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Nicolas de GOTTRAU
Dr. iur., LL.M. (Duke)
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Detailed professional record
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Spoken languages
  • French
  • English
  • German
Bar admissions
  • New York Bar (1992) (not practising)
  • Geneva Bar (1987)
Education
  • University of Geneva (Doctorate in Law, summa cum laude, Prof. Walther Hug's Prize and Joseph Des Arts' Award, 1999)
  • Duke University School of Law (LL.M., 1991)
  • University of Geneva (Licence en droit, 1984)
Positions held
  • Member (contributeur externe) of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva School of Law (http://cms.unige.ch/droit/cdbf) (2003 to date)
  • Member of the Editorial Board "Sureties, international payments and financings" of the Revue de droit des affaires internationales / International Business Law Journal, Paris (2013 to date)
  • Seminar lecturer (Documentary Credits), Master of Advanced Studies in Banking & Finance (LLM Banking & Finance), University of Geneva (2011-2013)
  • Lecturer (Fraud in Documentary Credit Transactions), Master of Advanced Studies in Economic Crime Investigation, Haute école de gestion (HEG) Neuchâtel (2001 to date)
  • Seminar lecturer (Secured Transactions) with Prof. B. Foëx, Master of Advanced Studies in Business Law (MBL), University of Geneva (2001-2009)
  • Attorney with Petitpierre & Partners Geneva (1991-1992)
  • Legal Adviser of Tardy de Watteville & Cie Private Bankers [now Banque Vontobel Genève SA] Geneva (1989-1990)
  • Banking Practice (Int'l Capital Market Financing) with Union Bank of Switzerland [now UBS SA] Head Office Zürich (1987-1988)
Memberships
  • Geneva Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Geneva Association of Business Law
Recent Publications
  • Numerous news ("Actualités") in the field of banking law published on the web site of the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva (http://cms.unige.ch/droit/cdbf), 2003 to date;
  • Commentaire des art. 899 à 906 CC (du gage sur les créances et autres droits), in Commentaire romand, Code civil II, Pascal Pichonnaz / Bénédict Foëx / Denis Piotet (Ed.), Bâle (Helbing & Lichtenhahn) 2016, pp. 2484-2537 (co-author with Bénédict Foëx);
  • Die Bankgarantie im schweizerischen Recht, in Die Bankgarantie im internationalen Handelsverkehr, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen / Brigitta Zöchling-Jud (Ed.), 4th Ed., Francfort-on-the-Main (Deutscher Fachverlag / Fachmedien Recht und Wirtschaft) 2014 [Wirtschaftsrecht international], pp. 516-602, 807-812 and 835-837;
  • Contrat de cession globale de créances à fin de garantie, in Recueil de contrats commerciaux. Modèles en français et en anglais commentés selon le droit suisse, Sylvain Marchand / Christine Chappuis / Laurent Hirsch (Ed.), Bâle (Helbing & Lichtenhahn) 2013, pp. 1143-1174 (co-author with Julia Xoudis);
  • Mesures provisionnelles contre une garantie de bonne fin, Baurecht / Droit de la construction, Zurich, 2/2012, pp. 63-64;
  • Droit bancaire et financier, in Etienne von Streng, Nicolas de Gottrau, Christophe de Kalbermatten, Suisse. Fiscal, bancaire et financier, juridique, social, 7th Ed., Levallois (Ed. Francis Lefèbvre) 2011 [Dossiers internationaux Francis Lefèbvre], pp. 241-340;
  • Qualité pour agir dans l'action en responsabilité en cas de séquestre injustifié (la notion de «tiers» de l'art. 273 al. 1 LP), in L'éclectique juridique, Recueil d'articles en l'honneur de Jacques Python, Python & Peter (Ed.), Berne / Genève, Zurich, Bâle (Stämpfli, Swisslex, Schulthess) 2011, pp. 119-134 (co-author with Stéphane Voisard);
