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François Rayroux

François Rayroux

Lenz & StaehelinRoute de Chêne 30Geneva 6GenevaSwitzerlandCH-1211

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

François Rayroux is a leading light in the Swiss banking sector, where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his work on banking products and asset management.

Questions & Answers

Dr François Rayroux is the co-head of the asset management practice group of Lenz & Staehelin. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on finanial services, asset management as well as all types of financial products, including funds distribution and derivative instruments. Dr François Rayroux is considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career?

The main motivation was a key interest in legal developments regarding society as a whole. In this context, I discovered financial regulations, including investment products as a key sector where both concerns about investors protection and economics to ensure efficient markets play a significant role. The combination of all these aspects were one of the main drivers for my career. A strong interest in history, including legal history, helped me better understand the background to and be fascinated by these new developments pre and post-financial crisis.

How has the market changed since you first started practising?

Since the start of my practice, the market has significantly changed through specialisation. While up and until 2001 (the start of the first financial crisis), a corporate lawyer would also do banking and tax, and conversely, strong specialisations have been developed even between banking and finance. Today, specialised teams work within Lenz & Staehelin on financial services regulations, private clients, public offer rules, and  legal assistance among banking authorities. Such teams are no longer interchangeable, as they have been in the past.

What trends are you seeing in Swiss banking regulation at the moment?

The trend is clearly towards a specialisation, on the one hand, and on the other hand towards a situation where financial regulation is relevant in many litigation practices. While financial services regulation was the domain for a few high-profile lawyers in the past, any banking litigation nowadays includes aspects linked to these new financial regulations (i.e. such as suitability, transparency, disclosures, best execution, etc.).

What do you anticipate the long-term effects of covid-19 will have on the banking market?

The long terms effects of covid-19 are mainly in the increased legal issues around the use of remote technologies and the transfer of data, triggering also specific issues of date protection and other legal issues for the use, as an example, of cloud systems. Swiss financial regulation, which is technology neutral as a matter of principle, will have to adapt to these new forms of technologies.

How has the Automatic Exchange of Banking Information (AEOI) changed banking practice in Switzerland?

Our clients are mainly major institutional clients, active in the field of asset management. For those clients, the automatic exchange of banking information has had little or very limited effects. The effects of AEOI mainly affect private banking. For private banking, it has been a welcome change by clarifying the status of many clients and enhancing the professionalism of Swiss banking institutions (concerns that the institutional world has had to a much lesser extent than the private banking world).

How do you see your practice developing over the next five years?

I see the practice developments moving towards much stronger specialisation. This may lead to challenges for law firms to (i) convince them to engage in these new legal sectors, (ii) hire the appropriate candidates and (iii) train them in order to develop their specialised skills, which in many cases are not the object of specific courses during university.  

Is there any advice you would give to younger lawyers who would one day hope to be in your position?

The strongest advice I give to young lawyers would be to always focus, and be interested in, new matters, including where those issues are not necessarily mainstream legal sectors. The future belongs to young professionals who are curious and have the courage to engage into new areas, as I did in the 90s when I became interested in financial products and financial regulations, including investment funds, at a time when law firms were not interested in those topics.

Global Leader

Banking - Finance 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Francois Rayroux is a "highly skilled lawyer" who offers "sound legal experience combined with a very practical and solution-driven approach".  

Biography

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields.

Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association and the investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the  context of  the  creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of  Zurich (1986) and was admitted to   the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He  joined Lenz  & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

Banking - Regulatory 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Francois Rayroux is appreciated by clients and peers for his "profound expertise in Swiss regulations" and his "sound advice based on the individual client’s practical needs and circumstances". 

Biography

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields.

Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association and the investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the  context of  the  creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of  Zurich (1986) and was admitted to   the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He  joined Lenz  & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

François Rayroux continues to impress peers thanks to his remarkable understanding of derivatives and structured products.

Biography

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields.
Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association; and co-chair of the asset management and investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the context of the creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of Zurich (1986) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

Private Funds - Formation 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

François Rayroux stands out as a top name in the Swiss market and regularly advises an array of financial institutions on asset management and investment opportunities.

Biography

Dr François Rayroux offers legal advice to banks and securities dealers. He is considered a leading lawyer in banking and financial services in Switzerland. As such, he has been nominated by various professional organisations as an expert in Switzerland in banking and financial law, as well as capital markets law.

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields. François Rayroux teaches investment funds law at professional organisations and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues.

Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association and the investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the context of the creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of Zurich (1986) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

Private Funds - Regulatory 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

François Rayroux ranks as “one of the best in Zurich” and is lauded for his asset and fund management expertise.

Biography

Dr François Rayroux offers legal advice to banks and securities dealers. He is considered a leading lawyer in banking and financial services in Switzerland. As such, he has been nominated by various professional organisations as an expert in Switzerland in banking and financial law, as well as capital markets law.

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields. François Rayroux teaches investment funds law at professional organisations and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues.

Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association and the investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the context of the creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of Zurich (1986) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

National Leader

Switzerland - Banking 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

François Rayroux is highly respected for his strong banking practice, particularly his work on investment funds.

Biography

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields.

Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association and the investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the context of the creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of Zurich (1986) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

François Rayroux possesses a wealth of knowledge when it comes to securities offerings and corporate transactions.

Biography

Dr François Rayroux offers legal advice to banks and securities dealers. He is considered a leading lawyer in banking and financial services in Switzerland. As such, he has been nominated by various professional organisations as an expert in Switzerland in banking and financial law, as well as capital markets law.

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields. François Rayroux teaches investment funds law at professional organisations and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues.

Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association and the investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the context of the creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of Zurich (1986) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

François Rayroux is an “outstanding investment funds expert” with more than 25 years' experience in the field.

Biography

Dr François Rayroux offers legal advice to banks and securities dealers. He is considered a leading lawyer in banking and financial services in Switzerland. As such, he has been nominated by various professional organisations as an expert in Switzerland in banking and financial law, as well as capital markets law.

Dr François Rayroux is the head of the asset management group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. He advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions in all banking, asset management and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on fund management and distribution as well as all types of financial products, in particular derivative instruments. Considered as a leading lawyer in banking and asset management law in Switzerland, Dr François Rayroux has been consistently nominated by major directories as an expert in these fields. François Rayroux teaches investment funds law at professional organisations and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues.

Admitted as an expert to the SIX Swiss Exchange for listing purposes, he is a member of the legal and compliance committee of the Swiss Funds Association and the investment funds committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Co-author of the ISDA Netting and Collateral Opinions, he was the legal adviser in the context of the creation and launch of the first Swiss SICAV.

François Rayroux graduated from the University of Zurich (1986) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar (1989). He obtained an LLM from the University of Chicago law school (1990) and completed his doctoral thesis at the Zurich University (1993). He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1992 and has been a partner since 1998. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin’s scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

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