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HNW Guide

Private Wealth Law — Switzerland

Band 1

From the HNW guide

The private client team at Bär & Karrer is widely recognised as one of the strongest in Switzerland, with skilled practitioners in both contentious and non-contentious private client matters. It has an excellent reputation as "one of the top firms," with sources praising it as "top quality in every respect," "the Rolls-Royce of the industry" and "a very good tax team." The firm has deep international expertise and handles sophisticated, cross-border cases for high net worth families and individuals. An interviewee notes that "they have a good international network" and that "they're certainly well respected for private client work."

The team advises on a large range of work, including estate planning, philanthropic foundations, the running of family offices and taxation. The firm also has an excellent reputation for its litigation practice, frequently representing private clients in high-value trust and estate litigation cases. "I love partnering with them," enthuses an international private client lawyer, adding that "sometimes they're on the other side, and they're always great to have as adversaries because they're smart." Another source comments: "They would be my first choice for private client work. They are one of the best firms in Switzerland and I would use them for a range of matters across the spectrum."

Notable practitioners

Tina Wüstemann is considered "one of the best lawyers in Switzerland and a go-to name for international planning," with interviewees highlighting her "very insightful ideas about planning techniques" as well as her litigation abilities. "She is charming, delightful and fun," reports a source. "With clients, she is a good mix between charming and serious when appropriate." Wüstemann heads the firm's private client department and has deep experience in complex trusts and estate planning. Sources note her skills as "ferocious litigator," with one commenting that "she has a very strong personality, which I think is an asset when dealing with difficult situations." "She's exceptional," enthuses a fellow practitioner, adding that "if I had billions and I needed succession planning or a divorce, I'd go to her."

Daniel Bader is "an excellent tax guy" with a wealth of experience handling individual taxation matters. A fellow practitioner comments that "he is very good, an expert on the relationships with tax authorities and smart in finding the right solutions." Bader deals with the relocation of high net worth individuals and families to and from Switzerland, as well as the full gamut of personal tax concerns. He is experienced in both domestic and international matters. Sources praise him as "a charming person to work with."

Andreas Bär advises clients on domestic and international wealth planning matters. He has a varied clientele, including high net worth individuals and families, single and multi-family offices, and a range of cultural institutions.

Daniel Leu advises clients on inheritance law, trusts, foundations and wealth structuring matters and is highly praised for his technical abilities. One source says of a recent matter that "he was very effective in his strategy for negotiating," adding that "he's very responsive, very focused on clients' interests and getting the results they want." Described as "very, very impressive," Leu also assists clients with the acquisition and selling of property and fine art. His clients include single family offices, high net worth individuals and foundations.

Aurélie Conrad Hari assists clients with trust and estate litigation and is experienced in both domestic and international cases. She also advises on the partition of complex estates. One interviewee calls her "very impressive," while another praises her as "extremely helpful and responsive" and highlights her "excellent knowledge of international cross-border case management."

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Band 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the HNW guide

Swiss firm Schellenberg Wittmer is a heavyweight in the market, frequently handling complex private client matters for high net worth individuals and families. The firm is consistently recognised as "one of the leading local firms advising private clients." Practitioners in the firm's Geneva and Zürich offices advise clients, including banks, trust companies, family offices and closely held family businesses, on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues. They provide advice on business structuring, governance and succession planning, as well as representing clients in inheritance disputes. The firm has significant experience in sophisticated multi-jurisdictional planning and can assist with the purchase and sale of yachts, private jets and real estate.

A source notes the firm's "excellent reputation" and says: "They have a very broad practice. They are super efficient." Another interviewee comments that "the quality of the advice is excellent and the service is pragmatic."

Notable practitioners

Manuel Liatowitsch has an excellent reputation for his litigation practice. He is praised for his "great judgement" and "good strategic skills" and is described as an "extremely good litigator" and "very bright." Liatowitsch is also experienced in cross-border estate planning matters, ranging from philanthropy to family business succession and governance issues. One source praises his "very calm and level-headed" approach to often highly contentious disputes, and notes his ability to rise above the fray: "He's a very, very effective litigator, but spares the posturing, which is just terrific."

Bernard Vischer heads the private client group in the firm's Geneva office and has extensive experience in assisting wealthy clients with trust and estate planning matters. He frequently works on sophisticated wealth structures with multi-jurisdictional elements. Vischer deals with business succession as well as private banking matters. He is recognised for his high profile in the market, and one interviewee praises him as "very knowledgeable and straightforward on complex tax issues."

David Wallace Wilson is a highly regarded private client practitioner, with a broad practice spanning contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises clients on wealth structuring and estate planning and is experienced in dealing with both personal and business assets. Sources highlight his involvement in the market, describing him as "very plugged in to the Swiss government." "He is always available for assistance and his advice is fast, pragmatic and reliable," reports another interviewee. A fellow practitioner says: "He has built a most impressive private client practice and I put him at the top of my list of other practitioners to whom I would refer business."

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Band 2

From the HNW guide

The Swiss wealth management practice at global firm Baker McKenzie has deep experience in advising clients on complex wealth planning matters, often with an international element. The team is split across the firm's offices in Geneva and Zürich and assists clients with litigation as well as succession planning. It provides advice on compliance, trusts, tax planning, family governance and family office matters. The practice is recognised for its strength in US and UK law, and its adept handling of multi-jurisdictional cases.

A source praises the lawyers' "commerciality of thinking," "responsiveness" and their "clear explanations of advice provided," going on to highlight "their global reach - they have a worldwide network of specialist advisers and you can trust their recommendations."

Notable practitioners

Stephanie Jarrett chairs the firm's wealth management practice group in Geneva and is highly experienced in advising high net worth families on complex, multi-jurisdictional estate planning. Jarrett specialises in UK tax planning and advises on governance, charitable matters and business succession. She counts financial institutions, family offices and trustees among her clientele. A source says: "She is very responsive and provides clear explanations." "I would recommend her to clients requiring advice on matters that had an international, and particularly US, dimension," comments another interviewee.

Marnin Michaels specialises in US tax matters and has a wealth of experience assisting high net worth clients with international estate planning. He also provides advice on anti-money laundering legislation. "He has a unique ability to see clearly and comprehensively through all the issues involved," reports a source. "He brings excellent solutions that not only address the immediate issues on hand but also take into account and solve larger issues at stake."

Richard Gassmann assists both domestic and international clients on trust and estate matters, specialising in litigation and compliance work. "He's certainly the guy in town to go to about international private wealth law work," says a source, adding that "he has a rather unique skill set. He has a very good understanding of common-law issues, even with having a civil-law background. He's approachable, concise and able to discuss very complex topics in effective ways."

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Band 2

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the HNW guide

Lawyers in the Zürich and Geneva offices of Charles Russell Speechlys have a wealth of experience advising high net worth individuals, families, banks and other financial institutions on a variety of wealth and tax planning matters. The team assists clients with cross-border trusts, foundations, succession planning and family governance issues, as well as disputes. It is recognised for its strength in UK law, but it also has Swiss-qualified practitioners who are equipped to handle domestic work.

A source praises the lawyers for their "very high level of intellect and experience in their respective practice areas." "They have a good spread of people they use within the firm - they cover lots of different areas," says an interviewee; "they offer very personal service, they're very personable and they have excellent assistants - the whole team is good."

Notable practitioners

Mark Summers advises high net worth individuals, family offices, fiduciaries and private banks on complex wealth structuring, often with international and cross-border elements. He has expertise in UK/US mandates and often assists clients with UK taxation and UK real estate matters. "He's a fantastic lawyer," enthuses an interviewee, adding that "he's the go-to for everyone - including me - for a problem with UK trusts." "He's highly intellectual and very skilled in his area of expertise," says a source. "He inspires confidence with his legal knowledge."

Michael Wells-Greco is recognised for his practice acting for high net worth individuals in both estate planning and family law matters. A source highlights his expertise in international matters, commenting that he has "lots of cross-border clients and lots of cross-border experience." His work ranges from succession planning and wealth structuring, to prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, to surrogacy and divorce matters.

David Cooney is a trust specialist who assists trust companies, private banks and high net worth families with the establishment of trusts and other wealth structures. He has extensive experience with Cayman and BVI law and previously worked at a large offshore firm. Cooney also helps clients establish offshore structures to own and operate superyachts and business jets. "He is very knowledgeable, very helpful and has a good knowledge of a lot of jurisdictions," reports an interviewee. "He has a lot of experience and is also very responsive." "He is extremely bright, business minded, good at problem solving and very personable," adds a source, describing him as "technically brilliant."

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Band 2

From the HNW guide

Well-known Swiss firm Lenz & Staehelin provides private client services from offices in Geneva, Zürich and Lausanne. The team has deep experience in domestic and international issues, advising clients on planning matters as well as litigation. It assists with voluntary disclosure programmes, succession planning, the creation and administration of trusts and tax planning. The firm also offers support with matters relating to artwork, real estate, yachts and aeroplanes.

"They're one of the go-to firms and they're just an excellent firm," says an interviewee, adding that "they have terrific contacts with the banks, financial institutions and trust institutions in Zürich and Geneva." "They have excellent private client coverage in Geneva and Zürich," reports a source, explaining that they have "in-depth expertise in tax" and "they really understand trust law." Sources highlight the firm's "first-rate reputation" and their "depth of experience" in dealing with high net worth clients. An observer comments: "They're very good, very dedicated to this area - they can provide corporate advice and tax advice. They provide solutions and take a practical approach."

Notable practitioners

"Superb tax and international private client lawyer" Mark Barmes "is considered one of the best cross-border private client lawyers." Sources recognise his expertise in international matters, as well as his "relaxed attitude." He has a "very good reputation" in the market and is praised as "very astute." Barmes has extensive experience advising high net worth individuals and trustees on wealth planning matters.

Lucien Masmejan heads the firm's private client group in Geneva and Lausanne, and is experienced in advising clients on international estate and tax planning matters. "I think he is one of the most impressive lawyers I have ever worked with," reports a source; "he is brilliant, he is a great strategist. He sees what is really going on and what matters." "He is an outstanding private client lawyer with many years of experience advising HNW families with international interests," says an interviewee, praising his "excellent empathy with clients." Masmejan is also lauded as "a superb technician" and "both commercially and legally savvy."

Heini Rüdisühli leads the firm's private client group in Zürich and advises trust companies, family offices and high net worth individuals on tax and succession planning. "He's an astounding professional," comments one source, explaining that "he's responsive, he's technical and he has a nice way of dealing with clients." Another interviewee highlights his "truly impressive knowledge of Swiss and international taxation of individuals and family enterprises" and his ability to give "clear and comprehensive advice that is easily understood by lay clients."

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Band 2

From the HNW guide

Walder Wyss is considered a "high-level firm, able to deal with all aspects of estate planning," with strong practitioners in both the firm's Geneva and Zürich offices. They act for high net worth individuals, charities, trusts and banks on a range of inheritance and succession matters. The team are experienced in complex, international work, spanning a number of jurisdictions and using sophisticated structures. They also have considerable expertise in disputes and litigation relating to private client matters.

"They have deep technical knowledge but also a deep pool of expertise, which allows them to deploy really quickly on multiple subjects, which is really valuable to wealthy families," reports a market insider, adding: "Walder Wyss has certainly been giving the feel of a small institution with the knowledge of a large one." Another interviewee reports that "they're very easy to use, they speak perfect English, they're very international in their approach," adding that "they make a very good team, they have complementary skills and it's been a pleasure to work with them." "They are very clear in their advice," says a source, praising the team's "great analysis of both the tax and legal aspects."

Notable practitioners

Philippe Pulfer is a high-profile and well-respected private client practitioner who heads the firm's Geneva private client group. He is experienced in both litigation and estate planning matters, advising high net worth families, individuals, banks and trustees. Sources praise his technical expertise as well as his personable approach. "In my view he is among the top lawyers - he understands the Anglo-Saxon environment really well," says a market insider, adding that "he reacts very fast and always addresses the question with providing a few alternative solutions rather than repeating the law expensively. He is exceptionally well connected in Switzerland and in multiple jurisdictions." "He has a very warm manner with clients," attests another interviewee. "He is a very talented, very able lawyer and combines all his skills perfectly."

Olivier Sigg handles estate planning, including trusts, foundations and wills, for international wealthy clients. He also represents clients in disputes relating to trusts and succession. Sigg is well regarded in the market, with one source commenting that he gives "very reasonable advice in all aspects and very precise answers." Another says that "I find his skill set very wide-ranging," explaining that Sigg has helped them with a wide variety of legal issues.

Kinga Weiss assists clients with international estate planning concerns, ranging from tax, trust and inheritance law matters to relocation and business succession. Her clientele includes banks, family offices and wealthy families with international interests. Sources praise her as "very good technically on private client issues" and "a good litigator." An interviewee comments that "she is very responsive and clear - when she says that she will do something, she will do it effectively. She is focused and has a sharp technique." Another notes that "she's very efficient, specialised in this field and very professional. She knows what she's talking about and clients are always satisfied with her."

Stephan Neidhardt is an experienced tax lawyer and assists clients with domestic and international tax advice. He co-chairs the private clients team and advises high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs on estate tax planning. "He has a very established relationship with the tax people," reports one source. "He has great knowledge of Swiss domestic issues and globally. He's very well connected," says an interviewee.

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Band 2

From the HNW guide

Withers has a strong private client offering in Switzerland and particular expertise in UK and US law. The team advises clients on a variety of matters, including trusts, tax planning and family law. Their clientele includes high net worth individuals, families and business owners, often with multi-jurisdictional interests and sophisticated structuring needs.

"They're very efficient in what they deliver. They're extremely reactive - I've never had to wait very long for anything. They have all the technical knowledge, they keep up to date with changes and you know you're getting the best advice at the time," says an interviewee. "They care about the client and the client feels that. They listen, they're really friendly and hugely professional. I'd give them my highest recommendation for anyone who wanted UK-related advice."

