Switzerland: Corporate Tax 2018

In this chapter we highlight 55 corporate tax lawyers for their specialist expertise in tax planning and structuring matters, transactions and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stefan Oesterhelt Homburger AG, Zurich
2. Susanne Schreiber Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
3. Reto Heuberger Homburger AG, Zurich
4. Peter Riedweg Homburger AG, Zurich
5. Xavier Oberson Oberson Abels SA, Geneva

Swiss powerhouse LENZ & STAEHELIN achieves six listings in this chapter.
Pascal Hinny is an esteemed tax planner and a trusted adviser to large multinational corporations. He is “a very impressive and tough opponent” in complex tax litigation, according to peers.  
Jean-Blaise Eckert is “a top name in Geneva” who impresses peers with “his fantastic tax advice in major controversial matters”.
Heini Rüdisühli is “certainly well known” for his strategic tax planning counsel and broad cross-border expertise.
Daniel Schafer is “a market-leading name in Geneva" for complex tax matters, most notably those arising from cross-border M&A and corporate restructurings.
“There is no doubt” that Henri Torrione “is a leading practitioner in Geneva”, say peers, who highlight his deep knowledge across a broad spectrum of corporate tax matters.
Lucien Masmejan is “a real tax expert” who draws praise for his strategic advice and astute commercial insights.

This year we identify five eminent WALDER WYSS practitioners.
Maurus Winzap stands out asa really impressive practitioner" in the tax planning space. Peers say, “He does a fantastic job on transactions,” and commend his expertise in complex fund structuring.  
Thomas Meister is “a very experienced tax partner” who is described by one peer as “one of the very best at Walder Wyss”. He is held in high esteem for his broad transactional experience and specialist counsel in tax optimisation matters. 
Stephan Neidhardt is “a highly experienced” tax adviser who draws praise for his technical expertise in tax structuring and related M&A advice.
Marcus Desax is a dispute resolution specialist with “huge knowledge and experience” in tax-related international litigation and arbitration disputes.
The “excellent” Martin Busenhart is an esteemed tax adviser who draws praise from peers and clients alike for his outstanding expertise in tax optimisation and structuring matters.

HOMBURGER is home to four outstanding corporate tax lawyers.
Stefan Oesterhelt is a leading figure in this year’s research who comes highly recommended for his expertise in financing transactions and structuring. Respondents commend his “detailed and pragmatic advice” and note, “He quickly gets to the heart of a matter and concisely answers it.”
Reto Heuberger impresses clients with “his ability to see particular issues as part of the bigger picture”. Peers add, “He is outstanding for corporate tax reorganisation, restructuring and M&A.”
Peter Riedweg “must be the best corporate tax lawyer in Switzerland”, according to one peer. He stands out as “an extremely experienced practitioner for all kinds of tax questions” and enjoys a superb reputation in the Swiss market.
Dieter Grünblatt draws praise for “his creativity, combination of profound tax know-how and in-depth legal knowledge, and outstanding implementation skills”. Peers speak highly of his particular expertise in tax structuring.

BÄR & KARRER achieves four listings in this chapter.
Susanne Schreiber is “excellent for financing structures and M&A deals” and draws praise for her superb expertise in the financial industry. She represents major multinationals and private equity clients, with peers noting, “She does great work for banks.” 
Daniel Bader is “a great tax adviser” with impressive expertise in cross-border tax structuring and information exchange. 

Four leading lawyers from SCHELLENBERG WITTMER’s tax team are highlighted in this year’s research.
Michael Nordin stands out as “a great technical lawyer who is very experienced and smart”. He enjoys a superb reputation as a dispute resolution specialist and also draws praise for his broad transactional expertise.
Jean-Frédéric Maraia is “a highly recommended tax adviser in Geneva” who is endorsed for his outstanding expertise in Swiss and international tax planning, transactions and disputes.

Four lawyers from boutique tax firm OBERSON ABELS are featured here.
Xavier Oberson is “a big name” in the Swiss market who is widely regarded as “one of the leading tax practitioners in the country”.
Pierre-Marie Glauser is recognised as “one of the best” tax lawyers in Switzerland by peers, who add, “He is very knowledgeable on VAT matters."

Zurich-based tax firm ADB ALTORFER DUSS & BEILSTEIN achieves four listings.
Marco Greter is highlighted as “a very gifted litigator” who “does an excellent job” representing clients of all sizes in complex tax disputes.
Jürg Altorfer enjoys an excellent reputation as a “responsive and reliable” adviser who impresses peers with his “high-quality advice” on tax structuring and corporate restructuring matters.

Tax boutique MME LEGAL TAX COMPLIANCE sees four practitioners listed here.
Peers say Andreas Müller is “certainly one to recommend” for his commercial and client-focused tax advice. He is a go-to practitioner for strategic tax planning, risk management and compliance matters.
Christoph Rechsteiner is “a great and highly intelligent lawyer” who is highlighted for the breadth of his transactional experience and expertise in cryptocurrency projects.

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY is home to two highly regarded lawyers.
Thomas Graf is an esteemed corporate tax adviser with impressive expertise advising heavyweight financial industry clients. Peers say, “Technically and intellectually, he is streets ahead.”
The “technical and knowledgeable” Daniela Schmucki is a highly regarded practitioner who stands out for her strong expertise in M&A and restructuring transactions.  

PESTALOZZI’s Silvia Zimmermann is a seasoned adviser in international tax planning and structuring. With over 35 years’ experience, she is “an excellent name in the Swiss market” and is a trusted adviser to a range of major corporate clients. 
Nils Harbeke is “a big name in the financing world”. He regularly counsels large financial institutions and impresses peers with his experience advising on cross-border banking, collective investment funds and structured finance matters. 

At TAX PARTNER, David Ryser stands out as “a top name at the firm”. With over 20 years’ experience counselling clients on corporate tax issues, he is a go-to adviser for complex tax planning and transactional matters.
Dieter Weber is highly visible in the Swiss market and receives wide-ranging endorsements for his expertise in Swiss and international tax transactions.

Julia von Ah leads the practice at VON AH & PARTNER. Peers note, “She is very skilled at handling corporate tax matters,” and highlight her intelligent and insightful counsel on tax structuring, restructuring and collective investment.

Star practitioner Raoul Stocker is a leading name at DELOITTE who stands out as “the leading person for transfer pricing-related work in Switzerland”.

CMS VON ERLACH PONCET is home to Andrio Orler, a revered transactional expert who is “certainly a person to know in the Geneva area”.

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