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Paul Gully-Hart
Office:
15bis, rue des Alpes
PO Box 2088
1211
City:
Geneva
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 22 707 8000
Fax:
+41 22 707 8001

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Paul Gully-Hart is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s dispute resolution group in Geneva, where he heads the white-collar and compliance group. He has developed a strong practice in complex litigation that frequently involves an international component and multi-jurisdictional aspects. He is specialised in regulatory and compliance issues, asset-recovery, business crime defence work, and international legal assistance. He has more than 30 years of experience in business crime defence work.

Why did you choose to focus your practice on business crime defence?

This choice was made more than 30 years ago, when business crime defence work was a novel area of practice, with relatively few competitors on the local market. When I began this practice, a new legal and regulatory framework was emerging (anti-money laundering legislation, codes of conduct for financial institutions, international mutual assistance in criminal matters, etc) which required specialised advice and legal representation.

What do clients look for in their legal representatives?

Our client wants his lawyer to be responsive, reactive and reliable. In complex financial matters involving potential exposure to liability, the client will expect his legal representative to be decisive and to have a clear strategy designed to resolve the issues under dispute.

What issues facing clients are receiving the most attention at the moment?

Regulations have been tightened, particularly in the financial services sector. Law enforcement and regulatory actions are more robust. As a consequence, many businesses have to allocate more resources to their legal/compliance departments. Many clients seek advice and guidance on how they should adjust to new legislation.

What is unique about the practice at Schellenberg Wittmer?

Arguably, Schellenberg Wittmer has the largest white-collar crime team in Switzerland. There is efficient and seamless cooperation between our Geneva and Zurich teams. We also have the resources to conduct large projects for clients.

As head of the firm’s white-collar crime and compliance practice, what are your priorities over the coming year in terms of strategy?

We will continue to position Schellenberg Wittmer as one of the leaders in our field of practice. The issues outlined above call for sub-specialisations in our field of practice. For instance, we will provide our clients with well-recognised specialists of trade and finance sanctions law, asset-recovery, cross-border enforcement of securities law and white-collar crime defences in a multi-jurisdictional context.

Given the increasingly multijurisdictional aspect of business crime defence work, how important are strong networks and alliances with local firms and practitioners?

We have developed an extensive network of like-minded practitioners abroad. We firmly believe in a “best friends” policy with foreign law firms, which is based on mutual interests and regular cooperation in ongoing cases. We do not currently plan to join a network or alliance with other firms.

Would you say that cross-border white-collar crime enforcement has become increasingly aggressive in the past few years? If so, are clients and their legal representatives now focusing on compliance and pre-emptive strategies to reduce the chances of litigation?

We agree with both propositions. However, in our view, the increased focus of our clients on compliance programmes and other preemptive strategies is dictated primarily by the tightening of the regulatory environment and the risk of being exposed to reputational damage. The involvement of a client in crossborder law enforcement requires particular attention to cooperation with high-calibre law firms in all jurisdictions.

What is the secret of your success?

In our view, our success is built on the traditional strength of our white-collar and compliance group. We are no newcomers to this area of practice and can rely on our experience in dealing with a wide and diverse range of issues. We also interact very frequently with law enforcement and regulatory authorities in Switzerland and we stay abreast of new trends and developments in law enforcement and regulations.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Asset Recovery

Paul Gully-Hart is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Geneva, where he heads the white-collar crime and compliance group. Paul is well versed in all aspects of common law and has developed a strong practice in complex litigation matters, including banking and commercial disputes, that frequently involve an international component as well as multi-jurisdictional aspects. He is specialised in regulatory and compliance issues, corporate investigations, asset tracing and recovery, business crime defence work, and international mutual assistance in criminal and regulatory matters.

Paul is a former chairman of the business crime committee of the International Bar Association, where he still remains active. He speaks regularly at international conferences and seminars on topics within his areas of expertise.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: The “brilliant” Paul Gully-Hart is a white-collar crime specialist, and comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Business Crime Defence

Paul Gully-Hart is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Geneva, where he heads the white-collar crime and compliance group. Paul is well versed in all aspects of common law and has developed a strong practice in complex litigation matters, including banking and commercial disputes, that frequently involve an international component as well as multi-jurisdictional aspects. He is specialised in regulatory and compliance issues, corporate investigations, asset tracing and recovery, business crime defence work, and international mutual assistance in criminal and regulatory matters.

Paul Gully-Hart is a former chairman of the business crime committee of the International Bar Association, where he still remains active. He speaks regularly at international conferences and seminars on topics within his areas of expertise.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: One client comments that Paul Gully-Hart's “expertise in Swiss compliance and crisis law is extremely valuable to us".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Investigations: Lawyers

Paul Gully-Hart is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Geneva, where he heads the white-collar crime and compliance group. He has developed a strong practice in complex litigation that frequently involves an international component as well as multi-jurisdictional aspects. He has specialised in regulatory and compliance issues, corporate investigations, asset tracing and recovery, business crime defence work, and international mutual assistance in criminal and regulatory matters.

Paul Gully-Hart is active in banking and commercial disputes and involved in major litigation. He is familiar with common law and is often requested to advise on multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Paul Gully-Hart is a former chairman of the business crime committee of the International Bar Association, where he remains active. He speaks regularly at international conferences and seminars on topics within his areas of expertise.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both in- and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: Paul Gully-Hart, one of the foremost practitioners in our European research, is a "proactive and responsive practitioner" known for his expertise in Swiss compliance and crisis law.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Investigations which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Investigations

Paul Gully-Hart is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Geneva, where he heads the white-collar crime and compliance group. Paul is well versed in all aspects of common law and has developed a strong practice in complex litigation matters, including banking and commercial disputes, that frequently involve an international component as well as multi-jurisdictional aspects. He is specialised in regulatory and compliance issues, corporate investigations, asset tracing and recovery, business crime defence work, and international mutual assistance in criminal and regulatory matters.

Paul Gully-Hart is a former chairman of the business crime committee of the International Bar Association, where he still remains active. He speaks regularly at international conferences and seminars on topics within his areas of expertise.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: According to peers, Paul Gully-Hart "shows great understanding of the ramifications of foreign law principles in international investigations”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

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