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Partners: Michel Abt, Stéphanie Barreira, Frédérique Bensahel, Jean-Luc Bochatay, Serge Fasel, Alain Moreau, Jean-Louis Tsimaratos, Marco Villa

Number of partners: 8

Number of other lawyers/counsels: 16

Languages: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish

 

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1993, FBT is a business law firm with offices in Geneva and Paris. FBT is a dynamic law firm with an undisputed reputation. It advises private and corporate clients in Switzerland and abroad with a special focus on France. FBT assists its clients with domestic and cross-border transactions in banking, tax, family estate, corporate and commercial, labour and litigation matters.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:

■FBT has considerable experience in advising and assisting both foreign and Swiss financial institutions and in particular in helping banks and financial companies in their setting up and registration, advising clients on specific regulation issues, as well as drafting documentation and agreements. Its investment fund dedicated team advises Swiss and foreign investment funds as regards formation, authorisation, restructuring, distribution, taxation, and assists in the drafting of the various contractual agreements

■Restructuring of a financial group under FINMA’s investigation

Partner: Frédérique Bensahel

■Financial Institutions Act licenses (investment funds and pension funds asset managers, portfolio managers and trustees)

Partners: Frédérique Bensahel and Jean-Louis Tsimaratos

■ Financial Services Act regulatory compliance

Partner: Frédérique Bensahel

■Structuring of banks’ fund marketing and private equity activities

Partner: Frédérique Bensahel

■ Advising on bank loans and secured transactions

Partner: Frédérique Bensahel, Marco Villa

■Complex civil and criminal banking litigation and regulatory enforcement

Partners: Frédérique Bensahel and Serge Fasel

Contact: Frédérique Bensahel

Tel: +41 22 849 6040

Email: [email protected]

 

Corporate:

■FBT assists companies from their incorporation and throughout their life. FBT is particularly active in the formation procedure and the drafting of the overall corporate documentation. FBT also advises and assists its clients in the negotiations as well as the drafting and implementation of agreements related to their commercial activity

■Advising on the sale of a Commercial Centre

Partner: Marco Villa

■Advising various clients on the acquisition of Swiss companies

Partner: Marco Villa

Contact: Marco Villa

Tel: +41 22 849 6040

Email: [email protected]

 

Litigation:

■FBT assists its clients in the framework of national and international litigation before civil, criminal, administrative and arbitration courts, particularly in the fields of banking and financial litigation, commercial litigation, civil litigation, insolvency, economic crimes, international assistance in criminal and administrative matters, employment litigation, insurance litigation and real estate litigation

■Privileged partner of several important Geneva-based banks for more than 20 years

Partner: Serge Fasel

■Defending a very well known aviation company as well as an important handling company in two significant collective actions

Partner: Serge Fasel

■Representing a shipping company as well as an insurance company in multi-million arbitration proceedings

Partner: Serge Fasel

■Representing investment managers in litigations related to mismanagement issues and retrocessions

Partner: Serge Fasel

Contact: Serge Fasel

Tel: +41 22 849 6040

Email: [email protected]

 

Tax:

■FBT has built a highly regarded practice in the establishment and restructuring of companies and the cross-border issues thereto related, tax rulings, tax optimisation, as well as tax planning for entities. Besides, FBT has extensive experience in advising individuals, including high net worth clients, on issues related to relocation, transmission and protection of assets and the cross-border issues thereto related, as well as tax rulings, especially in relation to lump-sum taxation and taxation of trusts. FBT is also active in asset disclosure programs, tax litigation matters and mutual assistance in tax matters, as well as in the taxation of financial products, including investment funds, real estate taxation, VAT, stamp duties and withholding tax

■Relocation to Switzerland of several HNWIs, mostly on ‘forfait’ (flat rate) basis

Partners: Jean-Luc Bochatay and Michel Abt

■Tax advice to investment funds and managers, securities dealers and banks

Partner: Michel Abt

■Assisting and representing many clients in international administrative assistance in tax matters

Partners: Jean-Luc Bochatay and Michel Abt

■Assisting numerous clients in disclosure programs (Swiss, French, Italian, etc.)

Partners: Jean-Luc Bochatay, Alain Moreau, Michel Abt and Stéphanie Barreira

Contact: Michel Abt

Tel: +41 22 849 6040

Email: [email protected]

 

Private Banking / Family Estate:

■FBT advises HNWIs, banks, investment managers, trust companies and family offices, both in Switzerland and abroad. It assists its clients in their relocation and in the reorganisation of their business assets, sets up tax efficient vehicles and seeks tax rulings both for private individuals and holding vehicles. FBT’s work consists of but is not limited to relationships with private banks, estate planning, inheritance and succession issues, real estate, tax, advice regarding asset holdings structures and trust issues and disputes relating thereto

■Advising and representing clients in the framework of complex international successions, acting as legal advisor, coordinator or testamentary executor, as well as mediator between conflicting heirs

Partners: Jean-Luc Bochatay, Frédérique Bensahel and Michel Abt

■Swiss legal advisor to several trust structures, one of which is valued more than a billion and has investments in more than 15 jurisdictions

Partners: Jean-Luc Bochatay, Frédérique Bensahel and Jean-Louis Tsimaratos

■Advising and assisting in estate planning, on issues such as art collections holding, setting up charitable foundation, holding of family business (for example restructuring the holding of a major private aviation group)

Partner: Jean-Luc Bochatay and Michel Abt

■Relocation to Switzerland of several HNWIs, mostly on ‘forfait’ (flat rate) basis

Partners: Jean-Luc Bochatay and Michel Abt

■Negotiating tax rulings on trusts

Partner: Jean-Luc Bochatay

■Advising and representing clients in mismanagement litigations

Partner: Serge Fasel and Frédérique Bensahel

Contact: Frédérique Bensahel

Tel: +41 22 849 6040

Email: [email protected]

 

International Work:

FBT advises its foreign clients on a daily basis on a number of cross-border issues and helps them with the establishment of business in Switzerland and the negotiation of tax rulings. Furthermore, FBT is highly specialised in cross-border legal and tax issues between France and Switzerland.