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Froriep Blog Posts for Topic Private Clients

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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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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 14 July 2016

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 is an experienced transaction lawyer with a focus on M&A and corporate finance transactions, and corporate law. Benjamin advises clients in M&A and corporate finance transactions and is an experienced team leader in complex transactions. He advises listed and non-listed entities, including regulated financial institutions. He has in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in and outside of transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues (polluted sites), and complex commercial lease agreements. Benjamin is a regular speaker to various audiences on topics relating to his practice, including international lawyers' conferences, commercial chambers and industry organisations. He joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court and a French-speaking law firm for a number of years. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003) and he was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007. He is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the Executive Committee of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). His working languages are German, French and English.

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Felix M. Mathis

Felix is a Zurich-based partner with a particular focus on corporate and commercial law as well as commercial litigation. Felix has been a partner at our Zurich office since 1995. He advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, internet, construction and start-ups. He obtained his law degrees from the University of Zurich in 1980 and New York University (MCJ) in 1988. His working languages are German and English. 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 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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Work permits in Switzerland: Navigating through the alps

Posted by on 30 June 2016

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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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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Marija Ilic

Marija is an associate in our tax team. She advises clients in all aspects of national and international tax law, from corporate tax law to tax planning for private clients. She also acts in contentious matters. Prior to joining Froriep, Marija trained with the District Court of Horgen, the Public Prosecution Authority of Canton St. Gallen and with one of the ’Big Four'. Marija studied at the Universities of Bern and Montpellier (France). She was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2015. She speaks German, English, French and Serbian fluently.

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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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Q&A: Moving to Switzerland

Posted by on 2 June 2016

Switzerland ranks among the world's top locations in terms of life satisfaction and economic competitiveness. This was confirmed again in the 2016 Ranking published by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) end of May.

In an environment where exit has become the buzzword not only for private investors but entire nations a jurisdiction's political and economic stability gains an all new relevance altogether.

Topics: Private Clients , Tax

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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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What about your digital assets when you die or become mentally incapacitated?

Posted by on 23 March 2016

These days most people organize and to some extent even live their lives digitally and online. It is surprising how little is done in terms of "digital estate planning". An advance planning however is essential in order to avoid that such assets are lost or not accessible.

Topics: Private Clients

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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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Canton of Vaud reduces Corporate Tax Rate to 13.8% from 2019

Posted by on 21 March 2016

First steps towards Swiss BEPS. The aggregate corporate tax rate will be lowered to 13.8% from 2019 onwards. Over the weekend, more than 87% of the population of the canton of Vaud voted in favour of the reduction.

Topics: Private Clients , Tax

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