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IPO of Stadler

Stadler Rail AG, a leading global pure-play producer of rolling stock and related systems, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The offering consisted of 35,000,000 shares with an over-allotment option of 5,250,000 shares, all of which were offered (directly and indirectly) by Peter Spuhler.

IPO of Medacta

On 4 April 2019, Medacta Group SA, a pure play orthopaedics company, opened the IPO-season 2019 at SIX Swiss Exchange with the first day of trading of its shares. The shares of Medacta were priced at CHF 96.00 per share and on 3 May 2019, Medacta announced that the Joint Global Coordinators (Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley) have partially exercised the over-allotment option in the amount of 438,472 existing shares at the offer price.

Spin-off of Novartis’ Alcon Business and Listing of Alcon Shares on the SIX and the NYSE

Alcon Inc., the largest eye care device company in the world, with complementary businesses in surgical and vision care, announced its debut as an independent, publicly traded company and the completion of its separation from Novartis on 9 April 2019, the day the company’s shares began trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The Alcon shares are also included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI). In light of Alcon’s market capitalization of more than CHF 28bn (at close of trading on SIX on the first day of trading), it was the largest spin-off and listing on the SIX in a decade at least.

St. Gallen Corporate Law Day

(St.Galler Gesellschaftsrechtstag)

Thursday, 23 May 2019, SIX ConventionPoint Zurich

Seminar “16th Zurich Conference on Developments in Financial Market Law”

(Seminar “16. Zürcher Tagung zu Entwicklungen im Finanzmarktrecht”)

Tuesday, 4 June 2019, Lake Side, Zurich

SZW Corporate Law Convention 2019

(SZW-Tagung zum Aktienrecht 2019)

Tuesday, 4 June 2019, University of Zurich

7th Annual URPP Conference, FinSA/FinIA: The Financial Centre Facing New Challenges

(7. Jahrestagung des Universitären Forschungsschwerpunkts Finanzmarktregulierung UZH, FIDLEG/FINIG: Der Finanzplatz vor neuen Herausforderungen)

Wednesday, 5 June 2019, Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut der Universität Zürich

Spin-off of Alcon

Today, Novartis AG completed the spin-off of the Alcon eye care devices business, and Alcon Inc. debuted as independent publicly traded company. The Alcon shares were successfully listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. and the New York Stock Exchange. They are also included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), which comprises the 20 largest Swiss listed stocks.

Liberty Global to sell its Swiss operation, UPC Switzerland, to Sunrise

On 27 February 2019, Liberty Global plc (Liberty Global) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB AND LBTYK) announced that it has reached a binding agreement to sell its Swiss operation, UPC Switzerland, to Sunrise Communications Group AG (Sunrise) (SIX: SRCG). At 31 December 2018, UPC Switzerland’s network passed 2.3 m homes and served 1.1 m customers. Liberty Global will sell UPC Switzerland for a total enterprise value of CHF 6.3 bn. Sunrise will acquire the business inclusive of indebtedness and other debt items with an aggregate value of approximately CHF 3.7 bn at 31 December 2018. Closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and approval by Sunrise’s shareholders with respect to an associated capital increase.

Oerlikon completes the divestment of its Drive Systems Segment to Dana

On 28 February 2019, Oerlikon (SIX: OERL), a leading technology and engineering group, completed the divestment of its Drive Systems Segment to Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) for an enterprise value of CHF 600 m, which is approximately the same amount of cash proceeds expected from the sale. 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 (PTUs), differentials and planetary drives, as well as innovative solutions for hybrids and e-drives.