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Firms To Watch: Banking and finance: Geneva

With the opening of its new offices in Geneva on January 1st 2023, Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd is growing its Geneva banking and finance practice by advising clients on cross-border bank regulatory, enforcement matters, licensing, and financing transactions. The team is headed by Phidias Ferrari, Nicolas Kuonen, and Andrea Wuerzner.
Kellerhals Carrard supports clients in the areas of retail and private banking, investment banking, finance, regulatory, and fintech. The team is headed by Jean-Luc Chenaux, who advises clients on financings for transactional matters, and Arnaud Philippe, who joined from Bär & Karrer Ltd. in January 2022.
Eversheds Sutherland AG‘s international banking and finance team, overseen by Patrick Eberhardt, has particular strengths in structuring trade finance loans, international trade sanction advice, and the drafting and negotiation of documentation.

Banking and finance: Geneva in Switzerland

Lenz & Staehelin

The ‘proactive, available, and very pragmatic’ team at Lenz & Staehelin advises domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of banking and finance matters including refinancing, sustainability-linked, acquisition financings, regulatory advice, and fintech-related matters. The team is headed by the ‘highly experienced’ Shelby du Pasquier who has extensive expertise advising financial institutions, offshore private equity, hedge fund managers on various legal and regulatory matters as well as internal investigations. Olivier Stahler assists financial institutions, industrial groups, and commodities traders with regulatory advice, in particular the granting of licenses. François Rayroux has a key focus on asset management and regulatory matters, specifically new regulatory developments, such as digitalisation, and financial products. David Ledermann has expertise in complex equity financing for privately held companies, convertible debt financing and debt financing backed by traditional and non-traditional assets, while Fedor Poskriakov has specialist knowledge in advising on new technologies, such as DLT and fintech-business models. Other key team members include Valérie Menoud, Laurence Vogt Scholler, and Isy Isaac Sakkal.

Practice head(s):

Shelby du Pasquier

Other key lawyers:

François Rayroux; Olivier Stahler; David Ledermann; Fedor Poskriakov; Valérie Menoud; Laurence Vogt Scholler; Isy Isaac Sakkal


‘Lenz & Staehelin has a highly experienced practice, with a great knowledge of the Swiss regulator and the Swiss banking practice. They have a high expertise in financing, regulatory or global market with a pragmatic/solution driven mindset.’

‘Shelby du Pasquier is a highly experienced partner. He is available when needed and provides timely advice. He is also reassuring to his clients and very well respected by regulators. Isy Isaac Sakkal is a very good senior lawyer working with Shelby and is always keen to assist the firm’s clients in particular on banking/financing regulations and administrative procedures.

François Rayroux is a very skilled banking and regulatory lawyer. He is always available when needed, solution-oriented and pragmatic.’

‘Lenz & Staehelin is a great law firm, clearly meeting the high expectations coming with the reputation. Great internal network of subject matter experts, which are pulled in as and when required.’

‘David Ledermannclearly stands out: highly skilled, very engaged, super pragmatic, client-centric lawyer. Avoids unnecessary rounds of negotiations, very commercially minded, and always focused on finding a solution. 

‘François Rayroux is extremely well connected in the fund and asset management industry and with relevant authorities. Therefore, he has a great overview on market practices overall and on future developments of the law.’

‘They are very proactive, available, and very pragmatic to find a solution.’

‘I have been working with Olivier Stahler for more than 15 years on funds and asset management regulatory topics generally. He consistently combines extremely high technical knowledge with strong business acumen.’

Key clients


Amundi Suisse SA

Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint

Aviva Investors Global Services

Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

Banque Syz SA

BNP Paribas Group


Barclays Bank

Citibank Group


Crédit Agricole Group

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Equistone Partners

Goldman Sachs





ING Bank


Banco Itau

J.P. Morgan

Kennedy Lewis Investment Management


Legal and General Investment Management Limited

Macquarie Group

New York Digital Investment Group



OROX Asset Management

Pargesa Holding SA

Pensionskasse SBB

Pictet Group



Raiffeisen Bank


REYL Intesa Sanpaolo


SIX Swiss Exchange

Société Générale



Swissquote Bank SA



Unigestion S.A.


