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Partners: Homayoon Arfazadeh, Sundip K. Bhundia, Philippe Ciocca, Myriam Fehr-Alaoui, Frederic Gante, Nicolas de Gottrau, Mathieu Granges, Dominique Henchoz, Jean-Christophe Hocke, Benjamin Humm, Marc Iynedjian, Marc Joory, Christophe de Kalbermatten, Philippe Kenel, Olivier Klunge, Benoît Lambercy, Per Prod’Hom, Jean-Yves Rebord, Thomas Steinmann, Etienne von Streng
Number of Partners: 20
Number of lawyers: 45
Languages: Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, 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 45 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 firm’s arbitration practice attorneys advise clients on Swiss and international commercial arbitration with a unique insight into many different industries.
Contact: Homayoon Arfazadeh
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
The firm’s 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.
Contact: Nicolas de Gottrau
Email: [email protected]

Commercial Contracts:
Python’s commercial contract 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:
Python’s 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:
Python’s 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. Python’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]

Intellectual Property, IT & Telecom:
Python’s IP attorneys advise 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. The IP attorneys advise clients in IP related litigation and arbitration proceedings and have significant experience in contractual/transactional IP matters.
Contact: Felix Locher
Email: [email protected]

International Legal Assistance & Criminal Law:
The firm’s international legal assistance and criminal law practice attorneys advise clients on mutual legal assistance matters and related areas. Python’s attorneys also assist and represent clients in white-collar crime proceedings, money laundering proceedings and disclosure proceedings.
Contact: Homayoon Arfazadeh
Email: [email protected]

Litigation and Insolvency:
The firm’s llitigation and insolvency attorneys advise and represent clients before all Swiss civil, commercial and administrative courts. The attorneys also assist with the enforcement of Swiss and international judgments and insolvency decisions as well as with obtaining evidence.
Contact: Nicolas de Gottrau
Email: [email protected]

Private Clients:
The firm’s 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 and Construction:
Python’s 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 attorneys 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:
Python’s 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: [email protected]