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15 December 2017: Paragon Partners completes acquisition of industrial services division Condecta AG from Arbonia Group

Niederer Kraft & Frey advised Paragon Partners on its successful acquisition of Condecta AG, the industrial service division of Arbonia Group. The transaction was closed on December 12, 2017.
Paragon Partners is an independent, Munich-based private equity company that manages €650 million of committed equity capital. Arbonia is a focussed building supplier listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has its head office in Arbon, in the canton of Thurgau, Switzerland.

The NKF team led by M&A partner Manuel Werder consisted of:

 

Please also see announcement from November 14, 2017.

28 November 2017: Niederer Kraft & Frey advises UBS, StormHarbour, Credit Suisse and ZKB in connection with the issuance of asset-backed notes by First Swiss Mobility 2017-2 AG

Niederer Kraft & Frey advised UBS AG as Joint Arranger, lead Joint Bookrunner and Joint Lead Manager, StormHarbour Securities LLP as Joint Arranger and Co-Manager (Class B Notes and Class C Notes) and Credit Suisse AG and Zürcher Kantonalbank each as Joint Lead Manager and Joint Bookrunner in connection with the issuance by First Swiss Mobility 2017-2 AG of CHF 267,300,000 zero per cent. asset-backed Class A Notes due 2027, CHF 16,500,000 1.00 per cent. asset-backed Class B Notes due 2027 and CHF 14,800,000 2.00 per cent. asset-backed Class C Notes due 2027. The Notes which are backed by a portfolio of Swiss auto lease assets originated by Multilease AG are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The transaction which closed on 28 November 2017 constitutes the second auto lease securitization transaction of Multilease AG in 2017 following its debut auto lease securitization transaction on 13 April 2017 in which Niederer Kraft & Frey also acted as adviser to the Arranger and the Managers.

The NKF team was led by partners Daniel Bono (Capital Markets) and Philippe Weber (Capital Markets) and further comprised partner Markus Kronauer (Tax), senior associate Christine Hohl (Capital Markets/Banking & Finance) and junior associate Aurèle Bertrand (Capital Markets).

14 November 2017: Paragon Partners acquires industrial services division Condecta AG from Arbonia Group

Niederer Kraft & Frey advised Paragon Partners on the acquisition of Condecta AG, the industrial service division of Arbonia Group.

Paragon Partners is an independent, Munich-based private equity company that manages €650 million of committed equity capital. Paragon Partners invests in established, mid-sized companies with significant operational value creation potential.

Arbonia is a focussed building supplier listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has its head office in Arbon, in the canton of Thurgau, Switzerland. With its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, Condecta is one of the largest providers of modular space solutions, cranes, construction machinery and equipment as well as event services in Switzerland.

The NKF team led by M&A partner Manuel Werder consisted of:

 

21 – 24 January 2018: Niederer Kraft & Frey sponsors the AIJA "Double Winter Seminar: Sector specific M&A on the rise // Surviving after death – how to avoid nightmare estate" in Valbella

Niederer Kraft & Frey is delighted to support the "Double Winter Seminar: Sector specific M&A on the rise // Surviving after death – how to avoid nightmare estate" in Valbella, Switzerland, which is organized by AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers.

Members of AIJA’s Corporate and M&A Commissions, together with prominent external speakers, will discuss sector specific M&A issues and investigate likely future trends. AIJA's Private Clients & Litigation Commissions have joined forces to offer an interdisciplinary seminar at the interface of estate planning and estate related litigation, including first experiences and impacts of the EU regulation on successions and wills. The seminar is intended for lawyers, both in-house counsel and private practitioners, as well as business professionals dealing with sector specific M&A and aims to combine legal expertise with best-practice insights.

The seminar is organised by NKF partner Patrik R. Peyer and NKF senior associate Moritz Maurer will speak about “M&A in the retail and consumer products industry – How to deal with high costs, low margins, market power and third parties?"

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18 December 2017: Niederer Kraft & Frey cements the excellence of its transactions practice with the lateral hire of partner Till Spillmann

Niederer Kraft & Frey is pleased to announce that Dr Till Spillmann will join NKF as of 1 January 2018. He will be followed by his core team Adrian Koller, Andrea Giger and Ivo von Büren later in 2018.

Till Spillmann, who will join NKF as a Partner in the transactions team, is an internationally recognised expert in private and public M&A, capital markets and financing transactions. Over the past decade he has built remarkable expertise advising banks, corporates and private equity firms on numerous high-profile mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and financing transactions, as well as on corporate restructurings. He also advises on corporate governance and other corporate and commercial law matters. Till is a founder and member of the editorial board of GesKR, a leading law journal on corporate and capital markets law in Switzerland. He regularly speaks and writes articles and legal commentaries on topics within his fields of practice.

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe rank Till Spillmann as a leading individual in the practice areas Banking & Finance and Capital Markets. IFLR 1000 lists him as a "rising star" and Who's Who Legal recognises him as one of the world's leading capital markets lawyers.

Till Spillmann joins NKF from Bär & Karrer where he started his legal career. From 2007 to 2008 he was seconded to a Magic Circle firm in London and in 2013 he was appointed partner at Bär & Karrer. From 2014 until he announced his departure in 2017 he also served as a managing partner of Bär & Karrer.

Adrian Koller and Andrea Giger will join NKF's transaction team as Senior Associates and Ivo von Büren will join as an Associate. All three have been working in Till’s team for several years. They are committed and skilled experts in the fields of M&A, financing and capital markets transactions.

Philippe Weber, NKF’s managing partner, said: "A very warm welcome to our new partner Till and team. With their extraordinary joint experience, track record and team dynamic, they will be a tremendous addition to our transactions practice." Weber added: "2017 has been an outstanding year for NKF. We delivered on our clients' goals, acting on the largest M&A deal, the largest IPO and on several of the most high-profile white collar and other critical matters of the year in Switzerland. In spring we were awarded European law firm of the year by The Lawyer. The decision of Till and his team to join ours is further testament to the continued success of our client focused strategy and entrepreneurial spirit. We look forward now to a strong 2018."

Till Spillmann comments: "I am truly excited to join Niederer Kraft & Frey together with my core team and very proud to become a member of its highly successful and renowned Transaction Practice Group. NKF offers a very well-positioned and truly entrepreneurial platform to provide high-end quality advice to the most demanding clients and to attract the best talents to secure future growth. Amid increasing competition, I am convinced we will be able to make the difference as a fantastic team of highly professional, dedicated and passionate lawyers. I look forward to working together with my new partners and further shaping NKF’s footprint as one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland."

For further information please contact Managing Partner Philippe Weber.

16 January 2018: New Year's Musical Prelude Concert with Mélodie Zhao

On 16 January 2018, Niederer Kraft & Frey will celebrate the traditional New Year's musical prelude at the "Zunfthaus zur Meisen". Mélodie Zhao (piano) will give a lunchtime concert performing works of Franz Liszt and Peter Tchaikovsky. Following the concert, guests are invited to a buffet lunch in the "Porzellanmuseum".

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