Lukas Wyss
lic. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

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Lukas Wyss is a partner in the Banking & Finance Team. He advises banks, insurers and other companies in connection with finance transactions, capital market transactions and more generally in regulatory, securities and corporate law matters. In finance, he focuses on corporate debt finance, leveraged finance, asset finance (including real estate finance), acquisition finance and structured finance and securitisation.

Born in 1975, Lukas Wyss was educated at Zurich University and Lausanne University (lic. iur. 2000) and Columbia University, New York, USA (LL.M. 2006, James Kent Scholar). He was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2002. He gained working experience as a District Court law clerk (Meilen, ZH) and as attorney at major law firms in Zurich and New York.

Lukas Wyss speaks German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

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Lukas Wyss
Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 01


Walder Wyss Ltd.
Seefeldstrasse 123
P.O. Box
8034 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 58 58
Fax +41 58 658 59 59
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Lukas Wyss
lic. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

Lukas Wyss is a partner in the Banking & Finance Team. He advises banks, insurers and other companies in connection with finance transactions, capital market transactions and more generally in regulatory, securities and corporate law matters. In finance, he focuses on corporate debt finance, leveraged finance, asset finance (including real estate finance), acquisition finance and structured finance and securitisation.

Born in 1975, Lukas Wyss was educated at Zurich University and Lausanne University (lic. iur. 2000) and Columbia University, New York, USA (LL.M. 2006, James Kent Scholar). He was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2002. He gained working experience as a District Court law clerk (Meilen, ZH) and as attorney at major law firms in Zurich and New York.

Lukas Wyss speaks German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Lukas Wyss
Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 01

Walder Wyss Ltd.
Seefeldstrasse 123
P.O. Box
8034 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 58 58
Fax +41 58 658 59 59


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Practice Areas Publications









Buyback of equity and debt securities in Switzerland

co-authored by Markus Pfenninger and Lukas Wyss
in: "PLC Capital Markets 2011"
London 2011


Recent Developments of Swiss Disclosure Rules relating to Significant Shareholdings

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Lukas Wyss
in: "LexisNexis"
2010



Swiss Disclosure Rules on Significant Shareholdings

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Lukas Wyss
in: Center for International Legal Studies (Editor[s]), "The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business"
Salzburg 2010, pp. 351–386 (Kluwer Law International, Volume 32)




Kommentar zu Art. 68, 69, 152–157, 159 Kollektivanlagegesetz (KAG)(Commentary to Art. 68, 69, 152–157, 159 of the Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Act)

by Lukas Wyss
in: "Basler Kommentare"
Basel/Genf/München 2009







Deals and Cases

Computershare aquires SIX SAG Ltd

On 9 July 2015, the shareholder in SIX SAG Ltd (SIX Securities Services Ltd) and Computershare Limited entered into a share purchase agreement under which Computershare Limited purchased all shares (100%) in SIX SAG Ltd. The consummation of the share purchase agreement is planned to occur in December 2015.

SIX SAG Ltd is the Swiss market leader in the field of share register and special share register management and the staging of general meetings for other companies. SIX SAG Ltd is part of SIX Securities Services. Computershare is the global market leader in the area of bank-independent issuer services.

Walder Wyss has advised Computershare Limited in this transaction. The team has been led by Alexander Niktine (Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Partner) and Alexandre Both (Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Managing Associate) and further included Lukas Wyss (Banking Finance, Partner), Sarah Schulthess (Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Associate), David M. Hill (Arbeitsrecht, Associate), Dirk Spacek (IP/IT, Associate), Kim N. Leuch (IP/IT, Associate), Dan Schmelzer (Banking Finance, Associate) and Janine Corti (Tax, Associate).


EUR 750 mio. Hybrid Bond – Swiss Life

Swiss Life Ltd. has successfully issued a EUR 750 million undated subordinated bond, first callable in June 2025. The coupon has been fixed at 4.375% for the first ten years. The proceeds will be used for the refinancing of outstanding subordinated debt and for general corporate purposes.


Walder Wyss acts as legal counsel to Swiss Life Ltd. on this transaction. The Walder Wyss team includes Markus Pfenninger (Banking Finance, Lead Partner), Maurus Winzap (Tax, Partner), Lukas Wyss (Banking Finance, Partner), Alexander Nikitine (Capital Markets, Partner), Ramona Wyss (Banking Finance, Associate), Fabienne Limacher (Tax, Associate) and Valentin Wiesner (Banking Finance, Trainee).


