Trusts, Associations & Foundations

NKF led the development of foundation governance in Switzerland and has extensive experience of foundations and associations operating in Switzerland and internationally. Our long and intensive expertise with succession planning structures, whether contentious or non-contentious position us well to handle demanding cases.

We advise and represent foundations and associations, individual and corporate donors, members of boards of foundations, association committees, beneficiaries, members, audit bodies, supervisory authorities.

Individual team members serve as members of the boards of trustees of non-profit foundations.

We advise Swiss and non-national clients on:

  • Setting-up charitable foundations and trusts
  • Classic foundations, supporting foundations, company foundations, family foundations, parochial foundations, company pension foundations, dependent foundations and all forms of associations
  • Restructuring, merging, liquidation and cooperation with third parties
  • Sponsoring activities, organisation, asset management, regulatory, fiscal and liability matters, foundation governance, disinvestments and other restructuring measures

We act for private clients, family offices and trust companies in preparation for and during court proceedings relating to trust and foundations law disputes.