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Tax — Switzerland


Homburger - Tax Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Peter Riedweg is lauded as an "excellent tax lawyer with experience in sophisticated corporate transactions." His practice encompasses advice on the tax aspects of M&A and capital markets transactions as well as corporate reorganisations and restructuring. Sources appreciate his background as an accountant and are full of praise for his "strong international tax experience," "excellent negotiation skills" and "clear understanding of business issues."

Dieter Grünblatt moves up the rankings on the back of good client feedback and market presence. He comes particularly recommended for his "incredible in-depth knowledge of the tax and legal side of financial instruments and capital markets-related transactions." He also advises on the tax structuring of acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and investments. Clients appreciate his "sound judgement" and analytical skills.

Stefan Oesterhelt receives outstanding feedback from market commentators, who deem him to be a "top technician." He is recognised as a go-to lawyer for tax advice pertaining to capital markets and financing transactions, with interviewees praising his "to-the-point" approach and "ability to think very quickly and precisely." He focuses on international tax mandates and also advises on tax issues involved in M&A deals and litigation.

According to one client, Reto Heuberger is a "brilliant tax lawyer" who can "take a 360-degree view of a case." He is a well-respected figure in the market and is involved in tax planning as well as the tax structuring of corporate transactions, trusts and reorganisations.

About the Team (content provided by Homburger)

The practice team provides sophisticated and comprehensive tax advice on the full spectrum of domestic and international tax laws.

Our Tax practice team consists of attorneys, economists and accountants, and are all certified tax experts or are training as tax experts. We have broad experience with giving tax advice and tax structuring of complex M&A and capital markets transactions, reorganizations, corporate financings, re-domestications, private equity, employee participations and innovative structured finance products (asset backed structures, investment funds, property funds). We are regularly involved in tax-related disputes and litigation and provide elaborate tax advice to a number of high net worth individuals, family businesses, asset managers, family offices, trusts and funds.

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Lenz & Staehelin - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Jean-Blaise Eckert advises clients on a wide range of tax issues including multi-jurisdictional litigation and tax on private estates. Clients laud him as a "phenomenal tax strategist who is incredibly bright, extremely quick to integrate business and tax considerations and exceptionally well-regarded in the profession." He also lectures at the University of Lausanne.

Heini Rüdisühli is "very well known in the private client area" and is appreciated by clients for his work in the field. He has a strong focus on national and international tax and estate planning.

Pascal Hinny has experience advising both domestic and international companies on taxation matters. Interviewees highlight him for his "high-quality advice in all relevant areas of law," noting that he is "very attentive to the key technical matters, does not shy away from a challenge and keeps always a hopeful and positive attitude."

Daniel Schafer recently advised Groupe E on the tax aspects of an agreement with BKW regarding its disposal of 10% participation in Groupe E, which was purchased as a buy-back. He has further experience of handling the tax structuring aspects of transactions, on both domestic and international matters.

Frédéric Neukomm assisted a high net worth family with issues related to changes in the tax residence of family members. One source highlights his "positive attitude and drive for successful outcomes." He also specialises in company tax matters.

About the Team (content provided by Lenz & Staehelin)

Lenz & Staehelin ranks as the law firm with the longest tradition in tax law expertise in Switzerland. The firm focused on tax matters, at the time a highly unusual choice. Ever since then it has been our ambition to provide the best technical and still practical tax advice in the country. Lenz & Staehelin ranks as leading firm in the field of tax law in all major league tables.

We cover all aspects of tax planning, and represent our clients in court proceedings and in front of tax authorities. Diligent tax planning is a high priority for any forward-looking company or individual, particularly in the context of international business transactions and a changing world of transparency when tax optimization also has to take into account ethical standards. We provide our clients with comprehensive and expert advice on inter-cantonal and cross-border matters, and we benefit from strong ties to leading law firms all over the world and excellent contacts to all relevant tax administrations in Switzerland.

The strong academic ties of our attorneys and networking with all major stakeholders in the Swiss tax community assure access to the latest trends and developments in tax law. Over decades of thorough and fair negotiations, we have gained an excellent reputation as trustworthy attorneys with governmental authorities.

