• "A strong choice for transactional tax mandates."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Adept at handling international tax matters."


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Legal 500 2017

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    The Legal 500 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "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

  • "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

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Provides wide geographical coverage in Switzerland"


    Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Legal 500 2016

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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Professional, responsive."


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

  • "Very good industry knowledge."


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015






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 Waterland on its Investment in Tineo more »
Bär & Karrer Advises SIG Combibloc Group as Issuer and Onex as Selling Shareholder on the IPO of SIG and on the Migration of the Holding Company from Luxembourg to Switzerland more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Swiss Prime Site on its Rights Offering more »
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Lump-sum taxation
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

IFLR Magazine October 2018

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Swiss Tax Reform Package Approved: Update and Outlook
Schreiber Susanne / Suter Christoph / Reinarz Peter,

Bär & Karrer Briefing September 2018

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OECD-BEPS measures in Swiss double tax treaties - impact of the principal purpose test
Schreiber Susanne / Diefenbacher Cyrill,

IFLR Magazine September 2018

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Speaking Engagements

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

Kauf und Verkauf personenbezogener Gesellschaften: Achtung Steuerfalle!
Schreiber Susanne,

Neue Zürcher Steuerkonferenz, 19. September 2018, Zürich

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