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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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Ronald Kogens

Ronald’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. He advises technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. Ronald has in-depth knowledge of IP/IT law, in particular licensing of IP-rights, IP-transaction and contract law. He is an expert in the field of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies and crypto-tokens. Before he joined Froriep, he worked for a major global consulting firm. He was also part of the legal counsel team of a public listed pharmaceutical company at the headquarters in Switzerland and worked for its subsidiary in the United States. Ronald graduated in law from the University of Lucerne in 2011 and was admitted to the St. Gallen Bar in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in business law from the Chapman University, California, United States. His working languages are German and English.

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Practical Aspects of Initial Token Offerings (Part 2)

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 8:45:00 AM

In every Initial Token Offering (also known as Initial Coin Offering) we have to strive to create a token which will catch the interest of the community. This first of all requires forethought and an understanding of what is driving the community, but it also needs to focus on creating a sound legal basis for years to come, no matter how often the token has been transferred, be it online or through the transfer of an offline wallet. Token structuring therefore is also a task for the lawyers.

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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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Ronald Kogens

Ronald’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. He advises technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. Ronald has in-depth knowledge of IP/IT law, in particular licensing of IP-rights, IP-transaction and contract law. He is an expert in the field of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies and crypto-tokens. Before he joined Froriep, he worked for a major global consulting firm. He was also part of the legal counsel team of a public listed pharmaceutical company at the headquarters in Switzerland and worked for its subsidiary in the United States. Ronald graduated in law from the University of Lucerne in 2011 and was admitted to the St. Gallen Bar in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in business law from the Chapman University, California, United States. His working languages are German and English.

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Practical Aspects of Initial Token Offerings (Part 1)

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Each one of the many ICOs on which we have advised or are advising have their own peculiarities and different treatment. However, there are some underlying fundamentals which remain the same for tokens of the same token class (see our token framework proposal).

We have decided to share these insights with the community. This article therefore is the start of a series of blog posts with practical insights on specific things to be considered when preparing an Initial Token Offering.

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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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Ronald Kogens

Ronald’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. He advises technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. Ronald has in-depth knowledge of IP/IT law, in particular licensing of IP-rights, IP-transaction and contract law. He is an expert in the field of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies and crypto-tokens. Before he joined Froriep, he worked for a major global consulting firm. He was also part of the legal counsel team of a public listed pharmaceutical company at the headquarters in Switzerland and worked for its subsidiary in the United States. Ronald graduated in law from the University of Lucerne in 2011 and was admitted to the St. Gallen Bar in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in business law from the Chapman University, California, United States. His working languages are German and English.

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How Crypto-Tokens qualify under Swiss Law: a comprehensive Framework

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 5:09:11 PM

Blockchain technology has become a reality as part of the digitalisation of the economy. Every day, there is proof of disruptive transformations of long-standing mechanisms into new ecosystems on the blockchain. While existing market participants are in many cases overwhelmed by the new normal, the new players operate with the greatest creativity and efficiency.

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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 is an experienced transaction lawyer with a focus on M&A and corporate finance transactions, and corporate law. Benjamin advises clients in M&A and corporate finance transactions and is an experienced team leader in complex transactions. He advises listed and non-listed entities, including regulated financial institutions. He has in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in and outside of transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues (polluted sites), and complex commercial lease agreements. Benjamin is a regular speaker to various audiences on topics relating to his practice, including international lawyers' conferences, commercial chambers and industry organisations. He joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court and a French-speaking law firm for a number of years. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003) and he was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007. He is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar As-sociation, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the Executive Committee of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). His working languages are German, French and English.

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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. Prior to joining Foriep in 2017 and becoming a partner in 2018, Laetitia worked as a senior associate in the commercial and banking departments of top-tier law firms based 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 University 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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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 is an experienced transaction lawyer with a focus on M&A and corporate finance transactions, and corporate law. Benjamin advises clients in M&A and corporate finance transactions and is an experienced team leader in complex transactions. He advises listed and non-listed entities, including regulated financial institutions. He has in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in and outside of transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues (polluted sites), and complex commercial lease agreements. Benjamin is a regular speaker to various audiences on topics relating to his practice, including international lawyers' conferences, commercial chambers and industry organisations. He joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court and a French-speaking law firm for a number of years. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003) and he was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007. He is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar As-sociation, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the Executive Committee of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). His working languages are German, French and English.

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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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