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HNW Guide

Private Wealth Law — Liechtenstein

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Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law

From the HNW guide

Gasser Partner has a long-standing reputation for advising wealthy families and individuals. "They are one of the biggest firms in Liechtenstein and they are rated highly by the market," says one interviewee, while another source says: "They are a big name that is instructed by some very prominent UHNW clients."

This "top-class outfit" advises extensively on succession planning, particularly the establishment and structuring of Liechtenstein foundations, and is notable for its cross-border work. "What really impresses me is the abilty to handle lots of very complex and intriciate tax and structuring issues. They are real experts when dealing with foreign trusts," explains one observer. Sources also praise the firm for its client handling. "Their service and client focus is wonderful," according to one impressed commentator, while another says: "They do an excellent job of analysing the law and providing clear information."

Notable practitioners

Johannes Gasser "does an excellent job with regard to Liechtenstein law and foundations," says one source, adding: "I would say he is a market leader in regard to his expertise in foundations and other structures. He provides an excellent service to his clients and third parties." Interviewees highlight in particular Gasser's ability to work on major international matters. One commentator says that he "is proficient at handling matters which require heavy lifting and involve complex cross-border issues," while another observer states: "He is someone you want as part of a large multi-jurisdictional legal team."

Thomas Nigg "is smart, driven and demonstrates good judgement," according to a local market insider. Sources especially appreciate Nigg for his knowledge of Liechtenstein structures. "He is definitely keen to get into the details of a given matter and give you a true understanding of Liechtenstein law," says one observer. "He is very intelligent and knows the law extensively," remarks another interviewee, adding: "In my opinion, he is the top trust and foundation lawyer in Liechtenstein, and he is very good at communicating, very clear in the way he expresses himself."

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From the HNW guide

Marxer & Partner has a fine reputation among interviewees, who rate the firm highly for advising wealthy individuals and families. "They are my number-one choice - a really strong firm with big capabilities and strength in depth," says one observer, while another interviewee states: "They are a ubiquitous presence in Liechtenstein and very established. They have a first-class reputation."

The firm is particularly notable for providing top-level advice on trust and foundation matters. "They provide trust and fiduciary services to a very high level and they also do all the necessary legal work," according to one local market commentator, who adds: "Many HNW clients will use them and they are hugely admired for the overall service they can provide to the market."

Notable practitioners

Johannes Burger "is a big name" in the Liechtenstein private wealth community and well known for dealing with a range of "high-profile and complex matters" for high net worth individuals and families. "He is absolutely first-class - I've been very impressed by him," says one adviser, adding: "He is very immersed in Liechtenstein business and industry circles and I would recommend him to any native or overseas client." Another source describes Burger as "one of the most experienced providers of fiduciary services in Liechtenstein."

Stefan Wenaweser "is a very strong lawyer and he knows his stuff. I can rely on him," according to one impressed interviewee. Wenaweser regularly deals with sophisticated trust and foundation matters for high net worth clients. "If you have a complex legal issue in foundations or trusts, I would go to him," says one local commentator, adding: "When we have a conflict, he is the person we go to the most and he is the one whose advice I feel most confident in."

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Walch & Schurti Attorneys at Law Ltd

From the HNW guide

A Liechtenstein source describes Walch & Schurti as "a formidable outfit with real clout in the domestic and international market." An interviewee says that "it is a really good firm," while another observer states: "They are a really well-known name and they have a serious reputation in the market."

It advises its "venerated client base" on a wide range of wealth management matters, including trusts and foundations, estate planning and asset protection. "They are a firm I recommend," says one adviser, adding: "They are very efficient, provide a great service and I am impressed by their ability to turn things around very fast."

Notable practitioners

Ernst Walch is described by market commentators as "one of the best in the business" and "a widely revered and respected figure in our industry." He deals with a comprehensive range of domestic and international trust and estate matters, with one interviewee noting that "he has been synonymous with this work for a long time now." Walch was the President of the Liechtenstein Parliament (1993) and the Principality's Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-2005).

Andreas Schurti is praised as being "a well-known and respected name in the market." He has extensive experience advising high net worth clients, and interviewees highlight his strength in connection with trust and foundation matters. One industry source remarks that "he is really intelligent and more than just a safe pair of hands," while another commentator says: "He is very precise and has very good attention to detail."

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Batliner Wanger Batliner Rechtsanwalte AG

From the HNW guide

Batliner Wanger Batliner is a well-established Liechtenstein firm with a strong track record acting for high net worth individuals and families. "I decided to use them as they have a very good reputation and are a high-profile firm," explains one interviewee. Another source describes it as "a very prominent firm."

