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Walder Wyss Ltd.
RUE D'ITALIE 10
1211 GENEVA 3
Switzerland

Work Department

Private client, litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Philippe Pulfer is co-head of the firm’s Private Client practice. He is widely recognised as one of Switzerland’s leading private client lawyers and, for nearly 20 years, has been constantly top-ranked by all major professional directories. He is, according to Chambers HNW, ‘the go-to person in Switzerland’ in his area of practice and has been described by Legal 500 as ‘one of the most knowledgeable trust and private client practitioners in Switzerland’. He has been included in the Legal Week Private Client Global Elite since the ranking’s inaugural edition in 2012 and every year since its relaunch in 2017.

Philippe Pulfer specialises in wealth structuring and estate planning with an international focus and acts in complex, mostly multi-jurisdictional, succession and trust disputes. He advises charities and charity donors in all areas of philanthropy, with a particular focus on the arts and the support to cultural institutions, and serves as a board member of several charitable foundations. He has also significant experience in private banking disputes, in particular mismanagement of funds, fraud cases and international judicial assistance.

He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and the author of publications on Swiss succession law, the practice of trusts in Switzerland, charities and art law.

Languages

Philippe Pulfer speaks French and English.

Memberships

Philippe Pulfer is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA), Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL). He is a long-serving committee member of STEP Geneva and sat for two terms on the STEP Worldwide Council.

Education

Philippe Pulfer graduated from the University of Geneva in 1992 and was admitted to the Bar in 1995.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Private client

(Leading individuals)

Philippe PulferWalder Wyss Ltd.

The private client team at Walder Wyss Ltd. acts for an ‘impressive roster of clients‘ with a focus on acting for entrepreneurs from all types of business sectors as well as their families. The team advises on all personal and business aspects of clients, which includes international succession planning, including marital property law, setting up charitable foundations as well as funds and trusts, and, working in close conjunction with the labour law and real estate teams, the unit advises clients on the relocation to Switzerland and the acquisition of real estate assets. The practice is headed by ‘first classKinga Weiss and ‘outstandingPhilippe Pulfer and includes the ‘very dedicatedRobert Desax, ‘technically excellent‘ tax expert Fouad Sayegh and ‘highly talented’ international trust specialist Olivier Sigg.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

The Geneva and Lausanne offices of Walder Wyss Ltd. are well known for their capabilities in private client matters, litigation and white-collar crime proceedings as well as banking and finance, regulatory, real estate and tax issues. Private client specialist Olivier Sigg heads the Geneva office while the Lausanne office is headed by IT and data protection expert Jürg Schneider. Philippe Pulfer, Alexandre Both, Rodolphe Gautier, Hubertus Hillerström, Patrick Vogel and Fouad Sayegh are other key contacts.