Dr.iur. Gerhard R. Holzhacker, M.B.L.-HSG

Lawfirm Holzhacker was established by Dr. Gerhard Holzhacker January 2006 and is devoted to give the clients excellent legal advice and to assist them in finding well founded solutions for their legal concerns. The clients served represent private and corporate ones of domestic and mainly international origin as well as foreign state agencies seeking legal advice on Liechtenstein law. While the intent is to assist clients on all legal issues the focus lays on white collar crime issues, including criminal and civil aspects, corporate law of any kind and law on financial markets. This as it has been the case for Dr. Holzhacker many years prior to the formation of Lawfirm Holzhacker (see professional positions below). Next to it the constitution and administration of companies and trusts handled by HOST Trust reg. as entity separate from the Lawfirm has become a major focus of activity, especially with all the legal questions surrounding the same due to the ever more closely knit network of regulations, among others concerning the due diligence (anti-money laundering), the AEOI and FATCA.

General Remarks:

  • Born in Vienna, Austria, on December 15, 1956; Austrian citizen.
  • Living in Liechtenstein since 1986.
  • Professional residence: Lawfirm Holzhacker, Josef Rheinberger Strasse 11, FL-9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Tel. no.: 00423 239 66 33, Fax: 00423 239 66 44, e-mail: office@holzhacker-lawfirm.com.

Professional Positions:

  • Since January 2006 principal of Lawfirm Holzhacker.
  • Since 2004 also active as licensed trustee and principal of the trust company HOST Trust reg.
  • Since April 2004 to December 2005 managing partner of Lawfirm Holzhacker & Struth.
  • Since July 1997 managing partner of Lawfirm Meier & Holzhacker.
  • Since May 1996 Liechtenstein attorney.
  • January 1986 to May 1996 as foreign attorney associate of a lawfirm in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
  • July 1981 to December 1985 associate in different lawfirms in Vienna, Austria.
  • September 1980 to June 1981 trainee at criminal and civil courts in Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria.

Major Professional Training among others:

  • June 1999 to September 2000 executive master of European and International Business Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Graduation as Master of European and International Law (M.B.L.-HSG) on November 25, 2000.
  • Admitted to the Liechtenstein bar on May 21, 1996.
  • Supplementary bar examination for lawyers of the EEA (European Economic Area) when first taken in Liechtenstein in May 1996.
  • Course on European Law, University St. Gallen, Switzerland, Certificate 1993.
  • July 1985 attendance of the Leyden-Amsterdam-Columbia Summer Program in American Law; Certificate of Achievement dated July 26, 1985.
  • Austrian bar examination, September 1984.
  • Graduation as Doctor of law (Dr.iur.) on July 3, 1980.
  • October 1976 to July 1980 studying of law at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Languages:

  • English
  • German
  • French

Hannes Arnold

SENIOR PARTNER

ADMITTED:

  • 2005, Austria
  • 2011, Liechtenstein

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Corporate law
  • Business law
  • Civil law and litigation
  • Commercial law
  • Bank and Finance law
  • Real Estate law

EDUCATION:

  • University of Innsbruck, Mag.  iur. (2000)
  • University of Innsbruck, Dr.  iur. (2003)
  • M.B.L.-HSG, University St. Gallen (2004)

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Liechtenstein bar association
  • Member of the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association
  • AIJA Association International des Jeunes Avocats
  • ELS European Law Society

LANGUAGES

  • German, English

GASSER PARTNER:

Gasser Partner is an independent full service law firm in Liechtenstein. Being one of the leading law firm reaching from the beautiful and small country of Liechtenstein to international clients, the firm advises and represents national and international clients in all legal fields, in particular: corporate and commercial; banking; dispute resolution cases; and white-collar crime. The expertise is built on long-standing experience with fiduciary transactions (foundations, establishments, trusts, securing of assets) and legal representation of international clients in all legal fields. With offices and representations in Vaduz, Zurich and Vienna, the law firm has a big footprint in the region and excellent global links and regularly collaborates with other international law firms.

