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Robert Desax

Robert Desax

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Switzerland

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Robert Desax is a partner in the tax team. He works in the fields of national and international taxation. He represents clients in controversial tax matters and assists private clients regarding the tax aspects of estate and wealth planning. He regularly advises on cross-border implications of international taxation, especially on the application of double tax treaties, on issues in connection with the refund of Swiss withholding taxes in international structures, on the Swiss tax treatment of trusts as well as on the redomiciliation of individuals and businesses to Switzerland. In addition, he also advises and represents clients on corporate tax matters, especially in negotiations with tax authorities during transfer pricing audits and regarding reorganizations. Robert Desax is a frequent speaker on tax matters and is a regular author of contributions for tax publications. He was named one of Switzerland's 20 Tax Controversy Leaders in 2015 by the International Tax Review.

Born in 1978, Robert Desax graduated from the University of Fribourg, Faculty of law, in 2002 (lic. iur. 2002 including special mention Bilingual Licentiate). In 2005 he passed the Zurich bar exam and obtained an LL.M. in international tax law from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2006. After that, he worked in the international tax department of one of the Big Four audit firms. In 2010 he earned the diploma as a Swiss certified tax expert. Prior to joining Walder Wyss in 2016, he was a Senior Associate in a large international law firm, where he had been a member of the tax team for more than five years. He is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), of EXPERTsuisse and of the Swiss/French Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Desax speaks French, German (as first and second native languages) and English. He is registered with the Zurich Bar and is admitted to practice in all Switzerland.
Areas of Practice

Private Clients | Tax

Articles


Potential tax controversies in the area of wealth management
Speaker: Robert Desax
International Estate Planning Summit 2018 / Hochschule Luzern
Brasserie Lipp Zurich 28 November 2018


Haftungsfragen Treuhand & Gesellschaftsorgane
Speakers: Robert Desax and Dominik Hohler
Unternehmer Forum
InterContinental Davos 21 September 2018


Stand Steuervorlage 17 / «STAF»
Speaker: Robert Desax
Unternehmer Forum
InterContinental Davos 21 September 2018


Tax Newsletter: Switzerland: Swiss Lower House approves corporate tax reform
by Maurus Winzap and Robert Desax
September 2018


Tax Newsletter: Switzerland: Swiss Upper House issues a revised proposal for a corporate tax reform ("Tax Proposal 17"), bill to go to the Lower House
by Maurus Winzap and Robert Desax
June 2018


Lump sum taxation in Switzerland: alive and kicking
by Robert Desax
in: "The Lawyer" April 2018


Tax Newsletter: Swiss Government adopts proposal for a corporate tax reform ("Tax Proposal 17") and submits its dispatch to Parliament
by Maurus Winzap and Robert Desax
March 2018


Africa - Continent of Opportunity or Complexity?
Speakers: Robert Desax, Hanneke Farrand, Koos Pretorius and Von Sanborn
23rd Annual International Wealth Transfer Conference
London 5 March 2018


Lump sum taxation in Switzerland
Authors: Stephan Neidhardt and Robert Desax
5 December 2017


Swiss tax authorities tightening practice against tax planning structures
Speakers: Robert Desax and Michael Barrot
Academy & Finance
Zurich / Geneva 31 October 2017


Tax Newsletter: Swiss Government publishes new detailed draft for a corporate tax reform («Tax Proposal 17»)
by Maurus Winzap and Robert Desax
September 2017


Government publishes detailed draft for corporate tax reform
by Maurus Winzap and Robert Desax
http://www.internationallawoffice.com
September 2017


Internationales Steuerrecht
Speaker: Robert Desax
Präsentation an der Universität Zürich, LL.M. Wirtschaftsrecht,
Zurich 12 June 2017


Tax Newsletter: Switzerland: New tax reform underway
by Robert Desax
June 2017


Bundesgerichtsentscheid zur Ersatzbeschaffung bei der Grundstückgewinnsteuer
by Robert Desax
in: "Expert Focus" 6-7/2017, pp. 455-458


Steuerliche Aspekte des Unternehmenskaufs
Speakers: Urs Schenker and Robert Desax
Merger & Acquisition Seminar ZfU - International Business School
Pfäffikon SZ 11 May 2017


Transparency and Information Exchange
Speakers: Robert Desax, Stef van Weeghel, Michael Olesnicky, T.P. Ostwal and Ted Tae-Gyung Kim
IFA Asia Pacific Regional Tax Conference
New Delhi 28 April 2017


Der Standort Liechtenstein in der internationalen Steuerplanung: Anwendungsbeispiele aus der Schweiz
Speaker: Robert Desax
Liechtensteinische Steuerkonferenz 2016
Vaduz 29 November 2016


Grenzüberschreitende Vermögensplanung: Liechtensteinische Stiftungen mit Begünstigten in der Schweiz und den USA
Speaker: Robert Desax
First Focus Event
Zurich 2 November 2016


Unternehmenssteuerrecht – geldwerte Leistungen
Speaker: Robert Desax
Unternehmer Forum
Bad Ragaz 20 October 2016


