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Switzerland - Banking 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Tarek Houdrouge “possesses the rare quality of being able to combine outstanding technical legal skills with a solution-oriented approach" note sources, adding: "It is a real pleasure working with him."

Biography

Tarek Houdrouge is co-head of Schellenberg Wittmer's banking and finance group; partner in the corporate and commercial group in Geneva; and head of the firm's African regional desk.

Tarek's main areas of expertise are banking and finance, transactions, and corporate law. He advises banks and financial institutions on all regulatory matters; cross-border activities; lending transactions; distribution of financial products; fintech and cryptocurrency.

Tarek regularly assists clients in acquisitions and sales of regulated financial institutions (including acquisitions of strategic clients' banking portfolios), in financings and on all regulatory and contractual matters (e.g. review of bank account opening documentation for Swiss banks, outsourcing, banking secrecy, e-banking services, derivative transactions, implementation of new financial legislations, etc.). His expertise also includes advising fintech companies on all regulatory aspects of their projects related to cryptocurrencies and digital assets.

Tarek studied at the University of Lausanne Law School where he graduated with a law degree (2003) and with an LLM in European and international economic law (2004). After he was admitted to the Bar in Switzerland in 2006, he worked as an associate in the banking and corporate groups of a large business law firm in Geneva. He obtained a Master of Laws from Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) in 2010 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2011.

Switzerland - M&A 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Tarek Houdrouge has "exceptional technical legal skills" and is regarded as a "pleasure to work with" and someone who "always gives on-point, strategic advice" to clients.

Biography

Tarek Houdrouge is co-head of Schellenberg Wittmer's banking and finance group; partner in the corporate and commercial group in Geneva; and head of the firm's African regional desk.

Tarek Houdrouge combines his Corporate/M&A practice with a Banking and Finance expertise. He specializes in national and cross-border M&A, banking M&A, corporate law and commercial contracts, including corporate restructurings, corporate governance matters, finance transactions, private equity and venture capital.

Tarek's recent expertise in Corporate/M&A case matters includes: advising a group of buyers in their acquisition of the renowned professional ice hockey team Lausanne Hockey Club (LHC) who play at the top tier of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation; advising the sellers in the sale of the ACOLIN Group, a leading provider of regulatory and cross-border fund distribution services in Switzerland, to the UK private equity firm Sovereign Capital Partners; and advising Standard Chartered in the Series A round raised by METACO SA, a Swiss fintech company enabling financial institutions to securely integrate cryptocurrencies, tokens and distributed ledger into their core infrastructure.

Tarek studied at the University of Lausanne Law School where he graduated with a law degree (2003) and with an LLM in European and international economic law (2004). After he was admitted to the Bar in Switzerland in 2006, he worked as an associate in the banking and corporate groups of a large business law firm in Geneva. He obtained a Master of Laws from Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) in 2010 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2011.

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