In-depth expertise and experience in Charities and Social enterprise
We act for a diverse range of charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.
Full service in the field of charities and social enterprises
Philanthropy and social enterprise require detailed knowledge of a wide range of legal disciplines including private client, commercial, corporate and tax law as well as social finance. We take pride in being able to offer the full service. With in-depth experience and expertise in these fields and awareness of the very latest developments in the sector, our clients, donors and social entrepreneurs, benefit from a realistic and pragmatic approach to problem-solving in this dynamic environment.
Not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises can adopt a variety of legal structures (associations, foundations, cooperatives, corporations). We are experienced in all of these structures and so are well able to advise on the principles applying to each. We can carefully guide you through the formation process and the establishment of good governance policies and practices. We also help boards understand their fiduciary obligations and industry best practices so they can provide meaningful oversight to their organizations.
Expertise and personal involvement
Our Charity & Social enterprise team assists clients on a wide range of operational matters, such as effective governance, mergers, fundraising, sponsorship, intellectual property, joint-ventures, as well as on all aspects of charitable giving.
We have expertise in advising charities in an international context which includes charities undertaking cross-border activities and foreign charities who wish to have a charitable branch in Switzerland. In this context, we advise on international issues facing both donors and charities, including cross-border giving and fundraising, tax and fiduciary issues connected to overseas operations.
We contribute to the not-for-profit and social enterprise community in many ways, including giving lectures and talks, writing articles, serving on boards and committees, and offering our time and resources to numerous not-for-profit initiatives.