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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Banking - Finance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre is described as "one to watch" and "excellent for fintech matters". He is well known for his handling of structured finance and capital market transactions as well as regulatory matters.  

Biography

Olivier Favre is a partner in the firm's banking and finance group in Zurich. Olivier focuses on derivatives, structured finance and capital markets transactions, and advises clients on financial services, securities, commodities, fund, insurance and reinsurance regulation. He also advises clients in financing and capital markets transactions and in insurance regulatory matters on fintech solutions and their legal implementation. His clients include financial institutions, buy-side firms, issuers, insurance companies and industry associations.

Oliver’s recent workload includes: advice on regulatory requirements for cross-border insurance business from outside Switzerland to the Swiss market; preparation of group insurance products sold to the Swiss market; the set-up of Swiss direct insurance company and of Swiss branch of foreign direct insurance company and obtaining FINMA licences; registration of insurance broker with the Swiss FINMA; and advice on the regulation of the asset management activities of a reinsurance company, and on its regulatory and disclosure obligations with respect to trading activities in securities and financial instruments.

Olivier is recommended as leading lawyer by Chambers and PartnersThe Legal 500 and WWL.

Olivier obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich (iur, 2003) and a master’s in law from Harvard Law School (LLM, 2004). For his doctoral thesis, he received the Issekutz Award for outstanding achievements in business law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer as an associate in 2009, Olivier practised as an attorney in London, specialising in OTC derivatives and structured finance transactions, fund products and capital markets transactions. He also worked as an associate at Allen & Overy (2004–2007) and legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre draws high praise from market sources, one of whom describes him as “very knowledgeable with respect to derivatives”.

Biography

Olivier Favre is a partner in the firm’s banking and finance group in Zurich. Olivier focuses on derivatives, structured finance and capital markets transactions, and advises clients on financial services, securities, commodities, fund, insurance and reinsurance regulation. He advises clients on financing transactions and on fintech solutions and their legal implementation. His clients include financial institutions, buy-side firms, issuers, fintech services providers, insurance companies and industry associations.

Olivier’s recent expertise includes: Swiss counsel in registration of structured products programmes and issuance of structured products and notes; advice on implementation of variation and initial margin requirements for uncleared derivatives; advice on the implementation of indirect clearing arrangement for exchange-traded derivatives; counsel in equity financing transactions, where investors are building stakes for strategic investment purposes in Swiss companies by using equity derivatives transactions; advice on the issuance of tokens and on the setup of a crypto-assets brokerage activity.

Olivier obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich (iur, 2003) and a master’s in law from Harvard Law School (LLM, 2004). For his doctoral thesis, he received the Issekutz Award for outstanding achievements in business law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer as an associate in 2009, Olivier practised as an attorney in London, specialising in OTC derivatives and structured finance transactions, fund products and capital markets transactions. He was an associate at Allen & Overy LLP (2004–2007) and a legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

National Leader

Switzerland - Banking 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre is “a very reliable and knowledgeable lawyer” say sources, who commend the “top-quality advice” he delivers on structure finance transactions and fintech matters.

Biography

Olivier Favre is a partner in the firm’s banking and finance group in Zurich. Olivier focuses on derivatives, structured finance and capital markets transactions, and advises clients on financial services, securities, commodities, fund, insurance and reinsurance regulation. He advises clients on financing transactions and on fintech solutions and their legal implementation. His clients include financial institutions, buy-side firms, issuers, insurance companies and industry associations.

Olivier’s recent expertise includes: legal counsel to a working group of industry associations in charge of preparing a Swiss law governed master agreement for derivatives transactions and related documentation (eg, agreement to exchange variation margin, PRDR agreement, resolution stay acknowledgment); advising on the implementation of the regulatory obligations arising under the Swiss Financial Market Infrastructure Act and advising on the issuance of tokens and on the setup of a crypto-assets brokerage activity.

Olivier obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich (iur, 2003) and a master’s in law from Harvard Law School (LLM, 2004). For his doctoral thesis, he received the Issekutz Award for outstanding achievements in business law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer as an associate in 2009, Olivier practised as an attorney in London, specialising in OTC derivatives and structured finance transactions, fund products and capital markets transactions. He also worked as an associate at Allen & Overy LLP (2004–2007) and as a legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

Switzerland - Capital Markets

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre draws high praise from market sources, one of whom describes him as “very knowledgeable with respect to derivatives”.

Biography

Olivier Favre is a partner in the firm’s banking and finance group in Zurich. Olivier focuses on derivatives, structured finance and capital markets transactions, and advises clients on financial services, securities, commodities, fund, insurance and reinsurance regulation. He advises clients on financing transactions and on fintech solutions and their legal implementation. His clients include financial institutions, buy-side firms, issuers, insurance companies and industry associations.

Olivier’s recent expertise includes: Swiss counsel in high-yield bond offerings with a Swiss nexus; advice on implementation of variation and initial margin requirements for uncleared derivatives; advice on the implementation of indirect clearing arrangement for exchange-traded derivatives; counsel in equity financing transactions, where investors are building stakes for strategic investment purposes in Swiss companies by using equity derivatives transactions; advice on the issuance of tokens and on the setup of a crypto-assets brokerage activity.

Olivier obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich (iur, 2003) and a master’s in law from Harvard Law School (LLM, 2004). For his doctoral thesis, he received the Issekutz Award for outstanding achievements in business law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer as an associate in 2009, Olivier practised as an attorney in London, specialising in OTC derivatives and structured finance transactions, fund products and capital markets transactions. He also worked as an associate at Allen & Overy LLP (2004–2007) and as a legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre is an outstanding insurance and reinsurance practitioner who provides expert advice on licensing matters for foreign insurance companies. 

Biography

Olivier Favre is a partner in the firm’s banking and finance group in Zurich. Olivier focuses on derivatives, structured finance and capital markets transactions, and advises clients on financial services, securities, commodities, fund, insurance and reinsurance regulation. He advises clients on financing transactions and on fintech solutions and their legal implementation. His clients include financial institutions, buy-side firms, issuers, insurance companies and industry associations.

Olivier’s recent expertise includes: advice on regulatory requirements for inbound cross-border insurance business to the Swiss market; advice on group insurance products; set-up and licensing of Swiss direct insurance company and of Swiss branch of foreign direct insurance company; registration of insurance brokers with the Swiss regulator; advice on the regulation of the asset management activities of a reinsurance company and on its regulatory and disclosure obligations with respect to trading activities in securities and financial instruments.

Olivier obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich (iur, 2003) and a master’s in law from Harvard Law School (LLM, 2004). For his doctoral thesis, he received the Issekutz Award for outstanding achievements in business law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer as an associate in 2009, Olivier practised as an attorney in London, specialising in OTC derivatives and structured finance transactions, fund products and capital markets transactions. He also worked as an associate at Allen & Overy LLP (2004–2007) and as a legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

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