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Tax — Switzerland


Homburger - Tax

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dieter Grünblatt
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Zürich

What the team is known for Market-leading Zürich firm that frequently advises companies and individuals on tax matters related to financial and capital markets transactions. Also offers first-class tax advice on M&A and restructuring matters as well as possessing tax litigation and VAT capabilities. Often assists with national and international tax matters. Works closely with tax accountants and economists.

Strengths Sources praise the team's work product, saying: "Homburger is excellent in terms of quality."

Other interviewees state that they are "one of the most prestigious firms in the country."

Notable practitioners

Peter Riedweg is universally regarded as a market leader by his peers. His practice specialises in corporate tax matters and he is experienced in cross-border M&A, restructurings, capital markets and fund structuring. He is regarded as "a very special person."

Dieter Grünblatt is described by sources as an "exceptionally good lawyer." He is focused on the tax aspects of capital markets transactions, structured finance and real estate investments. He also advises on VAT.

Dubbed an "outstanding individual" by sources, Stefan Oesterhelt advises on domestic and international tax mandates with a particular focus on capital markets, finance transactions and M&A. He is also experienced in litigation.

Reto Heuberger is an expert in international tax with particular expertise in transactions and reorganisations. One source remarks: "I have a good impression of him – he was well arranged on timing, gave a good level of detail and a good volume of feedback."

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Lenz & Staehelin - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jean-Blaise Eckert and Pascal Hinny
- 6 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Geneva and Zürich

What the team is known for Premier firm for tax planning with notable strength in high-value corporate transactions. Advises on a wide range of mandates, representing both private individuals and larger companies, and regularly working alongside international firms on cross-border matters. Practitioners frequently work closely with the firm's other teams such as corporate, banking and private client. Also active in high-value tax litigation.

Strengths The team is particularly lauded by interviewees for its "client focus, reactivity and pragmatism."

Others highlight that Lenz & Staehelin is "truly international," adding that the lawyers have "a flexible way of thinking and adapt to clients."

An impressed client uses the firm due to its "creativity, soundness of judgement and extraordinary reputation."

Work highlights Represented VTG in the refinancing of a large number of its bank loans involving arrangements with a banking consortium led by KfW IPEX-Bank and UniCredit and concerning numerous tax questions. The refinancing was worth an estimated EUR1.2 billion.

Assisted with the tax aspects of Groupe E and the City of Fribourg's incorporation of Groupe E Celsius, which combines the district heating activities of Group E and the natural gas activities of Frigaz.

Significant clients Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland, Colgate-Palmolive, Walmart, Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

Head of the Geneva office Jean-Blaise Eckert acts for multinational companies and high net worth individuals on a variety of tax matters. Sources say: "He is particularly good at understanding cross-cultural perspectives in tax matters at the international level." Others add: "We consider him a very good choice and a very practical lawyer."

Heini Rüdisühli focuses on tax and estate planning for private individuals. He also advises companies on corporate tax matters. One client remarks: "We have a good working relationship with him. He is highly regarded in terms of technical skills and is also very tactical in how he delivers his advice."

Zürich-based Pascal Hinny is co-head of the tax group and acts on transactional tax mandates for multinational companies. He advised on the tax matters related to BTG Pactual's agreement with EFG International regarding the sale and purchase of all shares of BSI. One source says: "I find Pascal to be a bright and sharp person with a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach."

Daniel Schafer has particular expertise in international and domestic corporate tax, VAT and real estate taxation. He advised SEC Partners on the tax aspects of its combination with the Blanc family, the owners of HBG Group, to finance the acquisition of HDF. One client enthuses: "I appreciate his consummate understanding of clients' tax needs, his pragmatic and meticulously worked-out advice and his user-friendly approach."

Frédéric Neukomm advises on tax matters for companies and high net worth individuals. One impressed interviewee states: "He is very collegial - truly a team player. His experience is extremely extensive." He has strong experience of transactional tax matters.

Department profile 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

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Sion

What the team is known for Stellar tax boutique recently formed out of the combination of lawyers from Oberson Avocats and ABELS Avocats. Acts for a wide range of clients including multinational companies, SMEs and individuals as well as Swiss government bodies, cantonal governments and NGOs. Advises at the national and international level. Particularly recognised for its work on double tax treaties and withholding tax.

Strengths One client says of the team: "They know the subject really well and can give practical advice. They are really good."

Another interviewee states of the team's practitioners: "They are terrific tax lawyers - in tax they are top."

Notable practitioners

Pierre-Marie Glauser specialises in international tax, corporate tax, VAT and customs law. One client remarks: "His advice is absolutely crucial and very wise." He is widely recognised and highly regarded by his peers.

