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For the second time this year, BianchiSchwald has the pleasure to co-sponsor a live virtual 90-minute Merge Briefing seminar with Corum, where former CEOs and market experts will share their experience on valuations, positioning, deal structure, negotiation and due diligence landmines, among other valuable topics.
Mathieu Simona, associé, interviendra lors du prochain séminaire de l’AGDA (association genevoise de droit des affaires) consacré aux réseaux thermiques. Sa présentation portera sur les particularités juridiques des contrats d’approvisionnement de chaleur conclus entre propriétaires et exploitants.
Ekinops is a leading supplier of telecommunications solutions for telecom operators and enterprises listed on Euronext Paris (FR0011466069 – EKI). BianchiSchwald acted as legal counsel for Ekinops in its purchase of the start-up SixSq SA, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider for Edge Computing (https://www.ekinops.com/news/corporate/ekinops-acquires-sixsq-and-steps-up-its-presence-in-edge-computing) based in Geneva. BianchiSchwald assisted Ekinops throughout this transaction, in particular, with all contractual, corporate, tax, IT and employment matters. The transaction consisted of the acquisition by Ekinops of 100% of the share-capital of SixSq SA as well as its financing by Ekinops allowing SixSq SA to significantly increase its sales operations and R&A activities at its Geneva headquarters.
BianchiSchwald team was led by Hélène Weidmann (partner in the Corporate, M&A practice), and also included Joseph Merhai (partner, head of the Tax practice), Gianni Fera (managing associate, Tax practice), Christoph Gasser (partner, head of the IP, IT and Data protection practice), Thierry Burnens (associate IP, IT and Data protection practice), Blaise Lambelet (director Finance and controlling), Elodie Le Guen (managing associate, Labour Law practice), and Christofer Lacraz (associate, M&A practice).
We are proud to bring our contribution to the success of this promising transaction.
We are happy to announce that partner Yves de Coulon, head of BianchiSchwald’s Real Estate & Construction department, has been recognized as “thought leader” for his work in the 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal, which underlines that : "Yves de Coulon is a standout name in the real estate sector who is regarded as “very knowledgeable” when it comes to development projects and lease negotiations". BianchiSchwald thus confirms its place as a leading law firm in the Real Estate & Construction field.
On behalf of its clients Lidl Schweiz AG and Lidl Schweiz DL AG (together "Lidl"), both of them belonging to the Lidl group, i.e., the world's largest discounter group by number of stores, BianchiSchwald LLC, represented by Christoph Gasser and Thierry Burnens, has succeeded in a trademark and unfair competition dispute against the chocolate manufacturer Chocoladenfabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG ("Lindt"). The Court of Commerce of the Swiss state of Argovia concluded on September 16, 2021 that Lidl's chocolate Easter bunnies as commercialized in Switzerland in 2017 (see above left and center) neither infringed potential trademark rights of Lindt nor led to a violation of unfair competition law in view of Lindt's chocolate Easter bunnies marketed in Switzerland at the time (see above right). Lindt is still free to file an appeal with the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
As a result of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, new questions arise in cross-border law enforcement regarding the temporal scope of application of the important Lugano Convention. A recently published decision of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court answers some of these questions, which is why we have analysed the current case law with regard to the recognition and enforcement of English judgments in Switzerland in more detail and summarised the current status for you.