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Tavernier Tschanz

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Number of partners: 5
Number of other lawyers: 20
Languages: English, French, German, Italian

Firm Overview:
Tavernier Tschanz is one of the leading Swiss business law firms. Its multilingual practice covers all areas of business and commercial law for both domestic and international clients. The firm prides itself on being solution-oriented; with clients it endeavours to develop practical and cost-effective responses to their needs. Tavernier Tschanz believes that its added value lies mainly in original legal solutions tailored to its clients’ specific requirements. Although for each matter clients have a principal contact person within the firm, Tavernier Tschanz works as one team so that the combined expertise of all the lawyers is always available to clients. The firm has further resources in its strong ties with leading law professors, many of whom are former partners or associates of the firm.

■ Corporate
■ Corporate Transactions
■ Banking & Finance
■ Arbitration
■ New Technologies
■ Competition

Main Areas of Practice:
Tavernier Tschanz handles corporate and commercial matters dealing with all aspects of corporate life, ranging from general corporate issues (setting up and legal management of companies, corporate governance, restructuring of a company’s share capital, setting up and organisation of branches, companies or subsidiaries in Switzerland, shareholders and voting agreements, stock option plans and other employees incentives plans, etc.) to a wide variety of transactions (group organisation and structures, business organisation, inter-company relationships, financing and refinancing, etc.) and this through the whole corporate life from start-ups to business recovery and companies reorganisation in difficult times.

Corporate Transactions:
Tavernier Tschanz has a strong expertise and very extensive practice in corporate finance advising clients on all types of transactions such as M&A, takeovers, LBOs, MBOs, MBIs, restructuring, divestitures, spin-offs, as well as general domestic and international finance. Over the last few years, Tavernier Tschanz has been very active in the field of M&A and has participated in a number of important international and national acquisitions involving privately held companies or companies listed on a stock exchange either in Switzerland or abroad. Tavernier Tschanz has also a leading position in the private equity and venture capital scene, having regularly advised over the past fifteen years a number of investment banks, private equity and venture capital funds, corporate venture funds, private investors and companies.

Banking & Finance:
The firm advises banks and financial services companies, Swiss and foreign, on all sorts of issues regarding their establishment or day to day regulatory matters. It has been involved in a number of debt financing transactions, making it one of the most active firm in this field in Switzerland.

The arbitration practice has forged a reputation for thorough, tenacious advocacy as counsel in major international arbitrations. It deals exclusively with corporate and commercial cases and has experience in virtually any combination of major arbitral seats, substantive laws, arbitration rules and procedures.

New Technologies:
Tavernier Tschanz covers a wide range of business sectors such as information technology, life sciences, micro and nano technology. The firm has developed specific expertise with respect to complex IT projects, as well as information technology law issues. Competition: Tavernier Tschanz has extensive experience in advising on the competition and regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and representing Swiss or foreign clients before competition authorities.

International Work:
The firm maintains an extensive network of carefully selected foreign correspondents specialised in the different areas of its practice. As a result of this long undertaken selection policy, Tavernier Tschanz has the ability to co-ordinate efficiently and effectively international projects by working with top law firms specifically selected for each project. Most of the firm’s lawyers studied abroad after completion of their studies in Switzerland and subsequently had training with major American or English firms.

Tavernier Tschanz has a diverse and broad client base, ranging from large international and multinational companies to mid-sized businesses and start-ups, as well as entrepreneurs. Clients originate from a wide range of business sectors including banking and financial services, private equity and venture capital, biotech, pharma, life science and healthcare, IT, telecommunication and other technologies, oil and gas, luxury goods, hotels, schools, automation, real estate, media, security, retail and others.