Notable practitioners

Justine Markovitz is regarded as an expert in UK-related matters, including tax, trusts and immigration. Markovitz is respected by peers and clients alike, garnering praise for both her litigation and advisory skills. "She was an impressive and skilful adversary," comments one source, while others note her "very practical advice" and "brilliant clientele." An interviewee says: "Justine's professionalism, technical expertise and unrelenting client focus is complemented by a personal level of trust that makes her the perfect private client adviser."

Jay Rubinstein advises clients on tax and estate planning, specialising in matters with US connections. He assists with both inbound and outbound investment and tax advice. Sources recognise his US expertise. "The US tax code is very complex, and he knows how to summarise it very nicely," says one; "he makes it very easy to understand."

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Band 3

From the HNW guide

Well-respected Geneva firm Borel & Barbey assists international and domestic clients on a range of private client matters. "They're highly regarded in Geneva, they work for old money families in Geneva and they're a very good law firm," reports a market insider.

The private clients group advises on issues relating to charitable foundations, tax planning, relocation to Switzerland and estate planning, and works in collaboration with the firm's litigation team to handle disputes. Borel & Barbey are experienced in dealing with international clients on multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm also has expertise in other areas of law of concern for high net worth individuals, including art law and property transactions.

Notable practitioners

Louis Boissier helps clients with inheritance law, estate and succession planning, as well as family and matrimonial matters. He also advises on trusts, foundations and family governance issues. An international private client lawyer notes that "clients love him" and praises him as a "really good person."

Olivier Dunant is a "very well-known" practitioner based in Geneva, with deep experience in estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. "What's best about him is his judgement," comments a source. "He has worked with clients all over the world - these clients have been with him for decades and they rely on him. He cuts right through the noise and cuts straight to the heart of any matter. He finds what's really going on underneath that others don't see."

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Band 3

From the HNW guide

CMS acts for domestic and international high net worth individuals on private client matters, ranging from succession planning to trusts and estates disputes. The team handles planning for cases of divorce, death and legal incapacity, and is experienced in living wills and powers of attorney.

Sources highlight the firm's "international experience" in private client matters. "They're very professional and experienced. They have very good and deep knowledge on the Swiss side and a very good network with regard to international planning," says an observer. Another interviewee comments that "they have a great reputation so they have a great clientele," adding that "their approach is very open and their focus is really on getting the best advice for their clients."

Notable practitioners

Tobias Somary assists clients with estate and succession planning, as well as prenuptial agreements, inheritance disputes, foundations, trusts and philanthropy matters. One source describes him as a "very smart, committed, reliable and experienced colleague - simply a pleasure to work with." Another interviewee says: "He's very concerned and very thorough. He's always great to work with because he always has ideas and thoughts. He's very engaged and dynamic in our interactions - he finds the best solutions for the clients and he is very committed to the clients' needs."

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Band 3

FBT Attorneys at Law

From the HNW guide

Geneva firm FBT advises high net worth individuals, private banks and family offices on a wide range of private client issues. "They're very good, specialised in tax," comments a market insider. The team assists with matters relating to charitable foundations, inheritance, estate planning and relocation. The firm has an office in Paris and the group has extensive experience in Franco-Swiss work. It also represents clients in litigation, including inheritance, trust and estate and asset management disputes.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Luc Bochatay is an experienced tax lawyer and frequently assists high net worth clients with both domestic and international needs. He has particular expertise in handling Swiss-French tax matters.

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Band 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL)

From the HNW guide

The private client team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is experienced in assisting both domestic and international clients on private client matters, including succession planning, the establishment and management of philanthropic structures, and estate planning. "They are an excellent firm - they really know the HNW mindset," reports a market insider. The team also deals with inheritance disputes.

"They're very practical, very good in giving us the right information - we find them a very, very easy firm to deal with. They have a can-do culture," says an interviewee. "They have a very good overview of the different rules in different cantons and a good understanding of tax and the practical aspects. They're very good at helping to solve a problem instead of just telling you you have a problem. They're very proactive lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Patricia Guerra handles cross-border private client matters and heads the firm's Latin America desk. "Patricia is very good - she's clearly very experienced, particularly in the UHNW market," says a source, adding: "She's very client-centric - I have no hesitation in recommending her. She's a really seasoned practitioner at the top of her game."

Serge Calame is experienced in international estate planning matters, advising clients on tax and succession planning as well as trusts and asset management. A source says that "he's very practical in terms of his advice," while another praises him as "solution-driven." Calame has additional expertise in banking and immigration issues.

Nicolas Didisheim deals with a range of private client issues, including inheritance and tax issues. He also assists private clients with real estate investments.

Bernard Lachenal acts for clients in private client litigation matters and provides advice on private banking matters. An international private client lawyer reports that "he's fantastic at litigating" and that "he's done some very high-profile stuff."

