Mr Christophe Emonet > Pestalozzi > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

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).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Private client

Pestalozzi covers a wide range of private client matters, with particular expertise in the dispute resolution space relating to inheritance, estate and trust matters, immigration and relocation queries, execution of wills and the planning of taxes and estates. The team acts for  individuals, families, foundations, private banks and wealth management service providers from Switzerland and abroad. Finance law specialist Oliver Widmer, DR-practitioner Thomas Rohner and Geneva-based Christophe Emonet, who handles litigation and estate planning, are the practice heads. Michael Lips is the key contact for real estate mandates.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Pestalozzi offers ‘seamless service to clients, demonstrating commercial awareness and presenting creative solutions‘. The Geneva-office’s strengths are financial transactions, regulatory, litigation and arbitration, M&A and white-collar criminal law matters. Dispute resolution specialist Christophe Emonet and transaction expert Sébastien Roy are key contacts. Nicolas Herren and Ludivine Boisard are also noted.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Pestalozzi‘s team is predominantly active in bankruptcy and composition proceedings, in particular on the creditor side. It has experience in matters which require civil and criminal law co-ordination. The team is also well versed in obtaining recognitions of foreign bankruptcies. Dispute resolution experts Christophe Emonet in Geneva and Thomas Rohner in Zurich lead the practice. Beat Mumenthaler in Geneva handles freezing orders and asset tracing.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

Pestalozzi has a sizeable dispute resolution team which handles a broad variety of commercial, corporate and financial litigation. Working closely across departments, it represents clients, which are states, companies, enterprises and high-net-worth-individuals in regulatory, criminal and civil disputes before all relevant courts; there is a strong collaboration with the banking and finance, construction and life sciences practice groups. Geneva-based Christophe Emonet stands out for disputes concerning white-collar crime; he jointly leads the practice with ‘experienced litigator‘ Michael KramerLaurent Killias is instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Private client specialist Thomas Rohner and Nicolas Herren in Geneva are also key individuals.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

One of Pestalozzi‘s key strengths is representing clients in banking and finance disputes. The team is well known for handling civil claims for banks, as well as matters relating to asset tracing and recovery, white-collar criminal law and regulatory proceedings, all areas of strength for practice co-head Christophe Emonet. The group is further active in banking M&A and finance transactions, which is fellow co-head Sébastien Roy‘s speciality. Other names to note are Ludivine Boisard and Nicolas Herren. Andrea Huber, who is a key name for asset management and investment funds, was a new arrival in 2020.