Bank Vontobel AG

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal advisor to Swissquote Bank in relation to the structuring and implementation of Yuh, a new online digital banking platform and app for retail investors in Switzerland.
  • Assisted Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate SICAV, for the purpose of its capital increase of CHF 290m and the listing of its new shares on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd assists Swiss and foreign banks and other financial institutions, such as investment firms, insurance companies, fund management companies and asset managers, with a broad range of matters, including establishment and licensing, regulation of financial services, enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. The team is particularly strong on the transactional side – assisting clients with syndicated loan facilities and acquisition finance, structured finance transactions, derivatives, and asset management. The team is led by Grégoire Wuest, who has a special focus on multi-jurisdictional transactions involving non-standard and highly valuable assets securing borrowings as well as cross-border acquisitions, and Tarek Houdrouge, whose practice covers advising banks, financial institutions and financial intermediaries on regulatory matters, cross-border activities, lending transactions, distribution of financial products, and fintech. Caroline Clemetson handles requests with FINMA for securities firms, fintech banking licences, amendment of banks, and implementing new regulations such as ESG within banking institutions whilst Grégoire Tribolet advises numerous clients, both established banks and fintech start-ups, on their projects related to blockchain technology. Other key team members include Christoph Vonlanthen, Joane Etienne, Luc Thévenoz, and Edmond Kohler.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Wuest; Tarek Houdrouge

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Clemetson; Grégoire Tribolet; Christoph Vonlanthen, Luc Thévenoz; Joane Etienne; Edmond Kohler


‘They can anticipate the key challenges we could face in the banking industry so that we can manage them proactively. They demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the legal aspect of our work, but also a good understanding of the cultural specificities of our firm.’

‘They are very innovative as they are also able to support us in legal aspects of new technologies such as blockchain or tokenization.’

‘ Tarek Houdrouge demonstrates both a very strong in-depth legal knowledge in each specific banking topic I addressed with him, and very good strategy skills. ’

‘The Schellenberg Wittmer team has very practicable solutions for business. They understand the market and the related risk areas. It is always a pleasure to discuss legal topics with the team. They provide very useful insights.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge is knowledgeable, understands the issues and provides very clear solutions. It is always a pleasure to work with him.’

‘ The team provides fast answers and efficient handling of requests.’


Key clients


BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland

Credit Suisse

Crypto Fund AG

Nord Anglia Education


eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank

Reuss Private Group AG

Helvetische Bank AG

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

Banco Santander

Banque Thaler

Bank Vontobel

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

Mirabaud & Cie SA


Reichmuth Investment Management AG


Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

Oxford Finance LLC


Standard Chartered


Barclays Bank PLC

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Schroder & Co Bank

Pierer Mobility AG

Alpian SA

Lennox International

Computershare / Equatex

Aldo Group

LokRoll3 AG

Arsenal Capital Partners

CAT Financial Products Ltd.

1875 Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Beaumier in connection with a €200m loan from Cheyne Capital.
  • Assisted the founding partners of 1875 Finance on its strategic partnership with Reyl & Cie SA,  whereby Reyl has acquired a 40% interest in 1875 Finance.
  • Advised Swiss Start-up Swiss4.0 SA on obtaining its fintech license with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. advises Swiss banks and Swiss affiliates of foreign banks and other financial institutions on legal issues in contractual matters, regulatory and compliance matters, financing and derivatives projects, and complex civil, criminal and enforcement proceedings. Practice co-head Cédric Chapuis regularly advises Swiss and foreign clients on domestic and international transactions, as well as general corporate matters. Frédéric Bétrisey, who also co-heads the practice, is praised for his ‘deep knowledge and understanding of the Swiss regulatory jungle’. Martin Anderson guides clients through financing transactions while Andrew M. Garbarski handles financial and commercial litigation and Christoph Suter advises on the taxation of financial instruments.

