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Switzerland has been a focal point for banking and wealth management expertise for over 200 years, and both Geneva and Zurich remain leading international financial centres, holding over $2.5 trillion in assets.

The nation’s long-term stability and security has long encouraged investors and high net worth individuals to use Switzerland’s many banks and advisors for their assets.

We have been located in Switzerland since 2005, with offices in both cities offering advice under US and UK law on cross-border international tax and trust matters and multi-jurisdictional litigation issues. Our Swiss-based team work closely with colleagues around our international offices to provide clients with a full range of legal services.

25 February 2021 - Firm News

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Tatler HNW 2022


63 rue du Rhône,

1204 Genève

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Track record

Swiss franc de-pegging claim

Representing one of the UK's leading financial spread betting companies, we are bringing a claim on behalf of our client against its prime broker and prime liquidity provider following losses incurred as a result of the de-pegging of the Swiss franc in 2015.

Swiss Trustees and a Swiss Bank

Advising Swiss trustees and a Swiss bank on the recovery of assets relating to unravelling an appointment upon the discovery of a fraud on a family trust and on the assets in the estate of the deceased settler in the sum of approximately £400m.

LCIA arbitration in art sector

Advised a company specialising in buying and selling art in an LCIA arbitration dispute over the ownership of a Monet painting under Swiss law.

Swiss-based family office in a corporate control contest

We represented a Swiss-based family office in a corporate control contest involving a California-based US$500 million private company in the coatings business. The company has an independent Board of Directors and is owned by three significant minority owners and widely dispersed current and former employees. Our work involved M&A, corporate governance, finance, complex contracts, tax and offensive corporate litigation. We drew on our New Haven, Greenwich and Los Angeles lawyers and implemented a partial contingent billing arrangement.

Canadian and Swiss accounts tax case

We successfully abated over USD $2.8 million in potential penalties for a Canadian family living in America, advising on an IRS defense action with respect to Canadian and Swiss accounts.

Brazilian family offshore structuring

We worked alongside Brazilian counsel to advise a client on the FATCA and CRS reporting requirements applicable to their complex succession structure for his offshore assets. These included a private trust company, trusts, companies and other entities, a private investment fund and multiple investment accounts, and involved the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Switzerland and the US. The advice also needed to take into account the client's plans to relocate his family from Brazil to London, and possibly thereafter to New York City.

Swiss fraud

We are pursuing a Turkish company and an entrepreneur in respect of fraud perpetrated on a Swiss trading group.

Swiss family office

Advised a Swiss family office on the structuring of an investment in UK commercial real estate - our multi-disciplinary team of colleagues with expertise in commercial real estate, corporate law and banking law worked to structure and document the funding arrangements to avoid triggering a taxable remittance to the UK by the principle.