Thierry Afschrift

Thierry Afschrift founded the Afschrift law firm in 1994. He was, at the time, a renowned tax specialist, professor in charge of several courses at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. More importantly, 1994 is also the year he published L’évitement licite de l’impôt et la réalité juridique (lawful tax avoidance and legal reality) at the éditions Larcier. In this book, Thierry Afschrift targets a law from 1993 that reformulates the article 344 of the Code d’Impôt sur les Revenus (income tax code). His core message forms the basis of the values held by the lawyers that joined the Afschrift Law Firm: the taxpayer can never be forced to pay more taxes than what the law prescribes. “The government cannot force a taxpayer, whether a physical person of a legal entity, to place herself in a less favourable situation. Every taxpayer has a right – provided she respects the law – to reduce as much as she can the tax pressure put on her shoulders by the Belgian State. For more than 60 years, successive governments have tried to limit this right, event though it finds its origin in the spirit of the Belgian Constitution. Their attempts have so far been rejected eventually by the Constitutional Court.” The 1993 law, largely useless, has been replaced by a new version in 2012. Thierry Afschrift holds that this version, rechristened disposition anti-abus (anti-abuse provision) by the then Minister of Finances, will face the same constitutional obstacles. “As long as the principle of legality of tax will be enshrined in the Constitution, the legislator will find it very difficult to pretend that a law-abiding citizen could suddenly be deprived of their benefit on the sole reason that he tried to use them to his advantage.”

Firm Overview:

Strength, courage and gentleness

We have chosen the bear as the brand image of our job as tax lawyers for its strength, its courage and its reputation for gentleness.

Energy and courage

Everybody knows that bears are powerful animals, very quick to defend their cubs and their territories against intruders.

As fiscal lawyers, our role is to defend our clients and to protect their assets against the government. We will tackle this with the same energy and courage as a mother bear defending her cubs.

Gentleness and benevolence

But the lawyer also has to advise and provide guidance to his clients so that they can manage their assets and professional activities. We look after our clients with the same care as that of a mother bear supervising the first steps of her baby cubs.

Confidentiality

Finally, the teddy bear is the first friend to whom a small child will confide his secrets, knowing the bear will never betray them.

Inevitably our clients, if they are going to receive advice that is most suitable for their needs, will have to disclose certain details of their private lives. We do everything possible to protect such confidential data.

Protecting bears

To provide a tangible example of our attachment to bears as the emblems of our activity, we have decided to put words into action. That is why we support in Spain the charity “Fundación oso de Asturias” which works for the protection of bears in Asturias.

Thierry Afschrift

Thierry Afschrift founded the Afschrift law firm in 1994. He was, at the time, a renowned tax specialist, professor in charge of several courses at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. More importantly, 1994 is also the year he published L’évitement licite de l’impôt et la réalité juridique (lawful tax avoidance and legal reality) at the éditions Larcier. In this book, Thierry Afschrift targets a law from 1993 that reformulates the article 344 of the Code d’Impôt sur les Revenus (income tax code). His core message forms the basis of the values held by the lawyers that joined the Afschrift Law Firm: the taxpayer can never be forced to pay more taxes than what the law prescribes. “The government cannot force a taxpayer, whether a physical person of a legal entity, to place herself in a less favourable situation. Every taxpayer has a right – provided she respects the law – to reduce as much as she can the tax pressure put on her shoulders by the Belgian State. For more than 60 years, successive governments have tried to limit this right, event though it finds its origin in the spirit of the Belgian Constitution. Their attempts have so far been rejected eventually by the Constitutional Court.” The 1993 law, largely useless, has been replaced by a new version in 2012. Thierry Afschrift holds that this version, rechristened disposition anti-abus (anti-abuse provision) by the then Minister of Finances, will face the same constitutional obstacles. “As long as the principle of legality of tax will be enshrined in the Constitution, the legislator will find it very difficult to pretend that a law-abiding citizen could suddenly be deprived of their benefit on the sole reason that he tried to use them to his advantage.”

Firm Overview:

Strength, courage and gentleness

We have chosen the bear as the brand image of our job as tax lawyers for its strength, its courage and its reputation for gentleness.

