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Managing Partner: Nicola Benz
Number of partners: 23
Number of fee earners: 60
Languages: Albanian, Dutch, Danish, English, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Firm Overview:
FRORIEP is a Swiss law firm with a unique international presence and perspective. Founded in Zurich in 1966, the firm one of the leading law firms in Switzerland, with offices in Zurich, Geneva and Zug, as well as foreign offices in both London and Madrid, serving clients seeking Swiss law advice. It has grown a domestic and international client base ranging from large international corporations to private clients. The unique, truly integrated, international structure mirrors its strong cross-border focus. Many lawyers are recognised as leaders in their practice areas, and clients benefit from the rich diversity of talents, languages and cultures that are particularly versatile and adaptive.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Transactions:
27 fee earners
■Advising Central Real Estate Holding AG and Central Real Estate Basel AG on the acquisition of the largest industrial property deal in the last twenty years in central Basel
■Advising Vantage Technologies, an internationally active healthcare software solutions group with regard to the Swiss aspects of a European corporate re-organisation, creation of new entities and holding structures
■Acting as legal counsel for Banque Privée BCP (Suisse) SA, a Swiss private bank part of Banco Commercial Português, S.A., the largest private Portuguese financial group, a leading institution in Europe and Africa

Banking & Financial Markets:
17 fee earners
■Assisted SEBA Bank AG with the launch of a certificate on index based cryptocurrencies basket
■Advised Dogus Holding, one of the largest private sector conglomerates in Turkey, in connection with a Swiss law facility granted by Credit Suisse to their Swiss subsidiary Dogus Health & Wellness AG, owner of the five star Hotel Park Weggis
■Acting as counsel to the European Investment Bank
■Assisted Fundo Soberano de Angola with various Swiss litigation, investigations and regulatory matters regarding the high profile case of the empire of J-C Bastos

Litigation & Arbitration:
28 fee earners
■Representing Clariant in a Geneva-based ICC arbitration relating to a joint venture agreement
■Representing Chemo Group in a Zurich-based ICC arbitration relating to a license, supply and commercialisation agreement for pharmaceutical products
■Successfully defended a major Swiss financial institution before State Courts in a CHF 210 M commercial claim brought up by a competitor regarding alleged contractual violations related to an M&A transaction
■Various clients in international judicial assistance proceedings in criminal and civil law

Private Clients:
10 fee earners
■Successful representation of the descendants of Bruno Stefanini, Dr. Bettina Stefanini and Vital Stefanini in a long legal dispute with the old board of the foundation ‘Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte (SKKG)’
■Advised the Naked Heart Foundation founded by the top model Natalia Vodianova on its establishment in Switzerland as a charitable foundation

IP, IP Litigation:
8 fee earners
■Assisting with the successful enforcement of claims against an importer to Switzerland of rice falsely labelled as ‘Basmati Rice’
■Assisting a sports association to successfully resist demands for payment for use of photographs inserted onto a feed on its website
■Assisting Lebara Ltd. with the set-up of groupinternal brand licensing arrangements across numerous jurisdictions

Real Estate:
4 fee earners
■Advising Central Real Estate Holding AG and Central Real Estate Basel AG on the acquisition of the largest industrial property deal in the last twenty years in central Basel
■Advising and representing bci (a consortium regrouping the largest chemical companies of the Basel area) in the pending administrative proceedings that aim to determine the exact amount of the costs that bci shall bear

4 fee earners
■Ongoing advice for Elko Grupa, on all corporate and Swiss related tax matters, especially tax aspects related to financing and base erosion issues, spontaneous exchange of information according to MACC and transfer pricing issues
■Advising Pfeiffer Holzindustrie in its reorganisation of various Swiss subsidiaries within the group, cross-border tax and corporate advice and preparation of rulings with the Swiss tax administration

5 fee earners
■Assisted Carlyle Aviation (formerly Apollo Aviation) in connection with its purchase from Avolon of an Airbus A319 on lease to Privatair SA and legal issues triggered by subsequent bankruptcy of Privatair
■Assisted Engine Lease Finance Corporation on various matters in connection with purchase, sale and lease back and lease of engines including repossession issues
■Advised Merx Aviation Services Limited with purchase and lease back of an aircraft registered in Switzerland

Sports Law:
5 fee earners
■Successful representation of Ali Riza and others v. Turkey concerning football disputes before the European Court of Human Rights
■Representing SAFP, FIFPro and WAIPU Unions and its more than 72’000 members (professional players) in the legislative consultation process of the Swiss Government concerning the amendment of the Swiss International Private Law Act requesting changes in favour of more protection for players

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 5 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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