On June 4, 2020, Benchmark Litigation recognized Homburger with the award for "White-Collar Crime Firm of the Year". The Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards recognizes the best firms, teams, lawyers and cases throughout Europe over the past twelve months.
Benchmark Litigation has been in the market since 2008. They exclusively cover the litigation and disputes markets and aim to provide law firm and lawyer rankings on the market’s most important cases and firm developments. Their research is based on case evidence, peer feedback and client feedback.
On April 23, 2020, Homburger won the IFLR Europe award for Swiss Firm of the Year. The award honors Homburger's involvement in some of the most demanding and innovative finance, capital market and M&A transactions. Homburger received the award for the twelfth time.
In addition to winning this award, Homburger was also shortlisted in the following categories: Debt and equity-linked Deal of the Year (Cembra Money Bank), Debt and equity-linked Deal of the Year (Credit Suisse bail-inable SOFR notes), M&A Deal of the Year (DSV / Panalpina Group) and Debt and equity-linked Team of the Year.
The International Financial Law Review (IFLR) annually recognizes the most innovative international legal deals of the past year and the respective firms.
Following a thorough evaluation of the available tools and successful pilots, we have adopted Kira (www.kirasystems.com), the market leading artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning software for contract and legal documents analysis. The adoption of Kira is part of our firm's ongoing commitment to digital innovation and the use of legal tech in our client offering.
Kira can be used to identify information and clauses in any legal document in M&A (including due diligence), regulatory, compliance and litigation matters. We expect that the use of Kira will reduce the time spent on manual reviews of legal documents significantly and also allow the review of a larger amount of documents more efficiently. It also increases the quality and consistency of any large volume document review.
David Oser, partner in the Corporate | M&A and Capital Markets teams, said: "Kira is an important addition to our existing service platform. We have been leveraging e-discovery tools in our investigation practice for quite a while, and we are confident that we will be similarly able to use Kira in a way that brings significant value to our client."
Andreas Müller, partner in the Corporate | M&A and Capital Markets teams and head of the Kira project team, adds: "Over the past months, our lawyers have trained Kira also on the relevant contract clauses in German and French. This allows us to conduct contract analyses in the most common languages in our practices."
At the second Who's Who Legal Switzerland Awards ceremony on February 12, 2020, in Zurich, Homburger received the Who's Who Legal Switzerland 2020 Awards in the categories "Law Firm of the Year", "Banking", "Capital Markets", "Competition" and "M&A". In addition, the following Homburger lawyers were honored with individual awards: Benedikt Maurenbrecher received the "Banking" Award and Stefan Oesterhelt the "Corporate Tax" Award.
Each year Who's Who Legal presents awards to individuals and firms that have performed exceptionally well in Who's Who Legal's research. After an in-depth analysis, Who's Who Legal identifies a lawyer and a firm of the year in each of the featured practice areas.
On February 13, 2020, International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology announced the winners of this year's Client Choice Awards.
Gabrielle Nater-Bass (partner, Arbitration) has been announced the exclusive winner of the Arbitration & ADR award, Frank Gerhard (partner, Corporate | M&A) received an award in the category M&A, Dieter Gericke (partner, Corporate | M&A) received an award in the category Capital Markets and Kirstin Dodge (counsel, Arbitration) received an award in the field of Mediation.
Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and lawyers around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on the ability to add real value to clients' businesses above and beyond the other players in the market.
Law firms and lawyers can be nominated for the Client Choice Awards programme only by corporate counsel. The winners for 2020 were chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 nominations.
Gregor Bühler has been appointed to serve as the next Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). The scope of the committee's work extends to all areas of IP law, including related areas such as privacy, media and sports law. More than 1,000 lawyers from a broad range of countries are members of this committee.
Gregor Bühler has been a partner at Homburger since 2003 and is Deputy Head of the IP | IT and Litigation practice teams. He has extensive experience in IP law, including both transactional matters and disputes.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher has been appointed to serve as the next Co-Chair of the Banking Law Committee (BLC) of the IBA. The BLC provides a worldwide forum for banking lawyers and other legal professionals within the banking community to address all sorts of practical and legal issues arising in commercial and regulatory activities in this context. The committee has held one of the IBA's most popular and well-established events, the International Financial Law Conference, every year since 1984.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher has been a partner at Homburger since 2002 and Head of the Financial Services practice team since 2015. He has extensive transactional and regulatory experience in banking, finance and capital markets. He regularly represents market participants in regulatory proceedings and civil litigation.
Both partners will lead the committees as their Co-Chairs for a two-year term commencing in January 2020.
On January 30, 2020 Homburger was awarded with the "Leaders League – Best Swiss Law Firm (Silver Award)". The annual Trophées du Droit Awards ceremony, attended by around 1,000 guests, brings together the most important players in the French-speaking legal market to recognise and honour legal excellence.
In order to elect the best in their field and therefore the winner of each category, a jury of more than 130 renowned professionals of the French legal sector was formed.
He lives on in our firm, not only by his name, but - more importantly - by his values and work ethic. Eric Homburger's basic principles continue to be the pillars of our firm today: outstanding quality of legal work, mutual respect, integrity, worldliness and empathy and modesty.
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Kirstin Dodge has been selected to join the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution Court, effective January 1, 2020. The Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne (Central Switzerland), Lugano, Neuchâtel and Zurich established the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution as a non-profit organization which offers means of dispute resolution based on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and the Swiss Rules of Mediation. In order to administer arbitrations under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution established the SCAI Arbitration Court as an autonomous body.
Kirstin Dodge has served as Special Counsel for International Arbitration and Litigation at Homburger since 2006. Her practice focuses on representation of clients in international arbitrations, including with respect to intellectual property and investment treaty disputes as well as the energy, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to relocating to Switzerland, Ms. Dodge earned her legal degree (JD) at Harvard Law School then gained extensive experience as a commercial litigator in the US, where she was a partner at a leading Pacific Northwest firm.
Peter Riedweg (65), Partner in the Homburger Tax Team, has decided to leave the firm in the first half of 2020. He will establish a tax law boutique together with his son.
Peter Riedweg joined Homburger in 1996 as a partner. He was instrumental in further extending the tax advisory capabilities of Homburger. Clients and colleagues particularly valued his ability to describe complex situations in an understandable manner, and to design creative solutions for difficult tax problems.
The Homburger partners express their thanks to Peter Riedweg for 24 years of cooperation and development of the Homburger tax practice, wish him best of success in his role, and look forward to staying connected in a collegial manner.