Luc Thévenoz

Luc Thévenoz is Professor of law at the University of Geneva and the director of its Centre for Banking and Financial Law. He is Of Counsel in our Banking and Finance Group. His areas of expertise include contracts and trusts. He is often asked to provide a second opinion or specialized advice in litigation disputes and has served in many international arbitration panels as arbitrator or chair.


  • Provided legal opinion and support to the Swiss government resulting in the adoption of the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Trusts and their Recognition
  • Co-drafted the Federal Intermediated Securities Act
  • Represented Switzerland in the drafting, negotiation and adoption of the Unidroit Convention on Substantive Rules for Intermediated Securities
  • Arbitrator or chair in various international commercial arbitrations
  • Currently provides expert advice to the Swiss government for the preparation of a Swiss law on trusts


Professional Experience
Of Counsel at Schellenberg Wittmer
Chairman of the Takeover Board
Director of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva
Commissioner, Federal Banking Commission
Arbitrator of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland
Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, teaching banking and financial services, investment management law, and trusts
Associate in a major Swiss law firm in Geneva
Education and Admission
Bar Admission in Switzerland
Ph.D., University of Geneva
lic. iur., University of Geneva
Additional Professional Activities
  • Launched the CAS Compliance in Financial Services (2003)
  • Founded the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva (2003)
  • Member of the Board of a private bank (since 2014)
  • Member of the editorial boards of the Swiss Review of Business and Financial Market Law and of Trust Law International
  • Numerous publications in the law of contracts, banking and financial services, capital markets, and trusts and fiduciary transactions
  • Member of the Monetary Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA)

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