Xavier Oberson has a broad tax practice covering the taxation of individuals, corporations, public authorities and sport and art bodies. He also advises on tax litigation and criminal tax law. One source regards him as "one of the best-known tax practitioners."

Frederic Vuilleumier principally advises private individuals on tax, estate and matrimonial planning in addition to the taxation of incentive schemes and pension plans. He is described by clients as "someone with a great level of experience."

Jérôme Meyer advises on corporate and individual tax in both a national and international context. One impressed source says: "I think he is excellent." He has particular experience of M&A transactions.

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Baker McKenzie - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch and Mario Kumschick
- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Geneva and Zürich

What the team is known for Renowned tax practice with offices across the globe and particular strength in cross-border issues. Works particularly closely with the firm's real estate practice and has noteworthy experience of both tax planning and tax litigation. Boasts numerous foreign tax lawyers who advise on international wealth planning. Also engaged in national tax policy projects. Acts for a diverse client roster that features major names from the real estate, pharmaceutical and food and beverage sectors.

Strengths One client values the team for its "technical knowledge, high degree of client commitment and knowledge of our company."

Baker McKenzie is also commended for its lawyers' "good negotiation skills."

Work highlights Advised the Swiss Bankers Association on the popular initiative to include bank secrecy in the constitution.

Acted for the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF) on the legislative process concerning the automatic exchange of information in Switzerland.

Notable practitioners

Denis Berdoz acts on corporate tax, reorganisations and cross-border M&A. He also acts on mutual assistance procedures and advance pricing agreements. One source regards him as a "very experienced man and a very pleasant person."

Hans Koch is a tax specialist who focuses on M&A, financial institution taxes, treaties and personal income tax. One client appreciates that "he is very responsive and spends a lot of time getting to know us and our risk profile."

Mario Kumschick acts on corporate and individual tax. He frequently advises domestic and international clients on restructuring, VAT and real estate transactions. He has been active of late in the technology and manufacturing sectors.

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Bär & Karrer AG - Tax

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Daniel Bader and Susanne Schreiber
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Zürich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug

What the team is known for Talented bench with particular strength in tax issues related to restructuring and M&A. Also active on private client matters and tax advice concerning capital markets issuances. Provides wide geographical coverage in Switzerland and often represents clients from the financial services sector. Expanding team that has been bolstered by the addition of Susanne Schreiber. Also added Credit Suisse Infrastructure Partners as a new client.

Strengths Clients praise the team's service, describing it as "customer- and solution-oriented."

Work highlights Assisted Syngenta with the tax aspects of its proposed USD43 billion acquisition by ChemChina.

Advised TripAdvisor on the tax side of its acquisition of HouseTrip.

Significant clients UBS, Novartis, KKR, Salt.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Bader advises individuals and corporations on national and international tax questions. He has particular experience of advising entrepreneurs on wealth structures, succession planning and compensation plans. He was part of the team that advised Waterland Private Equity on its sale of its stake in SENIOcare to Swiss Prime Site. An impressed sources states: "Daniel is an excellent tax adviser who has an open and fresh mind when it comes to international tax planning."

Peter Reinarz advises on corporate tax planning, cross-border structuring and the taxation of financial institutions. He also acts on tax litigation. He was part of the team that acted for ACE on the tax questions related to its USD29.5 billion acquisition of Chubb. Clients "appreciate his robustness and reactivity."

Daniel Lehmann focuses on corporate tax with particular knowledge of matters pertaining to M&A, capital markets and corporate finance. He advised on the tax aspects of HNA Group's CHF1.4 billion proposed acquisition of gategroup.

Recent hire Susanne Schreiber enters the rankings on the back of excellent peer and client endorsements. She is experienced in international and national corporate tax and M&A. She assisted EQT with tax aspects of its CHF1.36 billion acquisition of Kuoni Travel Holding. One client describes her as a "fast thinker with a pragmatic approach and very good knowledge," adding: "She is a very kind person and it is easy to work with her."

Department profile 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
  • Family wealth and estate planning
  • Indirect taxes

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Niederer Kraft & Frey AG - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thomas Graf
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Zürich

What the team is known for Particular focus on representing individuals and organisations from the sport sector in tax matters. Expertise in tax litigation, as well as social security and pension matters. Experienced in tax matters related to cross-border M&A, capital markets transactions, securitisation and syndicated lending. Christina Rinne has joined the team, bolstering the team's VAT expertise.

Strengths Clients highlight that Niederer Kraft & Frey's "partners are easy to access and have very good knowledge of our products – you can brainstorm with them to find the best solution."

Further sources value that the team is "precise, efficient and straightforward."

