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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Daniel Bader is celebrated as a “tax specialist” by impressed peers and is engaged by entrepreneurs, executives and private clients to advise on complex tax matters pertaining to private wealth structures and succession planning.

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Daniel Bader is a partner in the Zurich office and provides national and international tax and legal advice to individuals and corporate clients. He advises private clients, executives and entrepreneurs in tax-related questions, including succession planning and private wealth structures. Daniel develops tax solutions, particularly related to cross-border structuring. He assists clients in questions regarding income and wealth tax, estate and gift taxes, real estate tax and social security. He teaches and is a frequent speaker at tax and private client conferences, and acts as board member of family offices. He is the president of the International Fiscal Association, Swiss branch.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career?

Initially, I studied and taught economics at university. During my studies I dedicated significant time to the question of how law interacts with economics. More and more, the focus of my work shifted from economics to law, which is why I ended up pursuing a legal career.

What do you enjoy most about working in the field of private clients?

The private client business is about law and people. Combining my passion for tax and private client law with day-to-day interactions with clients is what I enjoy most about my work.

What qualities do clients look for in an effective private client lawyer?

Clients want to be taken care of. No matter how big or small the problem is, no matter whether it is a legal or non-legal matter, a private client lawyer needs to be able to fully dedicate themselves to the client. A client, in particular in the private client sector, is looking for their very personal lawyer. You need to make them feel like they are your only client and take care of them accordingly.

How have you seen the issue of Brexit affect the private client space over the past couple of years?

Brexit is just another political development that shows what the private client space is currently undergoing. Over the past couple of years, political, legal and social changes have increased again. Planning for private clients is no longer aimed at covering the next century, but rather at the coming five to 10 years. Working in the private client area has also become a lot about anticipating future developments and implementing solutions to them already in today’s work. 

Sources have noted that Switzerland has experienced an increase in the relocation of high-net-worth individuals. What would you say is driving this development?

The political, legal and social changes over the past few years have increased the wish of clients for stability in their personal environment, and are the clear driver of this development. Switzerland attracts high-net-worth individuals seeking predictability in their legal environment, stability in their economic system, and computability in case problems arise.

How is the generational shift changing legal practice at your firm? What do younger lawyers do differently?

Young lawyers start their career from a different background, irrespective of whether we look at today’s education, use of technology or business/life models. However, if you take a closer look at this generational shift, it is nothing else than today’s generation of young lawyers adapting to those new parameters of life. As a law firm, we invest significantly in human resources, education and technology to have all generations, irrespective of their background, work seamlessly together.

How do you anticipate the Swiss legal framework changing in the next five years?

There will be three main drivers that will have an impact on the legal framework and mainly drive the change. First, an increase in the regulatory framework: the complexity of today’s world will drive an increase in regulations, in Switzerland as well as other places. Second, international competition between countries: jurisdictions will focus more and more on protecting their economic basis by implementing legal barriers. And third, more sustainable solutions: ecological needs and political power will significantly drive the change in how we think and also how our legal framework will change. 

What is the best piece of career advice you have received?

Be authentic, honest, thoughtful and generous.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
Private Client 2018

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Daniel Bader is described as "excellent for private client work" for his expert advice on taxation matters relating to succession planning and wealth management issues.

Biography

Daniel Bader co-heads the tax practice and the social security practice at Bär & Karrer. He is based in Zurich and has been partner since 2010. He is a member of the managing board of Bär & Karrer.

Daniel Bader provides national and international tax, social security and legal advice to individuals and corporate clients.

He comprehensively advises private clients, executives and entrepreneurs in tax and legal-related questions including successions planning, compensation plans and private wealth structures.

Daniel Bader develops solutions, particularly related to cross-border structuring and to corporate and private relocations from and to Switzerland. He assists clients in questions regarding income and wealth tax, estate and gift taxes, real estate tax and social security.

Daniel Bader is a frequent speaker at national and international tax and private clients conferences, and acts as board member of Family Offices. He is president of the Swiss branch of the International Fiscal Association IFA.
Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.
Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

National Leader

Switzerland - Corporate Tax

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Daniel Bader is a “great lawyer” with an “impressive client base” according to commentators. He excels on such issues as cross-border corporate structuring and relocations.

Biography

Daniel Bader co-heads the tax practice and the social security practice at Bär & Karrer. He is based in Zurich and has been partner since 2010. He is a member of the managing board of Bär & Karrer.

Daniel Bader provides national and international tax, social security and legal advice to individuals and corporate clients.

He comprehensively advises private clients, companies and entrepreneurs in tax and legal-related questions including successions planning, transactions and private wealth structures.

Daniel Bader develops solutions, particularly related to cross-border structuring and to corporate and private relocations from and to Switzerland. He assists clients in questions regarding income and wealth tax, estate and gift taxes, real estate tax and social security.

Daniel Bader is a frequent speaker at national and international tax and private clients conferences, and acts as board member of Family Offices. He is president of the Swiss branch of the International Fiscal Association IFA.

He is listed as a leading lawyer by Chambers, The Legal 500 and Citywealth.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

Switzerland - Private Client

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Daniel Bader offers clients in-depth taxation advice in relation to succession planning, relocations and wealth structuring. Peers highlight him as “excellent, efficient and knowledgeable”.

Biography

Daniel Bader co-heads the tax practice and the social security practice at Bär & Karrer. He is based in Zurich and has been partner since 2010. He is a member of the managing board of Bär & Karrer.

Daniel Bader provides national and international tax, social security and legal advice to individuals and corporate clients.

He comprehensively advises private clients, companies and entrepreneurs in tax and legal-related questions including successions planning, transactions and private wealth structures.

Daniel Bader develops solutions, particularly related to cross-border structuring and to corporate and private relocations from and to Switzerland. He assists clients in questions regarding income and wealth tax, estate and gift taxes, real estate tax and social security.

Daniel Bader is a frequent speaker at national and international tax and private clients conferences, and acts as board member of Family Offices. He is president of the Swiss branch of the International Fiscal Association IFA.

He is listed as a leading lawyer by Chambers, The Legal 500 and Citywealth.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

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