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Walder Wyss Ltd.

Urs P. Gnos

Urs P. Gnos

Partner

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  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Corporate Finance & Capital Markets
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare & Life Science

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Walder Wyss Ltd.
Switzerland

Profile
Urs P. Gnos heads the Transaction Team. His practice focuses on international and domestic mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and capital market transactions, commercial and corporate law as well as public tender offers and buy-outs. Urs P. Gnos also advises companies with respect to corporate governance matters, stock exchange regulations, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, incl. relocations. Urs P. Gnos is a member of various board of directors, among others of the Glarner Kantonalbank (SIX: GLKBN). He lectures and publishes regularly in his areas of practice.

Born in 1967, Urs P. Gnos was educated at Zurich University (lic. iur. 1993, Dr. iur. 1997), at Columbia University/Leyden University and at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (LL.M. 2000). He has working experience as lawyer in Zurich law firms and as foreign associate in Chicago and New York law firms.

Urs P. Gnos speaks German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Bar Admissions

He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.
Areas of Practice

Corporate & Commercial | Corporate Finance & Capital Markets | Financial Services | Healthcare & Life Science | Healthcare & Life Sciences | Industry & Commerce | Information Technology & Telecommunications | Insolvency & Restructuring | Mergers & Acquisitions | Private Equity & Venture Capital | Private Equity & Venture Capital

Professional Career

Professional Associations

    CICS Congress of Fellows
Articles


Private mergers and acquisitions in Switzerland: overview
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide 2018, Private mergers and acquisitions"
UK 2018 (www.practicallaw.com)


Corporate Reorganisations - Chapter Switzerland
by Urs P. Gnos, Dominik Hohler and Markus Vischer
in: "Getting the Deal Through" June 2018, pp. 63-66


Gesellschaftsrecht / Entwicklungen 2017
by Urs P. Gnos, Dominik Hohler and Fabienne Anner
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
Berne 2018


Gesellschaftsrecht / Entwicklungen 2016
by Urs P. Gnos and Dominik Hohler
co-authored by Fabienne Anner, Olivia Feusi, Samuel Lieberherr and Linda Bieri
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
2016, Berne 2017, p. 218


Private mergers and acquisitions in Switzerland: overview
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide 2016/17, Private mergers and acquisitions"
UK 2016 (www.practicallaw.com)


Squeeze-out of minority shareholders in Swiss companies
by Urs P. Gnos and Thomas Meister
in: ALM Media Properties, LLC. (Editor[s]), "American Lawyer (ALM)"
USA 2016 (www.americanlawyer.com/focuseurope)


Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2015
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
1. Auflage, Berne 2016 (www.njus.ch)


Private mergers and acquisitions in Switzerland: overview
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide 2015/16, Private mergers and acquisitions"
UK 2015 (www.practicallaw.com)


Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2014
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
1. Auflage, Berne 2015 (www.njus.ch)


The Swiss Federal Council's Proposed Corporate Law Revisions
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: "World Securities Law Report" Vol. 21, No. 1/2015


Adjustments to the Swiss Corporate Governance Framework
by Urs P. Gnos, Jan H. Hoffmann and Alex Nikitine
in: Wolters Kluwer (www.kluwerlaw.com) (Editor[s]), "The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business"
Volume 36, 2014, pp. 135–154


Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2013
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus"
1. Auflage, Bern 2014 (www.njus.ch)


Prospekthaftung/Haftung gegenüber Investoren
by Urs P. Gnos
in: Kunz/Jörg/Arter (Editor[s]), "Entwicklungen im Gesellschaftsrecht IX"
Berne 2014, pp. 81–106


Fusion (von Aktiengesellschaften)
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Gian A. Brändli
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1193–1225


Spaltung (von Aktiengesellschaften) von der Schweiz ins Ausland, vom Ausland in die Schweiz
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Barbara A. Keiser
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1334–1343


Umwandlung (von Aktiengesellschaften)
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1178–1192


Vermögensübertragung
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1262–1270


Abspaltung (von Aktiengesellschaften)
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Barbara A. Keiser
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simon (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1244–1260


Aufspaltung (von Aktiengesellschaften)
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Barbara A. Keiser
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1226–1239


