Dr. iur. Kurt Moosmann

Dr. iur. Kurt Moosmann, MBA (Carnegie Mellon), TEP, CFP

Owner of Moosmann Advisors Ltd.

Dr. Kurt Moosmann (*1966) is an acknowledged advisor to business owning families, family offices and private clients. Before establishing his Family Business Advisory firm Moosmann Advisors in 2014, he had co-founded and successfully assumed the role as Chairman of Dara Capital, a Multi-Family Office with offices in Zurich and New York. Formerly Dr. Moosmann was Member of the Executive Committee of Quilvest Switzerland, where he was responsible for the creation and management of their Wealth Advisory Department. Before joining Quilvest, he had chaired Deutsche Bank’s International Wealth Planning Division until 2004.

In addition, Dr. Moosmann presides over the Advisory Board of FODIS LLC (previously known as “Headwaters SC”), Pittsburgh, which is widely recognized as an industry leader, serving US business owning families with significant direct investment holdings in other operating family businesses. From 2013 to early 2017, he also served as a Member of the University Board of the Private University of Liechtenstein (UFL).

In 2004, Dr. Moosmann co-founded the Family Office Roundtable (FORT), which is now run in collaboration with Wharton’s Global Family Alliance. FORT serves as a global Think-Tank for 50 entrepreneurial families with diverse global portfolios to candidly share knowledge and expertise in an environment of trust. Dr. Moosmann has also been an active member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and participated between 2002-2005 in the «European Foundation Project» as a member of its core team, led by the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign Private and International Law, Hamburg. More recently, Dr. Moosmann has joined a group of leading professionals in the Single Family Office industry to establish the first Single Family Office Association of Switzerland.

The native Swiss-Canadian holds a Doctorate of Law (magna cum laude) from the University of Zurich. His thesis, comparing the Anglo-Saxon and Liechtenstein trust structures, with special consideration of beneficiaries’ interests, was published in 1999. He also holds an MBA in International Wealth Management from Carnegie Mellon University (USA). Dr. Moosmann regularly lectures on topics related to Cross-Border Estate and Tax Planning, and the transition and governance within Family Business Enterprises.

Moosmann Advisors AG:

Moosmann Advisors AG is specialized in serving first generation entrepreneurs to multi-generational business owning families and family offices.

The fully independent and multi-disciplinary advisory capabilities are aimed at delivering tailored solutions to a specific need or, more comprehensively, to provide sustainable strategies for families concerned with their long term wealth preservation.

 

Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron

As managing Partner of the Geneva office and Attorney at law member of the Geneva and Paris Bars, Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron has concentrated his practice on business law and the taxation of businesses and leading shareholding families. He also advises a number of real estate developers through Europe especially Luxembourg and France. He has written various articles on business and asset taxation which have appeared in both France and the United States with the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), the leading US tax law publisher. He is also the author of the French chapter of the work “International Tax Systems and Planning Techniques” published by Reuters.

Prior to joining Jeantet, Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron was Partner in leading French and Anglo-Saxon business law firms (Morgan Lewis, DLA pipers) for more than fifteen years.

SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE

Raw advice in relation to the taxation of the transport system of STIF and the Communauté urbaine de Lille during the reorganisation of the transport networks of Paris Region and the Lille metropolitan area.

Tax law advice for the implementation of a European system of payment instruments, VISA cards and other bank card.

Structuring of the Sun Capital turnaround fund transactions particularly in relation to their different investments in Europe.

Advising one of the wealthiest Swiss families in the restructuring of his estate.

Advising one of the most wealthiest US families in the restructuring at his real estate assets in Europe.

Advising a major French bank in its plan for a spin-off into several entities, an investment bank and a merchant bank.

Advised the family shareholding in the restructuring of one of the leading French venture capital groups.

Advising one of the top global advertising groups in various cross-border acquisition operations in Europe, Asia and North America.

MEMBER OF

International Fiscal Association (IFA)

International Bar Association (IBA)

Fédération Suisse des Avocats (FSA)

Society of Trust Estate Practitioners (STEP)

TRAINING

Harvard Business School

Business Law Master’s Degree (University Paris II), Postgraduate Diploma (DJCE), (DESS) in Business Law and Corporate Taxation (University of Lyon III)

Certificate in specialised studies in tax law (University of Montpellier)

 

Marc René Deschenaux

We are international financial jurists because we believe going into litigation is already a failure. We do not believe in solutions arising from the courts of law.

