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


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Professional, responsive."


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

  • "Often represents clients from the financial services sector."


    Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Tax Directors Handbook 2014

  • "Provides wide geographical coverage in Switzerland"


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Very good industry knowledge."


    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

  • "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

  • "Adept at handling international tax matters."


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Legal 500 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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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advised the Sellers of Rotronic more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Banque Cantonale de Genève on the Placement of CHF 200 Million Additional Tier 1 and Tier 2 Bonds more »
Bär & Karrer Advises the seller of Duagon more »
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Länderbericht Schweiz: Steuervorlage 17 – das Nachfolgeprojekt zur USR III
Schreiber Susanne / Diefenbacher Cyrill,

iStR 13/17 - Zeitschrift für europäische und internationale Steuer- und Wirtschaftsberatung

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Automatic exchange of information
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

IFLR Magazine July/August 2017

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Switzerland signs the BEPS-Convention
Schreiber Susanne / Reinarz Peter,

Bär & Karrer Briefing June 2017

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Speaking Engagements

Swiss automatic exchange of information: update and outlook, with some focus on the Swiss relations with Israel, South Africa, Brazil and New Zealand
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

STEP Evening Event (Organizer: STEP Lucerne/Zug), 29 June 2017, Zug

Steuerliche Aspekte des passiven Investierens
Reinarz Peter,

Indexing Forum – Passives Investieren im Zeitalter der Innovation, 22. Juni 2017, Zürich

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Tax Residency of Individuals: Switzerland
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

STEP Israel Annual Conference, Tel Aviv, June 20/21, 2017

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