Firm Profile > FBT Attorneys-at-Law > Geneva , Switzerland

FBT Attorneys-at-Law
1211 GENEVA 6

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

FBT Attorneys-at-Law has expertise in banking, finance regulations, fund investment, asset management and securities, while also representing clients in FINMA enforcement, civil and criminal proceedings. Frédérique Bensahel assisted a Swiss bank with the constitution and private placement of a private equity fund in relation to an international real estate project. Pierre-Olivier Etique and Jean-Louis Tsimaratos advised a fund asset manager on offering shares from two investment funds on a US-based electronic platform.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

'Dynamic and well-reputed firmFBT Attorneys-at-Law has 'a pragmatic approach to problems and considerable experience in regulatory and financial environments'. Based in Geneva, the team handles banking, corporate and commercial, private client, tax and litigation work. Frédérique BensahelJean-Louis Tsimaratos and Pierre-Olivier Etique are active in banking and finance, while tax partner Jean-Luc Bochatay, private client specialist Michel Abt and corporate lawyer Marco Villa are other key practitioners.

Private client Tier 3

FBT Attorneys-at-Law's client base comprises high-net-worth individuals and family offices, as well as intermediaries such as banks, wealth managers, investment funds and fund asset managers. The practice acts for clients in private banking, international succession, fund, trust structuring, tax, transactions and relocation matters. Department lead Frédérique Bensahel, tax partners Jean-Luc Bochatay and Michel Abt, as well as banking specialist Jean-Louis Tsimaratos make up the core team.

Tax Tier 3

'One of the top experts in Swiss and French tax law', FBT Attorneys-at-Law impresses with its 'excellent level of competency, tailored advice and great interpersonal skills'. Areas of strength include administrative assistance with tax matters and procedures, wealth and estate planning, advising on the tax aspects of relocation from or to Switzerland and expatriation, as well as corporate, financial and real estate taxation. Michel Abt and Jean-Luc Bochatay are the practice heads.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

FBT Attorneys-at-Law is active in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, with key areas including international M&A transactions and commercial contracts advice. The team further assists with mergers, as well as investment, lease and distribution agreements. Marco Villa has experience in real estate and banking-related deals.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

FBT Attorneys-at-Law is best known for its experience in Swiss and international banking litigation, while also covering the commercial, insolvency, employment, insurance, real estate and criminal practice areas. In a new highlight, Michael Biot represents several investors in their civil and criminal claims concerning the alleged Ponzi scheme of an asset management company. Serge Fasel continues to act for a Swiss bank in the recovery of amounts paid as taxes on the assets of British customers.

The firm

FBT Attorneys-at-law (FBT) is a business law firm with offices in both Switzerland and France, as well as a representation in the United Arab Emirates. FBT was established in 1993 in Geneva by three founding partners Serge Fasel, Jean-Luc Bochatay and Jean-Louis Tsimaratos. Twenty-four years later, FBT counts ten partners out of a total of 33 lawyers. From a generalist Swiss law firm, FBT opted back in the 90s to specialise in four, now five, legal domains. FBT currently assists its private and corporate clients in Switzerland and abroad in the following areas: domestic and cross-border issues involving banking and finance, tax, corporate and contractual law, litigation, as well as private client matters. FBT had also decided from the very beginning to provide its clients with specialised advice on cross-border transactions with France. From this perspective, it chose to work closely with another law firm in Paris. A few years later, FBT decided to open its own offices in France with the French lawyers that had accompanied the Swiss firm successfully from the beginning of its special focus on Swiss-French cross-border issues.

Areas of practice

FBT is a business law firm organised in five specialised and complementary legal teams which advises its clients on:

Banking and finance: banking and financial regulations; collective investment schemes and other similar structures; asset management; financing; FINMA enforcement procedures; financial litigation. Tax: individual taxation; corporate taxation; top executives taxation; taxation related to banking and financial activities; real estate taxation; tax procedures; automatic exchange of information; international assistance in tax matters. Corporate and commercial: corporate affairs; entrepreneurs’ legal framework; shareholders’ legal framework; contractual law; corporate asset protection; employment and social security law; assistance to companies in critical financial situations. Litigation and arbitration: commercial litigation; banking and financial litigation; arbitration; employment litigation; forced execution; economic crime; mutual assistance. Private clients: wealth structuring; family business; philanthropic activities; succession; litigation and arbitration. Each group is led by a partner highly experienced in the group’s field of activity. A constant exchange among the practice groups allows the sharing of up-to-date information in each field of specialisation. Depending on the case, FBT sets up a ‘multidisciplinary legal team’ capable of devising a pragmatic overall approach to the various aspects of the case, responding rapidly while maintaining a high degree of legal safety and ensuring optimal cost control.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Frédérique Bensahel
Banking and finance Pierre-Olivier Etique
Tax Michel Abt
Tax Jean-Luc Bochatay
Corporate and commercial Marco Villa
Litigation Serge Fasel
Litigation Michaël Biot
Private clients Frédérique Bensahel
Private clients Jean-Luc Bochatay
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michel Abt  photo Mr Michel Abt
Mrs Frédérique Bensahel  photo Mrs Frédérique Bensahel
Mr Aurélien Bill  photo Mr Aurélien Bill
Mr Michael Biot  photo Mr Michael Biot
Mr Jean-Luc Bochatay  photo Mr Jean-Luc Bochatay
Mrs Virginie Brügger  photo Mrs Virginie Brügger
Mrs Véronique Chatelain Gomez  photo Mrs Véronique Chatelain Gomez
Mrs Olivia De Weck  photo Mrs Olivia De Weck
Mr Alexis Dubois-Ferrière  photo Mr Alexis Dubois-Ferrière
Mr Pierre-Olivier Etique  photo Mr Pierre-Olivier Etique
Mr Serge Fasel  photo Mr Serge Fasel
Mr Jean-Louis Tsimaratos  photo Mr Jean-Louis Tsimaratos
Mrs Béatrice Viertl Bujard  photo Mrs Béatrice Viertl Bujard
Mr Marco Villa  photo Mr Marco Villa
Number of lawyers : 33
at this office : 20
Other offices : Paris