Legal 500 (EMEA 2020) - "Leading firms - German-speaking Switzerland"
"VISCHER is highly regarded for its healthcare, TMT and transport practices as well as its expertise in capital markets, M&A, public law, competition and litigation matters. Key at the firm include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Benedict Christ, Stefan Rechsteiner and Christian Oetiker. Michael Waldner, Klaus Neff and Christian Wyss are other names to note."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2020) - "Intellectual Property"
"VISCHER's IP practice handles patent litigation and protection strategies, copyright licensing and agreements for online models and video on demand (VOD) platforms, and trade mark portfolio management. Highlights included team head Stefan Kohler co-ordinating the European market launch of Migros Delica's new coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, and Rolf Auf der Maur successfully defending Swisscom in the first-ever national ISP blocking case. Christian Wyss focuses on due diligence and M&A-related cases."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2020) - "Fintech"
"VISCHER's team handles asset tokenisation and international blockchain disputes, as well as providing legal compliance training to start-ups and drafting their set-up agreements. Mobile payments and crowdfunding expert Jana Essebier heads the practice, which has acted as a main adviser to the Interchain Foundation on all fintech-related issues, assisted Vreo with the set-up of an in-game video advertising platform, and aced for Bank CIC (Schewiz) AG on the development of its mobile payment processes. Stefan Grieder and Basel-based Christian Wyss are other names to note."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2020) - "TMT"
"Clients appreciate VISCHER's 'fast response times, great flexibility' and 'good business sense' when handling cloud-based software as a service offerings, cross-border data security and GDPR issues, and IT sourcing transactions. The team advised Tiko on the business-to-business and customer agreements for its energy consumption optimisation service and is assisting Swisscom AG with various matters following on from representing it in Switzerland's first ISP blocking case. Practice head Rolf Auf der Maur has 'excellent knowledge' and is noted for his 'transparent working methods'. Other work, largely led by Basel-based Christian Wyss, involves third-party collaboration and software licensing agreements for DigitalPK, Skillue and Sympany."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2020) - "Healthcare and Life Sciences"
"VISCHER has a strong track record in transactions in the life sciences space, in which it acts for companies, entrepreneurs and investors alike. It is also well versed in advising clients on compliance matters, administrative procedures and other regulatory matters. Stefan Kohler has longstanding experience in the sector and further advises on IP and technology law. He jointly leads the practice alongside Matthias Staehelin in Basel, who is a key contact for M&A, IPOs and financings in this space. Christian Wyss, also in Basel, has considerable knowledge in setting up contracts and assisting start-ups."
Chambers Europe 2020 - Life Sciences
Christian Wyss covers a range of matters within the life sciences field, including licensing agreements and acquisitions. He also offers notable strength in financing mandates. One client describes him as "flexible and responsive," adding: "He is adaptable to the situation as needed in negotiations."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "Healthcare and Life Sciences" - Tier 1
"VISCHER is renowned for its expertise in corporate, commercial, transactional, regulatory and patent-related healthcare and biotech matters. Matthias Staehelin assisted Medartis with its initial public offering on the SIX Swiss Exchange, while Stefan Kohler acted for Novo Nordisk Pharma in its appeal against a pricing decision made by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health concerning the client's type-two diabetes product. Christian Wyss advised Lundbeck on its €905m acquisition of Prexton Therapeutics."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "Intellectual Property"
"The intellectual property department at VISCHER covers protective, strategic, transactional and contentious matters in relation to patents, copyright, designs and trade marks. Christian Wyss assisted Balderton Capital with the IP due diligence in preparation for its investment into Sophia Genetics' $30m financing round, while team lead Stefan Kohler advises Philipp Morris on the agreements required for the technological development of reduced-risk tobacco products. Rolf Der Maur, who combines intellectual property law with IT expertise, is another name to note."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "Leading Firms: German-Speaking Switzerland"
"VISCHER has core strength in the healthcare, TMT and transport sectors and notable public law expertise, while also fielding strong capital markets, M&A, competition and litigation departments. Key partners include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan Rechsteiner, Benedict Christ and Christian Oetiker. Michael Waldner and Christian Wyss are other names to note."
Legal 500 (EMEA 2019) - "TMT" - Tier 1
"VISCHER's TMT practice has experience of sector-relevant convergence issues, regulatory requirements, online services licensing, outsourcing and transfer agreements. Rolf Auf der Maur successfully represented Swisscom as defendant in the first Swiss ISP-blocking matter brought by film rights holders, while Basel-based Christian Wyss assists Sympany with the review, drafting and negotiation of various different IT agreements with suppliers and outsourcing providers. Netflix, Quadrant and Additiv also feature in the client list."