Practice head(s):

Cédric Chapuis; Frédéric Bétrisey

Other key lawyers:

Martin Anderson; Andrew M. Garbarski; Christoph Suter; Vera Waldburger; Lionel Jeanneret


‘The team of Bär & Karrer are very responsive and always combine their excellent legal knowledge with a pragmatic business-focused approach.’

‘Frédéric Bétrisey is an outstanding lawyer with longstanding experience and his deep knowledge and understanding of the Swiss regulatory jungle. ’

‘The services provided by Bär & Karrer’s Finance Team in Geneva are straightforward and based on long experience in the finance market. ’

‘Frédéric Bétrisey handles the negotiations in multi-party setups well and brings valuable solutions acceptable for all parties to the table. He can explain technical aspects to clients in a straightforward manner.’


Key clients

Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.

SAM Swiss Association of Wealth Managers


Romande Energie Holding SA

La Banque postale

Work highlights

  • Assists SAM with the drafting of new recommendations for de minimis collective asset managers.
  • Acts as legal advisor to Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. on its strategic business partnership with Gonet & Cie SA.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law

FBT Attorneys-at-Law advises Swiss and foreign banks, securities dealers, insurance companies, investment fund and fund management companies, collective asset managers, asset managers and family offices on banking and finance regulations, including securities dealers, market infrastructure and derivatives, collective investment schemes, and financial services. The firm has a special focus on Swiss-French cross-border issues and often collaborates with its Paris office. Team head Frédérique Bensahel has expertise in banking and financial regulation, investment funds, cross-border activities, securities offering, collective investment schemes (both regulatory and contractual aspects), private equity and asset management, and complex financial disputes. Marco Villa advises large domestic and international banks and financial companies on banking contract law and financial regulations while Jean-Marie Kiener has expertise in derivatives and market infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Frédérique Bensahel

Other key lawyers:

Marco Villa; Jean-Marie Kiener; Jean-Louis Tsimaratos; Veronique Chatelain; Serge Fasel; Olivia de Weck; Aurelie Moyal-Azra


‘ The team provides concise and speedy answers.’

‘Frédérique Bensahel, Serge Fasel, and Olivia de Weck are straightforward and have very good knowledge in their areas.’

‘The FBT team is great. They have very deep knowledge of banking civil law. It is always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Olivia De Weck is an excellent lawyer and provides very good legal advice. She has always a very clear view on strategies to be taken.’

‘The team takes care of all issues related to investment funds; the team is led by Frédérique Bensahel who has 30 years of experience and who is assisted by well-chosen associates.’

‘I have known and worked with Jean-Louis Tsimaratos and Frédérique Bensahel for 30 years now. Both are bright, available, and reactive. Both are specialised in asset management and perfectly understand the fund industry and its cross-border aspects.’

‘FBT has well-integrated contentious and transactional teams, which collaborate effectively. They are well-versed in cross-border disputes and work seamlessly with law firms in other jurisdictions.’

‘Frédérique Bensahel is a leader in her field with unrivalled connections across the market. She is pragmatic and commercial. Jean-Marie Kiener is great to work with, collegiate, intelligent, and articulate. Aurelie Moyal-Azra has huge technical expertise.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the client/borrower on a CHF 1.5 billion revolving syndicated credit facility.
  • Advising a client on the purchase of the share capital of a Swiss bank.

MLL Legal

MLL Legal provides a wide range of legal services to financial institutions, funds, investors, and private individuals from regulatory advice, such as license requests, to complex financing transactions, including asset lending and acquisition financing. The team is headed by Dmitry A Pentsov, whose practice covers syndicated loans, pre-export financing, and other similar transactions, with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe, and Mona Stephenson, who advises Swiss and international companies, banks and corporations on national and international debt financing, private equity, corporate governance and commercial contracts. Jean-Luc Herbez, Bernard Lachenal, and Alain Le Fort are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry A. Pentsov; Mona Stephenson

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Luc Herbez; Bernard Lachenal; Alain Le Fort; Léonard Stoyanov; Grégoire Schafroth


‘The team is prepared in every field, so if you turn to them, you can be sure that your case will be entrusted to the best professional.’

