Ulysses von Salis specialises in private equity, M&A and corporate transactions as well as financings, with a particular focus on large companies and financial institutions. He advises investors, private equity sponsors, managers and target companies on private equity transactions. He is distinguished as a leading Corporate/M &A and Banking & Finance lawyer by Chambers and other legal directories.


Ulysses’ M&A and corporate experience includes private equity transactions (M&A and acquisition finance), other private and public M&A transactions, complex domestic and cross-border transactions, mergers, spin-offs, JVs and reorganisations. His finance practice focuses on advising lenders, borrowers and private equity sponsors on complex finance transactions, in particular acquisition, leveraged and syndicated financings as well as financings with manifold security.

Expertise includes advising:

  • Actelion Ltd, the largest European biopharma company in its USD 30 bn acquisition by Johnson & Johnson and the simultaneous demerger of its drug discovery and early clinical pipeline business into Idorsia Ltd as well as the IPO of Idorsia Ltd

  • Capvis and Partners Group in their buy-out of VAT Group AG, the market leader for vacuum valves and subsequently VAT Group AG in the CHF 1.38 billion IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange in April 2016, at that time the largest IPO in Europe in 2016

  • Cryolife, Inc., a U.S. listed MedTech group, in the acquisition of Jotec Group, a Swiss/German MedTech group for surgical prosthesis and endovascular implants

  • Landis+Gyr Group AG on its credit facility provided by UBS Switzerland AG and other financial institutions

  • Consortium of banks on acquisition financing to AFG Arbonia-Forster Holding AG for financing the takeover of Looser Holding AG.

  • Swiss Bar Association
  • SECA Swiss Private Equity and Corporate Finance Association

Market Perception

  • Ulysses von Salis wins plaudits for his extensive experience advising on corporate M&A and financing transactions.

    Who's Who Legal 2022
  • Top know how. Professional. Excellent, flawless execution. Holistic views.

    IFLR 1000 2020/2021
  • Clients describe Ulysses von Salis as 'smart, fast and knowledgeable.' Sources also say that von Salis 'remains calm, even in stressful deals.'

    Chambers Global 2021
  • Sources recognise him as a “good practitioner” and highlight him as “very good on takeover law.”

    Chambers Global 2018
  • The 'superb' Ulysses von Salis is also recognised for his proficiency in domestic and cross-border M&A.

    WWL Switzerland 2017
  • Sources admire that Ulysses von Salis 'brings scrutiny, speed, and a low-key approach to negotiations, where he is often far ahead of his opponents.'

    Chambers Global 2016
  • Ulysses von Salis is recognised as being ‘very on top of things in negotiations.’

    Chambers Global 2014

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