Amun AG lists its new Series of Exchange Traded Products on the SIX Swiss Exchange linked to a short position in Bitcoin (BTC)

On January 22, 2020, Amun AG (Amun), a Zug-based special purpose issuance vehicle of the fintech group Amun, successfully issued and listed a new Series of Products (Ticker: SBTC) on the SIX Swiss Exchange. These Products, the “21Shares Short Bitcoin ETP” are linked to the inverse performance of Bitcoin (BTC) and allow a -1x exposure to Bitcoin (BTC)’s performance on a daily basis. The purpose of this Product is to allow investors to, on a short-term basis, benefit from a negative development in the value of Bitcoin (BTC), the largest cryptocurrency. 

Valyo Innovative Capital Market Platform

Valyo AG, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Switzerland, has developed an innovative digital platform for issuances of exchange listed bonds geared towards institutional investors. The Valyo platform, intended to be launched in the first quarter of 2020, enables issuers to carry out all steps from the initial registration of a planned issuance through the book building process to closing and listing of the bond issuance in an integrated digital process.

Credit Suisse Switzerland issues CHF 660m Covered Bonds

Following an inaugural issuance of CHF 250 million Covered Bonds on 16 July 2019, Credit Suisse Switzerland successfully completed its second and third issuances under the Programme on 31 January 2020, issuing CHF 350 million Series 2020-1 0.000 per cent. fixed rate Covered Bonds due July 2025 and CHF 310 million Series 2020-2 0.000 per cent. fixed rate Covered Bonds due October 2030. The Covered Bonds are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and rated AAA by Fitch.

Global Blue and Far Point Acquisition Corporation announce USD 2.6bn business combination and listing on NYSE

On 16 January 2020, Global Blue, a leading strategic technology and payments partner empowering global merchants to capture the growth of international shoppers, today announced it will become a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange through a merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company co-sponsored by the institutional asset manager Third Point LLC and former NYSE President Thomas W. Farley. The new public company will be incorporated in Switzerland and will trade as Global Blue under ticker symbol NYSE: “GB” upon closing.

Acquisition of The Medicines Company

In connection with the acquisition of NASDAQ-listed biopharmaceutical company The Medicines Company for USD 9.7 billion, Novartis AG and Novartis Finance Corporation entered into a USD 7 billion short-term (bridge) credit agreement and completed a USD 5 billion four-tranche SEC-registered bond offering.

Placement of SGS Shares

The von Finck family successfully placed 960,000 shares (approx. 12.7%) in SGS SA by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process. The overall transaction volume amounts to CHF 2.3 billion. In light of its long-term investment strategy and planning, the family decided to divest a majority of its stake in SGS.

Valyo Innovative Capital Market Platform

Valyo AG, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Switzerland, has developed an innovative digital platform for issuances of exchange listed bonds geared towards institutional investors. The Valyo platform, intended to be launched in the first quarter of 2020, enables issuers to carry out all steps from the initial registration of a planned issuance through the book building process to closing and listing of the bond issuance in an integrated digital process.   

The New Swiss Prospectus Regime

In June 2018 the Swiss Federal Parliament passed the Financial Services Act and the Financial Institutions Act, and on 6 November 2019 the Swiss Federal Council published the implementing ordinances thereto. The acts and the related ordinances will become effective on 1 January 2020. Modeled largely after the EU prospectus framework, the new prospectus regime marks a veritable paradigm change to Swiss capital market regulation, introducing a number of novelties for issuers of securities in the Swiss market, such as the requirement for an ex ante approval for most financial instruments, coupled with some important long-awaited explicit exemptions from such requirement and the requirement for a prospectus for secondary public offerings.

By Christian Rehm / René Bösch (Reference: CapLaw-2019-51)

Countdown at the Point of Sale – Final Version of Financial Services Ordinance Published

On the way to the new Financial Services Act (FinSA), the final version of the Financial Services Ordinance (FinSO), which was published on 6 November 2019, started the final countdown towards the implementation of these new regulations in the light of their entry into force on 1 January 2020. As of that date, financial services providers must, in principle, comply with the new regulations (including the key adjustments made in the final version of the FinSO). However, various transitory provisions provide for (temporary) relief from the apparent time pressure.

By Sandro Abegglen / Luca Bianchi (Reference: CapLaw-2019-52)

The Basic Information Sheet – No surprises in the final implementing ordinances, but some relevant amendments

On 1 January 2020 the new Swiss Financial Services Act (FinSA) and its implementing ordinance, the Financial Services Ordinance (FinSO), will come into effect. The Swiss Federal Council announced its decision on the entering into force of the new financial services regulation and the final text of the implementing ordinances on 6 November 2019. There are no big surprises in the final ordinances regarding the newly introduced basic information sheet (Basisinformationsblatt). However, a number of amendments were made based on responses in the consultation process of the draft ordinances.

By Daniel Haeberli (Reference: CapLaw-2019-53)