Work highlights Advised Citychamp Dartong on the tax aspects of its CHF45 million acquisition of HL Le Mirador International.

Assisted EDAG Engineering with its EUR600 million IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Significant clients EFG International, Dresser-Rand, Swiss Capital Alternative Investments.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Graf heads the department and is experienced in the tax aspects of cross-border and domestic transactions, particularly in the financial sector. He co-led the firm's advice to CITTTIC on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Schaltag and Schaltag CZ from Rieter Group. Clients say: "He is an expert with broad and deep experience in the tax field. For us, he is a guarantee of reliability."

International and national tax expert Daniela Schmucki is experienced in corporate tax with particular expertise in private equity and investment funds issues. She also has a noteworthy focus on the sport sector. One source remarks: "She understands our business and provides practical and accurate advice on different tax issues."

Markus Kronauer is valued by clients for providing "prompt answers with high technical and practical knowledge." He acts on the full range of corporate tax matters including in the context of M&A, capital markets transactions and investments. He advised the three founding partners of Partners Group on a CHF1.2 billion collar derivatives structure related to their shares in Partners Group.

Christina Rinne is experienced in VAT and customs law, frequently representing clients in the banking and telecoms sectors. She is German-qualified and frequently advises on Germany-related mandates.

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd - Tax

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pietro Sansonetti and Michael Nordin
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Geneva and Zürich

What the team is known for Highly respected team active in corporate transactions, tax litigation and mutual agreement procedures. Also has considerable expertise in VAT matters and advises multinational companies and individuals on tax compliance issues and cross-border mandates. Frequently represents banks and other financial institutions, as well as NGOs and high net worth individuals. Has particular strength in negotiations with tax authorities.

Strengths Clients admire Schellenberg Wittmer's ability to problem-solve, saying: "They are very reactive and proactive in finding creative solutions for the client. They don't just answer the question but find a solution."

Another source states that they use the firm for "complex tax matters where an excellent introduction to the management of the tax authorities is needed."

Work highlights Acted for Barana Group on the CHF128 million sale of the Airgate building to the city of Zürich.

Acted for an NGO on the tax aspects of the potential acquisition of a foreign commercial entity.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, HSBC, Johnson Controls, Julius Bär, Vontobel.

Notable practitioners

Harun Can focuses on litigation and mutual agreement procedures for international companies and private equity houses. He is also experienced in VAT and real estate tax. He advised on tax matters stemming from CIR Compagnie Industriali Riunite's EUR64.1 million sale of its 17.4% stake in Swiss Education Group to a group of investors including InVision.

Michael Nordin advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. He also acts on internal tax investigations and represents high net worth individuals. Sources commend his experience in "managing huge investigations" and note his "good technical skills."

Pietro Sansonetti is the former chief tax officer for the Geneva Tax Authority. He has a broad tax practice advising corporations and individuals on auditing, litigation and civil and criminal enforcement. He is lauded by sources as an "excellent tax expert."

Jean-Frédéric Maraia is experienced in advising high net worth individuals on investments and individual taxation. He also represents clients in audits and litigation. Clients say: "It is a pleasure to work with him: he is open-minded and an extremely good tax lawyer."

Department profile by Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Our Taxation Group features multilingual lawyers highly proficient in tax and economic matters who are also Certified Tax Experts. As a result, we can provide our clients with innovative advice and superior, result-oriented solutions.

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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.


Walder Wyss Ltd - Tax

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thomas Meister
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Zürich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano

What the team is known for Strong network of offices across the country. Particular focus on defending clients in tax litigation and advising on corporate migrations. Advises high net worth individuals and clients from the banking industry on cross-border transactions, working closely with the firm's corporate practice. Noted expertise in matters related to equity capital markets. Possesses additional expertise in VAT and customs issues.

Strengths Sources appreciate that the team offers "very constructive advice and is willing to project-manage all aspects of a transaction."

Others note the team's reactivity, with one saying it is "responsive, reliable and very solution-oriented" and another adding: "Walder Wyss are very responsive with very high-quality lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Marcus Desax is particularly specialised in transfer pricing and assists clients with litigation and tax controversy. He is the honorary president of IFA International. Sources value his "broad network, which is very helpful."

Thomas Meister heads the team and acts on structured finance, M&A, restructuring and real estate mandates. He also advises on tax controversy in the financial sector. Clients appreciate that he is "responsive, pragmatic and constructive."

Martin Busenhart focuses on acquisitions, corporate migrations and tax audits. He is described by sources as "practical and solution-oriented." He possesses further knowledge of tax litigation and corporate relocations.

