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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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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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Roman Cincelli

Roman joined Froriep in May 2016 as a trainee lawyer. His principal area of practice is banking and finance law. He graduated in law from the University of Fribourg in 2011. After obtaining his degree, he worked at the University of Fribourg as a research assistant (in contract law, international private law and comparative law) and worked on his PhD thesis in trust law. Roman completed one internship as a law clerk at the Administrative Court of St Gallen in 2015 and another at the District Court of Rorschach in 2016. His working languages are German and English, and he has a good knowledge of French. Roman has not yet been admitted to the Bar.

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Holiday and Customs - for a safe return to Switzerland

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 4:44:53 PM

Upon entering Switzerland after well-deserved vacation your luggage may be subject to Swiss customs scrutiny. Customs are looking for objects which are relevant for VAT and customs duty purposes. Bearing some basic rules in mind while preparing the homeward journey unnecessary inconveniences can be avoided.

Topics: Private Clients , Tax

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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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Roman Cincelli

Roman joined Froriep in May 2016 as a trainee lawyer. His principal area of practice is banking and finance law. He graduated in law from the University of Fribourg in 2011. After obtaining his degree, he worked at the University of Fribourg as a research assistant (in contract law, international private law and comparative law) and worked on his PhD thesis in trust law. Roman completed one internship as a law clerk at the Administrative Court of St Gallen in 2015 and another at the District Court of Rorschach in 2016. His working languages are German and English, and he has a good knowledge of French. Roman has not yet been admitted to the Bar.

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Charitable Foundations and Corporate Succession

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 9:59:53 AM

Charitable foundations are receiving increased media attention at the moment. The reason for this is less due to the continuous growth of the Swiss charity sector, (which currently consists of more than 13,000 charitable foundations), but more due to the charitable commitment of well-known and influential entrepreneurs and business people.

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Tax , Charity and Social enterprise

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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 permits in Switzerland: Navigating through the alps

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 10:10:30 AM

Although Switzerland is located at the heart of Europe, it is not part of the European Union and it regulates its immigration in a very unique way. It is challenging for both companies and individuals to understand what needs to be done in order to ensure immigration compliance.

Do you need information about work permits in Switzerland?

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Employment

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