‘Mona Stephenson is always available to give clarifications and does so in a simple way for those without legal expertise.’

‘The banking & finance practice at MLL Legal has consistently gone above and beyond our expectations. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication proved to us that we made the right decision to start working with them.’

‘The attorneys with whom we worked showed great professionalism and dedication to their work. They coped well with everything that was required of them.’

Key clients

Banque Privée BCP (Suisse) SA

Geremant SA

Global Keys SA

ING Bank, N.V. London Branch

Longbow Finance SA

OTP Bank PLC, Hungary

Swiss Bridge Capital

Passy Invest SA

Investa Solutions SA

Claritis SA

Reznik Paz Nevo Trusts Ltd.

EuroChem Group AG

Work highlights

  • Regularly advised EuroChem Group AG on Swiss law aspects of its cross-border financial transactions, notably, revolving credit facilities and syndicated loans.
  • Advised ING Bank N.V., London branch, on Swiss law aspects of a multicurrency revolving credit facility agreement, concluded between, among others, MET Holding AG and ING Bank N.V.
  • Advised Reznik Paz Nevo Trusts Ltd. on all aspects of creating and perfecting securities interests in shares (i.e. in intermediated securities) and monies deposited in certain Swiss bank accounts.


OBERSON ABELS SA provides ‘pragmatic and effective advice’ to financial market actors on obtaining FINMA licenses, licenses for financial products and subsidiaries and branches, and acquiring stakes in Swiss financial institutions. The team also assists clients with contractual issues and regulatory compliance. The team is headed by Pascale Fontana and Antoine Amiguet who both advise domestic and foreign financial institutions, in particular banks, securities houses, insurance companies, collective investment schemes, pension funds, trust companies and independent asset managers on Swiss banking and financial regulations. Sonia De la Fuente is a further key team member.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Fischer; Antoine Amiguet

Other key lawyers:

Sonia De la Fuente


‘The team understand the financial market and know how to tailor its advice to the need of the client.

‘Philip Fischer is in particular very responsive, highly skilled and has a long lasting experience.’

‘Pragmatic and effective advice.’


Pestalozzi‘s ‘pragmatic and helpful’ team advises lenders and borrowers on Swiss law-governed and cross-border international finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance, mezzanine financings, syndicated loans, and commodities trade financing. The team also has a regulatory practice which assists clients with compliance matters, licenses, and the structuring of new financial services. The practice is headed by Sébastien Roy, whose practice covers financing, M&A transactions and private equity, and Christophe Emonet, who specialises in international banking disputes and investigations. Ludivine Boisard‘s practice covers all types of domestic and cross-border banking transactions while Nicolas Herren handles banking disputes arising from contractual and regulatory issues. Other key team members include Christophe Berclaz, who has expertise in banking disputes with multi-jurisdictional aspects, and Jean-Baptiste Lhôte, who specialises in commercial law and banking transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Roy; Christophe Emonet

Other key lawyers:

Ludivine Boisard; Nicolas Herren; Christophe Berclaz; Jean-Baptiste Lhôte


‘Very commercial and user-friendly advice.’

‘Sébastien Roy is an excellent lawyer – he is my go-to Swiss counsel. He demonstrates the perfect combination of technical acumen and commercial nous. Crucially, he understands the requirements of the broader European market and ensures his team delivers on all aspects in a clear and concise matter.’

