommunications and multimedia: Walder Wyss focuses on the interlinked and converging areas of information technology, internet, multimedia, as well as media and telecommunications law. It advises on software protection, licensing issues, systems integration contracts, and data processing contracts.
Intellectual property: the firm has a wide range of experience in protecting intellectual property rights, as well as exploiting such rights by way of licensing, franchising and merchandising.
Corporate and commercial: Walder Wyss advises on and assists in the incorporation and organisation of business activities in Switzerland, including the establishment of corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, joint ventures and non-profit organisations.
M&A, restructuring, joint ventures, IPOs and private equity: Walder Wyss handles the structuring and implementation of corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, outsourcings, shareholder agreements, takeovers, demergers, capital restructurings, repurchases of shares, management buyouts, joint ventures, reorganisations, cross-border business arrangements and other direct investment transactions. Walder Wyss advises on seed, early stage and growth financing.
Litigation, arbitration and ADR: Walder Wyss is renowned for its international arbitration and litigation practice. This is reflected both by a high number of arbitration cases, both with respect to party representation and arbitrator appointments, and a well-established commercial court practice leading to an important number of pending cases before the Zurich Commercial Court and other relevant courts throughout Switzerland.
Tax: Walder Wyss’ tax specialists advise on private and public M&A, capital market transactions, IPOs, real estate, structured finance, tax-optimised financial products and investment funds.
Competition/antitrust: Walder Wyss is proficient in all aspects of the regulation of competition. The competition team regularly handles complex merger filings in Switzerland and co-ordinates them with filings in other jurisdictions. The team is routinely involved in questions of market dominance and the design of agreements that do not violate competition law.
Private clients: Walder Wyss advises high-net-worth individuals regarding domestic and international estate planning and provides tailor-made succession solutions. Its services include drafting of wills, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, particularly matrimonial property agreements, and inheritance contracts, as well as any related contractual arrangements, all of which are drawn up in close collaboration with Walder Wyss’ experienced notaries. The firm supports relocations and taking up residence in Switzerland and the planning and setting up of appropriate structures.
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 250 at this office : 27
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)
Legal Developments27th February 2017
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.
16 February 2017: Credit Suisse successfully launched its new subsidiary Credit Suisse (Switzerland)24th February 2017
Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. was incorporated with the purpose to be organized as a Swiss bank. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse AG. The transfer of assets and liabilities according to Swiss merger law became effective on 20 November 2016. The transfer was aimed to evolve the legal entity structure of the Credit Suisse Group to meet regulatory requirements for systematically important banks.
22nd February 2017
gategroup successfully raised CHF 300 million through the issuance of a fixed rate 5-year senior bond with a final maturity on February 28, 2022. The bond with a coupon of 3% p.a. has been issued by gategroup Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. and is guaranteed by its parent company gategroup Holding AG. gategroup will apply for the listing of the new bond on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
22nd February 2017
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.
22nd February 2017
RWS Holdings plc, a world leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), commercial translations and linguistic validation, has completed the acquisition of 100% of LUZ, Inc., a market leading Life Sciences language services provider based in San Francisco, for a cash consideration of USD82.5m.
22nd February 2017
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.
17th February 2017
Transports publics fribourgeois Trafic (TPF TRAFIC) SA closed the financing of its maintenance and exploitation centre in the canton of Fribourg. The financing was partly made through a CHF 40 mio. private placement, a CHF 32 mio. secured bank loan and a CHF 55 mio. unsecured bank loan.
7th February 2017
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.
1st February 2017
Japan-based Sharp Corporation, part of Taiwan’s Foxconn Group, enters into a strategic business alliance with Skytec Group Limited (“Skytec”) regarding the manufacture and sale of Sharp branded products and services in Europe. For that purpose, Sharp acquires a majority stake of 56.7% in the newly incorporated joint venture Skytec UMC Ltd.
1st February 2017
Zug Estates Holding AG (SIX: ZUGN) has successfully issued its first CHF 100 mio. fixed-interest bond with a 0.7% coupon and a 5-year maturity.
1st February 2017
Bischofszell Nahrungsmittel AG, a company of the Migros Group, has acquired a majority interest in Sushi Mania SA, a company incorporated in the canton of Fribourg. Sushi Mania specialises in Japanese cuisine and Asian gastronomy.
23rd January 2017
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.
19th December 2016
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.
16th November 2016
Mercury Systems, a NASDAQ listed leading commercial provider of secure processing subsystems, acquires the Swiss mission computing company Creative Electronic Systems (CES).
16th November 2016
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.
11th November 2016
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.
11th November 2016
The independent private investment company Ardian has won the bidding for the Germany based lighting maker SLV. Ardian entered into an agreement with Cinven to acquire SLV. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval of the applicable anti-trust authorities.
11th November 2016
Simultaneously with a capital increase a group of investors led by Nikolaus Wein and Yves Latour has acquired a majority stake in Lunchgate AG from its founders. Lunchgate, Switzerland’s leading restaurant platform, was founded in 2009 as ICT startup and has developed a comprehensive product portfolio for restaurateurs and gastronomy groups.
11th November 2016
With decision dated 6 October 2016, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court fully rejected a motion to set aside an arbitral award. The decision resulted from a dispute in the amount of about USD 35 million concerning the aviation industry.
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