Charity & mission-driven Organisations

Philanthropy and social entrepreneurship require detailed knowledge of a wide range of legal disciplines including estate planning for private clients, commercial, corporate and tax law as well as social impact finance. We take pride in being able to offer the full service. With in-depth experience and expertise in these fields and awareness of the very latest developments in the sector, we offer a realistic and pragmatic approach to problem-solving in this dynamic environment.

  • Not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises can adopt a variety of legal structures (associations, foundations, cooperatives, corporations). Our lawyers are experienced in all of these structures and are therefore able to advise on the principles applying to each and to carefully guide clients through the formation process and the establishment of them.
  • We also help board members understand their fiduciary obligations and industry best practices so they can provide meaningful oversight to their organisations and establish good governance policies and practices.
  • Our team has expertise in advising charities in an international context which includes charities undertaking cross-border activities and foreign charities who wish to have a charitable branch in Switzerland. In this context, we advise on international issues facing both donors and charities, including cross-border giving and fundraising, tax and fiduciary issues connected to overseas operations.

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