  • Jurisprudence civile en droit bancaire et financier 2007-2008, in Journée 2008 de droit bancaire et financier, Luc Thévenoz / Christian Bovet (Dir.), Zurich (Schulthess) 2009, pp. 147-188;
  • Crédits documentaires et mesures d’embargo, RSDA/SZW 5/2008, pp. 476-488 (co-author with Marc Iynedjian);
  • Les nouvelles Règles et usances uniformes relatives aux crédits documentaires (RUU 600), AJP/PJA, 8/2007, pp. 971-980;
  • Cession à fin de garantie: droit du cédant de faire valoir en son nom une créance cédée contre le débiteur cédé, RSDA/SZW 2/2007, pp. 113-121;
  • Guide législatif de la CNUDCI sur les opérations garanties: le point de vue des banques créancières, in Réforme des sûretés mobilières. Les enseignements du Guide législatif de la CNUDCI /Reforming Secured Transactions. The UNCITRAL Legislative Guide as an Inspiration, Bénédict Foëx / Luc Thévenoz / Spiros V. Bazinas (Ed.), Geneva-Zurich-Basle (Schulthess) 2007 [Centre de droit bancaire et financier], pp. 179-208;
  • Droit bancaire et financier, in Etienne von Streng, Nicolas de Gottrau, Christophe de Kalbermatten, Suisse. Fiscal, bancaire et financier, juridique, social, 6th Ed., Levallois (Ed. Francis Lefèbvre) 2007 [Dossiers internationaux Francis Lefèbvre], pp. 217-308;
  • Commentaire des art. 95 à 100 LP (ordre et effets de la saisie; estimation des biens saisis; mesures de sûreté pour les biens meubles, créances et autres droits), in Commentaire romand, Poursuite et faillite, Louis Dallèves / Bénédict Foëx / Nicolas Jeandin (Ed.), Basle-Geneva-Munich (Helbing & Lichtenhahn) 2005, pp. 443-478;
  • Die Bankgarantie im schweizerischen Recht, in Die Bankgarantie im internationalen Handelsverkehr, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen / Brigitta Jud (Ed.), 3rd Ed., Francfort-on-the-Main (Verlag Recht und Wirtschaft), 2005 [Schriftenreihe Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft], pp. 427-499, 589-593 and 611-614;
  • La lettre de crédit standby en droit suisse, à la lumière des règles de la CCI et de la CNUDCI, in La Semaine Judiciaire (Partie II: Doctrine), Geneva, 2005, pp. 1-35;
  • Crédit documentaire et criminalité économique, Revue Économique et Sociale, Lausanne 3/2003, pp. 117-123;
  • Conséquences de la fraude dans le crédit documentaire réalisable par négociation, RSDA/SZW 4/2003, pp. 190-200;
  • Crédit documentaire et garantie bancaire: fraude dans l'accréditif à paiement différé et choix des parties citées dans les mesures provisionnelles, in Journée 2001 de droit bancaire et financier, Luc Thévenoz / Christian Bovet (Dir.), vol. 7, Berne (Stämpfli) 2002, pp. 65-116;
  • Bankgarantie I, Schweizerische Juristische Kartothek no. 1348, Geneva 2001 (31 pages);
  • Bankgarantie II, Schweizerische Juristische Kartothek no. 1349, Geneva 2001 (40 pages);
  • Garantie bancaire I, Fiches Juridiques Suisses no. 1348, Geneva 2001 (30 pages);
  • Garantie bancaire II, Fiches Juridiques Suisses no. 1349, Geneva 2001 (38 pages);
  • Le crédit documentaire et la fraude. La fraude du bénéficiaire, ses conséquences et les moyens de protection du donneur d'ordre, thesis, Basle-Geneva-Munich / Brussels (Helbing & Lichtenhahn - Faculté de Droit de Genève / Bruylant) 1999 [Collection genevoise] (580 pages);
  • Transfert de propriété et cession à fin de garantie: principes, et applications dans le domaine bancaire, in Sûretés et garanties bancaires, Nicolas Iynedjian (Ed.), Lausanne 1997, pp. 173-257 [Publication Cedidac no. 33];
  • U.S. Insider Trading Prohibition, Swiss Banking Secrecy and Swiss Insider Trading Law: the Current Situation, RDAI/IBLJ, Paris, 1993 no. 5, pp. 553-596.
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Recent Speeches
  • Visiting lecturer (Provisional Measures Applicable to Documentary Credits and Bank Guarantees) in the Seminar on Disputes of Banking Law taught by Prof. Christian Bovet, Master of Laws (LL.M.) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Geneva, October 25, 2016;
  • Visiting lecturer (Bank Guarantees in Construction and Real Estate Law) in the Certificate of Advanced Legal Studies in Construction and Real Estate Law of the Swiss Bar Association (SBA) and the Institute for Swiss and International Construction Law of the University of Fribourg, University of Fribourg, March 15, 2014;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits) in the Course on Guarantees in the International Trade taught by Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Master of Laws (LL.M.) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Geneva, March 8 and 15, 2013;
  • Visiting lecturer (Bank Guarantees in Construction and Real Estate Law) in the Certificate of Advanced Legal Studies in Construction and Real Estate Law of the Swiss Bar Association (SBA) and the Institute for Swiss and International Construction Law of the University of Fribourg, University of Fribourg, March 3, 2012;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits) in the Course on Guarantees in the International Trade taught by Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Master of Laws (LL.M.) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Geneva, March 4 and 11, 2011;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits) in the Course on Guarantees in the International Trade taught by Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Master of Laws (LL.M.) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Geneva, March 19 and 26, 2010;
  • Visiting lecturer (Bank Guarantees in Construction and Real Estate Law) in the Certificate of Advanced Legal Studies in Construction and Real Estate Law of the Swiss Bar Association (SBA) and the Institute for Swiss and International Construction Law of the University of Fribourg, Lausanne-Dorigny, May 15, 2009;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits) in the Course on Guarantees in the International Trade taught by Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Master of Laws (LL.M.) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Geneva, March 6 and 13, 2009;
  • Speaker (Banking and Financial Civil Case Law 2007-2008) at the Journée 2008 de droit bancaire et financier, organized by the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, Geneva, November 5, 2008;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits) in the Course on Guarantees in the International Trade taught by Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Master of Laws (LL.M.) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Geneva. February 29 and March 7, 2008;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits and Standby Letters of Credit) in the Course on Guarantees in the International Trade taught by Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Master of Laws (LL.M.) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Geneva. March 23 and 30, April 27, 2007;
  • Speaker (Developments 2006-2007 in Swiss Banking and Financial Law) at the Luncheon on Legal Up-Date 2007 : Recent Developments in Swiss Business Law and Practice (Banking, Corporate, Taxation), organized by the Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Geneva, February 2, 2007;
  • Visiting lecturer (Bank Guarantees in Construction and Real Estate Law) in the Certificate of Advanced Legal Studies in Construction and Real Estate Law of the Swiss Bar Association (SBA) and the Institute for Swiss and International Construction Law of the University of Fribourg, Lausanne-Dorigny, January 26, 2007;
  • Speaker (UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions ; Particularities of the Banking Field : a Practioner's Point of View) at the Colloquium on the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions, organized by the Centre for Banking and Financial Law of the University of Geneva Faculty of Law and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Geneva, June 7, 2006;
  • Speaker (Documentary Credits and Bank Guarantees : Fraud and Provisional Measures) at the Journée 2001 de droit bancaire et financier, organized by the Centre d’études juridiques européennes of the University of Geneva Faculty of Law (CEJE), Geneva, November 16, 2001;
  • Speaker (Documentary Credit and Fraud) at the Conference organised by the Groupement des Réviseurs Bancaires (GRB), Geneva, April 10, 2001;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits) in the Course of Banking and Financing law for the Enterprises taught by Prof. Christian Bovet, Master of Advanced Studies in Business Law (MBL) of the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, Geneva. Winter Semester 2000-2001;
  • Speaker (Introduction to the Main Instruments of Guarantee in the International Trade - Documentary Credit, Bank Guarantee, Stand-by Letter of Credit, Letter of Indemnity) at the Journée d'étude sur le Négoce international, organized by the International Faculty for Executives (IFE), Geneva, April 5, 2000;
  • Visiting lecturer (Documentary Credits) in the Course of Banking and Financing law for the Enterprises taught by Prof. Christian Bovet, Master of Advanced Studies in Business Law (MBL) of the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, Geneva, Winter Semester 1999-2000;
  • Speaker (Transfers of Ownership and Assignments as a Security : Principles and Applications in the Banking Field) at the Journée d'étude on the Sûretés et garanties bancaires, organized by the Centre du droit de l'entreprise of the University of Lausanne (CEDIDAC), Lausanne-Dorigny. September 14, 1995.
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