‘The banking team at Pestalozzi are pragmatic and helpful. Excellent transaction management.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Barclays Bank

Barclays Capital

Berkshire Hathaway

Blackstone Credit

BNP Paribas


Clarion Partners

Cott Beverages

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Fahad Al-Rajaan, UHNWI

Fahad Al-Rajaan (UHNWI), companies he is a BO and his family


Goldman Sachs


International Finance Corporation

JP Morgan

Kreos Capital VI (UK) Limited

Maxeon Solar Technologies

Metinvest International SA

Noble Corporation

River Rock

Saxo Bank (Schweiz) AG



UniCredit Bank AG

Welltec International ApS

Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB)

Many more Swiss and non-Swiss banks and financial institutions

Further, Pestalozzi also represents numerous notable borrowers of finance, particularly commodities traders based in Switzerland such as Glencore, Trafigura, Vitol, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Group, Metinvest, et al.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Estate of the late Fahad Al Rajaan in ongoing cross-border investigations and banking claims in Switzerland and the UK.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. advises domestic and international banks, securities firms, financial institutions, and fintechs on high-profile financial transactions and regulatory compliance. The team also excels at banking litigation. The team is headed by Patrick W. Vogel who leads large banking cross-border M&A transactions which involve financing, regulatory and banking matters and require cooperation with local counsel in various jurisdictions. Hubertus Hillerström, who specialises in national and international financing, has supported several oil and gas, metals and soft commodities and trade finance operations. Adriano Antonietti has a key focus on regulatory and compliance matters, including obtaining FINMA authorisations and drafting contractual documentation to ensure compliance. Liburn Mehmetaj, who joined from Lenz & Staehelin in January 2023, has expertise in a broad range of specialized services in the banking and finance field, such as licensing, compliance, litigation, and crisis management. Valentine Schnyder, who advises banks and financial institutions on regulatory aspects related to their activities, is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Patrick W. Vogel

Other key lawyers:

Hubertus Hillerström; Adriano Antonietti; Liburn Mehmetaj; Valentine Schnyder


‘Liburn Mehmetaj has immense experience and is very efficient. He is my go-to lawyer in Geneva.’

‘The team is highly organized and experts in their field.’

‘The entire Walder Wyss team was highly professional and collaborative in their approach. We had an extraordinarily complex and tight acquisition (2-week timeline), and the team completed it. ’

‘We had Patrick Vogel as our deal team lead, who set the example for his entire team. Patrick had keen insight to the heart of the issue. His ability to understand the core business issues and blend them with the legal documentation really stood out.’

‘Walder Wyss’ Geneva team has an excellent understanding of the business and needs of the banking sector, which renders the structuring and implementation of transactions very efficient.’

‘Hubertus Hillerström is a partner with outstanding knowledge of banking, finance, and corporate law.’

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the broad lending topic, coped with a capacity to adapt for the innovation thought.’

‘Hubertus Hillerström was great in leading the legal framework of our product. As we were launching a new solution, we were pushing the boundaries of the traditional framework.’

Key clients

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

Bank Vontobel AG

Bank Zweiplus AG

Banque Cantonale Vaudoise

Bobst Group SA

Cequr SA

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Endeavour Vision SA

Ichnos Sciences Inc.

Infrascreen SA

ING Bank N.V., Amsterdam, Lancy/Geneva Branch

JBF Finance SA

KomGo SA

RMG The Risk Management Group (Suisse) SA

Société Générale

Swisscom Ventures AG

Token flow Insights SA

Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA

UBS Switzerland AG

Work highlights

  • Advised UBP and RMG on the CHF 500 million sale and leaseback transaction relating to the real property of Hôpital de La Tour.
  • Advised JBF Finance SA and Bobst Group SA on a CHF 419.5 million term loan and revolving credit facilities with UBS Switzerland AG and Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.
  • Provided assistance to Komgo SA on the acquisition of Canada-based GlobalTrade Corporation (GTC).

Baker McKenzie

Full-service firm Baker McKenzie provides advice on a broad range of banking and finance matters, including sanctions affecting financial institutions, debt financing transactions, loans and leveraged acquisition finance, and structured finance. Practice head Jingjin Guo advises banks and borrowers on financial transactions, loans and credit facilities, including trade finance, aircraft financing, securitization, and debt listing. Other key team members include Diana Bellido Gomes and Tatiana Ayranova.

