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Switzerland

Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger's range of services covers "too big to fail" regulations and fintech-related regulatory advice for banks, investment firms and insurers, as well as financing transactions, securitisation and financial restructuring matters.¬†J√ľrg Frick¬†handled an up to $150m senior multi-currency revolving credit facility financing transaction between client SR Technics Switzerland, lender Credit Suisse and a consortium consisting of three banks. Other highlights include¬†Daniel Haeberli¬†advising¬†funds managed by Apollo Global Management on an additional facility granted to Airopack Technology by Co√∂peratieve Rabobank, as well as Ren√© B√∂sch's recovery and resolution-related regulatory advice to Credit Suisse and UBS. Practic head¬†Benedikt Maurenbrecher¬†and¬†Benjamin Leisinger¬†are also key partners.

Leading individuals

Benedikt Maurenbrecher - Homburger

René Bösch - Homburger

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin Leisinger - Homburger

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger¬†is 'valued for its strong client focus, market intelligence, competence and high-quality work products'. With considerable expertise in equity, hybrid and debt transactions, the team is also well known for advising on IPOs, equity raisings, capital and debt issuances, as well as traded investment products. Recent highlights include advising on the updating of UBS Group's senior debt programme, work which was led by¬†Stefan Kramer, who has 'strong knowledge of banking regulations', and the 'skilled and client-oriented'¬†Benedikt Maurenbrecher. Other core practitioners are¬†Ren√© B√∂sch, a key counsel for Credit Suisse, and¬†Daniel Daeniker, who acted for Sensirion on the listing of over eight million shares in connection with its IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange. 'Outstanding legal adviser'¬†Hansj√ľrg Appenzeller¬†and 'solution-driven' counsel¬†Lee Saladino¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Daniel Daeniker - Homburger

René Bösch - Homburger

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger is renowned for providing 'very knowledgeable and accessible' specialist teams, ensuring that 'the right people work on the right tasks'. The practice includes M&A and capital market transactions, as well as restructuring matters, compliance issues and internal investigations, as well as dispute resolution. In a major highlight, Dieter Gericke handled ChemChina's $43bn acquisition of Syngenta. Daniel Daeniker assisted Fairfax Financial Holdings with its $4.9bn merger with Allied World Assurance. Daniel Hasler acted for MTH Retail Group during its purchase of OWiba Group. M&A partner Frank Gerhard is another name to note, while clients also recommended the 'well-connected' Daniel Oser and Claude Lambert.

Leading individuals

Daniel Daeniker - Homburger

Dieter Gericke - Homburger

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Hasler - Homburger

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

As 'one of the top practices in Europe', Homburger's 'excellent team' impresses with its 'outstanding knowledge, regular client communication and 24-hour availability'. Handling both Swiss and European competition and antitrust matters, as well as administrative and civil court proceedings, the practice focuses on merger control notifications and filings, litigation and investigations in connection with horizontal and vertical restraints, as well as compliance and contractual matters. It fields a team of 'experienced' practitioners including the 'well-connected and solution-driven'¬†Marcel Dietrich¬†and 'thorough, efficient and thoughtful' counsel¬†Andreas Burger, who have¬†significant strength in the regulated industries. Dietrich assisted Alpiq with all competition aspects concerning the CHF800m acquisition of Alpiq In Tec and Kraftanlagen M√ľnchen by Bouygues.¬†Franz Hoffet¬†is representing Airbus in Swiss merger control proceedings. Booking.com, ChemChina and Clariant also feature in its client roster.

Leading individuals

Franz Hoffet - Homburger

Marcel Dietrich - Homburger

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

Homburger

Homburger's arbitration team 'has a deep understanding of industrial clients' needs' and works under 'quick reaction times'. The client base largely consists of blue-chip companies and businesses from regulated industries, and the group frequently handles M&A, commercial, energy, pharmaceutical and financial disputes. Felix Dasser represented Pawlowski as claimant in an ICSID case against the Czech Republic concerning a real estate development project, while Mariella Orelli acted for Alpiq in an ICSID proceeding relating to the unlawful termination of long-term electricity supply agreements by Romania's state-owned power generation company Hidroelectrica. Team lead Balz Gross defended a pharmaceutical company against a US competitor in a patent license dispute. The 'very responsive and well-organised' Gabrielle Nater-Bass is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Felix Dasser - Homburger

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

Homburger

The 'pragmatic and knowledgeable' team at Homburger impresses with its 'good bi-lingual capability, sound commercial judgement and goal-oriented approach'. With many blue-chip companies among its client base, the litigation practice covers disputes for the regulated industries and further specialises in M&A, as well as commercial-, finance- and fraud-related proceedings. Balz Gross and Claudio Bazzani represent the liquidators of a Ukrainian and Cypriot company in criminal proceedings regarding embezzlement against the company's former owners, while 'experienced procedural lawyer' Felix Dasser has the litigation lead for Swatch Group's negative declaratory relief claim against an English company concerning Swatch's global spare-parts distribution system. Clients also recommend Gabrielle Nater-Bass, Roman Richers and counsel Julian Schwaller, who 'go out of their way to assist during cases'.

