Wenger Plattner > Basel, Switzerland > Firm Profile

Wenger Plattner
AESCHENVORSTADT 55
4010 BASEL
Switzerland

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Wenger Plattner is noted for being ‘technically excellent and called upon for the most complex and sensitive work.‘ The team has know-how in acting as administrator/bankruptcy trustee in cross-border cases as well as in acting for creditors and debtors where the group has a track record of handling complex in- and out-of-court-restructurings. The well-reputed Brigitte Umbach-Spahn leads the practice and is experienced in the financial services sector. Fritz Rothenbühler combines R&I, corporate and competition expertise. Karl Wüthrich is an ‘extremely logical thinker.‘ The group also impresses with a strong junior bench, namely counsel Stefan Bossart and senior associate Denise Jagmetti-Huser who was a substitute judge at the bankruptcy and debt restructuring court at the District Court of Zurich until joining the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Brigitte Umbach-Spahn

Testimonials

‘The Wenger Plattner team is market-leading for R&I in Switzerland – technically excellent and called upon for the most complex and sensitive work.’

‘Karl Wüthrich is an extremely logical thinker and able to think laterally to overcome obstacles.’

‘Brigitte Umbach-Spahn is technically excellent and willing to fight the client’s corner on difficult issues.’

‘Wenger Plattner are the stand-out Swiss firm for Swiss insolvency/cross-border insolvency matters. They have a very strong team of partners and associates in this area.’

‘The team at Wenger Plattner can cover restructuring and insolvency cases from two sides: (i) they can act as office holder (administrator/bankruptcy trustee) – also in complex cross border cases. Moreover, they can advise clients (debtor/creditors) in out of court restructurings. This provides a unique experience and sets them apart from many other firms. Leading player in the field in Switzerland.’

‘Brigitte Umbach-Spahn has a quick understanding of key economic factors of a case; successfully “navigates the ship in troubled waters”, has very broad experience in the area and excellent negotiation skills.’

‘Stefan Bossart has excellent analytical skills, is quick in grasping the key aspects, and is very responsive.’

‘The best restructuring and insolvency advice available in Switzerland. Brigitte Umbach-Spahn and Stefan Bossert are outstanding.’

Key clients

Swissair Group

Petroplus Group

Swissmetal Industries AG/Weidenareal Metall AG

envion AG

SkyWork Airlines AG

Swiss Dairy Food AG

Unifina Holding AG

mopac modern packaging AG / 2MP AG

Bank Hottinger & Cie. AG

The Enzian Shipping/Swiss Chem Tankers Group

Publicitas AG in bankruptcy liquidation

SCL / SCT // Enzian Shipping AG / Swiss Chem Tankers AG

saltech AG

Gysi AG Chocolatier Suisse

SCL Helvetia AG

Work highlights

  • Serving as FINMA appointed liquidators of Bank Hottinger & Cie AG since the end of 2015.
  • Elected as liquidator of the Enzian Shipping/Swiss Chem Tankers Group which has been severely affected by the international crises of maritime shipping.
  • Acting as liquidators of Petroplus Marketing AG.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 3

Wenger Plattner‘s employment team acts for companies and high-level employees with a focus on dispute resolution, in particular regarding complex termination and bonus disputes. Additionally, the practice, which is headed by Roland Bachmann, handles related disputes, such as non-competition clauses, conducts arbitral proceedings in collective labour law disputes and assists with the employment aspects of company transactions, restructurings and outsourcing projects, including mass dismissals and social plans matters. Damian Schai joined the unit from Lenz · Caemmerer · Bender in 2020.

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Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Wenger Plattner showcases ‘strong experience and capabilities across life sciences and healthcare.‘ The team handles a range of related matters for hospitals, pharmaceutical, biotech and insurance companies, healthcare bodies and organisations as well as individuals. Practice head Carlo Conti advises on governmental and administrative law, while Oliver Künzler‘s focus lies on the transactional side.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Conti

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Testimonials

‘Flexible and well-informed team.’

‘Very strong know-how of the healthcare industry. Excellent client knowledge. Strong strategic consulting capability.’

‘Excellent to deal with. Deep know-how. Excellent collaboration.’

‘Strong experience and capabilities across life sciences and healthcare. Excellent support for large and smaller/start-up companies. Billing adapted to company size/possibilities. Also strong transaction/M&A capabilities.’

‘Carlo Conti: outstanding healthcare and political insights, deep experience across healthcare and life sciences.’

