Tarek Houdrouge is the co-head of Schellenberg Wittmer's banking and finance group and partner in the corporate and commercial group in Geneva. He is also the head of the firm's African Regional Desk.
Tarek's main areas of expertise are banking and finance, transactions and corporate law, combining banking and finance expertise with an M&A practice. He advises banks and financial institutions on all regulatory matters, cross-border activities, lending transactions and distribution of financial products. Tarek's practice also covers fintech and cryptocurrency.
Some recent examples of Tarek's expertise include: advising a major European bank with a strong international presence in the acquisitions and disposals of strategic clients' banking portfolios and in a cross-border merger and restructuring project; advising on the set-up of a new cryptocurrencies exchange platform in Switzerland, including the regulatory analysis of all financial regulations; advising on all regulatory and corporate aspects of the first ICO powered by a Swiss bank; and advising a leading European bank on all regulatory aspects in the development of its online private banking offer and additional e-banking services.
Tarek studied at the Law School of the University of Lausanne where he graduated with a law degree in 2003 and with an LLM in European and international economic law in 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. Tarek joined Schellenberg Wittmer in 2010.