Whatever form of participation they choose, private investors, venture capital and private equity funds, and investor groups can rely on our advice to help them navigate their way through the complex legal, tax, and regulatory issues that accompany their transactions. Walder Wyss supports its clients during every step of the investment process, including providing assistance in developing investment vehicles, placing shares, selling equity stakes to other investors or industrial investors, and advising on buyouts and IPOs.


Private Equity & Venture Capital
Introduction

Whatever form of participation they choose, private investors, venture capital and private equity funds, and investor groups can rely on our advice to help them navigate their way through the complex legal, tax, and regulatory issues that accompany their transactions. Walder Wyss supports its clients during every step of the investment process, including providing assistance in developing investment vehicles, placing shares, selling equity stakes to other investors or industrial investors, and advising on buyouts and IPOs.

Experts Products & experience

Our key areas of activity are:

  • Providing comprehensive advice to private equity buyout funds (which invest directly in mature companies) during the process of structuring acquisition holdings for their investments
  • Performing due diligence services
  • Drafting contractual documentation, e.g. share purchase agreements, financing agreements and shareholder agreements, subscription agreements and convertible bond contracts
  • Developing strategies and drafting documentation for the execution of public takeovers, followed, for example, by a squeeze-out of minority shareholders and the delisting of the company
  • Assisting with the legal structuring of debt and mezzanine financing for buyout acquisitions
  • Advising private equity funds and venture capital funds on constructing investment vehicles and drawing up issue documents
  • In collaboration with our teams specialising in information technology and telecommunications and intellectual property law, we also advise various venture capital funds with regard to direct investments in biotechnology, medical technology and technology companies. In this area, too, we offer due diligence services and compile the requisite contract documentation, e.g. shareholder agreements, subscription agreements and convertible bond contracts.
  • We assist funds of funds and institutional and private investors with the legal, tax and regulatory due diligence of the funds they intend to invest in

Finally, Walder Wyss advises private equity funds and venture capital funds on constructing investment vehicles and drawing up issue documents. We also assist such funds with legal, tax and regulatory structuring issues.

Publications

Bitcoin and the Law: who will rule virtual gold ?

Speakers: Fouad G. Sayegh, Yacine Rezki, Pierre Dériaz, Bertrand Clavien, Ardian Balaj, Aleksander Berentsen and Joan Plancade
LegalChain
Geneva 3 December 2018










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)



Unternehmenskauf – Rechtliche und steuerrechtliche Aspekte(Company Acquisition – Legal and Fiscal Aspects)

by Urs Schenker
1. Auflage, Berne 2016



Kommentar zu Artikel 8-11, 30 VegüV(Commentary on articles 8-11, 30 VegüV)

by Alex Nikitine
in: Watter/Vogt (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar, Verordnung gegen übermässige Vergütungen bei börsenkotierten Aktiengesellschaften"
Basel 2015


Kommentar zu Art. 1–4, 26, 28, 29 Abs. 1 und 31 der Verordnung gegen übermässige Vergütungen bei börsenkotierten Aktiengesellschaften (VegüV)

by Stefan Knobloch
in: Watter/Vogt (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar"
Basel 2015, pp. 3–13, 373–376, 385, 395


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)






Kommentar zu Art. 990–1032 des schweizerischen Obligationenrechts(Commentary to Art. 990–1032 of the Swiss Code of Obligations)

by Elisabeth Moskric
in: Heinrich Honsell (Editor[s]), "Kurzkommentar Obligationenrecht"
Basel 2014


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




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







Kommentar zu Art. 162 und 163 der Handelsregisterverordnung (Handelsregistersperre)(Commentary on art. 162 and 163 of the Commercial Register Ordinance (Blocking of the Commercial Register))

by Antonio Carbonara
in: "Handelsregisterverordnung (HRegV) – Stämpflis Handkommentar"
Bern 2013, pp. 1445–1501




