Members of the Academic Advisory Board (Switzerland) are recognized experts and professors from the country’s most renowned universities in their respective fields who are recognized beyond Switzerland’s national borders. They are part of an exclusive forum of Tax & Legal Excellence and provide impulses for a comprehensive exchange of views. The dialogues focus primarily on international legal developments, tax and legal practices, global trends and their future challenges in the international legal, tax and financial systems
Prof. Dr. Kern Alexander
Kern Alexander has held the Chair of Financial Market Law at the University of Zurich since 2010 and is an internationally recognized expert in European and British banking and stock exchange law. In the area of international banking regulation in the context of environmental sustainability, he has led research projects and authored research reports published by the UN and the University of Cambridge. His report Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III (Cambridge, 2014) described the relationship between banking regulation, environmental sustainability, and climate change.
Kern Alexander is founder of the Research Network for Sustainable Finance. He also advises central banks and has been an advisor and expert witness on several occasions on matters before the British Parliament and British government departments.
Prof. Dr. Luzius Cavelti, LL.M.
Luzius Cavelti holds the chair of tax law at the University of Basel. His main research interests are international and Swiss tax law, the digitalization of tax law and tax policy. He is also a partner at Altenburger Ltd. legal + tax.
Luzius Cavelti is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Swiss and International Tax Law and is co-editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal for Swiss and International Tax Law. He is also a member of the tax law section of the Swiss Bar Association.
Prof. Dr. Reiner Eichenberger
Reiner Eichenberger has been Professor of Financial and Economic Policy Theory at the University of Fribourg since 1998 and co-founder and research director of CREMA (Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts). He specialises in the economic analysis of political processes and institutions. Amongst other, he researches the deregulation of politics and represents the creation of an international market for good politics.
Reiner Eichenberger is editor of the journal KYKLOS. From 2014 to the end of 2017, he was a member of the Federal Communications Commission ComCom. In the NZZ and FAZ rankings of the social influence of economists in Switzerland, he came second in 2014 and 2016 to 2020. In 2016, he was awarded the STAB Prize (Foundation for Occidental Ethics and Culture).
Prof. Dr. Reto Föllmi
Reto Föllmi has been Professor of International Economics and Director of the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW) at the University of St. Gallen since February 2011. His research interests lie in the fields of macroeconomics, international economics and political economy.
Reto Föllmi is Chairman of the Business and Economics Statistics Committee (EG WISTA) of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and a member of the GLA (SEW-HSG), the Bank Council of the Cantonal Bank of Schwyz, the Committee of the Swiss Society for Economics and Statistics as well as the Foreign Trade and Macroeconomics Committees of the “Verein für Socialpolitik” and the Scientific Committee of Avenir Suisse.
Prof. Dr. Pascal Hinny, LL.M. Tax
Pascal Hinny is partner at Lenz & Staehelin in Zurich as a lawyer and qualified tax expert, where he heads the tax practice group. He has also held the Chair of Tax Law at the University of Fribourg since 2002. His research focuses on corporate tax law as well as international and EU tax law.
Pascal Hinny is swiss delegate to the Standing Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and member of the EXPERTsuisse Tax Chapter, the Professional Group Direct Taxes of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE), the Professional Group Taxes D-A-CH as well as co-leader of the Professional Group Taxes of the Zurich Bar Association (ZAV).
Prof. Dr. Peter V. Kunz, LL.M.
Peter V. Kunz is Professor of Business Law and Comparative Law at the University of Bern. He is Managing Director of the Institute for Business Law and was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2015 to 2020. In addition, the Federal Council elected him to the Institute Council of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (SIR) in Lausanne, of which he was a member from 2006 – 2019. He has been a member of the Bar Association of the Canton of Solothurn since 2021.
Peter V. Kunz is a member of the Commission for International Relations at the University of Bern and co-editor of the publications on tax and business law (SSW) and co-editor of the “Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft – Archiv für Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht (ZVglRWiss)”.
Prof. Dr. Adriano Marantelli, LL.M.
Adriano Marantelli, lawyer and tax expert, has been an associate professor since January 2013 and professor of Swiss, European and international tax law at the University of Bern since August 2016. In addition, he was a lecturer in international tax law at the University of Lucerne from 2011 to 2016. His main areas of practice are corporate tax law, international tax law, Bernese tax law and the cross-border taxation of individuals.
Adriano Marantelli is a member of the board of the association “BEWEST” (Bernese further education for tax experts) as well as a member of the Bernese bar exam committee (tax law).
Prof. Dr. Christoph A. Schaltegger
Christoph A. Schaltegger has been Professor of Political Economy at the University of Lucerne since 2010. He also teaches public finance at the University of St. Gallen. Previously, as a member of the management board of economiesuisse, he was in charge of financial and tax policy and worked until 2008 as a consultant to Federal Councillor Hans-Rudolf Merz in the Federal Department of Finance. He supported the Minister of Finance in the area of tax policy and in aspects of international financial policy.
Christoph A. Schaltegger is a board member of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SGVS), a member of the finance committee of the Association for Social Policy and of the board of trustees of the Walter Eucken Institute (Freiburg i.B). He is also Member of the Board of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and Member of the Board of the European Journal of Political Economy.
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Simonek
Madeleine Simonek is Full Professor of Swiss and International Tax Law at the University of Zurich. In addition, she is a lawyer and tax expert as well as a consultant at the law firm Schellenberg Wittmer AG in Zurich. Her research and consulting focuses on corporate tax law and international tax law.
Madeleine Simonek is a member of the Board of the Swiss Section of the International Fiscal Association and member of the Federal Commission for Tax Harmonization in Switzerland. Furthermore, she has been a member of the Standing Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association and the Academic Committee of the European Association of Tax Law Professors for several years.
Prof. Dr. Jan-Egbert Sturm
Jan-Egbert Sturm has been Full Professor of Applied Macroeconomics at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) at ETH Zurich since October 2005 as well as Director of the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich. In his research, he relies heavily on empirical methods of econometrics and statistics in order to work on practice-relevant topics, especially in the field of monetary economics, macroeconomics and economic policy.
From 2001 to 2003, Jan-Egbert Sturm was Head of the Department of Economic Forecasting and Financial Markets at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich and held a professorship in economics, with a focus on macroeconomics and monetary policy, at the Center for Economic Studies (CES) of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Munich. .
Prof. Dr. Martin Wenz
Martin Wenz is Head of the Institute of Finance at the University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz. He was instrumental in shaping the Liechtenstein tax reform and advises the Liechtenstein government on issues of national and international tax law and on the conclusion of double taxation and other tax agreements. His academic work focuses on global and European tax standards.
Martin Wenz is a member of SEEurope, the EU Network on the European Company Statute (Brussels), the Tax Research Network (Warwick), the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Institute for Fiscial Studies (London).