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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

SCHIFFBAUSTRASSE 2, POSTFACH 1765, 8031 Z√úRICH, SWITZERLAND
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Switzerland

Banking and finance: Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has experience of advising major financial service and insurance providers on national and cross-border regulatory aspects, investment fund matters, private banking and contentious cases. Bernard Lachenal and Christophe Rapin are the key practitioners.

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Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 'consistently provides a high quality of work, combined with a practical approach towards transactions'. Fintech matters, investment funds, capital markets, anti-money laundering and regulatory advice are the key areas on the advisory side, while litigation concerning regulated entities is another focus. Practice head Alexander Vogel regularly advises banks on syndicated loans in financing transactions, while Daniel Schoch acted for Spital Männedorf on its first issue and listing of a bond. Transaction partner Samuel Ljubicic, who 'is a pleasure to work with', assists start-up company Creditworld with regulatory matters.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s 'goal-oriented, efficient, pragmatic and experienced' capital markets team handles IPOs, private placements, collective investment schemes, as well as rights, debts and exchange offerings, combined with regulatory aspects.¬†Wolfgang M√ľller, who 'is very pleasant to work with', acted for TDK-Micronas as selling shareholder on the IPO of X-Fab Silicon Foundries on Euronext Paris, while Christoph Heiz¬†advised Norges Statsbaner on issuing a series of international bonds worth CHF375m on SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 'is excellent in terms of experience, quality and client correspondence', with 'significant resources and a complete range of services available at short notice'. Areas of expertise include share and asset purchases, mergers, public tender offers, private equity and corporate governance matters. Practice head Alexander Vogel acted for SAP on the de-merger and subsequent acquisition of Coresystems FSM. 'Highly deal-oriented' Andrea Sieber, who 'is able to deliver excellent results under pressure', advised Meyer Burger Switzerland on the sale of its energy systems division to solar industry specialist Patrick Hofer-Noser. TUI Suisse and Robert Bosch are among its other key clients. Mona Stephenson joined the Geneva office from Lenz & Staehelin in 2018.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Based in Zurich, Geneva and Brussels, the 'highly experienced and professional' team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) provides 'straightforward and practical advice', especially in relation to international merger control filings, antitrust compliance programmes and distribution agreements. Another key area is the representation of clients in administrative and civil litigation, including cartel investigations. 'Outstandingly knowledgeable, risk-oriented and well-connected' Mario Strebel represents Sunrise Communications in a ComCo investigation concerning dominance issues in the pay-TV sports market. Christophe Rapin, who heads the competition team in Geneva and Brussels, represents SAS Cargo in an appeal proceeding against the fines imposed on the alleged air cargo cartel in Switzerland.

Next generation lawyers

Mario Strebel - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 's 'efficient and dedicated team is very strong in dealing with complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation cases', particularly in the banking, pharmaceutical and corporate sectors. A recent highlight was the representation of Gilead in nullity actions against Mepha Pharma involving tenofovir patents and SPCs. Clients recommend 'responsive, efficient and solution-oriented' banking litigator Léonard Stoyanov and 'reliable, clever negotiator' Walter Häberling, who has 'wide-ranging experience in real estate and tenancy matters'. Marcel Lustenberger and Bernard Lachenal are the practice heads.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s 'unique team' consists of 'proven experts in their field who are easily accessible and good collaborators'. It handles employment, social security and immigration law, with a particular focus on transactions, restructurings and staff outsourcing, as well as dispute resolution and general contractual and compensation-related advice. 'Competent and experienced case manager' Thomas Kälin assisted GoPro with the termination of its business in Switzerland, involving the negotiation of termination agreements with all employees. Tesla Motors, railCare and Media Markt Management also feature in the client roster.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) provides a 'user-friendly' service, covering the drafting of agreements for pharmaceutical companies and research organisations, as well as dispute resolution, pricing negotiation, product liability issues, transactions and regulatory matters under the Therapeutic Product Act. Together with Michael Ritscher, the 'responsive, knowledgeable and easy-to-work-with' Simon Holzer is representing Gilead Sciences in multiple Swiss patent disputes related to Tenofovir and supplementary protection certificates.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s client base consists of companies, creditors and investors, for which the team handles restructuring and turnaround solutions, debt rescheduling or enforcement, M&A assistance, representation in proceedings and the negotiation of provisional measures. In 2018, Publicitas appointed Urs Boller as its provisional commissioner after being granted a moratorium. Together with Alexander Vogel, he is acting for the bankrupt group companies Econcern and Ecostream International in a dispute involving the reclaiming of loans and defence against liability claims brought by the receiver of its bankrupt Swiss subsidiary. Samuel Ljubicic has expertise in corporate aspects and financial transactions.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

