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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 AG

2009-2011
Senior Associate, Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

2001-2008
Associate, Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

1998-2000
Junior Lawyer, Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

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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Attorney-at-law

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

since 2020       
Attorney-at-law, DAVATZ LEGAL

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

2020
Admitted to the Bar (Attorney-at-law)

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)

Memberships

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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 and Consultant

Melanie Strässle joined DAVATZ LEGAL in September 2019 as an Attorney-at-law and Consultant. 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 and Consultant, 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

Erik Najdl

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Attorney-at-law

After his studies, Erik Najdl worked at the Chair of Procedure (Civil Procedure / Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law) and Introduction to Law at the University of Fribourg and can thus draw on a sound understanding of civil procedure, debt collection and bankruptcy law. As a Junior Lawyer, he worked for a law firm in Zurich specialising in Swiss and international commercial law, in particular gaining experience in contract and corporate law as well as in commercial criminal law. As he worked in the legal department of a major Swiss bank, he is familiar with the requirements and internal proceedings in connection with bank-specific information and directives. He joined DAVATZ LEGAL in 2020. In addition, he works at the university institute "UniDistance Suisse"

erik.najdl@davatzlegal.ch • Tel. +41 44 213 80 43

Professional career

since 2020
Attorney-at-law, DAVATZ LEGAL

since 2019
Assistant at the UniDistance Suisse

2019-2020
Legal Associate at a major Swiss Bank

2017-2018
Junior Lawyer in a law firm in Zurich specialising in Swiss and international commercial law

2016
Lector, Technical Introduction to Law, University of Fribourg

2011-2016
Assistant at the Chair of Procedure (Civil Procedure / Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law) and Introduction to Law, University of Fribourg

Education

2020
Admitted to the Bar (Attorney-at-law)

2011
University of Fribourg, Master of Law (MLaw)

2011
Exchange Semester, Masaryk University, Brno (CZ)

2009
University of Fribourg, Bachelor of Law (BLaw)

Memberships

Melanie Müller

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Assistant

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

 

Micaela Tanner

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Attorney-at-law

micaela.tanner@davatzlegal.ch • Tel. +41 44 213 80 42

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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