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 cooperation with the UNO, he is currently leading a research project sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Cambridge, which investigates the banking regulation “Basel III” and its impact on the granting of loans for clean energy projects.
Kern Alexander advises central banks, national governments and is also called as an expert for the UK Serious Fraud Office in the LIBOR scandal for his expertise. He was an expert advisor to the Joint Select Committee on the Financial Services Act 2012 of the British Parliament and a member of the Expert Panel on Financial Services of the European Parliament (2009-2014).
Prof. Dr. Urs Behnisch
Urs Behnisch has been professor of tax law at the University of Basel since 2009. He is also an honorary professor of tax and business law at the University of Berne and a consultant with Meyer Lustenberger Lachenal Rechtsanwälte in Baar/Zug. The research subject of Urs Behnisch is the entire national and international tax law of Switzerland, including intercantonal double taxation law. His research focuses on corporate tax law and the interrelations between civil and tax law.
Urs Behnisch is a member of the IFA (International Fiscal Association) Switzerland, the SATLP (Swiss Association of Tax Law Professors) and the Institute for Swiss and International Tax Law (ISIS).
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 and member of the Federal Communications Commission ComCom. From 2001 to 2006 he was a part-time judge at the Federal Appeals Commission for Competition Issues.
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 President of the SATLP (Swiss Association of Tax Law Professors) and the D-A-CH Tax Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Taxation Section of EXPERTsuisse (formerly the Chamber of Trustees) and of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the IFA (International Fiscal Association).
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 has also been Dean of the Faculty of Law since 2015. In addition, he is a member of the permanent interdepartmental committee of the Competence Center for Public Management and of the advisory board of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (SIR) in Lausanne.
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. He has also been a lecturer in international tax law at the University of Lucerne since 2011. 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 Public Choice Society 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 Association for Tax Law (IFA, Swiss Branch), the joint tax committee D/A/CH of the Bundessteuerberaterkammer (Berlin), the Kammer der Wirtschaftstreuhänder (Vienna) and the EXPERTsuisse (Zurich) as well as the scientific advisory board of the German Tax Law Society. She has also been a member of the extra-parliamentary commission for the harmonisation of direct taxes of the federal government, the cantons and the municipalities KHSt since 2012.
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.
Jan-Egbert Sturm has been a member of the CESifo Research Network since 2001 and a research professor at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research (Munich) since 2003. Between 2001 and 2003, he was Chief Executive of the Study Group Responsible for the Joint Analysis of the Six Leading German Economic Research Institutes. In 2005 he was appointed to the European Economic Advisory Group of CESifo.
Prof. Dr. Martin Wenz
Martin Wenz holds the Chair of Business Taxation, International and Liechtenstein Tax Law, is Head of the Institute of Financial Services (Liechtenstein House of Finance) at the University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz and also is Scientific Director of the LL.M. Program in International Taxation. He has played a key role in shaping the Liechtenstein tax reform and advises the Liechtenstein Government on questions of national and international tax law and on the conclusion of double taxation and other tax treaties. His current research interests focus on the establishment of tax centres for the international taxation of foundations and trusts as well as 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).