Highly professional expert in Swiss law and always ready to provide timely advice.
IFLR1000 Client Feedback, 2020
Oliver Widmer is a partner and a member of Pestalozzi’s Financial Services Group and the head of Pestalozzi's Private Clients Group. He primarily advises domestic and international banks, financial institutions, wealth management service providers and high net worth individuals on banking, finance and capital markets matters.
Oliver Widmer graduated from the University of Zurich (lic. iur.) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc., Law and Accounting). He was admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 2000 and as a solicitor (not practising) of England and Wales in 2003, is an authorised issuer’s representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange and is recognised as trust and estate practitioner (TEP) by STEP. Oliver Widmer joined Pestalozzi in 2001. In 2003/2004, he was seconded to head the Swiss law and compliance department of one major US investment bank.
He is regarded by Legal 500 (Banking and Finance and Capital Markets and Private Clients), by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe (Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Investment Funds and Fintech), by Citywealth Leaders List (International Lawyer), by Legal Media Group in its Expert Guides (Trust and Estates) and Best of Best Lawyers (Switzerland), Best Lawyers (Finance Law) and by Who is Who Legal Switzerland (Banking, Private Clients).
Oliver was awarded the 2017 client choice award for banking in Switzerland:
- Partner at Pestalozzi
- Trust and estate practitioner (TEP)
- Solicitor of England and Wales (not practicing)
- Head Legal and Compliance Merrill Lynch Capital Markets
- M.Sc. Law and Accounting, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
- Associate at Pestalozzi
- Zurich bar exam
- lic. iur., University of Zurich
German, English, French
Expertise & IndustriesBanking & Finance
Blockchain and Crypto Assets
Swiss Financial Market Regulation
- Zurich Bar Association
- Swiss Bar Association
- Swiss-British Chamber of Commerce
- Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce
- Many more