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OBERSON ABELS SA - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Pierre-Marie Glauser receives widespread acclaim for his "great tax know-how." Highly experienced in domestic and international tax law, he boasts an extensive practice that encompasses corporate tax, VAT and customs issues as well as the tax aspects of M&A transactions and reorganisations.

Xavier Oberson has a significant track record of advising on a range of tax issues, including the taxation of public authorities and individuals as well as sport and art organisations. He also assists with niche areas such as ecotax and advises on tax disputes and criminal tax matters.

Jérôme Meyer advises on both domestic and international tax issues, including individual and corporate tax mandates. He frequently handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions and reorganisations and also assists with stamp tax.

About the Team (content provided by OBERSON ABELS SA)

What makes our Tax department special?


The tax team of OBERSON ABELS is Switzerland's biggest and most specialized tax team at hand. It is highly regarded in the marketplace, and in addition is strongly involved in advisory activity to public authorities with their legislative processes at the federal and cantonal level.


We offer bespoke advice to individuals (including estate planning, structuring of compensation packages or advice to expatriates), corporations (particularly regarding transactions and complex cross-border set-ups) and – in the field of tax - also assist clients in their steps before courts and administrative authorities.

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Baker McKenzie - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Zürich-based Lyubomir Georgiev is UK-qualified and has notable expertise in Liechtenstein matters. His experience spans international tax, information exchange agreements and insurance tax planning for both private individuals and corporates.

Marnin Michaels is based in Zürich and has expertise in international private banking and real estate tax planning, as well as FATCA and CRS and insurance taxation. He is admitted to the Bar in New York, Florida and Massachusetts and frequently represents high net worth individuals.

Denis Berdoz advises clients on cross-border matters such as transaction structuring, the tax aspects of acquisitions, exit tax issues and audit procedures. Clients describe him as "very knowledgeable."

Hans‐Andrée Koch has particular strengths in the reorganisation of company tax structures, tax litigation and issues surrounding withholding tax refund claims. Clients regard him as an "excellent professional."

Mario Kumschick has experience of advising international clients on tax transactions, as well as M&A and capital market matters. One market observer describes him as a "very smart, engaged and good tax adviser."

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Bär & Karrer AG - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Co-head of department Susanne Schreiber moves up the rankings due to excellent feedback and a strong market presence. Clients describe her as "accessible, responsive, open and humble," praising her "highest level of tax knowledge and understanding of business needs." She regularly handles the tax aspects of domestic and international transactions. She assisted CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland with the tax aspects of its acquisition of a stake in the Swiss Transitgas Pipeline.

Daniel Bader is noted as having a "good reputation" in the Swiss tax community. He is particularly active in advising executives, entrepreneurs and private clients on a range of tax issues, covering areas such as cross-border structuring, relocations and compensation plans. One happy interviewee enthuses: "He is always available and he always tries to find the solution according to the client's needs. He understands our business and tries to do something different even if it hasn't been done before in Switzerland."

Peter Reinarz is praised for his "solid opinion and capacity for analysis," with one source adding that he is "nice to work with." He advises on cross-border tax structuring, corporate tax planning and the taxation of organisations and products in the financial sector.

Clients appreciate that Daniel Lehmann is "personable, helpful and highly responsive." He has a broad corporate tax practice, which includes M&A- and corporate finance-related matters as well as tax planning and tax litigation. He recently advised Novartis on the tax aspects of its placement of EUR1.7 billion notes.

About the Team (content provided by Bär & Karrer AG)

Our tax team advises and represents our Swiss and international clients on all matters related to direct and indirect taxes, customs duties, and other levies.

We act for corporations and individuals, financial institutions, institutional and private investors, partnerships, trusts, estates, and foundations. We aim to provide our clients with optimal and stable solutions tailored to their needs within the framework of domestic and international fiscal laws and treaties.

We rely on our excellent working relationship with tax experts in other jurisdictions and with representatives of the Swiss federal, cantonal and municipal tax authorities to provide comprehensive tax planning solutions to our clients. Our tax team works together with our other practice groups to address seamlessly all issues facing our clients in specific transactions and their day-to-day business.

  • General business and transaction structuring
  • Corporate and individual tax planning
  • Double taxation issues
  • Financial institutions and products
  • Executive compensation
  • Family wealth and estate planning
  • Indirect taxes

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Niederer Kraft Frey - Tax Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Sources say that Christina Rinne has "a deep understanding of business needs" and is able to "suggest practical next steps based on the legal findings to get the best possible outcome." She advises on matters relating to customs and VAT and has experience of assisting clients with cross-border issues, particularly those involving Germany.

Thomas Graf impresses clients with his "pragmatic approach," as well as his "detailed advice and identification of alternatives." He acts for both domestic and international clients on a broad range of issues including tax compliance and litigation and licensing procedures.

Daniela Schmucki assists clients from a range of sectors, including sport and finance, with domestic and international tax issues. Sources comment that her "direct communication style facilitates timely progress in projects," noting that she "always delivers despite challenging timelines."

Markus Kronauer advised Swiss Capital Group on the entitlement of its investment foundation to a double tax treaty. He has further experience of acting as a tax adviser to high net worth individuals and advising on the tax issues related to credit agreements. One market commentator hails Kronauer as a "very good tax lawyer" and others note him for his work on capital markets-related issues.

About the Team (content provided by Niederer Kraft Frey)

Niederer Kraft & Frey has a long-standing tradition in tax expertise for international and domestic clients. We aim to provide the full range of comprehensive tax advice for corporate and individual clients. Furthermore, we advise on all questions regarding social security and pension law matters.

- Our Tax team consists of three experienced partners, all with over 15 years of tax practices at the highest level and two senior associates and several associates. Most of the lawyers in the Tax team are also certified Swiss tax experts.
- We cover all aspects of tax advice and tax planning in complex national and cross-border transactions and other matters. For our clients we handle the tax compliance and represent them in demanding tax proceedings on administration and court level.
- The broad and in-depth knowledge of our Tax team enables us to provide elaborate tax advice to financial institutions as well as to high net worth individuals on the full spectrum of international and domestic tax law. Our clients particularly appreciate our efficient and lean structure as well as our solution-oriented and tailor-made tax advice.
- Our Tax team has longstanding and trusted working relationship with the various Swiss tax authorities as well as with leading tax experts in all major jurisdictions allowing us to create genuine added value for our clients.

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Sources say that Michael Nordin is a "brilliant lawyer," who is "very effective" and stands out for his strong technical expertise and ability to organise a team. He focuses on the tax aspects of corporate, financial and capital markets transactions. He also assists clients with tax-related internal investigations and has additional experience in advising high net worth individuals.

Sources recognise Pietro Sansonetti's former background as a chief tax officer for the Geneva Tax Authority and describing him as a "very good" practitioner. He has experience of advising corporate clients and high net worth individuals on tax litigation and enforcement, auditing and the tax aspects of financial reorganisations.

According to one source, Jean-Frédéric Maraia is "always pleasant, very knowledgeable yet pragmatic and business-oriented." He is particularly known for advising high net worth individuals on individual taxation and investments. He also has experience of assisting corporate clients with transactional tax issues, tax audits and litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd)

Schellenberg Wittmer’s Taxation Group consists of leading professionals, expert at providing our clients with specialized advice on all aspects of Swiss and international tax law, including issues such as double taxation and mutual assistance treaties.

Our tax partners are Swiss-certified tax experts who have extensive experience as senior members of international auditing firms or as in-house counsel of multinational finance companies. One of our partners was the head of the tax authority for the canton of Geneva. Our tax partners participate in various think tanks and academic institutions involved in the development of the tax legislation and practice, at both Swiss and international levels.

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Walder Wyss Ltd - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Marcus Desax enjoys a strong reputation in tax litigation. He also handles matters concerning estate planning for private client and international tax. Interviewees say he is "very good and well known."

Thomas Meister advised Stenprop on tax issues involved with the sale of part of its property portfolio. He has further experience assisting clients with restitution claims made by the Swiss Federal Tax Administration and restructuring. He garners praise from one client for his "very sound inspections of the fiscal consequences of all aspects of transactions."

Maurus Winzap advised Swiss Life on the tax aspects and structuring of the placement of subordinated bonds worth CHF1.2 billion. One client states he is "exceptionally strong in analytical work," and "super sharp," while another comments on his ability to lead transactions. He has further experience assisting with the issuance of shares, as well as advising on the tax aspects of portfolio sales.

Martin Busenhart focuses on tax audits and litigation, as well as assisting with the tax planning of transactions. He works for both domestic and international private equity funds and banks. Peers state that he has a "good reputation."

About the Team (content provided by Walder Wyss Ltd)

Walder Wyss has a leading full-service tax practice in one of the most prominent and largest law firms in Switzerland.
With 6 Partners, 3 Counsel and 1 Senior Associate, the tax team is extremely experienced and offers the highest levels of individual partner attention.
Walder Wyss’ tax specialists advise on capital market transactions, IPOs and tax-optimised financial products and investment funds. The firm plans local and cross-border business structuring projects for individual enterprises and corporate groups. Walder Wyss puts forward tax planning and tax optimisation solutions for businesses, business owners, employees and investors and assists in their implementation. In addition, Walder Wyss provides advice on indirect taxation (stamp duties, value added tax, etc.) as well as special issues regarding fiscal charges, and represents clients in proceedings before tax and customs authorities as well as tax courts.

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ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG - Tax Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Andreas Helbing moves up the rankings due to positive feedback, with market commentators referring to him as a "very sound" tax lawyer with "solid experience." He advises companies and individuals on a range of tax matters and also represents clients in tax litigation. He has noted experience in transfer pricing disputes.

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CMS - Tax Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Andrio Orler is described as "very effective on complex matters." He assists with the tax aspects of financings, reorganisations, relocations and M&A transactions. He advised SNCF on the tax aspects of its acquisition of a 45% stake in BLS Cargo. He also assists with general tax planning issues and has additional experience of advising private clients.

David Hürlimann leads the Zürich-based team. His practice covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international tax matters, including corporate tax, real estate tax and fiscal offences. He also assists with individual taxation.

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Ludwig + Partner Ltd. - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Hubertus Ludwig is underlined by peers as a "good practitioner." He has experience on a variety of matters including domestic and international tax law, with a specific focus on the corporate taxation. He has also advised on restructuring and succession planning.

Thomas Ziegler handles a range of domestic and cross-border tax matters, including advising on restructuring and investment projects for clients in the financial and real estate sectors. He has represented companies from the education and financial services sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Ludwig + Partner Ltd.)


Ludwig + Partner Ltd. was established by four partners in 2011 who worked together in the tax team of a major Swiss law firm in Basel for many years. The team consists of 13 professionals and six assistants. Nine of the professionals are admitted attorneys at law and five thereof Swiss Certified Tax Experts. 
The firm’s competence in the fields of law and tax is strengthened by a Civil Law Notary, administrative tax advisers and a chartered accountant. The partners and the better part of the professionals have worked together for many years. The firm is built on continuity. Using long-term relationships, the team members obtain experience from which their clients can profit daily; because good solutions are simple and pragmatic. To be able to find them is the teams’ daily challenge. 

All of the firm’s tax experts daily advise clients in various areas of tax law and have their individual focus and specialisations. Likewise they are further involved in the field of commercial law. This duality enables the clients to profit from the interdisciplinary knowledge and comprehensive optic which defines the firms’ advice. Ludwig + Partner Ltd. offers comprehensive advice in the fields of tax and corporate and commercial law, on a high level, at fair local conditions.

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Vischer - Tax Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Clients appreciate Nadia Tarolli Schmidt for her "very good social skills" and "excellent know-how in how to approach and settle issues with tax authorities." Her recent experience includes representing clients in disputes and assisting with tax issues involved in life sciences transactions. She advised AC Immune on the Swiss tax aspects of its IPO.

According to one client, Christoph Niederer "comes up with good proposals and solutions and is excellent in supporting us with its implementation." He advises on tax disputes and also assists with non-contentious matters, recently acting for a number of start-ups. He acted for PDP Holding on various tax issues, including assistance with the merger of two companies.

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burckhardt Ltd - Tax Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Rolf Wüthrich has strong experience working on US-Swiss matters with a particular focus on tax neutral reorganisation and its implementation as well as exchanges of information according to tax treaties. Sources agree that he "does a good job."

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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL) - Tax Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Urs Behnisch is described as "very client-oriented" and comes recommended for his "very high level of knowledge of tax issues." He stands out for his strong academic knowledge, and advises public bodies on legislative reform and also assists clients with tax issues raised in disputes.

David Brönimann leads the team on a broad range of tax matters, including real estate tax and tax issues pertaining to M&A transactions and the structuring of IP. Interviewees praise his "pragmatic and fast" approach and deem him to be "very client-focused."

Since publication, David Brönimann has moved in-house.

About the Team (content provided by Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL))

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal offers comprehensive tax advisory services to companies and natural persons, with a particular focus on transactions, including cross-border transactions. Our advisory services comprise applications for tax rulings from the cantonal and federal tax authorities and the representation of taxpayers in proceedings before the authorities and the courts.

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Pestalozzi - Tax Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Silvia Zimmermann has strong experience of acting on tax litigation regarding transfer pricing and tax refunds. She regularly advises multinational clients on both domestic and cross-border matters. One source states that she is "very focused on client needs."

About the Team (content provided by Pestalozzi)

The Pestalozzi Tax practice group advises clients on a complete range of Swiss tax matters and international tax issues. As tax experts working as part of a full-service law firm, we are able to render all our tax services as integrated services across any combination of legal areas.

  • Financing: We regularly assist in financing transactions, mainly as advisor to the financing banks. Several of the banks we work with are ranked within the top 50 banks in the world.
  • M&A: We frequently support domestic and international clients in acquisitions and takeovers of privately held or quoted companies and the design of new Group structures: We have profound knowledge of integrations, reorganisations and migrations, including holding, principal and finance company structures as well as branch structures.
  • Real estate: We frequently assist in real estate transactions, including the reorganisation of real estate companies, the development and sale of real estate, and transactions in connection with estate planning for corporations and wealthy individuals.
  • Private clients: We have long standing expertise in tax planning and compliance for executives and transferees working for international companies. We assist in regulatory issues (permits) and social security matters.
  • Cross border handling of corporate restructuring and tax matters on a global scale involving jurisdictions on multiple continents are one of specialties developed over many years of working with global corporations.

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Python - Tax Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Per Prod'hom has recent experience advising on tax litigation and the tax aspects of restructuring. He also focuses on advising private clients, including high net worth individuals.

Etienne von Streng is praised as "to-the-point, very pragmatic and well-organised." He advises on corporate and individual taxation, including the tax aspects of transactions, transfer pricing, various taxation rulings and tax planning.

About the Team (content provided by Python)

Our Tax Department continues to be very well known across Switzerland for advising corporates and HNWIs with:

- planning, solving and negotiating advance tax rulings on all issues of Swiss federal, cantonal, inter-cantonal and international taxation;

- tax-efficient structuring of domestic and international transactions, such as:

  • mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs, reorganisations and financial restructurings;
  • in-bound and out-bound investments, transfers of registered office, branch openings, establishment of subsidiaries, joint ventures, group financing and capital market transactions;
  • internal reorganisation and related transfer pricing issues in relation; transfer of businesses;
  • tax optimisation for Swiss and foreign clients wishing to invest in or relocate to Switzerland;
  • tax litigation in relation with tax audits and tax criminal proceedings.

During the last 12 months, activity has also concentrated on several group internal reorganisations and transfer pricing negotiations with the tax authorities, many related to the upcoming BEPS and Exchange of information regulations.

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Band 1

Jean-Blaise Eckert

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Global guide

Jean-Blaise Eckert advises clients on a wide range of tax issues including multi-jurisdictional litigation and tax on private estates. Clients laud him as a "phenomenal tax strategist who is incredibly bright, extremely quick to integrate business and tax considerations and exceptionally well-regarded in the profession." He also lectures at the University of Lausanne.

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Band 1

Pierre-Marie Glauser

OBERSON ABELS SA

From the Chambers Global guide

Pierre-Marie Glauser receives widespread acclaim for his "great tax know-how." Highly experienced in domestic and international tax law, he boasts an extensive practice that encompasses corporate tax, VAT and customs issues as well as the tax aspects of M&A transactions and reorganisations.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

OBERSON ABELS SA

From the Chambers Global guide

Xavier Oberson has a significant track record of advising on a range of tax issues, including the taxation of public authorities and individuals as well as sport and art organisations. He also assists with niche areas such as ecotax and advises on tax disputes and criminal tax matters.

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Band 1

Homburger

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Riedweg is lauded as an "excellent tax lawyer with experience in sophisticated corporate transactions." His practice encompasses advice on the tax aspects of M&A and capital markets transactions as well as corporate reorganisations and restructuring. Sources appreciate his background as an accountant and are full of praise for his "strong international tax experience," "excellent negotiation skills" and "clear understanding of business issues."

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Band 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

Marcus Desax enjoys a strong reputation in tax litigation. He also handles matters concerning estate planning for private client and international tax. Interviewees say he is "very good and well known."

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Band 2

Niederer Kraft Frey

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Graf impresses clients with his "pragmatic approach," as well as his "detailed advice and identification of alternatives." He acts for both domestic and international clients on a broad range of issues including tax compliance and litigation and licensing procedures.

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Band 2

Dieter Grünblatt

Homburger

From the Chambers Global guide

Dieter Grünblatt moves up the rankings on the back of good client feedback and market presence. He comes particularly recommended for his "incredible in-depth knowledge of the tax and legal side of financial instruments and capital markets-related transactions." He also advises on the tax structuring of acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and investments. Clients appreciate his "sound judgement" and analytical skills.

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Band 2

Ludwig + Partner Ltd.

From the Chambers Global guide

Hubertus Ludwig is underlined by peers as a "good practitioner." He has experience on a variety of matters including domestic and international tax law, with a specific focus on the corporate taxation. He has also advised on restructuring and succession planning.

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Band 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Meister advised Stenprop on tax issues involved with the sale of part of its property portfolio. He has further experience assisting clients with restitution claims made by the Swiss Federal Tax Administration and restructuring. He garners praise from one client for his "very sound inspections of the fiscal consequences of all aspects of transactions."

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Band 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources say that Michael Nordin is a "brilliant lawyer," who is "very effective" and stands out for his strong technical expertise and ability to organise a team. He focuses on the tax aspects of corporate, financial and capital markets transactions. He also assists clients with tax-related internal investigations and has additional experience in advising high net worth individuals.

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Band 2

Stefan Oesterhelt

Homburger

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefan Oesterhelt receives outstanding feedback from market commentators, who deem him to be a "top technician." He is recognised as a go-to lawyer for tax advice pertaining to capital markets and financing transactions, with interviewees praising his "to-the-point" approach and "ability to think very quickly and precisely." He focuses on international tax mandates and also advises on tax issues involved in M&A deals and litigation.

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Band 2

CMS von Erlach Poncet

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrio Orler is described as "very effective on complex matters." He assists with the tax aspects of financings, reorganisations, relocations and M&A transactions. He advised SNCF on the tax aspects of its acquisition of a 45% stake in BLS Cargo. He also assists with general tax planning issues and has additional experience of advising private clients.

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Band 3

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniel Bader is noted as having a "good reputation" in the Swiss tax community. He is particularly active in advising executives, entrepreneurs and private clients on a range of tax issues, covering areas such as cross-border structuring, relocations and compensation plans. One happy interviewee enthuses: "He is always available and he always tries to find the solution according to the client's needs. He understands our business and tries to do something different even if it hasn't been done before in Switzerland."

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Band 3

Maja Bauer-Balmelli

Tax Advisors & Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Maja Bauer-Balmelli of Tax Advisors & Associates is a well-known tax practitioner who attracts praise for her "very strong academic background." She is experienced in advising domestic and international companies on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious tax matters.

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Band 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

From the Chambers Global guide

Urs Behnisch is described as "very client-oriented" and comes recommended for his "very high level of knowledge of tax issues." He stands out for his strong academic knowledge, and advises public bodies on legislative reform and also assists clients with tax issues raised in disputes.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Denis Berdoz advises clients on cross-border matters such as transaction structuring, the tax aspects of acquisitions, exit tax issues and audit procedures. Clients describe him as "very knowledgeable."

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Band 3

SwissVAT AG

From the Chambers Global guide

Harun Can of SwissVAT AG is regarded as a go-to lawyer for VAT questions. He enjoys an impressive track record in related contentious and non-contentious matters, and also advises on domestic and international tax planning issues and the tax aspects of real estate transactions. One interviewee describes him as a "wonderful person" and praises his "very good understanding of the business side of things and the implications for companies."

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Band 3

Homburger

From the Chambers Global guide

According to one client, Reto Heuberger is a "brilliant tax lawyer" who can "take a 360-degree view of a case." He is a well-respected figure in the market and is involved in tax planning as well as the tax structuring of corporate transactions, trusts and reorganisations.

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Band 3

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Global guide

Pascal Hinny has experience advising both domestic and international companies on taxation matters. Interviewees highlight him for his "high-quality advice in all relevant areas of law," noting that he is "very attentive to the key technical matters, does not shy away from a challenge and keeps always a hopeful and positive attitude."

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Band 3

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Reinarz is praised for his "solid opinion and capacity for analysis," with one source adding that he is "nice to work with." He advises on cross-border tax structuring, corporate tax planning and the taxation of organisations and products in the financial sector.

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Band 3

Heini Rüdisühli

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Global guide

Heini Rüdisühli is "very well known in the private client area" and is appreciated by clients for his work in the field. He has a strong focus on national and international tax and estate planning.

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Band 3

Pietro Sansonetti

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources recognise Pietro Sansonetti's former background as a chief tax officer for the Geneva Tax Authority and describing him as a "very good" practitioner. He has experience of advising corporate clients and high net worth individuals on tax litigation and enforcement, auditing and the tax aspects of financial reorganisations.

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Band 3

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniel Schafer recently advised Groupe E on the tax aspects of an agreement with BKW regarding its disposal of 10% participation in Groupe E, which was purchased as a buy-back. He has further experience of handling the tax structuring aspects of transactions, on both domestic and international matters.

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Band 3

Niederer Kraft Frey

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniela Schmucki assists clients from a range of sectors, including sport and finance, with domestic and international tax issues. Sources comment that her "direct communication style facilitates timely progress in projects," noting that she "always delivers despite challenging timelines."

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Band 3

Susanne Schreiber

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of department Susanne Schreiber moves up the rankings due to excellent feedback and a strong market presence. Clients describe her as "accessible, responsive, open and humble," praising her "highest level of tax knowledge and understanding of business needs." She regularly handles the tax aspects of domestic and international transactions. She assisted CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland with the tax aspects of its acquisition of a stake in the Swiss Transitgas Pipeline.

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Band 3

Nadia Tarolli Schmidt

Vischer

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients appreciate Nadia Tarolli Schmidt for her "very good social skills" and "excellent know-how in how to approach and settle issues with tax authorities." Her recent experience includes representing clients in disputes and assisting with tax issues involved in life sciences transactions. She advised AC Immune on the Swiss tax aspects of its IPO.

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Band 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

Maurus Winzap advised Swiss Life on the tax aspects and structuring of the placement of subordinated bonds worth CHF1.2 billion. One client states he is "exceptionally strong in analytical work," and "super sharp," while another comments on his ability to lead transactions. He has further experience assisting with the issuance of shares, as well as advising on the tax aspects of portfolio sales.

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Band 3

burckhardt Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

Rolf Wüthrich has strong experience working on US-Swiss matters with a particular focus on tax neutral reorganisation and its implementation as well as exchanges of information according to tax treaties. Sources agree that he "does a good job."

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Band 3

Silvia Zimmermann

Pestalozzi

From the Chambers Global guide

Silvia Zimmermann has strong experience of acting on tax litigation regarding transfer pricing and tax refunds. She regularly advises multinational clients on both domestic and cross-border matters. One source states that she is "very focused on client needs."

