Dr. Boaz Barack

Dr. Boaz Barack is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Switzerland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Boaz directly using the contact details listed above.

Boaz is an experienced banker with over 30 years of an international banking career, including more than twenty years as Member of Senior Management at the two leading Swiss banks. The Rothschild Group acquired his private asset and risk- management company in 1990.

Dr. Boaz Barack holds a Ph.D. degree in International Law and Economics from the University of Cambridge, England, Master’s degrees in Law and Business Administration from the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, and diplomas in Common Market Business Affairs from the European Economic Community college in Bruges, Belgium and from the Academy of International Law in the Hague, Holland.

Firm Overview:

BONART is an independent Swiss advisory and execution firm.

We join forces with investors and entrepreneurs to navigate through the capital markets.

We anticipate that the growing focus on private markets, and the digitalisation of the investment supply chain, will drive substantial changes in the solutions offered by the traditional finance industry.

To capitalise on these opportunities, BONART has built a unique business model combining our teams’ passion for innovation, and our drive to deliver simple profoundly practical solutions.

Our three interlocking business divisions:

  • Financing Private Equity
  • Structuring Investment Strategies
  • Proprietary Investment Strategies

We look at finance and investments differently than others.

​First founded by Dr. Boaz Barack in 1983, BONART initially provided financial risk management strategies and the first-ever structured methods to hedge the business risks and transactions of its substantial clients. In 1990 the company was bought by the Edmond de Rothschild Group.

In 2010, Dr. Barack re-established BONART as a Swiss company. It advised UBS AG on financial matters, served as a hub for investments of the Barack Family Office, and acted in directorship and holding positions in several European financial institutions.

The combination of our access and interactions with both traditional institutions and start-ups has shaped BONART’s philosophy and vision for the future of finance.

Dr. Achim Herfs

Achim Herfs is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Achim directly using the contact details listed above.

Achim is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, he was a partner in the Munich and Frankfurt offices of Hengeler Mueller.

He advises listed companies on capital markets transactions, corporate restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as corporations and their bodies on general capital markets and stock corporation law, including the support of general meetings, and internal investigations. Furthermore, Achim Herfs advises issuers and banks on capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, share placements without pre-emptive rights and block trades, as well as the issuance of convertible bonds and high yield bonds.

He is a lecturer for corporate and capital markets law at the University of Augsburg and is frequently published on his area of law in journals and textbooks.

Achim Herfs is listed as a leading senior partner for corporate law in the 2020/2021 edition of JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms. He is also honoured as “Lawyer of the Year” for capital markets in Germany by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2019. IFLR1000 recognises Achim in its 2021 Financial and Corporate Guide as a highly regarded lawyer for capital markets, M&A and private equity. In addition, he is listed in WirtschaftsWoche as one of the most renowned lawyers for corporate law and M&A in 2020. FINANCE ranks Achim as one of the top 10 dealmakers 2020 in Germany and Chambers Global as well as Chambers Europe recommend him for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability in 2021.

Firm Overview:

Attorneys in our Munich office have counselled clients in Germany, Europe and globally on sophisticated transactions for nearly 15 years. Working from our office in the city’s historic centre, our team of nearly 40 attorneys handles private equity/M&A, capital markets, debt finance and tax matters, and advises on all aspects of domestic and cross-border insolvencies and financial restructurings. Our Munich team is fully integrated with our practices in London, the U.S. and Asia, giving clients access to Kirkland’s diversified, international resources. Our attorneys in Munich are all German-qualified lawyers and fluent in both German and English, with significant experience abroad.

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Cathy A. Birkeland

Cathy Birkeland is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Cathy directly using the contact details listed above.

Cathy, Chicago Office Managing Partner and former Global Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Practice, helps issuers, underwriters, and investors execute successful capital markets transactions, and advises public companies and boards of directors on corporate governance and securities law matters.

