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Switzerland: Corporate Tax 2017

We highlight 54 practitioners this year who are recognised for their expertise in corporate tax law, advising companies, shareholders and financial institutions in issues of tax optimisation and regulatory matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jean-Blaise Eckert Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
2. Daniel Bader Bär & Karrer, Zurich
3. Heini Rüdisühli Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
4. Xavier Oberson Oberson Avocats, Zurich
5. Stefan Oesterhelt Homburger, Zurich
6. Walter Boss Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob, Zurich
7. Thomas Meister Walder Wyss, Zurich

LENZ & STAEHELIN boasts the foremost corporate tax group in our research this year. The firm achieves an impressive five listings, with two names recognised as some of our most highly regarded practitioners.
The pre-eminent Jean-Blaise Eckert is co-head of the firm’s tax group and is recognised as the country’s leading tax law specialist. He is “a gifted tax lawyer” and “a leading practitioner without any doubt”, according to clients, who include high-net-worth individuals and multinational companies.
Heini Rüdisühli specialises in national and international tax planning for private clients, as well as tax matters related to corporate acquisitions and reorganisations. One source notes: “He is a true specialist in private client matters.”
Daniel Schafer focuses his first-rate practice on tax matters relating to corporate issues, including M&A and restructurings, as well as VAT and real estate taxation. “He is a leading practitioner without any doubt.”
Henri Torrione is an expert in Swiss tax law and is known for his “strong academic focus” and “exceptional knowledge” of the field. 
Pascal Hinny is recommended for his expertise in advising multinational entities on tax issues regarding M&A, reorganisations, relocation and refinancing.

Leading national outfit SCHELLENBERG WITTMER sees five lawyers recommended for their excellent work in the field.
Michael Nordin heads the firm’s taxation group in the Zurich office. He focuses on M&A, reorganisations and restructurings and is “excellent on VAT issues”.
Harun Can advises on national and international tax issues for multinationals and specialises in issues of relocation.
Pietro Sansonetti heads the taxation group in the Geneva office. He is highly sought after by clients seeking counsel on complex tax matters on both a national and international level. Peers note that he “is very well known in the market and great to work with”.
Jean-Frédéric Maraia is a specialist in the field, and wins praise for his top-tier practice that encompasses tax-related litigation, lump-sum taxation and art-related taxation matters. Madeleine Simonek is well versed in all aspects of tax law, and is recognised for her expert handling of corporate issues and tax controversies at an international level.

WALDER WYSS sees four lawyers recognised in this year’s listings.
Head of the tax team, Maurus Winzap advises on all aspects of corporate tax matters relating to transactions and restructurings. One source describes him as “clearly the most complete tax adviser in the field.”
Thomas Meister focuses his world-class practice on domestic and international corporate tax and tax optimisation. He is considered to be “one of the top tax lawyers in the country – very clever and incredibly quick.”
Marcus Desax advises on domestic and international corporate tax matters. He is recognised for his particular expertise in dispute resolution, and is described by respondents as “an experienced tax litigator with a tremendous understanding of Swiss tax law”.
Stephan Neidhardt is also recognised for his impressive work advising companies and private clients on corporate taxation issues.

Four leading practitioners at BÄR & KARRER achieve listings this year.
Daniel Bader provides tax advice to corporations and individuals, often in relation to cross-border issues and relocations. He “has a sharp mind and is an absolute pleasure to work with”.
The “impressive” Susanne Schreiber wins praise for her exceptional corporate tax practice, which encompasses tax-related M&A, restructurings and financing matters.

Full-service corporate firm HOMBURGER sees four individuals achieve listings in this chapter.
Stefan Oesterhelt is recommended for his excellent work on international tax law including transactions and litigation. He is described by respondents as “a very promising young lawyer”.
Peter Riedweg focuses on corporate tax matters relating to mergers, restructurings and relocations. He is regarded by peers as “one of the best of his generation”.

Specialist tax firm OBERSON ABELS achieves four listings this year, a testament to their exceptional expertise in the space.
Xavier Oberson is “a real strategist”, and is recognised as one of the country’s foremost figures in corporate tax law.
Pierre-Marie Glauser specialises in tax law relating to M&A and reorganisations, VAT and customs. He is “the sharpest guy in corporate tax and very strong academically”.

ADB ALTORFER DUSS & BEILSTEIN achieves four recommendations.
Fabian Duss focuses his fantastic practice on transfer pricing and corporate and restructuring matters and effective supply chain management. One clients notes: “He is extremely fast, high-quality and very reliable. He also has an excellent relationship with the tax authority.”
Jürg Altorfer enjoys “an excellent reputation in the field” and is noted for the effective and intuitive counsel that he delivers to both companies and their shareholders.

Three standout practitioners at NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY LTD are recognised for their expertise in this chapter.
Daniela Schmucki is a longstanding and widely respected lawyer in the Swiss market, and is recognised for her expertise regarding the tax aspects of complex cross-border M&A transactions.
Thomas Graf focuses his first-rate tax practice on the financial services industry, delivering counsel to clients on both a domestic and international level.  
Christina Rinne is also recommended for her fantastic corporate tax work.

Two leading practitioners at national outfit PESTALOZZI are nominated this year.
Nils Harbeke leads the firm’s tax law group and is highly sought after for his “client-oriented approach”.
Silvia Zimmermann is widely recognised among peers and clients alike as a seasoned tax lawyer. She focuses her practice on international tax law relating to corporate transactions and reorganisations.

TAX PARTNER achieves two listings in this chapter.
David Ryser is well versed in advising national and international firms on tax planning, transactions and restructuring and is “excellent when it comes to corporate issues”.
Dieter Weber is recognised for his extensive knowledge of Swiss and international tax matters, and advises companies on all aspects of tax planning.

At BRATSCHI WIEDERKEHR & BUOB, Walter Boss is recognised as one of the most highly regarded tax practitioners in the country, and focuses his prestigious practice on transactions and contracts law. One peer comments: “He has always done excellent work and is reliable, knowledgeable, and responsive.”
The “exceptionally bright” Stefanie Maria Monge is also noted for her impressive corporate tax practice.

At ALTENBURGER LTD LEGAL + TAX, founding partner Peter Altenburger is recommended for his expertise in transactions and reorganisations, and is noted particularly by peers for his work on US cross-border matters.

Andreas Kolb at KOLB INTERNATIONAL TAX SERVICES is regularly engaged in handling corporate tax issues relating to mergers, private equity matters and corporate restructurings. According to sources, he is “a major figure on an international level”.

René Matteotti of BAKER MCKENZIE is recognised for his “strong academic focus” and specialises in transfer pricing, tax policy and tax dispute resolution. 

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