Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law > Vaduz, Liechtenstein > Firm Profile

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law
WUHRSTRASSE 6
PO BOX 479
9490 VADUZ
Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein > Legal market overview

Liechtenstein > Banking and finance Tier 1

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law continues to provide the full spectrum of financial services related advice. Banks, insurers, asset managers, investment firms, fund managers as well as payment service providers from both a domestic and international background are, among others, advised on investment funds and depositary regulation, derivatives trading and sustainable finance and complex transactions. The team, headed by Hannes Arnold and Thomas Nigg, has in-depth experience of the emerging fintech market, regularly being involved in security token or initial coin offerings as well as matters pertaining to crypto funds, exchanges and mining pools.

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Testimonials

‘The whole team works quickly and client-focussed. Always acted according to our wishes and offered the best solutions.’

‘Dr. Arnold: always available, flexible, client- and results-focussed.’

Liechtenstein > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law has a considerable track record of advising on international mergers and acquisitions for both the buy as well as sell side – further  enabled and facilitated  through its offices in Vienna and Zurich. The practice advises international corporations, financial institutions and institutional investors on the full range of its corporate and commercial law issues as well as foundation and trust law matters, reorganisations and restructurings. Team heads Johannes Gasser, Hannes Arnold and Thomas Nigg ‘move with an incredible security‘ ‘in the international terrain‘ giving clients ‘peace of mind‘.

Testimonials

‘Thomas Nigg is very responsive, has good English skills and is internationally oriented for Liechtenstein standards. Certainly stands out compared to what other Liechtenstein firms offer in the sector of corporate and M&A.’

‘GASSER PARTNER team has provided consistent professional advice on various corporate law matters. It is worth mentioning Hannes Arnold who has strongly supported the project on a 24/7 basis and promptly responded to all issues arising in the course of our project.’

‘Hannes Arnold – partner, Sophie Herdina – associate: communication is uncomplicated and efficient. tasks are coordinated in a flexible manner. I can get a straight answer to a difficult question with a short amount of time, usually even on the same call or email.’

‘They know the market and market participants extremely well and are very well networked. Even, when it comes to cross-border issues, we are impressed by their capabilities. The team is a one-stop shop. This keeps complicated mandates lean and does not tie up any personnel capacities in our company. We are impressed by the industry-specific solutions found.’

‘We mostly work with Hannes Arnold. In the course of our cooperation he has more than convinced us of his outstanding legal skills in the field of corporate and commercial law. His absolute strengths are corporate law. Moreover he has a very strong knowledge on foundation and civil law matters. It is impressive how entrepreneurial he thinks, which we like very much. His solutions are always geared to our needs and in line with the requirements of the market.’

‘On a less senior level, Sophie Herdina and Christina Preiner always were on top of things and has shown to be a very skilled team member.’

‘Going the extra mile – their people are actually trying to understand the business.’

‘Dr. Hannes Arnold comes up with new (potential) ideas on the M&A side without asking him to do so, free of charge, just as a gesture.’

Liechtenstein > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law represents clients before Liechtenstein courts of all instances and advises and represents non-domestic clients in regard to the recognition and enforceability of foreign judgements in Liechtenstein. The team, which includes Sebastian Auer and is headed by ‘very ableJohannes Gasser, ‘great tacticianHannes Arnold and ‘stand-outThomas Nigg, is further experienced in international arbitration, trust and foundation related matters and asset recovery. The firm is also noted for its ability to ‘handle coordination of procedural strategies across a number of jurisdictions with other firms with skill and ease‘.

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Testimonials

‘The team at Gasser Partner is more than used to working on complex cross border matters and thus handles coordination of procedural strategies across a number of jurisdictions with other firms with skill and ease. We have experienced all team members to be highly professional, easy to work with and very client oriented. We appreciated most that there was always a competent contact person available, which we believe distinguishes Gasser Partner in Liechtenstein.’

‘Our primary point of contact was Dr. Hannes Arnold, whom we experienced to be highly responsive and a great tactician, who never looses track of what is best for his clients. He is very experienced in complex cross-border matters. Excellent case management comes naturally to him. On a less senior level, Sophie Herdina always was on top of things and has shown to be a very skilled team member.’

‘Stand-out Partner: Thomas Nigg. He delivers excellent work, is experienced, fast and client oriented. I recommend him often.’