Maurus Winzap is an expert in the tax aspects of M&A and private equity transactions, as well as financing and restructuring. Clients say: "He is knowledgeable in his field and has a practical approach to problems."

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ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG - Tax

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jürg Altorfer and Fabian Duss
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Zürich

What the team is known for Well-established tax boutique with particular expertise in VAT and tax litigation. Often represents large multinational companies and has advised private clients on voluntary disclosure matters. Also has experience in withholding tax and transfer-pricing mandates. Team members possess specialist knowledge of VAT and transfer pricing. Also assists with inheritance tax planning. Client list includes banks and food and beverage companies.

Strengths Sources remark that the team is "available on short notice, highly efficient and solution-driven."

Others state that the team is "precise and very good in international cases."

Significant clients Zürcher Kantonalbank.

Notable practitioners

Jürg Altorfer advises entrepreneur-led companies on tax and social insurance law. He acts frequently on acquisitions and restructuring. One client remarks that he is "an extraordinarily savvy guy; he gets things done in a determined and meticulous way."

Andreas Helbing is an expert in international and national tax law including tax litigation. Interviewees commend his "wide range of know-how." He has additional experience in transfer pricing matters.

Department profile by ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG

ADB's certified tax law experts support you in all tax questions in commercial and private matters:

  • Analysis of the tax situation (opportunities and risks; health check
  • Tax planning (concept elaboration including legal implementation)
  • Preparation of tax ruling requests; negotiations with the tax authorities
  • Expert opinions (including requests for second opinions)
  • Assistance in tax audits
  • Representation in tax appeal procedures
  • Preparation of tax returns (compliance)
  • Value-added tax advice and compliance​

Tax services for companies

We will advise you on national and international corporate tax law (corporate income and capital taxes, withholding tax, issuance stamp tax and securities transfer tax). Moreover, our services include advice in relation to value-added tax and customs duties. If desired, we will not only prepare tax concepts for your company, but will also ensure their legal implementation and operations execution.

Tax services for private individuals

We will advise you as a private individual on all areas of tax law, the law on social security contributions and legal questions arising in the context of tax planning.

Legal services for companies and private individuals

We will support you also in the legal implementation of your tax objectives and in the clarification of further associated legal questions. For other legal areas we will rely on our network of Swiss law firms and Nexia International.




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Ludwig + Partner Ltd. - Tax

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Hubertus Ludwig
- 4 partners
- Office location: Basel

What the team is known for Recognised Basel presence, with a particular focus on real estate tax and corporate restructuring. Has clients from several sectors, including medical services and publishing, as well as private clients. Strong experience of representing domestic companies, with additional expertise in handling cross-border matters. Also assists with tax due diligence and has enhanced VAT capabilities.

Strengths An impressed client remarks: "We would recommend Ludwig + Partner for tax questions."

Significant clients Rieker, Interspiro, Advanta, Dispensys, EBM.

Notable practitioners

Hubertus Ludwig specialises in domestic and international tax questions as part of a broad commercial practice. He frequently advises on succession planning, M&A transactions and reconstructions. He acts for clients from the manufacturing, publishing and banking industries.

National and international tax expert Thomas Ziegler advises on the tax aspects of restructuring, investments, capital markets transactions and real estate projects. He acts for clients from the financial services and education sectors.

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Vischer - Tax

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christoph Niederer and Nadia Tarolli Schmidt
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Zürich and Basel

What the team is known for Advises multinationals on tax planning and social security. Particular expertise in tax issues related to international banking compliance. Recently active in tax litigation. Has also represented clients from the life sciences, TMT and transport sectors, as well as high net worth individuals. Warteck Invest and Bärenfels are new clients.

Strengths One client appreciates that "with Vischer the lawyers are open, available and easy to communicate with. They have enough people who understand the issues. I never think there might not be the right person to talk to."

Another states: "They are very fast in their reactions and find good solutions to our questions."

Work highlights Represented Elevator Group in litigation before the Zürich Court of Appeal challenging a transfer pricing decision made by the tax administration.

Acted for PDP Holding on its investment in a health management app developed with go4health and FLOW Technologies.

Significant clients Jet Aviation, EBL, Dolder, Quadrant, 3 Plus Group.

Notable practitioners

International tax expert Christoph Niederer has notable recent experience of tax litigation and administrative cases. He assisted Swiss Aviation Training with its restructuring. Sources admire that "he is solution-minded, tailors his results to the real need of the customer and is always reachable. He has a great reaction time for answering queries."

Clients say Nadia Tarolli Schmidt "is hands-on, very well connected with the relevant tax authorities and she finds practical solutions." She has been active of late in numerous cross-border restructuring cases. She advised Cytos Biotechnology on its proposed combination with Kuros Biosurgery Holding.