The firm provides a range of legal services, including advice on succession planning, trust and foundation structuring and asset protection. "They are very good and I know that they demand high standards and top-quality work in order to keep their clients satisfied," observes an industry insider.

Notable practitioners

Martin Batliner "is an iconic figure in the market," according to one Liechtenstein commentator. He is well known for assisting wealthy clients with trust and foundation matters. "He is a strong lawyer with in-depth expertise in a variety of areas. He is always handling complex trust structures," says a source. "He is a very determined and smart lawyer who has some very loyal clients," notes another interviewee, adding: "He has so much experience which is very useful when dealing with the sensitive issues which arise when dealing with family trusts and foundations."

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Advocatur Sprenger & Partner AG

From the HNW guide

Advocatur Sprenger & Partner is described by one Liechtenstein source as a "well-established institution in the country," while another interviewee identifies it as "traditionally a big name." The firm is part of the A-Group, which also includes tax, audit and accountancy firm Accurata and fiduciary services provider Administral Establishment.

Lawyers at the firm assist clients with the preparation of wills and marital agreements, and advise on estate and business succession plans and private wealth disputes.

Notable practitioners

Markus Kolzoff is a key contact.

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Batliner Wanger Batliner Rechtsanwalte AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Martin Batliner"is an iconic figure in the market," according to one Liechtenstein commentator. He is well known for assisting wealthy clients with trust and foundation matters. "He is a strong lawyer with in-depth expertise in a variety of areas. He is always handling complex trust structures," says a source. "He is a very determined and smart lawyer who has some very loyal clients," notes another interviewee, adding: "He has so much experience which is very useful when dealing with the sensitive issues which arise when dealing with family trusts and foundations."

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Marxer & Partner

From the Chambers HNW guide

Johannes Burger"is a big name" in the Liechtenstein private wealth community and well known for dealing with a range of "high-profile and complex matters" for high net worth individuals and families. "He is absolutely first-class - I've been very impressed by him," says one adviser, adding: "He is very immersed in Liechtenstein business and industry circles and I would recommend him to any native or overseas client." Another source describes Burger as "one of the most experienced providers of fiduciary services in Liechtenstein." 

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Walch & Schurti Attorneys at Law Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Ernst Walch is described by market commentators as "one of the best in the business" and "a widely revered and respected figure in our industry." He deals with a comprehensive range of domestic and international trust and estate matters, with one interviewee noting that "he has been synonymous with this work for a long time now." Walch was the President of the Liechtenstein Parliament (1993) and the Principality's Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-2005).

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Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers HNW guide

Johannes Gasser"does an excellent job with regard to Liechtenstein law and foundations," says one source, adding: "I would say he is a market leader in regard to his expertise in foundations and other structures. He provides an excellent service to his clients and third parties." Interviewees highlight in particular Gasser's ability to work on major international matters. One commentator says that he "is proficient at handling matters which require heavy lifting and involve complex cross-border issues," while another observer states: "He is someone you want as part of a large multi-jurisdictional legal team."

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Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers HNW guide

Thomas Nigg"is smart, driven and demonstrates good judgement," according to a local market insider. Sources especially appreciate Nigg for his knowledge of Liechtenstein structures. "He is definitely keen to get into the details of a given matter and give you a true understanding of Liechtenstein law," says one observer. "He is very intelligent and knows the law extensively," remarks another interviewee, adding: "In my opinion, he is the top trust and foundation lawyer in Liechtenstein, and he is very good at communicating, very clear in the way he expresses himself."

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Walch & Schurti Attorneys at Law Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Andreas Schurti is praised as being "a well-known and respected name in the market." He has extensive experience advising high net worth clients, and interviewees highlight his strength in connection with trust and foundation matters. One industry source remarks that "he is really intelligent and more than just a safe pair of hands," while another commentator says: "He is very precise and has very good attention to detail."

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Marxer & Partner

From the Chambers HNW guide

Stefan Wenaweser"is a very strong lawyer and he knows his stuff. I can rely on him," according to one impressed interviewee. Wenaweser regularly deals with sophisticated trust and foundation matters for high net worth clients. "If you have a complex legal issue in foundations or trusts, I would go to him," says one local commentator, adding: "When we have a conflict, he is the person we go to the most and he is the one whose advice I feel most confident in."

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Up and Coming

Walser Rechtsanwälte AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Manuel Walser of Walser Rechtsanwälte AG "is really a young and up-and-coming lawyer," according to one local market insider, who adds: "He is someone to watch and I consider him to be a good lawyer." Walser advises on the full range of wealth management matters and is noted by sources for handling disputes and advising on foundations. "He is a really intelligent and sharp lawyer," observes an interviewee, while another impressed commentator says: "We are always pleased with the service he provides. He is very knowledgeable and very creative."

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