With decades of experience servicing first class Swiss banking institutions, as counsels, but also as board members of banks and members of the Swiss bank's code of conduct supervisory commission, we are recognized for our expertise and the quality of the services we provide to banks, securities dealers, wealth managers, investment funds, fund managers, insurance companies and brokers, trading companies and private clients in Switzerland and abroad.
We provide advice in regulatory matters both in domestic and transborder transactions. We have close ties with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) as well as with other authorities responsible for market regulation and supervision. We are active in the following areas:
We advise clients on lending and structured finance transactions, including syndicated lending, leveraged acquisition and buy-out finance, structured finance, projects and infrastructure finance, real estate finance, asset-based finance, work-outs and recapitalizations, and commercial and industrial finance. Our expertise includes advice on the choice, structure and implementation of various forms of financing (debt/equity), such as:
We negotiate and draft for our clients the required contractual documentation, while adopting a pragmatic and efficient approach in line with their particular needs, including:
We have been retained on a regular basis as legal advisors in the context of banks' acquisitions, mergers or equity investments in banks and financial institutions.
We also advise our (commercial or private) clients on their choice of legal structure, internal organization and governance, as well as on their commercial transactions, restructuring operations, particularly in the areas of business transfers (management buy-outs (MBOs), asset deals, share deals, spin-offs, demergers, joint-ventures, etc.), mergers and acquisitions, as well as on their financing projects using risk capital or bank financing solutions.
We advise Swiss and foreign investment funds on their structuring and registration with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA, and the ongoing regulatory notifications and authorization proceedings. We also provide advice on the authorizations with FINMA of fund asset managers, fund management companies, distributors and representatives of non-Swiss funds.
Banking and financial institutions are important actors of the Swiss economy. In their daily dealings they sometimes face crisis situations and disputes that must be managed with discretion and efficiency. We have solid experience in handling such disputes whether through negotiation or litigation. We also have extensive experience in both the avoidance as well as the successful handling of difficult investigations and proceedings involving supervisory and judicial authorities. Our core activities include: