Seeger, Frick & Partner is Liechtenstein's oldest law firm. Its roots go back to the 19th century when Christoph Wanger started a firm for legal advice and financial transactions. The firm was continued by Louis Seeger in 1912. Since then Seeger, Frick & Partner have grown steadly to a size where their partners give advice, render legal opinions and litigate in all areas of law.
1850: The law firm Seeger, Frick & Partner was founded by Christoph Wanger in the mid-18th century. In 1848 Wanger became a member of parliament in the first Germany-wide parliament in Frankfurt’s St. Paul’s Church. The MPs of the individual German federal states came together in order to devise a new constitution and to debate various major political questions. Upon returning home in 1850, Wanger also became a member of the Liechtenstein Diet and worked as a legal agent. He founded an office providing "an extensive range of services in the financial sector" as well as legal consultancy and representation, took over property services, money lending and insurance-related services, for which he received a licence from the princely government in Vaduz.
In 1894 the enterprise was passed on to Jakob Wanger and, following his death in 1912, on to Louis Seeger. His son, Erich Seeger joined the office in 1943 and became a lawyer. In 1990 and 1992 respectively, the latter’s son Wolfgang and daughter Marion Seeger followed in his footsteps and renamed the law firm "Seeger & Seeger".
Since 2001, the rest of the partners have joined and continually strengthened the presence and competence of our law firm, with its long and successful history, bringing it to its present strength. In 2002, when Dr Mario Frick joined the name was changed to "Seeger, Frick & Partner". In 2007, the law firm became a public limited company.
LIECHTENSTEIN AS A CENTRE OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE
The principality of Liechtenstein is a constitutional hereditary monarchy with a parliamentary and democratic basis. This unites the stabilising elements of a monarchy with direct democracy.
The political climate is strongly defined by value conservatism and economic liberalism.
In 1699, Prince Hans Adam von Liechtenstein acquired the dominion of Schellenberg and in 1712 he added the county of Vaduz. As a country, Liechtenstein came into existence when Kaiser Karl VI unified the two territories as the principality of Liechtenstein in 1719. In 1806, the Principality became formally independent and since then has remained more or less untouched by war.
Today, with its approximately 36,500 inhabitants, Liechtenstein is one of the smallest yet strongest industrialized countries in the world. Companies such as Hilti AG, Hilcona AG, ThyssenKrupp Presta AG and Ivoclar AG are some of the biggest names in their industrial sectors. Clients from all over the world make use of the highly attractive corporate legal system and the stable general regulations. The trust centre (Treuhandplatz) and the Liechtenstein Foundation have become well known and are implemented widely, above all in the areas of asset structuring and estate and inheritance planning. Other forms of organisation such as the establishment, the corporation or the trust (following the common law model) are also used.
Through the customs union with Switzerland and simultaneous membership in the European Liechtenstein meets European standards whilst at the same time enjoying access to both markets. As one British politician put it: Thanks to this double-membership in the two ‘economic areas’, Liechtenstein has “the best of both worlds”. Liechtenstein is thus able to profit from the stable Swiss franc whilst Liechtenstein companies have comprehensive and direct opportunities to provide services to the EU – unlike their Swiss counterparts.
In Liechtenstein, there has been full employment for several decades meaning that despite – or perhaps because of – the very liberal employment law, there are no social tensions.
Liechtenstein’s tax law is flexible and the tax rates are very reasonable, as is the public administration. Liechtenstein’s tax law meets all OECD criteria as well as the European requirements in terms of state assistance. The country has no national debt and instead has high reserves, which meant it was able to sail through the financial crisis with a clean AAA rating.
Short distances and the excellent client-orientation of the public administration make it possible to be active in Liechtenstein and to reach the entire world easily, and to be more flexible and swifter in doing so than in other places.