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Nicola Benz

Nicola Benz’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 Benz’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 Benz 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 2018 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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FRORIEP Swiss Law Firm of the Year

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 9:02:01 AM

FRORIEP is Swiss Law Firm of the year winning the title at The Lawyer European Awards on 15 March 2018 in London.

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Tenzin Dahortsang

Tenzin advises Swiss and international private clients in the area of wealth and estate planning. Her areas of expertise include national and international inheritance law (including matrimonial property law and lasting powers of attorney), commercial and corporate law (including corporate housekeeping), contract law and immigration law (planning of residence) for national and international clients. Prior to joining Froriep in 2011, Tenzin worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich and worked as a trainee lawyer with a law firm in Zurich. Tenzin graduated from the University of Zurich in 2007 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2011. In 2014 she obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from New York University. Her working languages are German, English and Tibetan. She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association..

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Oliver Arter

Oliver Arter’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 became of counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations), domestic and international estate planning, division of estates, execution of wills, matrimonial property rights, advance care directives and living wills, taking up residence 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 give lectures and chair conferences. Oliver Arter graduated with a law degree from the University of St Gallen in 1996 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2000. His working languages are German, English and French. He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), the Banking Law Association (“Bankenrechtliche Vereinigung e.V,”), the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC) and the International Bar Association. Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers High Net Worth and Legal500 have ranked him for many years in a row as a leader in the field of private client.

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Daisy Vacher

Daisy Vacher'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 Vacher 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 has a good command of German, Spanish, French and Italian.

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Reproductive Medicine - Permissibility and Limits in Switzerland

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 11:45:00 AM

On 1 September 2017, the revised law on reproductive medicine and the revised reproductive medicine ordinance came into force in Switzerland. The amended legislation now regulates, in particular, the requirements and the permissibility of preimplantation diagnostics (PID), which has been prohibited to date.

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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 as a tax expert with a large Swiss bank for several years. Before joining the bank, she had a long-standing role as tax expert 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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Swiss Safe Harbour interest rates on intra group loans for 2018

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 2:58:41 PM

Interest rates on intra group loans are a recurring topic. The Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) publishes safe harbour interest rates on an annual basis in advance. Their application will usually prevent unwelcome surprises. But there is more to be considered.

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Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Lucien is a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic criminal, commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. Lucien is well known for his expertise in the field of appealing arbitration awards to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Lucien assists damaged civil parties in criminal proceedings and he is active in relation to the enforcement of foreign judgements as well as in big complex cross boarder litigation including protection and recovery of funds, including enforcement of state debts. Lucien is also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Lucien has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in various fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters. Lucien has published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures widely.He obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich in 1990 and gained a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich in 1998 with a thesis on the jurisdiction of courts at the place of performance of an obligation under the Lugano and Brussels Conventions. (He graduated with the distinction summa cum laude and the Professor Walther Hug-Preis Schweiz, awarded for outstanding theses graded with the highest possible mark by a Swiss law school.) He has worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich, the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Zurich and at the Court of Cassation of the Canton of Zurich. His working languages are German, English, Italian and French.Lucien is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is, president of the Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP) and president of the World Association of Icehockey Players’ Unions (WAIPU) as well as a Member of the Association Internationale des Avocats de Football (AIAF). He is a board member of FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels) and FIFPro Division Europe, and member of the Employment Law Alliance, the Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI) and the Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Svizzera). Lucien is a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.

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Davide Colacino

Davide has experience across all areas of dispute resolution, with particular expertise in arbitration and litigation. Davide joined Froriep as an associate in 2017. His practice focuses on arbitration, litigation and criminal law. Davide has acted as counsel and secretary of arbitral tribunal's in numerous institutional and ad hoc international arbitration involving particularly construction projects, joint ventures and sports related matters. He also regularly represents clients before Swiss courts in commercial disputes and criminal proceedings. Davide holds a degree in law from the University of Zurich and Maastricht University. He was a visiting doctoral research student at Queen Mary University of London (Centre for Commercial Law Studies) and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Lucerne. Prior to joining Froriep, he worked as a research and teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. Daniel Girsberger at the University of Lucerne, where he contributed to the complete overhaul of a leading textbook on international arbitration. Before he was admitted to the bar in 2014 he trained at a civil court of first instance and another major business law firm in Zurich. He is a member of several professional associations including the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) below 40, the Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA), the Swiss Bar Association (SAV) and the Zurich Bar Association (ZAV). His working languages are German and English. He also has a good command of Italian.

