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Matthias Städeli | Rentsch Partner

Matthias Städeli is a litigator in the areas of trademark and copyright law as well as unfair competition law. In addition to his broad expertise in the field of intellectual property right, he further practices in contract law and advertising law. He regularly represents clients in complex litigations before courts and administrative bodies. He advises clients on the development and management of IP rights and all related issues, including licensing and distribution. Matthias J. Staedeli graduated from Zürich University School of Law in 1989 and has been admitted to the Zürich and Swiss Bar since 1992. 1999 he graduated with distinction from Linz University, Austria and earned a Master Degree in Arts and Media Management (M.A.S.). From 2003 until 2004 he studied Intellectual Property at Boston University School of Law where he graduated as Master of Laws (LL.M., Concentration Intellectual Property). During 2004 he was trained at Harvard Law School and Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, in the field of negotiation and mediation.

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Alfred Köpf | Rentsch Partner

In his work as a European Patent Attorney, Dr. Alfred Köpf focusses on biotechnology, organic chemistry, medical technology, process technology, and mechanics. Dr. Alfred Köpf studied Biology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and wrote his Diploma Thesis on the Chemical Ecology of Anthraquinones in leaf beetles. He joined the Masters Program in Entomology/Agriculture at the Kansas State University as a Fulbright scholar and came to the ETH Zürich for his PhD thesis on molecular evolution. Before he started his academic career, Alfred Köpf worked for several years as a CNC-lathe-worker and gained thereby practical experience in mechanical engineering. He has been active since several years in the public discussion about patentability of biological inventions (AIPPI Switzerland (Q 150 und Q159), Science et Cité, LES). Since 2003 Dr. Alfred Köpf is lecturing on patents at the Department of Chemistry and applied Biosciences (D-CHAB) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich. In 2011, he was elected by the Swiss Parliament to become a non-permanent judge of the newly established Swiss Federal Patent Court.

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Introduction of the Patent Box in Switzerland

Posted by on 20 May 2019

On 19 May 2019, the Swiss electorate voted in favour of implementing the Swiss patent box. Tax advantages on income generated from intellectual property rights will become a valuable tool for companies in Switzerland to promote research and development activities and to generate added value in these areas.

Topics: Tax , Intellectual Property

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Dimitri M. Rotter

Dimitri joined our firm as an associate in 2003 and became a partner in 2013. Dimitri is a very experienced tax lawyer based at the Zug office but heads also the Geneva tax practice of the firm. He has a long standing practice of corporate tax due to his background with the Big Four accounting firms. He represents clients in tax litigation cases in the Swiss Courts up to the Supreme Court. Dimitri focuses on domestic and cross border tax, including tax optimisation, and selected aspects of VAT notably for private client and their investment structures where he assists clients with regard to all related legal aspects. Special domains of expertise are aviation tax and syndicated loans. 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. Dimitri is a member of the Zug Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association, EXPERTSuisse (Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Counsels) and of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA).

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Thomas Zellweger

Thomas Zellweger is specialised in all areas of domestic and international, individual and corporate taxation. He has developed expertise in tax planning and relocation of high net worth individuals as well as on M&A transactions, reorganisations and relocations. Before joining Froriep, he worked as manager in a trust company in Zurich. Before joining the trust company he was part of the Corporate Tax Financial Service team of a large accounting firm in Zurich. Thomas Zellweger studied at the University of Zurich and graduated with a Master of Laws in 2012. He was admitted to the Bar in 2015. His working languages are German and English.

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Swiss Safe Harbour interest rates on intra group loans for 2019 - to ensure that interest on intra group loans does not qualify as hidden profit distribution

Posted by on 26 February 2019

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.

Topics: Tax

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Dimitri M. Rotter

Dimitri joined our firm as an associate in 2003 and became a partner in 2013. Dimitri is a very experienced tax lawyer based at the Zug office but heads also the Geneva tax practice of the firm. He has a long standing practice of corporate tax due to his background with the Big Four accounting firms. He represents clients in tax litigation cases in the Swiss Courts up to the Supreme Court. Dimitri focuses on domestic and cross border tax, including tax optimisation, and selected aspects of VAT notably for private client and their investment structures where he assists clients with regard to all related legal aspects. Special domains of expertise are aviation tax and syndicated loans. 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. Dimitri is a member of the Zug Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association, EXPERTSuisse (Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Counsels) and of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA).

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VAT pitfalls for foreign lessors or sellers of aircrafts engaged in cross border activities with Switzerland

Posted by on 10 July 2018

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

Posted by on 5 June 2018

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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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 5 March 2018

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.

Topics: Tax

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