Switzerland: Corporate Tax 2019

This year’s research into the Swiss corporate tax space sees 60 lawyers highlighted for their outstanding work on matters including transfer pricing, international tax planning and tax litigation.

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

Homburger impresses this year, receiving five nominations.
Reto Heuberger is a “brilliant corporate tax lawyer”. He wins high praise from sources who consider him a “shining star” able to provide “top advice”.
Stefan Oesterhelt is an “outstanding tax adviser” who is “very strong technically”, according to peers who note he is “very good at financing and tax litigation”.
Peter Riedweg stands out as “a brilliant tax adviser”, who is “very well known for his work on complex cases” involving corporate reorganisations and M&A.
Dieter Grünblatt is praised as a “hardworking individual” who has a top-notch reputation in the jurisdiction for his superb ability on structured finance transactions.
Harold Grüninger is well thought of by peers in the space who note his in-depth understanding of a range of issues that arise from the nexus of private client and corporate taxation concerns.

Lenz & Staehelin sees six individuals listed in this chapter.
Jean-Blaise Eckert is highlighted by peers as “a bright tax attorney” who has "a good reputation in the market” for cross-border tax planning.
Pascal Hinny “has a lot of experience in international tax work”. He is noted for his “very strong academic background” and is praised as a “top tax adviser”.
Daniel Schafer is a go-to lawyer in the country for transactional matters who is known for his outstanding knowledge of M&A, investment structuring, and real estate purchases and sales.
Heini Rüdisühli enjoys an excellent reputation in the tax space and is commended by respondents to our research for his expert handling of corporate acquisitions and reorganisations.

Five lawyers from Oberson Abels are included in this chapter for their excellent work in the space.
Founding partner Xavier Oberson has an “outstanding reputation” according to peers who commend his first-class practice, providing broad expertise on M&A and transaction finance arrangements.
Pierre-Marie Glauser is “an eminent lawyer” in the jurisdiction, with respondents to our research lauding his impressive handling of inbound corporate relocations and transfer pricing matters.
Marcel Meier is “always a pleasure to work with” say commentators. He possesses “great client-handling skills” and is adept on complex issues such as corporate restructuring and pension fund arrangements.

Schellenberg Wittmer is home to some of the country’s top names, four of whom are highlighted this year.
Michael Nordin is a “very prominent” player in the Swiss market with a “great client base”, and is recognised for his in-depth understanding of banking regulation and fintech.
Jean-Frédéric Maraia receives effusive praise from respondents to our research who describe him as a “very good adviser” on acquisitions and indirect taxation.
Pietro Sansonetti garners widespread plaudits for his adept handling of a range of issues affecting corporates, with a particular focus on tax enforcement and corporate reorganisations.
Madeleine Simonek is an excellent corporate tax lawyer who is recognised by observers for her deep insight into international tax planning and litigation.

Bär & Karrer’s Susanne Schreiber is a “top-tier adviser in the Zurich area” who is "very active in M&A transactions. Sources call Schreiber "a “brilliant lawyer”.
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.

Walder Wyss’ Maurus Winzap is a “very well-known adviser” who is “incredibly solution-oriented”. He stands out as a “great people manager” who “can really move projects forward”, and excels on financing structures, M&A and tax litigation.
Thomas Meister is “very competent on finance matters”, say peers who consider him a “great lawyer” with strong expertise in real estate transactions and securitisation transactions.

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein’s Fabian Duss is “one of the top names in the country” who provides clients with a wealth of understanding on matters including transfer pricing and corporate restructuring.
Jürg Altorfer is rated highly by respondents who praise his standout work on transfer pricing and tax optimisation, as well as his specialist understanding of the banking and insurance sectors.
Pascal Taddei is “really well-known and respected in the market” according to commentators. He has a “very impressive client base” and “does a great job” on M&A and transaction finance.

Andrio Orler of CMS von Erlach Poncet is described by sources as a “top expert with a great client base”. His much-respected practice sees him advise clients on reorganisations and M&A.

At Niederer Kraft Frey, Thomas Graf is a “star practitioner” who wins high praise from sources for his excellent work handling complex M&A and financing transactions.

Tax Partner have a distinguished individual in David Ryser who provides clients with wide-ranging experience in the field of corporate taxation, including on matters such as M&A and restructurings.

Loyens & Loeff’s Beat Baumgartner is “one of the best qualified individuals in the country”. Sources describe him as “very professional” and “great to work with”, and praise his “strong economics background”.

Pestalozzi’s Nils Harbeke is “very visible in the financing space” and receives effusive praise from market sources for his specialist knowledge of the pharmaceutical and real estate sectors.

Von Ah & Partner’s Julia von Ah has “very good technical knowledge” and is described by peers as “someone you can rely on”, particularly when it comes to hedge fund structures.

At Burckhardt, Rolf Wüthrich is described as a “great tax adviser” with an outstanding practice that sees him involved in corporate restructuring, international tax planning and acquisitions.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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