Our law firm draws on the multifaceted cultural and professional experience of our staff to effectively advise, assist and represent our clients in every area of Swiss and international law, both in court as well as out of court.
The firm’s main areas of practice include banking and financial law, criminal law, civil liability law, corporate and commercial law, legal counsel to small and medium-sized companies, M&A transactions, constitutional and administrative law, estate planning and probate for families, trust and foundation law, as well as civil and commercial litigation of all kinds.
Our Lugano office also employs civil-law notaries who consult on and assist with drafting and authenticating public records.
We are proud to serve our clients in Italian, English, German, French and Spanish and offer certified translation services.
Banking and finance law
With regard to banking and finance law in Switzerland and the major worldwide financial markets, our firm provides qualified assistance to institutional clients and investment funds as well as to private persons and corporations in their dealings with banking institutions and supervisory authorities. Attorneys Dario Item and Patric A. Pellegatta guide the team and the clients through issues ranging from authorization procedures to specific contract management and any kind of administrative filings and disputes in the various jurisdictions.
Criminal law and international criminal assistance regarding tax and administrative law
Our attorneys draw on their far-reaching experience with a vast range of financial criminal law and criminal law cases, including assisting with international criminal offences relating to extradition and surrender proceedings for goods and funds in Swiss bank accounts, as well as with tax and administrative matters involving the exchange of information with foreign States.
Under the guidance of Dario Item, our team provides assistance and counsel throughout all the stages of a case and at all levels of appeal to both suspects and the accused as well as to victims and injured parties of crimes and offences.
Commercial and corporate law, M&A, corporate governance and restructuring
Our firm handles the various aspects of international trade, M&A and private equity cases on a daily basis, including negotiating and drawing up Swiss and cross-border business contracts, such as purchase agreements, shareholder agreements and corporate documents in general, as well as employment, agency, distribution, rental, leasing, factoring, joint venture, manufacturing, licensing, outsourcing and general production contracts. Our team advises companies on the legal aspects of business, both ordinary and extraordinary, ranging from current operations to voluntary liquidation, liquidation by arrangement or bankruptcy liquidation. Patric A. Pellegatta and Giovanni Canepa are our professionals who assist our clients in all areas of Swiss corporate law and corporate governance, offering consultancy and administrative services to Swiss and foreign corporate groups, and if necessary serving on the board of directors. For matters concerning Italian law, attorney Saverio Pedraglio is our firm's expert.
Private clients, estate planning and probate, trusts and foundations
Our practice is distinctive in its focus on providing private clients and their families bespoke assistance in personal and strategic matters. We advise our clients on issues ranging from wealth and investment protection, estate planning and probate, with regard to a client's private assets as well as those of his companies. Our firm aids our clients in establishing corporate and trust structures of any type, under either continental law or common law, and in drafting wills, pre-nuptual and other agreements as well as in setting up charitable foundations and collective investment vehicles in different jurisdictions.
Under the guidance of attorneys Dario Item and Patric A. Pellegatta, we counsel clients on development projects and through the most complex of inheritance disputes, and in particular those involving corporate succession or the location of family assets in several countries.
Intellectual property rights, IT, media relations
We assist our clients in safeguarding and commercially exploiting intellectual property and in registering trademarks and patents. Our firm leverages its knowledge of the IT sectors and e-commerce to advise our clients and to protect individual rights and images in their dealings with the media. Attorneys Saverio Pedraglio and Giovanni Canepa are our specialists in these areas.
Private law counselling and litigation, international law and arbitration
As our law firm boasts attorneys with recognized forensic experience in key litigation areas, we are able to advise our clients in a timely, professional and effective manner. Litigation cases are managed by attorneys Giovanni Canepa and Patric A. Pellegatta who lead a team of specialists which pursues a strategic plan that is prepared in consultation with the client.
For international disputes, our firm partners with foreign specialists so that we can guarantee global assistance in other countries.
Our team of lawyers has experience in a vast array of issues, ranging from credit recovery, both in Switzerland and abroad, to individual and family rights, to commercial law, property rights, liability law through to banking and insurance law.
International transfers of business and outplacement and immigration law
Our law firm assists entrepreneurs and corporate groups which intend to transfer their production, sales or services to or out of Switzerland. Attorneys Patric A. Pellegatta and Maurizio Pagliuca lead the consulting team in charge of, among other things, creating the most advantageous corporate vehicles, drafting contracts for managers and staff, and obtaining work and residence permits and authorizations for pursuing professions and doing business in Switzerland or abroad. Our network of specialists helps us locate the right partner for your business needs in the areas of banking, insurance, real estate, logistics, accounting and fiscal matters.
Civil liability and insurance law
We regularly handle cases involving civil liability and insurance law, both contractual and litigation, primarily through our attorneys Dario Item and Saverio Pedraglio, both of whom have extensive experience in these fields.
Within Switzerland, our law firm offers consulting and assistance with drafting public documents, which are also recognized internationally under the agreements in force. Attorneys Patric A. Pellegatta and Giovanni Canepa are licensed civil-law notaries, and they are assisted by Dr. Marco Posca.
We assist our clients with investing in Swiss or foreign real estate, attending to each and every detail, from public records to the administrative paperwork needed for obtaining the various permits from the authorities and for notifications and entries in the local public registers.
Constitutional and administrative law, fundamental rights
Our law firm assists public and private entities and individuals in the area of constitutional and administrative law, including cases related to construction permits and public authorizations. Attorney Dario Item deals directly with legal cases involving constitutional law, while attorneys Giovani Canepa and Michele Bernasconi are responsible for administrative law cases.