GTLaw ® is an exclusive law firm based in Switzerland specialising in finance law, with a particular emphasis on commodity trading, commodity finance and capital markets. Gilles Thieffry, the founder of GTLaw ®, has 30 years' experience, primarily in the City of London where he was a partner in two leading international firms (see Profile). Gilles Thieffry can properly be regarded as one of Europe's leading specialists in commodity finance, structured finance and derivatives and commodity trading.

GTLaw ® acts in both transactions and litigation (arbitration). In 2015, GTLaw ® wan a high profile (claim of over $100 million) in relation to an oil trading dispute.

As a small, highly focused, practice without the infrastructure and overheads of a major law firm GTLaw ® is able to offer a value added service at highly cost-effective rates. The firm's philosophy is based on personal service. Clients instructing GTLaw ® will not find that their matter is dealt with by someone they have never met. Nor will they pay for teams of assistants and trainee lawyers. Indeed GTLaw ® is very happy to work alongside a client's regular, mainstream, legal and/or accounting advisors.

WHO SHOULD INSTRUCT GTLAW ®?

Any organisation or individual requiring specialist advice on a complex financing transaction, commodity transaction, regulatory issues, acquisitions/expansion, corporate and commercial law or dispute resolution from a recognised specialist who will provide a dedicated personal and pragmatic service, combining extensive experience with a multi-cultural approach, at a reasonable cost. For example, if the following applies to you, then you should probably speak to GTLaw ®:

  • I need specialist but practical advice from a senior, experienced practitioner
  • Value added is more important to me than "brand" recognition
  • I want an advisor who will wish to develop a long-term professional relationship based on mutual trust
  • I do not want a lawyer who will endlessly argue about trivial drafting points
  • I want a pragmatic lawyer offering solution rather than a lawyer who will endlessly argue about trivial drafting points.
  • I want a lawyer who will build good working relationships with other lawyers involved in the transaction

On the other hand, GTLaw ® may not be the firm for you if the following applies to you:

  • I need, for internal constitutional reasons, to be seen to employ an internationally recognised law firm
  • I need to field a team of lawyers in several jurisdictions that work for a single law firm
  • I am happy for the work to be delegated to junior lawyers

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Profile


GILLES THIEFFRY

International finance and business lawyer with 30 years experience. Partner in major law firms. Specialist in structured finance and commodity finance. Experience in oil industry. Independent non-executive director of companies (both listed and not listed). Recognised academic achievements.

Qualifications

  • Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Attorney and counselor at Law, New York bar
  • Avocat au Barreau de Genève
  • Avocat à la Cour, Ordre des Avocats de Paris

Professional background

Partner and founding partner(2007 to date)

GTLaw.

Partner (2004 to 2007)

Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, Geneva, Switzerland - Partner specialised in finance. Practice covers commodity finance, structured finance and M&A.

Non executive director (2014 to date)

AT Holdings PTE Ltd.

Non- executive Director (2004 to 2005)

Nelson Resources Limited, Bermuda, active in Kazakhstan - Non-executive director of Nelson Resources, a listed independent oil company (Toronto and London), active in Kazakhstan

  • Served as chairman of the committee of independent directors that negotiated with Lukoil (major Russian oil company) the take-over of Nelson Resources.

Non- executive Director (2006 to present)

RMG The Risk Management Group (Suisse) SA. Non-executive director of this medium size company specialised in capital markets advice to local authorities and SMEs in Europe.

Head of the Legal Department, Member of the Executive Committee (2002 to 2004)

BNP Paribas, Geneva, Switzerland.

Partner, Global head of Capital markets. (2001 to 2002)

Andersen Legal, London, UK - Joined to create the global capital markets practice of Andersen Legal, part of Arthur Andersen. As a result of Enron, Andersen Legal was disbanded in the UK in June 2002.

Partner, Head of ISG (1995 to 2001)

Norton Rose, London, UK - Partner . Established this top 20 City law firm in capital markets, derivatives and securitisation.

Head of Legal Department (1992 to 1995)

BNP Capital Markets Limited, London, UK - Head of legal department in charge of documenting the activities of BNP Capital Markets.

Counsel (1992 to 1992)

EBRD, London, UK - Lawyer in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

Director (1988 to 1992)

UBS Phillips & Drew, London, UK - Director and deputy-head of the Corporate Finance transaction management team.

Officer (1987 to 1988)

Credit Suisse First Boston, London, UK - Joined the transaction management team as a lawyer.


Education

LL.M, Master, Law 1985

University of Pennsylvania, Law School, Philadelphia, PA, USA. - Post graduate law programme at this Ivy league University (Wharton).

Diploma, Law and International relations 1984

Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), Geneva, Switzerland - Diploma of the Institute. Diploma awarded with very high honours.

