Oliver Arter
Oliver Arter

Oliver Arter

Of Counsel, Zurich

Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
T +41 58 552 08 00


Oliver Arter’s practice focuses on private clients and their advisers (banks, family offices, foreign advisers) in all aspects of domestic and international wealth planning. He also specialises in banking, asset management and regulatory matters.

Oliver Arter became Of Counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations), domestic and international estate planning, division of estates, execution of wills, matrimonial property rights, advance care directives and living wills, taking up residence and taxation. In addition he advises Swiss and international banks, asset managers, investment advisers and family offices on regulatory and contractual matters and represents them in proceedings. He publishes extensively in all his fields of practice.

Oliver Arter is an academic consultant with the Institute for Legal Theory and Legal Practice at the University of St Gallen, and is frequently invited to give lectures and chair conferences.

Industry Groups

Rankings & Awards

WWL thought Leader Switzerland 2021Chambers HNW 2021Chambers HNW 2020
  • “Oliver Arter has a strong reputation in the market thanks to his significant expertise in tax and trust structuring” – WWL, Private Client 2021
  • “Working with Oliver Arter has been an extremely successful partnership” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
  • “His dedication and acute legal mind have led to very successful outcomes. His main strengths are his very strong commitment, he’s highly knowledgeable, very detail-oriented but always focuses on the big picture, he offers unbiased legal and business advice and he will always go the extra mile to make it a success” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
  • “He is good at cross-border planning, he is very solution-driven and practical to deal with. He is a trusted adviser.” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
  • Oliver Arter of Froriep “has always been top of his game,” says one client, explaining: “He provides best-in-class legal advice, while taking into account cost and risk aspects. More importantly, he also has a smart and pragmatic strategic approach.” – Chambers and Partners High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law, Switzerland, 2020
  • Another source enthuses: “He has a fantastic personality, immense overview, and excellent know-how in many specialist areas, from trust and foundations to inheritance law and other areas. He is a fast thinker, clever, insightful and any time a joy to meet.” His work includes advising clients on international private law matters – Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law – Switzerland, 2020

Deals & Cases

  • Represented the grandchildren of a Swiss industrialist. The grandfather concluded a very unfavourable inheritance contract with the allegedly drug-addicted daughter, which also applied to the grandchildren. The grandfather concealed considerable assets from the daughter. The renunciation of inheritance was successfully contested and the remaining heirs left the ordinary share of the inheritance to the grandchildren
  • Represented the Foundation Council of a Swiss family foundation. The founder’s heirs challenged the legality of the establishment of the foundation
  • Represented the heirs of a Swiss entrepreneur who contributed the majority of his assets to a Swiss and a Liechtenstein foundation. The remaining heirs, who control the foundations, prevent payments to other beneficiaries
  • Represented the heirs of a Swiss testator whose assets were unlawfully transferred to one of the heirs by auxiliary persons of the executor. Value of the estate dispute

Education & Admission

  • Admitted to the Bar (2000)
  • University of St Gallen, lic.iur.

Memberships and public offices

  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
  • Banking Law Association (“Bankenrechtliche Vereinigung e.V.”)


  • German
  • English
  • French

“He is good at cross-border planning, he is very solution-driven and practical to deal with. He is a trusted adviser.”

Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
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