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We are looking forward to the upcoming BianchiSchwald event on "Unternehmensverkauf – Erwartungen aus Käufersicht“ on Tuesday, 5th July 2022, in Zurich.
For more details and registration please use the following link: https://bit.ly/37Dgg74
The 2022 edition of Legal 500 has recognized BianchiSchwald in 10 practice areas and recommended 19 lawyers for their excellent work.
The following categories have been ranked : Banking and finance - Geneva | Commercial, corporate and M&A | Dispute resolution - Litigation | Employment | Healthcare and life sciences | Intellectual Property | Leading firms - French and German-speaking Switzerland | Real estate and construction | Tax.
In addition, Christoph Gasser, Partner and Head of the IP practice group, keeps on being recognized as Leading individual.
We are pleased that BianchiSchwald has again been recognized as one of the best law firms in Switzerland in the 2022's ranking published by Bilanz | Handelszeitung | Le Temps. Our firm has been ranked among the leading law firms in 17 practice areas.
BianchiSchwald LLC advises clients, with a specialisation on hotel and pharma industry clients, on all local and national real estate issues. The ‘highly efficient‘ team covers transactions, financing and investment vehicles, construction, asset management, leases, public procurement and zoning. Yves de Coulon has an ‘incisive mind and deep understanding of the construction laws‘, in particular of the French-speaking part of Switzerland. ‘Excellent practitioner‘ Marc Metzger has a specialism in advising real estate investors and construction companies. ‘Very valuable strategic adviser‘ Hans-Peter Schwald and Andreas Suter are other key contacts.
Practice Head(s): Yves de Coulon, Marc Metzger
Other key lawyers: Hans-Peter Schwald, Andreas Suter
‘Yves de Coulon’s incisive mind and deep understanding of the construction laws of Geneva has helped us navigate through our challenges effortlessly. A true professional at heart, his enthusiasm in pursuit of excellence has made our experience with Yves de Coulon all the more memorable.’
‘Marc Metzger is as senior figure and an excellent practitioner. He knows everything about real estate transactions. Also, he is very experienced in the field of lease and rental agreements, construction law, financing arrangements (as well as healthcare law). Marc is very smart, insightful and an outstanding negotiator.’
‘Very good communication, high quality of work delivered, 100% availability.’
‘BianchiSchwald has integrated the latest technologies into their workflows, making them a highly efficient team to work with. From the attorney-at-law who helped us to his assistant and the front office, everyone at BianchiSchwald has consistently displayed professionalism, humanity and efficiency, a testimony of BianchiSchwald’s exemplary values.’
‘The firm is very well known for its vast experience in the field, they are very much familiar with the real estate market (as well as the health clinic market). BianchiSchwald has in-depth knowledge and a broad team for real estate matters. The firm’s partners and associates are very skilled and highly committed. They are extremely responsive and flexible, very knowledgeable and accurate.’
‘Hans-Peter Schwald is a very valuable strategic adviser to us. He is extremely committed and absolutely brilliant strategically and concentrates on what is essential. He is a leading figure in the business lawyers’ industry.’
‘Andreas Suter has vast know-how about the various aspects of real estate and construction law. He is very skilled and works highly efficiently.’
‘Availability, reliability and speed are very good, especially with Marc Metzger.’
The Zurich Court of Commerce has decided that the leading Swiss tabloid "Blick", a "flagship" of the Ringier editing house, has violated the copyright of our client, a freelance journalist. The original text of the journalist appeared in the Swiss "Hotelrevue" (htr) and partly in identical sentences on blick.ch. Based on our firm's briefs, the judges carefully dissected the two texts, compared them down to the smallest details of sentence structure and vocabulary, and recognized a copyright infringement to the detriment of our client. The fact that the "Blick" author included an "as the 'Hotelrevue' writes" in his copy and thus disclosed his source did not help him out in the end. The decision is binding as "Blick" did not file an appeal with the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
The court's judgement of January 26, 2022 (see full decision) is a landmark decision because the Swiss Copyright Act lacks a clear method for assessing infringements in which the protected work is not used 1:1 and because no Swiss precedents existed. The media echo of this decision is correspondingly great (see e.g. https://bit.ly/3rEGA7B; https://bit.ly/3K60W00; https://bit.ly/3jTamRx; https://bit.ly/3vz0F04; https://bit.ly/3EymaCA).
Paladin Capital Group (“Paladin”), headquartered in Washington D.C., is a leading global investor that supports and grows the world’s most innovative cyber companies. Paladin is an existing investor in Decentriq (registered under company name “dq technologies AG”), a Swiss enterprise SaaS platform providing the most secure and compliant data clean rooms. Decentriq recently closed a USD 15 million Series A financing round, led by Eclipse Ventures, with participation from existing investors, including Paladin, Atlantic Labs, and btov Partners. BianchiSchwald acted as Paladin’s legal counsel in the Series A financing round. The BianchiSchwald team was led by Partner Manuel Bianchi della Porta (Corporate and M&A) and included Daima Vuilleumier (Associate, Corporate and M&A). We are proud to have contributed to the success of the funding round.