• "Outstanding practice offering market-leading advice to both Swiss and international clients."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Co-operates closely with tax and corporate teams to provide clients with a full service that addresses all their needs."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Stellar practice with a deep bench of excellent practitioners in Zürich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "First class practice."


    Legal 500 2016

  • "Highly regarded for its private client work."


    Chambers Europe 2012

  • "Boasts a wealth of experience in advising Swiss and international clients."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The excellent team couples fast response times with insightful, commercially aware advice."


    Legal 500 2012

  • "Received excellent feedback from new and established clients alike."


    Chambers Europe 2012

  • "The lawyers are very knowledgeable, intelligent and creative."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The lawyers are team players and listen to what clients say."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The lawyers' turn-around times are terrific and they are practical and resourceful."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015




Private Clients, Trusts & Estates


Our private client team advises private clients and their families on all matters relating to matrimonial property and succession law, including domestic and international estate planning, estate administration and executorships. We also assist our clients with regard to taking up residence and domicile in Switzerland.


We advise clients on using and setting up legal structures, including trusts or other structures in foreign jurisdictions.


Trust and estate matters have become increasingly contentious and there is a continuous trend to have these matters litigated before Swiss and other civil law courts. We represent our clients in all types of litigation involving trusts, gifts, wills, estates and matrimonial property before Swiss courts and, together with correspondent law firms, before foreign courts and in multi-jurisdictional disputes.


We were awarded "Law Firm of the Year - EMEA" at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2015 in London and "Swiss Law Firm of the Year" at the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards 2014. We were under the five finalists in the category "International Legal Team of the Year" at the STEP Private Client Awards 2015/16.


  • Trust and estate litigation
  • Cross-border disputes involving successions, trusts and estates
  • Estate planning
  • Matrimonial property agreements
  • Successions, wills and gifts
  • Executorships
  • Trusts, foundations and international charitable foundations
  • Relocation to Switzerland
  • International mobility for individuals and families
  • Succession planning for closely held enterprises
  • International divorces






Key Contact


Team Leaders


Team Members

Tobias A. Kallenbach

Jurist, Legal Engineer

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Switzerland - Law and Practice
Wüstemann Tina / Bader Daniel / Leu Daniel,

Chambers Global Practice Guides, Private Wealth, 07/2017, Chambers & Partners, p. 248 - 261


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Unternehmensnachfolge bei Familienunternehmen
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Berechnung des Betreuungsunterhalts - ein Lösungsansatz aus der Praxis
Brändli Gian / Arndt Christine, FamPra 1/2017
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Speaking Engagements

Wohneigentumsförderung in der güterrechtlichen Auseinandersetzung
Brändli Gian,

Workshop anlässlich des Symposium Familienrecht vom 14./15. September 2017, Universität Freiburg

The Movement of Art – Panel Discussion
Liatowitsch David,

ATB Berlin Art Week, 14 September 2017, Berlin

Les mesures provisionnelles dans un contexte international – Aspects choisis
Conrad Hari Aurélie,

17 July 2017, Organizer: Jeune Barreau of the Geneva Bar Association

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