Roland A. Pfister
Dr. iur., EMBA
Tax Counsel
pfister@b-legal.ch

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Education and Experience

  • PhD in international tax law, University of Neuchâtel (Dr. iur., with distinction summa cum laude) (2010–2016)
  • Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (2009–2010)
  • Executive MBA in Wealth Management (EMBA), University of Liechtenstein (2008–2010 )
  • Legal studies at Law Faculty, Universities of Neuchâtel/Granada (2000–2004)
  • Maturity Diploma for Adults (Second chance education/AKAD), Aarau (1998–2000)
  • Member of various boards of directors

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic Swiss and Liechtenstein tax law
  • International tax law
  • Taxation of individuals (taxation of high net worth individuals, estate planning, relocations, lump sum taxation, real estate taxes, taxation of artists and athletes, employee benefit plans)
  • Taxation of corporate entities
  • Corporate tax law (M&A transactions, reorganizations, relocations and acquisitions)
  • Taxation of private equity structures
  • Taxation of wealth management structures (including investment funds, life insurances, trusts and partnerships)
  • Taxation of real estate (direct versus indirect ownership)
  • Taxation of savings income for both individuals and corporations (financial instruments, investment funds, real estate, life insurance)
  • Voluntary disclosure programs for Swiss and foreign residents (including coordination work)
  • Tax reforms

Practice

  • Tax Counsel at Badertscher Rechtsanwälte AG, Zurich/Zug (since 2015)
  • Associate and then Tax Counsel in an international corporate and tax law firm, Geneva (2010–2014)
  • Lecturer and consultant to the Liechtenstein government for several projects of knowledge transfer in the fields of national and international tax law regarding the OECD compliant positioning of Liechtenstein’s Financial Center, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz (2008–2011)
  • Senior Associate in one of the big four audit firms, Zurich/Geneva (2005–2008)
  • Trainee in an international law firm, Brussels (2005)
  • Trainee in a leading investment bank, Zurich (2004)

Academic Positions

  • Lecturer and project manager at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Economy, Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ (CH) (since 2012)
  • Lecturer at the Postgraduate Masters Program in International Taxation (LL.M.) of the Brazilian Institute of Tax Law (IBDT), Saõ Paulo (since 2011)
  • Visiting lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz (since 2011)
  • Lecturer for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) in Zurich, Vaduz, Zug and Lausanne (since 2010)
  • Lecturer at the Postgraduate Masters Program in International Taxation (LL.M.) of the University Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires (since 2010)

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian