11, rue de Candolle
Telephone Nr +4122 807 33 67
Fax Nr +4122 807 33 63
E-mail: [email protected]
Date of birth: November 13, 1958
Nationality: Swiss and French
1. AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Family estate law, matrimonial property regimes, contract and corporate law, estate planning, trusts,
retirement plans, maintenance, children rights, and criminal law related to these areas.
Private international law, and fundamental and constitutional rights.
Consulting - Negotiations - Litigation.
2. SERVICES OFFERED
Strategic advice on the anticipation and effective control of disputes.
Judicial and extra-judicial practice, both independently and in synergy with other law firms
operating in Switzerland and abroad.
Opportunities to collaborate with the most competent professionals in their areas of practice, in the
best interests of the client.
Formation of teams of professionals and coordinated practice with them, based on the client's
requirements and the specific details of the case, at both the local and international level.
Second opinions for clients who are being assisted by other attorneys-at-law and for attorneys-atlaw advising their clients on the evaluation of disputes, on strategies to adopt and on potential
The editing of legal documents for cases heard in courts outside Switzerland.
Ad hoc appointments for the private arbitration of international disputes where conflicting laws
require equitable adjudication.
3. LAW FIRM
Head of a lawfirm employing three attorneys-at-law admitted to practice before the Geneva Bar, a
scientific clerk, an office manager, two administrative assistants and a delivery girl.
Law firm founded in 1998 in its present form
Independent practice since 1985, as partner of Reiser & Stampfli until 1991, and of Oltramare
Hochstaetter Eardley & Reiser until 1998.
4. PRESENT TEACHING OCCUPATION
Member of the Examination Commission for the Geneva Bar Exams.
Adjunct lecturer in post master classes on the preparation of divorce settlements : Geneva
Adjunct lecturer in master classes on International divorce and Rights of children with the
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
École d'Avocature de Genève
Teacher of matrimonial law on a Matrimonial Law Specialisation Programme for lawyers : The
Swiss Bar Association
Teacher of matrimonial law with AZEK, The Swiss Training Centre for Investment Professionals (to
candidates for qualification as Experts in Finance and Investment)
Speaker at the Annual Seminar of Continuing Education in Family Law at the Law Marathons
Programme: Geneva Bar Association
Speaker at annual conferences on international issues in joint matrimonial estate and inheritance
planning associated with the retirement of international public officials: The United Nations and the
International Labour Organisation
Participant in the design and moderator at the annual Colloquia on Cross Border Law involving the
Bar Associations of Thonon-les-Bains (France), Vaud, and Valais (Switzerland), as well as the
Savoie Association of Notaries (France)
5. RECENT PUBLICATIONS
« Jurisprudence choisie en droit matrimonial » , in Plaidoyer, November 2013, Lausanne
« Recognition and enforcement in Switzerland of English Divorce Judgments and Maintenance
Orders», with Eliza Hebditch and Nicholas Bennett, Farrer & Co LLP, London, Schulthess
Publishers, in Symposium on family law, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2013
« Les conventions sur l’entretien, modalités formelles, clauses à prévoir et à éviter, marge de
manœuvre » , in Swiss Bar Association Publications, December 2013
«Représentation de la communauté, régime des dettes et exécution forcée» , in Swiss Bar
Association Publications, December 2013
2012 : « Au nom de l’enfant… Se séparer sans se déchirer » , Favre Publishers, Lausanne,
2012: « Lessive du linge sale familial : plaidoyer pour un programme court », in Plaidoyer, Year 30
(2012), n°2, p.34-38, Lausanne
2011: « Autorité parentale, garde, relations personnelles, comment obtenir l'exécution des
jugements, de lege lata ?», Schulthess Publishers, in Symposium on family law, University of
Fribourg, Switzerland, 2011
2010 : « Divorce en Suisse et immeuble en France, essai de simplification judiciaire », in
FamPra3/2010 and FamPra 4/2010, in collaboration with Mes Etienne Jeandin, notary public in
Geneva, Jean-Luc Favre, Attorney-at-law before the French Bar of Thonon-les-Bains, and
Dominique Naz, notary public in Douvaine, France.
6. PAST EXPERIENCE
2008 – 2010: Associate Judge of the Geneva Canton Social Security Tribunal
2004 – 2008: Member of the Observations on Crime Jury of the Visions du Réel Documentary Film
Festival in Nyon, Switzerland
1996 – 2004: Member of the Board of the Geneva Bar Association
1996 – 2005: Chairman of the Geneva Bar Association Consultation Service
1985 – 1998: Member of the Commission of Experts for the Federal Accounting Certificate
Examination organised by the Swiss Association of Commercial Employees
1985 – 1991: Member of the Committee of the Geneva Centre for Economic and Management
1988 – 1990: Chairman of Les Lauriers Residence for the elderly.
Fédération Suisse des Avocats
Ordre des Avocats de Genève
Selected case law in matrimonial law
Maintenance agreement, formal requirements, clauses to include and to avoid, margin of manoeuvre
Representation of the conjugal union, debts regime and recovery
« In the name of the child… How to separate without tearing each other apart », Book
Tribunal Cantonal des Assurances Sociales de Genève
Ordre des Avocats de Genève
Permanence de l’Ordre des Avocats de Genève
Société Suisse des Employés de Commerce
Centre d'Études Économiques et de Gestion
7. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Member of the Geneva Bar Association , the Swiss Bar Association , the International Bar
Association, the International Association of Lawyers , and the American Bar Association.
1984: Admitted to practice at the Geneva Bar
1982: Master Degree in Law, University of Geneva
1977: Classical Studies Degree, Collège Calvin of Geneva
1976: American High School Diploma, Doylestown Academy, Pennsylvania, United States of
9. MEDIA, PAST TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Fribourg, Nuithonie Theater, « In the name of the child… », Conference organized
by the Mouvement for Co-parenting of Fribourg.
14.06.2013: Nyon: Colloquium of Cross-border Swiss-French Law on taxes related to
international divorce proceedings.
03.06.2013 : Symposium of Family Law of Fribourg, lecture on international recovery of
maintenance, given with Prof. Andrea Bonomi, President of the Center of
Comparative European and International Law,
1985 up to now : Contributor to various television programmes (Mise au Point, Infrarouge, Temps
Présent, Toutes Taxes Comprises, etc.) and radio broadcasts (The Journal, Les
Temps Modernes, Grand Huit), and regular appearances on news programmes:
RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse).
21.04.2010: Moderator, legal contributor, concluding speaker at the Seminar on Family
Mediation in La Chaux-de-Fonds of the Neuchâtel Family Mediation Association in
collaboration with the Centre for Research on Amicable and Jurisdictional Conflict
Management Methods , and the University of Neuchâtel.
Seminar designer and participant in a round table at the Seminar on the
Consequences of the Break-Up of the Family for Single-Parent Families for "the
Haute École en Travail Social de Genève" .
2003-2004: With the Unité Passerelle Science Cité, the Education Office and Deans of the
Faculties of Law and Medicine of the University of Geneva; the Administration of
Justice; the Geneva Bar; the School and Media Office of the Geneva Department of
Public Education; and Léman Bleu Television: designed a screenplay on the theme
of the "The Individual under Surveillance"; Project Leader; coordinator of the
institutions, professionals, and university students and scheduler of a mock trial
filmed at the Geneva Court of Justice and broadcast at the University of Geneva;
Designer of multi-disciplinary television content for the "Geneva, it’s you"
broadcast, covering the legal issues raised during the mock trial; Participant in the
Centenary Academic Holiday "Dies Academicus" at the University of Geneva.
2000-2002: Organiser of open house events at the Geneva Court of Justice, in which attorneysat-law, judges, and public officials participated and responded to questions from the
public: Administration of Justice and the Geneva Bar Association.
2000-2005: Organiser of the "Journées de la Permanence de l'Ordre des Avocats" , events in
which judges, attorneys-at-law, public officials, court officials and other participants
are invited to gather in a public forum and engage in debate concerning the social
and judicial treatment of specific subject areas (such as labour, accidents, or family
Ordre des Avocats de Genève
Fédération Suisse des avocats
Union Internationale des Avocats
Association Neuchâteloise de Médiation Familiale
Centre de Recherche sur les Modes Amiables et Juridictionnels de Gestion de Conflits, "CEMAJ"
University of Social Studies of Geneva
Genève c'est vous
Geneva Bar Association Consultation Service Days
matters) with the Geneva Bar Association, the Administration of Justice, and the
Geneva Canton Administration.
Organiser of a six-month training course for attorneys serving as child guardians
when the new Swiss divorce law came into effect with: the former Youth Protection
Service (currently, the Service for the Protection of Minors ); the Medical
Educational Service of the Youth Office ; the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department of the Geneva Hospitals; the General Child Guardian Service
Geneva; the Judicial Administration of Geneva, and the Geneva Bar Association
Organiser of conferences on business law issues with the Geneva Centre for
Economic and Management Studies Committee
Founder of a business law teaching programme focused on practice with the
executive staff of the Management and Communication School of Geneva .
Fluent French and English; good knowledge of German and Italian.
Service de Protection de la Jeunesse
Service de Protection des Mineurs
Centre médico-pédagogique de l’Office de la Jeunesse
Service du Tuteur Général
L'Ordre des Avocats de Genève
Centre d'Études Économiques et de Gestion de Genève
ESM, Ecole Supérieure de Management