This chapter highlights 77 foremost lawyers for their expertise in estate planning, succession advice and wealth management for families, individuals and companies within Switzerland and abroad.
Most Highly Regarded
Walder Wyss performs well this year with seven lawyers nominated.
Philippe Pulfer is a “fantastic practitioner” with a broad and renowned private client practice encompassing international trust disputes, estate planning and wealth structuring.
Olivier Sigg is a go-to lawyer for international high-net-worth individuals seeking assistance with estate-planning matters including testaments, trusts and foundations.
Kinga Weiss is hailed a “thorough and likeable lawyer” who excels at inheritance matters, asset structuring and tax affairs in Switzerland and abroad.
Schellenberg Wittmer displays a wealth of talent with six lawyers recognised in this chapter.
The “excellent” Manuel Liatowitsch is nominated for his profound expertise in complex estate disputes, and for the stellar succession and dispute prevention advice he provides to wealthy families and entrepreneurs.
David Wallace Wilson is first-rate, renowned for his encyclopaedic understanding of inheritance disputes, wealth structuring and estate planning.
Andrea Dorjee-Good impresses peers with her “excellent work in the private client space” where she focuses on estate planning and litigation.
Market sources claim Bernard Vischer is a “clear and obvious choice for this list”, with over 35 years’ experience in private client law.
Lenz & Staehelin also achieves six listings.
Mark John Barmes is “vastly knowledgeable” with an “incredibly strong reputation in trust-related matters and disputes”.
Jean-Blaise Eckert is a “highly skilled international planner” and “brilliant tax attorney” according to peers who admire his work in domestic and international tax litigation.
Heini Rüdisühli is a top-tier lawyer who regularly advises clients on tax planning at home and abroad.
Meyerlustenberger Lachenal sees five practitioners highlighted.
Patricia Guerra is “one of the best private client lawyers in Switzerland” and a “true pioneer”, recognised for her “successful reputation” according to impressed peers.
Serge Calame is top-notch and provides stellar advice on tax and estate planning with an emphasis on contractual issues.
Maud Udry-Alhanko is renowned for her detailed understanding and handling of family law matters including international divorce and estate issues.
Bär & Karrer sees four individuals listed in this chapter.
Tina Wüstemann is a “vastly experienced lawyer” renowned for her market-leading expertise in trusts, agreements and relocations.
The “highly skilful” Daniel Bader enjoys a “strong reputation as a tax specialist” who provides first-rate advice across the full gamut of tax matters for private clients.
Daniel Leu is a “star player at the firm” according to market players who commend his “outstanding” work on wealth, estate and succession planning issues.
Andreas Bär advises wealthy families and their offices on complex estate and business matters including restructurings. He is “one of the best in Zurich” according to market sources.
Homburger is home to four leading lawyers listed here.
The “exceptional” Harold Grüninger is “extremely well-experienced” with “very strong knowledge of foundation law”.
Reto Heuberger is held in high esteem by peers and clients alike who say he is “one of a kind” and provides “the highest possible quality of tax-related services”.
Gabrielle Nater-Bass is recognised for her first-class advice on trusts, relocations and succession planning.
Claudia Suter stands out for her “analytical mind, intelligence and constructive thinking” when it comes to marital law and tax planning.
CMS von Erlach Poncet sees three practitioners achieve nominations.
Tobias Somary is a “top name for succession and estate matters in Switzerland”. He is highlighted for his “sound judgement and practicality” in cross-border proceedings.
Louise Lutz Sciamanna is a “true expert in the field” with “phenomenal analytical skills and broad experience” in estate planning and inheritance disputes.
Max Albers-Schönberg is recognised for the breadth of his experience and his strong, well-established domestic and international private client practice.
Charles Russell Speechlys also receives three listings.
Mark Summers gains plaudits as a “top-tier specialist”, relied upon by an array of private clients for complex cross-border taxation matters.
Michael Wells-Greco displays an “immaculate understanding of family law and the intricacies of succession planning” and is “extremely reliable in cross-border issues”.
David Cooney is “terrific in complex international private client matters” and regularly advises wealthy families on trust structuring proceedings.
Lalive sees three talented practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
Werner Jahnel is “strongly endorsed” by market sources who deem him “splendid in inheritance law matters”. Clients benefit from his “fluent command of five different languages”.
The “brilliant” Sandrine Giroud is a “foremost authority on matters involving art work” in the private client space.
Alexander Troller is highly regarded by fellow practitioners for his “extensive knowledge of tax and estate planning issues”.
Oberson Abels achieves three listings.
Xavier Oberson enjoys a “remarkable reputation in the private client space” and is credited with a detailed understanding of Swiss and international tax law.
Jérôme Meyer excels at offering private clients stellar advice on tax issues in Switzerland and abroad.
Frédéric Vuilleumier is a “tremendously talented tax specialist”, highlighted for the top-notch services he offers to high-net-worth individuals.
Marnin Michaels at Baker McKenzie is “one of the top international lawyers”, with more than 20 years of experience handling complex tax and wealth management matters.
Borel & Barbey is home to Louis Boissier, who is “excellent for advisory work” and applies “extensive knowledge of civil and common law” to his broad private client practice.
At Fischer Ramp Partner, Michael Fischer stands out as a “fantastic lawyer who certainly deserves to be on this list” thanks to his “remarkable level of knowledge of tax matters”.
Natalie Peter of Blum&Grob Attorneys at Law impresses peers as a “prominent figure” with an “outstanding reputation in the Swiss private client market”.
At Withers, Justine Markovitz is a well-established practitioner, and regularly advises private clients on all aspects of trusts issues and estate planning.
Gian Andri Töndury of Umbricht Attorneys at Law impresses market players with his “out-of-the-box and effective approach”. He is well versed in handling international tax and estate planning matters.
The “brilliant” Frédérique Bensahel at FBT Attorneys-at-law applies a thorough understanding of the Swiss financial sector to regulatory and wealth planning issues for private clients.
Olga Boltenko of Boltenko Law has more than two decades of experience providing Russian and English clients with top-tier international tax and wealth planning services, including compliance.