Placement of EUR 1.85 Billion Sustainability-Linked Bonds by Novartis

Novartis Finance S.A., a subsidiary of Novartis AG, issued EUR 1.85bn sustainability-linked bonds due 2028 with an interest rate of 0.000%. The bonds are the first of its kind in the healthcare industry and the first sustainability-linked bonds incorporating social targets, with bondholders entitled to receive a higher amount of interest if Novartis fails to meet its targets for expanding access to its innovative medicines. The Bonds are guaranteed by Novartis AG. They have been provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange and are expected to be listed there as well. Barclays Bank PLC, HSBC Bank plc, J.P. Morgan Securities plc and Société Générale acted as Joint Lead Managers and BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft and Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH as Co-Managers.

Zürcher Kantonalbank’s Issuance of CHF 275 Million 1.75% AT1 Write-Down Notes

On 30 September 2020, Zürcher Kantonalbank successfully placed CHF 275m 1.75% AT1 Write-Down Notes. The notes qualify as both additional tier 1 capital as well as going concern capital under Swiss regulations for systemically relevant banks. This transaction was the first transaction in Switzerland done in reliance on the exemption in the new prospectus regime of the Financial Services Act to have a prospectus that is pre-approved by a Swiss reviewing body.

Idorsia’s CHF 535.5 Million At-market Rights Offering

On 21 October 2020, Idorsia announced that it completed its at-market rights offering consisting of a of 23,800,000 new shares. 15,825,319 new shares were subscribed to by existing shareholders in the rights offering and 7,974,681 new shares were placed with investors in the bookbuilding process. Idorsia expects to raise gross proceeds of CHF 535.5m based on the offer price of CHF 22.50 per new share. Idorsia will use the net proceeds of approximately CHF 520 million from the capital increase to support the regulatory filing and, if approved, commercial launch of daridorexant and to fund the further development of its diversified pipeline.

Dufry’s CHF 820 Million Right Offering

On 20 October 2020, Dufry AG announced that it had successfully concluded its rights offering. The offer price of the new shares was set at CHF 33.22 per share, corresponding to the volume weighted average price of the existing shares as of market close on 19 October 2020. All 24,696,516 offered shares were sold in the offering, resulting in expected gross proceeds of CHF 820 million. 10,612,024 new shares were subscribed by existing shareholders as part of the rights offering. 9,178,033 new shares have been allocated to Advent International and 4,906,459 new shares have been allocated to Alibaba Group, each based on equity investment commitments received by Dufry ahead of the launch of the offering. Immediately following the closing of the offering, Advent International will own a stake of 11.4% in Dufry and Alibaba Group of 6.1%. Advent International and Alibaba Group have agreed to a lock-up period of six months following the first day of trading of the new shares.

Issuance of CHF 265 Million Bonds by Athene

Athene Global Funding issued CHF 265m Bonds in the form of a GIC bond. Credit Suisse AG acted as lead manager, together with BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and Deutsche Bank AG London Branch, acting through Deutsche Bank AG Zurich Branch. The Bonds will be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

CHF 18.6 Million Rights Offering of Kuros Biosciences

On 23 October 2020, Kuros Biosciences, a life science company focusing on the development and marketing of orthobiologics, completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders. 50.2% of the shareholders of Kuros Biosciences exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The remaining 4,192,530 offered shares were placed in the market and an additional tranche of 1,915,203 shares was sold to Optiverder B.V. The offer price was set at CHF 1.80 per share.

Asset Management XIV (Vermögensverwaltung XIV) 

7th Conference on Compliance in the Financial Services Sector (7. Tagung zu Compliance im Finanzdienstleistungsbereich) 

Schulthess Corporate Law Convention 2021 (Schulthess Forum Aktienrecht 2021)

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, SIX Convention Point, Zurich

Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) Covered Bond Programme

On 18 August 2020 Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA established its first Covered Bond Programme, in a maximum aggregate principal amount of CHF 2 billion, guaranteed as to payments of interest and principal by CAnb (Suisse) Hypothèques SA. An initial series of covered bonds, in an amount of CHF 200 million, due in September 2029, was issued on 18 September 2020 and listed on SIX Swiss Exchange.