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Band 4

From the HNW guide

The private client team at Homburger "has many strengths that make it easy, fruitful, enlightening and pleasant to work with," says an interviewee, adding: "Their work is accurate, they have a broad knowledge, and they conduct negotiations professionally and at a high level, while strategically analysing the situation and making decisions in real time. They are trustworthy and available at all times." The firm's lawyers handle estate planning, tax planning and relocation matters for high net worth clients, as well as representing them in dispute cases.

"They are one of my first choices - they are an excellent firm from top to bottom and we are more than happy to use them or recommend them for Swiss clients," enthuses a source. Others highlight the firm's "expedience, efficiency and commitment," and say: "They are extremely professional, they have full knowledge and control of the relevant fields of law in which they are active and they provide wonderful service to the client."

Notable practitioners

Harold Grüninger has deep experience in private client matters and frequently advises clients on estate planning, ranging from marital property issues to wills. He is recognised for his expertise in charitable foundations and is described as "one of the leading experts" in Switzerland. "He's very good in client work," says an interviewee, highlighting his strengths as "his extremely long-standing expertise combined with his personality."

Gabrielle Nater-Bass advises clients on estate and succession planning, as well as being highly experienced in arbitration. Her clients include high net worth individuals, trustees and family offices. Nater-Bass also specialises in art matters. An interviewee praises her as "very quick and sharp - she gets things done for the client and thinks and acts out of the box," describing her as "a highly respected figure in the international arbitration community." Another says: "She is really brilliant - clever, passionate about the client's needs and knows to lead a team of many lawyers with charisma and charm."

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Band 4

From the HNW guide

Lalive is considered to be "very strong in international inheritance law and arbitration." The firm assists clients with advisory services as well as dispute resolution relating to a range of private client matters, including wills, succession planning, trusts and foundations. Its clientele includes family offices, foundations, fiduciaries and trustees, as well as high net worth individuals.

A client reports that "the firm was very responsive, approachable and knowledgeable. They took the time to ensure that we were well aware of the legal implications of what we were implementing."

Notable practitioners

Werner Jahnel advises clients on international inheritance and estate planning matters in addition to his practice in international arbitration. "His knowledge sets him apart," reports a client. "He's conscious and caring of clients. He doesn't make things last for a long time, he tackles it head-on and finds a solution pretty fast."

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Band 4

From the HNW guide

Geneva firm Python advises clients on succession planning, foundations and family office matters, as well as inheritance, tax and estate planning. The firm also assists high net worth individuals and families with relocation to Switzerland and the associated legal matters. A source praises the team as "thorough" and says that "they seek compromise rather than attempt to win at all cost."

Notable practitioners

Jean-Christophe Hocke is a key contact at the firm.

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Band 1

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers HNW guide

"Superb tax and international private client lawyer" Mark Barmes"is considered one of the best cross-border private client lawyers." Sources recognise his expertise in international matters, as well as his "relaxed attitude." He has a "very good reputation" in the market and is praised as "very astute." Barmes has extensive experience advising high net worth individuals and trustees on wealth planning matters.

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Fischer Ramp Partner AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Michael Fischer is one of the founding partners of Fischer Ramp Partner AG and is well regarded internationally for his estate planning and tax expertise. Sources highlight his approachability and client-friendly service: "He's extremely personable, he has a lot of good humour. I have always seen clients coming out of his office with smiles on their faces - he's friendly, efficient and unassuming." An interviewee notes that "Michael is well-networked - he makes an effort to network with foreign lawyers and keep in touch with intermediaries and what's happening on the tax scene in Switzerland. He's well plugged in with the government and the tax authorities: he always seems to have his finger on the pulse." Others recognise his "international outlook and experience" and describe him as "extremely well versed in the tax implications of the various structuring alternatives."

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Manuel Liatowitsch

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Manuel Liatowitsch has an excellent reputation for his litigation practice. He is praised for his "great judgement" and "good strategic skills" and is described as an "extremely good litigator" and "very bright." Liatowitsch is also experienced in cross-border estate planning matters, ranging from philanthropy to family business succession and governance issues. One source praises his "very calm and level-headed" approach to often highly contentious disputes, and notes his ability to rise above the fray: "He's a very, very effective litigator, but spares the posturing, which is just terrific."

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Band 1

Justine Markovitz

Withers LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Justine Markovitz is regarded as an expert in UK-related matters, including tax, trusts and immigration. Markovitz is respected by peers and clients alike, garnering praise for both her litigation and advisory skills. "She was an impressive and skilful adversary," comments one source, while others note her "very practical advice" and "brilliant clientele." An interviewee says: "Justine's professionalism, technical expertise and unrelenting client focus is complemented by a personal level of trust that makes her the perfect private client adviser."

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Walder Wyss Ltd.