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burckhardt Ltd - Tax

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rolf Wüthrich
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Basel

What the team is known for Often represents domestic and international companies but also acts for private clients. Experience of US and Swiss co-operation mandates, as well as the representation of financial services clients. Also advises on transactional tax matters and investigations. Active of late in restructurings and administrative proceedings.

Strengths Clients say they are "very responsive and nice to work with," adding: "You rarely see such good responsiveness in such a small firm."

Notable practitioners

Rolf Wüthrich advises on international corporate tax law. He frequently assists clients with international restructurings and reorganisations. Clients value that "he is extremely flexible and service-minded. I really appreciate that he is always available."

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CMS - Tax

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: David Hürlimann and Andrio Orler
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Zürich and Geneva

What the team is known for Extensive international network facilitating the seamless handling of cross-border tax issues. Focuses on corporate tax matters, particularly assisting multinational companies with restructuring and tax planning. Increasing capabilities in the field of VAT. Also represents clients in international voluntary disclosure. Frequently advises clients from the retail, technology and art sectors.

Strengths One happy client states: "CMS provides very good and practical advice."

Another remarks that the team is "very good with clients, not too technical, offers good solutions and is pragmatic and not overcomplicated."

Notable practitioners

Head of the Geneva tax practice Andrio Orler advises on tax planning, reorganisations and the tax aspects of M&A and financing transactions. He also represents private clients. Sources remark: "He is a good tax specialist and very precise."

David Hürlimann heads the Zürich tax team. He acts on a wide range of tax matters including corporate transactions, VAT and real estate tax. Clients say: "The quality of the work is perfect. He is pragmatic and solution-oriented."

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Froriep - Tax

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Zürich, Geneva and Zug

What the team is known for Sought-after practice that focuses on tax issues related to cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, as well as those related to financing and restructuring. Acts for clients from the banking, real estate and transportation sectors in addition to private clients. Also has experience of tax litigation and assisting with debt financing mandates.

Strengths One source remarks that "for tax Froriep are incredibly strong."

Notable practitioners

Michael Fischer and Tobias Rohner are key contacts for this practice area.

Department profile by Froriep

Froriep’s team of certified tax law experts provides advice on all domestic and international questions of taxation. These attorneys advise corporate clients on every aspect of tax relevant to their businesses, including M&A, capital increases, corporate restructuring and structured products, and the related issues of withholding stamp, stamp tax on equity, and debt products.

We also offer guidance to private clients on tax-related issues, such as income tax, Swiss inheritance tax, and capital and property gains tax. Our specialists regularly advise on VAT matters, such as input tax, input tax deduction and import taxes.

First-rate tax attorneys at reasonable feesSwiss and international tax specialists with agile intelligence

Among fierce competition, our tax team has managed to gain a high reputation in the market in a relatively short period of time. The tax team may be called in at any stage of a transaction, and prides itself on its unbeatable response time and practical approach.

First-rate tax attorneys at reasonable feesSwiss and international tax specialists with agile intelligence

We are well connected throughout Switzerland’s 26 tax jurisdictions, as well as internationally. Froriep’s own network of offices, as well as the breadth and depth of the relationships that we maintain with law firms in other jurisdictions, ensures that we have the agility to think and act in many different regions to find the right answers for our clients. 

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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal - Tax

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: David Brönimann
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Zürich, Geneva, Zug and Lausanne

What the team is known for Compact tax bench that is particularly involved in M&A transactions and corporate migrations. Also has experience of advising on litigation and tax regulation for both companies and individuals. Often represents clients from the real estate, transport and finance sectors, as well as advising private clients with trust structures. Possesses additional expertise in VAT matters.

Strengths One client remarks that the lawyers "are very practical, know our business intimately and are accessible. I always have access to the partners."

Another states that the firm's advice was provided "pragmatically, to the point and was deal-oriented."

Notable practitioners

Urs Behnisch frequently assists with administrative tax questions. He is sought out by legislators to advise on new tax legislation. One source says: "We were impressed by his content know-how and his very deep understanding of the subject matter."

David Brönimann acts on the tax aspects of M&A and real estate transactions as well as the structuring of intellectual property and financing activities. One client comments on his "high level of expertise," describing him as "a good relationship manager."

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Pestalozzi - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nils Harbeke
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Zürich and Geneva

What the team is known for Notable presence spread across Geneva and Zürich, with particularly strong knowledge of tax issues involved in customs law, international M&A and restructuring. Boasts notable experience of VAT-efficient structuring and real estate tax implications. Impressive client roster includes prominent domestic and international names from the financial services industry, as well as private clients.

