Notarial services

Our resources and business-focused approach mean that we can offer our clients a wide range of first-class notarial and supporting services. In addition to preparing deeds and documents, our aim is to give advice on the envisaged transaction and to add value to the process through a solution-oriented approach.

We are part of swisNot, the Swiss network of notaries, which offers a geographically broad range of well-established contacts in order to facilitate transactions in other Swiss cantons outside of Basel and Berne. This means that real estate transactions and other notarial services can be carried out throughout all of Switzerland, directly or indirectly.

Competences

Real Estate
  • Sale and purchase of title in real estate, incl. auction procedures, donation or exchange
  • Pledge and mortgage
  • Registration of condominium rights
  • Registration of lease agreements
  • Sale and lease back
  • Transfer of real estate portfolios
  • Development of land for reorganisation of use or sale
  • Notarisation under German law for titles in Germany (in cooperation with German notaries and lawyers)
Corporate
  • Incorporation  
  • Share capital increase
  • Merger, demerger, transformation
  • Amendments to Articles of Association
  • Notarisation of shareholders’ meetings of listed companies
  • Liquidation
  • Notarisation under German law for the sale and purchase of LLP shares, merger, demerger and transformation (in cooperation with German notaries and lawyers), under Austrian law for pledges on shares of LLPs (in cooperation with Austrian law firms)
Estate Planning
  • Drafting of wills
  • Marriage and inheritance contracts
  • Estate planning for unmarried couples
  • Execution of wills/ marriage and inheritance contracts
  • Division of estates
  • Certificates of inheritance
  • Incorporation of foundations, amendments to foundation deeds, merger and liquidation
  • Inventory of a decedent‘s estate (Berne)
  • Estate planning following change of residence or acquisition of a secondary residence (for Swiss and foreign residents, in cooperation with foreign law firms)
Legalisation Services, Apostille and Consular Legalisation

We offer businesses the opportunity to speed up notarisations by using courier and postal services when the document does not need to be signed in the presence of a notary. This dramatically speeds up the turnaround time. We can create customized forms and work out a system tailored to our clients’ specific needs.

In order for most corporate documents to be accepted in foreign jurisdictions that have signed the 1969 Hague Treaty on Legalization, some countries insist on further formalities even after legalization of the documents, such as obtaining an Apostille. Others may require a second legalization by a consulate. We have experience with the necessary formalities for all such countries.

                              

Experience

Our recent notarial experience includes:

  • International estate planning for newly formed families with children from former marriages and assets in several jurisdictions
  • Devolution of an estate with several inconsistent wills and assets in several jurisdictions
  • Structuring groups of companies in connection with a merger/demerger
  • Sale of a major part of an industrial plant due to relocation of production
  • Sale and purchase of portfolios of titles in real estates
  • Implementation of the Swiss part of a European sale and lease back
  • Counsel to investors on the purchase of real estate titles for a shopping mall and hotel to be constructed