Leading individuals

Balz Gross - Homburger

Felix Dasser - Homburger

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Zurich-based firm¬†Homburger¬†impresses with 'quick response times and a straightforward, common-sense approach'. The team is particularly experienced in the creation and implementation of employee participation and compensation plans, as well as employment matters related to transactions and restructuring. 'Very convincing' practice head¬†Balz Gross¬†advises General Motors on the divestment and transfer of Opel brand employees to Peugeot. Clients also recommend 'pragmatic and practical' executive compensation specialist¬†Claude Lambert¬†and 'extremely bright' associate¬†Andreas M√ľller. Employment litigator¬†Gregor B√ľhler¬†is a key name for resolving top-management and data protection disputes.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Homburger handles a range of matters for clients in the healthcare and life sciences industry, including intellectual property, M&A, regulatory advice and dispute resolution. IP partner Andri Hess is representing Novartis in the enforcement of several blockbuster drug patents in court and is also defending the client against nullity actions brought by competitors. Another recent highlight was Dieter Gericke's advice to ChemChina on its $43bn acquisition of Syngenta via a public tender offer. Marcel Dietrich and Franz Hoffet are the key contacts for regulatory and competition law matters.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Homburger

Homburger provides bankruptcy, restructuring and transactional advice, while also acting for clients in related litigation and foreign-bankruptcy recognition proceedings. Practice head Stefan Kramer advised Kauphing Bank on its Swiss-law composition plan and the recognition of Icelandic insolvency decrees in Switzerland. Credit Suisse and ISDA are other key clients. Benjamin Leisinger made partner in January 2018. Simon Vorburger  left for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in July 2018.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Homburger

Homburger¬†advises on Swiss insurance regulations and risk transfers, as well as transactions in the insurance sector. It also handles liability disputes, D&O claims, reinsurance litigation and FINMA proceedings.¬†Hansj√ľrg Appenzeller¬†assisted Ergo Versicherung with the sale of DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherung to Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft.¬†Felix Dasser¬†is the key contact for dispute resolution.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

The fifteen-lawyer team at¬†Homburger¬†'has an excellent reputation in the market' and impresses with its 'very good business knowledge'. It regularly handles advisory and contentious intellectual property matters for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences, telecoms, media, entertainment and technology sectors.¬†Andri Hess¬†represents Illumina in several international biotech patent infringement disputes before the Swiss Federal Patent Court, and successfully defended Nestl√© and Nepresso against a patent infringement claim concerning its Dolce Gusto product from Ethical Coffee Company. 'Knowledgeable and reliable litigator'¬†Georg Rauber¬†and¬†Gregor B√ľhler¬†lead the practice.

Leading individuals

Andri Hess - Homburger

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

Homburger

As one of the best firms in Zurich, Homburger¬†delivers superb work on banking and finance, corporate, M&A and capital markets law. Ren√© B√∂sch,¬†Benedikt Maurenbrecher¬†and Daniel Daeniker¬†are the key contacts. Other prominent areas include Franz Hoffet's and Marcel Dietrich's competition practice, the dispute resolution work of Felix Dasser¬†and Balz Gross, as well as the IP and TMT departments, led by Georg Rauber¬†and David Rosenthal.¬†Dieter Gr√ľnblatt¬†and¬†Peter Riedweg¬†are recognised for their tax expertise.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Homburger

Homburger¬†is well known as 'a one-stop shop private client boutique covering all relevant areas', such as inheritance matters, foundation and trust law, tax structuring and dispute resolution. 'Straightforward and solution-oriented' estate planning and asset protection lawyer¬†Gabrielle Nater-Bass,¬†'sophisticated cross-border tax specialist'¬†Claudia Suter¬†and¬†Harold Gr√ľninger¬†are the names to note.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

Homburger

Acting for sovereign states, companies and financial institutions, Homburger has considerable experience in the energy, IT, pharmaceutical, healthcare and banking sectors. Marcel Dietrich is advising on the restructuring of Alpiq's energy distribution network in accordance with Swiss market liberalisation and regulatory requirements, and is representing Implenia in several public procurement procedures.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Homburger

The real estate practice at Homburger has 'a very good reputation in the market' due to its 'hands-on approach, flexibility and responsiveness'. Its experience covers transactions, various types of contracts, agreements and permits, dispute resolution, infrastructure projects and financing matters. Recent highlights include handling the structuring and implementation of a mortgage financing platform for UBS Switzerland, as well as assisting Careal and Amag with obtaining a construction permit for the realisation of a public car park in central Switzerland. Key names include Daniel Hasler, Marcel Dietrich, Stefan Kramer, Balz Gross and Gabrielle Nater-Bass.

