Tarek Houdrouge is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's banking and finance, and corporate and commercial group in Geneva. Tarek's main areas of expertise are banking and finance, transactions and corporate law, combining a banking and finance expertise with an M&A practice. He advises banks and financial institutions on regulatory matters and clients on financing and M&A, in particular involving regulated financial institutions. Tarek's practice also covers commercial contracts and commercial transactions, including restructuring, private equity and joint ventures.
Some recent examples of Tarek's expertise in banking and finance include:
- Advising a major European banking group in a large banking restructuring involving an international cross-border merger whereby the Swiss bank of the group will absorb an affiliated bank and the subsequent opening of a branch abroad;
- Advising a major European bank with a strong international presence in the acquisitions/disposals of strategic clients' banking portfolios and in a merger/restructuring project;
- Advising on the set-up of a new crowd-funding platform in Switzerland, including the regulatory analysis of all financial regulations such as the Swiss Banking Act, Securities Dealers Act, Financial Market Infrastructure Act, Collective Investment Schemes Act and Anti-Money Laundering regulation;
- Advising a leading European bank on all regulatory aspects (e.g. banking secrecy, outsourcing, data protection, distribution of financial products and cross-border issues, etc.) in the development of its online private banking offer and additional e-banking services (e.g. development of mobile application, reviewing e-banking terms and conditions and amending contractual documentation, etc.).
Tarek is recognised by leading directories and publications for his expertise in banking. Who's Who Legal says Tarek is "very knowledgeable and experienced in Swiss banking matters, particularly with respect to digitalization topics". He is highly recommended as a next generation lawyer by Legal 500.
Following his Swiss Bar admission in 2006, Tarek 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.