From the Chambers HNW guide

Philippe Pulfer is a high-profile and well-respected private client practitioner who heads the firm's Geneva private client group. He is experienced in both litigation and estate planning matters, advising high net worth families, individuals, banks and trustees. Sources praise his technical expertise as well as his personable approach. "In my view he is among the top lawyers - he understands the Anglo-Saxon environment really well," says a market insider, adding that "he reacts very fast and always addresses the question with providing a few alternative solutions rather than repeating the law expensively. He is exceptionally well connected in Switzerland and in multiple jurisdictions." "He has a very warm manner with clients," attests another interviewee. "He is a very talented, very able lawyer and combines all his skills perfectly."

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Bernard Vischer heads the private client group in the firm's Geneva office and has extensive experience in assisting wealthy clients with trust and estate planning matters. He frequently works on sophisticated wealth structures with multi-jurisdictional elements. Vischer deals with business succession as well as private banking matters. He is recognised for his high profile in the market, and one interviewee praises him as "very knowledgeable and straightforward on complex tax issues."

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David Wallace Wilson

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

David Wallace Wilson is a highly regarded private client practitioner, with a broad practice spanning contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises clients on wealth structuring and estate planning and is experienced in dealing with both personal and business assets. Sources highlight his involvement in the market, describing him as "very plugged in to the Swiss government." "He is always available for assistance and his advice is fast, pragmatic and reliable," reports another interviewee. A fellow practitioner says: "He has built a most impressive private client practice and I put him at the top of my list of other practitioners to whom I would refer business."

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Band 1

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Tina Wüstemann is considered "one of the best lawyers in Switzerland and a go-to name for international planning," with interviewees highlighting her "very insightful ideas about planning techniques" as well as her litigation abilities. "She is charming, delightful and fun," reports a source. "With clients, she is a good mix between charming and serious when appropriate." Wüstemann heads the firm's private client department and has deep experience in complex trusts and estate planning. Sources note her skills as "ferocious litigator," with one commenting that "she has a very strong personality, which I think is an asset when dealing with difficult situations." "She's exceptional," enthuses a fellow practitioner, adding that "if I had billions and I needed succession planning or a divorce, I'd go to her."

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Band 2

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Daniel Bader is "an excellent tax guy" with a wealth of experience handling individual taxation matters. A fellow practitioner comments that "he is very good, an expert on the relationships with tax authorities and smart in finding the right solutions." Bader deals with the relocation of high net worth individuals and families to and from Switzerland, as well as the full gamut of personal tax concerns. He is experienced in both domestic and international matters. Sources praise him as "a charming person to work with."

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Band 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL)

From the Chambers HNW guide

Patricia Guerra handles cross-border private client matters and heads the firm's Latin America desk. "Patricia is very good - she's clearly very experienced, particularly in the UHNW market," says a source, adding: "She's very client-centric - I have no hesitation in recommending her. She's a really seasoned practitioner at the top of her game."

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Band 2

Stephanie A Jarrett

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers HNW guide

Stephanie Jarrett chairs the firm's wealth management practice group in Geneva and is highly experienced in advising high net worth families on complex, multi-jurisdictional estate planning. Jarrett specialises in UK tax planning and advises on governance, charitable matters and business succession. She counts financial institutions, family offices and trustees among her clientele. A source says: "She is very responsive and provides clear explanations." "I would recommend her to clients requiring advice on matters that had an international, and particularly US, dimension," comments another interviewee.

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Band 2

Marnin J Michaels

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers HNW guide

Marnin Michaels specialises in US tax matters and has a wealth of experience assisting high net worth clients with international estate planning. He also provides advice on anti-money laundering legislation. "He has a unique ability to see clearly and comprehensively through all the issues involved," reports a source. "He brings excellent solutions that not only address the immediate issues on hand but also take into account and solve larger issues at stake."

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Band 2

Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Natalie Peter specialises in handling tax matters for private clients, including tax planning and the taxation of trusts and foundations. One source says: "She's really good, very responsive and clients love her." Peter is well known and well liked in the market, with interviewees describing her as a "very good lawyer." Peter joined Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd in January 2018.

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Band 2

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From the Chambers HNW guide

Tobias Somary assists clients with estate and succession planning, as well as prenuptial agreements, inheritance disputes, foundations, trusts and philanthropy matters. One source describes him as a "very smart, committed, reliable and experienced colleague - simply a pleasure to work with." Another interviewee says: "He's very concerned and very thorough. He's always great to work with because he always has ideas and thoughts. He's very engaged and dynamic in our interactions - he finds the best solutions for the clients and he is very committed to the clients' needs."

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Band 2

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers HNW guide

Mark Summers advises high net worth individuals, family offices, fiduciaries and private banks on complex wealth structuring, often with international and cross-border elements. He has expertise in UK/US mandates and often assists clients with UK taxation and UK real estate matters. "He's a fantastic lawyer," enthuses an interviewee, adding that "he's the go-to for everyone - including me - for a problem with UK trusts." "He's highly intellectual and very skilled in his area of expertise," says a source. "He inspires confidence with his legal knowledge."

