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High Net Worth Switzerland Private Wealth Law

Work in this area includes, but is not limited to: charitable planning; wealth transfer; business succession planning; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning (in the US); life and health insurance planning; the creation and administration of trusts and estates; asset transfer; the taking-public of closely held businesses; and structuring outward and inward investment. Contentious matters are also included, such as trusts disputes, probate contests and contested wills. In larger jurisdictions, these matters are ranked separately in a Private Wealth Disputes table.

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Band 1
  1. Baker McKenzie
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    Baker McKenzie
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Baker McKenzie's wealth management practice in Switzerland operates from a strong global platform that sees it regularly handling cross-border tax and legal matters for private individuals and families. It is particularly adept at dealing with US, UK, Swiss, European/CIS and Middle Eastern wealth structuring and regulatory matters.
  2. Bär & Karrer Ltd
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    Bär & Karrer Ltd
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    "All the lawyers at Bär & Karrer are heavy hitters. There is no one who lacks substance in the team; they are all very hard-working and meet deadlines. If you have a really good client or important matter, I would have no hesitation going to them. They are a very, very reliable firm."
  3. Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
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    Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Schellenberg Wittmer has wide-ranging expertise in wealth structuring and preservation matters, and frequently acts for clients in both cross-border estate planning and inheritance disputes. The firm advises affluent individuals, families, and closely held businesses, as well as family offices, banks and trust companies. The firm is also able to draw on the expertise of its tax, banking, corporate and real estate groups.
  4. Walder Wyss Ltd
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    Walder Wyss Ltd
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Walder Wyss has an esteemed private clients group that regularly advises high net worth clients, including entrepreneurs, families and their closely held businesses. Its expertise spans the full suite of private wealth matters, and it is sought after for its domestic and cross-border advice on relocation, succession planning, and inheritance disputes, as well as Swiss charitable foundation and family office matters.
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Band 2
  1. Charles Russell Speechlys
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    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    "Charles Russell Speechlys' main advantage is that they approach their advice with a commercial mindset. Their private client team is strong but personalised and they work extremely collaboratively to provide advice on complex matters. They are able to think outside the box and often raise concerns that are not directly within their remit but which allow the client to consider other matters which may impact them."
  2. CMS
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    CMS
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    CMS is distinguished for its handling of both estate planning and litigation matters in Switzerland and internationally. It regularly advises affluent individuals, entrepreneurs and families on succession planning, matrimonial property matters, estate and trust litigation, and charitable planning. It also advises clients on family business issues.
  3. Homburger
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    Homburger
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    "Homburger's team is attentive and there is very good interdisciplinary working within teams internally and through a well-established network. Client service is one of their main strengths; they are very responsive - always available and delivering requested service levels."
  4. Lalive
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    Lalive
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    Lalive regularly advises private clients on contentious and non-contentious inheritance, family, trust law and administrative assistance matters from its offices in Zürich and Geneva. Its clients include affluent families, business owners, family offices and foundations, among others.
  5. Lenz & Staehelin
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    Lenz & Staehelin
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    Lenz & Staehelin has offices in Zürich and Geneva and has a strong reputation across a broad range of private client work, including matters relating to succession planning, family governance, relocation, tax advisory, trust structuring and family offices. The firm receives plaudits for its work on sophisticated cross-border private client issues, and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters.
  6. MLL Legal
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
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    Fischer Ramp Buchmann AG
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    "Fischer Ramp Buchmann is extremely strong in integrating specific Swiss aspects into complex multi-jurisdictional matters, liaising efficiently with cross-border teams covering other regulatory and fiscal regimes. The senior partners and their team cover an amazing range of topics in depth, covering corporate, personal and real estate matters, always in combination with an understanding of the commercial side."
  2. Kellerhals Carrard
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    Kellerhals Carrard
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 3 | 1 Years Ranked
    Kellerhals Carrard draws from its large team of specialists with expertise in inheritance law, succession planning and multi-jurisdictional trust and estate litigations. The firm regularly advises high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals and families, family offices, as well as private banks.
  3. Withers LLP
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    Withers LLP
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Withers is an international tax and trust planning powerhouse that has a widely lauded private client practice offering the full suite of wealth planning and probate services to clients in the UK, the US and Switzerland, as well as in Asia and the Middle East.
  4. Borel & Barbey
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 3
  5. Niederer Kraft Frey
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 3
  6. Wenger Vieli Ltd.
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. MME Legal | Tax | Compliance
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    MME Legal | Tax | Compliance
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    MME has considerable strengths in estate planning and family business succession, among other private client-related matters. The firm's client base includes high net worth individuals such as entrepreneurs and business owners. The firm also draws praise for its understanding of the blockchain and cryptocurrency legal landscape in Switzerland.
  2. Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd
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    Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Staiger covers private client matters including inheritance law, cross-border estate, tax and succession planning, private banking and fiduciary services.
  3. OBERSON ABELS SA
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 4
  4. Pestalozzi
    Private Wealth Law
    2023 | Band 4