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Walder Wyss Ltd.
3 Boulevard du Théâtre
P.O. Box, 1211 Geneva 3

Work Department

Private client, litigation




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.


Philippe Pulfer speaks French and English.


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.


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.

Walder Wyss Ltd.‘s private client team is jointly led by Kinga Weiss in Zurich, who has extensive experience with Swiss and international inheritance law in addition to marital property and family issues, and Philippe Pulfer in Geneva, who is a long-time committee member of STEP Geneva. The ‘top tier‘ firm advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients on a variety of matters including wills, national and international succession planning issues, relocations, family law matters, and trust mandates. The practice also includes the ‘very experiencedOlivier Sigg and the ‘solution-orientedRobert Desax.