Christoph Vonlanthen focuses on mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets and finance.

Christoph spent many years in London and New York advising buyers, sellers and financial advisers in public M&A and private equity across a wide range of industries, representing investment banks and issuers on a variety of market-leading securities law assignments and assisting clients on complex investments in funds, co-investments and secondary sale transactions.

Experience

  • Over the years, Christoph has advised clients on large and complex public and private M&A transactions across multiple industries, including shipping, real estate, insurance, banking, asset management, pharma, healthcare and retail. Christoph has recently advised a shipping company in its more than $1.5 billion spin-merge transaction; a real estate company in its £1.5 billion all-share merger; a pharma company in its $3.5 billion acquisition of a generic drug manufacturer; and a global private equity firm in its secondary buy-out of a large security services provider.
  • Christoph has advised clients on many of their strategically significant capital markets and corporate matters, including IPO, follow-on equity offerings, investment grade debt offerings and rights offerings. Among other assignments, Christoph has advised one of the largest publicly traded European investment holding companies on its IPO; an oil and gas group in its more than $3 billion high grade debt offerings; and a global full-service bank in its $15 billion rights offering.
  • Christoph's experience in leveraged finance includes multiple assignments in high-yield bond offerings, bridge loans and liability management. Experience highlights include advising the underwriters in a £500 million bridge-to-bond financing for the acquisition of a specialty insurance group; the underwriters to a major car manufacturer in its inaugural £1 billion equivalent offering of high-yield bonds and multiple follow-on offerings; and a global telecommunication company in its more than $2 billion comprehensive liability management transactions.
  • Christoph has also assisted institutional investors and family offices on anchor and seed investments, co-investments and secondary trades. Most recently, Christoph has advised a large European investment holding company in its more than $150 million seed investment in a global technology fund.
     

(These matters were handled by Christoph in London or New York prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer.)

Career

Professional Experience
2019
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
2006-2019
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in London and New York
2003-2005
Associate in a Geneva business law firm
Education and Admission
2007
Bar Admission in New York
2006
LL.M., University of Pennsylvania
2003
Bar Admission in Switzerland
2001
lic. iur., University of Fribourg
 

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