Real Estate and construction Law
The construction branch is complex and presents particular risks. Thanks to our specialized knowledge and to our rich experience in this field, we are able to advise you, in a pragmatic way, concerning the preparation and drafting of your contracts, including notarized agreements (real estate purchasing and selling, joint venture agreements, servitudes, mortgages and pledges, donations, constitution of condominiums, etc.) as well as for analyzing and resolving any problem in this field (construction defects and flaws, liability of constructors, architects, building permits and authorizations, etc.) or for defending your rights in court, in public or private law issues.
Commercial Companies and Commercial Structuring
We incorporate all forms of companies and prepare with you all the necessary documents such as articles of incorporation and share emission prospectus, and we design your company’s or group’s structure.
We particularly advise and deal with mergers & acquisitions, companies’ transformation or transfer, share capital increase, as well as all related statutory or notarial operations.
Contract Law and Business Law
We establish all types of commercial contracts for real estate purposes, all merchandises, securities and services. For complex operations, such as in case of large sell-purchase agreements, distribution agreements, licensing agreements, etc., we coordinate with external specialists such as technicians, engineers, architects, etc.
The stakes are high in criminal law defense, as a condemnation can lead to deprivation of liberty. Since the entry into force of the new Swiss Code of Criminal Procedure in 2011, a lawyer can assist his/her client since the very beginning of the procedure, starting with the police interrogations. In such a situation, we will defend your rights as a victim or an accused person, before all the police departments and all the judicial authorities until the final judgment, always focusing on the protection of your fundamental rights, of your freedom and of your dignity.
In order to guarantee your protection or that of third parties, or to have you acknowledge the risks involved in certain activities, Swiss law imposes the notarized form for certain documents. Our notaries are at your disposal in order to draft and execute all notarial deeds, be it for real estate (joint venture agreements, servitudes, mortgages and pledges, donations, constitution of condominiums, etc.), for commercial purposes (incorporation of all commercial companies, minutes of all meetings), for inheritance purposes (wills and agreements as to a succession) or for marital purposes (prenuptial agreements, civil partnerships) and for other purposes (tutelary deeds, afidavits, etc.). We also perform all chancellery-related deeds such as legalizations and authentications, proxies, etc).
In the Canton of Neuchâtel, notaries are also entrusted with the registration of wills and agreements as to a succession. They are the sole authority able to deliver certificates of inheritance and to receive demands concerning the benefit of inventory.
IP/IT / Privacy / Data Protection
Protection of intellectual property does not restrain to fight against online piracy! Intangible assets and know-how are the actual value of a company, which have to be protected in the most adequate way. We can advise you on trademarks, designs (registration, management, monitoring, anti-counterfeiting), copyright, licenses, franchises, distribution agreements, Know How, unfair competition. Data protection and Privacy are also an important area, most sensitive and complex, where we can assist you with any legal issue related thereto. Moreover, we can offer you the benefit of our extensive knowledge in Internet law and domain names, computer law and new technologies issues.
Sports Law, Gambling Law, Entertainment Law
Bread and ... games! Be it through sports, gambling or entertainment of all kinds, modern man remains a great consumer of entertainment services. Our specialized team assists you in your quality as an amateur or professional sportsperson, as an organizer of a sport event or of a game, as an organizer of gambling services, bets, raffles or prize promotions, as a broadcaster or as a sponsor. We accompany you notably during the strategic and operational phases and assist you with the drafting of tailor-made contracts (labor agreements, transfer of players, licensing and merchandising agreements, sponsoring contracts, ticketing arrangements, broadcasting and publicity contracts, etc.). We also defend your rights in case of litigation, be it in front of the regular courts or in arbitration.
Family Law and successions
We are all related to someone by family ties. Our professional team assists you in finding the best legal solution to a conflict in case of a separation, of a divorce or of another familial conflict. We will particularly assist you in issues concerning child custody, parental authority, pensions in favor of your children or of your spouse, the sharing of your assets, etc.
Moreover, it may happen that a child or an adult need special protection and help from a third person in his/her everyday life. In these cases, the tutelary courts may appoint a tutor or a curator to help you or someone you care about. We can assist you in this delicate process and also examine with you the best ways to ensure that your wills shall be carried on, should you one day no longer be able to implement them yourself.
Finally, we can assist you in preparing your succession according to your situation and to your wills, and carry on this process with your heirs to your best satisfaction.
Administrative Law and Social Security Law
Administrative law applies to the relationship between the governmental or judicial authorities, one the one side, and persons (natural and legal), on the other. More particularly, this includes constructions and land-use planning, public procurements, liability of governmental and other public authorities, immigration law, fiscal law, public servants and aid to victims of crimes.
Administrative law also includes social security regulations, which are particularly vast and complex but touch every person (health and accident insurances, invalidity, unemployment benefits, pension schemes, widow’s pensions, etc).
For all questions in these fields, we can assist you by offering you professional counselling and by performing all necessary acts and procedures on your behalf, in front of all relevant authorities and courts.
Immigration Law, Foreigners Law
If you are a company, we offer you our extensive knowledge and experience in order to obtain the work permits for your foreign employees in Switzerland and we defend your interests in all immigration-related procedures.
If you are a private person, we counsel you and defend your rights in order to obtain or renew your residence permit, for yourself and for your family. We also assist you in obtaining a permanent residence permit in Switzerland (C permit) or the Swiss nationality.
The free movement of persons in the European Union and in Switzerland, together with the labor and social security regulations related thereto, are also an important part of our know-how.