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Christophe Emonet

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Dispute resolution / Insolvency and corporate recovery / White-collar crime.


Christophe Emonet heads the Geneva Litigation & Arbitration Group and the White-collar crime practice. He specializes in (inter)national banking/commercial disputes & investigations, regulatory & white collar crime matters (corporate/financial fraud & corruption). He has broad experience in asset recovery and cross-border bankruptcies. Christophe Emonet represents financial institutions, corporations, foreign states and HNWIs that request his assistance for strategic matters and complex negotiations.


University of Geneva (lic.iur., 1995). Foreign trainee at Solicitors and Barristers in London (1996). Bar admission (1998). Joined Pestalozzi (1999). Foreign Associate in two major law firms in Madrid and Buenos Aires (1999). Partner at Pestalozzi (2004). Member of the Management Board (2017).


French, English, Spanish.


International Bar Association, Swiss and Geneva Bar Associations, Institut Suisse des Administrateurs et Dirigeants d’Entreprise (ISADE), Association Genevoise de droit des affaires (AGDA).


Banking and finance: Geneva

Within: Banking and finance: Geneva

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd stands out for its transaction, regulatory and litigation expertise, including handling civil claims, compliance issues, asset recovery and white-collar crime investigations. Christophe Emonet is advising a Swiss-listed bank on regulatory changes and cross-selling issues in international banking, and is also handling tax compliance litigation against the bank's clients. Ludivine Boisard and Sébastien Roy assisted the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on financings and commodities trade transactions.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Pestalozzi has 'deep-bench expertise around the Swiss court system'. The team is most experienced in the commodities and financial sectors, as well as post-M&A and white-collar crime cases. 'Top practitioner' Christophe Emonet 'deeply cares about his clients' and is representing the Republic of Kazakhstan and the City of Almaty in multi-jurisdictional investigations, global recovery actions and civil disputes against former public agent Viktor Khrapunov. Commercial litigator Michael Kramer, who is based in Zurich, is another core practitioner. Thomas Rohner, Laurent Killias, Florian Mohs and Beat Mumenthaler are other names to note.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Pestalozzi handles insolvency proceedings, asset recovery actions, restructurings, insolvency-related litigation and the recognition process for foreign bankruptcies in Switzerland. Recent highlights for Christophe Emonet include representing the First International Bank of Israel in a loan recovery and avoidance claim against several foreign diamond trade companies. Zurich-based Thomas Rohner is also noted.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

The Geneva office of Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd assists with banking, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal investigations, financing and M&A transactions. Sébastien Roy and Christophe Emonet are well known for the aforementioned areas, while MichÚle Burnier handles IP and TMT matters.

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Private client

Within: Private client

The 'professional, solution-oriented, flexible and efficient' private client practice at Pestalozzi stands out for its 'know-how and commitment to philanthropic matters' and houses 'some excellent litigators'. It focuses on the global planning, coordination and structuring of private wealth and business assets, using its expertise in tax, inheritance, trust and estate, property and private equity law. Oliver Widmer advises Cern on the merger of two foundations, while Christophe Emonet represents a Russian oligarch in a claim against a Swiss private bank concerning losses in the client's account. 'Skilled, approachable and thoughtful' Thomas Rohner is recommended for his 'high-end international litigation work'.

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