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Liechtenstein’s funds industry has been greatly empowered by new legislation, in the form of the Specific Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITSG) and Administrators of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFMG) laws; these codify the country’s regulatory framework, bringing it in line with EU law, and also facilitate cross-border transactions, making the jurisdiction more attractive to overseas investors.
Following the legislative changes in the area of tax over the last few years, the US tax evasion probe presents a further blow to the country’s traditional status as a tax haven. Though some investors have left Liechtenstein in the changing climate, tax conditions remain favourable and the improvement to the country’s reputation has itself attracted new business interest. The increasingly stringent regulatory environment means there remains a high demand for legal advice in the area of financial services.
Dr Dr Batliner & Dr Gasser, Batliner Wanger Batliner Rechtsanwälte AG and Marxer & Partner Attorneys-at-Law continue to lead the market in finance and corporate transactions, although Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte is closing the gap. Walch & Schurti remains one of the country’s top practices, and is rated particularly highly for its litigation expertise. Relative newcomer Wolff Gstoehl Bruckschweiger’s reputation continues to grow, with Peter Wolff highly respected across the market.