‘Oliver Künzler: great experience for business transactions, M&A, contracting, etc.’

Key clients

Zurzach Care AG (former RehaClinic AG)

Schweizerische Diabetes-Stiftung

Viollier AG

Casavita Stiftung

IQVIA AG

Medgate AG

Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel

Universitätsspital Zürich

Caru AG

Work highlights

  • Advising SWICA on all corporate matters as well as with respect to telemedicine and related licensing issues in order to receive the necessary marketing authorisation from the relevant authorities.
  • Advised the USZ innovation management team in matters relating to innovation projects, the creation of start-ups, and the strategic initiative called ‘health innovation hub’.
  • Advised IQVIA and other companies in connection with the organisation and negotiation of CTAs with hospitals in Switzerland as well as related legal clarifications, in particular in the area of regulatory law.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Wenger Plattner acts for real estate and construction management companies as well as investment entities, such as pension funds, on a number of real estate and construction matters. Additionally the group also offers litigation expertise for all types of real estate and construction disputes. Practice head Thomas Wetzel has particular experience in advising on construction law issues with regard to the purchase and sale of properties. Recently, the unit of ‘real experts‘ has seen increased activity in procedures for site developments and building permits. Placidus Plattner and Gaudenz Schwitter are further key contacts.

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‘Strong reputation – real experts in several fields – powerful network.’

‘Real experts, strong experience, client-minded.’

Key clients

Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte

VERIT Investment Management AG

Energie 360° AG

Immobilien ETHZF AG

Brandenberger + Ruosch AG

IST Investmentstiftung

The Swiss Federal Pension Fund PUBLICA

Genossenschaft Migros Aare

Terresta Immobilien und Verwaltungs AG

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Noted for its ‘solutions-oriented attitude’, Wenger Plattner is a go-to contact for Swiss and foreign companies from a wide range of industries. Led by the ‘extremely dedicatedOliver Künzler, the team covers due diligence, transaction negotiations, and merger control notifications. It is furthermore often involved in M&A transactions, including joint ventures, restructurings and outsourcing, in connection with private and distressed companies. Marc Nater also offers experience in private equity and capital market matters.

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Testimonials

‘Very good qualifications in all areas of business law, including tax law.’

‘Wenger Plattner offers a highly competitive service. Also, the firms put high emphasis on gender diversity, including the possibility to work part-time for women with young children, with a high number of female lawyers in senior positions.’

‘Oliver Künzler is an excellent lawyer with a deep business understanding. He is extremely dedicated to the needs of the client and knows perfectly what is required to get a deal successfully over the finishing line. He is a fast thinker and has the ability to come up with innovative, sound proposals to resolve difficult situations for the benefit of his clients. I very much like his pragmatic and high-quality approach.’

‘Good response speed, willingness to resolve issues promptly.’

‘Oliver and his team are just great.’

‘Oliver Künzler is experienced, reliable and service-minded.’

‘Wenger has a very solutions-oriented attitude; they are keen on solving the problems and not creating or listing issues. Very responsive, uncomplicated communication, easily available for a brief call.’

‘Oliver Künzler has a very solutions-oriented attitude and is a great expert in various areas, from civil law to regulatory framework related to pharma, medical sectors etc.’

Key clients

SIGNA Group

TX Group AG

SWICA Gesundheitsorganisation (Health Insurance)

HRG Hotels GmbH

Gilde Buy-Out Partners

Audi AG

Julius Baer Group

CIBT, Inc.

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

Hawesko

HG Commerciale

ADUR Management AG

SBI Holdings

Capital Transmission SA

Magazine zum Globus AG

Tonix Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Align Technology, Inc.

Hospitality Swiss Proco AG

GA Europe GmbH

Saurer Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Align Technologies Inc on the acquisition of Swiss company Arbrea Labs AG, including its subsequent integration in the group through a merger.
  • Acted as lead counsel to SBI Group with respect to its investment in Sygnum Bank, the first digital asset bank in Switzerland and a digital asset specialist with global reach.
  • Acted as legal counsel to the Canton Solothurn with respect to the divestment of its minority shareholding in the delisted energy producer Alpiq Holding AG.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 4

The team at Wenger Plattner is regularly instructed by Swiss and foreign companies and SMEs from the chemicals, construction, life sciences, consumer products, and insurance sectors. Led by Fritz Rothenbühler and Dieter Gränicher , the group advises on general Swiss and EU competition law, contracts, merger control proceedings, and competition compliance programs. It further represents clients in litigation and investigation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Fritz Rothenbühler; Dieter Gränicher

Testimonials

‘Competent and quick. Interdisciplinary competencies.’

