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 LL.M. 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.