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Partners: Homayoon Arfazadeh, Sundip K. Bhundia, Philippe Ciocca, Frederic Gante, Nicolas de Gottrau, Dominique Henchoz, Jean-Christophe Hocke, Benjamin Humm, Marc Iynedjian, Marc Joory, Christophe de Kalbermatten, Philippe Kenel, Olivier Klunge, Per Prod’Hom, Jean-Yves Rebord, Thomas Steinmann, Etienne von Streng
Number of partners: 17
Number of lawyers: 48
Languages: English, Farsi (or Persian), French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish

Firm Overview:
Python is one of the major full scope Swiss firms in terms of size and resources with the know-how and facilities to enable it to play a significant role on the Swiss and international scene. Originally founded in 1981 by four partners in Geneva, the firm now also has offices in Lausanne, Bern, Sion and Zug. In order to have a link to the EU, a liaison office was established in Brussels in 1997. High quality, efficiency, responsiveness and flexibility are the firm’s guiding principles. With its cadre of 50 experienced, multilingual lawyers, the firm offers legal services in 11 practice areas. Clients include major international corporations, financial institutions, start-ups, partnerships and private individuals from Switzerland and all over the world.

Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration:

The eminent arbitration team advises clients on Swiss and international commercial arbitration with a unique insight into many different industries. It has served as counsel or arbitrators in complex, prominent cases under the rules of all the major arbitration institutions and systems, including ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules, SCC, VIAC, WTO, WIPO, ICSID, CAS and UNCITRAL, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. It has a strong academic background and several team members have published textbooks and articles in international arbitration and regularly appear as speakers at important conferences.
Contact: Homayoon Arfazadeh
Email: [email protected] 

Banking & Finance:
The noted banking and finance practice attorneys advise Swiss and foreign banks, asset managers, securities dealers and other financial institutions on an all-encompassing range of activities. From setting-up and licensing Swiss banks and subsidiaries, to setting up branches and representative offices of foreign banks and securities dealers in Switzerland, to advising on the structuring of all types of collective investment vehicles, the licensing of investment funds in Switzerland, anti-money laundering regulations, compliance, FINMA authorizations and enforcement matters.
Contact: Nicolas de Gottrau
Email: [email protected] 

Commercial Contracts:
The renowned commercial contracts practice attorneys advise clients on the broadest possible range of local and cross-border contracts such as investment contracts, e-commerce, partnerships, joint ventures, international sales including commodities, airplanes, ships, agency contracts, exclusive distribution, franchising, maritime or road transport.
Contact: Thomas Steinmann
Email: [email protected] 

Corporate & M&A:
The notable corporate and M&A practice attorneys advise clients on the full range of corporate and M&A activities. From assisting with all stages of local and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations (working in partnership with law firms from other jurisdictions when necessary), to company sales and structuring, management and ownership successions, stock, share and asset purchase advice and related document drafting, to negotiating representations and warranties, to advising on and preparing disclosure schedules, side agreements and financing documents among others.
Contact: Marc Iynedjian
Email: [email protected] 

Employment & Immigration:
The employment practice attorneys advise clients on employment contracts, health and safety regulations, maternity/paternity rights, settlement agreements, unfair dismissal claims, redundancies, disciplinary procedures, layoffs, disputes etc and also represent them before employment tribunals.
The firm's immigration practice attorneys successfully advise clients on obtaining Swiss residence/work permits and all related necessary formalities: permit renewals/extensions, changes of canton, job, marital status, departures, official certificates or statements, customs clearances etc.
Contact: Dominique Henchoz
Email: [email protected] 

IP, IT & Telecom:
The acclaimed IP attorneys advise their clients on how to best protect, benefit from, optimize and defend their intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, designs, and copyright, whether in Switzerland or abroad. They advise the firm's clients in IP related litigation and arbitration proceedings and have significant experience in contractual/transactional IP matters, such as licensing agreements, research, development and cooperation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, technology transfers and distribution agreements. Furthermore, the firm provides a full range of trademark and design services. The firm is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional matters.
Contact: Felix Locher
Email: [email protected]

