Practice Areas

Art law


We establish, advice and administer all types of non-profit entities on behalf of their founders, both physical persons and institutions. In particular, we assist with the obtention of authorisations recognising their non-profit status and the resulting tax exemptions. We also help these entities with their general requirements and filings before federal and cantonal regulatory authorities.

Aviation Law

We draw on a long experience in the field of aviation law, notably the acquisition, sale and registration of commercial and private aircraft. We have for many years advised public and private entities active in the aviation field. We have also acted on behalf of victims of airplane accidents in national and international claims procedures.

Real Property, Construction and Zoning

We counsel clients in all aspects of real estate and construction law and related issues (construction contracts, real estate agency, building permits and zoning issues.) We act both at the stage of the negotiation of projects and at the stage of the civil or administrative proceedings that may follow.

International Judicial Cooperation

Our Firm is frequently involved in international judicial cooperation in both civil and criminal matters; acting both for governments and private parties.

Sports Law

Our Firm has developed expertise in sports law which permits us to advise high level athletes in the context of the negotiation of all manner of contracts incident to their activities. We also assist an institutional clientele in the negotiation and drafting of sponsorship contracts and act as arbitrators in CAS proceedings.

Trusts and Estates

We assist clients in their estate planning, including, where appropriate, the putting in place of trusts or other structures. We also act in all manner of disputes arising in this domain.

Lease Law

We advise real estate companies and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of leases, and act for clients in the litigation of lease disputes.

Maritime and Transportation Law

Our Firm practices international maritime law (freight forwarding, charter parties, ship seizures, maritime insurance, bills of lading) as well as international road transport law. Clients include ship owners, P & I Clubs, Club correspondent counsel, and civil liability insurers. We also represent traders, insurers, brokers and insurance agents. Our complementary expertise in international sales, documentary credits, bank guarantees, standby letters of credit and commercial agency allow our Firm to offer a full range of integrated services in this area.

International Trade Law

Our Firm provides both technical and strategic advice to governments and enterprises as to their commercial and trade policies for goods and services, and this in light of international treaties, free-trade accords and investment protection provisions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

BudinPartners benefits from a recognised experience in M & A. The Firm’s activity in the field includes, notably, investments and dispositions in Switzerland by multi-national groups, the acquisition of Swiss companies by foreigners, and transactions between Swiss entities. Our lawyers specialised in this area also work regularly as Swiss counsel coordinating multi-jurisdictional transactions. They handle corporate, financial and contractual due diligence; analyse each matter individually; obtain the necessary authorisations and permits, as well as tax rulings and exemptions; and assist in managing human resources issues (for example, the obtention of work permits for foreign executives and specialists.) The acquisitions on which this Firm has acted for non-Swiss companies and groups have, due to our committed and efficient work, generally resulted in long-term stable relationships.

Banking and Finance

Our Firm masters all fields of banking and financial law, from acting as counsel for the establishment of banks and investment vehicles, to the registration of foreign funds in Switzerland. We are also expert in the domains of documentary credits, bank guarantees and other financial or banking instruments. We act in a wide variety of disputes in the fields of banking and finance.

Civil and Commercial Litigation

Our Firm has the will and ability to deploy its efforts in the traditional fields of lawyer activity, such as court litigation. The Firm represents clients in all manner of civil, commercial and administrative procedures before the Swiss Courts. It acts in these procedures, at all judicial levels, with diligence and efficiency. The Firm coordinates international litigation with the help of its international network of correspondents, who are independently chosen for their abilities.

Intellectual Property

We counsel clients in registration and renewal procedures at both the national and international level, as well as in intellectual property disputes. Our Firm also makes use of its contractual expertise in drafting all manner of contracts related to intellectual property, and license agreements in particular.

International Public and Private Law

Due to its international character and practice, our Firm is frequently called upon to deal with technical private international law questions.

Our Firm is also regularly engaged by sovereign states and international organisations to assist them with the issues that arise in connection with their status and relations with Swiss authorities.

Administrative Law

Our Firm assists clients in public and administrative law matters, particularly in the fields of construction, roads, and immigration and work permits. We also act for our clients in administrative appeals before cantonal and federal authorities.

Debt Recovery and Bankruptcy

Our Firm is active in the domain of enforcement measures. We offer the full range of assistance both to creditors in debt recovery and to debtors in asset protection. We appear in attachment, seizure, bankruptcy and composition procedures. We also assist in the recognition of foreign bankruptcy judgments and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

Criminal Law and White Collar Crime

We are active in general criminal and white collar crime matters. Our Firm acts for those accused of crimes, as well as persons under criminal investigation by cantonal and federal authorities, and in related financial and administrative matters.

Insurance and Civil Liability Law

Our Firm is very experienced in matters of civil liability, acting for both institutional and individual clients in both negotiations and litigation. We have a recognised expertise in private and corporate insurance matters, notably including accident and retirement insurance. Our Firm represents large institutions in civil and administrative insurance matters.

Family law

Our Firm advises and acts for private clients in all aspects of family law, marriage and divorce.

Labour and Employment Law

Our Firm is active in counselling institutional clients in all legal and organisational aspects of human resources. It also acts for individuals and employers in labour matters before judicial and administrative authorities.

International Sales

Since its founding, our Firm has been particularly active in the fields of the international sale of goods (raw materials and finished products) and agency and distribution contracts. Our partners handle, on a daily basis, the negotiation and drafting of sales agreements and are regularly solicited for advice as to trade finance, documentary credits and bank guarantees. They also take on verification and due diligence mandates in the sales and distribution sectors.

Tax and Tax Planning

We counsel clients in Swiss and international tax laws, notably in the context of corporate groups wishing to create an establishment in Switzerland. We also assist individuals wishing to domicile themselves in Switzerland with the benefit of a cost-based taxation regime (forfait fiscal).

Corporate, Commercial and Contract Law

Our Firm is skilled in commercial contract and corporate matters. It deploys its resources in all aspects of corporate and company law (formation, restructuring, acquisitions, mergers and split-offs) for both public and private companies). We also handle the full range contract matters (including sales or service contracts, construction, telecommunications, franchising).

International and Domestic Arbitration

Our Firm, due to a long practice history in numerous arbitral jurisdictions, enjoys an international reputation for excellence in arbitration, both institutional and ad hoc.

Members of the Firm are regularly appointed arbitrators or counsel for matters venued in Geneva, Zurich, Paris, London and other centres of international arbitration.