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Oliver Widmer

Work +41 44 217 91 11

Work Department

Banking and Finance / Capital markets / Private banking / Private clients.


Practice in banking, finance and capital markets in regulatory (including FinTech and crypto/blockchain matters) and transactional matters. Further areas of work include private equity, trust, foundation and estate planning matters. Advises domestic and international banks, financial institutions, wealth management service providers and high net worth individuals as well as borrowers and capital markets' issues. Additionally, Oliver Widmer is an authorised issuer’s representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange.


University of Zurich (lic. iur., 1998). Bar Admission (2000). Joined Pestalozzi (2001). London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc., Law and Accounting, 2002). Partner at Pestalozzi (2009). Head of Private Clients Practice Group.


German, English, French.


International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss and Zurich Bar Association, Law Society of England & Wales, Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), member of the admission board and the regulatory board of BX Swiss.


Banking and finance: Zurich

Within: Banking and finance: Zurich

Finance transactions, regulatory advice, as well as ancillary services in tax, dispute resolution and compliance are core areas of expertise at Pestalozzi. In recent highlights, Oliver Widmer advised GE Capital on multiple factoring transactions, and assisted Instimatch Global with drafting a new business model, which enables corporations to lend to borrowers. Urs Klöti advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch International on the implementation of a Brexit plan, involving applications for new banking and securities dealer licences.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Pestalozzi has strength in derivative and high-yield bond issuances, mainly acting for banks and companies. Other areas of expertise range from transactions, IPOs, private equity financing, private investment in public equity offerings and securitisation to fintech products and regulatory matters. Crédit Agricole, EON, RWE, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are among its clients for securitisation and real estate-related capital markets transactions, while Nordea Bank, HSBC and Danske Bank were advised on their respective structured notes programmes. Practice lead Urs Klöti and partner Oliver Widmer are the key practitioners. Debt capital markets lawyer Beat Schwarz and stock exchange specialist Severin Roelli are other names to note.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.

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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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