Urs P. Gnos
Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

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Urs P. Gnos heads the Corporate & Commercial Team. His practice focuses on international and domestic mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and capital market transactions, commercial and corporate law as well as public tender offers and buy-outs. Urs P. Gnos also advises companies with respect to corporate governance matters, stock exchange regulations, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, incl. relocations. Urs P. Gnos is a member of various board of directors, among others of the Glarner Kantonalbank (SIX: GLKBN). He lectures and publishes regularly in his areas of practice.

Born in 1967, Urs P. Gnos was educated at Zurich University (lic. iur. 1993, Dr. iur. 1997), at Columbia University/Leyden University and at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (LL.M. 2000). He has working experience as lawyer in Zurich law firms and as foreign associate in Chicago and New York law firms.

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

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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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Urs P. Gnos Urs P. Gnos Urs P. Gnos Urs P. Gnos

Urs P. Gnos
Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

Urs P. Gnos heads the Corporate & Commercial Team. His practice focuses on international and domestic mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and capital market transactions, commercial and corporate law as well as public tender offers and buy-outs. Urs P. Gnos also advises companies with respect to corporate governance matters, stock exchange regulations, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, incl. relocations. Urs P. Gnos is a member of various board of directors, among others of the Glarner Kantonalbank (SIX: GLKBN). He lectures and publishes regularly in his areas of practice.

Born in 1967, Urs P. Gnos was educated at Zurich University (lic. iur. 1993, Dr. iur. 1997), at Columbia University/Leyden University and at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (LL.M. 2000). He has working experience as lawyer in Zurich law firms and as foreign associate in Chicago and New York law firms.

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

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Urs P. Gnos
Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 39

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)


Squeeze-out of minority shareholders in Swiss companies

by Urs P. Gnos and Thomas Meister
in: ALM Media Properties, LLC. (Editor[s]), "American Lawyer (ALM)"
USA 2016 (www.americanlawyer.com/focuseurope)


Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2015(Corporation Law/Developments 2015)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
1. Auflage, Berne 2016 (www.njus.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)


Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2014(Corporate law/Developments 2014)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
1. Auflage, Berne 2015 (www.njus.ch)




Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2013(Corporation law/Developments 2013)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
1. Auflage, Bern 2014 (www.njus.ch)


Prospekthaftung/Haftung gegenüber Investoren(Prospect liability/Liability towards investors)

by Urs P. Gnos
in: Kunz/Jörg/Arter (Editor[s]), "Entwicklungen im Gesellschaftsrecht IX"
Berne 2014, pp. 81–106


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




International Joint Venture, A Guide for US Lawyers, Switzerland

by Urs P. Gnos
in: American Bar Association (Editor[s]), "American Bar Association, Business Law Section"
Wilmington, Delaware 2013, pp. 449 ff




Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2012(Corporation law/Developments 2012)

by Urs P. Gnos and Barbara A. Keiser
co-authored by Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 2013







Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2011(Corporation law/Developments 2011)

by Urs P. Gnos
co-authored by Abdullah Karakoek, Barbara A. Keiser and Silvia B. Meier
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 2012



Nachfolgeregelung für Familienunternehmen(Business succession for family businesses)

Speakers: Kinga M. Weiss, Urs P. Gnos, Marco Strahm and Stephan Neidhardt
Erbrecht für Praktiker – Intensivseminar für Fortgeschrittene (Teil 1)
SIX ConventionPoint Zurich 4 November 2011




Besonderheiten beim Unternehmenskauf mit Auslandsberührung(Particularities in connection with international M&A transactions)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Stephan Ulrich
in: Dr. Georg Rotthege/Prof. Dr. Bernd Wassermann (Editor[s]), "Unternehmenskauf bei der GmbH"
Düsseldorf/Essen 2011, pp. 531 ff. (C.F. Müller)


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


Aktienrecht/Entwicklungen 2010(Stock Corporation Law/Developments 2010)

by Urs P. Gnos and Petra Hanselmann
co-authored by Barbara A. Keiser, Abdullah Karakoek, Isabelle Baldinger and Andrea Giger
in: Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 2011


Recent Developments of Swiss Disclosure Rules relating to Significant Shareholdings

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


Aktienrecht/Entwicklungen 2009(Stock Corporation Law/Developments 2009)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Petra Hanselmann
in: Vogt (Editor[s]), "www.njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 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


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"
Volume 32, Salzburg 2010, pp. 351–386



