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Oliver Arter

Oliver’s practice focuses on private clients and their advisers (banks, family offices, foreign advisers) in all aspects of domestic and international wealth planning. He also specialises in banking, asset management and regulatory matters. Oliver joined Froriep as an associate in 2004 and became counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations, international and domestic estate planning, matrimonial property rights and taxation). In addition he advises Swiss and international banks, asset managers, investment advisers and family offices on regulatory and contractual matters and represents them in proceedings. He publishes extensively in all his fields of practice. Oliver is an academic consultant with the Institute for Legal Theory and Legal Practice at the University of St Gallen, and is frequently invited to speak at or chair conferences.

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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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Can I move to Switzerland? Swiss immigration regulations for entrepreneurs, investors, pensioners and wealthy individuals explained

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Political and economic stability, an attractive fiscal environment as well as the high quality of the general standard of living has made Switzerland for decades the preferred destination for people who want to relocate abroad. When granting residence permits, Switzerland differentiates between two categories of foreign nationals: the EU-28/EFTA-nationals on the one hand, and the nationals of so-called third countries (non-EU-28/EFTA states) on the other. 

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Tax , Employment

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Sabina Schellenberg

Sabina is an experienced litigator and represents domestic and foreign companies and individuals in commercial disputes before state courts of all instances and in enforcement and legal assistance mat-ters. She is also a specialist in the fields of national and international restructuring and insolvency law. She joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became a Partner in 2016.

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Stéphanie Oneyser

Stéphanie's practice focuses on civil litigation matters and insolvency law. She joined our firm as an associate in April 2014. After obtaining a Master of Laws degree from the University of Fribourg in 2009, she did her legal internships with a business law firm in Zurich and the District Court of Horgen. Until 2014, she worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Horgen and passed the Zurich Bar Exam in 2013. Stéphanie has also experience in arbitration cases. She has worked for Prof. Pierre Tercier who was chairman of many ICC arbitration proceedings. Moreover, she advices in arbitration proceedings in sport law under the CAS Rules. Her working languages are German, English and French.

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What lawyers do not learn at university and what managers should know

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Lawyers know the law, managers know how to make business decisions. Often, managers complain about the typical lawyers' answer "it depends". On the other hand, lawyers may suffer from the fact that they are sometimes called in the last minute of a negotiation to review the legal aspects of a deal; or even worse: if their legal assessment on the project is feared ("no"), they may even be avoided. How can both positions be reconciled? This is where contractual risk management comes in handy.

Topics: Litigation

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Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann

Franz Stirnimann specializes in international arbitration, litigation, and Swiss commercial law. He has more than 15 years' experience in complex international dispute resolution and Swiss commercial legal transactions and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 70 international arbitration and court proceedings in Switzerland and other countries. He has a Ph.D. in Swiss and comparative antitrust law and regularly also provides advice on antitrust matters. Franz Stirnimann is of both Swiss and Latin American origin and trilingual in German, Spanish and English, fluent in French and conversant in Portuguese and Italian.

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Jean Marguerat

Jean has experience across all areas of dispute resolution, with particular expertise in international arbitration and in international litigation. Jean is one of the authors of the Commentary on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. Jean has been a Partner in our Geneva office since 2010. Jean’s practice focuses on international arbitration, litigation and contract law. Jean has experience as party counsel and as arbitrator in numerous institutional and ad hoc international arbitrations involving sale of goods and commodities, distribution and agency, construction, marine works, joint ventures corporate transactions and sport related matters. He also regularly represents clients before the Swiss courts in all fields of commercial disputes and notably those in relation to arbitration (enforcement and challenge of arbitral awards). His activity includes recognition & enforcement proceedings (including attachments) and international legal assistance.

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Dr. Jean-Marie Vulliemin

Jean-Marie is the managing partner of both Geneva and Madrid offices. With broad experience in international commercial arbitration, in particular with Spain and Latin America, he acts both as counsel and as arbitrator. He is very active in art and sports law, as well as in international estate law. Chambers Global has ranked Jean-Marie for many years as a leader in the field of dispute resolution, in 2014 in Band 1 of the Most in Demand Arbitrators in Spain. Jean-Marie obtained a PhD (with honours) from the University of Lausanne in 1988 (Jugement et sentence arbitrale) and a diploma from the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations at the Hague Academy of International Law in 1987 (Transnational Arbitration and State Contracts). He is a regular speaker and publisher on arbitration, art law and sports law (for example at the ICC, the IBA, Alarb and the CEA). He is member of ICC, LCIA, Milan Chamber of Arbitration Arbitrators Club; board member of Club Español de Arbitraje. His working languages are Spanish, French and English.

