Switzerland Business Report 2017

Homburger’s China focus group and in-depth expertise ease cross-border transactions

Law firm offers ‘sustainable solutions to complex legal issues and supports our clients’ distinctive commercial goals’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 March, 2017, 10:35am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 5:44pm

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From corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to intellectual property, tax and financial services, full-service law firm Homburger has been instrumental in easing cross-border transactions between Switzerland and the rest of the world for more than 60 years.

Homburger’s accomplishments include some of the latest and biggest Sino-Swiss transactions, including M&As between ChemChina and Syngenta, HNA and Gategroup/SR Technics/Swissport, and Dalian Wanda and Infront Sports & Media. Homburger has also been recognised among this year’s 100 leading firms for corporate investigations by the Global Investigations Review.

“Beyond comprehensive legal advice, Homburger offers sustainable solutions to complex legal issues and supports our clients’ distinctive commercial goals,” says managing partner Daniel Daeniker.

With two-thirds of its work consisting of cross-border transactions, Zurich-based Homburger collaborates with major global law firms including independent and larger alliances – customising every approach based on the case and client preference. One winning strategy is its establishment of regional focus groups, each consisting of experienced lawyers and tax experts. Dedicated to one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, Homburger’s China focus group supports private and state-owned enterprises from China and clients from Switzerland and other jurisdictions involved with China.

“Whether it is simply establishing relationships or assisting clients alongside Chinese advisers, we get things done efficiently and reliably based on our knowledge and experience in solving cross-border issues. These include M&A, litigation, regulatory and patent matters involving Chinese parties, which we have been handling for many years,” says partner Dieter Gericke, who heads Homburger’s corporate/M&A team and China focus group.

Homburger also has focus groups for Brazil, India, Japan, Russia and Turkey, which it recognises as key growth areas. In the next five years, it aims to replicate its success with more foreign companies that take interest in Switzerland.

“We would like to be the go-to firm for anyone doing business in or with Switzerland, whose stability and innovativeness offer limitless opportunities to global enterprises,” Daeniker says.