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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment funds, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of her clients’ businesses. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She has considerable experience in acquisition and project financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange.

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin’s practice focuses on M&A and corporate finance transactions, along with corporate law. He offers in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues, and tenancy law. Benjamin joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court for a number of years. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007, and was then employed by a French-speaking law firm in Berne and Biel/Bienne. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003), and his working languages are German, French and English. Benjamin is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Dunja Koch

Dunja has expertise in all aspects of corporate and finance law, advising mainly UK and US clients with regard to Switzerland. She is the managing partner of the London office. Dunja joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on M&A and private equity deals, as well as leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, but also project, commodity and asset finance matters, including aircraft finance. Here, she acts on behalf of aircraft manufacturers, banks and leasing companies in relation to the Swiss aspects of acquisition of aircraft, engines or portfolios. Her practice further covers collective investments, private placements and regulatory matters, where she advises foreign funds, dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their activities in Switzerland. She speaks German, French, English and Italian.

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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law as well as M&A and financing transactions. He regularly advises international and domestic clients in these fields, including public takeover and stock exchange laws and regulations. Mark joined our firm as an associate in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a law firm in Bern. Thereafter he worked as research and teaching assistant at the University of Berne (Institute of Business Law). After having graduated in law from the University of Berne in 2005, he was admitted to the Bar in 2008 and went on to complete a PhD (summa cum laude) in 2011, in the field of financial markets. His working languages are German and English. Mark is a member of the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Laetitia Meier Droz

Laetitia has a strong expertise in all aspects of commercial, corporate and banking law with a focus on social impact finance. Laetitia advises mainly on investment products and services. Her practice further covers investment collective schemes, capital markets and regulatory matters, when she advises Swiss and foreign banks, asset managers, funds and other financial institutions with a focus on sustainable finance. Her two-years' experience as the Head of Legal at a Swiss leading investment company specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance gave her in-depth knowledge of the legal and business needs of a Swiss asset manager and distribution agent active worldwide, as well as a significant expertise in social impact finance. Before joining us in 2017, Laetitia worked as a senior associate in the commercial and banking departments of top rated law firms both in Geneva and Buenos Aires. Laetitia is admitted to practice in Switzerland since 2009. She holds a LL.M. in International Relationships & Economy from the Universities of Buenos Aires and a Bilingual Master's degree of Laws in Economic Law from the Universities of Geneva and Basel. Her working languages are French, English and Spanish. Laetitia is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA) and a member of the Legal Team of Sustainable Finance Geneva.

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Swiss Regulation of FinTech – New FinTech rules will enter into force on 1 August 2017

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 4:07:53 PM

In February 2017, we reported on the opening of a consultation on new draft regulations designed to reduce barriers to entry for FinTech firms and to strengthen the attractiveness of the Swiss financial markets. The consultation process was closed on 8 May 2017. Following certain suggestions made, the Federal Council during its meeting of 5 July 2017 implemented the proposed changes to the law resulting in simplifications not only for FinTech firms but also for established financial service providers. Read more about the amendments which will enter into force on 1 August 2017.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Banking & Finance

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin’s practice focuses on M&A and corporate finance transactions, along with corporate law. He offers in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues, and tenancy law. Benjamin joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court for a number of years. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007, and was then employed by a French-speaking law firm in Berne and Biel/Bienne. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003), and his working languages are German, French and English. Benjamin is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Felix M. Mathis

Felix is a Zurich-based of counsel with a particular focus on corporate and commercial law. He has been a partner at our Zurich office since 1995 and is of counsel since 2017. He is experienced in all aspects of commercial law, both contentious and non-contentious. He advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, construction and the Internet. Felix obtained his law degrees from the University of Zurich in 1980 and New York University (MCJ) in 1988. Felix is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

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Daisy Vacher

Daisy's work focuses on matters of Swiss immigration and the procurement of work permits for companies wanting to employ foreign nationals in Switzerland. Before joining Froriep as an attorney, Daisy spent three years working for Fragomen Global Immigration Services in Zurich. Before that she was an associate attorney with Izaguirre Law in Colorado Springs, USA. In 2006 she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arizona followed by her Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2011. Later that same year she was admitted to the Colorado Bar. She is a native English speaker and speaks fluent Spanish. She also has a good command of French and Italian, and speaks intermediate-level German.

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Get Ready for Summer: Swiss Immigration Tips for Companies as Summertime Approaches

Posted by on May 5, 2017 2:34:49 PM

As summer draws closer, focus can naturally shift to holidays and much anticipated events with family and friends. We have compiled a check-list to help you stay organised this time of year around your company's Swiss immigration needs in order to avoid stress and enjoy the summer season to its fullest. Read on to learn more!

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Employment

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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment funds, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of her clients’ businesses. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She has considerable experience in acquisition and project financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange.

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Sabina Schellenberg

Sabina is an experienced litigator and represents domestic and foreign companies and individuals in commercial disputes before state courts of all instances and in enforcement and legal assistance mat-ters. She is also a specialist in the fields of national and international restructuring and insolvency law. She joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became a Partner in 2016.

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin’s practice focuses on M&A and corporate finance transactions, along with corporate law. He offers in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues, and tenancy law. Benjamin joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court for a number of years. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007, and was then employed by a French-speaking law firm in Berne and Biel/Bienne. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003), and his working languages are German, French and English. Benjamin is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Prof. Dr. Isabelle Chabloz

Isabelle Chabloz is an expert in corporate law, including takeover and competition law, insolvency law and civil procedures. She has been an associate Professor at the Swiss Distance University since 2014, and lectures at the Universities of Berne and Fribourg. She was a legal counsel at the Swiss takeover board for two years and joined Froriep in 2015 as of counsel. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Federal Commission of Experts for the Commercial Register. She has published various articles and books in the fields of corporate, competition and insolvency law. Her working languages are French, German, English and Italian.

