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13 February 2018: Pinsent Masons and Niederer Kraft & Frey advise Finastra on acquisition of Olfa Soft SA

International law firm Pinsent Masons and Swiss law firm Niederer Kraft & Frey have advised Finastra on the acquisition of Olfa Soft SA and its cutting edge FX e-trading platform for banks and financial institutions.

The move enables Finastra to deliver a unique end-to-end real-time eFX trading solution for banks’ treasury departments, covering distribution, position-keeping, post-trade and payments.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Olfa Soft specializes in the field of trading platform design and integration, providing seamless FX services. The company is a natural fit for Finastra given its complementary solutions and customers.

  • The Pinsent Masons team advising Finastra was led by Partner Andrew McMillan and supported by Corporate Associate, Chris Watts. Swiss law advice was provided by Niederer Kraft & Frey AG, led by Clara-Ann Gordon (TMT), Patrik Peyer (M&A, Corporate) and Manuel Werder (M&A, Corporate). The wider teams also included:
    Pinsent Masons: Minerva Vanni (Corporate), Samantha Livesey (Commercial), Felicity Parsons (Commercial), Samuel Hall (Commercial) and Satvi Vepa (Tax).
  • Niederer Kraft & Frey: Moritz Maurer (M&A, Corporate), Victor Stancescu (M&A, Corporate), Andrea Nordin (Tax), Christina Rinne (VAT), Andreas Vögeli (Real Estate), Oliver Zbinden (Real Estate), Carlo Egle (M&A, Corporate), Anne-Catherine Cardinaux (M&A, Corporate), Catherine Grun (Employment), Laurence Uttinger (Pensions).


Nadeem Syed, CEO at Finastra said, “Bringing Olfa Soft into the Finastra fold enables us to provide treasurers around the world with an innovative approach to eFX trading which is unmatched in comprehensiveness in the market. What’s more, this is our first acquisition as Finastra and signals our commitment to ongoing innovation and growth.”

Andrew McMillian added: "Our sectoral expertise was an important factor in the completion of this transaction. As ever, Fintech businesses are adopting cutting-edge technology to stay ahead in this fast-evolving sector and no doubt we'll continue to see deal activity of this type on the increase." Clara-Ann Gordon and Patrik Peyer concur with these statements and emphasize the importance of using integrated teams from all practice areas in order to complete these kind of complex transactions.

3 January 2018: Fortimo sells significant real estate portfolio

Niederer Kraft & Frey advised Fortimo group on the sale of a real estate portfolio consisting of 14 residential properties in 9 different cantons of Switzerland.

With around 50 employees at its headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Fortimo group develops, acquires and looks after residential and special properties. Since its founding in 2000, Fortimo has planned and realized more than 3'500 residential units, including rented and freehold apartments and building plots. Fortimo acts as investor, developer and supervisor.

The transaction was closed on 3 January 2018.

The NKF team led by Real Estate partner Andreas F. Vögeli, also included:

20 December 2017: Caldec and founding shareholders sell Technogroup to Vitruvian Partners

Niederer Kraft & Frey, with German law firm P+P Pöllath + Partners as lead counsel, was Swiss counsel advising Caldec Holding GmbH and the founding shareholders on the sale of Technogroup IT-Service GmbH to Vitruvian Partners. Technogroup IT-Service GmbH provides information technology services for hardware and software in data centers.

The NKF team was led by Corporate/M&A partner, Patrik R. Peyer working with Corporate/M&A senior associate, Moritz Maurer.

15 February 2018: Niederer Kraft & Frey ranked band 1 for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global

Niederer Kraft & Frey is ranked band 1 for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A by this year's Chambers Global 2018 ranking. NKF also garnered band 2 rankings in the categories of Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Litigation), Investment Funds and Tax. Many partners of NKF are ranked as leading lawyers in their respective fields of expertise.

Covering 190 jurisdictions across the world Chambers Global is widely recognized as being one of the leading independent directories of the legal profession worldwide. Rankings are based on in-depth and objective research conducted by over 170 full-time researchers of Chambers Europe.

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31 January 2018: Niederer Kraft & Frey wins Best Swiss Law Firm award at Trophées du Droit Awards ceremony

Niederer Kraft & Frey won Best Swiss Law Firm at the Trophées du Droit Awards Ceremony by Leaders League at the Pavillon d'Armenonville in Paris on 24 January 2018. The jury said that the firm earned the title with its innovative culture-building initiatives and by providing a vision for the future of Swiss law firms.

After a first selection round run by the editors and research team of Leaders League (the leading directory for the French speaking legal market), the firms shortlisted for the title Best Swiss Law Firm were assessed based on their oral presentations held in front of a jury consisting of general counsels of large corporations from various industries.

The annual Trophées du Droit Awards ceremony in Paris with around 1.000 guests brings together the most important players of the French speaking legal market in order to recognise and honour legal excellence.

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8 February 2018: NKF partners Andreas F. Vögeli, Till Spillmann and Daniel Eisele win ILO Client Choice Awards in London

At this year's International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards ceremony in London, three partners from Niederer Kraft & Frey won a prestigious Client Choice Award 2018. Andreas F. Vögeli won the award in the category Real Estate Switzerland for the second time in a row. Till Spillmann, who joined the firm as a partner on 1 January 2018, won the award in the category Capital Markets Switzerland. Daniel Eisele won the award in the category Litigation Switzerland for the fourth time.

At the award ceremony in London which was attended by more than 200 winners and guests from more than 40 countries, NKF was the only law firm worldwide winning titles in three different categories.

ILO was launched in 1998 and is the nexus where global corporate counsel engage with the world's pre-eminent law firms. The Client Choice Award recognizes those law firm partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firm partners can be nominated only by corporate counsel.

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