The field of activity of WOLFF GSTOEHL BRUCKSCHWEIGER comprises the provision of legal advice and legal representation to private and institutional clients at home and abroad, the main specialist focuses are on the following aspects of Liechtenstein law:
Corporate / Commercial / M&A
The firm has a strong expertise on the Liechtenstein side of international corporate finance transactions such as M&A transactions. The work usually involves the issuing of legal opinions on Liechtenstein parties. WGB advise major foreign banks, law firms and other investors on all Liechtenstein law matters that possibly arise in such transactions. WGB regularly advises on cross-border M&A transactions, in which we accompany our clients from the due diligence process concerning a target company to the drafting of the relevant contractual documents as well as to the acquisition of regulatory approvals. WGB also offer escrow services in regard to such transactions. WGB act frequently as Liechtenstein advisor to specific industries (IT, tobacco, etc.)
Bankruptcy/ Asset Recovery/ White Collar Crime
Due to its civil litigation expertise the firm also has profound knowledge of all aspects of securing and recovering assets for creditors. In this area WGB profit also from their capabilities in criminal law. When it comes to representing foreign creditors in international bankruptcy cases the firm combines all its knowledge to help secure the client’s interest by all possible means. WGB has a special focus on the representation of clients in so-called white-collar criminality cases. WGB’s partners are regularly appointed as receivers by Liechtenstein court.
Civil / Commercial Litigation
One of the firm’s core competences lies in the representation of private and institutional clients in civil and commercial litigation cases. Usually they involve Liechtenstein entities constituting the link to Liechtenstein. WGB’s expertise ranges from representing foreign states to major international companies as well as private clients in court. Cases involve foundations and trusts, unfair competition, monetary claims, attachment of assets and investor related issues. WGB represent their clients before all Liechtenstein courts and administrative authorities.
Civil / Commercial Arbitration
Due to the arbitration law introduced in 2010 and the fact that Liechtenstein joined the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards in 2011 a rise in (domestic) arbitration cases took place in the last years. Due to WGB’s strong litigation expertise its partners act as arbitrators or counsel before domestic and international arbitration tribunals.
Banking / Investment Funds / Asset Managers / Insurance / Trust Companies
WGB represents and advises domestic and international banks, asset managers, investment fund managers and insurance companies. As a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), Liechtenstein became a highly attractive place to engage in investment related activities. Due to the single license principle (“European Passport”) financial intermediaries licensed in Liechtenstein enjoy full freedom of provision of services throughout the EEA. The firm provides advice in all matters pertaining to the set-up financial of intermediaries with a strong focus on regulatory matters. Furthermore WGB have a strong focus on all aspects of Liechtenstein banking, insurance and fiduciary law.
Foundations & Trusts / Estate Planning
Especially private clients appreciate the possibilities of Liechtenstein’s company law. Traditionally a substantial part of WGB’s work involves advising private clients on all matters pertaining to the most common Liechtenstein structures. The setup of such entities often happens in connection with estate and asset protection planning. Here the firm has large experience in the combination of foreign succession laws with the specifics of Liechtenstein’s trust and foundation law. In an increasingly transparent world WGB works together with tax experts from all over the world to ensure tax compliant solutions.
Copyrights and Trademarks
WGB offer all services in connection with the exploitation and registration of trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. The range of services comprises registration- and renewal matters up to IP litigation.
WGB represents and advises employers and employees in all aspects of labour law related issues. Our expertise comprises the drafting of working contracts as well as the enforcement/defence of labour law related claims in court.