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Managing Partner: Nicola Benz
Number of partners: 23
Number of fee earners: 60
Languages: Albanian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, 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, FRORIEP is 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. FRORIEP has a domestic and international client base ranging from large international corporations to private clients. FRORIEP’s unique, truly integrated and international structure mirrors its strong cross-border focus. Many of FRORIEP’s lawyers are recognised as leaders in their respective fields, and clients benefit from the rich diversity of talents, languages and cultures that makes FRORIEP’s lawyers particularly versatile and adaptive.
Practice Areas:
■ Arbitration & Litigation
■ Art
■ Aviation & Shipping
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Charity & Social Enterprise
■ Competition
■ Corporate & Commercial
■ Data Protection
■ Disruptive Technologies
■ Employment
■ Insolvency & Restructuring
■ IP & IP Litigation
■ M&A & Transactions
■ Private Clients
■ Public Commercial
■ Notarial Services
■ Real Estate
■ Sports
■ Tax
■ Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT)

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Transactions:
26 fee earners
■Advising Palmarium in the acquisition of Lebara Group, one of the fastest grown pan-European mobile companies
■Advising Revox, a production company of high end audio equipment, on restructuring its capital and business structure both on a corporate and insolvency level
■RealLook AG is a Swiss Start-up and active in the clothing industry under the brand SelfNation. Set-up of the company and advising on three investment rounds ■Advising the founders and shareholders of AG on a €20 million equity investment from Invus

Banking & Financial Markets:
17 fee earners
■Advising BNP Paribas and 23 banks on the largest reservebased loan of USD$5 billion to Lundin Petroleum
■Successfully advised JSC VTB Bank in connection with the restructuring of an estimated USD$3 billion secured facility agreement entered into with the Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) as to Swiss law, including tax law and in particular regarding the taking of security interest over assets and shares of a group of entities incorporated in Switzerland
■Advised JFK Capital Alternative SICAV in obtaining a license as a Swiss collective investment scheme

Litigation & Arbitration:
30 fee earners
■Counsel to Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH, the Geneva affiliate of Swiss/multinational chemical group in a Geneva-based arbitration relating to a joint venture agreement
■Counsel to Chemo Group, a Spanish pharmaceutical company, in a Zurich-based ICC arbitration relating to a license, supply and commercialisation agreement for generic pharmaceutical products

Private Clients:
11 fee earners
■Successful representation of the descendants of Bruno Stefanini, Dr Bettina Stefanini and Mr Vital Stefanini in a long legal dispute with the old board of the foundation ‘Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte (SKKG)’
■Advising the charitable foundation Act On Your Future, active in education, culture and art, based in Geneva, on all its contractual matters in relation to its photography price and exhibitions with artists
■Advising the Philippe Hatem Foundation for a happy childhood, a Swiss charitable foundation focusing on the welfare of children and adolescents on its fundraising and governance matters and coordinating the implementation of worldwide initiatives and setting-up of international branches

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, including strategic portfolio advice, coordination of instruction of foreign counsel and trademark prosecution work
■Advising Meltwater in relation to its worldwide trademark portfolio. Meltwater is a global company providing insights to its customers on their online presence by analysing data from conversations across all online channels. Froriep’s advice includes strategic advice on Meltwater’s portfolio, coordination of instruction of foreign counsel and trademark prosecution work

Real Estate:
6 fee earners
■Advising Kimberly-Clark on environmental law issues related to the operation of its in-house wastewater treatment plany and incineration plant in Switzerland, as well as with regard to the related contractual agreement with the Municipality ■Advising ArteCad SA in a contaminated site matter regarding the liability for remediation costs
■Froriep advises Pathé Suisse SA on an on-going basis with regard to its real estate projects in Switzerland. In particular, this includes contract negotiation with private companies as well as public entities with regard to the construction and operation of Pathé’s renowned multiplex cinemas
■Advising the real estate investment company bfw Liegenschaften AG on an on-going basis with regard to legal matters (e.g. preparation and holding of shareholders meetings). In particular, they are assisting the company in obtaining rulings from the competent authorities with regard to the Federal Act (known as Lex Koller) restricting the purchase of Swiss real property for non-Swiss-resident foreigners

5 fee earners
■Ongoing advice on all corporate and Swiss related tax matters of Elko Grupa, Latvia. Especially tax aspects related to financing and base erosion issues, spontaneous exchange of information according to MACC
■Advised UK headquartered worldwide active group of the Luxury industry about Swiss VAT and customs status of a corporate jet (Bombardier Global Express 6000) registered in Denmark and flying on a regular basis into and from Switzerland where the UBO is resident. Development of possible scenarios for an exempt status of the aircraft, drafting legal opinion
■Advised large group active in the oil industry on transfer pricing issues regarding financing of an intermediary holding resident in Switzerland, including negotiations with the tax authorities and all formalities. Tax aspects relating to Swiss withholding tax, profit tax, base erosion, double taxation treaty with the involved jurisdictions

5 fee earners
■Advising Apollo Aviation Group in connection with the amendment of the terms of financing in the context of reorganisation of the fleet of German airline Germania Air and its Swiss airline Germania Flug AG
■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
■Regulatory and contractual advice to DAE (formerly AWAS), a global leader in commercial aircraft leasing, with regard to their aircraft registered in Switzerland

Sports Law:
5 fee earners
■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. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court did annul the Court of Arbitration for Sport Award in its intertie which is extremely rare
■Representing the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) in CAS and Swiss Federal Supreme Court proceedings concerning the suspension of the RPC and its Para-Athletes
■Contractual dispute with an American Basketball player. Defending the Shanxi Fenjiu Basketball Club in appealing a CAS decision to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court
■Advising the Swiss Players’ Union SAFP in all kind of legal issues since more than 15 years

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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