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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 vehicles, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of various com-panies, some of which are in the financial services sector. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients and investment companies on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She furthermore has considerable experience in acquisition and 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. Chambers Europe and Chambers Global have identified her as a Recognised Practitioner in the field of banking and finance, where clients have commended her client orientation. She is also ranked as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 guide for financial services regulatory and M&A. Catrina obtained her law degree from the University of Zurich in 1991 and was admitted to the Zur-ich Bar in 1995. She gained her PhD in 2004. Her working languages are German, English and French. She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Pacific Bar Association.

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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 Association, 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 Koch 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. She joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on corporate and M&A 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 and engines. Her practice further covers regulatory matters, where she advises asset managers, funds, securities dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their cross-border activities in Switzerland. The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2018 recommended her as a top foreign lawyer in London. Chambers Global (2019) ranked her as leader in the fields of Banking & Finance (Switzerland) and Banking & Finance (UK). She was also specifically recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Transport Law matters and named one of IFLR1000’s Women Leaders- an elite cohort of the 300 leading female transactional experts in local markets globally. She is the only practitioner from Switzerland to be featured in the guide. Dunja Koch holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a LL.M. from Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified in Geneva in 1997 and in England and Wales in 1999. She speaks German, French, English and Italian. She is registered on the roll of attorneys in Zurich and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Association Suisse de Droit Aérien et Spatial and the Aviation Club of the UK.

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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law, start-ups 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 in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a business law firm in Berne. 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, the Swiss Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Laetitia Meier Droz

Laetitia is a partner in the Banking and Finance group in our Geneva office and specialised in all aspects of commercial, corporate and banking law. Her practice focuses on investment products and services with an emphasis on collective investment schemes, capital markets and regulatory matters. Laetitia is also active in banking litigation and white-collar matters, advising individual and corporate clients on various criminal law matters, including mutual legal assistance. She is a Deputy Judge with the Geneva Criminal Court. Her two-year tenure as Head of Legal of an international leading investment company, specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance, provided her with in-depth knowledge of the legal and business needs of an asset manager and distribution agent active worldwide, as well as a significant expertise in social impact finance. Her working languages are French, English and Spanish. Laetitia is member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA), as well as the Legal Team of Sustainable Finance Geneva. She is a member of the Geneva Bar Exam Commission.

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

Posted by on 11 July 2017

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 vehicles, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of various com-panies, some of which are in the financial services sector. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients and investment companies on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She furthermore has considerable experience in acquisition and 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. Chambers Europe and Chambers Global have identified her as a Recognised Practitioner in the field of banking and finance, where clients have commended her client orientation. She is also ranked as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 guide for financial services regulatory and M&A. Catrina obtained her law degree from the University of Zurich in 1991 and was admitted to the Zur-ich Bar in 1995. She gained her PhD in 2004. Her working languages are German, English and French. She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Pacific Bar Association.

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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 Association, 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 Koch 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. She joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on corporate and M&A 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 and engines. Her practice further covers regulatory matters, where she advises asset managers, funds, securities dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their cross-border activities in Switzerland. The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2018 recommended her as a top foreign lawyer in London. Chambers Global (2019) ranked her as leader in the fields of Banking & Finance (Switzerland) and Banking & Finance (UK). She was also specifically recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Transport Law matters and named one of IFLR1000’s Women Leaders- an elite cohort of the 300 leading female transactional experts in local markets globally. She is the only practitioner from Switzerland to be featured in the guide. Dunja Koch holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a LL.M. from Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified in Geneva in 1997 and in England and Wales in 1999. She speaks German, French, English and Italian. She is registered on the roll of attorneys in Zurich and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Association Suisse de Droit Aérien et Spatial and the Aviation Club of the UK.

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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law, start-ups 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 in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a business law firm in Berne. 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, 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 7 February 2017

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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Oliver Arter

Oliver Arter’s practice focuses on private clients and their advisers (banks, family offices, foreign advisers) in all aspects of domestic and international wealth planning. He also specialises in banking, asset management and regulatory matters. Oliver became of counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations), domestic and international estate planning, division of estates, execution of wills, matrimonial property rights, advance care directives and living wills, taking up residence and taxation. In addition he advises Swiss and international banks, asset managers, investment advisers and family offices on regulatory and contractual matters and represents them in proceedings. He publishes extensively in all his fields of practice. Oliver is an academic consultant with the Institute for Legal Theory and Legal Practice at the University of St Gallen, and is frequently invited to give lectures and chair conferences. Oliver Arter graduated with a law degree from the University of St Gallen in 1996 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2000. His working languages are German, English and French. He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), the Banking Law Association (“Bankenrechtliche Vereinigung e.V,”), the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC) and the International Bar Association. Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers High Net Worth and Legal500 have ranked him for many years in a row as a leader in the field of private client.

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Daisy Vacher

Daisy Vacher'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 Vacher 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 has a good command of German, Spanish, French and Italian.

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Purchase of property in Switzerland by foreigners

Posted by on 10 January 2017

According to a new leading case of the Federal Supreme Court, the purchase of property by Swiss nationals may require authorization if it is substantially financed by foreigners.

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Tax , Banking & Finance , Real Estate

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Dr. Dr. Markus Winkler

Markus is practicing in corporate and commercial law, debt enforcement law, litigation and financial markets law and works as civil law notary. After having obtained a Master of Law degree from the University of Zurich in 2013, he went on to complete a PhD (summa cum laude) in Roman law in 2015. His working languages are German, English and French. He has a good knowledge of Italian.

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Benchmarks: Do you trust your index provider?

Posted by on 19 May 2016

Selecting a benchmark and its provider was so far mainly a function of product development and marketing. Providers of comprehensive families of indices offer more scope for future products, providers with brands known to the general public may support marketing efforts. A recent Commission proposal for a new regulation on indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts may add new selection criteria should it finally be adopted.

Topics: Banking & Finance

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Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Lucien is a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic criminal, commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. Lucien is well known for his expertise in the field of appealing arbitration awards to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Lucien assists damaged civil parties in criminal proceedings and he is active in relation to the enforcement of foreign judgements as well as in big complex cross boarder litigation including protection and recovery of funds, including enforcement of state debts. Lucien is also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Lucien has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in various fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters. Lucien has published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures widely.He obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich in 1990 and gained a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich in 1998 with a thesis on the jurisdiction of courts at the place of performance of an obligation under the Lugano and Brussels Conventions. (He graduated with the distinction summa cum laude and the Professor Walther Hug-Preis Schweiz, awarded for outstanding theses graded with the highest possible mark by a Swiss law school.) He has worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich, the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Zurich and at the Court of Cassation of the Canton of Zurich. His working languages are German, English, Italian and French.Lucien is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is, president of the Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP) and president of the World Association of Icehockey Players’ Unions (WAIPU) as well as a Member of the Association Internationale des Avocats de Football (AIAF). He is a board member of FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels) and FIFPro Division Europe, and member of the Employment Law Alliance, the Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI) and the Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Svizzera). Lucien is a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.

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Is a jurisdiction clause of a Swiss bank for foreign consumers valid?

Posted by on 7 March 2016

This article deals with a very recent decision of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court of 9 February 2016 concerning a jurisdiction clause of a Geneva based Swiss bank. The place of jurisdiction is of course key in any dispute. The following questions will be answered:

Topics: Banking & Finance , Litigation

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