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 3

Homburger

Homburger¬†has 'a great reputation in the market' and impresses with its 'impeccable delivery times and advice in accordance with all perspectives'. Specialising in M&A, fraud law, commercial, intellectual property and finance disputes involving marketing companies and sports organisations, the multilingual team, led by¬†Georg Rauber¬†and Balz Gross, mostly works on international matters.¬†Gregor B√ľhler¬†'makes one feel like the most important client of his firm' and provides 'excellent results by an agreed deadline'.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

Zurich-based firm¬†Homburger¬†has 'one of Switzerland's leading practice groups for data privacy law'. The team combines intellectual property and patent law with regulatory and commercial expertise in telecoms and media, as well as marketing, e-commerce and internet law.¬†Georg Rauber¬†assisted Viacar with the negotiation of a re-design project for its core application platform, while Gregor B√ľhler¬†is defending Google against defamation claims concerning the right to be forgotten. 'Approachable, supportive and pragmatic leading lawyer'¬†David Rosenthal¬†advises¬†Open Systems on IT security services contracts with international companies.

Leading individuals

David Rosenthal - Homburger

Georg Rauber - Homburger

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Homburger

'Knowledgeable' firm¬†Homburger¬†'provides outstanding advice on all transaction-related legal areas, especially tax' and 'delivers appropriate solutions with a focus on implementation'. The practice also undertakes tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and handles contentious matters. The 'client-oriented'¬†Peter Riedweg¬†advised Avaloq Evolution on the tax structuring of an incoming $300m investment by Warburg Pincus, while the highly regarded¬†Stefan Oesterhelt¬†assisted Johnson & Johnson with the structuring and authority negotiation of its tender offer to acquire Actelion. 'Outstanding capital markets and tax expert'¬†Dieter Gr√ľnblatt¬†assists Nord Stream 2 with the implementation of a tax-efficient capital structure.

Leading individuals

Dieter Gr√ľnblatt - Homburger

Peter Riedweg - Homburger

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    Ashcroft Inc., headquartered in Stratford, CT, USA, a subsidiary of Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Nagano Keiki Co., Ltd, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Swiss-based R√ľeger Holding SA (R√ľeger) and Dutch-based STIKO Meetapparentenfabriek B.V. (Stiko), both manufacturers of specialty temperature and pressure measurement products, from their previous owners, Bernard and Jean-Marc R√ľeger.
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  • B√§r & Karrer Advises B3i in its Current Equity Funding Round

    Industry-led InsurTech B3i Services AG successfully raised additional funds from current shareholders and new investors to further develop and grow its blockchain-based insurance transaction platform. B3i was founded in October 2016 as an insurance industry consortium which then formed B3i Services AG as an independent company. The shareholder group includes some of the world's largest insurers and reinsurers from across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. B3i intends to further expand its shareholder base over the next several months.
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  • B√§r & Karrer Advises Primeo Energie and CSA Energie-Infrastructure Schweiz in Aquisition from El√©t

    Primeo Energie, EOS Holding SA (EOS) and √Člectricit√© de France (EDF) have entered into a share purchase agreement relating to the purchase by Primeo Energie and EOS of the 25% interest held by EDF in Alpiq Holding SA. The purchase by Primeo Eergie and EOS will be financed through mandatory exchangeable loan agreements made by CSA Energie-Infrastruktur Schweiz (CSA) as lender, the biggest investment pool for Swiss energy infrastructure with 135 Swiss pension funds acting as investors. At maturity the mandatory exchangeable loan agreements will be converted into shares in Alpiq. Primeo Energie and EOS thereby pave the way for a Swiss shareholder structure of Alpiq.
  • B√§r & Karrer Awarded Most Innovative Swiss Law Firm of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards

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  • B√§r & Karrer Advises DSV on Public Exchange Offer for Panalpina

    On 1 April 2019, DSV A/S, Hedehusene, Denmark and Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Zurich, Switzerland, have entered into an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a public exchange offer by DSV for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina for approximately CHF 4.6 billion. The board of directors of Panalpina has resolved to support the public exchange offer by DSV and to recommend the acceptance of DSV's public exchange offer to its shareholders.
  • B√§r & Karrer Advises Lonza on the Entering into a Strategic Joint Venture with Chr. Hansen for Deve

    On 2 April 2019, Lonza, a leading pharma contract manufacturing company, and Chr. Hansen, a leading global bioscience company, announced that they have signed an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture to pioneer the live biotherapeutic products (LBPs) industry and position themselves as the leading contract development and manufacturing partner (CDMO) for biotech and pharma customers. The joint venture brings together best-in-class, complementary capabilities and will be the first CDMO globally to provide a full supply chain that offers manufacturing of bacteria strains for therapeutic use.¬†The joint venture will be a 50/50 controlled legal entity that will operate from its headquarters in Basel (CH) and have production facilities in Denmark and Switzerland. A phased investment of approximately EUR 90 million will be deployed over three years to build cGMP-compliant pharma production capabilities. The joint venture will upgrade existing facilities in H√łrsholm (DK) and equip new facilities in Basel (CH) to serve pre-clinical to phase II projects. Further facilities for phase III and commercial manufacturing will be developed as the pipeline matures. The joint venture is expected to be largely self-funding after the production set-up has been established.
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    Computacenter Group, a leading European IT service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange, acquired PathWorks, a well-established hardware reseller in the Swiss market.