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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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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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

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

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


Aufgaben des Verwaltungsrates und deren Delegation(Duties of the Board of Directors and their Delegation)

co-authored by Markus Vischer and Urs P. Gnos
in: "Der Schweizer Treuhänder" 9–10/2009, pp. 751–758


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


Swiss Merger Act – An Introduction to the Federal Act Regarding Merger, Demerger, Conversion and Transfer of Assets and Liabilities (Merger Act)

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
Zürich/Basel/Genf 2004


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

CryoLife acquires JOTEC

CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JOTEC AG for an upfront payment of US$ 225 million, subject to certain adjustments.  JOTEC is a German-based, privately-held leading developer of technologically differentiated endovascular stent grafts, and cardiac and vascular surgical grafts, focused on aortic repair. The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions. 

Walder Wyss AG acted as lead counsel to the private sellers. The team has been co-led by Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and Urs Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and further included Boris Räber (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Claudia Weber (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Vera Krüttli (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Michael Kündig (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Mirjam Olah (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Nico Bernhard (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Lukas Wyss (Partner, Banking & Finance), Tervel Stoyanov (Associate, Banking & Finance), Martin Busenhart (Partner, Tax), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), Reto Jacobs (Partner, IP&IT) Gion Giger (Managing Associate, IP&IT), Ewa Szczogiel (Junior Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Dominik Wingeier (Trainee, Corporate/M&A).


Fedrus International acquires Umicore's building products business

Fedrus International completed on 29 September 2017 the acquisition of Umicore's Building Products business. The transaction represents an equity value of EUR 70 millions.

Fedrus International is a Belgian group active in the distribution of roofing and façade materials. It specialises in EPDM rubber and roof sealing systems for the European market.

Walder Wyss Ltd. has advised Fedrus International as Swiss legal counsel to the transaction. The team was led by Alexandre Both (Counsel, Corporate/M&A) and included Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Boris Räber (Associate, Corporate/M&A), David Hill (Associate, Employment), Christian Lütolf (Associate, Corporate/Insurance) and Carmen Spichiger (Junior Associate, Corporate/M&A).


Joint Venture BOBST & Radex

The two Swiss technology companies BOBST and Radex entered into a joint venture arrangement. The joint venture called Mouvent AG shall refine digital printing technology and develop revolutionary new machines for a wide variety of markets.

Walder Wyss acted as advisor for setting up the joint venture in all legal aspects. The Walder Wyss team was led by Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Samuel Lieberherr (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Vera Krüttli (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Linda Bieri (Trainee, Corporate/M&A), Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax) and Mélanie Giger (Associate, Employment).


Flokk AS acquires Giroflex

Flokk AS, formerly known as Scandinavian Business Seating AS, a portfolio company of the Triton Fund IV, acquired all shares in Giroflex – Holding AG, incl. all its legal entities.

Giroflex is the Swiss producer of perfectly structured, high quality and ergonomic swivel, conference and visitor chairs – seating, tailored to the human anatomy. Giroflex products are available around the world via branch sales offices in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as via international licensees and sales partners.

Walder Wyss AG has advised Flokk AS as Swiss legal advisor in this transaction and was coordinating all foreign counsels. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Samuel Lieberherr (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), Daniel Zimmerli (managing associate, Competition), Michael Kündig (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Sylvia Anthamatten (Associate, IPIT), Gaurav Bhagwanani (Associate, Employment) and Tina Hurni (Associate, Real Estate) as well as Christine Glättli (Managing Associate, Corporate/Notary Public).


EQT Acquires Open Systems

The EQT Mid Market Europe Fund acquires a majority stake in Open Systems AG from its current private owners who will remain invested.

Open Systems was founded in 1990. Since then the company grew consistently sustainable and transitioned from a security integrator into one of the largest Security as a Service providers in Europe. Open Systems is headquartered in Zurich and active in more than 180 countries.

Walder Wyss AG has advised EQT Mid Market Europe as Swiss legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax), Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Fabienne Anner (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Samuel Lieberherr (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Jenny Süess (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), David Vasella (Counsel, IPIT), Jacqueline Sievers (Associate, IPIT), Gaurav Bhagwanani (Associate, Employment), Daniel Zimmerli, (managing associate, Competition) as well as Christine Glättli (Managing Associate, Corporate/Notary Public).


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