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Dr. Irène Schilter

Irène's practice focuses on public and private M&A transactions, corporate and commercial law, contract law including litigation in these fields. She joined our firm as associate in 2015. Prior to joining Froriep, Irène worked at the University of Zurich as research and teaching assistant and also as an associate and notary public in a Zug law firm.She graduated in law from the University of Zurich in 2007 and was admitted to the Zug Bar in 2012. She obtained her PhD in 2011.

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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law as well as M&A and financing transactions. He regularly advises international and domestic clients in these fields, including public takeover and stock exchange laws and regulations. Mark joined our firm as an associate in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a law firm in Bern. Thereafter he worked as research and teaching assistant at the University of Berne (Institute of Business Law). After having graduated in law from the University of Berne in 2005, he was admitted to the Bar in 2008 and went on to complete a PhD (summa cum laude) in 2011, in the field of financial markets. His working languages are German and English. Mark is a member of the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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The Ins and Outs of the Proposed Restructuring Regime for Distressed Companies

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 1:33:19 PM

In the framework of the proposed general revision of Swiss corporate law, the Federal Council intends to overhaul the existing restructuring regime for distressed companies. The objective of the effort is to create incentives for distressed companies to take the necessary restructuring measures as early as possible and, by doing so, avoid bankruptcy.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Insolvency & Restructuring

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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment funds, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of her clients’ businesses. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She has considerable experience in acquisition and project financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange.

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin’s practice focuses on M&A and corporate finance transactions, along with corporate law. He offers in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues, and tenancy law. Benjamin joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court for a number of years. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007, and was then employed by a French-speaking law firm in Berne and Biel/Bienne. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003), and his working languages are German, French and English. Benjamin is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Dunja Koch

Dunja has expertise in all aspects of corporate and finance law, advising mainly UK and US clients with regard to Switzerland. She is the managing partner of the London office. Dunja joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on M&A and private equity deals, as well as leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, but also project, commodity and asset finance matters, including aircraft finance. Here, she acts on behalf of aircraft manufacturers, banks and leasing companies in relation to the Swiss aspects of acquisition of aircraft, engines or portfolios. Her practice further covers collective investments, private placements and regulatory matters, where she advises foreign funds, dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their activities in Switzerland. She speaks German, French, English and Italian.

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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law as well as M&A and financing transactions. He regularly advises international and domestic clients in these fields, including public takeover and stock exchange laws and regulations. Mark joined our firm as an associate in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a law firm in Bern. Thereafter he worked as research and teaching assistant at the University of Berne (Institute of Business Law). After having graduated in law from the University of Berne in 2005, he was admitted to the Bar in 2008 and went on to complete a PhD (summa cum laude) in 2011, in the field of financial markets. His working languages are German and English. Mark is a member of the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Swiss Regulation of FinTech – Federal Council initiates consultation on new rules

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 2:15:00 PM

The rapid evolution in FinTech has not only attracted the attention of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) but eventually pushed the Swiss government to propose FinTech specific amendments to the Banking Act and other financial laws. On 1 February 2017 the Federal Council opened a consultation on new draft regulations designed to reduce barriers to entry for FinTech firms and to strengthen the attractiveness of the Swiss financial markets.

Topics: Banking & Finance

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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment funds, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of her clients’ businesses. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She has considerable experience in acquisition and project financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange.

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin’s practice focuses on M&A and corporate finance transactions, along with corporate law. He offers in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues, and tenancy law. Benjamin joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court for a number of years. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007, and was then employed by a French-speaking law firm in Berne and Biel/Bienne. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003), and his working languages are German, French and English. Benjamin is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Prof. Dr. Isabelle Chabloz

Isabelle Chabloz is an expert in corporate law, including takeover and competition law, insolvency law and civil procedures. She has been an associate Professor at the Swiss Distance University since 2014, and lectures at the Universities of Berne and Fribourg. She was a legal counsel at the Swiss takeover board for two years and joined Froriep in 2015 as of counsel. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Federal Commission of Experts for the Commercial Register. She has published various articles and books in the fields of corporate, competition and insolvency law. Her working languages are French, German, English and Italian.

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Dr. Irène Schilter

Irène's practice focuses on public and private M&A transactions, corporate and commercial law, contract law including litigation in these fields. She joined our firm as associate in 2015. Prior to joining Froriep, Irène worked at the University of Zurich as research and teaching assistant and also as an associate and notary public in a Zug law firm.She graduated in law from the University of Zurich in 2007 and was admitted to the Zug Bar in 2012. She obtained her PhD in 2011.

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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law as well as M&A and financing transactions. He regularly advises international and domestic clients in these fields, including public takeover and stock exchange laws and regulations. Mark joined our firm as an associate in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a law firm in Bern. Thereafter he worked as research and teaching assistant at the University of Berne (Institute of Business Law). After having graduated in law from the University of Berne in 2005, he was admitted to the Bar in 2008 and went on to complete a PhD (summa cum laude) in 2011, in the field of financial markets. His working languages are German and English. Mark is a member of the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Federal Council wants to modernise Swiss Corporate Law

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 5:07:55 PM

In 2005, more than ten years ago, Swiss politicians agreed that Swiss Corporate Law needed a serious revision. After long discussions, including notably the "Say on Pay" vote initiated by Mr. Minder, the Federal Council relaunched the revision process in Summer 2013, and has just recently published and adopted the revised report and draft for the new Swiss Corporate Law on 23 November 2016. The Swiss Parliament has now to decide on it.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , M&A & Transactions

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