Dr Philippe Borens, LL.M. > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Banking and Finance / Capital Markets / Corporate and Commercial


Philippe Borens is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office where he heads the Banking and Finance Group. His main areas of practice are banking and finance law, including the regulation of financial intermediaries and financial services, equity and debt capital markets, investment law, and corporate law.


  • Advising Swiss and international banks, investment firms, asset managers, insurance companies, and corporates in finance transactions, including loans, acquisition finance, rights issues, bonds and notes issues, securitizations, collective investment schemes, hedge funds, derivatives and structured products, as well as securities listings and regulatory issues
  • Swiss counsel to ams AG in the placement of senior unsecured bonds in an aggregate nominal amount of USD 350 million and convertible into 3.27 million ordinary no par value bearer shares listed on SIX
  • Swiss counsel to BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and UBS in their capacity as joint lead managers in CHF 400m bond issue by Republic of Argentina, with bonds issued under NY law and listed on SIX Swiss Exchange (Swiss Franc Bond of the Year 2017 (IFR Awards 2017))


2013-2016 – Managing Partner of Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd in Singapore

2004 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

2002 – Foreign Associate at an international law firm in London

1999 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittme


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Luxembourgish


  • Zurich Bar Association
  • International Bar Association


1999 – Dr. iur., University of Basel

1997 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

1995 – LL.M. in European Economic Law, College of Europe, Bruges

1993 – lic. iur., University of Basel

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich

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 > 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.

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.’