Robert Desax

Robert Desax

lic. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Certified Tax Expert




Direct phone: +41 58 658 52 77

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of activity: Private Clients Tax

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.

Everything in life has financial consequences

Interview Robert Desax, Kinga Weiss: «Tax considerations should also be taken into account when planning your estate»

Kommentierung der Artikel 41, 42, 45 und 46 des Bundesgesetzes über die Verrechnungssteuer VStG

Commentary on article 14 of the Swiss withholding tax act

Contrôles fiscaux: retour de pratique et conseils

Zurich Tax Seminar Practice and Developments

Succession planning: tax pitfalls

Revision of the tax rules regarding life annuities and lifetime maintenance agreements: Will everything be easier and better now?

Doing Business in Switzerland – A Practical Guide

Purpose and Process: The Increasing Importance of Purpose and Substance in Tax Controversy, and Its Effect on Outcomes

Tax Disputes and Litigation in Switzerland

Steuerliche Neuerungen bei Leibrente und Verpfründung: Wird nun alles einfacher und besser?

Caution when selling "demolition properties"

Caution when selling "demolition properties"

Zürcher Steuerseminar Unternehmerforum: Praxisfälle, Zürich 1. Dezember 2022

Lump sum taxation in Switzerland: How does it work? Who can benefit from it?

Position paper on the proposed draft bill for the introduction of a Swiss trust

Private Wealth 2020 - Chapter Switzerland

Doing Business in Switzerland – A Practical Guide

Tax Newsletter - Switzerland adopts new corporate tax reform

Mondaq Corporate Tax Q&A

Potential tax controversies in the area of wealth management

Liability matters for company bodies and fiduciaries

Status Tax proposal 17 and social security reform

Switzerland: Swiss Lower House approves corporate tax reform

Switzerland: Swiss Upper House issues a revised proposal for a corporate tax reform ("Tax Proposal 17"), bill to go to the Lower House

Lump sum taxation in Switzerland: alive and kicking

Swiss Government adopts proposal for a corporate tax reform ("Tax Proposal 17") and submits its dispatch to Parliament

Africa - Continent of Opportunity or Complexity?

Swiss tax authorities tightening practice against tax planning structures

Swiss Government publishes new detailed draft for a corporate tax reform («Tax Proposal 17»)

Government publishes detailed draft for corporate tax reform

International Tax Law

Switzerland: New tax reform underway

Judgement of the Swiss Supreme Court regarding the deferral of real estate capital gains tax

Tax aspects of M&A transactions

Transparency and Information Exchange

Liechtenstein in international tax planning: Case studies from Switzerland

Cross-border wealth planinng with Liechtenstein foundations for Swiss and US beneficiaries

Corporate tax law – hidden profit distrubutions

Switzerland: International Standards and Swiss Inheritance Law

Automatic information exchange and the OECD"s BEPS project

Cross-Border IP planning: Switzerland

Einfluss des neuen DBA Schweiz-Liechtenstein auf steuerkonforme Vermögensstrukturen

Neue Steuerplanungsmöglichkeiten mit Holdinggesellschaften aus schweizerischer und liechtensteinischer Perspektive

Recent developments in Switzerland

FusG-Kommentar: Art. 19 DBG (Umstrukturierung von Personenunternehmungen)

Tax Law 2014/2015

The political and economic situation in the OHADA-States

OHADA – ökonomische Rahmenbedingungen

Transfer Pricing in Switzerland

Handling Tax Disputes in Switzerland

Neue Steuerplanungsmöglichkeiten mit Holdinggesellschaften aus schweizerischer und liechtensteinischer Perspektive

Automatic information exchange

Structuration de détention d"immeubles à l"étranger par des privés en Suisse

Swiss Voters Reject Estate and Gift Tax Proposal

International Tax Law

Direktes vs. indirektes Halten von Wertschriften und Beteiligungen

Risk assessment and mitigation of tax exposure after the death of the decedent

Practical Protection of Taxpayers" Fundamental Rights

Lump sum taxation in Switzerland: Popular vote to be held on 30 November 2014

Exchange of Tax Information: A New World Order?

Wegweisende Gerichtsentscheide im Steuerrecht

Tax Law 2013/2014

Tax Transaction Guide Switzerland

Popular Vote on Lump Sum Taxation in Switzerland

Wealth structuring for Swiss residents

Steuerpolitische Entwicklungen in der Schweiz

Risiken von Steuerberatern

Offshore structures under scrutiny of Swiss tax authorities

Tax Law 2012/2013

Tax Disputes in Switzerland

Transfer Pricing Switzerland

US-Swiss tax dispute: A step in the right direction

Swiss Federal Supreme Court Strikes Down Offshore Finance Branches

Highest Swiss court strikes down offshore finance branches

Tax Planning for Family Offices

Submitting just one advance tax ruling may not be good enough

Swiss government proposes to loosen bank secrecy for Swiss tax matters

Tax Law 2011/2012

Tax Transaction Guide 2012: Chapter Switzerland

Effiziente Strukturierung von indirekten Immobilieninvestments im Ausland

Lump Sum taxation still under pressure

Tax survival kit

MWST-pflichtiger privater Kapitalgewinn

Schenkungs- und Erbschaftssteuerinitiative

Switzerland proposes new estate and gift flat tax

Taxation of cross-border investments between Switzerland and Israel

Steuerrechtliche Entwicklungen 2011/2012

Deutschland und die Schweiz unterzeichnen Steuerabkommen – Was soll es bringen?

Tax Law 2010/2011

Chapter Switzerland

Transfer Pricing in Switzerland

Proposed Swiss national estate and gift tax

Zurück zur Verlässlichkeit im Steuersystem – OECD-Standard vs. Schweizer Standards

Échange d"information en matière fiscale: La Position Suisse

Extended exchange of information und the freedom of capital movement: Chance to a better access to the EU common market for Swiss groups

Switzerland: Developments in Switzerland"s Double Tax Treaty network

Switzerland defies the odds while remaining attractive

EU tax law: Opportunities and obstacles for Swiss companies

Taxpayer Status in the Course of Dispute Settlement under WTO Law

Zuzug in die Schweiz aus rechtlicher und steuerlicher Sicht