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Setting Up Business, Relocations & International Assignments

Switzerland’s high quality of life and international orientation give it a competitive advantage as a place to work and do business. As a result, the number of relocations to Switzerland is growing. As a business-oriented law firm and tax consultancy, we have broad experience in all questions related to relocation. We focus on the individual needs of companies, executives and individuals with potentially complex financial circumstances, and support and represent our clients in all associated legal, tax-related and administrative aspects. Barandun von Graffenried can also advise on potential tax strategies and avoiding international double taxation.

We provide support in the following areas, among others:

  • choice of residence in Switzerland (e.g. tax burden, real property, personal/family concerns)
  • negotiating tax agreements according to outlay (lump-sum taxation)
  • obtaining approvals in connection with property purchases by non-Swiss residents (“Lex Koller”)
  • tax planning for entrepreneurs and managers, including employee participation plans and international assignments
  • preparation of tax returns, reclamations of withholding taxes and reviews of tax assessments based on double-taxation agreements
  • domestic and international tax planning and optimisation