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Dr. Anne Laure Bandle

Anne Laure joined us in August 2015 as a trainee lawyer. She advises individuals, companies and foundations on art issues such as sale, transport, loans, copyright, consumer rights, and cross-border transactions. She also assists on general corporate and commercial matters. Moreover, Anne Laure is a director of the Art Law Foundation, a Foundation based in Geneva which aims at supporting teaching and research in art law by means of several events per year and publications dedicated to the various facets of art and cultural heritage law. She is a lecturer in copyright and art law at the University of Fribourg and a guest lecturer in art and cultural heritage law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Anne Laure studied Law at the University of Fribourg where she obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degree. She then worked as teaching and research assistant at the Art-Law Centre of the University of Geneva. Anne Laure holds a PhD in Law from the University of Geneva and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, accredited by the UK National Higher Education Academy. She is a member of the In-ternational Bar Association Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee and of the Geneva Bar Association. Her mother tongues are French, German and Swiss German. She is also fluent in English.

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Show me your contract! A look into the legal relationships at art auctions

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Art auctions are a fascinating marketplace, gathering collectors from across the globe and offering collectibles for sale which would otherwise only be displayed in museums. Not only for market actors, but also for lawyers auction sales are a unique way of dealing.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Art Law

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James Merz

James's practice focuses on intellectual property law, IT, technology and data-protection law, unfair competition law and civil litigation in these fields. He also advises on commercial and contract law. Prior to joining Froriep in 2015, James spent two years as an associate at a law firm in Zurich. He trained with the Commercial Court of the Canton of Aargau and a law firm in Zurich.James graduated in law and economics from the University of St Gallen in 2010 and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2012. In 2015 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in intellectual property law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 2:09:33 PM

Geographical names can be a great source of inspiration for new trademarks. Well-known trademarks that consist of or have been inspired by geographical names include, for example, "Montblanc" or "Maui Jim".

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Dr. Tobias F. Rohner

Tobias specialises in national and international tax law. He joined Froriep in 2014 as a partner. His extensive experience includes dealing with tax issues in connection with corporate finance, acquisitions, reorganisations and restructurings, and representing clients before the Swiss courts. He regularly advises private clients on their tax and business activities, and provides international administrative assistance in tax matters.

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Michael Fischer

Michael joined our firm as an associate in 2003 and became a partner in 2012. Michael advises private clients on their domestic and international estate and tax planning, as well as on philanthropic projects and governance related questions. He acts on behalf of corporations, in particular family held companies, in domestic and cross-border tax matters. His practice also includes contentious matters before Swiss tax authorities and courts.

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Samuel Ramp

Samuel is an attorney and a certified tax expert in our tax team, advising national and international corporations, entrepreneurs and private clients. Samuel joined Froriep as an associate in 2014 and became a partner in 2016. He advises clients on all aspects of Swiss and international tax law. He focuses on real estate transactions and on financing and restructuring of national and international corporations. Other areas of Samuel's tax practice include tax litigation and tax planning for private clients. Samuel teaches at SIST, the Swiss Institute for Tax Studies (Schweizerisches Institut für Steuerlehre) and Treuhand Suisse.

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 4:48:25 PM

Yesterday, the Swiss Supreme Court overturned a prior instance Federal Administrative Court decision of earlier this year. The Supreme Court allowed a request for bank information from the Dutch tax authorities essentially on grounds of a mere description of a behavioural pattern.

Topics: Private Clients , Tax

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin’s practice focuses on M&A and corporate finance transactions, along with corporate law. He offers in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues, and tenancy law. Benjamin joined our firm as an associate in 2009. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court for a number of years. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007, and was then employed by a French-speaking law firm in Berne and Biel/Bienne. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003), and his working languages are German, French and English. Benjamin is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Felix M. Mathis

Felix is a Zurich-based partner with a particular focus on corporate and commercial law. He has been a partner at our Zurich office since 1995 and is experienced in all aspects of commercial law, both contentious and non-contentious. He advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, construction and the Internet. Felix obtained his law degrees from the University of Zurich in 1980 and New York University (MCJ) in 1988. Felix is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

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Daisy Vacher

Daisy's work focuses on matters of Swiss immigration and the procurement of work permits for companies wanting to employ foreign nationals in Switzerland. Before joining Froriep as an attorney, Daisy spent three years working for Fragomen Global Immigration Services in Zurich. Before that she was an associate attorney with Izaguirre Law in Colorado Springs, USA. In 2006 she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arizona followed by her Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2011. Later that same year she was admitted to the Colorado Bar. She is a native English speaker and speaks fluent Spanish. She also has a good command of French and Italian, and speaks intermediate-level German.

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Work Permit Options for EU Nationals on Assignment in Switzerland: Facts vs. Fiction

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 9:02:53 AM

Are you an EU national planning to work on assignment in Switzerland? Would you like to learn more about how to avoid some common immigration pitfalls? 

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Employment

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Dr. Vaïk Müller

Vaïk joined Froriep as an associate in 2016, advising on banking and finance law, in particular financial services, derivatives, collective investment schemes and other investment products. Vaïk also regularly advises on corporate and contract law. Prior to joining our firm, Vaïk worked for several years in other Swiss law firms as well as in the banking sector. Vaïk obtained his degree in law (Lic.iur) from the Uni-versity of Geneva in 2005 and a Master in International Relations/Political Science from the University of Lyon (Jean Moulin) in 2008. He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2010 and earned his PhD from the University of Zurich in 2015. His working languages are English and French.

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ESMA Confirms the Extension of AIFMD Passport to Swiss Fund Managers

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 1:39:33 PM

In July 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") advised the European Commission, Parliament and Council (the "EU Authorities") on the extension of Alternative Investment Fund Manager ("AIFMD") passport to Swiss based fund managers (along with fund manager based in Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, Switzerland, Singapore and the US) (see the advice here).

Topics: Banking & Finance

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