Switzerland: International Standards and Swiss Inheritance Law
by Kinga M. Weiss and Robert Desax
in: "IFC Review 2016" 1 July 2016, pp. 100–101


Automatic information exchange and the OECD's BEPS project
Speaker: Robert Desax
Commodities Trade Finance Lunch
Geneva 16 June 2016


Cross-Border IP planning: Switzerland
Speaker: Robert Desax
IFA International Tax Conference
Montreal, Canada 27 May 2016


Einfluss des neuen DBA Schweiz-Liechtenstein auf steuerkonforme Vermögensstrukturen
Speaker: Robert Desax
Steuerkonferenz IFZ Zug
Zug 24 May 2016


Neue Steuerplanungsmöglichkeiten mit Holdinggesellschaften aus schweizerischer und liechtensteinischer Perspektive
Speakers: Robert Desax and Roland Pfister
Steuerkonferenz 2015
Zurich 21 October 2015


FusG-Kommentar: Art. 19 DBG (Umstrukturierung von Personenunternehmungen)
by Robert Desax
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Fusionsgesetz sowie die einschlägigen Bestimmungen des IPRG und des Steuerrechts"
2. Auflage, Berne 2015, pp. 834 et seq.


Handling Tax Disputes in Switzerland
co-authored by Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch, Robert Desax and Aïcha Ladlami
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Baker & McKenzie Handling Tax Disputes in Europe 2015 Handbook "
Zurich 2015


OHADA – ökonomische Rahmenbedingungen
by Robert Desax
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Das Handelsrecht der OHADA"
Zurich 2015


Recent developments in Switzerland
by Robert Desax, Marnin Michaels and Anne Gibson
in: Globe Law and Business (Editor[s]), "STEP Handbook Family Offices"
UK 2015, pp. p. 361 et seq.


Steuerrecht 2014/2015
by Robert Desax, Nina Keller and Kilian Perroulaz
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Jahrbuch Entwicklungen im schweizerischen Wirtschaftsrecht"
Zurich 2015


The political and economic situation in the OHADA-States
by Robert Desax
in: "An Introduction to the Laws of the OHADA"
2015


Transfer Pricing in Switzerland
co-authored by Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch, Robert Desax and Aïcha Ladlami
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Transfer Pricing Handbook"
2015


Neue Steuerplanungsmöglichkeiten mit Holdinggesellschaften aus schweizerischer und liechtensteinischer Perspektive
Speakers: Robert Desax and Roland Pfister
Steuerkonferenz 2015
Vaduz 29 September 2015


Automatischer Informationsaustausch
Speaker: Robert Desax
Unternehmer Forum Schweiz
Davos 17 September 2015


Structuration de détention d'immeubles à l'étranger par des privés en Suisse
Speaker: Robert Desax
Actualité dans le domaine de la fiscalité immobilière
Neuchâtel 10 September 2015


Swiss Voters Reject Estate and Gift Tax Proposal
by Marnin Michaels, Stephanie Jarrett and Robert Desax
in: "Trusts & Estates Newsletter" 15 June 2015


Internationales Steuerrecht
Speaker: Robert Desax
LL.M.-Kurs Universität Zürich
Zurich 8 May 2015


Direktes vs. indirektes Halten von Wertschriften und Beteiligungen
Speaker: Robert Desax
Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen Zug 28 April 2015


Risk assessment and mitigation of tax exposure after the death of the decedent
Speakers: Sabine Herzog and Robert Desax
Breakfast Briefing
Zurich 21 April 2015


Practical Protection of Taxpayers' Fundamental Rights
by Robert Desax
in: "Bulletin for international taxation" 20 March 2015, pp. p. 246 et seq.


Lump sum taxation in Switzerland: Popular vote to be held on 30 November 2014
by Robert Desax and Mario Kumschick
in: "Trusts & Estates Newsletter" 2 December 2014


Exchange of Tax Information: A New World Order?
Speaker: Robert Desax
Zurich 18 November 2014


Wegweisende Gerichtsentscheide im Steuerrecht
Speaker: Robert Desax
Unternehmer Forum Schweiz
Bad Ragaz 23 October 2014


Steuerrecht 2013/2014
by Robert Desax, Nina Keller and Kilian Perroulaz
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Jahrbuch Entwicklungen im schweizerischen Wirtschaftsrecht"
Zurich 2014


Tax Transaction Guide Switzerland
by Per Prod'hom, Mario Kumschick and Robert Desax
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "EMEA Tax Transaction Guide 2014"
2014


Popular Vote on Lump Sum Taxation in Switzerland
by Robert Desax and Mario Kumschick
in: "Client Alert" 3 September 2014


Wealth structuring for Swiss residents
Speakers: Mario Kumschick and Robert Desax
Business Briefing
10 December 2013


Steuerpolitische Entwicklungen in der Schweiz
Speaker: Robert Desax
Breakfast Briefing
Zurich 19 November 2013


Risiken von Steuerberatern
Speaker: Robert Desax
Unternehmer Forum Schweiz
Bad Ragaz 24 October 2013


Offshore structures under scrutiny of Swiss tax authorities
by Robert Desax, Mario Kumschick and Nina Keller
in: "Journal of International Taxation" 10/2013


