Thomas Meister

Thomas Meister

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




Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 73

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of activity: Real Estate & Construction Tax

Thomas Meister is a partner in the Tax Team. He is working in the fields of domestic and international corporate tax, including tax optimization, corporate and real estate finance, structured finance, corporate reorganizations, transaction structuring and M&A. Since 2004 he is an adjunct professor for tax law at the University of St. Gall.

Born in 1963, Thomas Meister was educated at the Universities of Lausanne and St. Gall (lic. iur. 1989, Dr. iur. 1995), New York University (LL.M. 1998), and graduated as certified tax expert (1996). For his doctoral thesis he received the 1995 Blumenstein Award. He has working experience as trainee in a Zurich law firm and District Court clerk, general secretary at the Zurich Revenue Service, tax associate in Zurich, Geneva and Washington D.C. law firms and tax partner in a Zurich law firm.

Thomas Meister speaks German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and also admitted in New York.

Montana Aerospace divests Alu Menziken

Purchase of Park Hyatt Zurich

Tango acquires Locatee

UBS Switzerland AG issuance of EUR 1 billion Covered Bonds

Constantia Flexibles Acquires a Majority of Shares of Aluflexpack and Announces Public Tender Offer for Remaining Shares

UBS Switzerland AG issuance of CHF 450 million Covered Bonds

UBS Switzerland AG Swiss Covered Bond Program

Cembra Money Bank – CHF 275 million auto lease securitization

UBS/CS Merger Completed

DSM and Firmenich have completed their EUR 35 bn merger, becoming the leading creation and innovation partner in nutrition, beauty and well-being Awards: Walder Wyss Receives Awards as Market Leading Firm and Labour Law Firm of the Year

Credit Suisse and UBS to Merge

Cornèr Banca SA Covered Bond Programme

IPI Partners to Acquire Swiss Data Center Leader Safe Host

Acquisition of AIA by Planon

DSM and Firmenich to merge in EUR 42bn transaction, becoming the leading creation and innovation partner in nutrition, beauty and well-being

IPO medmix AG

Sulzer successfully spun-off its Applicator Systems Division

Neuraxpharm Group enters the CBD market with the acquisition of S.T.U. GmbH

Walder Wyss assisted Goldman Sachs International Bank, London, on the establishment of a new Swiss residential mortgage business platform established by ELAN Suisse Hypotheken AG

Aduno Holding sells cashgate to Cembra Money Bank

Sobi acquires NovImmune’s Immunology Business in CHF 515 Mio. Deal

Swisscard AECS GmbH: 2019-1 Credit Card ABS Transaction

Cembra Money Bank AG closed another Swiss auto lease securitization transaction

$77 million Series E Investment Round of SOPHiA GENETICS

Stenprop sells its real estate portfolio to real estate investment fund Helvetica Swiss Commercial

Walder Wyss advises Toys‘R’Us AG, Switzerland, on the sale of its stores

Sika Takeover: Settlement among the Burkard family, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain and Sika

JAB Holding sells Bally

Valiant Bank AG places inaugural Swiss Covered Bond

Joint Venture BOBST & Radex

Walder Wyss advises HCH Helicopter Group after filing for US Chapter 11

EQT Acquires Open Systems

Multilease: First Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-1

Walder Wyss advises Fresenius Kabi on the acquisition of Merck's biosimilars business

TPF closes private offering and bank financing

Fairfax Financial to acquire Switzerland's Allied World for USD 4.9bn in cash and stock

Boyum IT Solutions A/S acquires Swiss based beas Group

Cembra's CHF 200'000'000 Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction 2016-1 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Swisscard AECS GmbH

IPH acquires Montalpina

Oriflame: Relocation with Cross-Border Merger Completed

Swisscard’s Swiss Credit Card Securitisation 2016-1 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Relocation of Oriflame

Cembra's CHF 200’000’000 Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Walder Wyss advises HSH Nordbank AG on a securitisation transaction of trade receivables originated in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland

Bundesgerichtsurteil pauschale Steueranrechnung (only in German)


IPO of Glarner Kantonalbank

ADVA Optical Networking acquires Oscilloquartz SA

Baxter sells CRRT Business

GE’s Second Swiss Auto Lease Securitisation Transaction Listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Warranty & Indemnity Insurance in M&A Transaction

Acquisition of the Uetlihof Office Complex from Credit Suisse AG for CHF 1 billion

Swiss Credit Card Securitisation Listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

GE’s Swiss Auto Lease Securitisation Transaction Listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Sale of CabTec to KOWEMA

Doing Business in Switzerland – A Practical Guide

The Securitisation Law Review - Chapter 10 Switzerland

The Securitisation Law Review - Chapter 10 Switzerland

Doing Business in Switzerland – A Practical Guide

Squeeze-out of minority shareholders in Swiss companies

Recently implemented tax regulation to stimulate the Swiss bond market

New tax regulation to stimulate the Swiss bond market

Securitisation transactions in Switzerland are making a comeback

Switzerland – Redomiciliations into Switzerland from a Swiss corporate and tax perspective

Cross Border Financing: The Basics and the new Landscape

Switzerland – Squeeze-out of minority shareholders in listed companies

Haftung im Steuerrecht

Tax Planning in M&A Transactions - Loopholes & Pitfalls

Commentary to Art. 671–674, 725–725a of the Swiss Code of Obligations

Structured Finance and Securitisation 2009/10: Switzerland

Alternative Financing Sources in Switzerland

Haftung im Steuerrecht

Cross-Border Mergers and Reorganizations

An overview of securitisation in Switzerland

Tax Liability in Switzerland

Cross-Border Reorganizations

Structured Finance

Negotiating the Trade-Off – Conflicting Tax Interests

Transfer of Tax Liability – Pitfalls

The CMBS wave finally hits Switzerland

Commentary to Art. 4, 10 and 11 of the Stamp Duty Act

Income and Source Taxation of Employee Pension Scheme Contributions

Commentary to Art. 15 of the Withholding Tax Act

Taxation of Employee stock and Stock Options

Deduction of Corporate Income Taxes

Options and Futures

Swiss withholding taxes on commission payments

Deadlines for Tax Harmonization

Professional Securities Dealers – What"s Next?

Capital Contributions or Capital Gains on the Disposition of Treasure Stock

Hybrid Financial Instruments and Entities in Cross-Border Transactions

Tax Treatment of Hybrid Financial Instruments in Cross-Border Transactions (Swiss National Report for the 2000 IFA Congress in Munich)

Legal Remedies Under The Tax Harmonization Provisions

thoughts on tax harmonization