Sofia Bassova holds a Master's degree in Economic Law (UNIGE, 2009) and an LL.M. (UNIGE, Hans Wilsdorf Foundation Award 2012), and obtained her federal diploma of tax expert in 2014. She also completed the Executive Program in Transfer Pricing at UNIL in 2016.
In June 2018, Sofia Bassova joined the law firm OBERSON ABELS SA. She practices all areas of Swiss and international tax law while specializing in the tax aspects of legal entities. Sofia Bassova also has an expertise in criminal tax law.
Rebecca Lauchenauer holds a law degree (University of Lausanne, 1998) and was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2000 after having completed her legal internship in a renowned law firm in the Geneva area.
She has followed various training courses in inheritance law, in Switzerland and abroad, and has in addition obtained a CAS in inheritance law (Universities of Lausanne, Fribourg and Neuchâtel, 2016). She is an FSA specialist in inheritance law.
Rebecca Lauchenauer joined OBERSON ABELS SA in Lausanne in November 2019. Her practice area is inheritance law. She advises her clients mainly on matrimonial and estate planning, on civil and tax aspects.
Emily Mizrahi-Meller holds a Bachelor's degree in Law (UniNE 2007), a Master's degree in Business Law (UniNE 2008) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Legal Professions (UniGE 2011). Emily Mizrahi-Meller was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2012 after completing her legal internship with the law firm Oberson Avocats. Following her internship, Emily Mizrahi-Meller joined Oberson Avocats as an associate in 2012, and then OBERSON ABELS SA in February 2016.
Emily Mizrahi-Meller practices all areas of Swiss and international tax law in French and English. Her practice is primarily focused on Swiss and foreign private clients, particularly with respect to tax and estate planning issues, including trusts and relocations to Switzerland. Her practice also includes administrative assistance and tax litigation.
Emily Mizrahi-Meller is a member of the Vaud Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).
We are pleased to announce that OBERSON ABELS has once again been recognized as one of the leading Swiss law firm by the Legal 500 professional directory in the Tax field (TOP TIER).
The firm has also been well ranked in the field of Banking & Finance, Data Privacy & Data Protection and Corporate & M&A.
We are also proud that six of our partners have been recognized for their outstanding contribution to their field of practice, including several with excellent rankings in the areas of Tax, Banking & Finance, Data Privacy & Data Protection and Corporate & M&A.
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We are pleased to announce that Vanessa Déglise has successfully passed her federal diploma as specialist in social insurances. This diploma covers all fields of the Swiss social security system including occupational pension plans and coordination with EU social insurances.
OBERSON ABELS' team would be delighted to assist you in all matters related to social insurances and more generally employment law.
The 2021 edition of the Chambers Global ranking was recently published and we are pleased to announce that OBERSON ABELS has once again been recognized as one of the leading Swiss law firms.
We have indeed been ranked in Band 1 in the Tax field. We are also proud that several of our partners are very well ranked in their various fields of practice in Tax, Banking & Finance, Investment Funds and Corporate & M&A.
We owe these recognitions to our clients and our colleagues! Thank you!
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On February 1, 2021, Prof. Pierre-Marie Glauser will take over the presidency of the Board of the ISREC Foundation.
Founded in 1964 and based in Lausanne, the ISREC Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation. Over the past 55 years, some 150 Swiss and foreign personalities, including five Nobel Prize winners, have served on its various committees. The ISREC Foundation has contributed to significant discoveries in oncology, and actively and substantially participates in the fight against cancer.
Firstly, with the help of its Scientific Board, composed of internationally recognized experts the ISREC Foundation supports research projects, young researchers and academics, as well as clinicians who are capable of simultaneously engaging in clinical practice and conducting exceptional research for the benefit of the patients.
Secondly, the ISREC Foundation aims to play an active role in promoting translational research and collaborations between academic and clinical institutions in the Lemanic area, by offering them a unique interaction platform: the AGORA - Pôle de recherche sur le cancer, inaugurated in 2018.
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Laïla Rochat holds a bachelor's degree in law (UNIGE, 2006) and a master's degree in economic law (UNIGE, 2007). She was admitted to the Geneva bar in 2011 after having completed her internship in a regional law firm. She subsequently obtained her federal diploma as a tax expert in 2016.
From 2012 to 2016, she worked as a lawyer in a leading law firm in Geneva. In March 2017, Laïla Rochat joined the law firm OBERSON ABELS SA.
Alongside her activity as a lawyer, Laïla Rochat teaches in the framework of the University of Geneva's LL.M. Tax program. She regularly publishes and gives lectures in Switzerland and abroad. In addition, she is the French-speaking Switzerland Director in charge of the organization of the ISIS Seminar (Institute of Swiss and International Tax Law).
Laïla Rochat practices all areas of Swiss and international tax law. She advises her clients in particular on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and international taxation, as well as on tax planning for private clients and criminal tax law. Other aspects of her practice include estate planning, executive compensation and corporate tax.
Finally, Laïla Rochat is a member of several professional associations. She is a member of the Tax and Finance Commission of the Geneva Bar Association since 2020.
This new revised and expanded edition provides an overview of the entire Swiss tax system. In addition to an analysis of the constitutional principles governing this system, the main taxes of eht Confederation and the cantons are described as well as the rules of procedure, intercantonal tax law and criminal tax law.
An emphasis is given on a clear and understandable presentation, a sometimes critical vision as well as a global perspective of taxation. The work has been revised to take into account the developments in tax law tha have occurred since the publication of the previous edition in 2012. It takes into account in particular the tax reform and the financing of the AVS (RFFA) which entered into force on January 1st, 2020.
It includes an analysis of the revision of the withholding tax which will come into force in 2021, of the VAT reform as weel as the reflections and reform projects underway in terms of family taxation, withholding tax and real estate tax. New and promising topics for the future such as ecological taxation, special consumption taxation as well as recent developments in criminal law are explored in depth.
We are pleased to announce that Marcel Meier and Frédéric Epitaux are co-editors of the Tax Law module of the iusNet platform established by Schulthess, Switzerland’s leading publisher of law books. This online platform (in French) will be launched in French-speaking Switzerland at the end of November 2020. It offers several sections, including case law, tax legislation, articles on particular tax law topics and other services. The team of experts also includes Arnaud Cywie, Gregory von Gunten, Fabrice Kuhn, Arnaud Martin, Marie Michel, Anna Vladau and Julien Witzig.
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We are pleased to announce the release of the French version of Xavier Oberson's latest book "Taxing Robots".
In this book, Xavier Oberson explores the alternatives for taxing robots and their use as well as the related issues.
A pioneer in the exploration of the idea and the possibilities, Xavier Oberson highlights possible answers to the growing development of artificial intelligence as well as its impact on the labor market, inequalities, and the loss of tax and social security revenues through the taxation of robots.
Book available here.
After years of legislative procedure, the Parliament has eventually adopted the proposed revision of company law. OBERSON ABELS is pleased to share the presentation of Sébastien Bettschart (in French) on this important legislative review.
This is a major overhaul, bringing many new features to which practice will have to adapt in the coming years. In addition to modernizing and making the law on companies limited by shares more flexible, the revision incorporates the Ordinance against Unfair Remuneration (ORAb) into the Code of Obligations and provides for disclosure obligations with regards to gender representation within the board of directors and the management. Companies extracting raw materials will be subject to transparency obligations.