Founder of the firm, Christophe Wilhelm has accumulated over 20 years of commercial law practice. Doctor in Law (Ph.D.) from the University of Lausanne Law School, LL.M. (class of ’95) from the University of Michigan Law School, Christophe Wilhelm has been a lecturer at the University of Neuchâtel since 2011, in the bilingual Master’s programme in Business & Tax Law, on the subject of “Legal Aspects of Swiss Company Law in an Innovative Perspective”.

Christophe Wilhelm was awarded the “International Law Office Client Choice Award 2011” prize in the category of company law for Switzerland. His experience in commercial law is recognised and recommended by the Chambers and Legal 500 website.

For the third year in a row, Christophe Wilhelm was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Switzerland in the field of Corporate Law.

Christophe Wilhelm is a regular adviser to listed companies for the implementation of the Minder initiative with reference to abusive compensations. He was appointed as independent attorney for the shareholders for two major listed Swiss companies. He has extensive experience in the subject of commercial litigation, both before courts of arbitration and ordinary civil courts of law in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Christophe Wilhelm has acquired considerable experience in international arbitration proceedings (ICC rules of arbitration and Swiss Rules of International Arbitration).

Christophe Wilhelm practises in French, German and English.

Qualifications, training and professional experience


CAS Mergers & Acquisitions and Company Transfers – HEIG VD – Romandie Formation

2016, 2017 and 2018

For the third year in a row, Christophe Wilhelm was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Switzerland in the field of Corporate Law

From 01.11.2014

Founding Partner, Wilhelm Avocats, Lausanne

From 2012

Lecturer at the University of Neuchâtel (ranked 11th in Times Higher Education Ranking of “the World’s Best Small Universities 2016”) Law School Master’s programme in English on the subject of “Legal Aspects of Swiss Company Law in an Innovative Perspective”

From 2011

Avocat StepSTEP (Geneva branch) member


ILO client Choice Award 2011: General Corporate/Switzerland category


ILO client Choice Award 2010: General Corporate/Switzerland category

2007 - 2014

Partner FBT Avocats Ltd, Lausanne & Geneva

2003 - 2007

Founding Partner, RWB Avocats Lausanne & Geneva


Diploma in International Trust Management, Dip ITM, STEP

2000 - 2003

Founding Partner, Suter Attorneys at Law, Lausanne & Geneva

1997 - 2000

Head of the Legal Department, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lausanne

1995 - 1997

Attorney-at-law, Lenz & Staehelin Lausanne


LL.M., University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor, MI, USA

1993 - 1994

Attorney-at-law, Piaget, Renaud, Didisheim & Burnand, Lausanne


Bar Exam, Vaud


Dr. iur, University of Lausanne Law School


Lic. iur, University of Lausanne Law School


French, English, German


Ordre des avocats vaudois (OAV), Fédération suisse des avocats (FSA), Association genevoise de droit des affaires (AGDA), Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Association suisse de l’arbitrage (ASA), Centre du droit de l’entreprise (CEDIDAC), International Bar Association (IBA), Institut suisse des administrateurs et dirigeants d’entreprises (ISADE), Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA), Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), membre du conseil de la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe, Panathlon Club Lausanne

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