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Band 3

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Andreas Bär advises clients on domestic and international wealth planning matters. He has a varied clientele, including high net worth individuals and families, single and multi-family offices, and a range of cultural institutions.

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Band 3

Borel & Barbey

From the Chambers HNW guide

Louis Boissier helps clients with inheritance law, estate and succession planning, as well as family and matrimonial matters. He also advises on trusts, foundations and family governance issues. An international private client lawyer notes that "clients love him" and praises him as a "really good person."

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Band 3

Borel & Barbey

From the Chambers HNW guide

Olivier Dunant is a "very well-known" practitioner based in Geneva, with deep experience in estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. "What's best about him is his judgement," comments a source. "He has worked with clients all over the world - these clients have been with him for decades and they rely on him. He cuts right through the noise and cuts straight to the heart of any matter. He finds what's really going on underneath that others don't see."

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Band 3

Harold Grüninger

Homburger

From the Chambers HNW guide

Harold Grüninger has deep experience in private client matters and frequently advises clients on estate planning, ranging from marital property issues to wills. He is recognised for his expertise in charitable foundations and is described as "one of the leading experts" in Switzerland. "He's very good in client work," says an interviewee, highlighting his strengths as "his extremely long-standing expertise combined with his personality."

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Band 3

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Michael Hamm of Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd assists clients with trusts, foundations and inheritance matters. He is experienced in both domestic and international work, and also deals with real estate issues. "He definitely understands the technical elements but his forte is creating the link between the situation of the client and those technical elements," says a source. "He has the capacity to understand the real values and objectives of the client." Hamm is also praised as "extremely precise and straightforward" and "very solution-oriented."

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Band 3

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Lucien Masmejan heads the firm's private client group in Geneva and Lausanne, and is experienced in advising clients on international estate and tax planning matters. "I think he is one of the most impressive lawyers I have ever worked with," reports a source; "he is brilliant, he is a great strategist. He sees what is really going on and what matters." "He is an outstanding private client lawyer with many years of experience advising HNW families with international interests," says an interviewee, praising his "excellent empathy with clients." Masmejan is also lauded as "a superb technician" and "both commercially and legally savvy."

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Band 3

Gabrielle Nater-Bass

Homburger

From the Chambers HNW guide

Gabrielle Nater-Bass advises clients on estate and succession planning, as well as being highly experienced in arbitration. Her clients include high net worth individuals, trustees and family offices. Nater-Bass also specialises in art matters. An interviewee praises her as "very quick and sharp - she gets things done for the client and thinks and acts out of the box," describing her as "a highly respected figure in the international arbitration community." Another says: "She is really brilliant - clever, passionate about the client's needs and knows to lead a team of many lawyers with charisma and charm."

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Band 3

Walder Wyss Ltd.

From the Chambers HNW guide

Olivier Sigg handles estate planning, including trusts, foundations and wills, for international wealthy clients. He also represents clients in disputes relating to trusts and succession. Sigg is well regarded in the market, with one source commenting that he gives "very reasonable advice in all aspects and very precise answers." Another says that "I find his skill set very wide-ranging," explaining that Sigg has helped them with a wide variety of legal issues.

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Band 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Kinga Weiss assists clients with international estate planning concerns, ranging from tax, trust and inheritance law matters to relocation and business succession. Her clientele includes banks, family offices and wealthy families with international interests. Sources praise her as "very good technically on private client issues" and "a good litigator." An interviewee comments that "she is very responsive and clear - when she says that she will do something, she will do it effectively. She is focused and has a sharp technique." Another notes that "she's very efficient, specialised in this field and very professional. She knows what she's talking about and clients are always satisfied with her."

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Band 3

Michael Wells-Greco

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers HNW guide

Michael Wells-Greco is recognised for his practice acting for high net worth individuals in both estate planning and family law matters. A source highlights his expertise in international matters, commenting that he has "lots of cross-border clients and lots of cross-border experience." His work ranges from succession planning and wealth structuring, to prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, to surrogacy and divorce matters.

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Band 4

Froriep

From the Chambers HNW guide

Oliver Arter of Froriep advises a range of clients, including foundations, banks and private clients on both domestic and international wealth planning matters. He is well known for his academic work in the field and is praised as "smart lawyer" with "a lot of creativity."

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Band 4

Jean-Luc Bochatay

FBT Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jean-Luc Bochatay is an experienced tax lawyer and frequently assists high net worth clients with both domestic and international needs. He has particular expertise in handling Swiss-French tax matters.

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Band 4

Jacqueline Burckhardt Bertossa

burckhardt Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jacqueline Burckhardt Bertossa of burckhardt Ltd advises both domestic and international clients on a variety of estate planning and inheritance matters. She also assists clients with charity law advice. She is based in Basel.