Practice head(s):

Jingjin Guo

Other key lawyers:

Diana Bellido Gomes; Tatiana Ayranova

Key clients

UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG


Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB)

IG Bank SA

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Bank Julius Baer

Société Générale


UniCredit Bank AG

ING Bank N.V.


Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Aareal Bank


Deposit Solutions GmbH

Ambienta Capital

Ufenau Capital Partners

Quilvest (Switzerland) AG

Arbonia AG

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

Patrimonium Private Equity Fund

Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

RRJ Capital

Yorkville Advisors

CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

Clariant AG

Argo-Hytos Group

Allied World Group

Walter Meier AG

MET Group

Cimpress plc

Duagon Holding AG

Canton of Geneva

Edyn Group


VAT Group AG

Feintool International Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted Santen, a Geneva-based company, with a €40m and $140m syndicated loan with Credit Suisse SA and BNP Paribas in Geneva.

Chabrier Avocats

Boutique firm Chabrier Avocats provides a wide range of legal and regulatory services to and regulatory services to banks, issuing houses, commodities trading companies, asset and portfolio managers, investment funds, and their clients in private and commercial banking, financing, dispute resolution, sanctions, and asset management. Thomas Goossens, who heads the practice, assists clients with regulatory matters, financing transactions, and the drafting and negotiations of contracts. Marc Gilliéron has extensive expertise in the commodities industry whilst Karim Khoury and Corinne Antille specialise in advice concerning corporate and commercial transactions. Corinne Antille is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Goossens

Other key lawyers:

Marc Gilliéron; Karim Khoury; Corinne Antille; Alexandra Schuvalov


‘The team is very supportive, responsive and creative. They are very professional, think out of the box and strive to find pragmatic solutions.’

‘Thomas Goossens is highly professional, friendly and understands the issues we face and addresses them head-on in the most customer-friendly way possible.’

‘Until the war in Ukraine, Switzerland did not have a robust sanctions culture, but that quickly shifted after the invasion and Chabrier became the go-to Swiss firm for Swiss sanctions issues.’

‘Chabrier has a very strong sanctions team including Marc Gilliéron who is a star.’

‘We think the biggest difference is the people. The way they interact with us and the way they address our problems and help us resolve them. We think that the quality of their work is very good.’

‘The professionalism of both Thomas Goossens and Alexandra Schuvalovis is outstanding.’


Key clients

One Swiss Bank SA

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

Berauk Capital SA

Hinduja Bank (Switzelrand) SA

Primis Investment (Suisse) SA

Task Wealth Management SA

Gadd Wealth Management SA

Macquarie Bank Limited

Banque Heritage SA

RAM Active Investments SA

Grupo BBVA

Oleg Tinkov

Hyposwiss Private Bank Genève SA

Work highlights

  • Advising to more than 50 clients in the context of the international sanctions relating to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Advising numerous financial institutions on the application process for their FINMA license (including Berauk Capital SA, Primis Investment (Suisse) SA, Task Wealth Management SA, Mt Fort Advisers SA, etc.).

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd.

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd. assists Switzerland-based and global financial institutions, funds, industrial enterprises and other companies on a broad range of banking & finance issues. The team is headed by Vaïk Müller, whose practice covers banking, regulatory, financial services and products, and compliance and regulatory matters, and Pascal Favre , who has extensive expertise in acquisition and project financing, corporate and syndicated lending, and collective investment schemes. Audrey Durand focuses on blockchain and crowdfunding projects as well as regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Vaïk Müller; Pascal Favre

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Durand


‘Always great advice, our advisor is extremely knowledgeable on our field and always manages to explain to us the legal context and our options.’