Swiss Credit Card Securitisations 2015-1 and 2015-2 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

On 15 June 2015, Credit Suisse AG and Swisscard AECS GmbH (the Originators) closed their third credit card securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Credit Card Issuance 2015-1 AG (Issuer 2015-1) of CHF 190,000,000 0.180 per cent Asset-Backed Class A Notes (due 2020), CHF 6,000,000 1.125 per cent Asset-Backed Class B Notes (due 2020) and CHF 4,000,000 1.875 per cent Asset-Backed Class C Notes (due 2020) and by Swiss Credit Card Issuance 2015-2 AG (Issuer 2015-2) of CHF 190,000,000 0.340 per cent Asset-Backed Class A Notes (due 2022), CHF 6,000,000 1.500 per cent Asset-Backed Class B Notes (due 2022) and CHF 4,000,000 2.375 per cent Asset-Backed Class C Notes (due 2022) to the Swiss capital market. All Notes are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of Swiss Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit card receivables originated by Credit Suisse and Swisscard – a joint venture between Credit Suisse and American Express. The transactions were again issued through Credit Suisse’s and Swisscard’s credit card receivables securitization platform.
 
The proceeds of the two transactions will mainly be used to refinance the Originators’ first securitization transaction that was redeemed in full on 15 June 2015. Also, the two transactions have been structured to address and allow for the consummation of the potential upcoming general business transfer from Credit Suisse to Swisscard which, if and when consummated, includes the transfer of the credit card receivables portfolio. Simultaneously, the Originators’ credit card receivables securitization platform and the current second credit card securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Credit Card Issuance No. 2 Ltd. of CHF 189,800,000 0.40 per cent Asset-Backed Class A Notes (due 2016), CHF 6,200,000 1.80 per cent Asset-Backed Class B Notes (due 2016) and CHF 4,000,000 2.70 per cent Asset-Backed Class C Notes (due 2016) have been partially amended and restated to address and allow for the potential business transfer.
 
Walder Wyss advised the Originators on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Finance), Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax), Thomas S. Müller (Partner, Finance), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), Anna Baldenbach von Bröchen (Associate, Finance), Janine Corti (Associate, Tax), Anna-Lynn Fromer (Trainee, Finance) and Valentin Wiesner (Trainee, Finance).


Relocation of Oriflame

Oriflame Cosmetics SA, Luxembourg (OCSA), envisages to relocate the Oriflame group from Luxembourg to Switzerland. The proposed change of domicile is done through a share-for-share offer with the OCSA shareholders invited to exchange their current holdings of shares and Swedish depository receipts in OCSA (OCSA SDRs) for shares in a newly established Swiss company named Oriflame Holding AG (OHAG). The acceptance period of the exchange offer commenced on 26 May 2015 and expires on 15 June 2015. Provided that the exchange offer is successfully completed, OHAG will become the new parent company of OCSA and, thus, the Oriflame group. In connection with the completion of the exchange offer, OCSA SDRs will be delisted and the OHAG shares will be listed on the main market of Nasdaq Stockholm.
 
Walder Wyss acts as Swiss legal advisor to Oriflame Holding AG. The team is led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) together with Simon Kehl (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A) and further includes Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax), Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Ueli Sommer (Partner, Employment), Barbara A. Keiser (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Boris Räber (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Associate, Tax), Tervel Stoyanov (Associate, Finance) and Nico Bernhard (Trainee, Corporate/M&A).


Cembra’s CHF 200’000’000 Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

On 23 March 2015, Cembra Money Bank AG (Cembra) closed its third auto lease securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Auto Lease 2015-1 GmbH (the Issuer) of CHF 200,000,000 0.23 per cent. Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2025 and CHF 22,600,000 0.40 per cent. Asset-Backed Class B Notes due 2025 to the Swiss capital market. The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by Cembra and transferred to the Issuer.

Walder Wyss advised Cembra also on this third transaction on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal tax and VAT aspects of the transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Finance), Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax), Thomas Müller (Partner, Finance), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), Ramona Wyss (Associate, Finance) and David Henseler (Trainee, Finance).


Curriculum Vitae PDF