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National Leader

Switzerland - Corporate Tax

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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.

Biography

Pietro Sansonetti is partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, heading the taxation group. He advises on domestic and international tax matters; has in-depth knowledge of complex tax situations and extensive experience in dealing with tax authorities and enforcement matters; is active in corporate matters; represents non-profit entities; and works with individuals on family businesses, partnership and private client-related tax matters, and tax litigation.

Some examples of Pietro's expertise include counsel to a high net worth individual in reorganising wealth planning, and reviewing the client's various investments; an international non-governmental organisation in reorganising its social security scheme; and in significant tax audits in transfer pricing and "pre-BEPS" contexts.

Pietro is a member of multiple professional organisations; is on the faculty of the executive master's programme in international taxation at the University of Lausanne; and lectures on criminal tax law at University of Geneva. Pietro served as chair of the Swiss examination commission for tax experts from 1999–2004.

After graduating from the School of Law of the University of Geneva in 1982, Pietro was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1985 and joined Fides. He became a Swiss-certified tax expert in 1990, and was appointed director of tax at the Geneva Tax Authority in 1993. In 1999, he joined Schellenberg Wittmer as a partner.

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