Profile

For more than 20 years Christina Rinne has specialised in national and international value added tax, customs and excise duties. She frequently lectures on Swiss and European VAT matters. Christina Rinne is distinguished by Chambers Global as a leading tax expert with foreign expertise, Who’s Who Legal ranks her as a leading individual in corporate tax and The Legal 500 ranks her as “Next Generation Partner” in tax. Furthermore, Christina Rinne has been recognised as one of the top 10 tax attorneys in Switzerland, revolutionising the field in 2023 according to the Business Today Lawyer Awards 2023.

Deals & Cases

04.10.2022
GENFIT acquires Versantis AG
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20.12.2021
Ina Invest acquires majoriy stake in CERES Group Holding Ltd.
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22.11.2021
UTMB World Series expands in the UK, Corsica and Switzerland
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Experience

Christina Rinne advises clients on all aspects of indirect tax law and represents them in dealings with the tax authorities and before the administrative courts, including making their operations more VAT-efficient and improving cash-flow, structuring their cross-border activities, M&A and finance, and real estate transactions, dealing with indirect tax disputes and negotiating rulings with the relevant tax authorities, and keeping up with changes in indirect tax legislation and related risks and opportunities. Additionally, she focuses on advising customs issues, in particular, connected with import VAT.

2017 Admitted to the Swiss Bar, Rechtsanwältin
2009 Admitted to the Swiss Bar, Rechtsanwältin, as per Art. 28 BGFA
2001 Admitted to German Chamber of Tax Consultants, Steuerberaterin, Dusseldorf
1998 Admitted to the German Bar, Rechtsanwältin, Dusseldorf
1998 District Court of Passau, Second State Law Exam
1995 University Bayreuth, First State Law Exam
ITR World Tax 2024 – Highly Regarded
Best Lawyers 2019 – 2024
Chambers Global 2016 – 2024
Chambers Global 2013 – 2024 – Foreign Expertise Germany
Chambers Europe 2016 – 2023
The Legal500 EMEA 2023 – Next Generation Partner
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2020 – 2023
Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2019 – 2023
The Legal500 EMEA 2022 – Next Generation Partner
The Legal500 EMEA 2021 – Next Generation Partner
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Switzerland 2021
The Legal500 EMEA 2020 – Next Generation Partner
The Legal500 EMEA 2019 – Recommended
  • IFA International Fiscal Association
  • UmsatzsteuerForum e.V.
  • SAV Swiss Bar Association
  • ZAV Zurich Bar Association
  • Dusseldorf Chamber of Tax Consultants
  • Dusseldorf Bar Association
2019 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey
2016 Counsel, Niederer Kraft Frey
2009 Partner at a major Swiss law firm, Zurich
2002 Senior Manager, Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich
2002 Manager, Arthur Andersen Ltd, Zurich
2001 Tax Consultant, SwissVAT Ltd, Zurich
1998 Tax Consultant, KPMG, Nuremberg
1997 Trainee, Price Waterhouse, Munich

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English

French

Deals & Cases

04.10.2022

GENFIT acquires Versantis AG

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22.09.2022

Stadtcasino Baden acquires majority stake in Casinò Locarno

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20.12.2021

Ina Invest acquires majoriy stake in CERES Group Holding Ltd.

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Market Perception

«Christina Rinne is definitely the go-to expert! Her extraordinary expertise and know-how allows us to find (tax) efficient solutions for global supply chain challenges »
The Legal 500 2023
«Christina is a leading figure of customs and trade in Switzerland. She is always on top of things and always delivering. She is perfect for both VAT and customs matters.»
Who’s Who Legal 2023
«Christina Rinne is well regarded by interviewees for her expertise in VAT mandates, with sources highlighting her as “very specialised in this field.” She is experienced handling tax issues pertaining to corporate and financing transactions. Rinne is a member of the Bar in Switzerland and Germany. »
Chambers Europe 2021
«Christina Rinne is a key contact and trusted adviser for Swiss customs and tax matters. She is very well connected to all authorities to discuss in advance what will be needed to make a project a success. She is a real business enabler with a sense of ownership. »
Legal 500 2020
«A member of the Bar in both Switzerland and Germany, Christina Rinne is particularly highlighted for her work on indirect taxation. Clients report that ‘it sometimes feels as if she is part of our team as she is so committed to getting us to the next level’. Rinne also assists clinets with VAT and withholding tax matters.»
Chambers Global 2020

Events

23.03.2023

Global Legal Customs Association

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20.05.2019

NKF supports Women International Fiscal Association (IFA) Network Event

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Awards & Rankings

01.09.2023

NKF ranked top-tier by ITR World Tax 2024

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16.03.2018

NKF receives European Corporate Deal of the Year Award at The Lawyer European Awards ceremony

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Firm News

08.08.2019

NKF delegation will attend the 2019 IBA Annual Conference in Seoul

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08.01.2019

Niederer Kraft Frey continues to expand: new partner and counsels

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01.09.2016

NKF bolsters its Technology and Tax practices with two Lateral Hires and welcomes Clara-Ann Gordon and…

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In the Media

09.09.2020

Tax relief for non-profit organisations

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26.04.2019

NKF partners Valerie Meyer Bahar and Christina Rinne mentioned in “Best Lawyers 2019” edit…

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Publications

01.09.2015

Aktuelle Entwicklungen im Deutschen Umsatzsteuerrecht (Neue Rechtslage, Konsequenzen und Handlungsbeda…

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01.08.2010

Konsequenzen und Handlungsbedarf unter Berücksichtigung der Schweizer MWST-Reform

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11.05.2010

Ausgenommene Leistungen – Strategien im Umgang mit der taxe occulte

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Newsletters & Alerts

08.04.2020

Current status of indirect tax measures to mitigate the economic impact of the spread of coronavirus

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