Press Release | Getting the Books in Order: Spencer West’s Swiss Expansion led by International Tax, Wealth Management and Regulatory Specialist, Gregory Walsh

Spencer West Expands Presence to Switzerland as Gregory Walsh Leads Legal Innovation in the Heart of Europe 

Spencer West, the trailblazing international law firm, is delighted to announce the launch of its newest office in Switzerland, led by highly regarded Founding Partner, Gregory Walsh, who joins the firm from Baker McKenzie where he was a Partner specialising in private capital in their Zurich office. This strategic move marks yet another significant milestone in Spencer West’s global expansion efforts.

Gregory Walsh, a US-qualified lawyer with a base in Switzerland, brings a wealth of expertise in international tax, wealth management, and regulatory affairs. His specialisation includes advising private wealth clients, such as family offices, on intricate international tax planning strategies. Gregory also offers invaluable counsel to financial institutions, guiding them through a myriad of international tax and wealth management challenges.

With a sharp focus on assisting clients in navigating global tax initiatives, Gregory has become a trusted advisor in matters of trust and company structures, FATCA/CRS (AEOI) compliance, US withholding tax, OECD tax initiatives, tax treaty matters, and individual and corporate tax planning. His extensive experience extends to advising on diverse corporate law and regulatory issues within the realms of wealth management and financial services.

“My goals are to continue providing high-quality service to international clients faced with the difficulties of navigating US-related cross-border issues,” stated Gregory. “At the same time, I am excited to combine these capabilities with the global reach, focus on private and business clients, and commercial expertise at Spencer West.”

Gregory continued, “The Swiss market for international legal services presents a unique opportunity, and Spencer West is poised to capitalise on it. With its wealth of expertise, particularly across the UK and other common-law as well as civil-law jurisdictions, Spencer West is well-positioned to meet the rising demand for cross-border legal services from Swiss-based and international private clients, financial institutions, and enterprises. Clients routinely seek advice on tax matters, corporate structures, regulatory compliance, and more, spanning multiple jurisdictions.”

In the initial phase, the primary focus will be on establishing and developing a core offering in Switzerland focused on private clients and financial institutions. Gregory Walsh and the Spencer West team are dedicated to introducing clients to colleagues in other jurisdictions, fostering collaboration, and facilitating cross-border solutions spanning the US, UK, and beyond.

Antoine West, Managing Partner at Spencer West, added “Switzerland stands as a beacon of stability and reputation in the global financial landscape, attracting clients from around the world. The country boasts a robust and reputable financial centre, catering to the needs of private clients, families, and family offices. With its internationally focused compliance and regulatory environment, Switzerland provides a predictable and internationally aligned platform for financial services.”

Spencer West Switzerland under Gregory Walsh’s leadership promises a blend of international legal expertise, personalised service, and a deep understanding of the Swiss financial landscape.

Antoine West
Managing Partner - Co-Founder
Antoine West is a Partner Solicitor at Spencer West. He specialises corporate and commercial, construction claims, commercial dispute resolution & professional negligence.
Gregory Walsh
Partner - Tax, Private Wealth and Financial Services
Gregory Walsh Founding Partner at Spencer West Switzerland