Luc Defferrard
lic. iur., Attorney at Law
Partner

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Luc Defferrard, partner with Walder Wyss since 2001, has been active in the finance and legal industry for many years. He mainly advises clients in domestic and cross-border financing and merger & acquisition transactions, as well as in real estate and capital market. Luc Defferrard particularly focuses on private equity (leveraged buy-out) advising a variety of private equity funds, managers and target companies in the structuring and implementation of their projects. Most recently, Luc Defferrard advised Schaeffler on its issue of high yield bonds with a total volume of approximately EUR 2 billion, the French cosmetics group L'Oréal S.A., Paris on its acquisition of Decléor and Carita from Japanese manufacturer Shiseido Co., Ltd., and HgCapital Group with respect to the acquisition of P&I Personal & Informatik AG (P&I AG) from The Carlyle Group.

Born in 1965, Luc Defferrard was educated at the Geneva University (lic. iur. 1987) and was registered as attorney-at-law with the Geneva Bar Registry in 1990. Prior to joining Walder Wyss, Luc Defferrard was working for seven years with UBS in Geneva, Zurich and New York as client manager and project manager in corporate and structured finance. In this position he developed the bank's structured finance offerings to clients in the French part of Switzerland.

Luc Defferrard speaks French, German and English and is Head of the Groupe Francophone of Walder Wyss. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

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Luc Defferrard
Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 47


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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Luc Defferrard Luc Defferrard Luc Defferrard Luc Defferrard

Luc Defferrard
lic. iur., Attorney at Law
Partner

Luc Defferrard, partner with Walder Wyss since 2001, has been active in the finance and legal industry for many years. He mainly advises clients in domestic and cross-border financing and merger & acquisition transactions, as well as in real estate and capital market. Luc Defferrard particularly focuses on private equity (leveraged buy-out) advising a variety of private equity funds, managers and target companies in the structuring and implementation of their projects. Most recently, Luc Defferrard advised Schaeffler on its issue of high yield bonds with a total volume of approximately EUR 2 billion, the French cosmetics group L'Oréal S.A., Paris on its acquisition of Decléor and Carita from Japanese manufacturer Shiseido Co., Ltd., and HgCapital Group with respect to the acquisition of P&I Personal & Informatik AG (P&I AG) from The Carlyle Group.

Born in 1965, Luc Defferrard was educated at the Geneva University (lic. iur. 1987) and was registered as attorney-at-law with the Geneva Bar Registry in 1990. Prior to joining Walder Wyss, Luc Defferrard was working for seven years with UBS in Geneva, Zurich and New York as client manager and project manager in corporate and structured finance. In this position he developed the bank's structured finance offerings to clients in the French part of Switzerland.

Luc Defferrard speaks French, German and English and is Head of the Groupe Francophone of Walder Wyss. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

 
 
 

Luc Defferrard
Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 47

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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Switzerland – Redomiciliations into Switzerland from a Swiss corporate and tax perspective

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Thomas Meister and Luc Defferrard
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review"
Colchester 2011, pp. 184–188





Switzerland's Takeover Law Significantly Revised

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Luc Defferrard
in: "World Securities Law Report" 5/2009 Vol. 15


Switzerland – Recent Developments in Swiss Takeover Law

co-authored by Luc Defferrard, Urs P. Gnos and Andrin Schnydrig
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review"
Colchester 2009



Switzerland – Swiss takeover law: Development in the year 2007

co-authored by Luc Defferrard
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review"
Essex 2008


La Prise de Participation des Cadres au Capital-actions de leur Entreprise(Employee stock plans)

by Luc Defferrard
in: "Le Temps" 1999 (Special Edition Banking)


New developments in financing Swiss assets

co-authored by Luc Defferrard
in: "Asset Finance International" September 1998


Deals and Cases

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).


Castleton closes credit facilities totaling USD 3.6 Billion

Castleton Commodities International LLC (CCI), a global commodities merchant, closed two credit facilities totaling USD 3.6 billion. The facilities include a committed senior secured working capital facility and a committed unsecured revolving credit facility. The senior secured facility is comprised of a USD 1.25 billion 3-year tranche and a USD 2.0 billion 364-day tranche. The unsecured facility is comprised of a single USD 350 million 364-day tranche. The proceeds will refinance CCI’s existing USD 3.0 billion senior secured facility and USD 300 million unsecured facility signed in June 2016, fund general corporate purposes and provide letters of credit for the company’s merchanting activities in multiple countries. The senior secured facility features a USD 1.0 billion accordion which remains available to support future growth.

Walder Wyss advised CCI on all Swiss law related aspects of the financing. The Walder Wyss team was led by Alexandre Both (Counsel, Banking & Finance) and Luc Defferrard (Partner, Banking & Finance) and included Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax) and Anna Baldenbach von Bröchen (Associate, Banking & Finance).


Bregal Unternehmerkapital new growth partner of Embassy Jewel AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital has acquired a majority stake in Embassy Jewel AG, a retail company specializing in luxury watches and jewelry. Headquartered in Lucerne, Embassy Jewel AG has grown steadily since its foundation in 1970 and is today, with its attractively located stores in Lucerne, the Swiss watch capital, and St. Moritz, among the five largest retail companies in this sector. With its new partner Bregal Unternehmerkapital, Embassy Jewel AG plans to make further investments to strengthen the branch network and the in-store infrastructure.

Walder Wyss acted as advisor in all legal aspects of the transaction. The team was led by Stefan Knobloch (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and Luc Defferrard (Partner, M&A/Banking & Finance) and further included Christian Hagen (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Boris Räber (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Linda Bieri (Trainee, Corporate/M&A), Oliver M. Kunz (Partner, IP/IT), Christine Scherrer (Associate, IP/IT), Fabian D. Glässer (Associate, Banking & Finance), Simona Müller (Associate, Banking & Finance), André Kuhn (Associate, Real Estate), Christoph Stutz (Associate, Employment) and Daniel Zimmerli (Managing Associate, Competition).


Strategic partnership between Sanofi and Lonza

Sanofi and Lonza have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility. The facility, to be built in Visp, Switzerland, will be established through a joint venture with an initial investment of around CHF 290 million shared equally between Sanofi and Lonza. Jones & Day and Walder Wyss acted as legal counsels to Sanofi in this matter.

The Walder Wyss team included Luc Defferrard (Partner, M&A), Michael Isler (Partner, IPIT), Ramona Wyss (Managing Associate, M&A IPIT), Tina Hurni (Associate, Real Estate) and Alexandra Brenner (Associate, Real Estate).


Keytrade Bank SA merges with Arkéa Direct Bank SA

After having assisted French banking group Crédit Mutuel Arkéa in relation to its acquisition of all of Belgian online banking leader Keytrade Bank’s activities, including in Switzerland, which became effective in June 2016, Walder Wyss Ltd. assisted Crédit Mutuel Arkéa in relation to the merger by absorption of Keytrade Bank SA, Brussels (seat of the Swiss registered and FINMA licenced branch STRATEO) by Arkéa Direct Bank SA (previously Fortuneo SA), which became effective on 3 November 2016. Further to the merger, Arkéa Direct Bank SA became the new seat of STRATEO, Geneva, Branch of Arkéa Direct Bank SA Puteaux (Paris), a FINMA licenced Swiss branch of a foreign bank and securities dealer.

The team was led by Luc Defferrard (Partner, Corporate/M&A and Banking & Finance) and Thomas Müller (Partner, Banking & Finance) and further included Tervel Stoyanov (Associate, Banking & Finance) and Simona Müller (Associate, Banking & Finance).


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