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


    The Legal 500 2015

  • "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

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "A strong choice for transactional tax mandates."


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Tax Directors Handbook 2014

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Legal 500 2016

  • "Professional, responsive."


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Provides wide geographical coverage in Switzerland"


    Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Chambers Europe 2013

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Very good industry knowledge."


    Tax Directors Handbook 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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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises SPS on the Placement of CHF 300 Million 0.325% Senior Convertible Bonds more »
Bär & Karrer Advises EGSB on the Purchase of a Majority Stake in Bauwerk Boen more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Credit Suisse on Meyer Burger Technology's Voluntary Incentive Offer more »
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Tax on Inbound Investment - Switzerland
Schreiber Susanne / Diefenbacher Cyrill,

Getting the Deal Through 2018

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Securities Lending and REPOs: Amended Rules for Refund of Swiss Withholding Tax
Reinarz Peter / Suter Christoph / Lehmann Daniel U.,

Bär & Karrer Briefing January 2018

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BGer 4A_141/2017: Sachliche Zuständigkeit des Handelsgerichts bei konnexer Widerklage und Rücktrittsfragen bei gescheitertem IT-Projekt
Huber Roman,

AJP/PJA 12/2017, S. 1521 ff.

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Speaking Engagements

Aktuelle Fälle des Beteiligungsabzugs
Schreiber Susanne,

Thomas Wolfensberger, Wiederholung vom St. Galler Seminar zur Unternehmensbesteuerung 2017 (Veranstalter Institut für Finanzwissenschaft, Finanzrecht und Law and Economics IFF-HSG, Universität St. Gallen), St. Gallen, 10./11. Januar 2018

Der Lohnausweis als Gefahrenherd
Bloch-Riemer Ruth / Schneider Michael,

Veranstalter Treuhand Suisse, 15. Januar 2018, Regensdorf, Link

Aktuelle Steuerfragen bei doppelt ansässigen und hybriden Gesellschaften
Schreiber Susanne,

Urs Duttweiler, Internationales Steuerseminar 2017, (Veranstalter Institut für Finanzwissenschaft, Finanzrecht und Law and Economics IFF-HSG, Universität St. Gallen), St. Gallen, 21./22. November 2017

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