Areas of practice

Gasser Partner is advising and representing domestic and international clients in corporate, foundation and trust law. The firm has developed into one of the leading business law firms in Liechtenstein with 18 lawyers. The main practice areas cover all aspects of business law, such as corporate, banking, real estate and employment law. Its lawyers advise in national and international litigation and arbitration cases. Gasser Partner dedicates itself exclusively to playing the ‘classic’ attorney’s role, which has allowed the firm to preserve its independence. This is of benefit to the firm’s clients, especially in disputes involving trust transactions (foundations, institutions, trusts, liability of administrative boards, securing of assets etc). Nevertheless, Gasser Partner’s attorneys are still well trained in trust transactions and are familiar with the pitfalls and the tricks of the trade upon which the success of legal proceedings depends. As a law firm offering purely forensic services, Gasser Partner is not only one of the oldest but also the one of the largest law firms in Liechtenstein.

For its clients, Gasser Partner publishes the quarterly ‘Memo to Clients’ in German and English – a vehicle in which it discusses the current trends and court decisions pertinent to Liechtenstein law. One of the most successful Gasser Partner publications is an introduction to Liechtenstein civil and arbitration proceedings (Litigation and Arbitration in Liechtenstein, Staempfli Verlag Bern 2004), which it co-authored with the former President of the Liechtenstein Supreme Court. A revised and extended 2nd edition was published in 2013. Further in 2013, Gasser Partner published the first practice commentary on Liechtenstein Foundation Law.

 

Andreas Schurti

Education:

 

  • University of Konstanz, Germany
  • University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (Dr.iur.HSG, 1989)
  • University of San Diego School of Law, USA (Master of Comparative Law, 1990)
  • College of Europe, Brügge, Belgien (Diploma of Advanced European Legal Studies, 1991)
Languages:

 

  • German
  • English
  • French

Certified translator and interpreter (English)

Practice Areas:

 

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Trust and Foundation Law
  • Banking and Financial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • European Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
Admissions and Other:

 

  • New York (1991)
  • Liechtenstein (1989)
Memberships:

 

  • New York State Bar Association, New York
  • International Bar Association, London
  • Liechtenstein Bar Association, Vaduz
  • Liechtenstein Association of Professional Trustees, Vaduz
Publications:

 

  • Das Verordnungsrecht der Regierung des Fürstentums Liechtenstein, St.Galler Beiträge zum öffentlichen Recht, Nr. 23, 1989
  • Reichweite und Vollstreckung von Nachprüfungsentscheidungen der EG-Kommission, LJZ 1993, 25
  • Das Verordnungsrecht der Regierung, Finanzbeschlüsse, in: Gerard Batliner (Hrsg.), Die Liechtensteinische Verfassung 1921, Elemente der staatlichen Organisation, Liechtenstein Politische Schriften, Volume 21, Vaduz 1994
  • Dennis Campbell, Offshore Trusts, The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Special Issue, 1995, Chapter Liechtenstein, Kluwer Law International 1996
  • Liechenstein Legal Report on Law on Investment Enterprises, International Financial Law Review, Banking Yearbook 1996, 78
  • Andrew Bridgeford, Offshore Legal Opinions in Loan and Security Transactions, Chapter Liechtenstein, Sweet & Maxwell London, 1997
  • Richmond Law & Tax Ldt., Global Financial Services Regulators, Europe, Chapter Liechtenstein, ISBN 1-904501-10-9, Richmond 2004 (co-author)
  • “The Societas Europea in Liechtenstein”, in “The European Company”, vol. 2, ed. Dirk van Gerven / Paul Storm, Cambridge University Press, 2007 (co-author)
  • Financial Services Regulators in Europe, Chaper Liechtenstein, Oxford University Press 2008 (co-author)
  • Prospectus for Public Offering of Securities in Europe, Liechtenstein Chapter, ed. Dirk van Greven, Cambridge University Press, 2009 (co-author)
  • Common Legal Framework for Takeover Bids in Europe, Chapter Liechtenstein, Cambridge University Press 2010 (co-author)