Banking & Finance

Our banking & finance team offers comprehensive support for all business matters affecting financial institutions, including asset lending, corporate lending, real estate financing and acquisition financing, with experience representing both banks and corporations, and has recognized expertise in structuring collective investment schemes, regulatory advice, transactions, Islamic finance transactions, disputes and investigations as well as legal assistance in day-to-day operations. We have a keen sense for adapting to our clients’ new situations to innovate to their advantage. Our clients include international banking organizations, financial institutions, lenders, borrowers, issuers, investors, investment banks, investment advisers, investment funds, private equity and hedge funds, real estate investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, outsourcing and other third party service providers, fintech enterprises and other key players in the financial industry sector.

We advise clients on the full range of banking and finance matters, including:

We advise a wide array of clients in the asset management industry, including privately owned and publicly traded investment advisers and managers, fund management companies, intermediaries and other brokers, pension funds, insurance companies and banks.

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MLL covers the spectrum of client needs with respect to public and private investment schemes of all asset-classes. We use an integrated approach covering structuring of new schemes (including tax), fund formation and fund finance.

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The MLL team advises on a broad spectrum of debt transactions encompassing a variety of structures, helping our clients to find workable flexible solutions in a fast-changing investment environment that fit their requirements.

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MLL has a considerable expertise in structured finance and lending transactions, in particular in a cross border context. We advise lenders as well as borrowers on the key considerations of financing structures, whether with regard to new facilities or the best way to restructure outstanding debt.

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The MLL team is experienced in the financing of the production, export, transport, warehousing and sale and purchase of commodities including oil and oil products, precious and base metals, soft commodities such as various food products, paper, cotton and textiles and related assets such as carbon credits.

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We support our aviation clients with finance leases, operating leases, multi-aircraft facilities, Islamic finance, tax-driven and off-balance-sheet structures.

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MLL regularly advises clients in Islamic finance transactions across a range of Shariah-compliant structures, including Sukuk transactions, Murabaha, Istisna’a, Ijara and Musharakah financings and Takaful deals. etc.

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The MLL team combines in-depth experience across derivatives and structured products with a strong and versatile skill set, enabling it to advise on innovative and complex transactions and to remain at the forefront of product technology and legal issues within the markets, acting for major financial institutions, alternative capital providers, or corporate originators, investors, portfolio managers or insurers.

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The MLL regulatory team is helping clients to navigate the fast evolving regulatory environment, continuously increasing in complexity and in sequence of adaptation of new rules, at Swiss, EU and wider global levels.

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We advise our clients across the full spectrum of legal banking and finance matters, acting for multinational lenders, alternative finance providers or borrowers on matters ranging from legal advice on day-to-day banking and finance issues to complex cross-border banking and finance transactions, including repapering and amendments, document drafting and negotiations, collateral structures and documentation, legal opinions.

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With an increasing focus on financial institutions by regulators across the world, the MLL team supports financial institutions, insurers, asset managers and other market participants on complex investigations and regulatory enforcement matters in various areas of regulation, e.g. market misconduct and insider trading; the sale of financial products; internal systems and controls; and financial crime issues.

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Interest and activity in FinTech has grown fast over the last few years. We are up to date with the latest developments to offer clients the benefit of our extensive global tech experience, combined with regulatory and financial services knowledge.

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Our team provides tailor-made legal advices on the structuring of all types of individual or collective investment vehicles, product structuring, anti-money laundering regulations, compliance, and enforcement matters.

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We have profound experience in advising clients in elaborating the right licensing strategy for getting various types of licenses from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), ranging from banking, securities dealers, fund manager, payment system to fintech licenses.

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MLL is ‘a recommendable team of outstanding specialists in a wide range of banking specific issues, who know their field in-depth and work competently, fast and in a very cooperative and team-oriented manner.’

Legal 500, 2020

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Virtual Currencies Comparative Guide: Switzerland

Mondaq Comparative Guides, 30 May 2022
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Strukturierte Produkte – Auszeichnungen Swiss Derivative Awards 2022

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payoff, Schweizer Jahrbuch für Strukturierte Produkte 2022, S. 42-47, 8. Februar 2022
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