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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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¡Viva la automatización! – Switzerland to enter AEOI with four Latin-American states and US confirmed to be non-participating

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 10:30:37 AM

Late last week the Swiss government signed joint declarations with a view to introducing automatic exchange of tax information (AEOI) with Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. Switzerland and these four jurisdictions will start collecting data in 2018 and proceed with the exchange from 2019 onwards.

And with regard to the US, it is now confirmed that they will be treated as non-participating jurisdiction.

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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Switzerland sets work permit quotas for 2017: what employers need to know

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 1:46:55 PM

Immigration is a buzzing topic in Switzerland at the moment, and it can be hard to understand what changes are happening and how these changes may affect the ability of a company to employ foreign workers. Read more here about how this recent quota announcement can affect your business and how to plan proactively.

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Employment

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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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Jeremy Bloomenthal

Jeremy is a foreign associate whose principal areas of practice are international commercial arbitration, corporate and contract law, and cross-border commercial transactions. He is a US qualified lawyer with several years of experience in the litigation department of a large New York law firm. He has also worked for more than six years with major international and Japanese law firms in Tokyo, Japan, where he acted on numerous cross-border commercial, technology, and M&A transactions, as well as international arbitrations. Jeremy has acted as counsel or tribunal secretary in international arbitrations conducted under the ICC and SCAI rules. He is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts, and is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales. He holds an LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. He is a native speaker of English and also speaks Japanese.

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Dr. Jean-Marie Vulliemin

Jean-Marie is the partner in charge of our Madrid office. 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). His working languages are Spanish, French and English.

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Switzerland – A favorable seat of arbitration for foreign antitrust claims

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 4:02:00 PM

Switzerland is now among the top venues for antitrust claims to be resolved by arbitration. Are antitrust disputes arbitrable in Switzerland? Does the arbitration clause cover antitrust claims? Can a party seek punitive damages in a Swiss arbitration? Find the answers to these questions in the article.

Topics: Competition , Arbitration , Litigation

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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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A checklist for registering geographical names as trademarks in Switzerland

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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