Lenz & Staehelin welcomes 2024’s new partners and counsels

Lenz & Staehelin strengthens its ranks with new appointments to be effective as of 1 January 2024. Anja Affolter Marino and Rébecca Dorasamy become new partners of the firm. Five associates have also been promoted to counsels: Barbara Abegg, Fabia Gnädinger, María Josefa Palmero-Areán, Leonard Vijverberg and Tatanja Vlk.

Based in Zurich, Affolter Marino (second from the right) advises national and multinational companies on employment, pensions and immigration matters. She regularly assists and represents these clients in proceedings before Swiss courts and administrative authorities. Anja also has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring cases.

Based in the Geneva office, Dorasamy (fourth from the left) is a member of the Tax group. She is a certified tax expert and holds an LL.M. in International Tax Law from the International Tax Center of Leiden University. 

Regarding the new counsels, Barbara Abegg (pictured right) is based in Zurich and her practice focuses on issues around intellectual property and unfair competition. She represents clients in litigation before Swiss courts, in arbitration proceedings, and in administrative matters before governmental authorities.

Fabia Gnädinger (second from the left) is an associate of the Geneva office and is a member of the Tax team. She advises on all aspects of Swiss and international tax and inheritance law. María Josefa Palmero-Areán (pictured left) is based at the Lausanne office and regularly advises clients on domestic and international transactions relating to corporate and commercial matters. She also provides advice on sports and tax law.

Leonard Vijverberg (third from left) is part of the Private Client group based in Geneva since July 2007. His practice includes advising private clients and their families on estate planning, succession, issues of international private law, international investment and corporate structures, as well as contract and commercial law. He is a managing director of L&S Trust Services, a Swiss-regulated trust company owned by Lenz & Staehelin’s partners.

Tatanja Vlk (third from the right) is based at the Zurich’s office and is a member of the Private Clients and Litigation and Arbitration groups. She focuses on estate planning and administration, and she serves as executor of estates. She also specialises in matrimonial property law, trusts, charitable foundations and legal issues in the context of acquiring and holding works of art.