Mr Oliver Widmer > Pestalozzi > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile


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.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich

(Leading individuals)

Oliver WidmerPestalozzi

Pestalozzi has a long-standing track record of transactions and regulatory advice in the banking and finance sector where the unit continues to be very active. Urs Klöti, a specialist for regulatory, anti-money laundering and compliance issues, heads the practice together with Sébastien Roy from the Geneva office. Andrea Huber has an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in the fintech sector‘. Thomas Rohner is the specialist for all contentious matters and Oliver Widmer acts for various players in banking, finance and capital market matters. Commodities trade financing is an area of particular strength.

Switzerland > Private client

Pestalozzi is well known for representing high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families in disputes in addition to advising private banks in regard to individual clients and wealth structuring. The services also include inheritance and estate planning, execution of wills, tax planning advice, trust and foundation structuring and advice regarding private equity transactions. Thomas Rohner ‘is brilliant with clients and has a comprehensive understanding of the law‘, in particular regarding his focus areas: the litigious aspects of inheritance, trust, succession and estate law. Oliver Widmer has a focus on advising high-net-worth individuals on banking, finance and capital markets matters and litigation and arbitration specialist Christophe Emonet is adept at representing clients in international banking and commercial disputes and investigations. Michael Lips and Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner are further key contacts.

Switzerland > Capital markets

Pestalozzi is an established go-to counsel to domestic and international banks and corporations in the capital market area. The team has experience acting in a range of equity, debt and securitisation transactions, with particular strength in bond issuances, advising also on capital markets platforms and exchanges and listing of ETPs. In a recent highlight, it was involved in one of Switzerland’s first green bonds. Several team members are also recognised issuers’ representatives. Practice head Oliver Widmer is ‘always up-to-date and his advice is very helpful.’ Urs Kloeti and Christian Leuenberger can offer know-how at the intersection of finance and corporate law respectively. Beat Schwarz  is a debt capital market contact, while Andrea Huber covers regulatory aspects.

Comparative Guides

Switzerland: Securitisation February 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Securitisation laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.