‘Local firm with the highest international standards. Reactive, efficient and client-focused. It is a pleasure to work with them and a great asset for clients to have on their team.’

‘Hannes Arnold is a top litigator able to tackle any complex commercial and fraud disputes. He combines technical knowhow with a great practical sense. His attention to clients is very appreciated.’

‘No real competitors in trust disputes. Very clever lawyers.’

‘Johannes Gasser and Sebastian Auer are very able to give advice which is to the point and very relevant. They approach matters on a commercial as well as legal perspective. Particularly impressive is Hannes Arnold.’

‘Hannes is particularly adept at providing spot on advice at short order and we have particularly enjoyed working with him on a cross-jurisdiction matter.’

The firm: Gasser Partner is an international, independent law firm that primarily represents clients before courts and the authorities and advises them in all areas of the law. As one of the leading law firms in Liechtenstein, the firm has been able to deepen and expand its knowledge and experience over decades, particularly in the field of business law.

Due to the location of our offices in Vaduz, Zurich and Vienna and our regular, close collaboration with foreign law firms, Gasser Partner has excellent global links. Owing to its size and expertise, Gasser Partner has specialists in every area of the law, enabling them to efficiently solve complex, international cases.

Main areas of practice
Private client, asset and succession planning:
Gasser Partner has a long tradition in advising families and private clients (in particular high-net-worth individuals) in asset planning and inheritance law. In particular, consultancy in the trustee sector has always been one of Gasser Partner’s core competencies.

Gasser Partner establishes Liechtenstein foundations, trusts, stock corporations and complex international structures for optimal asset planning in collaboration with leading Liechtenstein trust companies. Asset planning includes both the estate planning of individuals and the maintenance of companies. The firm supports and advises upon the setting up and management of companies and structures. In court, Gasser Partner represents foundations and boards of directors to protect companies and structures and represents beneficiaries intending to assert claims against companies and structures. Furthermore, the firm assists its clients in procedures concerning wills, donations, matrimonial property contracts, inheritance contracts, estates and trusts, both before Liechtenstein and foreign courts.

Arbitration: Arbitration has always been a key aspect of Gasser Partner’s work. The firm covers all areas of civil law, in particular the key fields of business and corporate law, including foundation and trust law.

Arbitration plays a particularly important role in trust and corporate law because it ensures confidentiality and prompt resolution. The firm’s partners are frequently appointed as arbitrators and are senior members of the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association. The quantity, quality and wealth of experience enables them to work on large and complex international cases and to cooperate with international colleagues.

Gasser Partner published an English book on litigation and arbitration in Liechtenstein, providing its clients and affiliated lawyers with an insight into the prevailing legal situation.

Litigation: Litigation has always featured heavily in Gasser Partner’s work. The firm covers all aspects of law, in particular the key fields of business and corporate law, including foundation and trust law. If a case cannot be settled out of court, Gasser Partner represents its clients before Liechtenstein courts, administrative authorities and arbitration panels regarding all of the above fields of law. Liechtenstein’s procedural law offers a variety of means to assert a party’s claims, so Gasser Partner provides its clients with comprehensive advice in order to determine the best way to proceed.

Corporate and commercial law: Gasser Partner supports its clients in the establishment and management of companies and structures. Furthermore, the firm advises and represents companies throughout domestic and international mergers, drafting agreements for the merging companies, their shareholders and directors. Moreover, the firm conducts related due diligence reports. Following the termination of a company or structure, Gasser Partner processes the liquidation or bankruptcy. As regards commercial law, Gasser Partner drafts contracts regarding licensing, franchising, intellectual property and investments.

Foundations and trusts: Gasser Partner supports and advises its clients regarding the establishment and management of foundations, trusts and other bodies. Moreover, the firm represents beneficiaries intending to assert claims. Gasser Partners further specializes in challenging and defending foundations and trusts in international and cross-border litigation and arbitration.

Banking, finance, regulatory and fintech: Advising and representing national and international banks, insurers, asset managers, investment firms, fund managers, payment service providers, trust companies and other financial service providers are a core strength and traditional focus of Gasser Partner. The firm assists financial service providers at every possible stage of the company life-cycle. Gasser Partner advises and assists during the establishment and licensing process, in relation to mergers, acquisitions or reorganization and day-to-day business activities, marketing, governance and compliance. The firm provides legal opinions for industrial associations (for example ISDA) and for individual products and business models. Gasser Partner represents and advises in a wide variety of national and international transactions and placements, the development of commercial and retail products and distribution, and the drafting of contracts and general business terms.

