Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Geneva office is the headquarters of our global international arbitration practice, anchors our international tax planning and restructuring practice on the European continent and serves as a platform for our international trade practice in relation to the World Trade Organization and other Geneva-based international organizations. The Geneva office also offers a wide range of legal services in Swiss transactional, financial, regulatory and litigation matters through a team of experienced and accomplished professionals fluent in English and Switzerland’s three principal languages of French, German and Italian.
International Litigation and Arbitration
In close collaboration with other experienced international arbitration practitioners in our offices in New York, Houston, London, Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Washington, D.C., the Geneva office provides Akin Gump with a world-class international arbitration capability. The Geneva office international arbitration team has decades of experience in the prosecution or defense of complex, high-stakes matters in arbitral fora all over the world, before arbitral tribunals constituted under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong and Singapore International Arbitration Centres, ICSID, the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the AAA and other such bodies. The Geneva office arbitration practice has been recognized in Chambers Europe and Chambers Global as “combin[ing] high-level advice… with a fine-grain analysis” and possessing “a deep understanding of international arbitration and how best to present a claim or defence,” and in The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa as a first-tier practice that “‘lives and breathes arbitration’.”
Tax and Finance
As a major global and European financial center, Geneva is an ideal location from which our lawyers can advise Swiss and international clients, including European, Middle Eastern and U.S. investment banks, asset management companies, hedge funds, private equity firms and other financial actors on operational and transactional issues, including tax-efficient structuring, transfer pricing, securities and regulatory matters, banking secrecy and international judicial assistance, among others. The office also provides advice to high net-worth individuals regarding tax planning and offshore trusts, as well as corporate and individual representation, in conjunction with our offices in London and Washington, D.C., in disputes with HM Revenue & Customs and the Internal Revenue Service.
Akin Gump’s renowned international trade practice, headquartered in Washington, D.C., utilizes the Geneva resources to represent our clients in international trade matters involving the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union and other Geneva-based international agencies whose activities increasingly affect the interests of sovereign governments, trade associations and multinational corporations. The Geneva office provides Akin Gump’s experienced trade partners with additional “boots on the ground” in one of the world’s most important focal points for international trade.
Swiss Corporate, Commercial and Litigation Matters
Swiss-qualified lawyers in the Geneva office provide local and international clients, including large multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals, with a full range of representation in corporate and commercial matters in Switzerland, including mergers and acquisitions, JV agreements, establishment of business ventures and corporate structures in Switzerland, commercial lending, licensing and distribution agreements, and real estate transactions; in Swiss regulatory matters such as pharmaco-medical registrations and approvals, bank and asset management licensing and regulation, securities regulation and listings and the like; and in commercial and labor and employment litigation matters before local courts.