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


Zusammenarbeit von Rechtsanwälten untereinander und mit anderen Dienstleistern – Länderbericht Schweiz(Co-operation among lawyers and with other professionals – country report Switzerland)

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Zusammenarbeit von Rechtsanwälten untereinander und mit anderen Dienstleistern, DACH Schriftenreihe"
2009, pp. 1 ff. (Vol. 33)


Recent Practice and Experience with the Swiss Merger Act

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Comparative Yearbook of International Business"
Salzburg 2009



Auflösung und Gesellschafterwechsel bei Personengesellschaften(Dissolution and Change of Partners in General and Limited Partnerships)

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Entwicklungen im Gesellschaftsrecht III"
Zurich 2008


GmbH Rules Revised Under New Legislation

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 6/2007 Vol. 13



Umwandlung einer Anwaltskanzlei in eine Anwalts-AG(Conversion of a Law Firm into a Corporation)

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "REPRAX" February 2007, pp. 1 ff.





Recent developments in Swiss takeover law

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 4/2005 Vol. 11




New Merger Legislation Sets Rules on Restructurings

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 3/2004 Vol. 10



Corporate Governance in Switzerland

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Comparative Yearbook of International Business"
The Hague 2004



Corporate Governance Principles Established by Swiss Code of Best Practice, SWX Directive

by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 10/2002 Vol.8




Zuständigkeit und anwendbares Recht bei internationalen Rechtsgeschäften mittels Internet unter Berücksichtigung unerlaubter Handlungen(International Transactions through the Internet, including Torts – Jurisdiction and Applicable Law)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Aktuelle Juristische Praxis (AJP)" 3/2000, pp. 277–297


Anspruchskonkurrenz im schweizerischen Produktehaftpflichtrecht(Concurring Claims In Swiss Product Liability Law)

by Urs P. Gnos
Schwanden/Zurich 1997


Deals and Cases

Continental sells Continental Automotive Switzerland

Continental sold all shares in Continental Automotive Switzerland AG, Rüthi/SG to RUHAMA Finanz Holding AG.

Walder Wyss advised Continental Swiss as legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and further included Mark A. Reutter (Partner, IPIT), Samuel Lieberherr (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Mirjam Olah (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Vera Krüttli (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Nico Bernhard (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Simone Wetzstein (Associate, Employment), Christoph Stutz (Associate, Employment), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), Daniel Zimmerli (Managing Associate, Wettbwerbsrecht) and Lea Altermatt (Substitut, 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).


Flokk sells Espisa

Flokk AG, formerly known as Stoll Giroflex AG, a portfolio company of the Triton Fund IV, sold all shares in Espisa AG, Koblenz to Aeterna AG. Espisa has been manufacturing sophisticated plastic parts for over 40 years creating large-scale equipment using plastic injection molding.

Walder Wyss has advised Flokk AG as legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Samuel Lieberherr (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Michael Kündig (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax) and Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel/Tax).


Integer to Divest Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics Product Lines to MedPlast

Integer Holdings Corporation (Integer) (NYSE:ITGR), a leading medical device outsource manufacturer, has entered into an agreement to sell its Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics product lines to MedPlast, LLC, a leading global services provider to the medical device industry, for $600 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including U.S. and foreign antitrust clearances.

Walder Wyss acts as Swiss advisor for Integer on this transaction. The Walder Wyss team includes Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Fabienne Anner (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Nico Bernhard (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Reto Jacobs (Partner, Competition Law), Gion Giger (Managing Associate, Competition Law), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, Tax) and Ursina Gremminger (Associate, Tax).


Tamedia is taking over the «Basler Zeitung»

Media group Tamedia purchases 100 percent of the shares in Basler Zeitung AG and is thereby taking over the «Basler Zeitung». In return Tamedia group sells its interests of 65 percent in the «Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich» to Zeitungshaus AG. Tamedia group also sells the free newspapers Furttaler» and «Rümlanger» (currently both 100 percent owned by Tamedia group) as well as its interests in «GHI» (Genève Home Information) and «Lausanne Cités» in the French-speaking part of Switzerland (currently both 50 percent owned by Tamedia group) to Zeitungshaus AG. The transactions are subject to the approval of the Competition Commission (WEKO). 

Walder Wyss acted as advisor for Tamedia group in this transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Dario Galli (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Michael Kündig (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Reto Jacobs (Partner, Competition Law) and Gion Giger (Managing Associate, Competition Law).


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