‘The firm has excellent legal knowledge and is particularly experienced in competition law. Where necessary the firm cooperates with experts in the field. In competition cases, for example, it calls in economic expertise in good time in order to be able to provide clients with the best possible advice.’

‘Fritz Rothenbühler is very goal-oriented and conducts discussions with his clients efficiently. He quickly identifies the critical issues of a case and addresses them decisively. In doing so, he is supported by a competent team. The cooperation with him is always very constructive and fruitful.’

Key clients

Universitätsspital Basel & Kantonsspital Baselland

Kantonsspital Baselland

Work highlights

  • Reviewing the business of a Swiss construction material company activities in order to check their compliance with Swiss Competition Law.
  • Reviewing the business of a Swiss asphalt company activities in order to check their compliance with Swiss competition law.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Providing ‘fast, very practical and pragmatic solutions and advice’, Wenger Plattner acts for a variety of corporations, public entities and private clients in domestic and global disputes. The teams in Zurich and Basel handle a broad range of contentious mandates and practitioners also serve as part-time judges in the national courts. Stephan Kesselbach heads up the department, which also includes employment specialist Roland Bachmann and Dieter Gränicher. Karin Graf departed to VISCHER in late 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Very efficient and professional service for a fair price. Unlike other firms, Wenger Plattner does not write lengthy submissions, memo etc. rather, their writing and language is always to the point and short.’

‘We work primarily with Stephan Kesselbach and his team. Stephan is a very good lawyer with a pragmatic approach to complex legal issues. Stephan and his team are successful litigators, especially because of their ability to concentrate on the essentials, to be clear and precise in their arguments and to refrain from unnecessary or useless staff in their pleadings and submissions.’

‘Very specialised and very deep knowledge in their field of expertise. Fast, very practical and pragmatic solutions and advice.’

‘Hands on support, easy to work with. Very efficient and fast in finding the right solution.’

Key clients

Publicitas AG

SAirGroup

Swissair

Petroplus Group

Former Swissmetal Group

Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd

EBT swiss engineering Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Coordinating the current criminal and civil proceedings in Italy and Switzerland for Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd. with the bankruptcy proceedings and present civil proceedings of the bank in a mandate with great media attention.
  • Defending the schedule of claims of Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd. against various international creditors.
  • Acting for Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd. in liability claims for mismanagement against four former executives and/or members of the board of the bank.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

Wenger Plattner is particularly well known for its expertise in insolvency and restructuring matters as well as its experience in corporate and M&A, competition, litigation and real estate mandates. Founding partner and IP specialist Peter Mosimann, healthcare expert Carlo Conti and real estate-focused Thomas Wetzel are noted. Stephan Kesselbach and Oliver Künzler lead on litigation, tax and corporate matters. Brigitte Umbach-Spahn and Karl Wüthrich act on restructuring and insolvency mandates.

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Key clients

Audi AG

Heineken Group Switzerland

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

envion AG

SIGNA Retail Group

Julius Baer Group

Denner AG

Swissair Group

Publicitas AG

Bank Hottinger & Cie. AG

The Enzian Shipping / Swiss Chem Tankers Group

Magazine zum Globus AG

Petroplus Group

AXA Real Estate Funds

ING Belgium SA

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal and tax adviser to Swiss retailer Magazine zum Globus AG (and its shareholders SIGNA and Central Group) with respect to the sale of a portfolio of 31 stores.
  • Counsel to Novocure Ltd. regarding the renewal of a USD 150 million credit facility in pharma industry.
  • Acting as FINMA appointed liquidators of Bank Hottinger & Cie AG since the end of 2015.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 4

Wenger Plattner advises sports celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs on their private client issues, with focus areas being tax, estate and succession planning as well as the establishing of charitable foundations and the preparation of wills. A further key focus of the unit is the representation of private clients in disputes, such as those relating to inheritances. The team is headed by Filippo Beck who specialises in inheritance and asset structuring matters. Roland Bachmann has a focus on dispute resolution.

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Switzerland > Tax Tier 4

Wenger Plattner is active in general tax planning and tax counseling integrated in mandates of the corporate/ M&A team. The group has noteworthy experience in real estate taxation matters such as mergers and acquisitions of real estate companies and single objects; tax efficient reorganisations of real estate portfolios and real estate redevelopment concepts. The team includes Sereina Mader. Former practice head Urs Schüpfer has now left the firm.

