Nicolas de Gottrau > Python > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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Partner specializing in:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Litigation and Insolvency
  • Real Estate and Construction


  • Partner, PYTHON (2000 to date)
  • Associate, PYTHON (1993 to 1999)
  • Member (contributeur externe) of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva School of Law ( (2003 to date)
  • Visiting lecturer (Bank Guarantees), Certificate of Advanced Legal Studies in Construction and Real Estate Law, Swiss Bar Association and University of Fribourg (2007 to date)
  • Member of the Editorial Board “Sureties, international payments and financings” of the Revue de droit des affaires internationales / International Business Law Journal, Paris (2013-2018)
  • Seminar lecturer (Documentary Credits), Master of Advanced Studies in Banking & Finance (LLM Banking & Finance), University of Geneva (2011-2013)
  • Seminar lecturer (Secured Transactions) with Prof. B. Foëx, Master of Advanced Studies in Business Law (MBL), University of Geneva (2001-2009)
  • Lecturer (Fraud in Documentary Credit Transactions), Master of Advanced Studies in Economic Crime Investigation, Haute école de gestion (HEG) Neuchâtel (2001 to 2017)
  • Attorney with Petitpierre & Partners Geneva (1991-1992)
  • Legal Adviser of Tardy de Watteville & Cie Private Bankers [now Banque Vontobel Genève SA] Geneva (1989-1990)
  • Banking Practice (Int’l Capital Market Financing) with Union Bank of Switzerland [now UBS SA] Head Office Zürich (1987-1988)


  • French
  • English
  • German


  • Geneva Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Geneva Association of Business Law


  • University of Geneva (Ph.D., summa cum laude, Prof. Walther Hug’s Prize and Joseph Des Arts’ Award, 1999)
  • Duke University School of Law (LL.M., 1991)
  • Duke Institute in Transnational Law (1990)
  • University of Geneva (Master of Laws, 1984)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

(Hall of Fame)

Nicolas de GottrauPython

Python‘s team handles a broad range of matters for a varied client list, which includes asset managers, Swiss subsidiaries, and domestic and foreign banks. Nicolas De Gottrau, who is dual qualified in Geneva and New York, has expertise in secured transactions and insolvencies and co-leads the department alongside Jean-Yves Rebord, who covers financings and litigation.