Dr. Matthias Trautmann is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group in Zurich. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, he worked as a law clerk at a Zurich based business law firm and as an associate lecturer and research assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich.
Matthias graduated from the University of Zurich in 2010 and obtained a PhD in Law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Zurich in 2016 for his thesis on qualified capital increases. He was admitted to the Swiss bar in 2013.
Matthias’ practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions and corporate reorganizations. He regularly advises Swiss and multinational clients on domestic and cross-border transactions (sell and buy-side), general corporate and commercial law matters and other ancillary areas of law.
Representative Legal Matters
Advised Hitachi on the USD 11 billion acquisition of ABB's power grids business in over 100 jurisdictions (the largest ever acquisition by a Japanese industrial company).
Advised private equity firm Argos Wityu on its acquisition of a majority stake in Norline AG.
Advised Swiss retailer Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund and its start-up incubator Sparrow Ventures on its investment in Revendo.
Advised global transport and logistics group Kuehne+Nagel on its acquisition of Apex International Corporation from private equity firm MBK Partners and management, its largest acquisition to date.
Advised publicly listed Dätwyler group on its acquisition of QSR from Q Holding and its private equity owner 3i with a transaction value of USD 625 million.
Represented Numab Therapeutics as company counsel on its CHF 100 million Series C Financing round.
Advised global communications company Viasat on its acquisition of the remaining 51% interest in Euro Broadband Infrastructure Sàrl, thereby gaining 100% ownership of the KASAT satellite and related ground infrastructure.
Advised NZZ and Architonic on the acquisition of architectural platform ArchDaily.
Advised building supplier Arbonia AG on the sale of its industrial services division Condecta Group.
Advised Schweizerische Depeschenagentur (SDA), Switzerland’s national news agency, on its merger with Switzerland’s leading picture agency Keystone.
Advised camera manufacturer Leica on the acquisition of their Zurich Leica Flagship Store.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Swiss Bar Association - Member
- Zurich Bar Association - Member
- Switzerland (2013)
- University of Zurich (Dr. iur.) (2016)
- University of Zurich (lic. iur.) (2010)
Co-author, §§ 98a-98f "Umstrukturierungstatbestände ausserhalb des FusG", in: Fabiana Theus Simoni / Isabel Hauser / Harald Bärtschi, Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht, Basle 2022
Co-author, §§ 85-88 "Kapitalerhöhung", in: Fabiana Theus Simoni / Isabel Hauser / Harald Bärtschi, Handbuch Schweizer Genossenschaftsrecht, Basle 2022
Co-author, §§ 61 "Rechtsgeschäftliche Übertragung eines Stammanteils", 112-117 "Umstrukturierungen ausserhalb des Fusionsgesetzes", in: Fabiana Theus Simoni / Isabel Hauser / Harald Bärtschi, Handbuch Schweizer GmbH-Recht, Basle 2019
Author, "Die qualifizierte Kapitalerhöhung – AG, GmbH und Genossenschaft", SSHW, Bd. 333, Zurich/St. Gallen, 2016
Author, Commentary on articles 16 and 17 of the Swiss Merger Act, in: Stämpflis Handkommentar, Fusionsgesetz, 2nd Edition, 2015
Author, "Green light given for distribution of additional paid-in capital surplus," EMEA Legal Insights Bulletin Volume 26 No. 4, 2015