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Reliable and Sustainable Tax Advice

Our Taxation Group features multilingual lawyers highly proficient in tax and economic matters who are also Certified Tax Experts. As a result, we can provide our clients with innovative advice and superior, result-oriented solutions.

„the wealth of tax knowledge“

Chambers Europe/Global

Key Contacts

Pietro Sansonetti
Dr. Michael Nordin


We regularly advise clients and have extensive experience meeting with the tax authorities, at both federal and cantonal levels, to obtain advance clearances and rulings in the following fields:

  • Corporate tax issues (direct taxes as well as stamp duties and withholding taxes on profit distributions) in connection with mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and capital market transactions;
  • Individual taxation, including family-owned businesses, large partnerships and high-net-worth individuals regarding all types of Swiss federal and cantonal taxes, as well as advice and assistance for individuals contemplating becoming residents of Switzerland;
  • Executive compensation;
  • Swiss domestic and international tax issues (double taxation treaties and mutual assistance agreements);
  • Real estate transactions;
  • International governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as non-profit entities;
  • Tax treatment of trusts;
  • VAT-related issues in connection with the financial, real estate and aviation sectors;
  • Enforcement procedures in the event of tax audits or suspicion of taxes evaded as well as tax litigation.

Our experience includes:

  • Comprehensive advice to several major banks and financial institutions on capital market transactions and tax compliance. Our representation also includes obtaining tax rulings and representing the clients in tax-related litigation;
  • Advice to major insurance companies on complex reorganizations, including those with multi-jurisdictional aspects, and advising them on, or obtain on their behalf, approvals of insurance products from the competent Swiss authorities;
  • We represent a US-based ICT corporation in a substantial VAT claim advanced by the Swiss tax authorities with respect to its Swiss subsidiary. Our representation includes the preparation of a settlement proposal and negotiation of such proposal with the authorities;
  • Regular tax advice to fund and asset management structures and obtain tax rulings on behalf of the clients;
  • We are assisting a high net worth family in their wealth structuring across a number of jurisdictions and in obtaining tax rulings from the Swiss tax authorities;
  • We regularly provide comprehensive tax advice to several companies based in Switzerland, which are part of a leading multinational technology group.

Deals & Cases

Schellenberg Wittmer advises Santhera Pharmaceuticals in exclusive License Agreement with Polyphor

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly recognized amongst leading law firms across international directories and publications:

  • Chambers Global and Europe in Taxation
  • Legal 500 in Taxation
  • WWL Switzerland and WWL Corporate Taxation international guide
  • World Tax Review

Selected Publications

La jurisprudence fiscale du Tribunal féderal 2015-2016
Pietro Sansonetti, Thierry Obrist, Robert Danon
Co-éd par Thierry Obrist et Robert Danon; Jérome Bürgisser (et al.) In: Revue de droit administratif et de droit fiscal, Partie 2, Droit discal – Lausanne; Geneve – Annéè 73 (2017), Vol 1-2, P1-192