Philippe Pulfer Private Client - Switzerland

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4 Rue Charles-Bonnet
CH-1211 Geneva 12

Tel: +41 22 839 63 00
Fax: +41 22 347 71 59


Philippe is a private client specialist with an international focus. He is an expert on trusts and charities, and an experienced litigator with extensive expertise in succession litigation and trust disputes.

Philippe joined the firm in 1996 and, following a three-year period at the London office, became a partner in 2005. He now heads the private client practice at the Geneva office and specialises in estate, succession and tax planning with a strong international focus. He is a frequent adviser to families, trustees, banks and lawyers in other jurisdictions, in particular UK solicitors.

Philippe’s combined expertise and experience in estate planning and litigation enables him to offer effective advice to private clients and trustees who are involved in disputes and/or potential disputes. His regular involvement in cross-border succession disputes illustrates the international nature of his practice. He also has wide-ranging experience in private banking matters and related litigation, in particular mismanagement of funds, fraud cases and international judicial assistance.

Philippe advises charities and charity donors, assisting clients in all legal areas of philanthropy, and is on the boards of several philanthropic organisations focusing on art, architecture or humanitarian causes.

For the last few years, Philippe has been repeatedly ranked as a leading private client lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Legal 500. He was also listed on the International Trusts & Private Client Elite list of the Top 100 Lawyers compiled by Legal Week in 2012.

Philippe graduated from the University of Geneva in 1992 and went on to train at the Geneva Court of Appeal before joining a leading Chicago law firm as a foreign associate. He was admitted to the Bar in 1995 and speaks English and French.

Philippe is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA), the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is a committee member of STEP Geneva and a member of the STEP Worldwide Council in London.

Philippe regularly speaks and writes about the practice of trusts in Switzerland, on charities and on art law.

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