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Debra Davatz

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Attorney-at-law & Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law

Debra Davatz has been involved in many complex domestic and transnational M&A transactions (including corporate reorganisation). As a Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law, her private clients work is focused on estate planning, concepts for business and asset succession, inheritance contracts, wills, prenuptial agreements, foundations, counsel to communities of heirs, administration of executor mandates, separation of matrimonial assets and distribution of estates.

debra.davatz@davatzlegal.ch • Tel. +41 44 213 80 40

Professional career

2015         
Owner DAVATZ LEGAL
2011-2014
Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law and Corporate Lawyer, Niederer Kraft & Frey
2009-2011
Senior Associate, Niederer Kraft & Frey
2001-2008
Associate, Niederer Kraft & Frey 
1998-2000
Junior Lawyer, Niederer Kraft & Frey  
1996-1998
Legal Member of the “Task-Force-Team” of the Commercial Registry Office of the Canton of Zurich

Education

2011 
Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law
2011 
CAS in Inheritance Law, University of Zurich and University of Lucerne
2001 
Admitted to the Bar (Attorney-at-law)
1996 
University of Zurich, lic. iur.

Memberships

 

Expertise.

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Inheritance law, matrimonial property and family law

  • National and international estate and wealth planning
  • Succession planning of family enterprises
  • Testamentary contracts, last wills and contracts of succession
  • Anticipatory succession and transfers by way of gift or succession
  • Distribution of estates, representation of heirs, administration and management of estates
  • Serving as executor of wills and testaments
  • Healthcare proxies, patient provisions, powers of attorney, instructions in the case of death
  • Contracts for marriage, concubinage and registered partnerships
  • Matrimonial property planning
  • Relocation of private persons to Switzerland
  • Establishment of foundations

Contract law and corporate law

  • Establishment of corporations, merger & acquisitions, change of corporate forms, corporate reorganizations and liquidation of corporations
  • Capital increases
  • Advising private clients on investments in (family) corporations
  • Shareholders' agreements and further precautionary measures with regards to succession planning
  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts in the areas of Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Advising private and public companies and their Board of Directors
  • Relocation of corporations to Switzerland
  • Labour Law
  • Tenancy and Lease Law

Nadine Schmid

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Legal Associate, MLaw

After successful graduation of her legal studies at the University of Lucerne Nadine Schmid was employed in the legal department of Tamedia Ltd (leading private Swiss media group), in particular focusing on media law, labour and corporate law, general administrative law and contract law. After that she was a Junior Associate at DAVATZ LEGAL and focused on inheritance law, matrimonial property and family law as well as contract and corporate law. Since 2018 she works as a Legal Associate at DAVATZ LEGAL and advises clients competently in contingency and estate planning. Nadine Schmid has already drafted numerous advance care directives, last wills and testaments as well as marriage and inheritance contracts and has assisted in several will execution and division mandates.

nadine.schmid@davatzlegal.ch • Tel. +41 44 213 80 44

Professional career

2018
Legal Associate, DAVATZ LEGAL
2017
Junior Associate, DAVATZ LEGAL
2016
Legal department, Tamedia Ltd
2015
Paralegal, DAVATZ LEGAL
2013-2015
Paralegal, Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

Education

2015
University of Lucerne, Master of Law (MLaw)
Master thesis: «Gleichgeschlechtliche Paare und der Kinderwunsch» (Same-sex couples and the desire to have children)
2013
University of Lucerne, Bachelor of Law (BLaw)

Our team.

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Mario Erni (independant)

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Partner at Rohner & Erni Tax Ltd, Swiss Certified Tax Expert, MLaw

For more than a decade, Mario Erni focuses on Swiss and International tax law. Before founding Rohner & Erni Tax Ltd in 2015, Mario Erni was engaged as tax advisor with Ernst & Young and afterwards with the renowned Zurich based law firm Niederer Kraft & Frey. Alongside the advisory activity, Mario Erni lectures on a regular basis Swiss and International tax law at various institutions and tax congresses.

Dr. Roger Rohner (independant)

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Partner at Rohner & Erni Tax AG, Swiss Certified Tax Expert, MAS FH in VAT

Dr. Roger Rohner has been active as a tax advisor for more than 10 years, first as an academic assistant with the chair for tax, finance, and administration law of Prof. Dr. Markus Reich of the University of Zurich, afterwards at Ernst & Young and at ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG and since 2015 as a Partner at Rohner & Erni Tax AG. Roger Rohner is a well known specialist in VAT.He is a lecturer at various institutes and universities as well and a speaker at several tax congresses.

