DH has developed a valuable expertise at providing legal assistance and support to collectors, institutions, galleries, artists and art dealers. We have specialists who are actively involved with museums, foundations, galleries and art related organizations.
In line with the Swiss tradition of international arbitration, DH is regularly involved in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution (SCAI) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS). We have developed a special expertise in banking and corporate related disputes in this field. We are able to put a small but dedicated team together on short notice.
Contract and Commercial
DH’s team has the long experience required to advise on matters relating to contract law. Our expertise also includes establishing and structuring new business operations as well as conducting due diligence and structuring share and asset deals.
Our dedicated lawyers in Corporate, assisted by our Tax team combine legal skills with sharp knowledge of the financial, trading and industrial fields.
In response to our clients’ need for advice on complex cross-border transactions, our partners have developed a carefully selected worldwide network of specialists.
Finding custom-made solutions to ambitious projects in order to meet our high profile clientele’s expectation is our goal.
Family and Estate Law
Private clients trust us with family matters. We represent individuals in marital disputes, often with an international component. DH is also known for its great expertise in complex estate or trust cases. In this context, leading foreign law firms contact us regularly in parallel with national proceedings, in order to trace and freeze litigious assets deposited in Switzerland. Sound judgement, a discreet approach and realistic negotiating skills lead to a high level of client satisfaction.
Investigations and Asset recovery
We regularly advise clients in Switzerland and around the world and have played a significant role in several major investigations over the past years. We understand the objectives and priorities of regulators and prosecutors in various jurisdictions, which enables us to efficiently guide clients through various type of investigations and proceedings, achieving strategically and commercially pragmatic results. We will help you to develop internal regulations, corporate governance protocols, to conduct cross-border proceedings efficiently and will assist you in dealings with authorities across the globe.
We act for legal entities and individuals assisting them in all phases of the asset tracing process in order to recover misappropriated assets or debts located in other jurisdictions. We have a recognized experience dealing with enforcement agencies in Switzerland and abroad. We have the capacity to set up an effective legal strategy to recover assets, avoid further damage and control reputational risk for the clients.
DH enjoys a leading position in litigation. Our strong team of experienced lawyers prefer to act discreetly but efficiently, except if media coverage is a part of a structured strategy. We favour a personal and direct contact with the clients. Both private and corporate clients trust us for complex cases, often with an international component. Our litigation practice covers all types of corporate and commercial disputes. We are often involved in directors’ liabilities and shareholders disputes. DH represents clients in ordinary civil proceedings (family, estate, employment cases) before the Geneva Courts and the Swiss Supreme Court (Tribunal fédéral ). We have developed a special expertise in coordinating international litigation. Art and entertainment law is also part of our practice.
Our Firm has extensive experience in real estate transactions, including those involving corporations with underlying real estate assets.
DH provides legal advice regarding acquisition and sale of real estate property, as well as the legal and fiscal structuring of real estate property transactions.
State-of-the-art tax planning is a high priority for our clients. It is a “must” for those dealing with complex domestic and international transactions. This is the priority of our Certified Tax Experts.
Our primary goal is to provide you with the result-oriented solutions and outstanding service that lead to a long-term relationship. Our independent international network, selected with care, allows us to assist clients in developing efficient tax strategies.
Our clients’ needs are our utmost priority. This led a renowned Swiss bank to name Ducrest Heggli as their service provider. Responsiveness, creativity and experience are our mottoes.
We regularly advise individuals or institutional clients in connection with white-collar crime cases, mostly related to US litigation (DOJ, OFAC, SEC and FCPA investigations). Our practice also involves dealing with regulatory and compliance issues. We have developed a special expertise in coordinating criminal business litigations where several foreign jurisdictions are involved. DH is also very active in representing clients in international legal assistance proceedings (civil, criminal and administrative). DH has acquired a solid reputation for responsiveness, innovative solutions and efficient execution in this field.
DH has been active in all major cases in the last few years, including among others the following cases: FIFA, Petrobras, Telia Sonera and 1MDB. DH has been designated three years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018) among the 10 best Swiss Firms in white-collar crime (Bilanz/Le Temps). Jean-François Ducrest is described as “an intuitive renowned litigator (Who’s Who Legal 2016) with an immaculate reputation in business crime defense.”