Hedge Funds in Switzerland

co-authored by Markus Pfenninger and David Borer
in: Florentino Carreno et al. (Editor[s]), "Hedge Funds, a Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation"
London 2012, pp. 391–372



Use of Share Purchase Agreements in European Jurisdictions: Switzerland

co-authored by Micha Fankhauser and Alex Nikitine
in: Jaletzke/Henle/Beck (Editor[s]), "M&A Agreements in Germany"
Munich 2011, pp. 348–359






Das System zur Durchsetzung von Aktionärsrechten

by Stefan Knobloch
Zurich 2011 (Habilitationsschrift)


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



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






Investing in Switzerland

Speakers: Martin Busenhart and Marcus Desax
International Taxation Conference
Mumbai 5 December 2009



Der Übergang von Verträgen im Rahmen von Vermögensübertragungen nach Fusionsgesetz(The Transfer of Contracts in the Context of Asset Transfers under the Merger Law)

by Roland von Büren
in: "Tradition mit Weitsicht – Festschrift für Eugen Bucher"
Berne/Zurich 2009, pp. 29–47


Besteuerung kollektiver Kapitalanlagen und ihrer Anleger (2. Teil)(Taxation of collective capital investments and taxation of investors in collective capital investments (Part Two))

co-authored by Maurus Winzap and Stefan Oesterhelt
in: "IFF Forum für Steuerrecht (FStR)" 1/2009



Besteuerung kollektiver Kapitalanlagen und ihrer Anleger (3. Teil)(Taxation of collective capital investments and taxation of investors in collective capital investments (Part Three))

co-authored by Maurus Winzap and Stefan Oesterhelt
in: "IFF Forum für Steuerrecht (FStR)" 2/2009


Recent Practice and Experience with the Swiss Merger Act

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



Besteuerung kollektiver Kapitalanlagen und ihrer Anleger (1. Teil)(Taxation of collective capital investments and taxation of investors in incollective capital investments (Part One))

co-authored by Maurus Winzap and Stefan Oesterhelt
in: "IFF Forum für Steuerrecht (FStR)" 4/2008



Die aktienrechtliche Organverantwortlichkeit nach Art. 754 Abs. 1 OR als Folge unternehmerischer Fehlentscheide: Konzeption und Ausgestaltung der «Business Judgment Rule» im Gefüge der Corporate Governance(The liability of the Board of Directors and Managers under Article 754 para. 1 CO for business judgements: Concept and structure of the business judgement rule in the Corporate Governance context)

by Alex Nikitine
Zurich 2007 (Dissertation)


Golden Handshakes, Golden Parachutes und ähnliche Vereinbarungen bei M&A-Transaktionen(Golden Handshakes, Golden Parachutes and similar arrangements in M&A transactions)

co-authored by Alex Nikitine
in: Rudolf Tschäni (Editor[s]), "Mergers & Acquisitions IX"
Zurich 2007 (Sonderdruck aus Europa Institut Zürich, Band 79)





Die zivilrechtlichen Risiken der Banken in der sanierungsbedürftigen Unternehmung

by Stefan Knobloch
Zurich/St. Gallen 2006 (Dissertation)







Dreiecksfusion – einige zivil- und steuerrechtliche Fragen(Three-party Mergers – Some Civil and Tax Law Issues)

co-authored by Peter Spori and Urs Bertschinger
in: "Festschrift Peter Böckli"
2006


Venture Capital – An Introduction to Legal Framework I

Speaker: Nicolas Iynedjian
Zurich 17 March 2005


Venture Capital – An Introduction to Legal Framework II

Speaker: Nicolas Iynedjian
Zurich 17 January 2005



Financing of technology start-ups – the legal issues

by Martin Kurer, Stefano Codoni and Jasmin Ghandchi
in: "Internet Finance Review 2000/2001" 2000, p. 85


Business Law Guide to Switzerland

by Marcus Desax
Wiesbaden 1991