International tax law
Swiss tax law
Olivier Thévoz began his career at the age of 15 with a commercial apprenticeship at the accounting and tax consultancy service provider (société fiduciaire) Fibexa SA. Shortly after completing his apprenticeship, he embarked on his first entrepreneurial venture as a partner and manager at the company GGC Groupe Gestion Conseil SA. He kept studying in parallel and passed his Swiss federal certificate as a fiduciary agent (agent fiduciaire avec brevet) with flying colours at the age of 23. He then came to manage the Morges branch of the accounting and tax consultancy service provider Fidexaudit SA and obtained his Swiss federal diploma as a certified fiduciary expert (diplôme fédéral d’expert fiduciaire) in 2006. Keen to supplement his accounting skills with legal knowledge, he took up studying at the University of Lausanne whilst continuing to perform professionally. In 2008, he joined a law firm specialising in tax law as an audit assignment manager, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Law – magna cum laude – in 2009, followed by his Master’s degree – summa cum laude – in 2011 and was awarded the Ecublens Prize for Outstanding Achievement (Prix d’Excellence de la Commune d’Ecublens). He subsequently prepared the Bar exam (stage d’avocat) at the law firm of Mr. Robert Fox in Lausanne whilst retaining his own clientele on a freelance basis. After his admission to the Bar in 2013, he joined the law firm Heim Paschoud Thévoz Weniger as a partner with a view to developing its commercial, financial and tax division. In 2015, he founded THEVOZ Attorneys in Lausanne and in Geneva. In 2017, he was certified as a “Foreign Legal Consultant” in Texas. Thus, he set up the law firm Thevoz, LLC in the United States specialized in international law.
For a number of years, Olivier Thévoz has been appointed as Director of several financial companies and acts as expert during the examinations for the certifications of Swiss federal fiduciary agent (brevet fédéral d’agent fiduciaire) and Swiss federal fiduciary expert (diplôme fédéral d’expert fiduciaire). He has also given courses at AKAD Banking and Finance and the Swiss Chamber of Certified Accounts and Tax Experts (Chambre fiduciaire).
Swiss and international tax law
Fabrice Kuhn obtained a bilingual (French-German) master’s degree in law from the University of Fribourg in 2003. He studied for two semesters at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen (Germany) during his curriculum. He then carried out his attorney traineeship at the law firm Perroud & Fabbro in Fribourg. After having been admitted to the bar in 2006, he joined the law firm Homburger AG in Zurich where he specialized in tax law for almost 4 years. In 2011, he returned to French-speaking Switzerland and worked in the tax department of the law firm BCCC Avocats LLC (currently BianchiSchwald LLC) for approximately 5 years. Fabrice Kuhn became a Swiss certified tax expert in 2013. In early 2016, he continued his activity as a tax expert at the BfB Group. He finally joined our law firm in October 2019.
Fabrice Kuhn advises and represents both companies and individuals in all tax matters. His favorite areas of expertise are corporate acquisitions and restructurings, real estate tax matters, tax and estate planning and advising charitable organizations on tax exemption issues. His working languages are French, English and German.
Ludivine Veuthey studied law at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), where she obtained a Master’s degree in law, magna cum laude, bilingual french-german and in european law, in July 2016. She also studied two semesters at the Eberhard Karls Universität of Tübingen (Germany). During her studies, she also took part to the Alabama Exchange Program organized by both the Universities of Fribourg and Tuscaloosa (AL, USA). Already during her studies, she worked as an ad hoc clerk at the Labor Court in Nyon and the District Court of Lausanne. At the end of her studies and in order to complete her training, Ludivine Veuthey began her legal internship at the law firm De Palma and Fontana in Sion in July 2016. At the end of this internship, she worked for six months as a trainee law clerk at the District Court of Sion. After passing her bar exam in June 2019, she worked as a VAT lawyer at the Federal Tax Administration in Bern. Ludivine Veuthey finally joined the law firm Thévoz Avocats in January 2021.
US tax law
International tax law
Gabriel Nuñez-Lafontaine is a tax attorney specializing in tax controversy work, international tax compliance, and tax planning. Recruited as an Honors Hire after graduating from the University of Colorado law school, he worked for the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service for three years. His work at Chief Counsel consisted of motions practice and litigating a diverse array of tax cases before the United States Tax Court. He also assisted his client, the I.R.S., in its collection of delinquent tax liabilities and worked with the United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice Tax Division on bankruptcy matters and foreclosures.Gabriel has supported I.R.S. Agents and Estate and Gift Tax Attorneys in numerous summons interviews of high net worth taxpayers both in the international and domestic context. He has worked on cases related to FBAR penalties, foreign trusts, foreign entities, unreported income, abusive Roth schemes, and voluntary disclosure issues. He has been involved with two separate estate and gift tax examinations, including one that led to the imposition of I.R.C. Section 2036.He has a passion for tackling complex tax problems and negotiating on behalf of his clients. In his spare time, he can be found on ski slopes in the Rocky Mountains, playing his acoustic and electric guitar, traveling internationally, and hiking with his two dogs.