Firm Profile > Oberson Abels Ltd > Geneva , Switzerland

Oberson Abels Ltd

Tax Tier 1

Oberson Abels Ltd is renowned for its advisory and contentious tax services for corporations, private clients and financial institutions, including transactions, financing and reorganisations, estate planning, financial regulation, as well as private equity and venture capital matters. The ten-partner team includes Xavier Oberson and Pierre-Marie Glauser, who focuses on corporate, transactional and VAT matters.

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

Oberson Abels Ltd specialises in national and cross-border regulatory matters, FINMA licensing and financial contracts. In a recent highlight, Antoine Amiguet assisted a Swiss foundation with the set-up of a collective investment scheme, while Philipp Fischer advised a major Swiss bank on regulatory, contractual and data protection issues related to the implementation of multiple outsourcing projects.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Oberson Abels Ltd is renowned for its broad tax practice, led by Xavier Oberson and Pierre-Marie Glauser. Other areas of expertise include banking and finance, where partners Antoine Amiguet and Philipp Fischer are the key names, and corporate, where Sébastien Bettschart and Stefan Eberhard are at the fore.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Active in both the French- and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, boutique firm Oberson Abels Ltd provides corporate advice, handles contract negotiations and transactions for clients in regulated industries such as banking, energy and technology. Corporate and finance expert Sébastien Bettschart leads the team together with M&A specialist Stefan Eberhard.


The firm

Oberson Abels is a Swiss boutique focusing on tax, corporate/M&A and banking and financial services law. The tax team offers bespoke advice to individuals (including estate planning, structuring of compensation packages or advice to expatriates) and corporations (particularly regarding transactions and complex cross-border set-ups). The tax team also assists clients in their steps before courts and administrative authorities. Several partners teach tax or commercial law at Swiss universities. The firm’s banking and finance team provides comprehensive advice on the ever-growing field of financial regulation. The corporate/M&A team provides sophisticated advice in the fields of corporate and contract law (including in areas such as private equity, venture capital or regulated industries).

Areas of practice

Personal tax: taxation of income and wealth of individuals; employee benefit plans; pension plans and insurance; social security taxes; taxation of trusts; taxation of artists and athletes; matrimonial and estate planning; gift and estate taxes; relocation planning; residence and work permits.

Corporate tax: taxation of income and equity of corporations; mergers and acquisitions; reorganisations; taxation of international organisations and not-for-profit organisations; withholding tax; stamp tax. Industry-specific tax advice in diverse fields including banking, hedge funds, trading and IT services; bespoke tax advice for multinational groups.

Consumption/transaction taxes: VAT; customs/consumption taxes.

International/intercantonal taxation: international taxation including such fields as double tax treaties, BEPS, exchange of information, mutual agreement procedure, transfer pricing; assistance to Swiss taxpayers investing outside Switzerland; assistance to foreign taxpayers investing in Switzerland; intercantonal taxation.

Special fields of taxation: real estate taxation and property taxes; taxation of investment funds and of financial products; venture capital taxation; taxation of intellectual property; local taxes; environmental taxes.

Assistance in tax matters and disputes: preparation and negotiation of tax rulings; compliance; assistance in tax audits; tax litigation; criminal law assistance (especially for alleged tax, social security and customs fraud); voluntary disclosures. Preparation of tax returns and accessory tax filings (including VAT returns).

Corporate/M&A/project finance: advice on corporate law, from set-up to liquidation; M&A transactions in various industries (eg banking, biotech, IT, luxury goods, hotels, etc); project finance transactions, particularly in the field of renewable energy; joint ventures; assistance in investment rounds.

Restructuring of distressed companies: advice to companies in complex turnaround situations; advice to distressed companies, including tenure of the position of curator with companies which have applied for a moratorium.

Contracts/commercial: advice on contracts in all fields including sales, leases, licensing, employment, etc. Coverage includes special industries such as biotech, IT, luxury goods and hotels.

Banking and finance/regulatory matters: advice on financial services and products; licensing of banks, securities dealers and other regulated entities; negotiation of derivative agreements under the ISDA Master Agreement and the Swiss Master Agreement; drafting of netting and collateral opinions; advice on regulatory matters with regard to insurance and pension funds.

Investment funds: advice on all types of collective investment schemes; registration of Swiss and foreign funds; licensing of asset managers of Swiss collective investment schemes.

Capital markets: advice on stock exchange matters; public tender offers; issuance and listing of securities on the SIX Swiss Exchange including structured products and exchange traded funds (ETFs); disclosure of shareholdings and ad hoc publicity.

International organisations/not-for-profit organisations: advice to international organisations and not-for-profit organisations on their legal structure, status and governance, as well as on their global projects.


Department Name Email Telephone
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Alexandre Faltin
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Pierre-Marie Glauser
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Marcel Meier
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Jérôme Meyer
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Dominique Morand
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Xavier Oberson
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Geneviève Page
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Marc-Etienne Pache
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Frédéric Vuilleumier
Consumption/transaction taxes Pierre-Marie Glauser
Consumption/transaction taxes Xavier Oberson
Consumption/transaction taxes Jacques Pittet
Corporate/M&A Sébastien Bettschart
Corporate/M&A Stefan Eberhard
Banking and finance/regulatory matters/capital markets Antoine Amiguet
Banking and finance/regulatory matters/capital markets Philipp Fischer
Investment funds/pension funds Antoine Amiguet
International organisations/ not-for-profit organisations Stefan Eberhard
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Antoine Amiguet  photo Mr Antoine Amiguet
Mr Sébastien Bettschart  photo Mr Sébastien Bettschart
Mr Stefan Eberhard  photo Mr Stefan Eberhard
Mrs Alexandre Faltin  photo Mrs Alexandre Faltin
Mr Philipp Fischer  photo Mr Philipp Fischer
Prof Pierre-Marie Glauser  photo Prof Pierre-Marie Glauser
Mr Marcel Meier  photo Mr Marcel Meier
Mr Jérôme Meyer  photo Mr Jérôme Meyer
Mr Dominique Morand  photo Mr Dominique Morand
Prof Xavier Oberson  photo Prof Xavier Oberson
Mr Marc-Etienne Pache  photo Mr Marc-Etienne Pache
Mrs Geneviève Page  photo Mrs Geneviève Page
Mr Jacques Pittet  photo Mr Jacques Pittet
Mr Frédéric Vuilleumier  photo Mr Frédéric Vuilleumier
Number of lawyers : 54
Swiss German
Other offices : Lausanne
Other offices : Neuchâtel
Other offices : Sion