Real estate: Gasser Partner advises companies and private clients who hold or intend to acquire or dispose of property in Liechtenstein. The firm also advises and represents its clients in all areas of construction law in Liechtenstein and draft property and construction contracts.

Data protection: In recent years, the protection of personal data has gained enormous importance for companies and individuals alike. Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into force, data protection has also acquired greater significance from the legal perspective, posing new challenges for companies and individuals.

Gasser Partner advises and supports their clients in meeting the challenges of both GDPR and national data protection law. Together with its clients, the firm develops industry-specific data-protection solutions and supports them in the implementation of a GDPR-compliant workflow. Gasser Partner assists their clients in answering specific inquiries in the field of data protection law as well as serving and advising them in their capacity as a Data Protection Officer.

Employment law: The increasing flexibility of the labor market constantly offers not only new opportunities but also fresh challenges to employers and employees alike. Proactive personnel planning, organization and structuring is essential to company success. Gasser Partner offers comprehensive consulting in all areas of individual and collective employment law; the firm also comprehensively advises employees regarding their statutory and contractual options.

Clients: Gasser Partner advises and represents private clients (especially high-net-worth individuals) and companies from Liechtenstein and abroad. The firm’s institutional clients include, among others, banks, asset managers, fiduciary service providers, insurance companies, fund administrators and local and foreign authorities.

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Hannes Arnold, M.B.L.-HSG photoDr iur Hannes Arnold, M.B.L.-HSGSenior Partner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Corporate lawBusiness lawCivil law and litigationCommercial lawBank and…
Martin Attlmayr, LL.M. photoDr iur Martin Attlmayr, LL.M.Of Counsel AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil lawCorporate lawFoundation lawTrust lawPublic economic lawTax law
Sebastian Auer, LL.M. photoMag iur Sebastian Auer, LL.M.Partner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Litigation and arbitrationTrust and foundation lawInsurance lawCorporate and commercial…
Walter Dorigatti photoMag iur Walter DorigattiAssociate
Renè Felder, M.A. HSG photo Renè Felder, M.A. HSGAssociate AREA OF PRACTICE:Foundation and Trust LawData Protection LawCorporate LawCivil Law
Wolfgang Flach photoMag iur Wolfgang FlachAssociate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Arbitration and litigationCorporate and foundation lawCommercial lawFinancial markets law
Johannes Gasser, LL.M. photoDr iur Johannes Gasser, LL.M.Senior Partner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Corporate LawFoundation and Trust lawLitigation and arbitrationWhite collar…
Sophie Herdina photoMag iur Sophie HerdinaSenior Associate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil law and litigationCorporate lawCommercial lawBanking- and financial…
Philipp Konzett, LL.M.(EUI) photoDr iur Philipp Konzett, LL.M.(EUI)Associate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Corporate, foundation and trust lawContract lawLitigation and arbitrationInternational tax…
Dominique Marxer, MLaw photo Dominique Marxer, MLawSenior Associate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil lawCorporate and foundation lawCriminal lawCommercial law
Lukas Moser photoMag iur Lukas MoserSenior Associate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Corporate Law & M&AFoundation and Trust LawBanking &…
Bernhard Motal, LL.M. photoDr iur Bernhard Motal, LL.M.Senior Associate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Corporate lawCivil lawEstate LawFoundation and trust lawLitigation
M.A. HSG Thomas Nigg, LL.M. photo M.A. HSG Thomas Nigg, LL.M.Senior Partner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Corporate Law, M&AFinancial markets lawFoundation and trust lawInsurance…
Michael Nueber, LL.M. photoDr iur Michael Nueber, LL.M.Partner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Arbitration and LitigationCorporate, foundation and trust LawInvestment protectionWhite collar…
Carmen Oehri, MLaw photo Carmen Oehri, MLawPartner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil LawCorporate lawCommercial lawCriminal law
Christina Delia Preiner, LL.M photoDr iur Christina Delia Preiner, LL.MAssociate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Corporate LawCivil LawFinancial markets law and regulationBanking and Insurance…
Johannes Sander photoMag iur Johannes SanderPartner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil lawCorporate LawCriminal LawLitigationArbitrationFoundation and Trust Law
René Saurer photoMag iur René SaurerPartner AREAS OF PRACTICE:Foundation and Trust LawData protection lawEstate lawCivil lawCorporate lawWhite…
Stefanie Seeberger photoMag iur Stefanie SeebergerAssociate
Pia Summer photoMag iur Pia SummerSenior Associate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil law and litigationCorporate lawCommercial lawCriminal lawBank and…
Marija Tosic photoMag iur Marija TosicAssociate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil lawCorporate lawFinancial markets lawFoundation and trust law
Domenik Vogt, LL.M. (WU), LL.M. (Cambridge) photoDr iur Domenik Vogt, LL.M. (WU), LL.M. (Cambridge)Senior Associate AREAS OF PRACTICE:Civil lawCorporate lawCommercial lawContract lawTax law
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Dr. iur. Hannes Arnold M.B.L.-HSG, Attorney at Law – Senior Partner

