Simon Kehl
M.A. HSG in Law, LL.M., Attorney at Law

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Simon Kehl is managing associate in Walder Wyss’ Corporate & Commercial team. He focuses his practice on domestic and international M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions as well as on corporate reorganizations and restructurings. Simon Kehl also supports corporate clients with respect to their corporate governance and his experience further includes capital market law and stock exchange regulations. Additionally, Simon Kehl advises corporate clients on all matters of corporate and commercial law related to their daily operations.

Born in 1981, Simon Kehl studied at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) (M.A. HSG in Law 2006) and at the University of California, Berkeley (LL.M. 2013). In addition to his practice, Simon Kehl is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Before joining Walder Wyss, he worked as an attorney and as a trainee in a law firm in St. Gallen.

Simon Kehl’s professional languages are English and German. He also speaks French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

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Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 06


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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Simon Kehl
M.A. HSG in Law, LL.M., Attorney at Law

Simon Kehl is managing associate in Walder Wyss’ Corporate & Commercial team. He focuses his practice on domestic and international M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions as well as on corporate reorganizations and restructurings. Simon Kehl also supports corporate clients with respect to their corporate governance and his experience further includes capital market law and stock exchange regulations. Additionally, Simon Kehl advises corporate clients on all matters of corporate and commercial law related to their daily operations.

Born in 1981, Simon Kehl studied at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) (M.A. HSG in Law 2006) and at the University of California, Berkeley (LL.M. 2013). In addition to his practice, Simon Kehl is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Before joining Walder Wyss, he worked as an attorney and as a trainee in a law firm in St. Gallen.

Simon Kehl’s professional languages are English and German. He also speaks French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Simon Kehl
Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 06

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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Groupe SEB acquires WMF Group from KKR

Listed Groupe SEB acquires WMF Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to merger control clearance. Groupe SEB will pay EUR 1,020 million in cash for the WMF Group and assume net debt in an amount of EUR 565 million. In addition, SEB takes over EUR 125 million of early retirement and pension liabilities.

WMF is a manufacturer of home appliances and hotel equipment, amongst others, cookware, kitchenware, cutlery, drinking glasses and professional coffee machines, including brands such as WMF, Silit, Kaiser, Schaerer and Hepp. The company, headquartered in Geislingen an der Steige, Germany, is represented in over 40 locations worldwide and operates nearly 200 retail shops in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

French Groupe SEB is a manufacturer of small appliances and kitchenware and is represented in over 120 countries worldwide. The group owns more than 1,000 active patents and launches over 200 new products a year. Brands include Tefal, Rowenta, Krups, Calor, Vogalu, Moulinex and Lagostina. The holding company SEB S.A. is listed in Paris and headquartered in Écully close to Lyon.

Walder Wyss acts as Swiss legal advisor to Groupe SEB. The team is being led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) together with Simon Kehl (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A) and further includes Samuel Lieberherr (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Boris Räber (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Andrea Voelin (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Simone Wetzstein (Associate, Employment), Samuel Klaus (Associate, IP/IT), Martin Zobl (Associate, IP/IT), Janine Corti (Associate, Tax) and Valentin Wiesner (Trainee, Corporate/M&A). Gleiss Lutz acted as lead counsel on the deal, coordinating several other law firms in multiple jurisdictions.


Mövenpick invests in imported wine wholesaler Cheers in China

Hospitality and food service industry company Mövenpick invests in Chinese wine wholesaler Cheers by acquiring a strategic stake. Cheers has 30 branch offices in the greater Beijing area and currently generates annual revenues of roughly three million Swiss francs. Mövenpick is a Swiss group of companies with global presence. Its core competency lies in the hospitality business, with a focus on gastronomy, hotels, wine and premium branded products.

Walder Wyss has acted as legal advisor to Mövenpick. The team consisted of Markus Vischer (partner, corporate/M&A) and Simon Kehl (managing associate, corporate/M&A).


Succession Plan DT Swiss

Two members of the board of directors/shareholders of DT Swiss Group AG have acquired all outstanding shares in the course of a succession planning structured as a leveraged buyout (LBO). DT Swiss is a globally renowned manufacturer of bicycle components with branches in the USA, the EU and Asia. Around 500 employees develop, produce and market DT Swiss’ first-class products around the world.

Walder Wyss has comprehensively advised the board members/acquiring shareholders as to structuring as well as regarding all tax and legal aspects of this transaction. The team included Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax), Lukas Wyss (Partner, Banking/Finance), Simon Kehl (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Associate, Tax), Fabian Glässer (Associate, Banking/Finance) and Valentin Wiesner (Trainee, Corporate/M&A).


Sale of SIAS, leading supplier of OME laboratory automation to TECN

On 30 November 2015 the sale of all of the shares of SAS AG, Hombrechtikon, to SIX Exchange listed Tecan Group AG (TECN) was successfully completed. SIAS AG is a leading OME supplier of a wide range of laboratory automation solutions.

Walder Wyss acted as legal advisor to the Majority Shareholders of SIAS AG. The team included Christoph Stäubli (Corporate/M&A, Partner), Martin Busenhart (Tax, Partner), Simon Kehl (Corporate/M&A, Managing Associate) and Valentin Wiesner (Corporate/M&A, Trainee).


GetYourGuide raises USD 50 Mio Series C Round

GetYourGuide, the leading online marketplace for travel activities, announced a USD 50 million financing round led by KKR. The company’s existing investors Spark Capital, Highland Capital Partners and Sunstone, as well as new investors such as Nokia Growth Partners, will join KKR in its investment.

GetYourGuide was founded 2009 in Switzerland and is now headquartered in Berlin. The company is managed by its co-founders, Johannes Reck and Tao Tao, and backed by industry veterans Kees Koolen (former CEO of booking.com) and Fritz Demopoulos (founder of Qunar.com) as well as leading venture capital firms Spark Capital and Highland Capital Partners.

Walder Wyss advised GetYourGuide on the transaction. The team was led by Florian Gunz Niedermann (Corporate/M&A, Partner) and further included Simon Kehl (Corporate/M&A, Managing Associate), Christian Lütolf (Corporate/M&A, Associate) and Maurus Winzap (Tax, Partner).


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