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Froriep

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Managing Partner: Nicola Benz
Number of partners: 24
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:
28 fee earners
■ Advising Palmarium in the acquisition of Lebara Group, one of the fastest grown pan-European mobile companies
■ Set-up of RealLook AG (clothing industry) and advising on three investment rounds for family and friends as well as first institutional investors, such as the Zurich Cantonal Bank as well as one well-known Swiss VC

Banking & Financial Markets:
14 fee earners
■ Advising in structuring JFK Capital Alternative SICAV, with particular risk, an investment vehicle structured as a fund of funds governed by Swiss law whose investment activity is delegated to a FINMA authorised asset manager and fully dedicated to alternative investments
■ Advising Nova Property Management Ltd. in obtaining a license as Fund Manager for collective real estate investment schemes in Switzerland as well as advisor to Swiss listed investment companies and Swiss real estate investment trusts.

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:
12 fee earners
■Advising Bettina and Vital Stefanini in the high profile dispute with the old board of the foundation ‘Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte (SKKG)’. Froriep was the lead advisor of Bettina and Vital Stefanini. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed that the descendants of the founder have the exclusive right to appoint members to the foundation’s board
■ FRORIEP is advising and representing one of the members of an old-established Zurich family in a difficult and long lasting dispute before the local courts over the partition of the family estate worth about $50 million, comprising of prestigious real property in Zurich and elsewhere, as well as family business, artworks etc.

IP, IP Litigation:
7 fee earners
■ Advising BroadReach HealthCare LLC, a company providing an analytics platform harnessing big data to enable better health care provision to underserved populations in Africa, on trademark matters on a pro bono basis
■ Advising Meltwater, a global company providing insights to its customers on their online presence by analysing data from conversations across all online channels, in relation to its strategic management of its worldwide trademark portfolio, coordination of instruction of foreign counsel and trademark prosecution work
■ Coordination of trademark and design right protection worldwide for Swiss sportswear company, particularly well-known for their ski helmets

Real Estate:
5 fee earners
■ Advising Pathé Suisse SA on an on-going basis with regard to its real estate projects in Switzerland
■ Advising an oil company for many years in a variety of construction and environmental issues linked to the operation of an oil refinery, gas-stations and tank farms across Switzerland
■ Senioresidenz AG is a real estate investment company which was incorporated and brought to the stock exchange last year. Froriep advised on the setting up of the company and the listing, as well as the investment strategy which is focused on real estate property for senior citizens, including serviced apartments, apartments for assisted living, boarding and nursing homes

Tax:
4 fee earners
■ Ongoing advice on all corporate and Swiss related tax matters of Elko Grupo, Latvia, especially tax aspects related to financing and base erosion issues, spontaneous exchange of information according to MACC
■ VAT structuring for an intended change of ownership of a commercially used aircraft of an international airline during an existing leasing agreement, tax ruling negotiations with the federal tax authorities, tax ruling requests

Aviation/Shipping:
5 fee earners
■ The firm advised Santierul Naval Constanta Shipyard, the largest shipyard in Romania and one of the largest in Europe. It assisted Santierul in entering into a project with Dutch shipbuilding company Damen Schelde Naval for the purpose of building naval vessels for the Romanian Navy
■ Advising Swiss International Airlines on issues relating to the swap of engines recorded in the Aircraft Record in their felt of aircraft

Sports Law:
2 fee earners
■ Representing the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) in CAS and Swiss Federal Supreme Court proceedings concerning the suspension of the RPC and its Para-Athletes
■ Representing the football player Ezeqiuel Matias Schelotto in a sports-related dispute against his former agent in relation to a transfer of the player to F.C. Internazionale Milan. Successfully appealing a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the Swiss Federal Supreme Court

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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