Dr Olivier Favre, LL.M. > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19
P.O. Box 2201
8021 Zurich

Work Department

Zurich / Banking and Finance / Capital Markets / Insurance


Olivier Favre is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Banking and Finance Group in Zurich. Olivier focuses on derivatives, structured finance and capital markets transactions and advising clients on financial services, securities, commodities, fund and insurance regulation. He also advises clients on fintech solutions and legal aspects of asset management activities. Olivier acts for a broad range of clients, including financial institutions, buy-side firms, issuers, insurance companies and industry associations. Olivier is an authorized representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange.


  • Acted as legal counsel to a working group of industry association in charge of preparing a Swiss law governed master agreement for derivatives transactions and related documentation (e.g. agreement to exchange variation margin, PRDR agreement, resolution stay acknowledgment)
  • Advised on the implementation of the regulatory obligations arising under the Swiss Financial Market Infrastructure Act
  • Advised market participants on implementation of indirect clearing arrangements for derivatives transactions
  • Advised on the issuance of tokens and on the setup of a crypto-assets brokerage activity
  • Advised foreign insurance companies on Swiss licensing requirements for cross-border activity into Switzerland
  • Prepared for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) the netting and collateral enforceability opinion for international financial organizations established in Switzerland


2016 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

2009 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

2007-2009 – Legal Counsel at Goldman Sachs International in London

2004-2007 – Associate at Allen & Overy LLP in London


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian


  • Authorized representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange


2005 – Bar Admission in New York

2005 – Admission as Solicitor in England

2004 – LL.M., Harvard University

2003 – Dr. iur., University of Zurich

2000 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Fintech

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 > Capital markets

(Next Generation Partners)

Olivier FavreSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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.’

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich

(Next Generation Partners)

Olivier FavreSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘high-end legal advice in banking and finance matters‘. The ‘outstanding‘ team includes Anita Schläpfer, ‘a highly skilled and very experienced transaction lawyer in the finance area‘, Olivier Favre, who has a focus on derivatives and structured finance transactions, and Martin Lanz, a specialist for capital markets and stock exchange law. Recently, the unit, headed by Philippe Borens, has been particularly active in investment management matters, for example setting up collective investment schemes, and has further assisted financial institutions with LIBOR transitions and advice on Swiss market abuse legislation. Caroline Clemetson is a further key contact.

Switzerland > Insurance

(Next Generation Partners)

Olivier FavreSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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 > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all aspects of business law with particular experience in banking and finance, capital markets and corporate and M&A matters with further expertise in dispute resolution, where Peter Burckhardt, Christopher Boog and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are active. Philippe Borens, Lorenzo Olgiati, Oliver Triebold, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and David Mamane are the key names for IP and competition law matters. Other names to note include Pascal Hubli, Josef Caleff, Anya George, Anna Kozmenko, Olivier Favre and Andrea Dorjee-Good.