Markus Vischer
Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

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Markus Vischer is a partner at Walder Wyss since 1995. His main areas of practice are M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, business reorganizations and corporate and commercial incl. employment and real estate law. He is a recognized leader in M&A due to his involvement in major transactions, in particular in the media-, real estate-, IT and health care area, and due to his many publications.

Born in 1960, Markus Vischer was educated at the University of Zurich (lic. iur. 1984, Dr. iur. 1986) and at the Queen Mary College, London University (LL.M. 1991). He has working experience as a research assistant at the University of Zurich, as a District Court clerk and as an associate in a tax law firm in Zurich and in a law firm in London.

Markus Vischer speaks German, English and 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 55 32


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

Markus Vischer
Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

Markus Vischer is a partner at Walder Wyss since 1995. His main areas of practice are M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, business reorganizations and corporate and commercial incl. employment and real estate law. He is a recognized leader in M&A due to his involvement in major transactions, in particular in the media-, real estate-, IT and health care area, and due to his many publications.

Born in 1960, Markus Vischer was educated at the University of Zurich (lic. iur. 1984, Dr. iur. 1986) and at the Queen Mary College, London University (LL.M. 1991). He has working experience as a research assistant at the University of Zurich, as a District Court clerk and as an associate in a tax law firm in Zurich and in a law firm in London.

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

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Markus Vischer
Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 32

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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Private mergers and acquisitions in Switzerland: overview

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide 2016/17, Private mergers and acquisitions"
UK 2016 (www.practicallaw.com)



Kommentar zu Art. 1–3 der Schlussbestimmungen betreffend Aktiengesellschaften(Commentary to Art. 1–3 of the Transitory Provisions re Corporations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell, Vogt, Watter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Obligationenrecht II"
5. Auflage, Basel 2016, pp. 2667–2677


Kommentar zu Art. 675–682 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts(Commentary to Art. 675–682 of the Swiss Code of Obligations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Kren Kostkiewicz/Wolf/Amstutz/Fankhauser (Editor[s]), "OF Handkommentar Schweizerisches Obligationenrecht"
3. Auflage, Zurich 2016, pp. 1660–1677 (www.ofv.ch, www.navigator.ch)






Der Einsatz des Strafrechts im Gewährleistungsrecht beim Unternehmenskauf(The Use of Criminal Law in the Warranty Regime in Business Acquisitions)

by Markus Vischer
in: Schulthess Juristische Medien AG (Editor[s]), "Ohne jegliche Haftung – Festschrift für Willi Fischer"
Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2016, pp. 541–554




Kommentar zu Art. 492–512 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts (Bürgschaftsrecht)(Commentary to Art. 492–512 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (Suretyship Law))

by Markus Vischer
in: Huguenin/Müller-Chen (Editor[s]), "Handkommentar zum Schweizer Privatrecht"
3. Auflage, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2016, pp. 800–860










Kommentar zu Art. 1–4 des Schlusstitels zum Zivilgesetzbuch(Commentary to Art. 1–4 of the Transitory Provisions of the Civil Code)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Geiser (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Zivilgesetzbuch II"
5. Aufl., Basel 2015, pp. 2699–2711 (www.helbing.ch)


Private mergers and acquisitions in Switzerland: overview

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide 2015/16, Private mergers and acquisitions"
UK 2015 (www.practicallaw.com)














Mängelrechte beim Kauf eines Stockwerkanteils(Warranty Rights in Purchases of Condominium)

by Markus Vischer
in: "ZBGR Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Beurkundungs- und Grundbuchrecht" 2015_Heft 04, pp. 217–228
















Fusion (von Aktiengesellschaften)(Merger [of Corporations])

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Gian A. Brändli
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1193–1225


Spaltung (von Aktiengesellschaften) von der Schweiz ins Ausland, vom Ausland in die Schweiz(Demerger [of Corporations] from Switzerland to abroad, from abroad to Switzerland)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Barbara A. Keiser
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1334–1343


Umwandlung (von Aktiengesellschaften)(Conversion [of Corporations])

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1178–1192


Vermögensübertragung(Asset Transfer)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1262–1270


Abspaltung (von Aktiengesellschaften)(Split-off [of Corporations])

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Barbara A. Keiser
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simon (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1244–1260


Aufspaltung (von Aktiengesellschaften)(Split-up [of Corporations])

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Barbara A. Keiser
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1226–1239


Fusion [von Aktiengesellschaften] vom Ausland in die Schweiz(Merger [of Corporations] from abroad to Switzerland)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Gian A. Brändli
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1360-1361

























Grundstückkaufvertrag – Freizeichnungsklauseln und Grundlagenirrtum(Real Estate Acquisition Contract – Exclusions of Liability Clauses and Fundamental Error)

co-authored by Markus Vischer and Scarlett Schwarzenberger
in: "Push-Service Entscheide" 28 February 2013









