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FBT Attorneys-at-Law

Work +41 22 849 6040
Geneva, Paris
FBT Attorneys-at-Law, Michel Abt, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

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Michel Abt

Work +41 22 849 60 40
FBT Attorneys-at-Law

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Banking and Financial Law. Tax law


Partner - Michel Abt, Head of the Tax Group (also member of its Banking and Finance Group), is a key specialist in Swiss-French cross-border tax issues and Swiss tax issues; as such, he is often sought-after for advice by players from both banking and financial sectors. He is a highly regarded specialist in collective investment schemes structuring, including tax and regulatory aspects. He advises on cross-border issues, notably relocation to Switzerland. He is currently involved in assisting numerous French clients in the French disclosure program. He also advises a number of Swiss and foreign banks, securities dealers, asset managers, funds and fund managers. Michel Abt is a recognised expert in all issues related to investment funds and has therefore a significant experience in tax issues relating to investment fund structuring, notably taxation of funds and their investors.


Since 2010 - Partner, FBT Avocats SA, Geneva
2001-2010 - Associate, FBT Avocats SA, Geneva


French, English, German and Swiss-German.


Geneva Bar Association
Swiss Bar Association
Association Genevoise de Droit des Affaires (AGDA)
Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL)
Swiss Fund Association (SFA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
Estate Planning Skill Group (EPSG).


2001 - Admission to the Geneva Bar
1998 - Law Degree, University of Geneva


Private client

Within: Private client

Excellent and well-reputed law firmFBT Attorneys-at-Law provides ‘impeccable services’ in fund and wealth management matters, but is also ‘very helpful in resolving transnational tax and legal issues to the utmost client satisfaction’. The focus further lies on family business restructuring, succession planning, relocation, estate planning and administration, will execution, real estate, philanthropy advice, private banking and dispute resolution. Frédérique Bensahel and Jean-Louis Tsimaratos are both ‘analytical, thorough, highly available and risk-managing’; the ‘organised, professional and empathicMichel Abt and tax practice head Jean-Luc Bochatay are also recommended.

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Within: Tax

The ‘excellent and uniqueFBT Attorneys-at-Lawis big enough for its lawyers to focus on specific topics and small enough to have a close and friendly relationship with clients’. Focus areas include administrative, criminal and contentious tax procedures as well as individual, corporate and real estate taxation. Deutsche Bank Suisse, Lombardier Odier Cie and Banque Julius Baer are among the active clients. The ‘organised, professional and empathicMichel Abtlistens to client’s needs and reacts to them in an effective and pragmatic way’; he jointly heads the practice with Jean-Luc Bochatay.

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