The Attorneys-at-Law and Tax Lawyers at Wicki Partners offer entrepreneurs and companies in growth, crises and change phases extensive knowledge and experience and a new way to access a global network of company law expertise.

About us

The Attorneys-at-Law and Tax Lawyers at Wicki Partners advise national and international clients, entrepreneurs and enterprises, on all matters of business and tax law. Through a conscientious concentration on creating future opportunities, we strive to create stability and predictability in times of growth, crisis and change.

Corporate and contract law

  • National and cross-border corporate structures
  • Business law
  • Financing, investment and other matters in the area of ownership strategy
  • Capital structure and capitalisation issues
  • Transactions, collaborations and joint ventures
  • Representation of investors, entrepreneurs, boards of directors, CxOs and founders
  • Specific experience with fast-growing companies in the technology sector
  • M&A, ownership succession

Restructuring law

  • Practical experience in the management of companies at critical points in their life cycle
  • Advising entrepreneurs and Boards in times of liquidity shortage and overindebtedness
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency, debt restructuring moratorium
  • Interim and crisis management

Tax law

  • Corporate tax law
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Corporate structuring

Dispute Resolution

  • Commercial litigation
  • Commercial mediation

Experts

The partners and associates at Wicki Partners are experts in corporate law, tax law, litigation and in general business and tax advice

  • Balthasar Wicki

    Balthasar Wicki

    Attorney-at-Law, Mediator SBA/SCCM, Executive MBA (UZH), CM&AA | Partner

    After his admittance to the Bar in 1993, Balthasar Wicki worked with Hilti Group as a Corporate Legal Couns... Read more

    After his admittance to the Bar in 1993, Balthasar Wicki worked with Hilti Group as a Corporate Legal Counsel and then took on managerial positions in market development at various large industrial companies in India, China and South-East Asia. When he returned from Asia in 2003, he was responsible for the successful repositioning of a major Swiss NGO/NPO and then, as CEO and co-investor (private equity financed), led a global industrial company through an existential crisis. He returned to work as an attorney in the field of company and commercial law in 2008.

    Currently, Balthasar Wicki advises a large number of domestic and foreign SMEs, entrepreneurs and investors on corporate law and structuring issues primarily in the technology sector, but also in traditional industries. He also manages major restructuring and insolvency mandates in the international corporate environment and is responsible for complex negotiating mandates.

    Who’s Who Legal 2016 mentioned Balthasar Wicki as one of Switzerland’s leading experts in the practice field «Insolvency & Restructuring». IR Global recommends Balthasar Wicki as the exclusive advisor in the field of Corporate Law in Switzerland.

    As a business mediator and a board member, Balthasar Wicki is able to put his management experience to good use, especially in cross-cultural situations (India, China, South-East Asia, etc.).

    Balthasar Wicki writes and negotiates in German, English and French, and he speaks and understands Italian.

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    Annamarie James

    lic.iur., Tax Expert | Partner

    Annamarie James is a lawyer and tax expert with more than 20 years’ experience in tax law. She focuses on international tax planning and the structure of corporate transactions, with a customer b... Read more

    Annamarie James is a lawyer and tax expert with more than 20 years’ experience in tax law. She focuses on international tax planning and the structure of corporate transactions, with a customer base encompassing listed and privately held companies in Switzerland and abroad (Europe, US, South America, South Africa and Asia). She has proven experience in both national and international tax law and in the negotiation of tax rulings with the Swiss tax authorities. She specialises in the structure of business flows in order to ensure tax, business and financial coordination and optimisation. She not only supports established groups, but also newly established companies, investment in start-ups and exits; i.e. in the event of a company succession, sale or liquidation.

    Before becoming an independent advisor, Annamarie James worked for 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Zurich in international corporate tax planning and mergers and acquisitions. This position involved the structuring and tax due diligence of numerous major European and global transactions. In addition to her role at Wicki Partners, she also manages the advisory firm GlobalTax, which specialises in corporate tax law and has offices in Zurich and New York.

    Annamarie James is bilingual (English and German), and she speaks French fluently.

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  • Dr.iur. Men Rauch

    Men Rauch

    Attorney-at-Law | Partner

    Men Rauch practices primarily in the areas of corporate law, tax planning, M&A and commerce law. Furthermore, he specializes in contractual law and handles civil law mandates such as service, c... Read more

    Men Rauch practices primarily in the areas of corporate law, tax planning, M&A and commerce law. Furthermore, he specializes in contractual law and handles civil law mandates such as service, commercial agency and distribution contract law, but also aliens and labor law. He provides assistance in the formation of new businesses for domestic and foreign companies. Men Rauch has a great experience in providing services of all kind in particular to German companies and entrepreneurs who intend to expand their business activities to Switzerland. He also offers outsourcing services in a broad legal range. His expertise and expansive experience, as well as that of the other lawyers of Wicki Partners Attorneys-at-Law, enables the client to create his very own efficient and cost effective legal service. Men Rauch is a member of the Board of Directors of various domestic and international companies. He advises clients in a broad range of industries. His work includes both, consulting and litigation.

