Anita Schläpfer is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's banking and finance group and investment funds group in Zürich. Her practice focuses on banking and finance law, finance transactions, asset/investment management, collective investment schemes and financial services regulation.
Anita specialises in advising Swiss and international financial institutions and corporate clients on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of domestic and cross-border acquisition finance and syndicated lending transactions, securitisations, other finance transactions and corporate matters. She also assists clients with all questions in connection with asset/investment management, onshore and offshore collective investment schemes and other financial products, including licensing and distribution-related issues and provides regulatory and transactional advice for technology driven solutions and providers in the financial services industry (fintech).
Some recent examples of Anita's expertise in banking and finance include:
- Advising Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch, as administrative agent, collateral agent, L/C issuer and swing line lender, in connection with the senior secured financing of up to US$825 million to Trinseo Materials Operating SCA and Trinseo Materials Finance, Inc;
- Advising eny Finance AG, a Swiss online personal loan provider, in connection with the refinancing of a 42 million Swiss francs personal loan portfolio;
- Advising Ringier Holding AG on all aspects of Swiss law in a financial transaction of strategic importance for the client.
Anita is highly recognised by leading directories and publications for her expertise in banking and finance. According to Chambers and Partners, a source says that Anita "is good to work with and handles her clients excellently". Who's Who Legal additionally comments Anita gains recognition for her "can-do attitude, professionalism and high integrity".
Anita has held various offices at the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), including head of its banking, finance and securities law commission, and at the American Bar Association, Section of International Law. She was the president of AIJA from September 2013 to August 2014. She is additionally a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.
Anita joined Schellenberg Wittmer in 2007, where she has been a partner since 2009. Prior to this she worked for another large business law firm in Zürich after passing the Swiss Bar in 2000.
Anita holds a law degree from the University of St Gallen (1997) and a LLM with a focus on banking and securities law from Columbia University (2002).