The 'strong and highly experienced patent litigation group' at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) has 'a good knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and regulatory requirements' and is perceived as 'approachable, efficient and business-oriented'. The team is best known for its expertise in patent litigation, trade mark and design infringement matters, cases involving EU law, as well as copyright, advertising and brand name aspects. 'Easy-to-work-with and technically strong' Simon Holzer collaborated with 'extremely knowledgeable litigator' Michael Ritscher on the successful representation of Gilead Sciences in all patent disputes related to its Tenofovir patents and supplementary protection certificates. Hilti and AstraZeneca are other clients, which Ritscher acts for in patent disputes. 'Very good lawyers' Guillaume Fournier and Peter Schramm are also noted.

Leading individuals

Michael Ritscher - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Simon Holzer - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd's Geneva and Lausanne teams handle banking and finance, competition, private client, real estate and contentious work. Christophe Rapin, Serge Calame, Nicolas Didisheim and Bernard Lachenal are the key practitioners.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Providing full-service advice, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)¬†is best known for its intellectual property, private client, real estate, TMT, competition and corporate work. Key names include¬†Simon Holzer,¬†Michael Ritscher¬†, Patricia Guerra, Lukas B√ľhlmann, Michael Reinle¬†and¬†Mario Strebel.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

'Particularly adept at advising on the needs of complex international tax and succession law matters', the 'efficient and easy-to-reach' practice at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) serves as 'a one-stop shop with expertise in all services required by private clients'. The team, led by 'incredibly responsive and commercial' Patricia Guerra and 'very professional and hands-on' international estate planning expert Serge Calame, has additional experience in relocation, asset structuring, estate planning, philanthropy and inheritance disputes. 'Dedicated and reliable family lawyer' Maud Udry-Alhanko is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Patricia Guerra - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Next generation lawyers

Maud Udry-Alhanko - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

The 'prompt and proactive' team at¬†Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)¬†is recommended for its 'high knowledge and experience in contract negotiation'. The range of services includes transactions, development, construction and financing projects, as well as construction and zoning litigation. Allianz Suisse Immobilien instructed¬†Wolfgang M√ľller¬†to obtain a construction permit and advise on the ongoing "Weltpost Park" project, which involves the construction of 176 apartments in Bern. Key names in Geneva include¬†Philippe Prost, who stands out for his 'acumen and foresight in analysing legal problems and an ability to suggest pertinent solutions', as well as¬†Fr√©d√©ric Cottier¬†and senior associate¬†Cosima Trabichet-Castan, who are 'very efficient'.

Leading individuals

Wolfgang M√ľller - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

'Service-oriented and well-reputed law firm'¬†Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)¬†'has in-depth knowledge of data protection law and its developments', while also being 'well versed in handling IT contracts for the health sector' and 'cross-border fintech', as well as 'e-commerce matters'. It has additional expertise in IT outsourcing and regulatory topics, technology transfer, copyright and transactions. The client roster includes Bucherer, Schweiz Tourismus, Sunrise and British American Tobacco. The 'highly committed, practical and professional stand-out partner and strong visionary'¬†Lukas B√ľhlmann¬†and 'quick and efficient' senior associate¬†Michael Reinle¬†are recommended.

Leading individuals

Lukas B√ľhlmann - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Next generation lawyers

Michael Reinle - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s tax team is best known for its tax-efficient structuring, regulatory and tax controversy expertise, transactional support and tax planning for private clients. Counsel Markus Huber specialises in the life sciences, consumer products and telecoms industries, while Nicolas Didisheim  focuses on private client taxation. Urs Behnisch is also noted. In 2018, David Brönimann left for an in-house position at Credit Suisse.

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