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    • Denis Berdoz - Baker McKenzie
    • Jean-Blaise Eckert - Lenz & Staehelin
    • Thomas Graf - Niederer Kraft & Frey AG
    • Dieter Grünblatt - Homburger
    • Hans Koch - Baker McKenzie
    • Thomas Meister - Walder Wyss Ltd
    • Michael Nordin - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
    • Xavier Oberson - Oberson Abels Ltd
    • Peter Riedweg - Homburger

Homburger’s team is ‘a safe pair of hands’ for transactional tax advice, including M&A and finance deals. Practice head Dieter Grünblatt has ‘deep knowledge’ and shows ‘sound judgement’. Peter Riedweg and Stefan Oesterhelt are also recommended.

Lenz & Staehelin has ‘one of the best tax practices in Switzerland’, and is particularly strong in transactional matters and tax litigation. The firm successfully represented Agilent in a tax dispute concerning interest for a delayed withholding tax payment. Key figures include the ‘exceptionally creative’ Jean-Blaise Eckert, the ‘solution-oriented’ Daniel Schafer, Pascal Hinny and Heini Rüdisühli.

Recently merged firm Oberson Abels Ltd has a broad-based team that covers tax-optimised transactions and corporate restructuring, estate planning, as well as assistance in tax litigation and criminal tax law procedures. Recommended lawyers include Xavier Oberson, Pierre-Marie Glauser and Jérôme Meyer.

The ‘very responsive and efficient’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd is singled out for its knowledge of tax-efficient business structuring and relocation as well as tax litigation. Clients include Swiss Life and AMAG Leasing. ‘Knowledgeable and pragmatic’ practice head Thomas Meister, Martin Busenhart, Maurus Winzap and counsel Marcus Desax are recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ team excels at cross-border tax matters. It advises Credit Suisse on mitigating tax risks in international asset management and represents Praxair in tax litigation. Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch and of counsel René Matteotti are recommended. Tobias Rohner recently joined the practice from Froriep.

Bär & Karrer AG is noted for its tax-efficient structuring of cross-border transactions. It advised UBS on the reorganisation of its global asset management division. Daniel Bader, Susanne Schreiber and Daniel Lehmann are recommended.

Niederer Kraft & Frey AG’s ‘very good’ team combines strength in transactional tax issues, particularly regarding capital markets products, with niche expertise in tax issues governing international sports associations and athletes. Thomas Graf, Markus Kronauer and Daniela Schmucki are recommended.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd excels at contentious tax matters, including audits and litigation, and regularly advises on tax-efficient restructurings. Recommended lawyers include practice co-heads Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti, as well as VAT expert Harun Can.

Tax Partner AG provides ‘a very good service’ on the full range of tax matters. Alberto Lissi has ‘great negotiating skills that lead to good tax rulings’, Stephanie Eichenberger is recommended for corporate restructurings, as is Patrick Imgrüth for VAT and import duties.

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein’s team advises corporate and private clients on a range of matters, including tax disputes. Jürg Altorfer and Marco Duss are recommended.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law’s practice regularly handles tax disputes and has been advising several Swiss banks and private clients on the French voluntary disclosure programme. Jean-Luc Bochatay and Michel Abt are recommended.

Froriep’s ‘excellent’ team has expertise in the tax-efficient structuring of cross-border investments and M&A transactions. Michael Fischer is ‘very knowledgeable’. Tobias Rohner joined Baker McKenzie.

Tax boutique Ludwig + Partner Ltd. combines ‘excellent service’ with ‘very good value for money’. Its expertise covers a range of corporate tax advice, restructurings and investments. The ‘calm and pragmatic’ Thomas Ziegler and Hubertus Ludwig are recommended.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance provides ‘pragmatic, fast and efficient advice’. The ‘very experienced and creative’ Andreas Müller and the ‘very responsive and efficient’ Samuel Bussmann are recommended. Walter Frei joined in 2016 from the now-defunct Bill & Isenegger.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s practice is adept in tax litigation and has expertise in the tax-efficient structuring of investments. Recommended lawyers include practice head David Brönimann and counsel Urs Behnisch.

Pestalozzi regularly advises on tax-efficient structures for cross-border transactions. Clients include Glencore and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Nils Harbeke heads the ‘very good’ team, in which Silvia Zimmermann is particularly recommended.

Python handles tax-efficient structuring of transactions and the negotiation of advance tax rulings. Recommended lawyers include the ‘reliable, pragmatic and creative’ Etienne von Streng and Per Prod’hom.

Vischer’s ‘fast, accurate and flexible’ team successfully represented media company Elevator Group in a tax dispute regarding the applicability of OECD transfer pricing rules within Switzerland. Nadia Tarolli Schmidt and Christoph Niederer are recommended.

BianchiSchwald’s Joseph Merhai has expertise in tax law governing private equity investments and regularly advises foreign corporations on tax-efficient investments in Switzerland.

At Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob Ltd, Michael Alexis Barrot successfully defended a UBS account holder in a case regarding an information request from Dutch tax authorities. Counsel Walter Boss joined from now-defunct firm Poledna Boss.

Burckhardt Ltd. advises on tax-efficient corporate restructurings and tax rulings. Practice head Rolf Wüthrich is recommended.

CMS focuses on corporate tax and has particular expertise in transfer pricing. The ‘very experienced’ Andrio Orler and David Hürlimann are recommended.

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés regularly advises private and corporate clients, negotiates tax rulings and handles tax litigation. Pierre Gillioz is the name to note.

Loyens & Loeff strengthened its Zurich office with the arrival of Beat Baumgartner from Homburger. He has been representing a Dutch bank in appeal proceedings against a decision by the Swiss tax authorities to deny a full refund of dividend withholding tax.

Bruno Bächli heads the practice at Wenger & Vieli, which regularly advises corporate clients on tax-efficient structures for acquisitions and investments.

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