Michaela Merz


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100 years of ‘Circus Knie’


We didn’t have any tickets for the circus performance and it was sold out. Reason dictated it wouldn’t make any sense to go to the venue and ask for a ticket at the counter. It was November, it was cold and rainy. To watch a movie at home seemed like the better solution. We went anyway.

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I’m stupid!!!


I need to manage a lot of different projects at the moment. My calendar is fully booked and there isn’t space for anything new until the end of October. But when the call came in, I knew that it was an emergency and that I needed to help. I had to move all my appointments, had to apologise to a lot of people and arrange new meetings. Friday was thus fully booked out from morning till evening. As I travel a lot, I am well organised and I find packing easy. But because of this exceptional situation I had to take an additional bag.

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4. Schweizer MWST-Tagung, Bellevue Palace Bern, 14. November 2019


Die Mehrwertsteuer befindet sich in einem steten Wandel und wird immer transparenter. Dies macht es für Sie, als Entscheidungsträger, immer schwieriger die gesetzlichen und behördlichen Vorgaben effizient und kostengünstig einzuhalten. Dazu kommen der technische Fortschritt und die Digitalisierung, die den absehbaren Wandel herbeiführen, gleichzeitig aber auch neue Chancen zur Prozessoptimierung bieten. Es gilt, diese Faktoren in Ihrem Unternehmen unter einen Hut zu bringen und diese Hürden zu meistern. Continue reading


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Fête des Vignerons 2019


I arrived in Vevey on Saturday alongside 22’000 people. Vevey is one of the most idyllic cities that I know – Riverbanks, mountains, vineyards. Now, to top it off, this festival. The spectacle takes place once every 20/25 years. The first one was in the year of 1797, the most recent one in 1999. The budget for the festival amounts to an unbelievable amount of 100 Million francs. There are 6’500 participants, 5’500 actors, 1’000 musicians, cows, goats, hoarses – it is massive. I don’ recall ever having seen anything so wondrously colorful and varied in my life. The actors are from the region and are amateurs. They wear bright costumes and perform with an unbelievable amount of passion and pride. The director of the festivity, Danielle Finzi Pasca, who was a clown at Circus Nock, directed the closing ceremony at the Olympics in Torino and Sochi. What he put together in Vevey with the ensemble was huge and unforgettable. What impressed me the most, were the participants who created something unique through countless hours of work. You can join the spectacle till the 11th of August. Otherwise in the year of 2040. The journey is worth it.

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LONZA: Senior Tax Manager – M&A and Swiss tax (Full-Time)


Lonza is looking for support, please see below:

For our Global Tax Function in Basel, Switzerland, we have an open position for a dynamic Senior Tax Manager, focusing on M&A tax and Swiss tax. We are looking for a tax professional eager to develop and take responsibilities in a fast moving company.

What is it all about?

As Senior Manager (M&A tax / Swiss tax), you will be working closely with the Group Head of Tax and members of the global tax team on group-wide initiatives. A key focus will be on M&A projects, where you will be driving the tax workstream. You will also be responsible for managing all Swiss tax matters arising within the Lonza Group. Moreover, you will contribute to enhancing and monitoring the Group’s tax processes and controls.

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LONZA: Indirect Tax Director (Full-Time)


Lonza is looking for support, please see below:

For our Global Tax Function in Basel, Switzerland, we have an open position for a dynamic Indirect Tax Director. We are seeking an experienced tax professional eager to take global responsibilities for indirect tax in a fast moving company.

What is it all about?

As Lonza’s Indirect Tax Director, you will be responsible for all indirect tax matters within the Lonza Group along with a small team of indirect tax experts. Your responsibilities will encompass defining and executing strategic priorities while overseeing compliance processes (around 50 registrations). Furthermore, you will be managing risks as well as pursuing opportunities and process efficiencies (incl. automation). Acting as a business partner, you will advise numerous internal stakeholders (e.g. Business Service Operations, Sales Operations, Supply Chain, IT) on indirect tax matters.

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AXPO: Senior Manager International VAT 100% f/m


The Axpo Group produces, trades and distributes energy reliably in Switzerland and in over 30 countries throughout Europe. Around 4500 employees combine the expertise from 100 years of climate-friendly power production with innovative strength for a sustainable energy future. Axpo is an international leader in energy trading and in the development of tailor-made energy solutions for its customers. Continue reading