International Legal Assistance & Criminal Law:
The international legal assistance and criminal law practice attorneys advise clients on mutual legal assistance matters and related areas. These include international police cooperation, Interpol notices, information exchange between financial regulatory authorities, enforcement of embargoes and international assistance in civil matters, banking and professional secrecy, asset localization, asset freezing/recovery, extradition etc. The firm's attorneys also assist and represent its clients in white-collar crime proceedings, money laundering proceedings and disclosure proceedings.
Contact: Homayoon Arfazadeh
Email: [email protected] 

Litigation & Insolvency:
The litigation and insolvency attorneys advise and represent clients before all Swiss civil, commercial and administrative courts. They also assist with the enforcement of Swiss and international judgments and insolvency decisions as well as with obtaining evidence. All fields of commercial disputes are covered, including banking cases, bankruptcy and debt collection litigation, commercial contracts, civil cases (divorce, alimonies for children, liquidation of estates), employment disputes, IP protection and enforcement, provisional remedies, enforcement of foreign judgments, insolvency, debt restructuring etc. As some of the cases the firm deals with are cross border, its attorneys are at also ease with the complex nature of private international law.
Contact: Nicolas de Gottrau
Email: [email protected]

Private Clients:
The private client attorneys advise HNW Swiss and international clients on a broad range of matters, including wealth structuring, financial planning and pensions, asset protection, the incorporation and administration of foundations, charities, companies and trusts, Swiss residence, nationality and real estate matters, marriage (pre-nuptial agreements, matrimonial regime contracts), divorce and child custody matters, Swiss life and health insurance planning, estate planning, resolving local and cross-border inheritance disputes, the taking-public of closely-held businesses, philanthropy, private investments, family office services, structuring outward and inward investment, sophisticated tax planning etc.
Contact: Jean-Christophe Hocke
Email: [email protected] 

Real Estate & Construction:
The real estate and construction practice attorneys advise clients on residential and commercial real estate transactions and construction projects and have closed some very large real estate and construction transactions in Switzerland. They assist with obtaining permits to acquire and build Swiss real estate, real estate financing, the sale, purchase and lease of commercial/residential real estate, sale and lease-back transactions, general contractor agreements, construction contracts, Swiss real estate environmental matters and real estate litigation and arbitration.
Contact: Marc Iynedjian
Email: [email protected] 

Tax:
The tax attorneys advise clients on a full range of services in connection with their private and commercial tax affairs such as planning, solving and negotiating tax rulings on all issues of Swiss federal, cantonal, inter-cantonal and international taxation, including without limitation, direct income and capital taxes, double taxation, withholding taxes, stamp duties and VAT, the restructuring, sale or the succession of their business, the structuring of their estate and tax optimization of foreign clients wishing to invest in or relocate to Switzerland.
Contact: Etienne von Streng
Email: streng[email protected] 

OFFICES:
SWITZERLAND :
HEAD OFFICE :
Rue Charles-Bonnet 2, 1206 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 702 15 15
Fax: +41 22 702 14 14
Email: [email protected]

BERN :
Schweizerhof-Passage 7, Postfach, 3000 Bern
Tel: +41 31 561 61 21
Email: [email protected]

GENEVA :
Rue François-Bellot 3, 1206 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 702 15 15
Email: [email protected]

GENEVA :
Rue du Rhône 23, 1204 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 702 15 15
Email: [email protected]

PULLY/LAUSANNE :
Av. C.-F. Ramuz 80, Case postale, 1009 Pully/Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 721 04 40
Email: [email protected]

SION :
Av. de la Gare 28, Case postale 1086, 1951 Sion
Tel: +41 27 327 33 33
Email: [email protected]

ZUG :
Baarerstrasse 21, 6300 Zug
Tel: +41 41 710 28 06
Email: [email protected]

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE :
BELGIUM :

Square des Nations 24, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 501 61 91
Email: [email protected]