Your team for Swiss Law, Tax & Compliance

Our lawyers, tax experts and notaries are organized under the direction of experienced partners in practice teams, covering all areas of commercial law. Our breadth of practice ensures we have the right team available for every mandate and client. Our offices can be found in Zurich and Basel, the two largest business centers of Switzerland.



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Tax Update

Tax developments are progressing rapidly: at Swiss level with Tax Proposal 17 and at international level with the implementation of the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) measures. There are many other areas of taxation too, where legislative changes or court rulings have a direct impact on many taxpayers. We keep our clients informed about these developments and help them take the necessary measures for efficient and secure tax planning.

Corporate Tax and Withholding Tax (DE)
The central topic of discussion in corporate tax law is still the current tax reform, now called Tax Proposal 17. While the abolition of the privileged tax status for certain companies, the introduction of the patent box and the R&D deductions are undisputed, it is still hoped that the instrument of interest-adjusted profit tax will be added during the legislative process.

Natural Persons (DE)
Of interest are, in addition to practice relevant court rulings, the tax innovations for natural persons for the treatment of initial and continued vocational education/training costs; changes in the simplified billing procedure; and the revision of the withholding tax regulation.

Real Estate (DE)
Important court rulings on real estate: last year, the Federal Supreme Court ruled in groundbreaking cases regarding the deductibility of property maintenance costs, deferral of the property gains tax and calculation of the intrinsic rental value. We have shed more light on these decisions.

Since January 1, 2018, foreign-domiciled companies with a worldwide turnover of more than CHF 100,000 in Switzerland are now also subject to VAT. We have summarized what this means for companies and consumers.

International Taxes (DE)
In addition to looking at the current hot topics of Switzerland signing the BEPS agreement and the US tax Reform, we will also highlight other developments in Switzerland, the EU and relevant court rulings.

Digital Business Law Bites

Series Digital Business Law Bites

Over the last 25 years, digitalization has captured all business sectors and in some cases  turned them upside down.

With the "Digital Business Law Bites" series, we give a small insight into our abundant experience and client projects in the field of digital business processes.

Digitization is not leaving the Notary's office untouched. On 1 February 2018, the revised Ordinance of the Federal Council on public certification...

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We are pleased to welcome our newest partner Michael Waldner who will lead our Health Care Practice Group. He has longstanding experience in advising...


On 27 September 2017, the Swiss Parliament elected Stefan Kohler to the position of associate judge at the Swiss Federal Patent Court. The Patent...


On September 21, VISCHER partner Dr. Matthias Staehelin kicked off the legal sessions of the BaseLaunch Healthcare Accelerator Program with a...


Die Schweiz und die EU anerkennen heute ihre Datenschutzgesetze gegenseitig als gleichwertig. simsa vertritt die Meinung, dass eine Teilrevision des...


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