Philippe Pulfer
lic. iur., TEP, Attorney at Law
Partner

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Philippe Pulfer heads the Geneva Private Client practice. He is widely recognised as one of Switzerland’s leading private client lawyers and, for more than 15 years, has been constantly top-ranked by all major professional directories. He is one of only two Swiss private client lawyers ranked in Chambers Global and has been described by Legal 500 as "one of the most knowledgeable trust and private client practitioners in Switzerland".

Philippe Pulfer specialises in wealth structuring and estate planning with an international focus and acts in complex, often multi-jurisdictional, succession and trust disputes. He advises charities and charity donors in all areas of philanthropy. He has also significant experience in private banking disputes, in particular mismanagement of funds, fraud cases and international judicial assistance.

Philippe Pulfer is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA) and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is a member of the STEP Worldwide Council and a committee member of STEP Geneva. Philippe Pulfer is a frequent speaker at international conferences and the author of publications on the practice of trusts in Switzerland, charities and art law.

Philippe Pulfer graduated from the University of Geneva in 1992 and was admitted to the Bar in 1995.

Philippe Pulfer speaks French and English. He is registered with the Geneva Bar and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

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Philippe Pulfer
Direct phone: +41 58 658 30 10


Walder Wyss Ltd.
10 Rue d'Italie
P.O. Box
1211 Geneva 3
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 30 00
Fax +41 58 658 59 59
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Philippe Pulfer Philippe Pulfer Philippe Pulfer Philippe Pulfer

Philippe Pulfer
lic. iur., TEP, Attorney at Law
Partner

Philippe Pulfer heads the Geneva Private Client practice. He is widely recognised as one of Switzerland’s leading private client lawyers and, for more than 15 years, has been constantly top-ranked by all major professional directories. He is one of only two Swiss private client lawyers ranked in Chambers Global and has been described by Legal 500 as "one of the most knowledgeable trust and private client practitioners in Switzerland".

Philippe Pulfer specialises in wealth structuring and estate planning with an international focus and acts in complex, often multi-jurisdictional, succession and trust disputes. He advises charities and charity donors in all areas of philanthropy. He has also significant experience in private banking disputes, in particular mismanagement of funds, fraud cases and international judicial assistance.

Philippe Pulfer is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA) and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is a member of the STEP Worldwide Council and a committee member of STEP Geneva. Philippe Pulfer is a frequent speaker at international conferences and the author of publications on the practice of trusts in Switzerland, charities and art law.

Philippe Pulfer graduated from the University of Geneva in 1992 and was admitted to the Bar in 1995.

Philippe Pulfer speaks French and English. He is registered with the Geneva Bar and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

 
 
 

Philippe Pulfer
Direct phone: +41 58 658 30 10

Walder Wyss Ltd.
10 Rue d'Italie
P.O. Box
1211 Geneva 3
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 30 00
Fax +41 58 658 59 59


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Practice Areas Publications

International Incompetence

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Legal week, Private Client Forum
Como 14 November 2018


Public registers under the EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive – an excessive infringement of people’s rights?

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
IBA, 23rd Annual International Wealth Transfer Conference
London March 2018


Painting a clearer picture

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Legal week, Private Client Forum
Como November 2017


Matrimonial Property Regimes, Settling assets in trusts

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Cambridge Forum, Forum on International Wealth Disputes
Barcelona October 2017


Is Hague Proving Harmonious?

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Transcontinental Trusts Conference
Geneva June 2017


The bad client: how to identify them, how to avoid them, what is the advisor’s potential liability for taking them on?

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Cambridge Forum, Forum on International Wealth Disputes
Marbella April 2017


Estate planning at the extremes

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Legal week, Private Client Forum
Como November 2016


Protectors: Solution for everything or recipe for disaster

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Transcontinental Trusts International Conference
Bermuda June 2016


Liability of advisors: civil and criminal

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Cambridge Forum, Forum on International Wealth Disputes
Königstein May 2016



Discovery: Perspectives from around the world

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Cambridge Forum, Forum on International Wealth Disputes
Chewton Glen Hampshire October 2015


Chairman

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
IBC Global Conference, Tax planning for Swiss/UK private clients
London September 2015


Matrimonial Property Regimes

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
IBC Global Conference, Coordinated European Planning & Taxation
London September 2015



Estate and succession planning in Europe - Switzerland

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Transcontinental Trusts International Conference
Bermuda June 2015




Trustees: quels risques et quelles responsabilités aujourd’hui? Droits et recours des settlors et bénéficiaires à l’égard du trustee, risques et recommandations(Trustees: What Are the Risks and Responsibilities They Are Facing Today? Rights and Legal Remedies of Settlors and Beneficiaries with regard to Trustees: Risks and Recommendations)

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Academy and Finance
Geneva February 2013



The Swiss Lump-Sum Taxation Regime: A Natural Evolution

by Philippe Pulfer and Olivier Sigg
in: "Journal of International Taxation, Trust and Corporation Planning" Volume 20


Global technical updates, Switzerland

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Legal week, Private Client Forum
Como November 2011


Acquiring domicile in Switzerland: consequences of the matrimonial property regime

by Philippe Pulfer and Azadeh Djalili
in: "Trust & Trustees" Volume 17


Preventing erosion and attack

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
AIJA, International Family Wealth
Oxford April 2011


Banking secrecy: an endangered species

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
AIJA
Geneva February 2010


Jurisdiction overview, Switzerland

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Withers conference, Should I stay or should I go?
London January 2010


Evolution of bank confidentiality - Global planning for the future – An advisor’s guide to the international client

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Legal week, Private Client Forum
Como November 2009


Latest planning techniques for international private clients, trust, tax, insurance, succession and other issues; the international will from a Swiss perspective

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
IBA, 13rd Annual International Wealth Transfer Conference
London March 2008


Residency permits / acquisition of real estate

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Verbier April 2007


Trust, tax, wealth and business planning for artists and sportspersons: Use of trusts

Speakers: Philippe Pulfer
IBA, 11th Annual International Wealth Transfer Conference
London March 2006


Getty Cultural (review of the Swiss Federal Act on the International Transfer of Cultural Property)

by Philippe Pulfer
in: "Legal Week" January 2006


EU-Swiss Agreement on the taxation of savings income - Explanation of the rules

Speaker: Philippe Pulfer
Swiss Embassy in London & British Swiss Chamber of Commerce
London November 2003


Deals and Cases

Philippe Pulfer crowned 'leading individual advisor' at the Wealthbriefing Swiss Awards 2018

This year’s winner of the highly coveted award for the leading individual advisor in Switzerland is Philippe Pulfer, who heads the Geneva private client practice at Walder Wyss.

Showcasing 'best of breed' providers in the global private banking, wealth management and trusted advisor communities, the awards were designed to recognise companies, teams and individuals which the prestigious panel of judges deemed to have 'demonstrated innovation and excellence during 2017'. As one of the founding partners and main driving force of the successful launch of Walder Wyss in Geneva two years ago, Philippe has managed to combine successfully his and his team's entrepreneurial aspirations with the excellence of his widely recognized private client practice.

Congratulations.


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