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Bernard Vischer, LL.M.

Partner

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes

P.O. Box 2088

1211 Geneva 1
Switzerland

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

Languages:
French, English, German

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

Bernard Vischer is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the Private Clients Group. He advises private clients in private banking matters, enterprise succession, trusts, and estate planning.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Advises entrepreneurs and families on governance, dispute prevention and succession in privately held/controlled businesses
  • Extensive practical experience in corporate and transactional matters, with a focus on the shipping and aviation industries

Career

Professional Experience
2002-2007
Managing Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
1990
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
1984
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

Education and Admission
1983
Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Pennsylvania
1980
Bar Admission in Switzerland
1978
lic. iur., University of Geneva

Additional Professional Activities
  • Author or co-author of several publications on topics relating to international litigation and arbitration which are frequently cited by courts
  • Member of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Swiss Arbitration Association, and the Geneva Bar

Recognitions

  • Chambers Europe/Global
  • Legal 500
  • PLC Which Lawyer
  • Expert Guides
  • CityWealth Leaders List 2017

Selected Publications

Recent developments: Switzerland
in: Trusts & Trustees, Vol. 22, issue 1, February 2016, p. 43-58
 
La notion de trust en droit suisse
Bernard Vischer, Julie Wynne
Fiche juridique suisse, no. 20, juin 2013
 
Réflexions sur le secret professionnel et les conflits d'intérêts de l'avocat en matière successorale
in: Transparence et secret dans l'ordre juridique : Liber amicorum pour Me Vincent Jeanneret / ed. par Bénédict Foëx et Laurent Hirsch. - Genève : Ed. Slatkine, 2010, p. 289-301
 
Le secret bancaire n'est pas un droit mais un devoir
Bernard Vischer, Jean-Yves De Both
Banque & Finance, November/December 2009