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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Olivier Stahler is commended by sources who note: “He consistently combines extremely high technical knowledge with strong business acumen.”

Questions & Answers

Olivier Stahler specialises in banking and finance law, as well as asset management regulation. He acts for a broad range of Swiss and foreign financial institutions. His work includes regulatory advice in the context of the granting of licences for banks, securities houses and funds by FINMA. Olivier Stahler is involved in the structuring of financial products, and in particular private equity and hedge funds. Further, Olivier acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers both in domestic and international financing transactions.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career?

I have always had a deep interest in business and finance. Since the legal framework is what holds our economies together, my natural inclination was to pursue a legal career in my current field of practice. The constant evolution of the banking and asset management legal framework, its challenges and variety, as well as the diversity of the legal profession and clientele have certainly fulfilled my personal aspirations.

What excites you the most about your role as a banking lawyer?

As a lawyer in the field of banking and asset management, I predominantly advise financial institutions, as well as companies that offer financial products, on a wide range of regulatory issues and maintain close connections with the Swiss financial regulator. I also provide support with structuring and negotiations of a variety of financial arrangements (M&A transactions, corporate and lending deals), and ultimately assist clients with finding innovative and satisfactory solutions that hopefully enhance their business.  At the same time, I need to be able to balance compliance by adhering to all applicable laws and regulations, which are often across multiple jurisdictions. It is the diversity of a technically complex and constantly evolving field of activity that I find particularly interesting and motivating.

What has been your most interesting case to date, and why?

It is rather difficult to isolate one single case as the most interesting. What makes a case stand out depends on a combination of factors. Looking back through my career, the factors that made a matter stand out were the diversity and complexity of the issues at hand, the people with whom I collaborated (albeit a client or an external counsel) and the overall sense of personal achievement I felt at the time.

To what extent has covid-19 impacted the nature and pace of your work?

While the coronavirus pandemic has undisputedly disrupted our social and economic order, it has had no material impact on the nature and pace of my work. Naturally, the majority of us have had to work remotely at some point in time. We certainly have had to familiarise ourselves with a variety of helpful technological tools and, undoubtedly, technology has enabled us to continue to advise our clients and made business continuity possible. However, in my view, virtual meetings are not the same as personal contact. The pandemic has made me re-evaluate the importance of personal contact and has reinforced its value.

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

AEOI entered into force in Switzerland a few years ago at the same time as for most of the relevant countries (such as the EU member states). Swiss banks have already conducted all the necessary papering of the financial accounts as imposed by the AEOI. Generally speaking, this process went well. It also allowed Swiss banks to implement the "white money" policy. In order to implement the AEOI, Swiss banks have typically increased the headcount of their compliance teams. In practice, Swiss banks apply the AEOI rather rigorously, most notably by applying the "reasonableness test" when verifying client information obtained from the AEOI self-certifications.

What qualities distinguish Lenz & Staehelin from its competition?

While we have seen in the recent years many Swiss firms aggregating or merging in an effort to reach critical mass, Lenz & Staehelin is one of a handful of firms which has been a true national player for the last 30 years. This has given us a deep knowledge of the Swiss banking and asset management industry, and its current and future challenges, which is rather unique. Our history is a true advantage to serve existing and future clients. Lenz & Staehelin's capacity to attract new talent through various long-standing initiatives also gives us an edge for the future.

As co-head of the asset management group at the firm, what are your priorities for the group going forward?

I believe that the people who work in a firm define both its culture and its future. An important and growing aspect of our banking and asset management practice, involves tracking rapid market and regulatory changes. We are often closely involved in many of the leading regulatory initiatives working with legislators and industry bodies, as well as clients to achieve practical outcomes in the development of regulations. A good understanding and knowledge of the industry, as well as a vision of the national and international developments, are in my view key. Our main priority for the banking and asset management group is to ensure that the next generation of clients continue to benefit from the next generation of Lenz & Staehelin lawyers through their deep knowledge of the financial industry, as well as their vision for the future of this industry.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished? 

I strongly believe that an achievement is the result of many hands and minds working together, and is not attributable to one particular individual. At this stage in my career, a true achievement is to be in a position to fulfill my non-professional-related ambitions!

Global Leader

Banking - Regulatory 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Olivier Stahler is commended by sources who note: “He consistently combines extremely high technical knowledge with strong business acumen.”

Biography

Olivier Stahler specialises in banking and finance law. He acts for a broad range of Swiss and foreign financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and fund managers, as well as commodities traders and industrial groups. His work includes regulatory advice in the context of the granting of licences for banks, securities dealers and collective investment schemes by the Swiss financial market supervisory authority.

Olivier Stahler is also involved in the structuring of financial products, and in particular private equity funds and hedge funds. Further, Olivier Stahler acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers both in domestic and international financing transactions. He is co-head of the investment management group of Lenz & Staehelin.

Olivier Stahler is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues, as well as investment funds. He is a regular contributor to the publications of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva and the Swiss correspondent for the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. He was the Swiss member of the tax and legal committee of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) from 2006 to 2012.

Olivier Stahler completed a law degree at Lausanne University (1990) and obtained an LLM from the University of Edinburgh (1994). He has been admitted to the Geneva Bar (1992). Olivier Stahler joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1995 and has been a partner since 2002. He speaks French and English.