Energy and courage

Everybody knows that bears are powerful animals, very quick to defend their cubs and their territories against intruders.

As fiscal lawyers, our role is to defend our clients and to protect their assets against the government. We will tackle this with the same energy and courage as a mother bear defending her cubs.

Gentleness and benevolence

But the lawyer also has to advise and provide guidance to his clients so that they can manage their assets and professional activities. We look after our clients with the same care as that of a mother bear supervising the first steps of her baby cubs.

Confidentiality

Finally, the teddy bear is the first friend to whom a small child will confide his secrets, knowing the bear will never betray them.

Inevitably our clients, if they are going to receive advice that is most suitable for their needs, will have to disclose certain details of their private lives. We do everything possible to protect such confidential data.

Protecting bears

To provide a tangible example of our attachment to bears as the emblems of our activity, we have decided to put words into action. That is why we support in Spain the charity “Fundación oso de Asturias” which works for the protection of bears in Asturias.

Dr. Sylvia Freygner, LL.M.

Dr. Sylvia Freygner has been a licensed attorney in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland since 2007 and is an expert in European competition and international tax law. For more than ten years, Dr. Freygner has specialized in trademark law, vertical distribution channels, as well as concession and licensing models. Further, Dr. Freygner focuses on tax arrangements regarding assets, companies and international licensing systems. She also lectures in the Masters Program in International Tax Law at the University of Vaduz.

As a certified expert in fiscal criminal law, Dr. Freygner provides clients with professional and empathetic support in sophisticated and challenging fiscal criminal cases.

For the last five years, Dr. Freygner has led an independent research institute in Vienna that addresses topics related to European competition, liberalization, and privatization of state services.

In establishing the first Public Social Responsibility Institute for government services in Europe, Dr. Freygner initiated a new school of thought in the field of European business, competition, and procurement law. The resulting Public Social Responsibility Charta and the Public Social Responsibility Code provides the impetus for a European dialogue with all stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. Freygner supports the Committee of the Centre of Excellence for the Public Economy, Infrastructure and Public Service e. V. at the University of Leipzig.

In 2017, she completed the Course on Strategic Leadership held by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior.

Firm Overview:

In 2007, Dr. Sylvia Freygner founded FREYGNER ADVOCATUR in the heart of Vienna. She continues to work as an independent attorney and personally intervenes on behalf of her clients’ concerns. The primary focuses of her law firm are international and cross-border tax law, especially intellectual property and European competition law as well as international company law. In the field of fiscal criminal law, FREYGNER ADVOCATUR has established a name for itself in leading and internationally recognized cases.

FREYGNER ADVOCATUR is very well-versed in fiscal matters in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Austria, particularly in connection with intellectual property and licensing vehicles such as IP Boxes, that offer very attractive models for tax structuring. With our comprehensive know-how we assure best possible solutions to meet your and your clients’ individual requirements.

Our passion is to consult and assist in the above-mentioned fields of business and we allow ourselves to take pride in the fact that FREYGNER ADVOCATUR is the only law firm offering a combination of IP and tax services in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Austria.

Our locations in Feldkirch, Stans, Vaduz, Zürich and Vienna reflect the international orientation of our law firm represented by Dr. Sylvia Freygner and her seven staff in collaboration with a wide-ranging network of experts.

Due to our international expertise it is our passion to support a worldwide clientele with experience and a distinctive strategic understanding.

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate Tax Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • International Tax Law
  • IP Services
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Rights Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Patent Law
  • Private Client Law
  • Tax Advisory
  • Tax Law
  • International Tax Law
  • Trust and Estate Law
  • Competition Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Mediation
  • Blockchain
  • Accounting

Contact:

FREYGNER Advocaturbuero AG

Mitteldorf 1
PO Box 759
9490 Vaduz
Principality of Liechtenstein
T + 423 377 99 60
F + 423 377 99 65
M +423 792 99 60
[email protected]

Limmatquai 1
8001 Zurich
Switzerland
CH – 8001 Zurich
M +41 79 245 09 76
[email protected]

