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Caroline M. López Nagai

Counsel, Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP)

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes

P.O. Box 2088

1211 Geneva 1

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

German, English, French, Japanese, Spanish

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

Caroline Maria López Nagai is a Counsel in our Private Clients and Estate Group in Geneva. She is specialized in cross-border estate / succession and wealth planning matters for individual clients as well as family enterprises including wills, lasting power of attorneys, guardianship. Her practice focuses also in advising and representing clients in matters related trusts, foundations, regulatory investigations (incl. administrative proceedings) and corporate transactions.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Specialized in estate/succession and wealth planning and administration for private clients and enterprises in Switzerland and abroad including wills, lasting power of attorneys, guardianship, corporate/transactional matters, trusts and foundations
  • Substantial experience in domestic and international civil (incl. trust) litigation
  • Additional expertise in regulatory matters such as Common Reporting Standards/Automatic Exchange of Information, KYC, Anti-Money-Laundering


Professional Experience
Counsel at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate in a leading Swiss law firm
Trainee Lawyer in a leading Swiss law firm
Trainee Assistant at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Science & Technology Office
Research Assistant at the Civil Law Chair of the University of Fribourg

Education and Admission
STEP Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates
STEP Certificate in Foundations
Diploma in International Trust Management
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of Fribourg (bilingual with specialization in European law)
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas with focus on International and European law

Additional Professional Activities
  • Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Swiss Bar Association
  • Co-founder of the first Swiss law competition (Swiss Moot Court) organized on an annual basis in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Supreme Court
  • Regular lecturer for STEP introductory classes on Trusts and Swiss Civil Law


  • STEP award for best exam for Trust Creation: Law and Practice

Selected Publications

Country Report: Switzerland - Heading towards a Swiss Trust Law?
The Columbia Journal of European Law, special issue "The changing Role of Trusts Law in Europe", 18 Colum. J. Eur. L. Online 27 (2012),Columbia University School of Law, pp. 27.36
Contingency Plans
in: STEP Journal, November 2012, Vol 20, Issue 9, p. 21