Kommentar zu Art. 492–512 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts (Bürgschaftsrecht)(Commentary to Art. 492–512 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (Suretyship Law))

by Markus Vischer
in: Roberto/Trüeb (Editor[s]), "Handkommentar zum Schweizer Privatrecht"
2. Auflage, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2012, pp. 696–754






Kommentar zu Art. 1–3 der Schlussbestimmungen betreffend Aktiengesellschaften(Commentary to Art. 1–3 of the Transitory Provisions re Corporations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Watter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Obligationenrecht II"
4. Auflage, Basel 2012, pp. 2321–2330






Sanierung einer Stiftung und einige Gedanken zur Stiftung Pro Juventute(Financial Restructuring of a Foundation and some Thoughts on the Foundation Pro Juventute)

by Markus Vischer
in: "Europa Institut Zürich – Sanierung und Insolvenz von Unternehmen II"
Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2012, pp. 183–209


Freizeichungsklauseln in Grundstückkaufverträgen – Gegenstand einer AGB-Kontrolle?(Exclusions of Liability Clauses in Real Estate Acquisition Contracts – Subject of a GTC-Control?)

co-authored by Philipp Chiani and Markus Vischer
in: "Push-Service-Entscheide" 12 January 2012



Freizeichnungsklauseln in Grundstückkaufverträgen – Voraussetzungen für deren Gültigkeit(Exclusions of Liability Clauses in Real Estate Acquisitions – Pre-Conditions of their Validity)

co-authored by Philipp Chiani and Markus Vischer
in: "Push-Service Entscheide" 15 November 2011


Kommentar zu Art. 1–4 des Schlusstitels zum Zivilgesetzbuch(Commentary to Art. 1–4 of the Transitory Provisions of the Civil Code)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Watter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Zivilgesetzbuch II"
4. Auflage, Basel 2011, pp. 2577–2588








Grundlagenirrtum – Verhältnis einer Freizeichnungsklausel zur Vertragsungültigkeit wegen Grundlagenirrtum(Fundamental Error – Interrelation between an Exclusion of Liability Clause and the Invalidity of the Contract due to a Fundamental Error)

co-authored by Michele Casale and Markus Vischer
in: "Push-Service Entscheide" 16 March 2011









Kommentar zu Art. 492–512 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts (Bürgschaftsrecht)(Commentary to Art. 492–512 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (Suretyship Law))

by Markus Vischer
in: Huguenin/Müller-Chen/Girsberger (Editor[s]), "Handkommentar zum Schweizer Privatrecht"
Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2010, pp. 604–655




Grundstückskauf - Ausnahmen des Vorkaufsrechts nach Art. 216c Abs. 2 OR(Purchase of Real Estate - Exceptions re Rights of First Refusal according to Art. 216c Para 2 CO)

co-authored by Michele Casale and Markus Vischer
in: "Push-Service Entscheide" 16 July 2010


Unternehmenskauf – Natur des Geschäftsübertragungsvertrags und anwendbares Gewährleistungsrecht(Acquisition of a Business – Nature of the Business Transfer Agreement and applicable Warranty Regime)

co-authored by Markus Vischer and Michele Casale
in: "Push-Service Entscheide" 18 June 2010




Swiss Law on Limited Liability Companies - A Practitioner's Guide with a Translation of the Provisions of the Swiss Code of Obligations governing Limited Liabilities Companies and Templates of Incorporation Documents

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Daniela Caleff
1st edition, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2010




Kommentar zu Art. 675–682 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts(Commentary to Art. 675–682 of the Swiss Code of Obligations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Kren Kostkiewicz/Nobel/Schwander/Wolf (Editor[s]), "OF Handkommentar Schweizerisches Obligationenrecht"
2. Auflage, Zurich 2009, pp. 1440–1456 (www.ofv.ch, www.navigator.ch)






Kommentar zu Art. 1–3 der Schlussbestimmungen betreffend Aktiengesellschaften(Commentary to Art. 1–3 of the Transitory Provisions re Corporations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Walter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Obligationenrecht II"
3. Auflage, Basel/Geneva/Munich 2008, pp. 2729–2738



Kommentar zu Art. 1–4 des Schlusstitels zum Zivilgesetzbuch(Commentary to Art. 1–4 of the Transitory Provisions of the Civil Code)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Geiser (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Zivilgesetzbuch II"
3. Auflage, Basel 2007, pp. 2393–2402








Kommentar zu Art. 936a des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts(Commentary to Art. 936a of the Swiss Code of Obligations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Watter/Vogt/Tschäni/Daeniker (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Fusionsgesetz"
Basel/Geneva/Munich 2005, pp. 1287–1290









Kommentar zu Art. 1–4 des Schlusstitels zum Zivilgesetzbuch(Commentary to Art. 1–4 of the Transitory Provisions of the Civil Code)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Watter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Zivilgesetzbuch II"
2. Auflage, Basel 2003, pp. 2395–2405





