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Corporate tax - Ranking 2019 - Law firm - Switzerland

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Leading
  • Daniel Bader, Christoph Suter, Susanne Schreiber, Paolo Bottini, Daniel Lehmann, Peter Reinarz
  • Dieter Grünblatt, Stefan Oesterhelt, Reto Heuberger
  • Jean-Blaise Eckert, Pascal Hinny, Daniel Schafer, Frédéric Neukomm, Floran Ponce
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MULTI-SPECIALIST TAX TEAM
Firm

Bär & Karrer

Leader(s)

Susanne Schreiber, Daniel Bader, Paolo Bottini, Daniel Lehmann, Peter Reinarz, Christoph Suter

Since

1969

Track record: The team has very distinct specializations allowing it to cover all aspects of tax law ranging from M&A and private client tax to real estate, and closely cooperates with the M&A, capital markets, financing and private client teams. It frequently advises on large transactions and across sectors. Recent clients include Novartis, Swiss Prime Site and Ceva Logistics.
Team & differentiation: With more than 150 experienced lawyers in Zurich, Geneva – where the team has been strengthened substantially with recent arrivals – Lugano and Zug, all of whom feel like they’re part of one big home, Bär & Karrer are the envy of many. The tax team is the second largest in the country: Susanne Schreiber and Daniel Bader co-head the tax practice in Zurich whereas Christoph Suter and Paolo Bottini head Geneva and Lugano’s practices respectively. Also of note, Ruth Bloch-Riemer was promoted to partner in 2019.
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LEADING TAX EXPERTS
Firm

Lenz & Staehelin

Leader(s)

Jean-Blaise Eckert, Pascal Hinny

Since

1917

Track record: The tax practice at Lenz & Staehelin is broad and covers a large scope: the team advises clients ranging from several multinational groups of companies to HNWIs. They also represent clients before tax authorities in cross-border tax litigations and advise private companies on country-by-country reporting legislation. The firm recently advised Sika during its takeover battle with the Burkard family and Saint-Gobain together with corpo- rate, finance and tax issues.
Team & differentiation: With more than 200 lawyers and offices in Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne, the firm is ideally placed to serve as a one-stop shop for international and domestic clients. Lawyers are recognized for their abi- lity to understand legal issues and challenges inherent to their clients’ business. The tax prac- tice is headed by Jean-Blaise Eckert and Pas- cal Hinny, in Geneva and Zurich respectively. Also of note, Jean-Blaise Eckert is secretary general of the executive committee of the IFA.
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PROVEN EXPERTISE IN ALL TAX DOMAINS
Firm

Niederer Kraft Frey

Leader(s)

Thomas Graf, Markus Kronauer, Daniela Schmucki, Christina Rinne

Since

1936

Track record: NKF provides high-level tax advice in domestic and international situations of corporate clients and collective investment schemes, including M&A, domestic and international reorganizations, structuring of cross-borders transactions etc. The team is also regularly called upon to litigate and to negotiate with tax authorities and has a strong HNWI and UHNWI activity. Recent clients include UBS, Helvetische Bank and Microsoft.
Team & differentiation: A major area of growth for Niederer Kraft & Frey is in the tech and venture capital industry, with its NKF4Tech desk aiming to provide innovative legal solu- tions that help early-stage companies to grow. Also of note, Christina Rinne, who is a certified German tax expert was made partner in 2019.
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A BRIDGE BETWEEN FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND
Firm

FBT Avocats

Leader(s)

Jean-Luc Bochatay, Michel Abt, Frédérique Bensahel

Since

1993

Track record: FBT Avocats specializes in banking and finance and also has an M&A practice and an ever-expanding activity in tax, acting on behalf of large groups, banks, finan- cial institutions and insurers, as well as private clients from France, Switzerland and all over the globe. Recent highlights include assisting a French insurance group with the sale of one of its entities for approximately €110bn.
Team & differentiation: FBT’s lawyers, located in Geneva and Paris, offer their in-depth exper- tise to clients with cross-border activities, both in counsel and litigation. Partner Jean-Louis Tsimaratos recently came back from Dubaï and Jean de Skowronski joined as of counsel. The firm can also count on its network of peers selected according to criteria of excellence and reactivity. Also of note, every lawyer at FBT speaks at least four languages.
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A SOLID BASIS IN ALL CORE ASPECTS OF BUSINESS LAW
Firm

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

Leader(s)

Nicole Fragnière, Damien Cand, Géraldine Badel-Poitras, Vanessa Maraia-Rossel

Since

1982

Track record: The firm focuses on high added-value work to fit the needs of each client. Clients range from Swiss to interna- tional, SMEs as well as international groups, comprising banks, high-net-worth individual and trusts. Nicole Fragnière Meyer and Pierre Gillioz were recently consulted by a US ven- ture capital firm in connection with the setting up of a biopharmaceutical company which intends to invest hundreds of million dollars in Switzerland.
Team & differentiation: The team’s compact size allows for synergies between practices, notably M&A – led by Damien Cand, tax – led by Nicole Fragnière and banking & finance – led by Géraldine Badel-Poitras. The firm also has a strong practice in labor law, headed by Vanessa Maraia-Rossel. Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés accompanies Swiss and European clients in Asia and advises Asian clients wanting to locate or invest in Switzerland, from its Hong Kong desk, which is led by Christian Valentin.
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