Mr Tarek Houdrouge > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes
P.O. Box 2088
1211 Geneva 1

Work Department

Geneva / Banking & Finance / Corporate and Commercial / Mergers & Acquisitions / Private Equity and Venture Capital / Capital Markets / Insurance


Tarek Houdrouge is Co-Head of our Banking and Finance Group in Geneva and a Partner in our Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He specializes in banking and finance, national and cross-border M&A, corporate law and commercial contracts, including corporate restructurings, corporate governance matters, finance transactions, private equity and venture capital.


  • Assisted banks and investors in acquisitions/disposals of banks and clients’ portfolios and in merger projects in the banking sector
  • Advises Swiss and foreign banks and financial institutions in all regulatory matters and in lending transactions
  • Counsel to Swiss and foreign banks and financial institutions in cross-border activities, including distribution of financial products
  • Swiss counsel to Procter & Gamble International Operations SA in the sales of Select Specialty P&G Beauty brands to Coty Inc. and of the Duracell business to Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
  • Regular assistance to clients, including multinational groups of companies, on corporate law and corporate governance


2017 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

2014 – Senior Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

2010 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

2006 – Associate in a large business law firm in Geneva


  • French
  • English
  • German


  • Swiss Bar Association
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • Geneva Bar Association
  • Geneva Business Law Association (AGDA)
  • Centre du droit de l’entreprise (CEDIDAC


2011 – Bar Admission in New York

2010 – LL.M., Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago

2006 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

2004 – Master of Law, European and International Economic Law, University of Lausanne

2003 – lic. iur., University of Lausanne

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Clients appreciate Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd for ‘producing fast and efficient solutions that are legally watertight.‘ The group handles the full spectrum of corporate law and transactions, from start-up financing rounds to private equity deals as well as private and public M&A cross-border matters. It is particularly noted for its strength in interdisciplinary matters, frequently collaborating with the competition, IP and tax teams. Lorenzo Olgiati has more than 25 years of experience in the field and leads the practice together with Jean Jacques Ah Choon who has considerable know-how in the venture capital space. Senior partner Martin Weber  is the key contact for banking clients. Other prominent practitioners are Oliver Triebold, Pascal Hubli and Tarek Houdrouge. Senior associate Marcel Jakob is ‘a very technically sound and strong lawyer.’

Switzerland > Insurance

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all issues regarding the regulation and establishing of insurers and reinsurers as well as on insurance and reinsurance portfolios. The team, headed by cover disputes specialist Alexander von Ziegler, is further adept at advising on co- and reinsurance schemes, issues concerning insurance brokers, defense matters und all types of liability insurance programmes, fraud defense as well as cover issues and is experienced in multi-jurisdictional litigation. Zurich key contact Olivier Favre has a focus on insurance and re-insurance regulation while Tarek Houdrouge, key contact in the Geneva office, is experienced in insurance broker matters. Grégoire Tribolet made partner in 2021.

Switzerland > Fintech

(Next Generation Partners)

Tarek Houdrouge  –Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s fintech practice is ‘very up to date on all matters pertaining to fintech and ICOs and blockchain and distributed ledger technology‘ and members of the team ‘excel in the regulatory elements of such structures‘. The team is adept at advising on various fintech matters, including the issuance of crypto currencies, utility tokens and asset tokens, crypto currency brokerage and storage solutions, ICO executions and smart contracts. The ‘excellentOlivier Favre and Tarek Houdrouge, ‘one of the best for fintech-related work‘ head the practice and are specialised in regulatory and transactional matters. Samuel Klaus has ‘great legal expertise‘ regarding technology projects. Caroline Clemetson is highly experienced in digital asset matters.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly well known for its activities in all forms of dispute resolution, encompassing international arbitration and litigation as well as white-collar crime cases and investigations, as well as its banking and finance practice, with further strength in the real estate and construction sector. Key contacts for dispute resolution are Philippe Bärtsch, Louis Burrus, Benjamin Borsodi and Paul Gully-Hart while Caroline Clemetson, Tarek Houdrouge and Grégoire Wuest are the key figures for banking and finance advice. Real estate and construction specialist Yves Jeanrenaud and corporate and M&A-focused Christoph Vonlanthen are also noted.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

(Next Generation Partners)

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Switzerland > Capital markets

Clients highlight Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd for having ‘a holistic approach also covering business aspects.‘ The group is often sought after by a variety of clients, including industry associations, from the financial services, energy, engineering, industrials, IT, life sciences and real estate sectors. It covers the full gamut of capital market matters, including OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, and the issuance of structured products. Its regulatory expertise is further noted. Department head Philippe Borens is well versed in equity as well as in debt capital market transactions. Martin Lanz also advises on stock exchange law. Olivier Favre specialises in derivatives and structured finance. Tarek Houdrouge is the key contact in Geneva. Senior associate Fabio Elsener is ‘extremely efficient.’

Comparative Guides

Switzerland: Fintech November 2021 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Fintech laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.