Firm Profile > OBERSON ABELS SA > Geneva, Switzerland


Tax Tier 1

OBERSON ABELS SA is a highly regarded boutique based in the French-speaking part of Switzerland which advises predominantly on tax matters. The offering is twofold: the group assists private clients with estate planning, compensation packages and social security as well as companies with M&A and reorganisations, among other work. It has special knowledge in the banking, trading and IT services fields. Xavier Oberson in Geneva is also instructed in criminal tax law cases and tax litigation. Pierre-Marie Glauser in Lausanne focuses his practice on corporate tax matters.

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Oberson; Pierre-Marie Glauser

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

While the firm has a considerable background in tax matters, the team at OBERSON ABELS SA also assists clients with regulatory aspects and dealings with the relevant authorities. The team is active for managers of collective investments schemes as well as securities dealers. Antoine Amiguet and Philipp Fischer have experience in financial but also data protection regulations; together, they lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Amiguet; Philipp Fischer


‘Great knowledge, amazing availability and solution oriented; know the market practice.’

‘Antoine Amiguet: amazing knowledge, solution oriented and easily available for discussions over the phone.’

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

OBERSON ABELS SA’s data privacy and data protection practice has a strong focus on the financial services industry and also advises various companies from the luxury goods, charity and non-governmental sectors. The group advises on the implementation of Swiss and European data protection regulations and the drafting and revising of internal data processing directives as well as contracts with external processors of personal data. Antoine Amiguet and Philipp Fischer are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Amiguet; Philipp Fischer


‘The team gives proactive advice and always has a pragmatic point of view that focuses on the client’s needs. I can especially recommend O&A for data protection within the financial sector (banking).’

‘The Oberson Abels SA data privacy & protection team is extremely business oriented, able to take some risks in their assessment, thereby providing valuable and useful service and assistance to their clients.’

‘Philipp Fischer is close to business, able to bring above-average value within a project, a board meeting, a project management team meeting, as well as via more “standard” legal memos. His knowledge of the law is outstanding; so is his knowledge of the market and his ability to proactively share his views and knowledge.’

‘Philipp Fisher always provides strategic and operational counselling with a very practical and pragmatic approach and, on top of the firm’s data protection initiatives, always takes the time to maintain private and personalised correspondence to ensure the client is informed of new developments that are specifically interesting to them.’

‘Great availability, excellent technical knowledge, know market standards and market practice and are solution oriented.’

‘Philippe Fischer is a great expert in his field, solution oriented.’

‘The team is young, dynamic, competent, available and very reactive. We liked their discretion as well as their humility.’

‘We really appreciated Philipp Fischer’s and Antoine Amiguet’s humility, discretion, and of course their advice. We felt listened to, they both took time to understand, ask questions and they understood the practical aspects we were facing without imposing legal theory. They have an excellent and neat customer relationship that we value a lot.’

‘Specialisation and expertise in DP, including multinational companies. Wide range of customers with practical and pragmatic solutions. Speedy and business oriented.’

‘Highly specialised, business oriented , efficiency in delivering and proactive.’

‘Philipp Fischer is a great legal asset, not only is he extremely knowledgeable about data protection in general and very well informed about new legal developments, but his friendly and humble manner are very pleasant. He and his team are very reactive and helpful.’

‘Although small in size, the team has proven very versatile and reactive to a variety of requests and has demonstrated a very good level of adaptation to specific sometimes complex contexts.’

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

OBERSON ABELS SA is particularly regarded for its tax expertise, an area where Xavier Oberson and Pierre-Marie Glauser are noted. It also handles banking and finance as well as corporate and M&A matters. Antoine AmiguetPhilipp Fischer and Sébastien Bettschart are other active practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Oberson; Pierre-Marie Glauser; Antoine Amiguet; Philipp Fischer; Sébastien Bettschart

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

OBERSON ABELS SA is a key destination in the French-speaking part of Switzerland for contract negotiations; M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions; and general corporate law. The team has particularly strong  knowledge in the banking, biotechnology and energy sectors, and is recognised in the market for its tax practice, which works closely with the corporate team. Sébastien Bettschart and Stefan Eberhard in Geneva are the group heads.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Bettschart; 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.

Data protection: drafting of internal directives relating to the processing of personal data, assistance to comply with the revised data protection regulations, update of the agreements entered into with processors of personal data, training of Data Protection Officers (DPO) and other key persons in charge of personal data processing.

Department Name Email Telephone
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Alexandre Faltin +41582588888
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Pierre-Marie Glauser +41582588600
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Marcel Meier +41582588888
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Jérôme Meyer +41582588888
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Dominique Morand +41582588680
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Xavier Oberson +41582588888
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Geneviève Page +41582588600
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Marc-Etienne Pache +41582588600
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Anne Tissot Benedetto +41582588600
General tax/personal tax/ corporate tax Frédéric Vuilleumier +41582588888
Consumption/transaction taxes Pierre-Marie Glauser +41582588600
Consumption/transaction taxes Xavier Oberson +41582588888
Consumption/transaction taxes Jacques Pittet +41582588888
Corporate/M&A Sébastien Bettschart +41582588600
Corporate/M&A Stefan Eberhard +41582588888
Banking and finance/regulatory matters/capital markets Antoine Amiguet +41582588888
Banking and finance/regulatory matters/capital markets Philipp Fischer +41582588888
Investment funds/pension funds Antoine Amiguet +41582588888
International organisations/ not-for-profit organisations Stefan Eberhard +41582588888
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Antoine Amiguet photo Mr Antoine Amiguet Antoine Amiguet has extensive experience in the fields of banking and financial…
 Sébastien Bettschart  photo Sébastien Bettschart Sébastien Bettschart is a specialist in the field of M&A, corporate and…
Mr Stefan Eberhard  photo Mr Stefan Eberhard Particular strengths of Stefan Eberhard are in the field of corporate and…
Mr Alexandre Faltin  photo Mr Alexandre Faltin Swiss and international law, real estate taxation, individuals and corporate tax law
Mr Philipp Fischer  photo Mr Philipp Fischer Philipp Fischer specializes in banking and finance law, corporate law and data…
Prof Pierre-Marie Glauser  photo Prof Pierre-Marie Glauser Swiss and international tax law, corporate tax, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, VAT…
Mr Marcel Meier  photo Mr Marcel Meier Swiss and international tax law, corporate tax law, relocation of multinational companies,…
 Jérôme Meyer  photo Jérôme Meyer Swiss and international tax law; Taxation of individuals and corporate; Mergers and…
Mr Dominique Morand  photo Mr Dominique Morand Swiss and international tax law; Mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations; Taxation of high…
Prof Xavier Oberson  photo Prof Xavier Oberson Swiss and international tax law, taxation of individuals, corporate tax, taxation of…
Mr Marc-Etienne Pache  photo Mr Marc-Etienne Pache Swiss and international tax law; Corporate tax law; Taxation of individuals; Real…
 Geneviève Page  photo Geneviève Page Swiss and international tax law; Real estate taxation; Pension plans
Mr Jacques Pittet  photo Mr Jacques Pittet VAT and customs law; Tax litigation; Criminal tax law
Mrs Anne Tissot Benedetto  photo Mrs Anne Tissot Benedetto VAT and Customs law; Tax litigation; Administrative assistance; Criminal tax law
 Frédéric Vuilleumier  photo Frédéric Vuilleumier Swiss and international tax law; Taxation of individuals, expatriates; Pension plans and…
Number of lawyers : 54
Swiss German
Other offices : Lausanne
Other offices : Neuchâtel
Other offices : Sion