Partner, Certified Tax Expert
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes / P.O. Box 2088
1211 Geneva 1 / Switzerland
T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001
Pietro Sansonetti is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the Taxation Group. He advises clients on all tax matters, both domestic and international. He has in-depth knowledge of complex tax situations and extensive experience in dealing with tax authorities and enforcement matters including international exchange of information. He is active in corporate matters, in particular reorganizations such as mergers and real estate transactions, as well as on non profit entities including international non-governmental as well as official organisations. He also works with individuals on family businesses, on partnership and private clients-related tax matters such as trusts and inheritance related issues as well as on tax litigation including investigations and enforcement procedures.
Pietro Sansonetti is involved in the tax community (Swiss Fiduciary Chamber, International Fiscal Association and Tax Chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce in particular). He lectures regularly at international and Swiss seminars. Pietro Sansonetti belongs to the faculty of the Executive master in advanced studies in international taxation at the University of Lausanne (formerly Neuchâtel) and also lectured on criminal tax law at the Swiss Tax Academy. He was the chairman of the Swiss examination commission for tax experts between 1999 and 2004.
Upon graduating from the School of Law of the University of Geneva in 1982, Pietro Sansonetti was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1985 and joined Fides, a large Swiss tax and audit firm (now KPMG). In 1988 he moved to Arthur Andersen, where he served as a tax manager. He became a Swiss-certified tax expert (expert fiscal diplômé) in 1990 and in 1993 was appointed director of tax affairs (chief tax officer) at the Geneva Tax Authority. He joined Schellenberg Wittmer as a partner in 1999.
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