Strengths Clients note the team's "ability to give clear and concise advice on technical issues, combined with a flexible and extremely responsive approach."

Work highlights Advised on the tax aspects of Mylan's USD5.3 billion acquisition of Abbott Laboratories' generic drug business.

Advised Credit Suisse on catastrophe bond investments held through an Irish UCITS because of the EUSD EU Savings Directive.

Significant clients Merrill Lynch, Glencore, Harel Insurance & Finance, HarbourVest, Julius Bär.

Notable practitioners

Silvia Zimmermann is an expert on international tax and frequently advises on the tax aspects of restructurings and transactions. She represented Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych in its international restructuring. Clients describe her as "knowledgeable, experienced and flexible."

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Python (formerly Python & Peter) - Tax

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Etienne von Streng and Per Prod'Hom
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Sion and Zug

What the team is known for Expanding team that represents companies and private individuals in litigation matters, as well as advising on restructuring and tax planning. Experienced in international M&A and investments. Benefits from offices in five different cantons across the country. Additional expertise in VAT issues. Clients include blue-chip multinationals and major Swiss corporates.

Strengths Clients remark that Python's "input is very commercial – they look for solutions and give practical advice."

One client states that they value the team's "excellent knowledge of Swiss tax law, good personal relations with tax officials and their pragmatic attitude."

Notable practitioners

Per Prod'hom is an expert in corporate taxation, VAT and private client tax matters. One impressed client states: "I have been very happy with his performance and he is an outstanding professional."

Etienne von Streng is experienced in corporate tax matters including acquisitions and restructurings. He is also active advising high net worth individuals. Sources respect that he is "pragmatic and understands both Swiss tax law and the tax law of various other European jurisdictions."

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Band 1

Jean-Blaise Eckert

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the Geneva office Jean-Blaise Eckert acts for multinational companies and high net worth individuals on a variety of tax matters. Sources say: "He is particularly good at understanding cross-cultural perspectives in tax matters at the international level." Others add: "We consider him a very good choice and a very practical lawyer."

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Band 1

Pierre-Marie Glauser

OBERSON ABELS SA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Marie Glauser specialises in international tax, corporate tax, VAT and customs law. One client remarks: "His advice is absolutely crucial and very wise." He is widely recognised and highly regarded by his peers.

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Band 1

OBERSON ABELS SA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Oberson has a broad tax practice covering the taxation of individuals, corporations, public authorities and sport and art bodies. He also advises on tax litigation and criminal tax law. One source regards him as "one of the best-known tax practitioners."

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Band 1

Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Riedweg is universally regarded as a market leader by his peers. His practice specialises in corporate tax matters and he is experienced in cross-border M&A, restructurings, capital markets and fund structuring. He is regarded as "a very special person."

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Band 2

Maja Bauer-Balmelli

Tax Advisors & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maja Bauer-Balmelli of Tax Advisors & Associates advises international, domestic and family-owned companies on a wide range of tax matters including real estate tax, mergers and restructurings. She also assists with litigation and discussions with tax authorities.

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Band 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcus Desax is particularly specialised in transfer pricing and assists clients with litigation and tax controversy. He is the honorary president of IFA International. Sources value his "broad network, which is very helpful." 

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Band 2

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Graf heads the department and is experienced in the tax aspects of cross-border and domestic transactions, particularly in the financial sector. He co-led the firm's advice to CITTTIC on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Schaltag and Schaltag CZ from Rieter Group. Clients say: "He is an expert with broad and deep experience in the tax field. For us, he is a guarantee of reliability."

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Band 2

Ludwig + Partner Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hubertus Ludwig specialises in domestic and international tax questions as part of a broad commercial practice. He frequently advises on succession planning, M&A transactions and reconstructions. He acts for clients from the manufacturing, publishing and banking industries.

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Band 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Meister heads the team and acts on structured finance, M&A, restructuring and real estate mandates. He also advises on tax controversy in the financial sector. Clients appreciate that he is "responsive, pragmatic and constructive."

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Band 2

CMS von Erlach Poncet

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the Geneva tax practice Andrio Orler advises on tax planning, reorganisations and the tax aspects of M&A and financing transactions. He also represents private clients. Sources remark: "He is a good tax specialist and very precise." 

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Band 2

Heini Rüdisühli

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Heini Rüdisühli focuses on tax and estate planning for private individuals. He also advises companies on corporate tax matters. One client remarks: "We have a good working relationship with him. He is highly regarded in terms of technical skills and is also very tactical in how he delivers his advice."

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Band 3

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Bader advises individuals and corporations on national and international tax questions. He has particular experience of advising entrepreneurs on wealth structures, succession planning and compensation plans. He was part of the team that advised Waterland Private Equity on its sale of its stake in SENIOcare to Swiss Prime Site. An impressed sources states: "Daniel is an excellent tax adviser who has an open and fresh mind when it comes to international tax planning."

