Denise Pagani Zambelli

Denise Pagani Zambelli

Vice Director

Vicolo Nassetta 2

CH-6900 Lugano

+41 91 9231322

About me

After studying law at the University of Basel, I was admitted to the bar and later specialised further in the field of tax law by obtaining a post-graduate Master’s degree in Tax Law. In my professional experience I have taken on positions of responsibility as manager and deputy manager in leading national and international tax and legal advisory firms and have contributed to the opening and start-up of the Ticino branch of a major Zurich law firm. My fields of activity range from providing tax and legal advice to individuals (with particular reference to international cross-border issues), to advising companies, both in relation to tax matters and to specific legal issues such as, among others, contract law, labour and social insurance law and inheritance law.

Areas of activity

  • National and international tax consultancy
  • HR legal advice (labour law, contract law, social insurance)
  • Negotiation of tax agreements (tax rulings) for natural and legal persons
  • Consultancy in corporate reorganisations/restructuring (M&A)
  • Advice on national and international relocation of individuals
  • Counselling and succession planning
  • Tax advice in real estate transactions
  • Drafting of contracts and shareholders’ agreements
  • Legal advice for financial intermediaries (LSerFi/LIsFi)

Professional experience

  • Vice director Fiduciaria Mega SA, Lugano (since 2018)
  • Altenburger Ltd Legal + Tax, Lugano (branch manager) and Zurich (2014-2018)
  • Lawyer at a leading trust company, Lugano (2012-2014)
  • Manager in the Tax & Legal department of Deloitte SA, Lugano (2006-2012)
  • Brunoni Molino Mottis law firm, Lugano (2005-2006)
  • Deloitte SA, Lugano (2004-2005)


  • Licentiate in Law at the University of Basel, lic. iur. (2001)
  • Admission to the bar at the Court of Appeal in Lugano (2003)
  • Master of Advanced Studies in tax law (2008)

Affiliations and qualifications

  • IFA – International Fiscal Association
  • AMASTL – SUPSI Master of Advanced Studies in Tax Law Association (Vice-President)


  • Italian
  • German
  • English
  • French