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Dr. Olivier Favre, LL.M.

Partner

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19

P.O. Box 2201

8021 Zurich
Switzerland

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 3426
F +41 44 215 5200

Languages:
German, English, French, Italian

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 3426
F +41 44 215 5200

Olivier Favre is a Partner in our Banking and Finance Group in Zurich. He focuses on derivatives, structured finance and capital markets transactions and advising clients on financial services, securities, commodities, fund and insurance regulation. Olivier also advises clients on fintech solutions and legal aspects of asset management activities.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Acted as legal counsel to a working group of industry association in charge of preparing a Swiss law governed master agreement for derivatives transactions and related documentation (e.g. agreement to exchange variation margin, PRDR agreement, resolution stay acknowledgment) used as industry standard
  • Advised on the implementation of the regulatory obligations arising under the Swiss Financial Market Infrastructure Act
  • Advised market participants on implementation of indirect clearing arrangements for derivatives transactions
  • Advised on the setup of a crypto-assets brokerage activity and storage solution for crypto-assets
  • Advised foreign insurance companies on Swiss licensing requirements for cross-border activity into Switzerland

Career

Professional Experience
2016
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
2009
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
2007-2009
Legal Counsel at Goldman Sachs International in London
2004-2007
Associate at Allen & Overy LLP in London

Education and Admission
2005
Bar Admission in New York
2005
Admission as Solicitor in England
2004
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School
2003
Dr. iur., in Law, University of Zurich
2000
Bar Admission in Switzerland

Additional Professional Activities
  • Authorized representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Author and Editor of publications in the field of financial markets regulation

Recognitions

  • Chambers Global: Capital Markets 2017
  • Chambers Europe: Capital Markets 2017; Banking & Finance Regulatory 2017
  • Legal 500: Recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer in 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Banking 2017; Insurance & Reinsurance 2017
  • Expert Guides: Rising Star (Banking and Finance; Insurance and Reinsurance) 2017

„a very business-friendly lawyer who has the academic and legal know-how to do his work effectively“

Chambers Global

Selected Publications

Regulierung von OTC Derivaten in der Schweiz
in: Handbuch EMIR – Europäische Regulierung der OTC-Derivate / Hrsg. Rüdiger Wilhelmi, Olaf Achtelik, Dennis Kunschke, Christian Sigmundt. / Berlin 2015
 
Kommentierung von Art. 33, 34 und 35 BankG (Bankenkonkurs)
in: Kommentar zum Bundesgesetz über die Banken und Sparkassen / Hrsg. Dieter Zobl et. al. / 23. Nachlieferung / Schulthess 2015
 
Kommentierung von Art. 8 und 10a BankG (systemrelevante Banken)
in: Kommentar zum Bundesgesetz über die Banken und Sparkassen / Hrsg. Dieter Zobl et. al. / 22. Nachlieferung / Schulthess 2014
 
Kommentierung von Art. 1-2 BEG, Art. 108a-108d IPRG und Art. 1-24 HWpÜ
in: Kommentar zum Bucheffektengesetz (BEG) (sowie zum HWpÜ und den relevanten Bestimmungen im OR und IPRG) / Hrsg. Dieter Zobl, Martin Hess, Ansgar Schott / Schulthess 2013
 
Kommentierung von Art. 2 lit. b, c und e, 3, Vor Art. 4 (N 45-54), Art. 42-43, 46 FinfraG
in: Kommentar zum Finanzmarktinfrastrukturgesetz (FinfraG) / Hrsg. Rolf Sethe, Olivier Favre, Martin Hess, Stefan Kramer, Ansgar Schott / Schulthess 2017
 
Kommentierung von Vor Art. 93 (N 1-122), Art. 93-103, 107-111, 159, 162 FinfraG
in: Kommentar zum Finanzmarktinfrastrukturgesetz (FinfraG) / Hrsg. Rolf Sethe, Olivier Favre, Martin Hess, Stefan Kramer, Ansgar Schott / Schulthess 2017