Olivier Stahler is a member of the following professional associations: the International Bar Association (IBA), the Swiss Bar Association (FSA), and the Geneva Bar Association (OdA).

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

Olivier Stahler is commended for his “vast knowledge of Swiss regulatory and financial law” which he applies to his top-drawer advice to domestic and international clients on the structuring of private equity and hedge funds.

Biography

Olivier Stahler specialises in banking and finance law. He acts for a broad range of Swiss and foreign financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and fund managers, as well as commodities traders and industrial groups. His work includes regulatory advice in the context of the granting of licences for banks, securities dealers and collective investment schemes by the Swiss financial market supervisory authority.

Olivier Stahler is also involved in the structuring of financial products, and in particular private equity funds and hedge funds. Further, Olivier Stahler acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers both in domestic and international financing transactions. He is co-head of the investment management group of Lenz & Staehelin.

Olivier Stahler is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues, as well as investment funds. He is a regular contributor to the publications of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva, and the Swiss correspondent for the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. He was the Swiss member of the tax and legal committee of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) from 2006 to 2012.

Olivier Stahler completed a law degree at Lausanne University (1990) and obtained an LLM from the University of Edinburgh (1994). He has been admitted to the Geneva Bar (1992). Olivier Stahler joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1995 and has been a partner since 2002. He speaks French and English.

Olivier Stahler is a member of the following professional associations: International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Bar Association (FSA), Geneva Bar Association (OdA).

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: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Olivier Stahler “combines an extremely high level of technical knowledge with strong business acumen” and impresses clients with his “deep understanding of Swiss regulations”.

Biography

Olivier Stahler specialises in banking and finance law. He acts for a broad range of Swiss and foreign financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and fund managers, as well as commodities traders and industrial groups. His work includes regulatory advice in the context of the granting of licences for banks, securities dealers and collective investment schemes by the Swiss financial market supervisory authority.

Olivier Stahler is also involved in the structuring of financial products, and in particular private equity funds and hedge funds. Further, Olivier Stahler acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers both in domestic and international financing transactions. He is co-head of the investment management group of Lenz & Staehelin.

Olivier Stahler is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues, as well as investment funds. He is a regular contributor to the publications of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva, and the Swiss correspondent for the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. He was the Swiss member of the tax and legal committee of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) from 2006 to 2012.

Olivier Stahler completed a law degree at Lausanne University (1990) and obtained an LLM from the University of Edinburgh (1994). He has been admitted to the Geneva Bar (1992). Olivier Stahler joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1995 and has been a partner since 2002. He speaks French and English.

Olivier Stahler is a member of the following professional associations: International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Bar Association (FSA), Geneva Bar Association (OdA).

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

Olivier Stahler stands out for his “profound knowledge of the Swiss regulatory framework” as well as his much-admired “pragmatic approach”.

Biography

Olivier Stahler specialises in banking and finance law. He acts for a broad range of Swiss and foreign financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and fund managers, as well as commodities traders and industrial groups. His work includes regulatory advice in the context of the granting of licences for banks, securities dealers and collective investment schemes by the Swiss financial market supervisory authority.

Olivier Stahler is also involved in the structuring of financial products, and in particular private equity funds and hedge funds. Further, Olivier Stahler acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers both in domestic and international financing transactions. He is co-head of the investment management group of Lenz & Staehelin.

Olivier Stahler is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues, as well as investment funds. He is a regular contributor to the publications of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva, and the Swiss correspondent for the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. He was the Swiss member of the tax and legal committee of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) from 2006 to 2012.

Olivier Stahler completed a law degree at Lausanne University (1990) and obtained an LLM from the University of Edinburgh (1994). He has been admitted to the Geneva Bar (1992). Olivier Stahler joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1995 and has been a partner since 2002. He speaks French and English.

Olivier Stahler is a member of the following professional associations: International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Bar Association (FSA), Geneva Bar Association (OdA).

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

Olivier Stahler “demonstrates a strong capability to assess risks effectively” and stands out for his profound understanding of fund and asset management regulation. 

Biography

Olivier Stahler specialises in banking and finance law. He acts for a broad range of Swiss and foreign financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and fund managers, as well as commodities traders and industrial groups. His work includes regulatory advice in the context of the granting of licences for banks, securities dealers and collective investment schemes by the Swiss financial market supervisory authority.

Olivier Stahler is also involved in the structuring of financial products, and in particular private equity funds and hedge funds. Further, Olivier Stahler acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers both in domestic and international financing transactions. He is co-head of the investment management group of Lenz & Staehelin.

Olivier Stahler is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues, as well as investment funds. He is a regular contributor to the publications of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva, and the Swiss correspondent for the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. He was the Swiss member of the tax and legal committee of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) from 2006 to 2012.

Olivier Stahler completed a law degree at Lausanne University (1990) and obtained an LLM from the University of Edinburgh (1994). He has been admitted to the Geneva Bar (1992). Olivier Stahler joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1995 and has been a partner since 2002. He speaks French and English.

Olivier Stahler is a member of the following professional associations: International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Bar Association (FSA), Geneva Bar Association (OdA).

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.

Awards won by Olivier Stahler

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