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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 and became partner in 2013. 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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VAT pitfalls for foreign lessors or sellers of aircrafts engaged in cross border activities with Switzerland

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 11:15:57 AM

An amended VAT brochure about aviation published on the 3rd of July 2018 by the Swiss tax administration highlights several changes concerning VAT registration in case of cross border activities with ties to Switzerland. This may affect foreign or Swiss parties to lease and purchase agreements mainly if the aircraft is located in Switzerland at some stage.

Topics: Private Clients , Tax , Aviation & Shipping

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Jérôme Pidoux

Jérôme's practice focuses on banking, finance and regulatory matters, as well as corporate and commercial transactions. He joined our London office as an associate in 2014. Prior to joining Froriep, he worked for several years in the corporate group of a business law firm in Geneva. He graduated from the University of Fribourg in 2004 and earned an LL.M. from New York University, as well as a Certificate in Law and Business from Stern School of Business, in 2010. He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 2009 and to the New York bar in 2013. His working languages are French and English, and he has a good command of German.

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Laetitia Meier Droz

Laetitia is a partner in the Banking and Finance group in our Geneva office and specialised in all aspects of commercial, corporate and banking law. Her practice focuses on investment products and services with an emphasis on collective investment schemes, capital markets and regulatory matters. Laetitia is also active in banking litigation and white-collar matters, advising individual and corporate clients on various criminal law matters, including mutual legal assistance. She is a Deputy Judge with the Geneva Criminal Court. Her two-year tenure as Head of Legal of an international leading investment company, specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance, provided her with in-depth knowledge of the legal and business needs of an asset manager and distribution agent active worldwide, as well as a significant expertise in social impact finance. Her working languages are French, English and Spanish. Laetitia is member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA), as well as the Legal Team of Sustainable Finance Geneva. She is a member of the Geneva Bar Exam Commission.

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FinSA / LSFin / FIDLEG : Requirements for financial services providers

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 4:32:17 PM

In this second blog of a series of several briefings to be posted on the new Financial Services Act and Financial Institutions Act we will look at  the code of conduct and certain obligations to which financial services providers will be subject

Topics: Capital Markets

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Catherine Morf

Catherine is specialised in all areas of domestic and international corporate taxation. She has developed significant expertise in tax planning on M&A and financing transactions, reorganisations, relocations, collective investment schemes and real estate investments. In addition, she advises a number of high net worth individuals.Before Catherine joined Froriep in July 2017, she worked with a large Swiss bank for several years. Before joining the bank, she had a long-standing role with a Big Four advisory firm. Catherine obtained her law degree from the University of Zurich (lic. iur.) in 1995 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1998. She qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert in 2002. Her working languages are German and English.

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Automatic exchange of information (AEOI) for directors of wealth management structures

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In our practice we repeatedly find that directors, board members or otherwise involved persons of wealth management structures are uncertain on how to classify a wealth management structure under the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) or on how the AEOI classification as Passive Non-financial Entity or as Professionally Managed Investment Entity affects the wealth management structure's AEOI obligations and the information that is actually exchanged. This blogpost aims to unravel the tangle.

Topics: Tax , Banking & Finance

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Dunja Koch

Dunja has expertise in all aspects of corporate and finance law, advising mainly UK and US clients with regard to Switzerland. She is the managing partner of the London office. Dunja joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on corporate and M&A deals, as well as leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, but also project, commodity and asset finance matters, including aircraft finance. Here, she acts on behalf of aircraft manufacturers, banks and leasing companies in relation to the Swiss aspects of acquisition of aircraft, engines or portfolios. Her practice further covers collective investments, private placements and regulatory matters, where she advises foreign funds, dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their activities in Switzerland. The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 recommended her as the top foreign lawyer in London. Chambers Global (2018) ranked her as leader in the fields of Banking & Finance (Switzerland) and Banking & Finance (UK). She was also specifically recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Transport Law matters and named one of IFLR1000’s Women Leaders- an elite cohort of the 300 leading female transactional experts in local markets globally. She is the only practitioner from Switzerland to be featured in the guide. Dunja holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a Master of Laws from Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified in Geneva in 1997 and in England and Wales in 1999. She speaks German, French, English and Italian. She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA), Association Suisse de Droit Aérien et Spatial and the Aviation Club of the UK.

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Several FRORIEP attorneys qualified as experts in 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal Switzerland

Posted by on May 31, 2018 10:56:00 AM

We are pleased to announce that the following Froriep attorneys have been listed as experts in the below 8 practice areas:

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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Nicola Benz

Nicola’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. 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 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. Chambers Europe (2018) ranked her as leader in the fields of Intellectual Property and Life Science, and she was recommended in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Intellectual Property as well as TMT matters. She has also been named as a thought leader for data law in the publication "Who's Who Legal 2018". 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. Since 2017 she has been the managing partner of our firm. 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 (iTechLaw).

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Ronald Kogens

Ronald’s practice is focused on disruptive technologies. He advises Swiss and international clients as well as public entities in corporate and technology-related transactions. Ronald has in-depth knowledge of IP/IT law, in particular licensing of IP-rights, IP-transaction, financial market and contract law. He is an expert in the field of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies and crypto-tokens. Before he joined Froriep in 2017, he worked for a major global consulting firm. He was also part of the legal counsel team of a public listed pharmaceutical company at the headquarters in Switzerland and worked for its subsidiary in the United States. Ronald graduated in law from the University of Lucerne in 2011 and was admitted to the St. Gallen Bar in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in business law from the Chapman University, California, United States. His working languages are German and English.

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Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice: The dual role as controller and processor under the General Data Protection Regulation

Posted by on May 24, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Outsourcing of certain business processes is standard for most companies these days, even for small and mid-size companies. Through outsourcing, business processes within a group of companies can be handled efficiently or access to an advanced IT infrastructure can be made possible. Outsourcing usually involves transferring personal data, such as employee data, customer data or supplier data. The outsourcing provider is a processor, the outsourcing customer is a controller. So far so good. But what if the provider uses the data for its own purposes too? And what if the customer is told what to do by the processor when processing the data? This article explains on which basis the individual roles of controller and processor can be determined taking into account the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Topics: Data Protection

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