Liechtenstein

From a very early stage of his professional life, the career path of attorney-at-law Dr. Harald Bösch took him to the neighbouring Principality of Liechtenstein. While still a doctoral student writing his thesis on a topic supervised by Hon.-Prof. Dr. Karl Kohlegger, former President of the Supreme Court of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Bösch worked as a trust lawyer in the legal department of a renowned Liechtenstein trust enterprise in Vaduz.

It was not long after opening his law office in Bregenz that Harald Bösch was selected by the Liechtenstein Institute to carry out academic legal research into what were then the very sparse theoretical foundations of Liechtenstein foundation law and to make the results of his investigations available to the public in book form. This work culminated in the publication of the fundamental work on this subject, “Liechtensteinisches Stiftungsrecht”, in 2005. His analysis received outstanding critical acclaim from experts in the field. When reviewing the book, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans Michael Riemer, at the time holder of the Chair for Private Law at the University of Zurich and certainly Switzerland’s leading expert on foundation law, even went as far as to say that the work was worthy of a post-doctoral degree.

Given this track record, it will come as no surprise that Harald Bösch’s activities as an attorney-at-law are marked by a strong emphasis on Liechtenstein law. A major focus of the work of the law office centres on Liechtenstein company and foundation law, with its internationally well-known legal forms foundation, establishment (Anstalt), trust enterprise and a legal relationship which is unique among continental legal systems: the Liechtenstein trust. All cases relating to Liechtenstein are handled by our Liechtenstein office.

Harald Bösch has now written over 15 academic legal publications on the subject of Liechtenstein’s foundation and trust law. Both of Bösch’s works on trust and foundation law which have been published in book form have been instrumental in shaping the development of Liechtenstein law.

Up to now, the strengths and weaknesses of Liechtenstein’s asset-holding structures and their legal framework have been the main focus of interest of Bösch’s scholarly writing. His specialist knowledge of legal theory forms the ideal complement to the practical work with these asset-holding structures in the Principality, whether as attorney in court cases, as arbitrator or as legal expert. This enables our law office to provide the highest possible level of service to the client in this complex and challenging legal area.

Another member of the team who has developed a strong association with the law governing Liechtenstein’s asset-holding structures is Sarah Lorraine Wild, who assists Harald Bösch in her capacity as trainee lawyer. In her thesis for the University of Innsbruck, she is examining fundamental issues relating to asset protection by means of Liechtenstein trusts and foundations. 

 

AREAS OF LEGAL EXPERTISE Liechtenstein

Foundation Law

Liechtenstein foundation law is one of our law office’s prime areas of expertise thanks to our first-class competence in this ...

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Trusts/Trust Enterprises

The Liechtenstein trust is a legal relationship which, from a continental perspective, is unique in character and ...

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Establishment (Anstalt) Law

Until it was outpaced by the foundation, the Liechtenstein "Anstalt" (Establishment) was for a long time the country’s most ...

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Protection for Creditors

For certain clients, the liberality and anonymity offered by Liechtenstein’s legal environment create a great ...

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Asset protection

Asset protection is the term commonly used to denote legal structures or arrangements designed to safeguard ...

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Forced Heirship

The impact of a forced heirship regime governing a foreign testator can be significantly restricted through lifetime contributions to  ...

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Legal Opinion

"Before the judge and on the high seas, we are in God’s hands." – While there may be a kernel of truth in this old German ...

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Arbitration

Despite the fact that most business relationships usually run satisfactorily for both sides, differences of opinion can, on occasion  ...

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Litigation

Competent case analysis alone will often be insufficient when it comes to pursuing a client’s claims effectively ...

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