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Band 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

From the Chambers HNW guide

Serge Calame is experienced in international estate planning matters, advising clients on tax and succession planning as well as trusts and asset management. A source says that "he's very practical in terms of his advice," while another praises him as "solution-driven." Calame has additional expertise in banking and immigration issues.

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Band 4

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers HNW guide

David Cooney is a trust specialist who assists trust companies, private banks and high net worth families with the establishment of trusts and other wealth structures. He has extensive experience with Cayman and BVI law and previously worked at a large offshore firm. Cooney also helps clients establish offshore structures to own and operate superyachts and business jets. "He is very knowledgeable, very helpful and has a good knowledge of a lot of jurisdictions," reports an interviewee. "He has a lot of experience and is also very responsive." "He is extremely bright, business minded, good at problem solving and very personable," adds a source, describing him as "technically brilliant."

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Band 4

Nicolas P. Didisheim

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

From the Chambers HNW guide

Nicolas Didisheim deals with a range of private client issues, including inheritance and tax issues. He also assists private clients with real estate investments.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers HNW guide

Richard Gassmann assists both domestic and international clients on trust and estate matters, specialising in litigation and compliance work. "He's certainly the guy in town to go to about international private wealth law work," says a source, adding that "he has a rather unique skill set. He has a very good understanding of common-law issues, even with having a civil-law background. He's approachable, concise and able to discuss very complex topics in effective ways."

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Band 4

Lalive

From the Chambers HNW guide

Werner Jahnel advises clients on international inheritance and estate planning matters in addition to his practice in international arbitration. "His knowledge sets him apart," reports a client. "He's conscious and caring of clients. He doesn't make things last for a long time, he tackles it head-on and finds a solution pretty fast."

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Band 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

From the Chambers HNW guide

Bernard Lachenal acts for clients in private client litigation matters and provides advice on private banking matters. An international private client lawyer reports that "he's fantastic at litigating" and that "he's done some very high-profile stuff."

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Band 4

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Daniel Leu advises clients on inheritance law, trusts, foundations and wealth structuring matters and is highly praised for his technical abilities. One source says of a recent matter that "he was very effective in his strategy for negotiating," adding that "he's very responsive, very focused on clients' interests and getting the results they want."  Described as "very, very impressive," Leu also assists clients with the acquisition and selling of property and fine art. His clients include single family offices, high net worth individuals and foundations.

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Band 4

Stephan Neidhardt

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers HNW guide

Stephan Neidhardt is an experienced tax lawyer and assists clients with domestic and international tax advice. He co-chairs the private clients team and advises high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs on estate tax planning. "He has a very established relationship with the tax people," reports one source. "He has great knowledge of Swiss domestic issues and globally. He's very well connected," says an interviewee.

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Band 4

Jay H. Rubinstein

Withers LLP

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jay Rubinstein advises clients on tax and estate planning, specialising in matters with US connections. He assists with both inbound and outbound investment and tax advice. Sources recognise his US expertise. "The US tax code is very complex, and he knows how to summarise it very nicely," says one; "he makes it very easy to understand."

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Band 4

Heini Rüdisühli

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers HNW guide

Heini Rüdisühli leads the firm's private client group in Zürich and advises trust companies, family offices and high net worth individuals on tax and succession planning. "He's an astounding professional," comments one source, explaining that "he's responsive, he's technical and he has a nice way of dealing with clients." Another interviewee highlights his "truly impressive knowledge of Swiss and international taxation of individuals and family enterprises" and his ability to give "clear and comprehensive advice that is easily understood by lay clients."

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Up and Coming

Aurélie Conrad Hari

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers HNW guide

Aurélie Conrad Hari assists clients with trust and estate litigation and is experienced in both domestic and international cases. She also advises on the partition of complex estates. One interviewee calls her "very impressive," while another praises her as "extremely helpful and responsive" and highlights her "excellent knowledge of international cross-border case management."

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Up and Coming

Pierre-Jean Faure

Gordon S. Blair

From the Chambers HNW guide

Pierre-Jean Faure of Gordon S Blair advises private clients on tax, estate planning, succession planning and structuring matters. "He's very pragmatic, he gets to the nub of the issue very quickly and always tries to put the client first," comments a source, adding that "he's got a very good rapport with mutual clients." "He gives really technical, difficult advice in terms that people can understand easily," says an interviewee, adding that "he's very practical, very personable and a total pleasure to deal with."

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Up and Coming

Gian Andri Töndury

Umbricht

From the Chambers HNW guide

Gian Andri Töndury assists both Swiss and international clients with a variety of concerns, including tax planning, foundation law, and contentious inheritance and trust matters. An interviewee praises his "flexibility and fresh ideas" and describes his style as "relaxed but very professional." Töndury joined Umbricht in January 2018.

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