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Christophe Wilhelm

Litigation in contract law
Litigation in commercial law
Corporate restructuring
Business transfers
Contract law
Company law

+41 21 711 71 00


Founder of the firm, Wilhelm Gilliéron Avocats SA 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
STEP (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


English, French, German


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), Fédération suisse des avocats (FSA), Institut suisse des administrateurs et dirigeants d’entreprises (ISADE), International Bar Association (IBA), membre du conseil de la Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe, Ordre des avocats vaudois (OAV), Panathlon Club Lausanne, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA)


Latest news from Christophe Wilhelm
Company law
In the event of voluntary liquidation of the company, who decides? The liquidator or the Board of Directors ?
Company law
Conflict of interest of directors: the issue is back on the agenda
Company law
Do international sanctions constitute force majeure under Swiss law?