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Five specialists in the fields of White-Collar Crime/Compliance & Investigations, Real Estate and Tax join Baker McKenzie’s Geneva team as of September 2020

International law firm Baker McKenzie is reinforcing its Geneva team with five experts in the fields of White-Collar Crime/Compliance & Investigations, Real Estate and Tax as of 1 September 2020, thereby underlining the importance of the Geneva office for the French-speaking Swiss market.

The existing team of Simon Ntah as partner and Adriana Garcia Kapeller and Louise Steinfels as associates will join Baker McKenzie’s Geneva office as of 1 September 2020, expanding the renowned White-Collar Crime/Compliance & Investigations Practice under Zurich partner Christoph Kurth. All three have extensive experience in the field of national and international white-collar crime, as well as in all areas of national and international dispute resolution. “We are delighted to have Simon and his team join us. This now enables us to support our Swiss and multinational clients in Geneva in partnership with our global team. The new addition also significantly boosts our expertise in the area of white-collar crime investigation in Switzerland,” says Christoph Kurth, Head of the Swiss Compliance & Investigations Practice Group.

Another new recruit at Baker McKenzie is Charles Gschwind, a well-established expert in the area of real estate transactions. As Senior Associate, he will act as Co-Head of the Geneva Practice Group alongside Olivier Ducrey, thereby boosting Baker McKenzie’s renowned Real Estate Practice in Switzerland. Olivier Ducrey says: “I’m very much looking forward to working with Charles. He’s a perfect fit in terms of what we need to take the next step forward in developing our Real Estate Practice in Geneva”. Alexander Wyss, Co-Head of the Real Estate Transaction Group, adds: “The Arc Lémanique region is a highly interesting market for real estate transactions and developments and we look forward to developing this market further in tandem with our Geneva colleagues”.

Finally, Baker McKenzie will also be reinforcing its tax practice in Geneva from 1 October 2020 with the addition of Nathan Bouvier as an associate.

 

About Simon Ntah | Partner, Compliance & Investigations

Simon Ntah joins Baker McKenzie’s White Collar Crime/Compliance & Investigations Practice in Switzerland as a partner. He previously worked at Ochsner & Associes, where he spent more than nine years involved in the areas of white collar crime, compliance and investigations, and litigation. Simon Ntah is also the founder of the online platform Legalonline – a legal service provider and a service for the placement of lawyers in nine fields of law.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Ntah is also involved in lawyer education and training. He is a member of the board of the Geneva Bar Association and the affiliated Commission for Criminal Law. Since 2018 he has also been a co-organiser of the Criminal Law Forum in Geneva.

Simon Ntah studied law at the Universities of Geneva and Utrecht (NL) before successfully completing an LL.M. postgraduate course at the University of San Diego (US). He was admitted to the bar in 2005.

 

About Charles Gschwind | Senior Associate, Real Estate Transactions / Co-Head of the Geneva Real Estate Practice Group

Charles Gschwind specialises in real estate transactions of all kinds, in particular asset deals, large-scale portfolio transactions, acquisitions of real estate companies and the financing of real estate portfolios. As Co-Head, he will lead and further expand the Geneva Real Estate Practice Group together with Olivier Ducrey.

Charles Gschwind publishes regularly in his specialist areas and is a popular speaker at expert conferences and seminars. In the current issue of the Legal 500 ranking, Charles Gschwind is listed as the Rising Star in Real Estate & Construction.

Gschwind studied law at the University of Freiburg (CH) and was admitted to the bar in 2012. He also completed MBA studies at the London Business School and at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Having grown up bilingually in German and French, Charles Gschwind works in his mother tongues as well as in English.

 

About Adriana Garcia Kapeller | Associate, White-Collar Crime / Compliance & Investigations

Adriana Garcia Kapeller joins Baker McKenzie from Ochsner & Associes together with Simon Ntah and Louise Steinfels. She worked as an associate for her previous employer for two and a half years, focusing mainly on dispute resolution as well as compliance and investigation cases. At Baker McKenzie she will focus primarily on matters relating to white collar crime/compliance and investigations.

Adriana Garcia Kapeller studied law at the Universities of Basel, Geneva and Ottawa (CA) and was admitted to the bar in 2017.

About Louise Steinfels | Associate, White-Collar Crime/Compliance & Investigations

Louise Steinfels joins Baker McKenzie from Ochsner & Associes together with Simon Ntah and Adriana Garcia Kapeller She was an associate with her previous employer for just over two years, specialising mainly in dispute resolution as well as compliance and investigation cases. At Baker McKenzie she will focus primarily on matters relating to white collar crime/compliance and investigations.

Louise Steinfels studied law at the Universities of Freiburg (CH), Geneva and Stockholm (SE) and was admitted to the bar in 2018.

 

About Nathan Bouvier | Associate, Tax

Nathan Bouvier reinforces our Tax Practice in Geneva as of 1 October 2020. He was previously an associate at Lenz & Staehelin, where he specialised in advising companies and private individuals on national and international tax law issues.

Nathan Bouvier studied law at the universities of Geneva and Zurich and was admitted to the bar in 2019.

 

Baker McKenzie's White-Collar Crime / Compliance & Investigations Practice Group

Our Global Compliance & Investigations Group and its Business Crime Unit in Switzerland and around the world conducts multi-layered, multi-jurisdictional investigations and provides risk management advice in a variety of practice areas - anti-bribery and corruption, trade compliance, sanctions and boycotts, customs, data privacy, cyber security, financial regulatory, health and safety, tax, regulatory conformance reviews and other regulatory enforcement and white-collar crime matters. This is achieved through hallmark Baker McKenzie collaboration and fluency, between offices, jurisdictions, practice areas, industry groups and technical disciplines.

With more than 500 lawyers in 78 offices around the world, our geographical breadth is unparalleled. In addition to our global reach and depth is our excellence in cross-border investigations. With lawyers who are native to the countries in which they practice, our deep cultural and local law expertise enables us to spot red flags, navigate cultural sensitivities, understand local agency expectations and provide integrated end to end legal advice on all the issues coming up in investigations. We are deeply rooted in Switzerland with a wide multi-national perspective and fluent delivery of local and trans-jurisdictional solutions. Our global and local practices have achieved many outstanding rankings and awards, and we have been recognized consistently as a top tier team by the Global Investigations Review.

Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice Group

Baker McKenzie has one of the largest real estate transaction practice groups in the Swiss market with a strong focus on real estate M&A and private equity, tax efficient restructurings, real estate investment schemes (funds), real estate development projects, corporate real estate (with a focus of leases) and hotel transactions. Led by highly experienced real estate lawyers, Baker McKenzie serves the Swiss market from Zurich and Geneva.

Ranked the "Number One Global Law Firm for Real Estate" by Euromoney for ten years running, Baker McKenzie's real estate practitioners have a winning combination of technical property expertise, local market knowledge, industry insight and global experience. Many real estate lawyers are highly rated by leading legal directories including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, reflecting Baker McKenzie's ability to take a centrally managed, cross-practice approach to helping clients maximize the value of their portfolios.


Simon Ntah Charles Gschwind Adriana Garcia Kapeller Louise Steinfels Nathan Bouvier
Simon Ntah Charles Gschwind Adriana Garcia Kapeller Louise Steinfels Nathan Bouvier
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