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Altorfer Duss & Beilstein

Altorfer Duss & Beilstein is recommended for its sole focus in tax legal services for more than 60 years. The tax team advises firms in various sectors such as FMCG, mining, technology, sports and more. However, the team has extensive experience advising banks, asset managers and family offices. Services cover all tax areas including dispute resolution. The firm is an independent member of Nexia international, an international network of independent accounting, law, and advisory firms. It has five partners and 10 tax experts. 

The team advised a client on real estate tax focusing on tax neutral reorganisation, which potential risk of real estate transfer tax and corporate income tax was a concern.

Baker McKenzie

International law firm Baker McKenzie is recommended for its full tax legal services provided by more than 30 tax advisers. The firm is experienced in international tax planning, transactional tax, real estate, wealth planning, Indirect tax, Fintech/ICO and more. Kilian Perroulaz is the partner heading the practice consisting of seven partners across Zurich and Geneva. The team is supported by a number of senior associates and counsels. 

Deloitte

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte provides innovative solutions in complex tax matters concerning multijurisdictional cases. The firm offers comprehensive tax services to a mixture of clients such as MNEs, small companies and private clients. The tax department has bolstered its focus on private client work by establishing a separate department led by firm partner Jackie Hess, which assists family office &HNWI, private equity, privately and family owned businesses and more in all tax domains. The tax department has also strengthened its team with the addition of firm partners Nicolas Wehrli, Martin Krivinskas, Michelle Hug-Fahrni and Juerg Birr.

Lenz & Staehelin

The full-service law firm is highly recommended for its tax practice. It covers all areas of tax such as tax planning, indirect tax, tax dispute and litigation. It is a stand-alone practice and acts as support to other departments within the firm. It is a team of six partners, along with lawyers and certified tax advisers. Jean-Blaise Eckert heads the practice.  

During the research period, the tax team was consulted by Kodiak Sciences on transactional tax issues. The case focuses on the client’s sale of a capped royalty right on global net sales of KSI-301 to Baker Bros. The sale was valued at $225 million.

Loyens & Loeff

The tax team at Loyens & Loeff is recommended for its tax legal services, provided by a team of lawyers and tax advisers. The firm has offices in Brussels, Zurich and Luxembourg and representatives across America, East Asia and Europe. The team focuses on international tax, transactional tax, private client, real estate and more. Beat Baumgartner is the partner leading the practice. 

During the research period, the firm was consulted by RRJ Capital--a Singapore and Hong Kong investment firm—regarding all the tax aspects in Swiss, Hong Kong and Singapore, regarding the client’s acquisition of all outstanding shares in Gategroup Holding.

Ludwig + Partner

Boutique business law firm Ludwig + Partner provides full tax legal services from its Basel office. The firm is experienced in assisting large and small companies, family businesses and partnerships. The firm focuses on corporate tax, corporate restructuring, investment and real estate transactional tax. The practice comprises attorneys and certified tax advisers.  

The tax team provided tax and legal support to Drossapharm regarding the merger of the former holding company and the operative subsidiaries in the pharma division.

MME Legal l Tax l Compliance

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance is dedicated and focuses only on tax legal compliance and dispute resolution work. Services include corporate tax, VAT, customs, transactional tax, dispute resolution, tax planning and more. The firm has experience in advising medium and small corporations, family businesses and HNW individuals. The tax team is led by six partners. However, former tax partner Mónika Molnár left the firm in December 2019.

Niederer Kraft Frey

The tax practice is recommended for its full tax legal services. It advises domestic and international companies as well as private clients. Some of the tax advice is on M&A, restructuring group structures, and dispute resolution among others. The team has comprehensive experience in capital markets, advising on debt issuance and more. There are four partners focusing on tax, assisted by counsels and senior associates.  

Case studies shows the team advised Credit Suisse on tax implications of its CHF 20 billion Swiss covered bond programme. This required innovative, Swiss-law complying structure.

Schellenberg Wittmer

Schellenberg Wittmer is highly recommended for its tax legal services. It is recognised for advising on complex tax cases and providing innovative solutions. The team focuses on assisting in corporate tax, M&A, banking and finance, real estate, and litigation cases for private clients, NGOs and corporations. The practice offers full tax services. The team is comprised of three partners, with Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti as co-head partners. 

The firm is advising a management fund company on the tax implication for the merger of two large funds valued at billions of CHF. The firm carried out the all regulatory and tax work related.

Tax Partner

Tax boutique firm Tax Partner assists all clients ranging from MNEs to family offices, private clients and more. Its practice assists on all tax-related matters including compliance and proceedings, indirect tax, individual taxation and dispute resolution. It is a member of the Taxand global network of independent law firms. The key contacts are firm partners Natalie Dini, Stephanie Eichenberger and Peter Vogt.

Wenger & Vieli

The Swiss law firm has an established tax department advising private individuals, national and multinational companies on various tax legal, compliance and advisory work. The team specialises in complex cross-border transactions for star-up companies and HNW individuals. The firm has three dedicated tax partners leading the team.