European Practice Group

Wilk Auslander’s European office is strategically located in Geneva, Switzerland, at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and is a global center of research, finance and diplomacy. We can help you with structuring and execution of your cross-border transactions so that you can use transborder technology transactions as a strategic tool for reaching your business objectives and to maximize your competitive advantage and return on investment. Wilk Auslander offers U.S. corporate and securities advice from U.S. lawyers based in Switzerland.

Geneva is the site of the Campus Biotech a multimillion dollar biotechnology and life sciences center blending science and industry and which counts as one of its founders EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, one of the world’s leading universities. Geneva is also headquarters to many of the world’s leading multinationals including ST Microelectronics, Caterpillar, Firmenich, and Ralph Lauren and world famous high-tech and biotech companies Oracle, Dell, Sanofi-Aventis, Hewlett Packard, Iomega, and Thomson Reuters; international organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO); and over 100 banks and other financial institutions. Swiss companies are among the largest foreign direct investors in the United States, and Switzerland is rated among the easiest countries in which to do business.

Since March 2004, our Geneva office, which is a five minute walk from the main train station and 12 minutes by train from the airport, has provided U.S.-style creativity, speed, and tenaciousness on transborder transactions involving technology and intellectual property delivered with Swiss-style service and precision to clients in the U.S. and Europe, including U.S., Swiss, Italian, French, British, Irish, German, and Russian clients. We handle corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, joint ventures, restructurings, strategic alliances, redomiciliations, and other commercial matters. Please see our Transborder Technology Transactions Team description for additional information.

Together with our New York office the Geneva office provides cross-border assistance with dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, real estate, tax, and estate planning. Since 2008 our Geneva office has also been providing assistance with respect to U.S. and Swiss tax and estate planning issues.

Our clients and our experience are primarily in the following industries:  semiconductor, electronics, robotics, sensors, automotive, food, biotech, medtech, life sciences, telecommunications, solar, and commodities.

Our Geneva office lawyers provide a unique perspective because we are lawyers from different countries and jurisdictions, we are totally integrated into the Geneva business and legal communities and our hands on experience and expertise enable us to provide our clients with cost efficient, pragmatic and well-managed assistance and solutions for transborder legal issues.  We work daily with the lawyers in our New York office, Swiss lawyers, and through an extensive, close, and well-developed professional network, with lawyers and other professionals throughout Europe.

  • Review and interpretation of a U.S. distribution agreement for a Swiss publishing company to advise as to possible breach under U.S. law.
  • Strategic advice and implementation of a $100 million U.S. oil and gas company strategy for converting stock deregistered in the U.S. to stock trading on a European exchange.
  • International securities and corporate representation for a reverse merger resulting in a needed capital raise.  Handled subsequent SEC compliance and filings for a Swiss hardware distribution company.
  • Corporate representation and securities compliance for a U.S. public company and its Swiss subsidiary solar panel manufacturer and implementation of a “going dark” strategy to decrease U.S. securities law compliance requirements.
  • Implementation and execution of industrial revenue development bond transaction for a U.S. subsidiary of a German manufacturing company to enable the U.S. subsidiary to upgrade its manufacturing plant.
  • Preparation and negotiation of purchase and sale and related contracts for a Swiss acquirer of oil and gas interests in Columbia.
  • Preparation and negotiation of subscription agreements, stock purchase agreements, and shareholder agreements for a Swiss-based international oil and gas exploration company in connection with an international capital raise.

Overview

Wilk Auslander’s European office is strategically located in Geneva, Switzerland, at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and is a global center of research, finance and diplomacy. We can help you with structuring and execution of your cross-border transactions so that you can use transborder technology transactions as a strategic tool for reaching your business objectives and to maximize your competitive advantage and return on investment. Wilk Auslander offers U.S. corporate and securities advice from U.S. lawyers based in Switzerland.

Geneva is the site of the Campus Biotech a multimillion dollar biotechnology and life sciences center blending science and industry and which counts as one of its founders EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, one of the world’s leading universities. Geneva is also headquarters to many of the world’s leading multinationals including ST Microelectronics, Caterpillar, Firmenich, and Ralph Lauren and world famous high-tech and biotech companies Oracle, Dell, Sanofi-Aventis, Hewlett Packard, Iomega, and Thomson Reuters; international organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO); and over 100 banks and other financial institutions. Swiss companies are among the largest foreign direct investors in the United States, and Switzerland is rated among the easiest countries in which to do business.

Since March 2004, our Geneva office, which is a five minute walk from the main train station and 12 minutes by train from the airport, has provided U.S.-style creativity, speed, and tenaciousness on transborder transactions involving technology and intellectual property delivered with Swiss-style service and precision to clients in the U.S. and Europe, including U.S., Swiss, Italian, French, British, Irish, German, and Russian clients. We handle corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, joint ventures, restructurings, strategic alliances, redomiciliations, and other commercial matters. Please see our Transborder Technology Transactions Team description for additional information.

Together with our New York office the Geneva office provides cross-border assistance with dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, real estate, tax, and estate planning. Since 2008 our Geneva office has also been providing assistance with respect to U.S. and Swiss tax and estate planning issues.

Our clients and our experience are primarily in the following industries:  semiconductor, electronics, robotics, sensors, automotive, food, biotech, medtech, life sciences, telecommunications, solar, and commodities.

Our Geneva office lawyers provide a unique perspective because we are lawyers from different countries and jurisdictions, we are totally integrated into the Geneva business and legal communities and our hands on experience and expertise enable us to provide our clients with cost efficient, pragmatic and well-managed assistance and solutions for transborder legal issues.  We work daily with the lawyers in our New York office, Swiss lawyers, and through an extensive, close, and well-developed professional network, with lawyers and other professionals throughout Europe.

Representative Matters

  • Review and interpretation of a U.S. distribution agreement for a Swiss publishing company to advise as to possible breach under U.S. law.
  • Strategic advice and implementation of a $100 million U.S. oil and gas company strategy for converting stock deregistered in the U.S. to stock trading on a European exchange.
  • International securities and corporate representation for a reverse merger resulting in a needed capital raise.  Handled subsequent SEC compliance and filings for a Swiss hardware distribution company.
  • Corporate representation and securities compliance for a U.S. public company and its Swiss subsidiary solar panel manufacturer and implementation of a “going dark” strategy to decrease U.S. securities law compliance requirements.
  • Implementation and execution of industrial revenue development bond transaction for a U.S. subsidiary of a German manufacturing company to enable the U.S. subsidiary to upgrade its manufacturing plant.
  • Preparation and negotiation of purchase and sale and related contracts for a Swiss acquirer of oil and gas interests in Columbia.
  • Preparation and negotiation of subscription agreements, stock purchase agreements, and shareholder agreements for a Swiss-based international oil and gas exploration company in connection with an international capital raise.

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