Laurent Schmidt
MLaw, Attorney at Law

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Laurent Schmidt advises Swiss and foreign clients in corporate law, as well as in banking and finance. In particular, he advises domestic and foreign companies on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He also acts for banks and their clients in disputes and deals with all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

In 2012, Laurent Schmidt obtained a law degree (MLaw, bilingual French/German) from the University of Fribourg. He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in February 2015, ranked top of his class. Before joining Walder Wyss he worked as an associate with another business law firm in Geneva, where he had previously performed his attorney traineeship. Before that, Laurent Schmidt trained with the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona as well as with a major pharmaceutical company in Basel.

Laurent Schmidt speaks French, German, English and Italian (fair knowledge). He is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association.

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Laurent Schmidt
Direct phone: +41 58 658 30 17


Walder Wyss Ltd.
10 Rue d'Italie
P.O. Box
1211 Geneva 3
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 30 00
Fax +41 58 658 59 59
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Laurent Schmidt
MLaw, Attorney at Law

Laurent Schmidt advises Swiss and foreign clients in corporate law, as well as in banking and finance. In particular, he advises domestic and foreign companies on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He also acts for banks and their clients in disputes and deals with all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

In 2012, Laurent Schmidt obtained a law degree (MLaw, bilingual French/German) from the University of Fribourg. He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in February 2015, ranked top of his class. Before joining Walder Wyss he worked as an associate with another business law firm in Geneva, where he had previously performed his attorney traineeship. Before that, Laurent Schmidt trained with the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona as well as with a major pharmaceutical company in Basel.

Laurent Schmidt speaks French, German, English and Italian (fair knowledge). He is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association.

Laurent Schmidt
Direct phone: +41 58 658 30 17

Walder Wyss Ltd.
10 Rue d'Italie
P.O. Box
1211 Geneva 3
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 30 00
Fax +41 58 658 59 59


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Walder Wyss advises Morval Vonwiller Group and Banque Morval SA and their shareholders on the group's acquisition by Intesa Sanpaolo

On April 12, 2018, Morval Vonwiller Holding SA (the "Morval Group") and Fideuram – Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking, a subsidiary of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group ("Intesa Sanpaolo") announced the completion of the acquisition by Intesa Sanpaolo of the Morval Group, including Banque Morval SA, after having obtained all necessary regulatory authorizations.

This acquisition is a first step in realizing Intesa Sanpaolo's strategic plan to become one of the first five private banks in Europe and the second in the Eurozone in terms of assets under management. It will reinforce Intesa Sanpaolo's own presence on the international private banking markets through its own division (already operational in Lugano, London and Luxembourg) and allow Intesa Sanpaolo to benefit from the expertise of the Morval Group.

Four members of the Zanon di Valgiurata family (which founded the Group) will remain minority shareholders and maintain key positions and active roles in the Morval Group's operational management.

Walder Wyss Ltd. has been acting as legal advisor to the Morval Group and its shareholders with regards to all Swiss contractual, corporate and regulatory aspects of the transaction. The team was led by Patrick W. Vogel (Partner, Banking and Corporate/M&A) and included Hubertus Hillerström (Partner, Banking & Finance) and Laurent Schmidt (Associate, Corporate/M&A).


Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG and Banque J. Safra Sarasin (Luxembourg) S.A. entered into a final asset purchase agreement with Bank Hapoalim B.M., Israel, and Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd

In October 2017, J. Safra Sarasin Group announced it had signed an agreement to acquire Bank Hapoalim’s private banking businesses in Luxembourg and Switzerland, operating as Bank Hapoalim Switzerland Ltd with offices in Zurich and Luxembourg. The agreement covered qualifying clients and their relationship management teams who are focused on private banking clients across Israel and Europe.

On April 11, 2018, Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG and Banque J. Safra Sarasin (Luxembourg) S.A. entered into a final asset purchase agreement with Bank Hapoalim B.M., Israel, and Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd on the sale of a majority of the portfolio of international private banking customers of Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd in its branches in Switzerland and Luxembourg. As part of the transaction, a number of relationship managers and other employees of Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd, of its Luxembourg branch and of its subsidiary and representative office in Israel, are expected to transfer to J. Safra Sarasin. The completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and certain other conditions.

Walder Wyss advised Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG and Banque J. Safra Sarasin (Luxembourg) S.A. on the transaction. The team was led by Patrick W. Vogel (Partner, Banking and Corporate/M&A) and included Adriano Antonietti (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Laurent Schmidt (Associate, Corporate/M&A).


Intesa Sanpaolo – The Morval Vonwiller Group – Banque Morval SA

The shareholders of Morval Vonwiller Holding SA (the «Group»), and Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, one of the leading banking groups in Europe and the Italian leader in the retail, corporate and wealth management activities, have signed an agreement for the sale and purchase of the Group, including Banque Morval SA. The agreement is in line with Intesa Sanpaolo's strategic plan to strengthen its presence on international markets in the field of private banking. The Group's presence in Geneva will permit Intesa Sanpaolo's Private Banking Division, currently present in Lugano, London and Luxembourg, to further expand its geographic footprint. 

Following completion of the transaction, the Group will benefit from the scale, scope and financial strength of Intesa Sanpaolo. This initiative will provide strong benefits to the customers and employees of the Group, offering the combined advantages of Banque Morval’s positioning as an international private banking boutique and Intesa Sanpaolo’s status as a leading European financial institution. 

Members of the Zanon di Valgiurata family (which founded the Group) currently involved in the Group's management will remain minority shareholders and continue to be involved in managing the Group's affairs.  

The transaction is subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory authorizations. 

Walder Wyss is acting as legal advisor to the Group and its shareholders with regards to all legal and regulatory aspects of the transaction. The team consists of Patrick W. Vogel (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Hubertus Hillerström (Managing Associate, Banking & Finance), Laurent Schmidt (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Philippe Kohler (Associate, Banking & Finance).


Acquisition of Defferrard & Lanz by MoneyPark

MoneyPark, a technology-based mortgage intermediary, has acquired Lausanne-based Defferrard & Lanz SA. Defferrard & Lanz is a mortgage intermediary having a strong position in French-speaking Switzerland, while MoneyPark is primarily present in German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino.

Walder Wyss acted as advisor to the shareholders of Defferrard & Lanz. The Walder Wyss team was led by Luc Defferrard (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Alexandre Both (Counsel, Corporate/M&A), Robert Desax (Managing Associate, Tax), Laurent Schmidt (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Stéphanie Junod (Associate, Corporate/M&A).


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