Vincent Jeanneret is a partner in the dispute resolution group in Geneva, where he also heads Schellenberg Wittmer's restructuring and insolvency team. He was the managing partner of the firm from 2009 to 2014.
Vincent specialises in commercial and banking litigation with a focus on international, complex cases. He has been recognised as one of the few specialists who deals with major insolvency cases both at a Swiss and international level. He is regularly appointed by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) either as receiver or liquidator. He is frequently retained as counsel or expert in connection with white-collar crime cases at federal or state level, and provides international legal assistance, advising on embargo law proceedings.
Some examples of Vincent's expertise in restructuring and in insolvency matters include:
- FINMA bankruptcy liquidator of Zenith, a life-insurance company, SUPRA Assurances SA, ACH Securities SA, a Swiss securities dealer and Kaupthing Bank Luxembourg SA, Luxembourg, Geneva branch;
- Special auditor and investigator in charge of direct reporting to FINMA in two cases for a leading health insurance company and a Swiss bank placed in bankruptcy, subsidiary of a main European conglomerate;
- Home affairs appointed administrator of foundations owning a leading Swiss health insurance group, ASSURA;
- Court-appointed administrator of Petroplus Refining Cressier SA, a subsidiary of the Petroplus Group. All the assets were successfully sold to a new company which took over the business.
Vincent is highly recognised by international legal directories and publications for his expertise in restructuring and insolvency. Chambers and Partners say clients are quick to point out his "excellent knowledge in insolvency and many other areas", noting that he is "capable of working in a team and eager to reach the best practical solution".
Who's Who Legal have described Vincent as a "leading light in restructuring disputes with a sharp mind and a depth of experience in insolvency-related litigation".
Vincent has published extensively in the fields of insolvency law and criminal law. He also has been an active member of the AIJA as president of its insolvency commission, and is a member of the Swiss Federation of Lawyers. From 1996 to 2002 he was a board member and treasurer of the Geneva Law and Legislation Society, and remains a current board member. Vincent was also appointed to the management board of the Ecole de l'Avocature.
Vincent joined Schellenberg Wittmer as a partner in 1996. He was a board member of the Geneva Bar association from 2003-2009.
Vincent was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1989 after graduating from the University of Geneva with a law degree in 1982, business degree in 1985 and master of laws in 1986.