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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 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 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'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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The heir who is (completely) excluded from succession

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 2:58:52 PM

By judgment of 28 June 2017, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court re-examined the rights and obligations of an heir who was completely excluded from succession in a disposition of property upon death. Persons who have been completely excluded from succession are referred to as so-called "virtual heirs".

What does a virtual heir have to do in order to get to his or her legacy, and what rights does a virtual heir have until the time that heir status is recognised? And who actually is a virtual heir in the first place?

Topics: Private Clients

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Dany Vogel | Rentsch Partner

Dany Vogel works as a patent attorney focusing on electrical, computer and information technologies. He has particular expertise in computer software which covers a broad spectrum including telecommunications, digital signal, image and information processing, medical and control engineering, cryptography, Blockchain, Fintech, and computer-implemented business methods.

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Blockchain for Patents - Patents for Blockchain

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Much has been written and discussed about how blockchain technology would bring about fundamental changes to the financial industry which could actually threaten the very existence of banks as intermediary trust centers. At the latest after the major central banks met about a year ago in Washington at a three-day event, hosted by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the US Federal Reserve, to discuss blockchain and crypto currencies, it probably dawned on a wider public that the hype around blockchain must be more than just that. 

Topics: Intellectual Property , Disruptive Technologies

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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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"Tax proposal 17", consultation procedure: Which tax incentives are still available?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 9:41:51 AM

The draft of the "Tax Proposal 17" has been released and incorporates most of the elements of the rejected corporate tax reform III, but as announced the notional interest deduction has been abandoned. The following blogpost summarises the main incentives of the Tax Proposal 17 and related measures. Especially with regard to the step-up options, the time has come to begin with tax planning.

Topics: Tax

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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 and contract law. He is an expert in the field of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies and crypto-tokens. Before he joined Froriep, 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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Starting an Initial Token Offering (ITO, also called Initial Coin Offering or ICO) - Things to Consider

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 3:44:41 PM

In this first blog of a series on Blockchain Technology we will look at Initial Token Offerings.

Increasingly start-up companies are using initial token offerings (ITO, also called initial coin offerings or ICO) to raise capital for the funding of the development of products and services. The crypto-tokens are created and disseminated using distributed ledger or blockchain technology.

Topics: Data Protection , Disruptive Technologies

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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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Laetitia Meier Droz

Laetitia has a strong expertise in all aspects of commercial, corporate and banking law with a focus on social impact finance. Laetitia advises mainly on investment products and services. Her practice further covers investment collective schemes, capital markets and regulatory matters, when she advises Swiss and foreign banks, asset managers, funds and other financial institutions with a focus on sustainable finance. Her two-years' experience as the Head of Legal at a Swiss leading investment company specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance gave her in-depth knowledge of the legal and business needs of a Swiss asset manager and distribution agent active worldwide, as well as a significant expertise in social impact finance. Prior to joining Foriep in 2017 and becoming a partner in 2018, Laetitia worked as a senior associate in the commercial and banking departments of top-tier law firms based in Geneva and Buenos Aires. Laetitia is admitted to practice in Switzerland since 2009. She holds a LL.M. in International Relationships & Economy from the University of Buenos Aires and a Bilingual Master's degree of Laws in Economic Law from the Universities of Geneva and Basel. Her working languages are French, English and Spanish.

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FinSA / FinIA : A New Financial Services Regime for Switzerland - what will change?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 3:53:14 PM

In this first blog of a series of several briefings to be posted on the new Financial Services Act and Financial Institutions Act we will look at some of the proposals and their effect in particular for the foreign fund and investment management industry.

Topics: Capital Markets

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