We focus on advisory services for companies and entrepreneurs. Many of our clients are small and medium sized companies as well. They operate in a variety of business areas. Our services are mainly provided in the field of corporate law, but also in the fields of contract law, labour law, and tax law.

For foreign companies and entrepreneurs, we offer a wide range of services in connection with establishing Swiss business activities: evaluation of suitable locations, availability of tax holidays, and other types of business incentives and obtaining work and residence permits as well as permits for the acquisition of real estate.

Furthermore, we do trust and estate planning for individuals.

Legal advice often starts with deciding on the right company type, e.g., sole/collective proprietorship, corporation, limited liability. Later, legal steps may be needed due to company changes, e.g., its purpose, financial/share structures, merger/acquisition. Based on the client’s needs, we prepare the necessary articles of incorporation, public deeds, trade register application forms, and other documents.

Our services in this area include:

  • Incorporation3wbwlc6qhbg-davide-ragusa
  • Capital increase
  • Capital decrease
  • Merger and acquisitions
  • Changes to Articles of Incorporation
  • Rules of Organization
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Liquidations

Active companies as well as holding and domicile companies have many duties and formalities to fulfill. These include, for example, holding annual shareholders’ meetings, holding Board of Directors meetings, preparing minutes, submitting tax declarations for the Direct Tax, VAT and stamp duty, and the declaration of withholding tax on salaries. For companies, which do not have their own employees, the administration must be organized.

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  • Directorship mandates
  • Domiciliation mandates and office services
  • Preparation of minutes
  • General company administration

Labour law mediates the relationship between employees, employers, trade unions, and the government. Employment standards are for the most part very straightforward social norms for the minimum socially acceptable conditions under which employees are allowed to work. Government agencies enforce these laws, but often disputes ensue. We specialize in consultation and negotiations intended to avoid litigation.

Individual employment agreements, general terms and conditions on the employment agreement, expense regulations and other rules, which form the framework of the employment relationship, may often be drafted by using standard language. However, in many cases, more individualized solutions are required, such as: participation plans, bonus regulations or management agreements. General expense regulations or employee options have to be individually designed and optimized for tax purposes. In connection with the employment agreement, social security issues must also be considered and pension agreements should be made to obtain the best reasonable protection for employees.

construction-work-carpenter-tools-mediumOur services in this area include:

  • Individual employment agreements
  • General Terms and Conditions
  • Employee / Managing participation plans
  • Expense regulations
  • Social security

RechtNobody likes to think about his or her last will. Nevertheless, in most cases it is very important to arrange such financial matters in a timely manner. A consultation analyses the individual circumstances and points out which possibilities exist under Swiss law. Also, in an international context, such as a foreign testator with a Swiss domicile or with a proprietorship in foreign real estate, it is important to know exactly the specifics of the inheritance laws in order to find personalised solutions within the applicable legal framework.

Our services in this area include:

  • Wills
  • Inheritance contracts
  • Administration of estate

This area of activity includes all fields of law, which are of interest to foreigners who wish to work and/or live in Switzerland. For foreigners in Switzerland, both the job market and real estate market are highly regulated. Work and residence permits are obtained through compliance with many important rules. Acquisition of real estate by foreigners is only possible by fulfilling certain conditions. Additionally, due to the treaties between Switzerland and the EU countries, there is a different legal framework for EU citizens and those of other countries.

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