Senior Partner Dr. Hannes Arnold talks about the major challenges for a modern law firm and the path GASSER PARTNER ATTORNEYS AT LAW has taken to meet and overcome these challenges.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate GASSER PARTNER ATTORNEYS AT LAW from your competitors?

GASSER PARTNER ATTORNEYS AT LAW is one of the largest and most renowned law firms in Liechtenstein. We have an excellent reputation, earned through years of hard work in the best interest of our clients. The prerequisite and guarantor for this success is our team and therefore we attach great importance to the selection of outstanding lawyers who contribute to our firm both professionally and personally. In addition, one of our key concerns is to promote the professional development of our younger lawyers, who have the chance to reach a very high degree of specialization, be it in the field of foundation law, litigation or financial markets law. This certainly sets us apart from local competitors and enables us to deliver our best work in complex international cases through interdisciplinary teams. We are in a position to offer truly comprehensive legal advice in all areas of Liechtenstein law and to guarantee absolute expert knowledge in every practice area. Furthermore, our many years of activity have enabled us to build up a worldwide network from which our clients benefit.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We are in the privileged position of being able to assist a large number of clients in all areas of business law from litigation to financial markets law and M&A. We are pleased to observe that the Liechtenstein financial center is continuously growing, especially in the areas of fintech, insurtech and investment funds. As we advise a number of international and local financial service providers and institutions, these are definitely practices that are growing. From our very own perspective, we are delighted to see our newly established trust business growing and taking shape. It enables us to add a new facet to our activity profile and subsequently offer additional services to our clients. Accordingly, in addition to the high demand for legal advice, we also expect strong growth in this area.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We pursue a holistic approach in our strategy and constantly search for improvement. Against this background, it was as an extraordinary opportunity for us to broaden our offer with regard to trust services and to acquire the Liechtenstein fiduciary business of one of the biggest swiss banks in 2022. Due to the long tradition of advising families and private clients (in particular high-net-worth individuals) in asset planning and inheritance law, this recent step fit perfectly into our business model. Clients will continue to benefit from the best service, the high knowledge and experience and the same quality they are used to. GASSER PARTNER Trust Reg. will advise families and offer corporate services for handpicked clientele and tailormade structures.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Individual client attention and communication is a central cornerstone of our interpretation of our profession and appropriate security measures have high priority. However, as technology advances, of course many new ways of interacting with our clients emerge. Just think of the major challenges of recent years, which have massively restricted personal contact. I think we have mastered this challenge quite well and have found the right balance.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Probably the best example in this context is the fact that we not only advise clients on specific projects or individual queries, but in many cases accompany them on their journey from the very beginning. A reliable and trustful continuing cooperation yields the best results and this is where we are particularly strong. This is also where our interdisciplinary teams create added value, because we can provide consistent, high-quality advice on everything from the establishment of the business, through complex transactions and contentious matters to succession planning.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Even in the face of growth, newly established fields of activity and the accompanying changes, we are always aware of our responsibility towards each and every individual client. Clients want and deserve full commitment and reliability. In the coming years we will keep working to sustainably grow our firm, retain our highly talented and motivated team, attract new talent and continue to successfully develop and integrate our fiduciary business.