Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Private Wealth Law Department

Switzerland
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Schellenberg Wittmer is widely praised across the market as "an excellent law firm with good experts." The team advises on issues including wealth structuring, estate planning, philanthropy and succession of businesses.

The team is regarded as a "long-standing private client practice" which is "strong in both Geneva and Zürich," according to a fellow lawyer, who adds: "It is pleasant to work with them and they do a great job keeping things professional."

Notable practitioners

Andrea Dorjee-Good advises clients on national and international estate planning and can also assist with trust and estate litigation matters. A fellow lawyer says: "She is certainly one to watch from the younger generation. She knows what she is talking about and has great experience already." Sources say she is an "extremely hard worker" who is "very professional and pragmatic."

Bernard Vischer has extensive experience advising on trust and estate planning, in addition to private banking matters. "He is the perfect person for businessmen who now want to work on their estate planning. He has a very good knowledge of the business law side and is good with entrepreneurs," says a market insider. Another notes: "He is very good; he has a lot of experience and is a gentleman."

David Wallace Wilson is a highly regarded private client practitioner with recognised strength working with trusts. "He is a great tax expert, has in-depth understanding of the trust world and is strong on the academic side," says one source. Another states: "He is Mr Trust Law - he has a very good client base, a good network and a reputation in the field." "He is a great professional and is one of the most recognised people in Geneva for trusts," comments a market insider.

Manuel Liatowitsch "is a pillar of the community in Switzerland," according to a market insider, who continues: "He is well known all over the world. He is active, smart and one of the brightest guys that I have met." One peer notes that "he's not only highly regarded but also easy to work with and very diligent." Liatowitsch is recognised for handling contentious private client matters. A fellow lawyer states: "He is a smart lawyer, I would hire him immediately."