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Band 4

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Busenhart focuses on tax audits and litigation, as well as assisting with the tax planning of transactions. He works for both domestic and international private equity funds and banks. Peers state that he has a "good reputation."

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Band 4

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Helbing moves up the rankings due to positive feedback, with market commentators referring to him as a "very sound" tax lawyer with "solid experience." He advises companies and individuals on a range of tax matters and also represents clients in tax litigation. He has noted experience in transfer pricing disputes.

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

David Hürlimann leads the Zürich-based team. His practice covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international tax matters, including corporate tax, real estate tax and fiscal offences. He also assists with individual taxation.

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Band 4

Hans‐Andrée Koch

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Hans‐Andrée Koch has particular strengths in the reorganisation of company tax structures, tax litigation and issues surrounding withholding tax refund claims. Clients regard him as an "excellent professional."

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Band 4

Niederer Kraft Frey

From the Chambers Global guide

Markus Kronauer advised Swiss Capital Group on the entitlement of its investment foundation to a double tax treaty. He has further experience of acting as a tax adviser to high net worth individuals and advising on the tax issues related to credit agreements. One market commentator hails Kronauer as a "very good tax lawyer" and others note him for his work on capital markets-related issues.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Mario Kumschick has experience of advising international clients on tax transactions, as well as M&A and capital market matters. One market observer describes him as a "very smart, engaged and good tax adviser."

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Band 4

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients appreciate that Daniel Lehmann is "personable, helpful and highly responsive." He has a broad corporate tax practice, which includes M&A- and corporate finance-related matters as well as tax planning and tax litigation. He recently advised Novartis on the tax aspects of its placement of EUR1.7 billion notes.

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Band 4

Jean-Frédéric Maraia

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

According to one source, Jean-Frédéric Maraia is "always pleasant, very knowledgeable yet pragmatic and business-oriented." He is particularly known for advising high net worth individuals on individual taxation and investments. He also has experience of assisting corporate clients with transactional tax issues, tax audits and litigation.

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Band 4

OBERSON ABELS SA

From the Chambers Global guide

Jérôme Meyer advises on both domestic and international tax issues, including individual and corporate tax mandates. He frequently handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions and reorganisations and also assists with stamp tax.

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Band 4

Frédéric Neukomm

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Global guide

Frédéric Neukomm assisted a high net worth family with issues related to changes in the tax residence of family members. One source highlights his "positive attitude and drive for successful outcomes." He also specialises in company tax matters.

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Band 4

Christoph Niederer

Vischer

From the Chambers Global guide

According to one client, Christoph Niederer "comes up with good proposals and solutions and is excellent in supporting us with its implementation." He advises on tax disputes and also assists with non-contentious matters, recently acting for a number of start-ups. He acted for PDP Holding on various tax issues, including assistance with the merger of two companies.

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Band 4

Python

From the Chambers Global guide

Per Prod'hom has recent experience advising on tax litigation and the tax aspects of restructuring. He also focuses on advising private clients, including high net worth individuals.

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Band 4

Niederer Kraft Frey

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources say that Christina Rinne has "a deep understanding of business needs" and is able to "suggest practical next steps based on the legal findings to get the best possible outcome." She advises on matters relating to customs and VAT and has experience of assisting clients with cross-border issues, particularly those involving Germany.

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Band 4

Etienne von Streng

Python

From the Chambers Global guide

Etienne von Streng is praised as "to-the-point, very pragmatic and well-organised." He advises on corporate and individual taxation, including the tax aspects of transactions, transfer pricing, various taxation rulings and tax planning.

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Band 4

WEIDMANN BORNHAUSER RECHTSANWÄLTE

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators view Markus Weidmann of WEIDMANN BORNHAUSER RECHTSANWÄLTE as "technically very brilliant." He has experience of advising clients on national and international tax mandates, including corporate tax, tax planning and disputes.

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Band 4

Ludwig + Partner Ltd.

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Ziegler handles a range of domestic and cross-border tax matters, including advising on restructuring and investment projects for clients in the financial and real estate sectors. He has represented companies from the education and financial services sectors.

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