Our legal team is entrepreneurial and tends to avoid litigation as much as possible.

We firmly believe that making money on the misery and strife of others is not a harmonious lifestyle.

This positive attitude allows us to be credible to our customers on important business, because they know they engage a representative without enemies from past disputes unrelated to them.

We believe that the modern lawyer must join forces with other professions and skills such as finance, marketing & communication.

Our practice as international financial jurists is exactly the opposite to that of attorneys-at-law.

We are builders making money on our clients’ achievements and successes not on their woes and failures.

Generally we do not deal with disputes and litigations.

We do not appear in court except for the companies we administer or for free idealistic causes.

Riikka Kuoppamäki

Riikka Kuoppamäki is an associate in the international trade practice. Ms. Kuoppamäki focuses on the area of international trade policy at World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes.

Before joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat as a junior dispute settlement lawyer. During her time at the Secretariat, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked on several appeals and advised the members of the Appellate Body on procedural and substantive issues.

Prior to her experience at the WTO, Ms. Kuoppamäki completed her LL.B. and LL.M. studies at the University of Helsinki, specializing in public international law and WTO law. During her studies, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked as a trainee in two Helsinki-based law firms. She also participated in the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) moot court competition on WTO law, where she was head coach of the Helsinki team. After completing her LL.M. in Helsinki, Ms. Kuoppamäki undertook a second LL.M. at the University of Barcelona, focusing on international economic law and policy.

Ms. Kuoppamäki is an ELSA scholarship recipient and was a member of ELSA’s delegation in the 47th session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

Firm Overview:

Akin Gump has, in the span of a single generation, grown to become one of the world’s largest firms, with more than 900 lawyers practicing in an array of practices and industries in offices around the globe.

Michelle Bannister

MICHELLE BANNISTER focuses her work on international commercial arbitration, particularly cross-border disputes before major arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Michelle has been involved in all phases of international arbitrations, from filing of the claim to hearing and award, and is particularly experienced in complex cross-border disputes involving large multi national companies.

Firm Overview:

Sidley Austin LLP, formerly known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, is a general practice law firm based in the United States, with a focus on expertise in transactional and litigation matters.

Nicolas Kuonen

Nicolas is a partner with Tavernier Tschanz, a Swiss law firm exclusively devoted to business law. Nicolas is the Head of the Commercial Litigation Department within the firm.

Nicolas has also been a lecturer at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland since 2007, teaching contract and Roman law. He regularly publishes in his fields of specialization and is frequently invited to hold speaches in those fields, in Switzerland and abroad.

Litigation Law Practice:

Our international litigation practice deals with all kinds of corporate and commercial cases. We represent clients in civil proceedings (banking, real estate, construction, unfair competition, employment, or directors’ liability and shareholders’ disputes) and international debt enforcement proceedings before Swiss courts and the Swiss Supreme Court. We also act for plaintiffs in white collar crime matters.

We have gained extensive experience over years in conducting litigation in complex cases, often with international strings. We consider the development of a direct, personal and responsive relationship with our clients as an essential part of our general strategy. Both institutional and private clients come to us precisely for that.

Efficient litigation is not only a procedural game, but requires thorough legal knowledge and creativity. Because our firm operates as one fully integrated team, we enjoy the support of the entire firm to develop theories and research, namely in the fields of corporate, banking or finance law. As a fully independent firm, we are in a position to get other firms’ support, which we select on the sole basis of their expertise and reliability, in Switzerland or abroad, whenever required.

 

Dr Jodok Wicki

Jodok Wicki concentrates on dispute resolution, litigation and international arbitration. He heads the firm’s dispute resolution group and leads also the litigation practice group of CMS. Jodok maintains an active practice of state court litigation and appellate proceedings in a variety of commercial matters, such as purchase and sales agreements, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, director and officer and auditor liability and product liability. He has also a particular focus on insurance matters and qualified as a Certified Specialist of the Swiss Bar Association for Torts and Insurance Law. In international arbitration proceedings Jodok Wicki is appearing as counsel and also regularly sits as arbitrator. He is on the panels of arbitrators of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Jodok Wicki started his practice as a lawyer in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. In 1996 and 1997 he worked as a foreign associate with law firms in New York and in Sydney.

