Niederer Kraft Frey



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IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Niederer Kraft Frey is a full-service law firm that operates from Zurich. It is one of the strongest firms in Switzerland and has strong transactional record in multijurisdictional transaction across the board.

The firm's banking and finance expertise covers wide range of work for both lenders and borrowers side. It advises Swiss and international financial institutions and banks on acquisition finance, credit facilities, real estate and project finance. 

It also advises the banks on equity transactions on underwriting IPOs, public offers and rights issues. Swiss issuers also look to the firm on public offerings in the SIX Swiss Exchange. In the debt space the firm's capability varies from vanilla bond issues, establishment and update of EMTN programmes to complex structured products such as convertible and covered bond issues. The firm is also notable for its expertise in ABS and securitisation mandates on the banking side. 

NKF has a strong track record of advising on public M&A transactions. Active on both buy and sell side it represents globally listed companies on large high value public and private acquisitions across several sectors. Most notably the firm has strong work portfolio in Pharma and life science and technology sector. The firm also advises large private equity firms on acquisitions of Swiss companies. 

The firm's restructuring and insolvency practice primarily focuses on corporate side restructuring, but it has also picked up mandates for the creditors on debt restructurings. Corporations and asset managers' organisational restructuring add to firm's work stream in this area.

NKF started 2018 by bringing in finance and corporate lawyer Till Spillmann from Bär & Karrer.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Assa Abloy €567 million acquisition of 53.75% stake in agta record

•Broadcom $18.9 billion acquisition of CA technologies

•CPP Investment Board/TCV €2.1 billion acquisition of a stake in Sportradar

•Medacta Group SIX IPO

•Stadler Rail SIX IPO

•Swiss Re $500 million exchangeable bond issue

•Trans Adriatic Pipeline

•Wordline $2.75 billion acquisition of Six payment services

Client feedback

"First rate, without any equivocation." – Banking 

"The firm has been very responsive and very commercial in its advice. As we are trying to pursue a novel project in Switzerland, we are happy with the creative and thorough advice we are receiving, including assistance with navigating the regulatory authorities in Switzerland." – Banking 

"Highly professional." – Banking 

"Very professional in all respects and pleasant to work with." – Capital markets: debt

"Thorough and professional with a deep knowledge of the relevant law and regulations and an understanding of market considerations." – Capital markets: debt

"It has become the strongest capital markets law firm in Switzerland by having 2 dedicated partners and probably one of the best US counsels regarding prospectus drafting." – Capital markets: equity

"Leading law firm in Switzerland; very strong partners and teams in equity capital markets and M&A." – Capital markets: equity

"Highly recommended, extremely fast, solution-oriented, profound, creative, pleasant to work with, reliable and cooperative." – Capital markets: equity

"Very responsive and client focused, provides clear and precise advice on complex matters and takes a commercial approach in contract negotiation" – M&A

Bertrand Schott

"Bertrand has been an excellent partner in connection with the work we have done together. He is calm and deliberate, but his experience has clearly helped us achieve the results we were seeking."

Marco Häusermann

"Thorough, knowledgeable and professional to deal with."

Philipp Haas

"One of the most competent lawyers in Switzerland on public M&A. He is technically brilliant, very experienced, commercial, innovative, creative, deal oriented, highly responsive, driven and hard working."

Philippe Weber

"Probably the best lawyer I work with."

"Philippe remains one of the best corporate lawyer in Switzerland. He is very responsive, provides clear advice and knows the practice of Takeover Board and SIX very well. He is very commercial and a pleasure to work with."

"One of the leading and most experienced senior lawyers in Switzerland. Highly versatile, technically brilliant, exceptionally commercial and deal oriented, and regularly asked to join boards because of his gravitas and expertise."

Philippe Weber and Till Spillmann

"They are the most experienced, especially in IPOs."