We regularly render advice on a wide range of Swiss and international tax issues for both companies and individual clients. Our team of tax specialists assists Swiss and international taxpayers with the development of their entrepreneurial activities. We also advise our clients about tailor-made corporate structures corresponding to their business needs, whether in the case of new structures or in restructuring existing ones.

Our tax team successfully addresses and resolves complex tax issues, in advance or when they occur, with the Swiss Federal and Cantonal Tax Authorities and also represents taxpayers before all Swiss tax courts.

Moreover, we pragmatically advice our clients about the ownership of assets in Switzerland or abroad, such as real estate or securities, about their businesses, enterprises and companies or dependent or independent lucrative activities. In addition, thanks to the international offices of Bonnard Lawson and to our informal relations with top-notch firms worldwide, we are able to respond precisely and quickly to questions of foreign domestic tax law.

Our tax team is fluent in French, English, German, Dutch, Russian, Hindi and Gujarati.

Our tax experts invest considerable time in closely following and analyzing the rapidly changing international and domestic tax developments, in particular with respect to corporate tax reform, changes to international double tax treaties or to European tax directives, and the recommendations of the OECD, such as the BEPS Action Plan. By doing so, we are able provide our clients with comprehensive and diligent advice at all times.

 

Our activities in the field in corporate taxation include:

  • Structuring and restructuring of groups of companies;
  • Negotiating tax rulings with the Swiss Federal and Cantonal Tax Authorities;
  • Establishing companies or permanent establishments in Switzerland;
  • Corporate migration inbound or outbound;
  • Implementing employee stock option plans;
  • Managing voluntary tax disclosure procedures;
  • Assisting with tax audits;
  • Representation in tax litigation, including criminal procedures;
  • Preparing tax returns and managing tax compliance processes.

Our activities in the field of individual taxation include:

  • Negotiating lump sum taxation rulings (Forfait/Pauschal);
  • Assistance with immigration and emigration in general;
  • Advice regarding donation and succession;
  • Structuring of assets for asset protection and estate planning purposes;
  • Structuring real estate ownership;
  • Managing voluntary tax disclosure procedures;
  • Representation in tax litigation, including criminal procedures;
  • Representation in exchange of tax information procedures;
  • Preparing tax returns and managing tax compliance processes.