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Switzerland: Corporate Tax Analysis 2016

In this chapter we identify 51 outstanding individuals in the field of corporate tax. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Jean-Blaise Eckert Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
Peter Riedweg Homburger, Zurich
Jürg Altorfer ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG, Zurich
Xavier Oberson Oberson Avocats, Zurich
Peter Altenburger Altenburger Ltd legal + tax, Zurich
Marcus Desax Walder Wyss, Zurich
Heini Rüdisühli Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
Thomas Meister Walder Wyss, Zurich
Pascal Hinny Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
Walter Boss Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob AG, Zurich

 Oberson Avocats is home to six exceptional practitioners. Xavier Oberson is a “thoroughly impressive lawyer” who “inspires confidence in clients”. With “substantial experience in the industry”, he has “a long track record of excellence”. Alongside him the “superb” Frederic Vuilleumier is known being “highly technical” and for “always delivering for clients”. Clients praise Pierre-Marie Glauser’s “thorough and intelligent approach”, which produces “sophisticated solutions” to complex issues. Marc-Etienne Pache is recommended as an “exceptional practitioner”, with “substantial experience” of the sector and who “certainly knows his stuff”.

At ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein Jürg Altorfer “is amazingly gifted”. His “impressive practice” includes particular expertise in advising owner-managed companies and their shareholders in all matters of national and cross-border tax and security law. He is joined by Pascal Taddei who has a fantastic reputation in the industry, and clients say they “couldn’t wish for a more skilled advocate”. Fabian Duss is recommended for his “ability to get straight to the heart of the matter” and for “keenly protecting clients’ best interests”. His practice has a particular focus in the areas of tax optimisation of the value chain, international transfer pricing, restructuring and corporate takeovers.

From Walder Wyss Marcus Desax is “a true professional.” With a “fantastic reputation in the industry”, clients say they “couldn’t wish for a more skilled advocate”. Thomas Meister is “head and shoulders above the competition.” He is head of the firm’s tax team and “extensively experienced in the fields of domestic and international corporate tax, including corporate and real estate finance, structured finance, tax optimisation, and corporate reorganisations among other matters. He is praised by clients and peers particularly for his “direct, clear and effective” approach. They are joined by the “excellent” Maurus Winzap who has “a wealth of industry experience”, and is known for his “deep commercial insight”. His practice focuses on domestic and international tax issues, particularly in corporate reorganisations, restructurings, structured finance, acquisitions and divestments. Martin Busenhart is another of the firm’s “internationally regarded” practitioners. He is held in “very high esteem” by both peers and clients for his ability to “approach matters at a unique angle”. Alongside him Stephan Neidhardt is lauded for his “superior knowledge” of corporate tax law, and “exceptional legal and factual analysis skills.

Jean-Blaise Eckert at Lenz & Staehelin is described as “a power house of knowledge”. He is co-head of the firm’s tax group, and his “impressive clientele” include a number of multinational groups of companies as well as high-net-worth individuals. Alongside him Heini Rüdisühli impresses clients with his “vast and intricate knowledge” combined with “strong commercial acumen”. Pascal Hinny joins them, leading the firm’s tax practice group in Zurich. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions including public tender offers and private equity-buy-outs, and is known for “providing unique insight” into complicated issues. The “exceptionally talented” Daniel Schafer is highly praised for his “fantastic work ethic and no nonsense approach”.

From Homburger Peter Riedweg is “in a class of his own”, particularly praised for his “close attention to detail” and “client centred approach”.

Peter Altenburger at Altenburger Ltd legal + tax is the founding partner of the firm, and is known for his “long-standing experience” of double taxation treaties. Clients recommend him for his ability to “tailor his advice to meet their business needs”.

Walter Boss from Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob has a “very successful national and international tax practice”, and is a “highly esteemed practitioner” for his ability to “keep in mind the bigger picture whilst focusing on complex legal details”. 

Andreas Kolb from Kolb International Tax services is a “standout name”, lauded for his “strong advocacy skills” and “easy client manner”.

At Tax Partner AG David Ryser has an “excellent eye for detail” and a “high level of technical skill”, making him an “extremely capable practitioner”. He is joined by Dieter Weber, “an absolute superstar”. Praised for having a “diligent approach” to complex matters, he impresses clients with his “tactical astuteness”, and “comprehensive advice”.

Expert witnesses

Daniel Lüethi at his own firm offers “a personal service” and “a high standard of client care”.  He is known to be “incredibly knowledgeable and articulate” with “strong analytical skills”, and a “meticulous approach” which has given him “wide acclaim in the market”.

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