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Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "Capital Markets"

"Derivatives, securities listings, IPOs, bond issues and fintech products constitute the core areas of advice at VISCHER. Markus Guggenbühl assists UK-based Elliott Advisors on Swiss securities laws, takeover and disclosure rules in connection with several matters, while Robert Bernet advised Openlimit Holding during its authorised investment capital increase; its shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Matthias Staehelin advised Crispr Therapeutics on a $130m public offering of shares on Nasdaq."

Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "Banking & Finance"

"VISCHER's banking and finance team covers banking insolvency, acquisition finance, cross-border lending, aircraft finance, regulatory advice, fintech matters and banking litigation. Practice head Markus Guggenbühl advises PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidator of Lehman Brothers on a long-term basis, and Adrian Dörig assisted Myovant Sciences with securing flexible financing commitments worth up to $140m from Nova Quest Capital Management and Hercules Capital. Helvetia Schweizerische Lebensversicherung and Export Development Canada are longstanding clients of the practice."

Chambers Europe/Global (2019) - "Banking & Finance"

"Adrian Dörig stands out for his work on direct lending transactions on behalf of international investment funds. He advised Myovant Sciences on the Swiss aspects of its USD140 million finance agreements with NovaQuest Capital Management and Hercules Capital. Sources appreciate that he "understands the market and can tailor his advice to the type of transaction and the people involved."

Chambers Europe/Global (2019) - "Banking & Finance"

"Markus Guggenbühl advises on banking regulatory and contentious matters, including those that arise out of high-profile Swiss bankruptcy proceedings. Sources appreciate that 'he can find pragmatic solutions' and praise his 'speed and efficiency.'"

Chambers Fintech 2019

A banking and finance lawyer by background, Jana Essebier heads Vischer's FinTech initiatives. Essebier is heavily involved in policy-making and political initiatives in Switzerland, including recent financial regulatory changes and the potential new FinTech licence still to be approved by the Swiss parliament. She also has substantial expertise in dealing with cryptocurrencies, mobile payments and crowdfunding. Peers say: "She is a brilliant lawyer, no doubt," while clients report that "she had really profound knowledge of not only the law, but also FINMA. She gave us all that knowledge, and told us how to approach them. She was really hands-on."

Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Expert Guides 2018

Listed as Expert in Restructuring and Insolvency

Legal 500 (EMEA 2018) - "Banking and finance"

"Vischer has 'a very strong financing practice' that is 'pro-active, forward-looking and creative in generating solutions'. The team advised an international bank who acted as a lender in relation to a credit facility granted to an oil and gas company. Practice head Markus Guggenbühl is an 'outstanding strategic thinker', while insolvency expert Jana Essebier is also recommended. The 'service-oriented' Benedict Christ and Christian Oetiker are the key contacts for banking M&A and litigation."

Legal 500 (EMEA 2018) - "Capital Markets"

"Vischer is 'extremely well connected on an international level and has unique market expertise to deal with complex derivatives and financial instruments'. The practice advised Bâloise and Basler Leben on their CHF288m acquisition of majority shares in Pax Anlage, followed by a public takeover offer for the remaining shares; and also supported CRISPR Therapeutics during its $92m IPO on NASDAQ Global Market. The 'solution-oriented' Markus Guggenbühl and Jana Essebier are recommended, as is the 'responsive' Benedict Christ."

Chambers Europe (2018) - "Banking & Finance"

"Adrian Dörig is valued by one commentator for his 'sharp analytical mind' as well as being 'strong in articulating and advocating our position in finance matters.' He assisted Axovant with its USD55 million debt financing agreement and has specialist expertise in aviation and acquisition finance."

Chambers Europe (2018) - "Banking & Finance"

"The 'very solution-oriented' Markus Guggenbühl has a strong focus on bankruptcy proceedings and liquidations, as well as acting on cross-border litigation and derivatives transactions. He represented Berenberg in FINMA approval proceedings. One client reports: 'He is very responsive, comes well prepared to discussions, anticipates questions and talks about problems.'"

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