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Thomas U Reutter

Thomas U Reutter

Bär & Karrer LtdBrandschenkestrasse 90ZurichSwitzerland8027
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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

Questions & Answers

Thomas Reutter studied at the University of St Gallen and graduated in economics (lic. oec. HSG) in 1991. Before graduation, he participated in an exchange programme with Bocconi University in Milan. He graduated in law from the University of St Gallen in 1994 and subsequently received a doctorate for his thesis in takeover law. In 2001, he obtained an LLM from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he won a prize for the most distinguished academic performance, leading to a Master of Laws degree in securities and financial regulation. He is interested in history and sports, and his time that is not absorbed by the (fascinating) legal profession is spent with his family.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career?

I like the intellectual challenge related to legal studies and work, which I felt was missing in my first degree of business administration.

What do you enjoy most about capital markets work?

I am fascinated by the dynamics of transactions, the pressure and the team spirit related to it. I am happy to be part of a very committed, bright and young team. I also like the constant challenge posed by the implementation of new regulations.

Which has been your most interesting case so far?

That is a tough one. “Rescue” capital market transactions, such as those of ABB and UBS, have certainly been emotionally very intense and interesting. But sometimes even a small convertible bond can become hugely interesting, because of its features and the challenge to make all clauses work alongside each other in the legal and regulatory environment.

What is the most important thing large institutional clients look for in a transactional practitioner?

They certainly expect technical expertise, but also familiarity with their business models, responsiveness, pragmatism and the necessary experience and seniority for important judgement calls.

How does Bär & Karrer stay ahead in a competitive legal market?

We tried early on to make sure our people have the necessary soft and business skills in addition to their technical legal expertise by putting an enormous effort on education.

How do you think the practice area will evolve in the next five years?

It will certainly become even more dynamic and challenging in terms of pace and in light of new regulations.

What advice would you give to younger practitioners who hope to be in your position?

Be enthusiastic and committed; enjoy interacting and engaging with people; and be interested in the law and structuring transactions.

You have had a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

I would like to be a world champion in football, but it seems that this will not happen now.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Thomas U Reutter “has a great deal of experience in debt, equity-linked and equity capital markets”, compliment sources who praise his “pragmatic” approach.

Questions & Answers

Thomas U Reutter studied economics at the University of St Gallen (lic. oec. HSG) in 1991. Before graduation, he participated in an exchange programme with Bocconi University in Milan. He graduated in law from the University of St Gallen in 1994 and subsequently received a doctorate for his theses on takeover law. In 2001, he obtained an LLM from Georgetown University, where he won a prize for the most distinguished academic performance, leading to a Master of Laws degree in securities and financial regulation.

What qualities make for an effective transactional practitioner?

Obviously, technical legal skills are a necessity to become a good lawyer. Overall, however, soft skills are probably even more important. I would name in particular responsiveness, business acumen, project management and client-handling skills.

How has the market changed since you started practising?

More and more work has shifted from the banks to the law firms. At the same time, fee pressure and time pressure have generally increased. It also seems that the focus of lawyers has shifted somewhat from know-how (eg, publishing) to marketing and business development. All in all, the market is probably more demanding and more mature than at the start of my career. Nevertheless, I still think it is a very interesting market for a dynamic young lawyer.

How will the implementation of the Financial Services Act impact the Swiss capital markets area?

It will align the Swiss capital market regulation for public offerings and listings more closely with the EU prospectus regime. While it will introduce new regulatory bodies for the review of prospectuses for public offerings and listings, I don’t expect market practice to change significantly. However, we will have to form a final view once we know how the day-to-day interaction with these new bodies will be.

How are blockchain and other cryptocurrencies affecting your work in capital markets?

Less than, say, one year ago when offerings of securities tokens were seen more often.

After the initial hype, such offerings have largely disappeared in recent months.

What are the implications of asset tokenisation on global capital markets?

I think it is too early to tell. The blockchain industry will have to find a workable solution for the risk of money laundering, and address the concerns of central banks who fear losing control over inflation and interest rates.

How is the generational shift changing legal practice at your firm? What do younger lawyers do differently?

The generational shift is definitely taking place and we have a great team of talented young lawyers. They work very enthusiastically and are extremely committed. They lend more weight to personal freedom and non-pecuniary rewards and benefits, even though some of the older ones are exactly like that too!

How do you anticipate the Swiss legal market changing in the next five years? How might this affect your practice?

If the long economic boom that we witnessed comes to an end, we will likely see more restructurings, in particular for listed companies. This is a practice that is very demanding and interesting at the same time.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Thomas Reutter “has a great deal of experience in debt, as well as equity-linked and equity capital markets”, compliment sources who praise his “pragmatic” approach.

Biography

Thomas U Reutter heads the capital market practice at Bär & Karrer. He is based in Zurich and has been partner since 2005. He is a member of the managing board of Bär & Karrer.

Thomas Reutter specialises in capital market and M&A transactions mainly of listed companies. He is regularly retained by issuers and underwriters to advise on IPOs, rights issues, convertible bonds, hybrid capital issues and other capital market transactions.

Furthermore, he frequently represents corporate clients in takeover offers and mergers of SIX-listed companies as well as in private M&A transactions. In addition, Thomas U Reutter advises listed companies on corporate and regulatory matters.

He is co-editor of CapLaw (Swiss capital markets law), author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Thomas Reutter holds a Dr iur from the University of St Gallen and an LLM  in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is a member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Association. Thomas U Reutter speaks German, English and French.

He is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners Europe and GlobalIFLR and The Legal 500 in the categories capital markets and corporate/M&A. Who's Who Legal 2017 listed him as the most highly regarded practitioner for capital markets in Switzerland. Thomas Reutter won the ILO Client Choice Award Switzerland 2016 in the category capital markets.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

National Leader

Switzerland - Capital Markets

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Thomas Reutter “stands out” among peers as “a leading lawyer” in the capital markets space. He is commended most notably by sources for his exceptional work on IPOs.

Biography

Thomas U Reutter heads the capital market practice at Bär & Karrer. He is based in Zurich and has been partner since 2005. He is a member of the managing board of Bär & Karrer.

Thomas Reutter specialises in capital market and M&A transactions mainly of listed companies. He is regularly retained by issuers and underwriters to advise on IPOs, rights issues, convertible bonds, hybrid capital issues and other capital market transactions.

Furthermore, he frequently represents corporate clients in takeover offers and mergers of SIX-listed companies as well as in private M&A transactions. In addition, Thomas U Reutter advises listed companies on corporate and regulatory matters.

He is co-editor of CapLaw (Swiss capital markets law), author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Thomas Reutter holds a Dr iur from the University of St Gallen and an LLM  in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is a member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Association. Thomas U Reutter speaks German, English and French.

He is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners Europe and Global, IFLR and The Legal 500 in the categories capital markets and corporate/M&A. Who's Who Legal 2017 listed him as the most highly regarded practitioner for capital markets in Switzerland. Thomas Reutter won the ILO Client Choice Award Switzerland 2016 in the category capital markets.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

Awards won by Thomas U Reutter

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