Dr. Olivier Favre is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer'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: advising on regulatory change projects in connection with the Brexit planning; advising on the implementation of the regulatory obligations arising under the Swiss Financial Market Infrastructure Act and the new Swiss Financial Services Act; advising on the set-up of a Fintech-based deposit taking platform; and advising 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 practiced 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).