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Baker McKenzie, Denis Berdoz, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

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Denis Berdoz

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Partner, Head of Geneva's Tax Practice Group, mainly practicing in the areas of domestic corporate tax issues, inbound investments, tax treaties, post-acquisition and re-disposition restructurings, spinoffs and dispositions, restructurings - mergers, division and transformation - and M&A transactions.


He joined Baker & McKenzie in 1982 and currently serves as Head of the Tax Practice Group in Geneva. In-depth experience in all aspects of tax law, Mr Berdoz is regularly cited by top legal directories including Legal500 and European Legal Experts. He teaches in the federal tax expertise program (organised by Expertsuisse SA), at the University of Geneva (LL.M. Tax program) and the University of Lausanne (Master of Advanced Studies in International Taxation – MASIT).


English, French, German.


Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), Association genevoise de droit des affaires (AGDA) and Ordre Romand des Experts Fiscaux (OREF), and previously served as chairman of the Geneva Tax Appellate Commissions.


Law Degree, University of Geneva (1975). Matura, Calvin College (1972).



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Baker McKenzie’s ‘hands-on’ team impresses with ‘outstanding tax knowledge, technical depth, a result-based approach and quick responses’. The practice focuses on international tax planning, transfer pricing, VAT matters, restructuring and transactional support, as well as tax controversy and wealth planning. In a recent highlight, the group advised EXPERTsuisse on the notification procedure regarding the distribution of dividends in lieu of paying withholding tax. Of counsel René Matteotti is ‘analytical and clear’, Kilian Perroulaz is ‘technically excellent’ and the ‘professional’ Tobias Rohner, who joined from Froriep, shows ‘great commitment, readiness and devotion towards the best result’. Denis Berdoz leads the team.

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