For more than two decades, Cathy has advised clients on a broad array of capital markets transactions, including:

  • Initial public offerings
  • Dual track IPO/M&A processes
  • Spin-off transactions
  • Follow-on offerings
  • Block trades
  • ATM programs

Cathy advises public and private companies of all sizes across the globe, including Fortune 500 companies, emerging growth companies, investment banking firms, investors, and private equity firms. She has experience with numerous industries, including technology, hospitality, REITs, consumer retail, financial services, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.

When counselling public companies and their boards of directors, she draws on her insights into the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and regulatory processes to advise on:

  • ’34 Act reporting
  • Complex disclosure requirements
  • Corporate governance best practices
  • NYSE/Nasdaq listing
  • Securities regulation
  • Tender offers
  • Consent solicitations
  • Private placements
  • Rule 144
  • Section 16
  • Share repurchase programs
  • 10b5-1 trading plans
  • Financial reporting

Highly regarded by clients and peers, Cathy has been named as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business, which recognised her as a “first-rate capital markets lawyer.” The Chicago Business Journal also named Cathy to its 2018 Women of Influence list.

She regularly speaks on capital markets and corporate governance matters at industry conferences. She serves on the Executive Committee of the annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate & Securities Law Institute, sponsored by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Antonia Severin

Antonia Severin is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Sweden on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Antonia directly using the contact details listed above.

Antonia is an associate in our Capital Markets practice in Stockholm and joined White & Case in 2020. Prior to joining White & Case, Antonia studied Law at Stockholm University and at Fundação Getulio Vargas and worked as an associate at a Big Four firm.

Representation of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj on the voluntary recommended public cash tender offer made by a Bain Capital lead consortium formed by Lux Holdco S.à r.l., Ahlstrom Invest B.V, Viknum AB and Belgrano Inversiones Oy, for all the issued and outstanding shares in Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj. The tender offer values Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s total equity at approximately EUR 2.1 billion. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in innovative and sustainable fiber-based materials and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki and Nasdaq Stockholm.

Firm Overview:

Truly Global

White & Case is an international law firm that serves companies, governments and financial institutions. Our long history as a global firm means we are uniquely placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they are.

Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.

Masahito Amano

Masahito Amano is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Masahito directly using the contact details listed above.

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theatre (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Masuda & Partners Law Office was established in February 2008 under the leadership of experienced and forward-thinking Japanese lawyer, Eiji Masuda, with the able assistance of his colleagues.

From the start our firm has committed to offering the highest quality legal services possible, in a sophisticated and timely manner, so as to meet our clients’ ‘true’ needs, given the ever growing expectations for lawyers in today’s rapidly and greatly changing globalized world.

Firm Overview:

The firm aims to establish a powerful structure of optimum size and offers the most efficient and effective legal options for our clients, while ensuring that all members of our firm can trust and collaborate very closely with one another.

The firm has the support of many clients, colleagues and friends that share Masuda & Partners’ sense of commitment and vision. With that support, our firm is advancing its mission and continues to develop in order to make our clientele’s goals a reality.

Michael Oberhuber

Michael Oberhuber is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Liechtenstein on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

Liechtenstein is a German-speaking, 25km-long principality between Austria and Switzerland. It’s known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes and villages linked by a network of trails. The capital, Vaduz, a cultural and financial center, is home to Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, with galleries of modern and contemporary art. The Postmuseum displays Liechtenstein’s postage stamps.

A special focus of our work is put on issues of the capital market regarding public and private law. We advise and represent banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers in all aspects of their activities and in all corporate processes, in particular, in compliance matters and in matters relating to insider trading and the prevention of money laundering. This includes helping with the formation and obtaining the necessary licenses. We have in-depth experience in transactions involving investments in financial service companies.

Firm Overview:

Marxer & Partner – The Oldest and Largest Law Firm in the Principality of Liechtenstein

Founded in 1925, the law firm Marxer & Partner with thirteen partners, a permanent consultant, twelve legal staff, four of counsels and another approximately fifty professionals provides comprehensive legal advice and support in all areas of private law and public law, including tax and criminal law.