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Band 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Urs Behnisch frequently assists with administrative tax questions. He is sought out by legislators to advise on new tax legislation. One source says: "We were impressed by his content know-how and his very deep understanding of the subject matter." 

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Berdoz acts on corporate tax, reorganisations and cross-border M&A. He also acts on mutual assistance procedures and advance pricing agreements. One source regards him as a "very experienced man and a very pleasant person."

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Band 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Busenhart focuses on acquisitions, corporate migrations and tax audits. He is described by sources as "practical and solution-oriented." He possesses further knowledge of tax litigation and corporate relocations.

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Band 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Harun Can focuses on litigation and mutual agreement procedures for international companies and private equity houses. He is also experienced in VAT and real estate tax. He advised on tax matters stemming from CIR Compagnie Industriali Riunite's EUR64.1 million sale of its 17.4% stake in Swiss Education Group to a group of investors including InVision.

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Band 3

Dieter Grünblatt

Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dieter Grünblatt is described by sources as an "exceptionally good lawyer." He is focused on the tax aspects of capital markets transactions, structured finance and real estate investments. He also advises on VAT.

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Band 3

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zürich-based Pascal Hinny is co-head of the tax group and acts on transactional tax mandates for multinational companies. He advised on the tax matters related to BTG Pactual's agreement with EFG International regarding the sale and purchase of all shares of BSI. One source says: "I find Pascal to be a bright and sharp person with a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach."

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Band 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Nordin advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. He also acts on internal tax investigations and represents high net worth individuals. Sources commend his experience in "managing huge investigations" and note his "good technical skills." 

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Band 3

Stefan Oesterhelt

Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dubbed an "outstanding individual" by sources, Stefan Oesterhelt advises on domestic and international tax mandates with a particular focus on capital markets, finance transactions and M&A. He is also experienced in litigation.

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Band 3

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Reinarz advises on corporate tax planning, cross-border structuring and the taxation of financial institutions. He also acts on tax litigation. He was part of the team that acted for ACE on the tax questions related to its USD29.5 billion acquisition of Chubb. Clients "appreciate his robustness and reactivity."

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Band 3

Pietro Sansonetti

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pietro Sansonetti is the former chief tax officer for the Geneva Tax Authority. He has a broad tax practice advising corporations and individuals on auditing, litigation and civil and criminal enforcement. He is lauded by sources as an "excellent tax expert." 

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Band 3

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Schafer has particular expertise in international and domestic corporate tax, VAT and real estate taxation. He advised SEC Partners on the tax aspects of its combination with the Blanc family, the owners of HBG Group, to finance the acquisition of HDF. One client enthuses: "I appreciate his consummate understanding of clients' tax needs, his pragmatic and meticulously worked-out advice and his user-friendly approach."

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Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

International and national tax expert Daniela Schmucki is experienced in corporate tax with particular expertise in private equity and investment funds issues. She also has a noteworthy focus on the sport sector. One source remarks: "She understands our business and provides practical and accurate advice on different tax issues."

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Frederic Vuilleumier

OBERSON ABELS SA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frederic Vuilleumier principally advises private individuals on tax, estate and matrimonial planning in addition to the taxation of incentive schemes and pension plans. He is described by clients as "someone with a great level of experience."

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Band 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maurus Winzap is an expert in the tax aspects of M&A and private equity transactions, as well as financing and restructuring. Clients say: "He is knowledgeable in his field and has a practical approach to problems." 

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Band 3

burckhardt Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rolf Wüthrich advises on international corporate tax law. He frequently assists clients with international restructurings and reorganisations. Clients value that "he is extremely flexible and service-minded. I really appreciate that he is always available." 

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Band 3

Ludwig + Partner Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

National and international tax expert Thomas Ziegler advises on the tax aspects of restructuring, investments, capital markets transactions and real estate projects. He acts for clients from the financial services and education sectors.

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Band 3

Silvia Zimmermann

Pestalozzi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Silvia Zimmermann is an expert on international tax and frequently advises on the tax aspects of restructurings and transactions. She represented Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych in its international restructuring. Clients describe her as "knowledgeable, experienced and flexible."

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Band 4

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jürg Altorfer advises entrepreneur-led companies on tax and social insurance law. He acts frequently on acquisitions and restructuring. One client remarks that he is "an extraordinarily savvy guy; he gets things done in a determined and meticulous way."

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Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Reto Heuberger is an expert in international tax with particular expertise in transactions and reorganisations. One source remarks: "I have a good impression of him – he was well arranged on timing, gave a good level of detail and a good volume of feedback."