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Testimonials

‘They have high technical expertise in corporate and individual taxation, but still with a pragmatic approach.- They are extremely client-oriented.- The tax authorities trust them.’

‘The collaboration between the teams stands out.’

‘Wenger Plattner is very competent and the opinions are always detailed and well-founded. The given deadlines are met. In addition, the price-performance ratio is very good compared to the competitors. ‘

‘Well-founded, detailed, competent, accurate, forward-looking in all tax matters.’

‘They make the impossible possible- excellent negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Heineken Group Switzerland

HIAG Real Estate Group

SIGNA Retail Group

Magazine zum Globus AG

Denner AG

Büchi Glas Uster

Baugenossenschaft Zürichsee

PEKU Treuhand

Peter Steiner Family Office/Hagenholz Immobilien AG

AXA Real Estate Funds

Work highlights

  • Advised Heineken Switzerland Group on tax aspects of its restructuring of holding of international participations with a new Swiss sub-holding structure.
  • Successfully acted for Hagenholz Immobilien AG in an appeal at the Federal Supreme Court in the context of the reduction of the applicable real estate capital gains tax burden to approx. CHF500k.
  • Advised Magazine zum Globus AG, as well as its shareholders, with respect to the sale of a portfolio of 31 stores to its former CEO Thomas Herbert and the Bayard Family.

Switzerland > Intellectual property

Wenger Plattner has a unique focus advising on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property aspects of the arts, such as copyright and trade mark matters concerning music and photography.

For over 30 years, Wenger Plattner has been advising and representing clients in all aspects of business law. Wenger Plattner has offices in Basel, Zurich and Bern as well as a representative office in Geneva.

We identify practical, workable solutions and help clients implement these to achieve the best possible commercial outcomes. We rely on teams of experts, many of whom are involved in decision-making as members of public authorities and other bodies, giving them an in-depth understanding of client needs.

As a fully integrated partnership, we place a strong emphasis on teamwork and cooperation. You will have access to dedicated, highly experienced specialists who will help you meet your specific objectives efficiently and effectively, delivering the highest standards of quality.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Competition Dr Dieter Gränicherdieter.graenicher@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Constitutional and administrative law Prof Dr Gerhard Schmidgerhard.schmid@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Constitutional and administrative law Dr Carlo Conticarlo.conti@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Contract and commercial Stephan Cuenistephan.cueni@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Corporate and M&A Dr Peter Mosimannpeter.mosimann@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Entertainment and sport Dr Peter Mosimannpeter.mosimann@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
ICT Dr Peter Mosimannpeter.mosimann@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Labour and social security Dr Peter Mosimannpeter.mosimann@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Life sciences and health Prof Dr Gerhard Schmidgerhard.schmid@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Life sciences and health Dr Carlo Conticarlo.conti@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Litigation and arbitration Dr Dieter Gränicherdieter.graenicher@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Litigation and arbitration Dr Werner Wengerwerner.wenger@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Notary services Stephan Cuenistephan.cueni@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Notary services Dr Dieter Gränicherdieter.graenicher@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Private clients Dr Dieter Gränicherdieter.graenicher@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Real estate and construction Dr Dieter Gränicherdieter.graenicher@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
IP and IT Dr Damian Schaidamian.schai@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Litigation and arbitration Yannick Hostettleryannick.hostettler@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
Corporate and M&A Dr Tobias Meilitobias.meili@wenger-plattner.ch+41 61 279 70 00
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Carlo Conti photoMr Carlo ContiCarlo Conti is a partner in the field of life sciences and…
Dieter Gränicher photoMr Dieter GränicherDieter Gränicher is a partner on the Corporate and Commercial and Private…
Yannick Hostettler photoDr Yannick HostettlerYannick Hostettler advises and represents Swiss and foreign companies as well as…
Tobias Meili photoMr Tobias MeiliTobias Meili is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial Law practice…
Damian Schai photoMr Damian SchaiDamian Schai is a partner in the IP and IT as well…
Gerhard Schmid photoProf Dr iur Gerhard SchmidGerhard Schmid is a counsel, advising clients on constitutional and administrative matters as…
Felix Uhlmann photoMr Felix UhlmannFelix Uhlmann is a counsel in the specialised area of constitutional and administrative…
Werner Wenger photoMr Werner WengerWerner Wenger is a founding partner of Wenger Plattner, since 2012 practising as…
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