Key clients

FundRock Switzerland (formerly ARM Swiss Representatives)

Cité Gestion SA

Work highlights

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés is a boutique law firm that regularly advises various financial institutions on their day-to-day operations and their internal regulatory and compliance documentation as well as representing clients in administrative and enforcement proceedings. Géraldine Badel Poitras, who has a special focus on anti-money laundering, compliance, and fintech investment due diligence. Damien Cand has extensive expertise in pension funds, collective investment schemes, and FINMA’s regulation and authorisation. Another notable team member is Bernardo Marques who is actively involved in various complex finance proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Géraldine Badel Poitras; Damien Cand

Other key lawyers:

Bernardo Marques


HFW’s team covers the whole spectrum including trade and asset finance, project and infrastructure finance, and regulatory work. The team is headed by Olivier Bazin who has unrivalled expertise handling complex disputes in the Swiss soft commodities market. Jason Marett often advises trading houses, corporates and financial institutions on a variety of financing transactions in the commodities market. New hire Gibran Alaoui, who joined the firm in April 2023, advises financial institutions and trading houses on all aspects of finance, including trade finance, structured trade finance, and bilateral and syndicated lending markets. Caroline West is an additional key contact at the Geneva office.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Bazin

Other key lawyers:

Jason Marett; Gibran Alaoui; Caroline West; Hermance Schaerlig; Christian Iovene; William Hold; Tiffany Monteiro


‘Olivier Bazin and Jason Marrett are great – collaborative and resourceful individuals.’

Key clients

ADM International Sarl


Bank of China Limited Geneva Branch

BIC-BRED (Suisse) SA



Credit Agricole CIB



Gunvor SA

ING Bank N.V. Lancy/ Geneva Branch

Mauritius Commercial Bank

MUFG Bank Ltd

Trafigura / Puma Energy



UBS Switzerland AG

UniCredit Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Sucafina on the, up to $900m, refinancing of its sustainability-linked senior secured borrowing base facility.


Litigation specialist LALIVE represents major corporate clients and high net-worth individuals on fraud, mismanagement of assets, improper execution and fraudulent orders and disputes related to structured and derivative products. The team distinguishes itself by representing clients against banks. Practice co-head Alexander Troller litigates financial matters, corporate and shareholder disputes, white-collar crime, and asset recovery. Nicolas Ollivier, who also co-heads the team, has specific technical knowledge regarding complex financial products and often handles complex banking disputes. Sandrine Giroud and Benoît A. Mauron are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Troller; Nicolas Ollivier

Other key lawyers:

Sandrine Giroud; Benoît Mauron

Key clients

Banka Snoras

Work highlights

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC‘s ‘dynamic, proactive and professional’ team regularly assists independent asset and portfolio managers and companies with preparing and filing applications to FINMA to become regulated entities. In addition, the team has particular strengths in individual and collective asset management, anti-money laundering, financing transactions, bond issuance, and security token offerings. Practice head Fabien Aepli focuses on issues including regulatory authorisations, asset management (including collective asset management), and retrocessions. Grégoire Mangeat regularly acts in high-profile multijurisdictional cases and represents Swiss and foreign clients in the banking and finance sector before the Swiss courts.

Practice head(s):

Fabien Aepli

Other key lawyers:

Grégoire Mangeat


‘A dynamic, proactive and professional practice.’

‘Grégoire Mangeat and Fabien Aepli are always there to support and help their clients. They have great experience in criminal and commercial law.’


Key clients

Cité Gestion SA

Alnnun Ltd liab Co

Swiss Crypto Advisors SA

Alphemy Capital SA

Athénée Investment SA

Swissborg Invest SA

Finarchitects Sàrl

Finch Investments SA

Tyr Capital Partners Sàrl

Finamic Services SA

Work highlights

  • Advised a Swiss bank within a multiple bond issuance involving various jurisdictions, including default and suretyship issues.
  • Assisted Athénée Investment in obtaining FINMA’s authorisation as portfolio manager.
  • Appointed and acted as member of boards of directors for financial service companies.