• "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

  • "The team is noted for ist tax-efficient structuring of cross-border transactions."


    Legal 500 2017

  • "A top-quality tax department for high-end international transactions and planning matters."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "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

  • "The team always sees Swiss tax questions in the context of cross-border fact patterns; the firm is very experienced in this."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Adept at handling international tax matters."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "A strong choice for transactional tax mandates."


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "They have top-notch experts for all aspects of corporate and tax law and maintain a wide network of contacts."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Very good industry knowledge."


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

  • "Professional, responsive."


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

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


    The Legal 500 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "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

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013






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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Wealth Management Workshop: Tax and Immigration planning and compliance for high net worth individuals
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

Report on Wealth Management Workshop I at the 18th Annual Tax Planning Strategies – US and Europe Conference of the International Bal Association of 30 August 2018 in Amsterdam, published on ibanet.org/taxation Committee. This article was originally prepared as a paper given at the 18th Annual Tax Planning Strategies – US and Europe Conference. © International Bar Association

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Die Entschädigung des Stiftungsrats im Privat-, Sozialversicherungs- und Steuerrecht
Bloch-Riemer Ruth / Hans Michael Riemer / Gabriela Riemer-Kafka,

in: Brücken Bauen – Festschrift für Thomas Koller November 2018

Der spontane Austausch von Steuerrulings unter BEPS-Aktionspunkt 5
Zweifel Linus / Michael Bertschinger,

in: Stephanie Bernet et al. (Hrsg.), ex ante 1/2016, S. 41 ff.

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Speaking Engagements

Swiss lump-sum taxation regime
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

STEP Lunch Meeting (Organizer: Caplin & Drysdale) 29. November 2018, Washington

GmbH-Geschäftsführung 2018
Stoltz Thomas / Bader Daniel,

Rechte und Pflichten kennen, Haftungsrisiken vermeiden, Risikomanagement entwickeln, 30. Oktober 2018, Zürich-Flughafen

Nachfolgeplanung: Steuerliche Aspekte
Schreiber Susanne / Diefenbacher Cyrill,

TreuhandSuisse Fachkurs, 2. Oktober 2018, Zürich

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