    Men Rauch has joined Wicki Partners Attorneys-at-Law in 2016 as Partner. He studied law at the University of Zurich, from which he graduated in 1980, received a doctorate in 1985 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1983. From 1984 to 1989 he worked in the legal and other departments of the Revenue Office of the Canton of Zurich. After that he managed for six years the legal and tax department of the German-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, whereby he accompanied many cross-border investments as an adviser. After turning his activities to the legal profession, Men Rauch was for many years Attorney and Partner at ROHNER Attorneys-at-Law in Zurich.

    Men Rauch publishes in journals of corporate and tax law and is co-author of various publications and commentaries.

    He practices in the languages German, English and French and also speaks Italian.

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    Hilary L. von Arx

    Attorney-at-Law | Partner

    Hilary L. von Arx was admitted to the Bar in 2012. She is an expert in civil and commercial litigation as well as contract, corporate and civil law and has working experience in Switzerland and the... Read more

    Hilary L. von Arx was admitted to the Bar in 2012. She is an expert in civil and commercial litigation as well as contract, corporate and civil law and has working experience in Switzerland and the United States.

    Before joining Wicki Partners, Hilary L. von Arx was working as Legal Counsel for an international industrial company where she focused on corporate legal matters, national and international contract law, employment law as well as data privacy and antitrust compliance. Prior to her job as Legal Counsel, Hilary L. von Arx worked for a law firm in Zurich where she specialized in procedural, contract, civil and immigration law.

    IR Global recommends Hilary L. von Arx as the exclusive advisor for Commercial Litigation in Switzerland.

    Hilary L. von Arx writes and negotiates in German and English, and speaks and understands French.

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  • Sergio Leemann

    Sergio Leemann

    Attorney-at-Law | Partner

    Sergio Leemann was admitted to the Bar in 2009. He is an expert in international and national contract law, IT law, data protection law, advertising and competition law, distribution law, corpor... Read more

    Sergio Leemann was admitted to the Bar in 2009.

    He is an expert in international and national contract law, IT law, data protection law, advertising and competition law, distribution law, corporate and civil law and has working experience in an international environment.

    Before joining Wicki Partners, Sergio Leemann was working as a Legal Counsel for an international industrial and retail company in the consumer goods market where he focused on data protection law, IT law, digital transformation, advertising and distribution law, competition law as well as international and national contract law.

    Prior to his job as legal counsel, Sergio Leemann worked for a law firm in Zurich and Bern as well as a financial institution.

    Sergio Leemann writes and negotiates in German and English, and understands and speaks French.

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The Team of Wicki Partners are experienced Paralegals and other specialists.

  • Mirjam Meier

    Mirjam Meier

    Paralegal | Support

    Mirjam Meier has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Business Law (UAS Zurich) and works for Wicki Partners Ltd. as a paralegal. Her field of work involves primarily trademark and corporate law and she is managing the secretariat.

    She speaks and writes in German, English and French.

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  • Tamara Racic

    Tamara Racic

    Assistant

    Tamara Racic has a commercial vocational baccalaureate and will start a further education as a paralegal in autumn 2017. She currently works as an assistant at Wicki Partners Ltd. and is primarily responsible for general administrative support.

    She speaks and writes in German, Serbian, English and French.

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  • Christoph Gimpert

    Christoph Gimpert

    Finance and Accounting

    Christoph Gimpert is responsible for finance and accounting.

    He speaks and writes in German, English and French.

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Global Reach

Wicki Partners is proud to be a member of IR Global. Via the network, we are able to provide our clients with the highest quality advice and support around the world. Each member of the group passes a stringent selection procedure upon joining ensuring only the finest firms are accepted.

IR Global is the fastest growing professional service firm network in the world; Providing legal, accountancy and financial advice to companies and individuals across 150 jurisdictions. The group’s founding philosophy was based on bringing the best of the advisory community into a sharing economy; a system which is ethical, sustainable and provides significant added value to the client.

Businesses today require more than just a lawyer or accountant. IR Global is at the forefront of this transition with members connecting clients and offering strategic development support. We believe the archaic ‘professional service firm’ model is dying due to it being insular, expensive and slow. In IR Global, forward thinking clients now have credible alternative which is open, cost effective and flexible.

Expertise

The experts at Wicki Partners have solid expertise in business management, and they adopt an approach based on a wealth of practical experience. The preservation of entrepreneurial freedom, a long-term perspective and the creation of robust solutions are the guiding principles in our advice and attitude towards crisis management. This practical, unassuming and in-depth approach offers entrepreneurs, executives and companies the assurance they require during the turmoils and changes caused by accelerated growth or in times of crisis.

Having solid expertise as executives, we pride ourselves of adopting a real-world approach. The preservation of entrepreneurial freedom, a long-term perspective and the creation of robust solutions are the guiding principles in our advice and attitude towards crisis management. This practical, unassuming and in-depth approach offers entrepreneurs, executives and companies the assurance they require during the turmoil and changes caused by rapid growth or in times of crisis.

We assist and support national and international clients in all matters of corporate development, transactions (M&A), tax, contract negotiations, company restructuring and succession planning. We do offer support in crises, such as shareholder disputes, over-indebtedness or liquidity problems, also as experienced commercial mediators. Moreover, we are assertive commercial litigators in cases where there is no other solution than to go to court.

 

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