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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Banking - Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre is a key figure in the banking market according to peers who effuse: “You need a lawyer like Mr Favre.”

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 and capital markets 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 workload includes: advising on the implementation of fallback clauses for derivatives contracts referencing LIBOR benchmarks; advising on the compliance with initial margin requirements for uncleared OTC derivatives transactions; drafting the netting opinion published by the ISDA for international financial institutions set up in Switzerland; advising on the issuance of high-yield debt instruments; registering programmes for the issuance of structured products, warrants and debt instruments with SIX Swiss Exchange; advising on the issuance of stable coins backed by crypto assets; advising on Swiss law aspects of Brexit planning; and advising on the enforceability of a new master agreement for securities lending transactions with pledging of assets as collateral.

Olivier is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, The 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 as legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

Banking - Regulatory 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Olivier Favre has “very profound knowledge in legal and regulatory matters relating to financial services in general, as well as with blockchain assets and their trading”.

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 and capital markets 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 workload includes: advising on the implementation of fallback clauses for derivatives contracts referencing LIBOR benchmarks; advising on the compliance with initial margin requirements for uncleared OTC derivatives transactions; drafting the netting opinion published by the ISDA for international financial institutions set up in Switzerland; advising on the issuance of high-yield debt instruments; registering programmes for the issuance of structured products, warrants and debt instruments with SIX Swiss Exchange; advising on the issuance of stable coins backed by crypto assets; advising on Swiss law aspects of Brexit planning; and advising on the enforceability of a new master agreement for securities lending transactions with pledging of assets as collateral.

Olivier is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, The 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 as legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre focuses his exceptional corporate practice on capital markets regulation, structured transactions and securities.

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 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre ranks highly among peers who commend his “extremely strong banking practice”.

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 and capital markets 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 workload includes: advising on the implementation of fallback clauses for derivatives contracts referencing LIBOR benchmarks; advising on the compliance with initial margin requirements for uncleared OTC derivatives transactions; drafting the netting opinion published by the ISDA for international financial institutions set up in Switzerland; advising on the issuance of high-yield debt instruments; registering programmes for the issuance of structured products, warrants and debt instruments with SIX Swiss Exchange; advising on the issuance of stable coins backed by crypto assets; advising on Swiss law aspects of Brexit planning; and advising on the enforceability of a new master agreement for securities lending transactions with pledging of assets as collateral.

Olivier is recommended as a 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 as legal counsel at Goldman Sachs (2007–2009).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peers claim Olivier Favre is “fantastic in the derivatives field” and provides “top-notch regulatory advice” to his clients.

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).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Favre is a top name in the Swiss insurance market where he is singled out for his impressive understanding of insurance regulation. 

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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