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Dr. Philippe Borens, LL.M.


Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19

P.O. Box 2201

8021 Zurich

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 5249
F +41 44 215 5200

German, English, French, Luxembourgish

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 5249
F +41 44 215 5200

Philippe Borens is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office where he heads the Banking and Finance Group. His main areas of practice are banking and finance law, including the regulation of financial intermediaries and financial services, equity and debt capital markets, investment law, and corporate law.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Advising Swiss and international banks, investment firms, asset managers, insurance companies, and corporates in finance transactions, including loans, acquisition finance, rights issues, bonds and notes issues, securitizations, collective investment schemes, hedge funds, derivatives and structured products, as well as securities listings and regulatory issues
  • Swiss counsel to ams AG in the placement of senior unsecured bonds in an aggregate nominal amount of USD 350 million and convertible into 3.27 million ordinary no par value bearer shares listed on SIX
  • Swiss counsel to BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and UBS in their capacity as joint lead managers in CHF 400m bond issue by Republic of Argentina, with bonds issued under NY law and listed on SIX Swiss Exchange (Swiss Franc Bond of the Year 2017 (IFR Awards 2017))


Professional Experience
Managing Partner of Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd in Singapore
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Foreign Associate with an international law firm in London
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

Education and Admission
Dr. iur., University of Basel
Bar Admission in Switzerland
Master in European economic law (LL.M.), College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium)
lic. iur., University of Basel

Additional Professional Activities
  • Lecturer at the University of Zurich (LL.M. programme)
  • Authorized representative at SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Publications on Swiss securities regulation and capital markets


  • Chambers Global: Banking & Finance (Expert Based Abroad) 2012-2015
  • Chambers Europe: Banking & Finance 2009-2013
  • Chambers Global/Europe: Capital Markets 2018
  • Legal 500: Banking & Finance Zurich 2009-2018
  • Legal 500: Capital Markets 2009-2012,2018
  • Who's Who Legal: Banking 2017
  • Expert Guides: Banking 2017

„very deal-oriented lawyer“

Who's Who Legal

Selected Publications

Mifid II Report 2017: Switzerland
IFLR (International Financial Law Review)
Kommentierung von Art. 2 lit. d, 2 lit. f, Art. 33-39 FinfraG
in: Kommentar zum Finanzmarktinfrastrukturgesetz (FinfraG) / Hrsg. Rolf Sethe, Olivier Favre, Martin Hess, Stefan Kramer, Ansgar Schott / Schulthess 2017
Life after Lehman and Madoff
IFLR Guide - Investment Funds, May 2009