Fusion [von Aktiengesellschaften] vom Ausland in die Schweiz
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Gian A. Brändli
in: Fischer/Drenckhan/Gwelessiani/Theus Simoni (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht"
Basel 2014, pp. 1360-1361


Private acquisitions in Switzerland: overview
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2014/15 – Private Acquisition"
UK 2014


Switzerland – Implementation of the «Initiative against rip-off salaries»: New corporate governance rules for Swiss public companies
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Simon Kehl and Luc Defferrard
in: "International Mergers & Acquisitions Review" 2014


International Joint Venture, A Guide for US Lawyers, Switzerland
by Urs P. Gnos
in: American Bar Association (Editor[s]), "American Bar Association, Business Law Section"
Wilmington, Delaware 2013, pp. 449 ff


Newsletter Special Edition: Draft Ordinance on Minder Initiative: No groundbreaking rules; interesting clarifications.
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Alex Nikitine and Markus Vischer
July 2013


Private acquisitions in Switzerland: overview
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: "PLC Private Acquisitions multi-jurisdictional guide 2013"
London 2013


Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2012
by Urs P. Gnos and Barbara A. Keiser
co-authored by Dominik Hohler
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 2013


Switzerland – Corporate aspects and tax consequences relating to the incorporation of a holding company in Switzerland
co-authored by Luc Defferrard, Urs P. Gnos, Samuel Dürr and Alexandre Both
in: "International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2013"
London 2013


Revision of Swiss Stock Exchange Law and Corporate Governance Rules
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Lucas Hänni and Alex Nikitine
in: "ABA section of International Law – International Securities & Capital Markets Newsletter" Volume 9, Issue 1 – March 2013


Practical Aspects of Emigration Absorption Mergers
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Barbara A. Keiser
in: "Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Gesellschafts- und Kapitalmarktrecht (GesKR)" 01/2013, pp. 104–112


New Amendments to Swiss Federal Act on Stock Exchanges and Securities Trading Strengthen Rules on Insider Trading, Introduce Other Important Changes
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Lucas Hänni
in: "Bloomberg BNA – World Securities Law Report" Volume 19, Number 3, March 2013


Private acquisitions in Switzerland: overview
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2013/14 – Private Acquisition"
UK 2013


Gesellschaftsrecht/Entwicklungen 2011
by Urs P. Gnos
co-authored by Abdullah Karakoek, Barbara A. Keiser and Silvia B. Meier
in: Prof. Dr. Hans-Ueli Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 2012


Switzerland – Scope of application of Swiss takeover rules
co-authored by Luc Defferrard, Urs P. Gnos and Lucas Hänni
in: Euromoney (Editor[s]), "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review"
Colchester 2012, pp. 66–69


Nachfolgeregelung für Familienunternehmen
Speakers: Kinga M. Weiss, Urs P. Gnos, Marco Strahm and Stephan Neidhardt
Erbrecht für Praktiker – Intensivseminar für Fortgeschrittene (Teil 1)
SIX ConventionPoint Zurich 4 November 2011


Acquisitions on the verge of Swiss takeover rules
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Lucas Hänni
in: "Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Gesellschafts- und Kapitalmarktrecht (GesKR)" 2/2011, pp. 205–212


Erfahrungen mit dem Fusionsgesetz 2007–2010
co-authored by Markus Vischer and Urs P. Gnos
in: "Aktuelle Juristische Praxis (AJP)" 3/2011, pp. 402–420


Besonderheiten beim Unternehmenskauf mit Auslandsberührung
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Stephan Ulrich
in: Dr. Georg Rotthege/Prof. Dr. Bernd Wassermann (Editor[s]), "Unternehmenskauf bei der GmbH"
Düsseldorf/Essen 2011, pp. 531 ff. (C.F. Müller)


Switzerland – Redomiciliations into Switzerland from a Swiss corporate and tax perspective
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Thomas Meister and Luc Defferrard
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review"
Colchester 2011, pp. 184–188


Aktienrecht/Entwicklungen 2010
by Urs P. Gnos and Petra Hanselmann
co-authored by Barbara A. Keiser, Abdullah Karakoek, Isabelle Baldinger and Andrea Giger
in: Vogt (Editor[s]), "njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 2011


Recent Developments of Swiss Disclosure Rules relating to Significant Shareholdings
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Lukas Wyss
in: "LexisNexis"
2010


