• "the lawyers are responsible and in full control of our matters"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "expertise in negotiating international tax treaties and experience in dealing with tax authorities"


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "very good industry knowledge"


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

  • "professional, responsive"


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

  • "a strong choice for transactional tax mandates"


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Talented bench with particular strength in tax issues relating to restructuring and M&A."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "well-regarded practice based across Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug"


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "adept at handling international tax matters"


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "especially expert in the structuring of tax-efficient cross-border investments"


    The Legal 500 2015

  • "the team has an excellent reputation with the tax authorities"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "excels at corporate tax but also handles finance and private client issues"


    Tax Directors Handbook 2014

  • "this growing tax team is increasingly seen as one of the strongest groups in Switzerland"


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "the team is able to complete complex mandates in a prompt and efficient manner"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "especially known for the tax-efficient structuring of cross-border investments and M&A"


    Legal 500 2016

  • "Provides wide geographical coverage in Switzerland"


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "often represents clients from the financial services sector"


    Chambers Europe 2016






Our tax team advises and represents our Swiss and international clients on all matters related to direct and indirect taxes, customs duties, and other levies.


We act for corporations and individuals, financial institutions, institutional and private investors, partnerships, trusts, estates, and foundations. We aim to provide our clients with optimal and stable solutions tailored to their needs within the framework of domestic and international fiscal laws and treaties.


We rely on our excellent working relationship with tax experts in other jurisdictions and with representatives of the Swiss federal, cantonal and municipal tax authorities to provide comprehensive tax planning solutions to our clients. Our tax team works together with our other practice groups to address seamlessly all issues facing our clients in specific transactions and their day-to-day business.


  • General business and transaction structuring
  • Corporate and individual tax planning
  • Double taxation issues
  • Financial institutions and products
  • Executive compensation
  • Family wealth and estate planning
  • Indirect taxes






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Bär & Karrer Advised Lonza on the Placement of Shares by Way of an Accelerated Bookbuilding more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Priora on Acquisition of Large Minority Stake in Galenica more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Sempione Retail and OVS on the Settlement of the Public Tender Offer for Charles Vögele Holding more »
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Kommentierung Art. 6-7 und Art. 49-54 DBG
Schreiber Susanne / Oesterhelt Stefan,

Zweifel/Beusch (Hrsg.) 3. Auflage, Bundesgesetz über die direkte Bundessteuer (DBG), Basel, 2017

Kommentierung Vor 1. Kapitel juristische Personen Steuerpflicht, Art. 20-22 StHG
Schreiber Susanne / Oesterhelt Stefan,

Zweifel/Beusch (Hrsg.) 3. Auflage, Bundesgesetz über die Harmonisierung der direkten Steuern der Kantone und Gemeinden (StHG), Basel, 2017

Corporate Tax Reform III – rejected by referendum
Schreiber Susanne / Bader Daniel / Reinarz Peter / Bottini Paolo / Lehmann Daniel U.,

Bär & Karrer Briefing February 2017

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Speaking Engagements

'CFC rules / Sociétés Etrangères Contrôlées' and 'Transfert de bénéfices vers des juridictions à fiscalité privilégiée (« low-tax jurisdictions »)'
Lehmann Daniel U.,

Fiscalité des entreprises suisses dans le nouveau contexte européen (Organizer: Academy & Finance Seminar), 28 February 2017, Geneva

Steuerfolgen international tätiger Personengesellschaften
Schreiber Susanne,

Internationales Steuerseminar, 22. November 2016, WBZ St. Gallen

Betreuung privater Vermögen - aktuelle steuerliche Entwicklungen in DACHLI
Bader Daniel,

(Veranstalter: LeitnerLeitner & Flick Gocke Schaumburg), 6. Dezember 2016, Wien

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