Kommentar zu Art. 675–682 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts(Commentary to Art. 675–682 of the Swiss Code of Obligations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Kren Kostkiewicz/Bertschinger/Breitschmid/Schwander (Editor[s]), "OF Handkommentar Schweizerisches Obligationenrecht"
1. Auflage, Zurich 2002, pp. 798–806 (www.ofv.ch, www.navigator.ch)


Kommentar zu Art. 1–3 der Schlussbestimmungen betreffend Aktiengesellschaften(Commentary to Art. 1–3 of the Transitory Provisions re Corporations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Watter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Obligationenrecht II"
2. Auflage, Basel 2002, pp. 2235–2243






Kommentar zu Art. 1–4 des Schlusstitels zum Zivilgesetzbuch(Commentary to Art. 1–4 of the Transitory Provisions of the Civil Code)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Watter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Zivilgesetzbuch II"
Basel 1998, pp. 2553–2564




Kommentar zu Art. 1–3 der Schlussbestimmungen betreffend Aktiengesellschaften(Commentary to Art. 1–3 of the Transitory Provisions re Corporations)

by Markus Vischer
in: Honsell/Vogt/Watter (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Obligationenrecht II"
Basel 1993, pp. 2375–2383



Die allgemeinen Bestimmungen des Schweizerischen Intertemporalen Privatrechts(The General Provisions of the Swiss Intertemporal Private Law)

by Markus Vischer
Zurich 1986


Deals and Cases

VELUX A/S acquires JET-Group from Egeria

VELUX A/S, market leader for roof windows, acquires JET-Group, a European player in industrial roof light systems, from Dutch investment firm Egeria. The closing of this transaction is i.a. subject to the approvals of German and Austrian competition authorites.

Walder Wyss acts as Swiss advisor for VELUX A/S. The Walder Wyss team is lead by Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and further includes Samuel Lieberherr (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Gaurav Bhagwanani (Associate, Employment) and Christoph Zaugg (Associate, Corporate/M&A).


Dana acquires Oerlikon Drive Systems

Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) has signed an agreement to acquire the Drive Systems Segment from OC Oerlikon (SIX: OERL). The transaction is expected to be closed in late 2018 or the first quarter 2019, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions. 

Based on nearly 100 years of experience, Oerlikon Drive Systems is a global leader in providing high-performance gears, market-leading shifting solutions, power transfer units, differentials and planetary drives, as well as innovative solutions for hybrids and e-drives. 

Walder Wyss advised Dana as Swiss legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Samuel Lieberherr (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Nico Bernhard (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Jenny Süess (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Simone Wetzstein (Associate, Employment), Christine Leuch (Associate, IPIT), Benno Fischer (Associate, IPIT), Lea Altermatt (Trainee, Corporate/M&A) and Anissa Kern (Trainee, Corporate/M&A).


Sale of ASIC Robotics AG and Reinvestment

Paragon Partners GmbH with its registered seat in Munich, Germany, acquired from the three former shareholders, Evoco AG, STS Management AG and Renaissance PME fondation suisse de placement, all Shares in ASIC Robotics AG with its registered seat in Burgdorf, Switzerland. On 12 July 2018 the Share Purchase Agreement was successfully completed. The former shareholders STS Management AG and Renaissance PME fondation suisse de placement reinvested in ASIC Robotics AG as part of the transaction. ASIC Robotics AG develops and manufactures custom-built machines for production, assembly and testing processes for a wide variety of industries e.g. med-tech automotive watchmaking and electronics.

Walder Wyss acted as advisor for the three former shareholders, Evoco AG, STS Management AG and Renaissance PME fondation suisse de placement, in this transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Stefan Knobloch (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Dario Galli (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Christine Leuch (Associate, IP/IT), Manuel Bigler (Associate, IP/IT), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax).


Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSRE: AJG) acquires majority interest in Hesse & Partner AG

On June 11, 2018, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced that it has acquired a majority interest in Swiss-based Hesse & Partner AG and Hesse Consulting GmbH. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is a global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm headquartered at in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The firm was established in 1927 and is currently the third largest insurance broker in the world. Founded in 1997, Hesse is a commercial property/casualty broker and consultant offering coverages and risk advisor services primarily to industrial, manufacturing and construction clients with a particular specialism in the waste-to-energy industry.

Walder Wyss Ltd. has been acting as legal advisor to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co with regards to all Swiss contractual, corporate and regulatory aspects of the transaction. The team was led by Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Boris Räber (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Christoph Stutz (Associate, Employment), Alexander Eichhorn (Associate, Regulatory), Vera Krüttli (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Michael Kündig, (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Nadine Mäder (Associate, Employment) and Anissa Kern (Trainee Lawyer, Corporate/M&A).


Metaco SA completes Financing Round

Lausanne based Swiss startup Metaco SA active in the field of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies has successfully completed a financing round. Among others, Avaloq, Swiss Post, Swisscom and SICPA have participated in the Financing Round. 

Walder Wyss has advised Avaloq and Swiss Post on the transaction. The team has been led by Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and further included Dario Galli (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Hugh Reeves (Associate, IP/IT).


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