Rohner

Dr. Tobias F. Rohner

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Zurich

Biography

Dr. Tobias F. Rohner is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Zurich office. Tobias has significant experience in Swiss and international tax planning matters for corporations and high net worth individuals. He is a lecturer in tax law at Zurich University and Zurich University of Applied Sciences, and a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. He also regularly writes articles on taxation. Clients state in Legal 500 (2017) that “the professional Tobias F Rohner shows great commitment, readiness and devotion towards the best result” and in Legal 500 (2018) that he is "a very skillful, energetic and committed negotiator."

Practice Focus

Tobias has broad experience in corporate and individual tax matters. He focuses his practice on corporate tax planning for Swiss and multinational companies, cross-border business restructuring, real estate transactions and VAT. He advises on all tax aspects of reorganizations and M&A transactions as well as equity compensation programs. He also assists private clients in wealth planning and voluntary disclosures, and represents them in tax audits and litigation.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Tobias worked on the following matters:

  • Represented Bank Raiffeisen in connection with the sale of its asset management business to Bank Vontobel.
  • Represented several real estate companies in real estate transactions and in the set-up of tax structures.
  • Represented numerous companies in connection with relocation to or exit from Switzerland.
  • Represented numerous financial institutions in connection with financing transactions.
  • Advised various Swiss banks in connection with internal investigations regarding the US tax program.
  • Advised numerous companies in connection with restructurings and reorganizations.
  • Advised numerous private and corporate clients on voluntary disclosure matters.
  • Advised numerous private clients on estate and tax planning matters.

Professional Honors

  • Indirect Tax Leader, International Tax Review 2017
  • Recognized in Tax, Switzerland, Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Tax Journal Zurcher Steuerpraxis - Member of the Editorial Board
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • International Fiscal Association (IFA)
  • Swiss Expert Association for Audit, Tax and Fiduciary
  • Alumni Association of the University of St Gallen (HSG) - Member of the Board
  • Major in the Swiss Army

Admissions

  • Zurich~Switzerland (2004)

Education

  • Swiss Certified Tax Expert (2008)
  • University of St. Gallen (Dr. iur. HSG) (2007)
  • University of St. Gallen (lic. iur. HSG) (2002)
  • University of Lausanne (2000)

Languages

  • English
  • German

Publications

Co-author, Swiss Contribution to the book: Family Offices: The STEP Handbook for Advisers, Second Edition

Co-author, "Welchen Wert haben Token für Vermögenssteuerzwecke?" Expert Focus, December 2018, p. 1010 et sqq.

Co-author, "Mehrwertsteuerliche Aspekte von Initial Coin Offerings," Expert Focus, August 2018, p. 638 et sqq.

Co-author, “US-amerikanische REIT – komplex, aber interessant,“ Schweizer Personalvorsorge, June 2018, p. 82 et sqq

Co-author, Swiss contribution, "Family Offices: The STEP Handbook for Advisers, Second Edition," May 2019.

Presentations 

Speaker, "VAT audit from the perspective of a VAT payer", Baker McKenzie Client Seminar, April 2019

Speaker, “Tax Structuring of Leveraged M&A-Transactions”, MAS Corporate Finance & Corporate Banking 2017, 9 March 2019