“During my international sports career as an olympic sailor before starting the legal practice I learnt the importance of going the extra mile in order to succeed. It is the voluntarism I learnt then which now benefits and is appreciated by my clients.”

“I value Jodok’s legal and strategic thinking. He does not limit his counselling to the legal aspects of a claim. Where appropriate he highlights non-legal aspects such as strategic and business considerations as well.” Client Feedback 2015

Jodok Wicki has written his doctoral thesis on market making and price manipulation of own shares of listed stockbrokers (Market Making und Kurspflege kotierter eigener Aktien durch Effektenhändler).

CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.

Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS can work for you in over 42 countries and more than 74 offices worldwide. 4,500 CMS lawyers offer you business-focused advice tailored to your needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions. 

 

Michael Nordin, LL.M.

Michael Nordin is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office, where he heads the Taxation Group. Apart from providing general tax advice, he focuses on transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and restructurings, and those related to financing and capital markets. He also conducts Internal Corporate Investigations focusing on tax related matters. In addition, Michael Nordin also advises private clients.

Michael Nordin studied law at the University of St. Gallen, where he completed a first degree in 1991 and, after admission to the Swiss bar in 1993, a doctorate in 1996. He also attended New York University, where he graduated with an LL.M. in International Taxation in 1997. In 2000 he qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert. Before joining Schellenberg Wittmer he worked in the group tax department of a major Swiss bank, in the tax departments of two international «Big Four» audit firms, and for a large business law firm in Zurich.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd / Attorneys at Law

We are a leading Swiss business law firm with:

  • Over 140 highly skilled lawyers providing in-depth expertise to you;
  • Offices in Zurich and Geneva that cover all of Switzerland;
  • An office in Singapore as a gateway to and from the Asia-Pacific region;
  • A client base of domestic and international companies and high-net-worth individuals;
  • A full range of services, from focused advice to project management.

 

Paul Lanois

Paul is a global privacy, data protection and information security expert and is an attorney admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia (DC-USA), New York (NY-USA) and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). He regularly publishes articles on technology law and is frequently invited to speak on such topics. He has spoken at conferences in the United States and across Europe. His views have been noted in diverse publications and media outlets in relation to privacy, data protection and technology-related matters. In 2016, he was named a “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and an “Innovative Corporate Counsel” by Law 360. He was recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist and received the Information Governance Expert Of The Year Finalist award at the 2016 Information Governance Conference.

He has been recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with concentrations in Asian law (CIPP/A), US law (CIPP/US), European law (CIPP/E) and Canadian law (CIPP/C). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).  He was an Associate Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France and an associate at major international law firms (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Linklaters). He graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France) with a Master’s degree in Business Law and a postgraduate degree in Private and Public Economic Law. He also holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA) and a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Peter Ruggle

We are fully committed to you. We think and act as entrepreneurs. Whether in legal advice, in a mediation or in a court representation we consider conflicts as an engine of development. Our core expertise is the handling of the disturbance factor conflict.

Our aim is the binding and viable agreement, the adequate contract, the satisfactory judgment, a high communication quality as well as restored relations among the participants.

Vita:

  • Lawyer and partner in economic chancery in Zurich, since 1988
  • Lawyer patron of the Canton of Zurich, 1998
  • Legal Secretary, Chairman of the Arbitration Board, Substitute Judge at District Court Meilen, 1994-1998
  • Assistant to the Institute of Finance and Financial Law at the University of St. Gallen 1994
  • Lizentiat in Legal Sciences, University of St. Gallen, 1994

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Corporate finance
  • Banking and financial market law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Mediation

Languages: German, English, French

Publications: (selection)

  • Comment on the Swiss Code of Obligations, Basel 2014, Commentary on Art. 852 – 908
  • Basel Commentary on the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure, Basel 2013, Commentary on Articles 14, 70-72, 213-216, 218, 400, 401.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, ed.), Confidentiality in Mediation – the Civil Law Tradition.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, Ed.), After Mediation.
  • Cash Management under Swiss Law, French Association of Cash Managers (AFTE) 2003 Technical Guide on Centralized Cash Management in Europe, published by the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) (Co-Author), Paris September 2004

Memberships: (selection)

  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association