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Oberson Abels Ltd

Work +41 58 258 88 88
Fax +41 58 258 88 89
Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Sion


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.


  • Other offices
  • Lausanne
  • Neuchâtel
  • Sion
  • Number of lawyers: 54
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Swiss German

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