Corporate/M&A - Switzerland
Basic facts about the department
- 34 partners
- 49 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Market-leading team representing top-name multinationals in landmark M&A transactions, both public and private. Particularly busy of late with private equity. Broad industry expertise covering pharma, biotech, banking, insurance and real estate, amongst other sectors. Offices provide advice in German, French and Italian.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team's M&A transaction capabilities are cutting-edge."
"The different departments work together hand in glove."
"You get the same service you would from a major international firm. Quality, responsiveness and drive."
Work highlights Advised Xstrata on its USD90 billion merger with Glencore.
Assisted Valora with the sale of its third-party goods wholesaling business to Lekkerland.
Department co-head Rolf Watter is appreciated by clients for his ability to "put legal advice into a business context." He is a board member of several high-profile listed companies, and advises big-name clients such as Coca-Cola HBC and Swissgrid.
Sources agree that Ralph Malacrida, who also co-heads the department, is "a fair, clear-minded and quick lawyer with a great client base." He led the team that advised Xstrata on its USD90 billion merger with Glencore.
The "extremely smart" Dieter Dubs is widely recognised for his expertise relating to public takeover law. In a notable highlight, he was one of the lead partners advising Quadrant Management and Quadrant on Aquamit's successful public tender offer for all publicly held shares of Quadrant.
Private M&A and private equity are Christoph Neeracher's key areas of expertise. He is praised for the "solid and detailed" work he produces, and for the ease with which he "adapts to the situation and people he's interacting with on a deal." Interviewees also commend Neeracher's commercial and dedicated approach.
Thomas Reutter "has superb technical skills," say clients. One commentator adds: "He is very business-minded and a tough negotiator. He's also patient, and doesn't crack under pressure." Reutter advised Swiss Re on its sale of Aurora Versicherungs to Compre Holdings.
Phyllis Scholl is highly regarded for her energy work. She assists clients in the energy and natural resources sector with contentious and non-contentious matters, and was one of the lead partners advising Swissgrid on its acquisition of the Swiss transmission grid.
Significant clients Credit Suisse, UBS, Novartis, Syngenta, Apax Partners.