Steuerrecht 2012/2013
by Robert Desax, Michael Gusterer and Nina Keller
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Jahrbuch Entwicklungen im schweizerischen Wirtschaftsrecht"
Zurich 2013


Tax Disputes in Switzerland
by Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch, Per Prod'hom and Robert Desax
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Handbook Handling Tax Disputes in Europe "
2013


Transfer Pricing Switzerland
by Denis Berdoz, Hans Koch, Per Prod'hom and Robert Desax
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Transfer Pricing Handbook"
2013


US-Swiss tax dispute: A step in the right direction
by René Matteotti and Robert Desax
in: "STEP Journal" 19 July 2013


Swiss Federal Supreme Court Strikes Down Offshore Finance Branches
by Robert Desax and Mario Kumschick
in: "Tax Notes International" 29 April 2013, p. 437


Highest Swiss court strikes down offshore finance branches
co-authored by Robert Desax and Mario Kumschick
in: "Journal of International Taxation" 4/2013


Tax Planning for Family Offices
Speakers: Robert Desax and Mario Kumschick
Business Briefing
Zurich 4 April 2013


Submitting just one advance tax ruling may not be good enough
by Robert Desax
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=228b8c46-eeee-4120-bf2c-e8c814150efa
London December 2012


Swiss government proposes to loosen bank secrecy for Swiss tax matters
by Robert Desax
www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b1587551-ae60-4b7a-bb99-289806a5972e
London October 2012


Steuerrecht 2011/2012
by Robert Desax, Michael Gusterer and Nina Keller
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Jahrbuch Entwicklungen im schweizerischen Wirtschaftsrecht"
Zurich 2012


Tax Transaction Guide 2012: Chapter Switzerland
by Per Prod'hom, Robert Desax and Michael Gusterer
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "EMEA Tax Transaction Guide 2012"
2012


Effiziente Strukturierung von indirekten Immobilieninvestments im Ausland
Speakers: Theodor Härtsch and Robert Desax
Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen Zug 21 September 2012


Lump Sum taxation still under pressure
by Robert Desax
in: "Journal of International Taxation" 7/2012


Tax survival kit
Speakers: Mark Livschitz and Robert Desax
Business Briefing Glockenhof
Zurich 21 June 2012


MWST-pflichtiger privater Kapitalgewinn
by Robert Desax


Schenkungs- und Erbschaftssteuerinitiative
Speaker: Robert Desax
Vaduz 13 December 2011


Switzerland proposes new estate and gift flat tax
by Robert Desax
in: "Journal of International Taxation" 12/2011


Taxation of cross-border investments between Switzerland and Israel
Speaker: Robert Desax
Academy & Finance Zurich and Geneva
Zurich/Geneva 29 November 2011


Steuerrechtliche Entwicklungen 2011/2012
Speakers: Hans Koch, Michael Gusterer and Robert Desax
Breakfast Meeting
22 November 2011


Deutschland und die Schweiz unterzeichnen Steuerabkommen – Was soll es bringen?
by Sonja Klein and Robert Desax


Steuerrecht 2010/2011
by Robert Desax, Michael Gusterer and Miriam Kaufmann
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Jahrbuch Entwicklungen im schweizerischen Wirtschaftsrecht"
Zurich 2011


Chapter Switzerland
by Per Prod'hom, Brice Thionnet, Roxana Leske and Robert Desax
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "EMEA Tax Transaction Guide 2011"
2011


Transfer Pricing in Switzerland
by Hans Koch and Robert Desax
in: Baker & McKenzie (Editor[s]), "Transfer Pricing Handbook"
2011


Proposed Swiss national estate and gift tax
by Robert Desax and Mario Kumschick


Zurück zur Verlässlichkeit im Steuersystem – OECD-Standard vs. Schweizer Standards
by Robert Desax
in: "Finanz und Wirtschaft" 23 July 2011


Échange d'information en matière fiscale: La Position Suisse
Speaker: Robert Desax
Séminaire IFE Benelux
Luxembourg 8 June 2011


Der erweiterte Informationsaustausch und die Kapitalverkehrsfreiheit: Chance auf besseren Zugang schweizerischer Konzerne zum EU Binnenmarkt
by Armin Marti, Anna-Maria Widrig Giallouraki and Robert Desax
in: "Schweizer Treuhänder (Expert Focus)" 4/2010, pp. 207 ff.


Switzerland defies the odds while remaining attractive
by Armin Marti and Robert Desax
in: "International Tax Review" 1 April 2009


Switzerland: Developments in Switzerland's Double Tax Treaty network
by Armin Marti, Robert Desax and Luca Christen
in: "Tax Planning International" 12/2009, pp. 32 et seq.


Europäisches Steuerrecht: Chancen und Hürden für Schweizer Unternehmen
by Armin Marti and Robert Desax
in: "Schweizer Treuhänder (Expert Focus)" 4/2007, pp. 291 ff.


Taxpayer Status in the Course of Dispute Settlement under WTO Law
by Robert Desax
in: "The Relevance of WTO Law for Tax Matters"
Vienna 2006, pp. p. 515 et seq.


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