• "Very good industry knowledge."


    Tax Directors Handbook 2013

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


    Legal 500 2016

  • "Professional, responsive."


    Tax Directors Handbook 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

  • "Adept at handling international tax matters."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "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

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 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

  • "A strong choice for transactional tax mandates."


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    The Legal 500 2015

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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2013

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


    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

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


    Chambers Europe 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






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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OECD BEPS - the Swiss position
Suter Christoph / Schreiber Susanne,

in: International Tax Review, Tax Reference Library No 119, Switzerland 6th edition

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Fintech outlook 2018
Flühmann Daniel / Hsu Peter,

IFLR Magazine March 2018

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Securities Lending and Repo Transactions: Amended Tax Regulations
Reinarz Peter / Suter Christoph,

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Speaking Engagements

Steuerliche Herausforderungen der grenzüberschreitenden Geschäftstätigkeit für Schweizer Konzerne
Schreiber Susanne,

René Röthlisberger, ISIS Kompaktseminar 17/302 – Strukturierung der grenzüberschreitenden Geschäftstätigkeit, Zürich, 8. März 2018

Impact of BEPS on Multinational Planning
Schreiber Susanne,

18th Annual Tax Planning Strategies Conference (Organizer: ABA/IFA/IBA), 11 - 13 April 2018, Amsterdam

Tax and Immigration Planning and Compliance for High Net Worth Individuals
Bloch-Riemer Ruth,

18th Annual Tax Planning Strategies Conference (Organizer: ABA/IFA/IBA), 11 - 13 April 2018, Amsterdam

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