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10 December, 2008

Switzerland M&A adviser of the year: Swiss Capital Group

The focus of Swiss Capital Group’s corporate finance activities is on Swiss mid-market corporates. The firm is a member of Mid Capital, a corporate finance network with members in 10 European countries and the US. The team consists of internationally experienced investment bankers and while it doesn’t focus on specific sectors, it has developed a special expertise in the construction and real estate, industrial goods, and food and bakery sectors.

In 2008, SCG advised the shareholders of Swiss construction group Strabag on the sale of their companies – Strabag Strassenbau, Witta Bau and Frey & Götschi – to Austrian Strabag.

Also this year, IAWS and Hiestand came together to create Aryzta, the global leader in value added baked goods with revenues exceeding €3bn. Aryzta has been the largest new listing on the Swiss stock exchange this year with a market capitalisation exceeding SFr4bn. Swiss Capital Group has been retained as exclusive financial advisor of Hiestand.

In 2007 and 2008, the valuation levels of certain listed Swiss corporates in the small and mid-cap sector led to an unprecedented number of unsolicited takeover bids for Swiss corporates. In addition, a loophole in the Swiss Stock Exchange law regarding disclosure requirements enabled invisible stake-building in Swiss companies.

SCG has developed a specialism in public (unfriendly) takeover situations for listed Swiss mid-caps, as shown by the successful defences of Saia-Burgess in 2005, Implenia in 2007–08, Hiestand and sia Abrasives in 2008.

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