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3 March 2017: Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Tripema in connection with a financing round

Niederer Kraft & Frey (NKF) has advised Tripema AG with registered office in Feusisberg in connection with a financing round. The closing took place on 23 February 2017.

Tripema AG is an innovative and ambitious company, which is active in the building and construction industry and is specialized in the production and supply of wall elements made of brick.

The NKF team consisted of Patrik R. Peyer (partner, corporate / M&A) and René Fischer (senior associate, corporate / M&A).



Niederer Kraft & Frey, Slaughter and May, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz represented Actelion on its transaction with Johnson & Johnson announced today.

The transaction involves the following inter-conditional elements:

- a tender offer by Johnson & Johnson for Actelion at a price of USD 280 per share, valuing Actelion at USD 30 billion (CHF 30 billion).
- the creation by way of demerger from Actelion of a new R&D biotech company. This new company will hold Actelion's drug discovery operations along with the majority of its clinical pipeline and have net cash funding of CHF 1 billion. It will be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and will be owned by existing Actelion shareholders, with Johnson & Johnson taking an initial 16% holding, with the possibility to rise to 32%.
- royalty arrangements under which the new R&D biotech company will have an income stream from sales of ponesimod and cadazolid, two phase III products owned by Actelion, once these compounds are commercialised.
- a collaboration agreement between the new R&D biotech company and Actelion/Johnson & Johnson in relation to ACT-'577, Actelion's compound for resistant hypertension which is currently in Phase II.

The transaction is conditional on various matters, including certain anti-trust clearances. It is expected to close by the end of Q2 2017.

The integrated legal team was led by Philipp Haas and Ulysses von Salis (Niederer Kraft & Frey), alongside Simon Nicholls and David Johnson (Slaughter and May) and Dan Neff and Greg Ostling (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz).

The wider teams also included:
- Niederer Kraft & Frey: Thomas Broennimann (M&A, Corporate), Bertrand Schott (Corporate), Moritz Maurer (M&A, Corporate), Deirdre Ni Annrachain (M&A), Julia Tolstova (M&A, Corporate); Christina DelVecchio (Capital Markets); Daniela Schmucki (Tax), Thomas Graf (Tax), Christina Rinne (VAT), Rachid Ghazi (Tax); Laurence Uttinger (Pensions); Nicolas Birkhäuser (IP and Anti-trust); Clara-Ann Gordon (TMT and IP)
- Slaughter and May: Susannah Macknay (Corporate), Rob Innes (Corporate), Harry Hecht (Corporate), Anthony Doolittle (Corporate), Claire Jackson (Corporate), Henry Herbert (Corporate); Susie Middlemiss (IP), Richard McDonnell (IP); Jeanette Zaman (Tax), Tom Windsor (Tax); Lisa Wright (Anti-trust), Susan Zhuang (Anti-trust), Andrew Gilbert (Anti-trust)
- Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz: John Robinson (Corporate), Jillian Colbert Alsheimer (Corporate); Franco Castelli (Competition); Greg Pessin (Restructuring & Finance); Adam Shapiro (Employee Benefits), Katherine O'Neill (Employee Benefits); T. Eiko Stange (Tax), Sehj Vather (Tax)

7 December 2016: Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Swiss Prime Investment Foundation in connection with a CHF 470 million Offering of Claims of the Investment Group „SPA Immobilien Schweiz”

Niederer Kraft & Frey advises Swiss Prime Investment Foundation in connection with the offering of claims of the investment group „SPA Immobilien Schweiz” with a volume of CHF 470 million. The total equity capital of the investment group is now above CHF 1 billion.

The NKF Team was led by Sandro Abegglen (Lead Partner) and Luca Bianchi (Senior Associate, Financial Products/Regulatory). It further comprised François M. Bianchi (Partner, Regulatory) and Markus Kronauer (Partner, Tax). 

16 March 2017: Niederer Kraft & Frey crowned "European Law Firm of the Year" and "Swiss Law Firm of the Year" by The Lawyer

The LawyerThe LawyerNiederer Kraft & Frey (NKF) was crowned "European Law Firm of the Year" at The Lawyer European Awards ceremony in London on 16 March 2017. This is the first time since the inception of the awards that a Swiss law firm has won the "European Law Firm of the Year" title. NKF also received the "Swiss Law firm of the Year" award for the second consecutive year.

A total of 125 firms and law firm networks were shortlisted for this year's awards. The Lawyer European Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence across the European legal market. This year the awards particularly focused on the growing importance of cross-border instructions to firms across the continent. The firms were assessed for their internal innovation, international strategies as well as enviable client lists and ground-breaking deals and cases.

Philippe Weber, Managing Partner of NKF comments: "We are absolutely delighted - these awards not only recognize our strong track record, they also honour our manifold strategic initiatives which all serve the same purpose: focus on clients' needs by lawyers enjoying their work."

The Lawyer is a leading weekly magazine dedicated to the business of commercial law providing the latest news, analysis and business intelligence. The jury consisted of a panel of 19 judges, including managing partners of international law firms and in-house lawyers with multinational companies.

Established 1936, Niederer Kraft & Frey is a preeminent Swiss full-service law firm with a proven track record of legal excellence and innovation.

Media release

The Lawyer Award

28 March 2017: NKF Seminars: Data protection – why companies in Switzerland need to (re)act!

Every company in Switzerland processes personal data. As planned revision of the Swiss Data protection Act will increase duties of entities processing personal data and will implement a much stricter sanction regime for cases of violations of data protection law, companies must act now. There will be no exceptions for smaller companies or specific groups of entities. In parallel, EU data protection legislation is being revised in a similar way and Swiss companies may be affected by these new EU rules too.

It is expected that the new rules will come into force by mid 2018. Hence, every Swiss company will have to be
ready by then as a matter of compliance.

The NKF Technology team is delighted to invite you to a series of three events covering this topic. In Q&A sessions lasting 60 minutes, the new data protection legislation in Switzerland and the EU as well as measures to be taken in these circumstances will be addressed and discussed. In respect of EU law matters we may count on the support from guest speakers coming from EU jurisdictions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our seminars.

Please register via mail: (for the first seminar by 20 March 2017)



Breakfast Seminar (German / English) (fully booked)
8:00 – 9:00 (Admission from 7:45am)
Clara-Ann Gordon, András Gurovits (Partner, NKF, Zurich)
Hazel Grant, Head Privacy (FieldFisher, London)

Evening / Apéro Seminar (German)
18:00 – 19:00 (Admission from 17:30pm)
Clara-Ann Gordon, András Gurovits (Partner, NKF, Zurich)
Dr. Stefan Schuppert (Partner, Hogan Lovells, Munich)

Breakfast Seminar (English)
8:00 – 9:00 (Admission from 7:45amr)
Clara-Ann Gordon, András Gurovits (Partner, NKF, Zurich)


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14 March 2017: NKF in cooperation with SFTA, Holland FinTech and the Netherlands Embassy invited for the Dutch Fintech Trade Mission Welcome Reception

On 14 March 2017, Niederer Kraft & Frey (NKF) in cooperation with the Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA), Holland FinTech and the Netherlands Embassy invited to the Dutch Fintech Trade Mission Welcome Reception. This event opened the Dutch-Swiss FinTech Trade Mission, which aims to bring together leading Dutch FinTech companies with corporates and investors in Switzerland to explore business development opportunities. 


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