NKF bolsters its Technology and Tax practices with two Lateral Hires and welcomes Clara-Ann Gordon and Christina Rinne

Niederer Kraft Frey is pleased to announce the expansion of its Technology and Tax practices through the additions of Clara-Ann Gordon and Christina Rinne, effective 1 September 2016. Clara-Ann and Christina were previously partners at Pestalozzi in Zurich.

Clara-Ann Gordon will join NKF as a partner. Her areas of expertise include IT, telecommunications and media law with extensive experience in advising and representing clients in IT and outsourcing transactions as well as before state and arbitration courts. Clara-Ann also has a breadth of experience in data protection, internal investigations/e-discovery, internet and telecommunications matters. She is recognized by Chambers and other legal directories as a leading TMT lawyer. Clara-Ann will work closely with András Gurovits, the head of NKF’s Technology practice who himself is widely regarded as one of Switzerland’s top TMT lawyers.

Christina Rinne will join NKF as a counsel. Christina is a tax specialist with over 18 years of experience advising internationally active enterprises and other sophisticated clients in connection with Swiss and European VAT, Customs and Excise Duty as well as Foreign Trade matters. Before joining her previous law firm, she qualified as a lawyer and tax specialist in Germany and headed the indirect tax practice of a “Big four” accounting firm in Zurich. She is highly recommended by Chambers and other legal directories and will be part of the 12 member NKF tax team headed by Thomas Graf.

Philippe Weber, NKF’s managing partner, comments: “We are excited to welcome Clara-Ann Gordon and Christina Rinne, who ideally complement our strategy to grow organically with the support of selected, first class lateral hires. NKF has demonstrated itself as an attractive workplace that fosters an international perspective while being strongly committed to diversity. During the last two years NKF has made four new female partners and two new female counsels, four of which homegrown. No other tier 1 Swiss law firm employs more foreign law qualified lawyers, truly supporting its multi-faceted legal practice and perspective. International mindset and diversity will continue to be principal pillars of our growth strategy in the interest of our people and our clients.”

Clara-Ann Gordon: “I am delighted to join Niederer Kraft Frey. There are interesting times ahead with significant changes in the regulation of data processing, resulting in an impact on many technology solutions, hosting and outsourcing arrangements. Together with András Gurovits, I look forward to further developing and expanding Niederer Kraft Frey’s dedicated Technology department to be one of Switzerland’s leading teams in this area.”

Christina Rinne: “Niederer Kraft Frey has a professional and multi-faceted tax team like only few other Swiss law firms. I am very much looking forward to bringing my indirect tax expertise to this extraordinary focused environment.”

With the new arrivals, Niederer Kraft Frey currently employs over 100 lawyers, comprising 34 partners and 4 counsels.