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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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Romina Brogini

Romina Brogini's practice focuses on public and civil litigation and arbitration with a special focus on real estate transactions. She advises clients on all aspects of construction and public procurement law and regularly assists companies in complex public tender procedures. Romina Brogini also acted as counsel in a number of competition law proceedings before competition authorities and civil courts and advised clients in several arbitrations under the ICC-Rules. Romina Brogini joined Froriep as an associate in 2014 having previously worked for a leading Swiss law firm in Zurich. Romina Brogini obtained her Master of Law degree from the University of Berne in 2009 and was admitted to the Berne Bar in 2011. Her legal internships were with a bilingual law firm in Biel and the public prosecutor's office for white-collar crime in Berne. Romina Brogini is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). Her working languages are German, English, Italian and French.

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Q&A: 52 years of condominium ownership in the swiss civil code | 52 questions & Answers

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 4:52:26 PM

It has been 52 years since condominium ownership was established by law in Switzerland. As an alternative to buying one's own house, it has since then become an institution in Switzerland. Nevertheless, there are still many questions concerning condominium owner-ship that often give rise to disputes between condominium owners.

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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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Purchase of property in Switzerland by foreigners

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 2:45:00 PM

According to a new leading case of the Federal Supreme Court, the purchase of property by Swiss nationals may require authorization if it is substantially financed by foreigners.

Topics: , Private Clients , Real Estate , Corporate & Commercial , Tax , Banking & Finance

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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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Prof. Dr. Isabelle Romy

Isabelle’s practice focuses on international litigation, arbitration and private international law in commercial matters. She is also a leading expert in environmental and construction law in Switzerland, and regularly advises private companies and public bodies in these areas, including in environmental litigation. She regularly acts as an expert on issues of environmental law as well as international procedural law in Swiss courts as well as in proceedings before foreign courts. Isabelle joined Froriep as a partner in 2012 and is currently the office managing partner of our office in Zurich. Before moving to Froriep, Isabelle worked for another leading commercial law firm in Zurich for 17 years, becoming a partner in 2003. Isabelle is a professor of law and has taught at the University of Fribourg and the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) since 1996. She has been a member of the Sanction Commission of the SIX Swiss Exchange since 2002, and vice-chairman since 2008. She served as a deputy judge at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court from 2003 until the end of 2008. Isabelle was elected to the board of directors of UBS AG in May 2012 and to the board of directors of UBS Group AG in 2014. She is a member of the audit committee and of the governance and nominating committee. She has been a delegate as well as a member of the Fundraising Committee of the Swiss National Committee for UNICEF since April 2015. She has authored many publications on private international law, civil procedure and environmental law (including construction law). Isabelle is fluent in French, German and English. She is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association. Isabelle is praised by Legal 500 2018 as being "highly professional and solution-oriented’ as well as "very experienced in environmental legal issues and international litigation"; according to Who is Who Legal 2017 she "is one of the best practitioners in Switzerland on environmental legal issues" and is highlighted by Who is Who Legal 2018 "for her deep technical knowledge of the field".

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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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Polluted Sites as Real Estate Deal Killers?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

A contaminated site can be difficult or, depending on the extent and degree of pollution, even impossible to sell. Five findings from a presentation given by the FRORIEP Real Estate Team on the subject of polluted plots of land.

Topics: Real Estate

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