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CAS decision overturned by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 4:54:40 PM

Extraordinary victory for football player Ezequiel Matias Schelotto achieved. 

Dr. Lucien W. Valloni and Davide Colacino successfully represented the football player Ezeqiuel Matias Schelotto in a sports-related dispute against his former agent in relation to a transfer of the player to F.C. Internazionale Milan.

Topics: Sports Law , Arbitration , Litigation

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Dr. Marcel R. Jung

Marcel Jung ist Rechtsanwalt und dipl. Steuerexperte. Er ist ein erfahrener Steueranwalt in unserem Zürcher Büro. Er hat breite Erfahrung im Schweizerischen und internationalen Steuerrecht und ist ausserdem ein erfahrener Prozessanwalt in nationalen und internationalen Steuerverfahren vor Schweizer Gerichten bis zum Bundesgericht. Marcel Jung trat im Jahr 2017 in unsere Anwaltskanzlei als Partner ein. Er ist spezialisiert auf internationales Steuerrecht, Aktienrecht sowie Buchführungs- und Rechnungslegungsrecht. Marcel Jung hat langjährige Erfahrung in sämtlichen Bereichen des nationalen und internationalen Steuerrechts, Steuerverfahren, Steuervorbescheiden, Rechtsgutachten und Legal Opinions, Einschätzung von steuerlichen Risiken und Entwicklung von Steuerstrategien. Marcel Jung berät regelmässig vermögende Familien im Zusammenhang mit internationaler Steuerplanung, Wohnsitzverlegungen, Strukturierung von Familienvermögen und -unternehmen, Ver-mögensschutz, Nachfolgeplanung und gemeinnützigen Projekten. Seine fachlichen Interessen fo-kussieren auf die steuerrechtlichen Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung der Wirtschaft, der globalen Steuertransparenz und des grenzüberschreitenden Informationsaustausches, den BEPS-Aktionsplan der OECD und dessen Einfluss auf das Unternehmens- und Konzernsteuerrecht und private Vermögensstrukturen, die multilateralen Abkommen im Steuerrecht, die Steuerschiedsgerichtsbarkeit und den Rechtsschutz der steuerpflichtigen Personen. Marcel Jung studierte Rechtswissenschaften (Dr. iur.) an der Universität Basel, internationales Steuerrecht (LL.M.) am Queen Mary College der Universität London und Wirtschaftswissenschaften (lic. oec. HSG) an der Universität St. Gallen. Er absolvierte einen Studienaufenthalt zum US Steuerrecht an der Harvard Law School (Summer Program, International Tax Program). Marcel Jung hält regelmässig Referate in seinem Fachbereich und ist Autor zahlreicher rechtswis-senschaftlicher Publikationen. Am Jahreskongress des International Fiscal Association im Jahr 2010 in Rom war er Landesberichterstatter der Schweiz. Er ist Mitglied des Schweizerischen Anwaltsverbands, des Internationalen Anwaltsverbands, der Internationalen Vereinigung für Steuerrecht und von EXPERTsuisse. Arbeitssprachen sind Englisch und Deutsch.

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Initial Token Offerings (ITO) in Swiss Taxation: latest tax practice

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 5:17:49 PM

The purpose of the extraordinary General Meeting of the Swiss Branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) on 8 February 2018 in Basel was to concretise the tax law provisions and to put up for discussion appropriate fundamentals for the tax treatment of ITO and to set the first courses for the Swiss tax practice.

Topics: Disruptive Technologies , Tax

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