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In its July edition, Reports Legal's editorial team interviewed Managing Partner Thomas Goossens regarding the situation of law firms despite Covid challenges. Among colleagues from several major Swiss law firms, he reviewed what had been the activity over the past year and shares his projections for 2021.
BianchiSchwald acted as legal counsel for Banque Profil de Gestion SA in its purchase of One Swiss Bank SA, which closed on June 1, 2021, the subsequent merger between both banks and the change of its shareholder of reference. The assets under management of the merged bank, now renamed ONE swiss Bank SA (https://oneswissbank.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/BPDG_20210604_DecisionsAGE2021-1.pdf), amount to nearly CHF 5 billion right after closing.
BianchiSchwald assisted the bank throughout this complex transaction, in particular, with all contractual, corporate, regulatory, tax, employment and stock exchange law related matters.
BianchiSchwald team was led by Thomas Goossens (managing partner and head of the Banking & Finance practice) and Hélène Weidmann (partner in the Corporate - M&A practice), and also included Joseph Merhai and Sebastien Maury (both partners, respectively, head and member of the tax practice), Stéphanie Fuld (partner, head of the Labour Law practice), as well as Elodie Le Guen (managing associate, Labour Law practice), Alexandra Schuvalov (associate Banking & Finance), Federico Abrar (associate Tax) and Thierry Burnens (associate IP and Data protection).
We were proud to bring our contribution to the success of this promising transaction in these challenging times for the banking industry.
The Swiss Steel group (listed on SIX Swiss Exchange) is one of the world's leading providers of individual solutions in the special long steel products sector. PCS Holding is a committed and long-term oriented shareholder that actively supports the establishment and development of its portfolio companies. The seller BigPoint Holding AG is Swiss Steel's main shareholder. The transaction has been completed on 21 May 2021.
BianchiSchwald advised PCS Holding AG in this transaction with a team consisting of Stefan Scherrer (Partner | Corporate and M&A), Thomas Schmid (Partner | Corporate and M&A) and Fabian Akeret (Associate | Corporate and M&A).
We are pleased that BianchiSchwald has again been recognized in this year's ranking published by Bilanz | Handelszeitung | Le Temps as one of the best law firms in Switzerland. Our firm has been ranked among the leading law firms in 17 practice areas with top category rankings in IP, commercial | contracts, corporate, M&A and insolvency | restructuring.
Swiss competition law is undergoing far-reaching changes in the area of control of abusive practices. Our newsletter will provide you an initial overview of the planned revision which includes the introduction of the concept of relative market power and a ban on geo-blocking.
For the third year in a row, we are proud that our IP practice area has been ranked Tier 2 : “The IP practice is composed of exceptionally skilled lawyers who are unparalleled experts in all dimensions of intellectual property law” | “Great knowledge and expertise in this field of law.”
To top it all, Christoph Gasser, Partner and Practice head of Intellectual Property, has been awarded “Leading individual” for the second time. “Super efficient, responsive and very knowledgeable and experienced.” | “His combination of lawyer and partner of the firm together with having been a patent judge is a perfect match”. Congratulations !