Trade / Logistics

Globalization obliges: from international contracts and transfer pricing to trade compliance, customs and VAT.

Globalization exposes companies to many local legislators and regulators. We support our clients in all legal, regulatory and tax challenges posed by worldwide trade and global production chains.

Through our international and extensive network of experts, we ensure comprehensive, worldwide advice.


  • Contract law advice
  • Definition of supply and distribution structures
  • Development of special forms of distribution (leasing; franchising; consumer law framework conditions; general terms and conditions law)
  • Drafting and review of logistics and transport contracts, charter agreements
  • Advice on logistics and transport law for all modes of transport (sea and inland waterways, air, road and rail)
  • Legal representation in liability law, claims management, debt collection and litigation
  • Advice on transport insurance and recourse
  • Advice on financing, new construction, purchase, operation and insurance of transport infrastructure (land, rail, air, water)
  • Assistance with trade financing and letters of credit
  • Advice on product compliance (standards, product safety, REACH, dangerous goods, labelling, etc.)
  • Ad Hoc Consulting for Trade Compliance, Export Control, Sanctions and Embargoes, Import and Export, Customs, Anti-Corruption, Bribery and Money Laundering


  • Comprehensive advice and representation in the areas of VAT, customs and free trade agreements
  • Registrations and declarations in Switzerland and abroad
  • Development of a tax-efficient business model including transfer pricing
  • IP structuring
  • Setting up an efficient group structure


  • Risk assessments (actual - target analyses) of compliance requirements relevant to the company
  • Development and implementation of internal compliance programmes (ICP) and internal control systems (ICS)
  • Management and expert training
  • Auditing and internal investigation
  • Ad hoc advice on export controls, sanctions and embargoes, import and export, customs, anti-corruption, bribery and money laundering
  • Representation in proceedings and litigation including criminal proceedings
  • Product classification EKN, ECCN, HS
  • Operational compliance management services
  • Support in licensing procedures for import and export (export controls such as war material, dual-use, embargo, dangerous goods)
  • Compliance in corruption and money laundering
  • Advice in supply chain transparency (conflict minerals, slavery, child labour, human rights, etc.)


  • The Legal 500



    "MME Legal | Tax | Compliance is specialised in advice on cross-border trade, where it acts for importers and exporters, insurers and logistics service providers. Practice head Raphael Brunner and his team are particularly experienced in compliance where work includes setting up internal programmes, performing risk assessments, handling cases of breaches of regulations and risk management. The group also advises on the drafting of logistics contracts and claims handling and enforcement."

    "Clients recommend MME Legal | Tax | Compliance because of its 'excellent knowledge of Swiss trade compliance laws'. Along with trade cases, the firm also advises logistics service providers and insurers, as well as handling more traditional transport matters in the aviation and maritime sectors – namely, yacht charter agreements and sale disputes, freight claims and Swiss airport service restructurings. Practice heads Raphael Brunner and Andreas Furrer lead a team known for its 'pragmatic approach and short response times' and 'high availability anywhere, any time' attitude. Other work includes advising on hardware and software export regulation and drafting contractual agreements for logistics service providers.

    "MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance handles dispute resolution, compliance, insurance and contractual advice regarding Swiss trade, distribution, logistics, transport and shipping law.Andreas Furrerand Raphael Brunner assist DPD Schweiz with all business matters, including the drafting of agreements with subcontractors and customers, and representation in negotiation and litigation proceedings. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and SBB also feature in the client roster.

    "With offices in Zurich and Zug, MME Legal | Tax | Compliance has a strong presence across German-speaking Switzerland. The team advises companies, family offices and individuals on corporate tax law, tax planning, compliance and real estate transactions as well as VAT and customs, among others. Samuel Bussmann and Andreas Müller in Zug are able to draw on their previous experience working at a Big Four company. Thomas Linder is a key contact for clients in the technology sector. Christoph Rechsteiner is also noted."

    "MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance’s ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team provides an ‘excellent service due to pragmatic and uncomplicated cooperation and appropriate response times’. The practice handles trade, distribution, logistics and shipping matters, and further focuses on compliance issues, financial claim enforcement and negotiations with business partners and administrative authorities across the entire transport sector. ‘International transport law expert’ Andreas Furrer has ‘great practical and theoretical knowledge’, ‘perfect client understanding’ and ‘tactical skills’, Raphael Brunner is ‘experienced in high-value marine insurance disputes’ and Peter Henschel is ‘deeply knowledgeable in export control law’.

    "High-quality, multilingual firm' MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance 'treats every client individually' and has 'a harmonising team of real specialists in various tax areas', including VAT and customs, domestic and international corporate tax, tax services for private clients and transactional support. 'Outstandingly pragmatic and internationally experienced' partner Samuel Bussmann assisted a US biotechnology company with the tax aspects of setting up operations in Europe, while the 'experienced and business-oriented' Andreas Müller advised a window manufacturer on the tax-efficient financing of its cross-border reorganisation and its tax-free IP transfer. 'Extraordinary project manager' Thomas Linder is a key contact for ICO tax structures."

    Practice head(s):

    Raphael Brunner


    ‘Besides the legal customs and transport competence, which is really excellent, the team around Raphael Brunner and Peter Henschel have a pronounced affinity to technology and business operations. This is really helpful in a challenging regulatory environments and increased use of technologies adapted on a global scale. Their work does not end with the classic legal activity. Great team and with an entrepreneurial mindset.’

    ‘Raphael Brunner is a pleasure to work with. He offers services with extensive knowledge in the field of transport, customs, export control and sanctions.’


  • Who's who legal

    • Raphael Brunner: Global Leader in Shipping 2021.
    • Raphael Brunner: National Leader in Transport 2021.

    WWL says: Raphael Brunner is a highly regarded lawyer with a wealth of experience in the transport, shipping and logistics sectors. 

  • BILANZ Top Law Firms Switzerland: "Tax and Duty Law"

    MME Legal | Tax | Compliance was awarded in Bilanz as one of the best law firms in the legal field "Tax and Duty Law" 2021. 

Your Team

We will be pleased to provide you with comprehensive and interdisciplinary advice in the areas of legal, tax and compliance.


  • I appreciate MME's exceptional knowledge of compliance and short response times. It is a pleasure to work with them, great team!

    Compliance Officer, MedTech Company
  • Excellent reponse time in complex matters with a fast and flexible well organized team equipped with deep legal and business knowledge.

    CFO, Textile Industry
  • MME's thorough expertise in export control has been key for Embotech in order to understand the challenges of entering export-controlled markets and applications.

    Andreas Kyrtatos (CEO), Embotech
  • MME enables us to grow as a compliant and reliable global player on the market of near space transportation. Their website says MME is a cutting edge firm, can not agree more on that.

    Compliance Officer, Space Industry
  • Professional and efficient. All of our export compliance questions were handled with utmost care and attention to tricky details.

    CEO, Technology & Trading Company