Dorfplatz 12
PO Box 1021
6371 Stans
Switzerland
T + 41 41 622 00 96
F + 41 71 622 00 96
M +41 79 245 09 76
[email protected]
Dr. Sylvia Freygner

Nibelungengasse 13
1010 Vienna
Austria
T +43 1 512 33 93
F +43 1 512 33 93 50
[email protected]

Neustadt 45
6800 Feldkirch
Austria
T + 43 664 255 6404
[email protected]

https://www.freygner.com/
https://www.freygner-ip.com/

Claude Nicati

Mr. Claude Nicati was born on March 10, 1957. He is married, has three children and is a grandfather, and has been living since 1990 in the canton of Neuchâtel.

After university studies in Lausanne, then a training of lawyer in the canton of Bern, he held positions of manager and magistrate in the whole chain of the criminal investigation and is thus able to advise usefully the persons involved, in whatever capacity, in a proceeding.

His work in the Neuchâtel court for more than four years allows him to know practically what are the difficulties and what are the demands placed on the magistrate so that a file can be sent to court. This experience is precious today.

At the level of the Confederation, in his capacity as Deputy Prosecutor General, he headed for eight years teams of federal prosecutors in charge of the fight against serious international crime (organized crime, money laundering, terrorism, etc.). ). He personally also conducted sensitive investigations in these areas and supported the prosecution in the Federal Criminal Court (TPF). These activities have opened many doors to him internationally, still very useful today.

He still had the privilege, within the military justice, to be successively judge of instruction, auditor (prosecutor) then president of court. He was in charge of the only war crimes cases tried in Switzerland. This experience is rare and profitable.

Finally, the four-year term he has served as State Counselor of the Republic and Canton of Neuchâtel in charge of the Territory Management Department (DGT, currently DDTE) is also an asset. During this term, he had the privilege of chairing the Conference of Directors of Transport of Western Switzerland (CTSO) and the Council of Public Authorities of EOS Holding.

He is also the author of two publications related to his previous activities as a prosecutor.

Continued:

  • Attorney at the Neuchâtel Bar
  • Member of the Council of the Bar Association of Neuchâtel (OAN) as treasurer
  • Member of the Swiss Federation of Lawyers (FSA)
  • Member of the International Criminal Bar (International, Criminal Bar, BPI – ICB)
  • Accredited Lawyer at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands (ICC – ICC)
  • Attorney at the International Criminal Court (ICCBA-ABCPI)
  • Member of the International Union of Lawyers (UIA)
  • 2nd Vice-President of the Criminal Commission of the International Union of Lawyers
  • Regular speaker at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime

Career:

  • Law degree from the University of Lausanne in 1983
  • Bernese patent certificate in 1986
  • Alternate commanders of the municipal police Biel and the cantonal police neuchâteloise (1986 – 1996)
  • Neuchatel Training Judge (1997 – 2001)
  • Deputy Attorney General of the Confederation (2001 – 2009)
  • Neuchâtel State Councilor in charge of the Department of Territorial Management (DGT) (2009 – 2013)
  • Member of the boards of directors and foundation (2013 -)
  • Member of the charities and sports associations committee
  • President of the Neuchâtel section of the NOMES (New Swiss European Movement)

Marc Deschenaux

Marc Deschenaux also known as “The Eagle of Wall Street” is a world renown specialist in Corporate Finance from private offerings to Initial Public Offerings (IPO’s). He raised private and public, equity and debt, for companies internationally. He also financed various types of operations, from import/export transactions to Real Estate Investment Trusts and organized governments loans.

His specialization is corporate generalist legal and financial advisor with strong financing expertise and experience.

He provides preemptive legal support in French, Italian, English or German.

He focuses on securities law, trading law and intellectual property.

He adds high premium on contract drafting and complex financing negotiation.

Marc Deschenaux was involved in Entertainment & Music Industry. In 1998, he founded the World Intellectual Property Securities Exchange Corporation (WIPSEC), the first exchange quoting a new generation of securities representing ownership of a patent, a trademark, a music work, a movie or a technology. For the first time, an investor could invest purely in artistic creation or in technology without worrying about management.

