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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. Walder Wyss Ltd
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    Walder Wyss Ltd
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1 | 7 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. A private client lawyer comments: "The team is very well equipped to deal with a lot of complex international affairs," adding: "The team is very experienced and always swift in their reply."
  2. Baker McKenzie
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1
  3. Bär & Karrer Ltd
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1
  4. Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
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    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    Charles Russell Speechlys has a strong team of private client lawyers in its Zürich and Geneva offices, qualified in the UK and Switzerland, as well as other jurisdictions. "Being a dual-qualified team with insight into a broad range of businesses and individuals offers real commercial insight," explains a source, adding: "CRS Switzerland is one of few firms able to provide seamless advice on UK and Swiss law, as well as regulatory and tax matters." This source continues: "The team has a tremendous reputation and broad range of expertise."
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    CMS
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 7 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. "They are very good on cross-border issues and they understand the complexity of the world of estate planning and litigation globally," says a peer.
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    Lenz & Staehelin
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    It receives plaudits for its work on sophisticated cross-border private client issues, and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. A source says: "They are very clear and concise in the advice that they give. They have specialists who deal with cross-border succession issues if we need to get into really detailed aspects of it." Another adds: "Lenz & Staehelin have a vast amount of experience in dealing with highly complex cross-border private client work. There is rarely a situation they have not come across before. It takes them very little time to understand complex international situations."
  4. MLL Legal
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Borel & Barbey
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    Borel & Barbey
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    The firm is also highly adept at handling the full suite of civil law issues, including complex asset distribution matters. "They double their good Swiss law knowledge and service with a fiduciaire," says one market insider.
  2. Fischer Ramp Buchmann AG
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    Fischer Ramp Buchmann AG
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Fischer Ramp Buchmann enjoys a strong reputation as a private client boutique, and routinely advises high net worth clients on complex matters in Switzerland and abroad, such as those relating to estate and succession planning, philanthropy, family offices and property. It receives plaudits from market commentators for the depth of its tax practice. An impressed source says: "Their strongest point is that they approach complex structuring and tax matters from a commercial perspective first, and then seek out the best structural implementation." This source adds: "They have a very rapid grasp of the commercial context and implications."
  3. Lalive
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    Lalive
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 7 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. A source says that they are regarded as "one of the go-to firms in Switzerland for any sort of litigation or arbitration, including private client litigation."
  4. Withers LLP
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    Withers LLP
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3 | 7 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. "My assessment of the firm's international capabilities and coordination is extremely high in terms of professional and personal experience," says a source.
  5. Homburger
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3
  6. Wenger Vieli Ltd.
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. MME Legal | Tax | Compliance
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    MME Legal | Tax | Compliance
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    MME enters the rankings for the first time this year, and 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. Niederer Kraft Frey
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 4
  3. Pestalozzi
    Private Wealth Law
    High Net Worth 2022 | Band 4