Aktienrecht/Entwicklungen 2009
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Petra Hanselmann
in: Vogt (Editor[s]), "www.njus.ch"
1. Auflage, Berne 2010


Switzerland – Squeeze-out of minority shareholders in listed companies
co-authored by Luc Defferrard, Urs P. Gnos and Thomas Meister
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review"
Colchester 2010


Swiss Law on Limited Liability Companies - A Practitioner's Guide with a Translation of the Provisions of the Swiss Code of Obligations governing Limited Liabilities Companies and Templates of Incorporation Documents
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos, Markus Vischer and Daniela Caleff
1st edition, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2010


Swiss Disclosure Rules on Significant Shareholdings
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Lukas Wyss
in: Center for International Legal Studies (Editor[s]), "The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business"
Volume 32, Salzburg 2010, pp. 351–386


Aufgaben des Verwaltungsrates und deren Delegation
co-authored by Markus Vischer and Urs P. Gnos
in: "Der Schweizer Treuhänder" 9–10/2009, pp. 751-758


Switzerland's Takeover Law Significantly Revised
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Luc Defferrard
in: "World Securities Law Report" 5/2009 Vol. 15


Switzerland – Recent Developments in Swiss Takeover Law
co-authored by Luc Defferrard, Urs P. Gnos and Andrin Schnydrig
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review"
Colchester 2009


Zusammenarbeit von Rechtsanwälten untereinander und mit anderen Dienstleistern – Länderbericht Schweiz
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Zusammenarbeit von Rechtsanwälten untereinander und mit anderen Dienstleistern, DACH Schriftenreihe"
2009, pp. 1 ff. (Vol. 33)


Recent Practice and Experience with the Swiss Merger Act
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Comparative Yearbook of International Business"
Salzburg 2009


Switzerland – Experience with the Merger Act
co-authored by Luc Defferrard and Urs P. Gnos
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2007/2008"
2008


Auflösung und Gesellschafterwechsel bei Personengesellschaften
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Entwicklungen im Gesellschaftsrecht III"
Zurich 2008


GmbH Rules Revised Under New Legislation
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 6/2007 Vol. 13


Newsletter 70: The New Swiss GmbH Law
by Urs P. Gnos
April 2007


Umwandlung einer Anwaltskanzlei in eine Anwalts-AG
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "REPRAX" February 2007, pp. 1 ff.


Renewing Hostilities
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Ueli Sommer
in: "Legal Week" 26 January 2006, p. 28


Erste Erfahrungen mit dem Fusionsgesetz
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: "Aktuelle Juristische Praxis (AJP)" 7/2006, pp. 783–807


Die Praxis zur erleichterten Fusion von Konzerngesellschaften
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Gesellschafts und Kapitalmarktrecht (GesKR)" 2–3/2006


Recent developments in Swiss takeover law
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 4/2005 Vol. 11


Newsletter 57: Recent Developments in Swiss Takeover Law
by Urs P. Gnos
April 2005


Merger Law
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "inbrief" May 2004


New Merger Legislation Sets Rules on Restructurings
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 3/2004 Vol. 10


Swiss Merger Act – An Introduction to the Federal Act Regarding Merger, Demerger, Conversion and Transfer of Assets and Liabilities (Merger Act)
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
Zürich/Basel/Genf 2004


Corporate Governance in Switzerland
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Comparative Yearbook of International Business"
The Hague 2004


Newsletter 46: New Merger Law in Switzerland
by Urs P. Gnos
December 2003


Corporate Governance Principles Established by Swiss Code of Best Practice, SWX Directive
by Urs P. Gnos
in: "World Securities Law Report" 10/2002 Vol.8


Newsletter 36: Corporate Governance in Switzerland
by Urs P. Gnos
August 2002


Newsletter 31: Basic Features of Swiss Takeover Law
by Urs P. Gnos
December 2001


Zuständigkeit und anwendbares Recht bei internationalen Rechtsgeschäften mittels Internet unter Berücksichtigung unerlaubter Handlungen
co-authored by Urs P. Gnos
in: "Aktuelle Juristische Praxis (AJP)" 3/2000, pp. 277–297


Anspruchskonkurrenz im schweizerischen Produktehaftpflichtrecht
by Urs P. Gnos
Schwanden/Zurich 1997


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