In this venture, he allied the two fields he was involved in and made one of his dreams come true: to help artists and inventors raise the funds they need to create, through a financial market investing purely in the application of an idea.

He sat on the Boards of Directors of more than fifty companies worldwide. He founded 48 companies, he sold 32 of them at a profit and only 7 failed.

Through Aback, a record label, he produced artists of various genre. Through Publishing World, he acquired publishing and neighbouring rights from songwriters and artists.Marc Deschenaux also known as “The Eagle of Wall Street” is a world renown specialist in Corporate Finance from private offerings to Initial Public Offerings (IPO’s). He raised private and public, equity and debt, for companies internationally. He also financed various types of operations, from import/export transactions to Real Estate Investment Trusts and organized governments loans.

His specialization is corporate generalist legal and financial advisor with strong financing expertise and experience.

He provides preemptive legal support in French, Italian, English or German.

He focuses on securities law, trading law and intellectual property.

He adds high premium on contract drafting and complex financing negotiation.

Marc Deschenaux was involved in Entertainment & Music Industry. In 1998, he founded the World Intellectual Property Securities Exchange Corporation (WIPSEC), the first exchange quoting a new generation of securities representing ownership of a patent, a trademark, a music work, a movie or a technology. For the first time, an investor could invest purely in artistic creation or in technology without worrying about management.

In this venture, he allied the two fields he was involved in and made one of his dreams come true: to help artists and inventors raise the funds they need to create, through a financial market investing purely in the application of an idea.

He sat on the Boards of Directors of more than fifty companies worldwide. He founded 48 companies, he sold 32 of them at a profit and only 7 failed.

Through Aback, a record label, he produced artists of various genre. Through Publishing World, he acquired publishing and neighbouring rights from songwriters and artists.

Christopher Doyle

Chris is an Investment Banker with over 25 years international work experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Over his career he has held senior executive and line management positions in leading US, Canadian and International Banks and institutional fund management companies including Bankers Trust Company, Royal Bank of Canada and Advent International. Chris has also founded several businesses and remains an active shareholder in these as well acting as a management consultant to several international IT businesses. 

In 1999 Chris raised institutional equity based funding and led as founder, the Management Buy Out of Adtcom Network Computing AG, a pan European value added distributor of server based computing and software products. Over a period of four years he raised over Euro 30 Million in equity and debt based funding from institutional investors and banks to finance the business and growth of the group both organically and through multiple acquisitions. The Adtcom Group operated on a pan-European basis employing over 100 staff in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, France, UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and at the time of its recent UK merger had revenues of over Euro 65 Million creating the largest pan European value added distributor of server based computing products in Europe. As Managing Director, Chris has first hand experience of establishing, operating and managing a business across multiple European locations and especially of running group functions from a Swiss operating base. Chris holds a Swiss “C” permit and resides in Zug, Switzerland.

CO-Handelszentrum GmbH:

Although our core business is Swiss Company Formation and Administration our business approach is more holistic than you might find with a conventional Fiduciary. Due to the varied commercial, financial and legal backgrounds of our executives and staff we take a lot of time to understand your business and it’s objectives, and are able to shape solutions specifically around client requirements. This could range from a  technical tax based solution, process optimisation, IT solution, or development of a specific commercial strategy, right down to actually running certain company functions as “virtual employees”.

From our point of view the starting point of any of our client relationships is in gaining a deep understanding and insight into our client’s business and core issues and priorities. This, combined with a relationship based on respect, trust and integrity, enables us to proactively and creatively identify opportunities for our clients to increase revenue, reduce costs, and/or improve  margins and operating efficiencies.

Our business is based on delivering measurable financial value to our clients. We have a creative approach and work proactively to identify opportunities and solutions to save our clients time and money. This maintains our focus on key commercial aspects of our client’s business and enables our clients to actually measure the bottom line result of our work. We feel this is imperative in being able to build and sustain long-term client relationships.

We are hands on, flexible and pragmatic – all our executives have real life experience of building and managing a variety of international businesses, and are thus aware of what works in the “real world”. We are also fully prepared and capable of doing what it takes to get things done.  Please Contact us today to see how we might be able help you.