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Tomás Navarro Blakemore

Tomás’ work focuses on domestic and international arbitration and litigation. He also advises non-profit organisations and social enterprises on structuring, tax advice and governance. In particular, Tomás has been involved in several commercial and investment arbitration proceedings under the ICC, UNCITRAL, CAS, Swiss and ICSID Rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings related to construction, distribution, corporate and sport related matters. His working languages are French, English and Spanish.He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Below 40, the Club Español de Arbitraje (CEA-40) and the Foreign Lawyers Section of the Geneva Bar (SABE) and is currently studying for the Geneva Bar exams.

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Brushing-up the Swiss arbitration law

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 4:12:49 PM

On 11 January 2017, the Swiss Federal Council (which is the Executive Body in Switzerland) published its proposed amendments for the revision of Chapter 12 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (Chapter 12 PILA), which governs international arbitration in Switzerland.

Topics: Arbitration

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Nicola Benz

Nicola’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions, and she is the Managing Partner of our firm. She assists technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. Nicola’s expertise, gathered both as an external counsel and through in-house secondments, covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection. Nicola is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property in professional publications and listings such as iam250 and Chambers Europe. Born in Scotland, Nicola obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997. She joined our firm as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2010. Her working languages are English and German. Nicola is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Technology Law Association (iTech-Law).

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Stéphanie Oneyser

Stéphanie's practice focuses on civil litigation matters and insolvency law. She joined our firm as an associate in April 2014. After obtaining a Master of Laws degree from the University of Fribourg in 2009, she did her legal internships with a business law firm in Zurich and the District Court of Horgen. Until 2014, she worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Horgen and passed the Zurich Bar Exam in 2013. Stéphanie has also experience in arbitration cases. She has worked for Prof. Pierre Tercier who was chairman of many ICC arbitration proceedings. Moreover, she advices in arbitration proceedings in sport law under the CAS Rules. Her working languages are German, English and French.

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Dr. Irène Schilter

Irène's practice focuses on public and private M&A transactions, corporate and commercial law, contract law including litigation in these fields. She joined our firm as associate in 2015. Prior to joining Froriep, Irène worked at the University of Zurich as research and teaching assistant and also as an associate and notary public in a Zug law firm.She graduated in law from the University of Zurich in 2007 and was admitted to the Zug Bar in 2012. She obtained her PhD in 2011.

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Evelien Zemp

Evelien's practice focuses on corporate and commercial law. She also works as a civil law notary and in employment law. She joined Froriep in 2013. After graduating, Evelien trained with a commercial law firm in Zug and was admitted to the Zug Bar in 2009. She then worked for several years with an international audit and advisory firm in Zurich in the fields of corporate and commercial law, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Evelien obtained her Master of Law from the University of Fribourg in 2007. Her working languages are German, Dutch, English and French.

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Next Generation with Froriep

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 8:33:36 AM

FRORIEP was honored to welcome on Monday January 30, 2017 in cooperation with NextGen CH, 80 young professionals to their newly renovated offices in Zurich, to give them a platform for networking as well as growing their career.

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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Dimitri M. Rotter

Dimitri heads the tax team in our Zug office. His practice focuses on domestic and international corporate tax, including tax optimisation, transaction structuring, corporate finance, restructurings and VAT. Dimitri joined our firm as an associate in March 2003. He obtained his law degree from the University of Geneva (lic. iur.) in 1990 and was admitted to the Lucerne Bar in 1993. He qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert in 2002. His working languages are German, French and English. Before joining our firm, Dimitri worked for several years with international audit and advisory firms. Dimitri is a member of the Treuhand-Kammer (Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Counsels).

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Automatic exchange of information - now enacted

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 2:42:50 PM

As of 1 January 2017 the Federal Act on the International Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters (AEOI Act) entered into force, which will result in an extensive collection of information and automatic disclosure to foreign tax authorities. This landmark in fighting tax evasion comes along with limitations to current data protection rights and essentially abandoning the famous Swiss banking secrecy.

Topics: Tax

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