Commercial and Contracts

We assist our clients in relation with all types of commercial contracts, including the drafting, the review, the negotiation as well as the execution of such contracts.

Our activity includes :

  • Service Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Sales and Distribution Agreements
  • Loan Agreements
  • Security Agreements (guarantees, pledges, etc.)
  • Employment Agreements
  • Lease agreements
  • Agency Agreements
  • License Agreements
  • Franchise Agreements

Civil and Commercial Litigation

We specialize in civil and commercial litigation and represent entities and individuals in proceedings before Swiss jurisdictions as well as in arbitral proceedings.

Our activity includes :

  • Divorce and Family Law Litigation
  • Inheritance Disputes
  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Corporate and Contracts Litigation
  • White-Collar Crime
  • International Assistance in Criminal Matters

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions

We regularly advise companies on all aspects of Corporate Law. We also benefit from a wide experience in domestic and international transactions, in particular Mergers & Acquisitions of private companies. We also assist our clients with respect to financing, including drafting and negotiating collateral documentation, acting on behalf of both lenders and borrowers.

Our activity includes :

  • Setting-up companies
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Housekeeping
  • Shareholders' Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Reorganizing, restructuring and liquidating companies
  • Domestic and international transfers of registered seat of companies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (structuring, due diligence, drafting and negotiation of SPA and of all contractual documentation)
  • Financing (drafting/review and negotiation of Credit Agreements as well as collateral documentation, issuing legal opinions, etc.)

Banking and Finance

We advise banks, asset managers and private clients in the areas of private banking, trade finance and investment banking.

Our activity includes :

  • Establishment and licensing of Swiss banks, branches and representation offices
  • Liquidation of Swiss banks
  • Assisting in opening bank accounts in Switzerland and abroad
  • Advisory and Management Contracts
  • Litigation in asset management matters
  • Litigation in banking matters (loans, credits, documentary credits, bank guarantees, etc.)

Wealth and Estate Planning

We advise our clients, both on a domestic and international level, on all issues relating to wealth, tax and estate planning. We also act as estate administrator or executor.

Our activity includes :

  • Estate Planning and Administration (administrator or executor)
  • Inheritance Disputes and Settlements
  • Trusts and Foundations
  • Wealth and Tax Planning (income tax, capital gains and estate tax planning)

Tax

We advise entities and individuals on domestic and international tax issues (direct and indirect taxes, double taxation treaties, etc.) and assist our clients in tax proceedings before cantonal and federal jurisdictions.

Our activity includes :

  • Domestic and international tax issues
  • "Lump sum" tax agreements ("forfait fiscal")
  • Setting-up Swiss and international structures
  • Tax planning of international real estate investments
  • VAT and Customs Duties
  • Withholding Tax, Stamp Duty
  • Assisting in relation with tax audits
  • Litigation in tax matters

Real Estate

We advise and assist private, commercial or institutional investors on all aspects of Real Estate.

Our activity includes :

  • Real Estate Transactions (sales contracts, brokerage agreements, etc.)
  • Construction and Architect Contracts
  • Lease Contracts
  • Private Property Law and neighbor disputes
  • Assistance in purchase of real estate by foreigners
  • Assistance in financing
  • Litigation in Real Estate matters
  • Litigation in Lease related matters

Employment and Relocation

We advise entities and individuals on all matters relating to employment and relocation.

Our activity includes :

  • Employment Contracts
  • Employee Regulations
  • Participation Plans
  • Termination Agreements/Settlements
  • Social Security related to Employment
  • Litigation in Employment matters
  • Residence and Work Permits
  • "Lump sum" tax arrangements ("forfait fiscal")

Insolvency and Restructuring

We advise and represent our clients in all insolvency and restructuring matters and proceedings. Our activity includes both analysis and risk structuring within the framework of commercial transactions as well as handling proceedings and representing creditors and debtors in all debt enforcement, bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

Our activity includes :

  • Representing individuals and entities in debt enforcement, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings
  • Debt collection
  • Freezing orders and other provisional measures and enforcement of such foreign decisions in Switzerland
  • Realization of pledged and seized assets
  • Restructuring of indebted companies
  • Moratorium, composition and bankruptcy proceedings
  • Monitoring and administration of companies under moratorium or in composition proceedings
  • Insolvency analysis and risk structuring in relation with commercial transactions
Metzger & Zimmermann