Melanie Strässle

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Attorney-at-law

Melanie Strässle joined DAVATZ LEGAL in September 2019 as an Attorney-at-law. She worked for several years as a court clerk in the judicial system. Thanks to this long-term experience, she has in-depth knowledge of procedural law and knows how to handle extensive and complex cases efficiently. Melanie Strässle was responsible for proceedings in matters of family law, matrimonial property and inheritance law. She was also responsible for labour, social security and criminal proceedings.

In her work as an Attorney-at-law and notary public in the canton of Thurgau, she has already drafted numerous marriage and inheritance contracts, last wills as well as precautionary orders for her clients. Due to her experience as Chairwoman of the Concilation Authority dealing with lease and rental matters in the District of Pfäffikon, Melanie Strässle is also familiar with tenancy law matters.

In addition to her work as an Attorney-at-law, Melanie Strässle is a substitute judge at a Zurich District Court since 2017.

melanie.straessle@davatzlegal.ch • Tel. +41 44 213 80 43

Professional career

since 2019        
Attorney-at-law, DAVATZ LEGAL
since 2018
Actuary ad hoc, Administrative Court of the Canton of Graubünden
since 2017
Substitute Judge at a Zurich District Court
since 2017
Associate at a Law Firm

2017
Associate at an international Law Firm in Zurich
2013-2015
Chairwoman of the Concilation Authority for Tenancy and Leasehold matters in the District of Pfäffikon ZH
2012-2015

Clerk and Court Clerk at the District Court of Pfäffikon ZH
2011
Legal Counsel at a legal expenses insurance

Education

2016
Admitted to the Bar (Attorney-at-law)
2010
University of Zurich, lic. iur.

Memberships

Sabine Ganz-Hemmi

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Legal Associate, lic. iur.

Sabine Ganz-Hemmi worked for around 20 years at major Swiss banks in corporate and private banking, especially in the field of inheritance. Her activities incorporate the advising of her clients in matrimonial property law and estate planning as well as estate distribution in the context of execution of wills and divison mandates. She elaborates drafts of contracts and wills as well as documents for lifetime assingments of properties for her clients. Sabine Ganz-Hemmi advises her clients professionally in all interests of estate planning. For the past years she has lived with her family in Paris and New York and was involved in various charity organizations. Since September 2019 she is working as a Legal Associate at DAVATZ LEGAL.

sabine.ganz@davatzlegal.ch • Tel. +41 44 213 80 42

Professional career

2019
Legal Associate, DAVATZ LEGAL
2009-2019
Residence in Paris and New York
1998-2008
Inheritance law, Cantonal Bank of Zurich
Team leader and Executive

1998-1999
Inheritance law, Credit Suisse Group, Zurich
Executive

1993-1998
Credit Suisse Group, Corporate and Retail Banking adviser
Executive

Education

1992
University of Zurich, lic. iur.

Laetitia Prader

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Paralegal, BLaw

After successfully completing her Bachelor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, Laetitia Prader completed various legal internships: in the legal departement of a major Foundation, at a law firm in Zurich specialized in the area of construction and tenancy law and at the District Court of Uster. She began her Master of Law at the University of Zurich in September 2019 and is currently working as a Paralegal at DAVATZ LEGAL.

laetitia.prader@davatzlegal.ch • Tel. +41 44 213 80 41

Professional career

2019
Paralegal, DAVATZ LEGAL
Trainee, District Court of Uster
Trainee, Rohrer Müller Partner AG
Trainee,
Foundation for the Animal in the law
2017-2019
Employee, Prager Dreifuss Ltd.

2015
Junior Associate Real estate,
Lienhardt & Partners Private Bank Zurich Ltd.

Education

2019
University of Zurich, begin Master degree in Law

2018
University of St. Gallen, Bachelor of Law (BLaw)

2017
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, exchange semester

 

Contact.

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DAVATZ LEGAL ∙ Anwaltskanzlei Debra Davatz Hörler

Rennweg 38

CH-8001 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 213 80 40 ∙ Fax +41 44 213 80 45

info@davatzlegal.ch

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