Me Michel Abt > FBT Attorneys-at-Law > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

FBT Attorneys-at-Law
1211 GENEVA 6
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Work Department

Tax Law, Banking and Financial Law, Family Estate Law


Michel Abt is the co-head of FBT’s Tax Group and a member of the Banking & Finance Group. He has a longstanding experience in all Swiss tax-related issues, with particular expertise in private client’s taxation notably advising high net worth individuals on their wealth and estate planning, assisting them with multi-jurisdictional projects and counselling on specific acquisitions. He also specializes in tax disclosures. Moreover, he is a recognized expert in Swiss regulatory and tax issues relating to investors and Swiss or foreign collective investment schemes.

Areas of Expertise

Tax law, in particular :

  • Natural persons taxation (including tax engineering and wealth management, transmission and protection of assets, delocalisation et tax status)
  • Companies and managerial taxation
  • Property taxation (including structuration of real estate investments, and their financing)
  • Collective investment schemes taxation
  • Tax procedures (including unsolicited announcements and tax amnesties)
  • Banking and financial regulations, in particular in relation to collective investments schemes (securities and real estate funds)


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

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Tax

FBT Attorneys-at-Law is instructed by HNWI, banks, investment managers, trust companies and family offices for a variety of tax matters. Beyond traditional queries, the group advises on the framework of exchange of information, tax transparency and tax criminal proceedings. Jean-Luc Bochatay is a specialist in the latter in addition to his focus on multi-jurisdictional tax planning. He jointly leads the practice with Michel Abt, whose banking and finance know-how stand out. The Swiss group works in close collaboration with the firm’s Paris office.

Switzerland > Private client

FBT Attorneys-at-Law ‘offers a very personalised service‘ to high-net-worth individuals, their families, family offices and trusts as well as financial intermediaries and financial institutions with respect to private individuals. Core services relate to relocation of individuals, estate planning and wealth preservation, structuring of trusts and foundations, advice regarding family businesses and succession planning, execution of wills and estate administration as well as assistance with the setting up of wealth management businesses. The team further assists with related litigation and arbitration, such as inheritance, asset management and trust disputes. Michel Abt, Jean-Luc Bochatay, Pascale Cano and Frédérique Bensahel are the practice heads with specialisms in tax, patrimonial family law and private banking matters.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

The ‘efficient‘ team at FBT Attorneys-at-Law has strengths in dispute resolution, tax, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions as well as family estate law. Co-founder and chairman Jean-Luc Bochatay is the team’s specialist for tax and regulatory matters. Frédérique Bensahel, Jean-Louis Tsimaratos and Michel Abt are the key contacts in banking and finance matters and Serge Fasel handles dispute resolution.