Dr. Markus Wolf is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency teams in Zurich. He has previously worked in the Firm's Sydney office and was seconded to the legal team of one of Switzerland's leading banks. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2012, he worked as a visiting associate with The Boston Consulting Group. Clients say: ‘Markus Wolf provides fast and professional services and is very pleasant to work with.’ (Legal 500, 2020).
Markus advises on all aspects of banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency. He has extensive experience advising lenders, borrowers and sponsors on complex, multijurisdictional leveraged acquisition, corporate, project, export and property financing transactions. He also has experience in public sector (sovereign) financing. He regularly acts for Swiss and foreign creditors and debtors in domestic and cross-border financial restructurings and formal insolvency procedures.
Markus has published numerous articles on banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency topics in Swiss and international journals (including the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, the International Financial Law Review and the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice).
Representative Legal Matters
Advised a European bank on its financing documentation for Swiss sovereigns.
Advised private equity sponsor Helvetica Capital AG on the financing of the acquisition of Schulthess Maschinen AG and its subsidiaries.
Advised private equity sponsor Ufenau Capital Partners on the financing of its acquisition of an audio and video equipment group consisting of three target entities, Dr. W.A. Günther AG (Switzerland), Audio Pro Heilbronn Elektroakustik GmbH (Germany) and Audio XL N.V. (Belgium).
Advised a major Swiss bank on ECA covered export financing for a sovereign borrower in Central Asia.
Advised Credit Suisse (Switzerland) AG on its senior secured unitranche financing with a super senior working capital facility in connection with the acquisition of Secura Industriebeteiligung.
Advised a syndicate of Swiss and international banks on the debt restructuring of a major Swiss based fashion retailer.
Advised a syndicate of Swiss and international banks on a standstill and security pool arrangement for a Swiss based international manufacturer of high-precision machine components.
Advised Toshiba's Westinghouse Group on the Swiss law aspects of Westinghouse LLC's Chapter 11 filing in the US and, in particular, debtor-in-possession financing.
Advised Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. as mandated lead arranger and bookrunner, agent, security agent and original lender and a syndicate of banks on their up to USD 150 million senior secured multicurrency revolving credit financing for SR Technics Switzerland AG.
Advised Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) on the financing of its acquisition of duagon, a Dietikon, Switzerland-based provider of network components for data communication in railway vehicles.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- International Bar Association (Banking Law Committee and Insolvency Section) - Member
- Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Member
- Swiss Bar Association - Member
- Zurich Bar Association - Member
- HSG Alumni - Member
- ISC Alumni - Member
- Switzerland (2014)
- Loan Market Association (Syndicated Loans Course of Lawyers) (2017)
- University of Sydney (LL.M.) (2017)
- University of St. Gallen (Dr. iur. HSG) (2012)
- University of St. Gallen (M.A. HSG in Law & Economics) (2010)
- University of St. Gallen (B.A. HSG in Law & Economics) (2008)
- Singapore Management University (Exchange Student) (2006)
Co-author, "Masterclass in Swiss efficiency: spotlight on Switzerland’s government-backed COVID-19 loan programme for SMEs", (2020) 7 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL), 475
Co-author, "A matter of interest: Swiss Federal Supreme Court renders landmark judgment on negative interest in loan agreements", (2019) 7 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL), 499
Co-author, "Haftung faktischer Organe für Schäden aus Konkursverschleppung", in: Thomas Sprecher (ed.), Sanierung und Insolvenz von Unternehmen IX - Neue Entwicklungen, 2019
Author, "Dead Man Walking - Insolvent Trading Under Swiss Law," 2 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL), 2019, 142
Co-author, "Rare But There," International Financial Law Review, March 2018, 1–3
Author, "Benefits of intercreditor agreements in cross-border restructurings," 5, Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2017, 630
Author, "Intra-group lending in Switzerland – risky business?," 6 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL), 376