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.
Our international arbitration team in Geneva is part of our global arbitration practice. In close collaboration with other experienced international arbitration practitioners in our offices in the United States, London, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Hong Kong, the Geneva office acts on complex, high-stakes matters in arbitral fora all over the world, before arbitral tribunals constituted under all major institutional rules. It also routinely acts in arbitrations applying Swiss law. The Geneva office arbitration practice has been recognized by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global.
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.