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January 2018

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.

Alexandre Both specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. His practice also covers a wide range of finance transactions, in particular acquisition finance, real estate finance and commodity trade finance. He also advises on general corporate and contractual matters.

Michael Cartier has more than twelve years of experience in representing clients in international arbitrations, before state courts, and in enforcement and legal assistance matters. He is listed as an expert for arbitration in Who's Who Legal. He also sits as arbitrator and is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the ICC National Committee (Switzerland). The focus of his work is on construction and engineering 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).

Michael Feit specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration and cross-border disputes. He has extensive experience in representing parties in arbitration disputes under major arbitration rules (in particular ICC, LCIA and Swiss Rules) and in ad hoc proceedings, and also sits as an arbitrator (ICC, ICSID and Swiss Rules). He has been elected as a Future Leader in arbitration both for 2017 and 2018 in a survey conducted by Who’s Who Legal. His practice encompasses a broad range of fields, such as construction, distribution agreements and post-M&A disputes.

Hubertus Hillerström specialises in national and international financing and mergers and acquisitions, including structured finance, private equity and venture capital transactions. He has participated in numerous commodities and trade finance operations (oil and gas, metals and soft commodities), and closely follows the legislative changes in this field. Hubertus Hillerström also specialises in real estate transactions and lease matters.

Olivier Sigg has more than twelve years of experience in the Private Clients area. As a TEP expert, he specialises in trusts, foundations, and last wills and testaments. He provides advice to international high-net-worth individuals on estate planning, asset protection, relocation and philanthropy (in particular, advice to international charities). He also acts in complex, often multi-jurisdictional succession and trust disputes. Olivier Sigg also has a wealth of experience in employment law. He advises both employers and executives in contractual and contentious matters.

In addition, Daniel Dedeyan and Peter Hongler have been promoted to Counsel and Fabienne LimacherMarco GalliSamuel LieberherrFabian LooserTervel Stoyanov and Benjamin Suter have been promoted to Managing Associates. All promotions are effective as of 1st of January, 2018.

Daniel Dedeyan advises national and international clients in matters of banking, financial markets, insurance and contract and trade law. He represents clients before supervisory authorities and the stock exchange and provides expert opinions. Daniel Dedeyan specialises in regulatory matters, among other fields. In particular, he has regularly assisted financial intermediaries, insurance companies, investment funds and fintech companies with the implementation of domestic and cross-border projects, in proceedings of international mutual assistance in administrative and criminal matters, and with conducting internal regulatory, criminal, and antitrust investigations.

Peter Hongler works in the fields of domestic and international corporate tax and individual tax. He focuses on national and international corporate reorganisations, restructurings, structured finance, financial and insurance products, and private clients. Alongside this, he is a lecturer in tax law at the University of Zurich and is the secretary of the Swiss Association of Tax Law Professors (SATLP).

Fabienne Limacher is working in the fields of domestic and international corporate tax as well as individual tax. She focuses particularly on national and international corporate reorganisations, restructurings, structured finance, financial and insurance products as well as private clients.

Marco Galli mainly focuses on corporate and commercial law, banking & finance as well as finance services. Moreover, he is active in the fields of employment law and data protection law. He assists individuals and corporate clients both on advisory and litigation matters.

Samuel Lieberherr preferred areas of practice include contract, corporate and commercial law, mergers & acquisitions and reorganisations. Additionally, he advises corporate clients on all matters of business law related to their daily operations and supports them regarding corporate governance.

Fabian Looser preferred areas of practice include employment law (e.g. staff leasing), contract law (e.g. drafting of contracts) and sports law. He advises in contentious as well as non-contentious matters and represents parties before courts.

Tervel Stoyanov expertise includes financing transactions and commodities related matters (e.g. SCTF, International Trade, etc.). Further, he advises on regulatory and commercial law aspects related to financial services.

Benjamin Suter advises and represents clients in disputes in pre-litigation phases as well as before state courts, arbitral tribunals and public authorities. His practice as a litigator encompasses all areas of business law.

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  • 17 February 2017: Auris Medical's Public Equity Offering

    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.
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  • 17 February 2017: Auris Medical's Public Equity Offering

    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.
  • 16 February 2017: Credit Suisse successfully launched its new subsidiary Credit Suisse (Switzerland)

    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.
  • 14 February 2017: BASF acquires Rolic Group

    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.
  • 15 February 2017: gategroup CHF 300 mio. bond issuance

    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.
  • 17 February 2017: RWS acquires LUZ, Inc.

    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.
  • 17 February 2017: Cembra Money Bank acquires invoice financing provider SWISSBILLING SA

    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.
  • 7 February 2017: TPF closes private offering and bank financing

    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.
  • 3 February 2017: Migros acquires Tipesca

    The Migros Group, through MĂ©rat & Cie. SA, has acquired Tipesca SA, a company incorporated in the canton of Tessin. Tipesca offers a wide range of fish products.
  • 24 January 2017: Sharp Corporation and Skytec Group Limited enter into strategic business alliance

    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.
  • 25 January 2017: Zug Estates CHF 100 mio. Bond

    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.