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Banking and Finance

Capitalizing on Dedicated Expert Advice

Our Banking and Finance Group is composed of more than 15 qualified Swiss lawyers who understand in depth the regulatory environment of all types of financial institutions and the domestic and international financial markets. Many of us gained in-house experience while working for banks, asset managers, Anglo-American law firms and regulators. Our experience and expertise, together with the size of our team, enable us to provide tailor-made advice concerning finance transactions and regulatory issues of every type, on short notice.

„knowledgeable, friendly, forthcoming, hands-on and on top of things.“

Chambers Europe/Global

Contact

Dr. Philippe Borens
Partner Zurich
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Partner
Jean Jacques Ah Choon
Partner Geneva
Dr. Philippe Borens
Partner Zurich
Louis Burrus
Partner Geneva
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Dr. Olivier Favre
Partner Zurich
Tarek Houdrouge
Partner Geneva
Dr. Martin Lanz
Partner Zurich
Anita Schläpfer
Partner Zurich
Grégoire Wuest
Partner Geneva
Full Team
Jean Jacques Ah Choon
Partner Geneva
Dr. Philippe Borens
Partner Zurich
Louis Burrus
Partner Geneva
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Dr. Olivier Favre
Partner Zurich
Tarek Houdrouge
Partner Geneva
Dr. Martin Lanz
Partner Zurich
Anita Schläpfer
Partner Zurich
Grégoire Wuest
Partner Geneva
Prof. Dr. Bénédict Foëx
Of Counsel Geneva
Prof. Dr. Olivier Hari
Of Counsel Geneva
Philippe Nicod
Counsel Geneva
Fabio Elsener
Associate Zurich
Joane Etienne
Associate Zurich / Geneva
Cornelia Jurt
Associate Zurich
Edmond Kohler
Associate Geneva
Dr. Vaïk Müller
Associate Geneva
Grégoire Tribolet
Associate Geneva

Expertise

We regularly act on behalf of Swiss and foreign banks and other financial institutions, such as securities dealers, insurance companies, fund management companies and asset managers across a broad range of regulatory matters, such as:

  • Establishment and licensing of financial institutions in Switzerland;
  • Financial services regulation and prudential rules;
  • Structuring capital transactions for banks;
  • Mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions;
  • Insider dealing and market abuse, disclosure requirements, and legal and administrative assistance;
  • Assistance in enforcement proceedings and internal investigations.

On the transactional side, we advise clients on a broad range of finance transactions, such as:

  • Syndicated loan facilities and acquisition finance;
  • Structured finance transactions (including securitisations);
  • Derivatives and structured products;
  • Asset management matters and investment law, such as structuring, licensing and distribution of Swiss and foreign collective investment schemes, fund management and asset management companies;
  • Listing of financial instruments at SIX Swiss Exchange, where several members of our team are admitted as recognized representatives;
  • Fintech matters related to the set up of new companies and business models in the area of blockchain, including but not limited to cryptocurrencies.

Our experience includes:

  • Counsel to Credit Suisse Funds in connection with the set-up and approval process by FINMA of a newly authorized Swiss mortgage umbrella fund as "other funds for traditional investments";
  • Counsel to Reichmuth Investment Management AG in the set-up of a structure for a locomotive portfolio by means of a Swiss special purpose vehicle (SPV) financed with equity (via Swiss funds) and debt (senior provided by a German bank and mezzanine by shareholder loans);
  • Counsel to private equity fund EMERAM in their investment in Xovis AG, a leading Swiss provider of human tracking technology, in charge of negotiating the bank financing;
  • Swiss Counsel to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings and Kohl Kravis Roberts (KKR) Japan in their acquisition of Bayer AG's Diabetes Care Business. The team dealt with all Swiss-law related matters relating to the intra-group as well as the bank financing, in particular, legal advice on the intra-group financing structure as well as the security package and the drafting and negotiation of various finance documents governed by Swiss law and/or entered into by Swiss group companies;
  • Counsel to Banque du Léman SA in the extension of the scope of its activities in Switzerland. Banque du Leman decided to offer services to commercial clients (at the time it only accepted individual clients). The banking and finance team assisted the bank with the regulatory and prepared the contractual documentation that will be entered into with commercial clients. Additional collaboration with the bank to define its future practices with regard to commercial clients and its legal and financial offering;
  • Counsel to Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative in connection with the status of the Raiffeisen group as a domestic systemically important banking group (D-SIB), in particular with respect to group structure aspects and gone-concern capital issues.
  • Counsel to Nord Anglia Education in its complex financing of the acquisition of six schools from Meritas, among them several Swiss private schools. On the Swiss end, the documentation involved the amendment of the existing security package by the existing Swiss obligors in a first step, and the accession of the new Swiss obligors to the loan and security documentation in a second step, including changes to their corporate documents.

Deals & Cases

ZKB sells Swisscanto Funds Centre Ltd. (London) to Deutsche Börse Group’s Clearstream

ams AG Placement of EUR 600 million 7-year Zero-Coupon Convertible Bonds

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked and recognized amongst leading law firms in global directories and publications:

  • Chambers Global and Europe in Banking & Finance
  • Legal 500 in Banking & Finance: Geneva and Zurich  
  • WWL Switzerland and across International WWL Finance guides
  • IFLR and IFLR 1000 in Banking & Finance

Selected Publications

Digitalisation dans le domaine bancaire et aperçu des risques juridiques
in: Revue suisse de droit des affaires et du marché financier (RSDA)/Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Finanzmarktrecht (SZW)
 
Chapitre 12: Le devoir de respecter les instructions du client ou du fondé de procuration
Grégoire Wuest, Alessandro Bizzozero, André Falletti, Samantha Meregalli Do Duc
In: Le mandat de gestion de fortune / éd. par Alessandro Bizzozero, André Falletti, Samantha Meregalli Do Duc. - 2ème éd. - Genève: Schulthess Éditions Romandes, 2017