Stephanie Knutti

Lawyer, lic. iur.

I mainly work in the fields of tax law, public building law and general administrative law. I am at your disposal as a private person, family, company or public authority in tax matters as well as in the areas of building, inheritance and company law.

COVID-19 (Corona)

  • Checking claims and asserting claims in the event of flight cancellations (reimbursement of costs and compensation)

Administrative Law

  • Claims arising from administrative legal relationships
  • Licences, concessions and subsidies
  • Public compensation law (property guarantee, expropriations, state liability)
  • Charges and fees

Adult protection law

  • Precautionary order, living will
  • Support in guardianship matters
  • Support / consultation of guardians in all matters,
    including tax components
  • Assumption of guardianship
  • Representation before the adult protection authorities and appeal bodies

Association and foundation law

  • Advice for associations and foundations
  • Tax rulings in connection with the recognition of non-profit status (tax exemption)

Corporate law

  • Company law and commercial register issues, e.g. commercial register entries
  • Advice on the formation of companies, preparation of the necessary documents (articles of association, etc.)
  • Actions for liability, exclusion from the company
  • Cancellation of shares, promissory notes

Contract law

  • General contract law
  • Agency contract law (including claims for damages, e.g. medical liability)
  • Loan law

Construction law

  • Purchase agreements
  • Servitudes
  • Registration of building craftsmen’s liens
  • Public spatial, planning and building law: building permit, objection and appeal
  • Public submission procedures (public procurement law): appeal of the award decision; prevention of awarding contracts during appeal proceedings (suspensive effect)

Taxes

  • Preparation of tax returns for natural persons (specialising in tax returns on the date of death and real estate law issues)
  • Tax representation / procedural law for individuals and legal entities (objections, appeals, negotiations with authorities)
  • Preparation of tax rulings
  • Self-disclosure and post-taxation
  • International tax law: DBA’s, residency principle vs. real estate location etc.
  • Real estate gains tax (specialized in the Zurich real estate gains tax):
    • Preparation of property gains tax returns and rulings
    • Advice on restructuring and the preparation of rulings
    • Tax representation/procedural law (negotiations with tax authorities, objections/recourses)
    • Enforcement of the right to be heard
    • Advice / representation of the buyer in lien registrations / lien proceedings 

Inheritance Law

Languages

German, English

Education

2014
Admitted to the bar in Zurich
2011
Licenciate Faculty of Law, University of Zurich
2000-2004
Wirtschaftsgymnasium Büelrain, Winterthur

Professional activities

2019
Lawyer at Schaub Hochl Rechtsanwälte AG
2017 – 2019
Head of Legal Services Tax Office for the city of Winterthur
(Real Estate Tax Department)
2017
Research Assistant, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich
2016
Lawyer in a law firm in Winterthur
2015
Lawyer in a tax and legal consulting firm in Zurich
2013
Substitute in a law firm in Zurich
2012
Legal secretary at the Zurich District Court
2007 – 2008
Various promotional activities in the advertising and automotive sector
2006
Part-time employment as air traffic clerk at Zurich Airport
2005
Attorney’s secretary in a Zurich law firm

Memberships

  • Zurich Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association
  • UZH alumni ius
  • Specialist Section of the Zurich Bar Association on Building Law