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Hürlimann heads the Zürich tax team. He acts on a wide range of tax matters including corporate transactions, VAT and real estate tax. Clients say: "The quality of the work is perfect. He is pragmatic and solution-oriented." 

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Band 4

Hans‐Andrée Koch

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Koch is a tax specialist who focuses on M&A, financial institution taxes, treaties and personal income tax. One client appreciates that "he is very responsive and spends a lot of time getting to know us and our risk profile."

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Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markus Kronauer is valued by clients for providing "prompt answers with high technical and practical knowledge." He acts on the full range of corporate tax matters including in the context of M&A, capital markets transactions and investments. He advised the three founding partners of Partners Group on a CHF1.2 billion collar derivatives structure related to their shares in Partners Group.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mario Kumschick acts on corporate and individual tax. He frequently advises domestic and international clients on restructuring, VAT and real estate transactions. He has been active of late in the technology and manufacturing sectors.

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Band 4

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Lehmann focuses on corporate tax with particular knowledge of matters pertaining to M&A, capital markets and corporate finance. He advised on the tax aspects of HNA Group's CHF1.4 billion proposed acquisition of gategroup.

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Band 4

Jean-Frédéric Maraia

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jean-Frédéric Maraia is experienced in advising high net worth individuals on investments and individual taxation. He also represents clients in audits and litigation. Clients say: "It is a pleasure to work with him: he is open-minded and an extremely good tax lawyer."

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Band 4

Poncet Turrettini

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicolas Merlino recently joined Poncet Turrettini. He has a broad practice advising corporate and individual clients on transactional and contentious mandates. Sources describe him as a "very experienced tax lawyer," noting: "It is impressive to see how he works. He has a feeling for the important matters and is able to go into the detail."

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OBERSON ABELS SA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jérôme Meyer advises on corporate and individual tax in both a national and international context. One impressed source says: "I think he is excellent." He has particular experience of M&A transactions.

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Band 4

Christoph Niederer

Vischer

From the Chambers Europe guide

International tax expert Christoph Niederer has notable recent experience of tax litigation and administrative cases. He assisted Swiss Aviation Training with its restructuring. Sources admire that "he is solution-minded, tailors his results to the real need of the customer and is always reachable. He has a great reaction time for answering queries."

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Band 4

Python (formerly Python & Peter)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Per Prod'hom is an expert in corporate taxation, VAT and private client tax matters. One impressed client states: "I have been very happy with his performance and he is an outstanding professional."

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Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christina Rinne is experienced in VAT and customs law, frequently representing clients in the banking and telecoms sectors. She is German-qualified and frequently advises on Germany-related mandates.

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Band 4

Susanne Schreiber

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Recent hire Susanne Schreiber enters the rankings on the back of excellent peer and client endorsements. She is experienced in international and national corporate tax and M&A. She assisted EQT with tax aspects of its CHF1.36 billion acquisition of Kuoni Travel Holding. One client describes her as a "fast thinker with a pragmatic approach and very good knowledge," adding: "She is a very kind person and it is easy to work with her."

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Band 4

Nadia Tarolli Schmidt

Vischer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say Nadia Tarolli Schmidt "is hands-on, very well connected with the relevant tax authorities and she finds practical solutions." She has been active of late in numerous cross-border restructuring cases. She advised Cytos Biotechnology on its proposed combination with Kuros Biosurgery Holding.

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Band 4

Etienne von Streng

Python (formerly Python & Peter)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Etienne von Streng is experienced in corporate tax matters including acquisitions and restructurings. He is also active advising high net worth individuals. Sources respect that he is "pragmatic and understands both Swiss tax law and the tax law of various other European jurisdictions."

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Band 4

WEIDMANN BORNHAUSER RECHTSANWÄLTE

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lauded by peers as an "excellent, technical tax adviser," Markus Weidmann of WEIDMANN BORHNHAUSER RECHTSANWÄLTE assists clients with domestic and international transactions and reorganisations. He also has experience of tax disputes.

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Up and Coming

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Brönimann acts on the tax aspects of M&A and real estate transactions as well as the structuring of intellectual property and financing activities. One client comments on his "high level of expertise," describing him as "a good relationship manager."

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Up and Coming

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Helbing is an expert in international and national tax law including tax litigation. Interviewees commend his "wide range of know-how." He has additional experience in transfer pricing matters.

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Up and Coming

Frédéric Neukomm

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frédéric Neukomm advises on tax matters for companies and high net worth individuals. One impressed interviewee states: "He is very collegial - truly a team player. His experience is extremely extensive." He has strong experience of transactional tax matters.

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