LL.B, Law 1982

Université de Franche-Comté, Faculté de Droit, Besançon, France - Licence en droit (Bachelor of law), awarded with honours.

Baccalauréat D, Sciences 1978

Lycée d'Etat, Saint-Gaudens, France - Baccalauréat (D, major in Sciences). Awarded with honours..


Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales, Ordre des Avocats au barreau de Paris, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association. Member of the Geneva Bar association.
  • Association Suisse d'Arbitrage (ASA).
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Teaching position at the University of Geneva Law School on Commodities finance and on Structured finance.
  • Member, Oriental Club, London.

Personal data

Nationality: - British, French and Swiss.

Languages - Bilingual French and English. German (basic)


AMY MEYER

International lawyer with over 20 years experience with leading international law firms in the areas of corporate and commercial law and cross border legal issues including international transactions and project development, complex litigation and commercial arbitration and international estate, trust and corporate structuring.

Qualifications

  • Member of the State Bar of California since 1994
  • Member of the Geneva Bar (SABE)

Professional background

Senior Lawyer / Manager (2007 to 2008)

Amas Trust Services SA, Geneva, Switzerland - Senior Manager responsible for legal, trust and global wealth structuring issues; including work relating to international acquisitions, regulatory, compliance litigation and banking law.

Attorney (1999 to 2006)

Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva, Switzerland - Attorney in leading Swiss law firm advising private clients on multi-jurisdictional structuring and estate and tax planning matters including the formation and management of trusts, foundations and holding companies in European and “low-tax” jurisdictions as well as international corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies.

Attorney (1997 to 1999)

Baker & McKenzie, Almaty, Kazakhstan – Attorney advising Western clients investing in Kazakhstan and Central Asia on large infrastructure projects, primarily in the electricity and oil & gas sectors, international transactions and the structuring of Kazakh joint ventures and international holding structures.

Rule of Law Liaison (1996 to 1997)

American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan- Country Manager responsible for coordinating and managing CEELI’s rule of law related activities in Krygyzstan, including the identification, development and implementation of technical assistance projects in partnership with Kyrgyzstan’s legal community and government representatives, interactive training workshops, public hearings on draft legislation and analysis & commentary on draft laws.

Partner (1995 to 1996)

Franck & Franck, San Francisco, California - Partner in a law firm specializing in agro-business development projects and tenders for U.S. and German juice bottling clients in Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary and Poland and U.S. civil and commercial litigation including all phases of trial and appellate cases involving business and partnership disputes, real estate and civil rights.

Paralegal/Law Clerk (1991 – 1994)

Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn, San Francisco, California - Assisted in all phases of complex litigation and labor cases including; discovery, investigations, research, trial preparation and trial assistance.


Education

LL.M in International Legal Studies, 1996

Golden Gate University School of Law – San Francisco, California

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law – Krakow, Poland Central & Eastern European Business & Trade Law Summer Program, 1995

Juris Doctor, 1993

San Francisco Law School – San Francisco, California

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology/Sociology, 1986

Denison University – Granville, Ohio

Loyola University Rome Center – Rome, Italy
Fall Semester, 1984


Personal data

Nationality – U.S.A. and French. Swiss resident

Languages – English, French

Practice

GTLaw ® currently advises five main types of clients:

  • Commodity traders and exporters - negotiating large structured finance transactions, negotiating investments and joint ventures representing clients in arbitration and litigation.
  • Banks - designing new products and solutions in commodity finance and structured products.
  • Banks and financial institutions: advice on capital market products and derivatives. High end advice on a complex multi jurisdiction restructuring.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: cross border advice.
  • Trust advice.
  • Dispute resolution (arbitration).

Publications

  • "Basel III and Commodity Trade Finance: An Update". Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. March 2016
  • "Third Party Funding (TPF) in litigation – at what cost to the non-funded party? - GTLaw wins a major arbitration victory for an international oil-trading house". TSX News. December 2015
  • "Cyprus, when EMU broke and trust was undermined". Financial Times. April 2013
  • "Thinking the unfolding - the break-up of monetary union". Financial Times. November 2011
  • "The Impact of Basel III on Commodity Trade Finance: Legal And Regulatory Aspects". Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. 2011.
  • "Thinking the probable: The Break-up of Monetary Union". Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. February 2011.
  • "Thinking the not so unthinkable - the break-up of EMU". International Financial Law Review. July 2005.
  • "The Impact of Basel II on Commodity Trade Finance: A Legal Perspective" in the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation. September 2004.
  • "The Case for a European Securities Commision" in "Regulating the Financial Services and Markets in the 21st Century". Hart Publishing2001. pp 211-233.
  • "Comment : European Securities Regulation ". International Financial Law Review. May 2001
  • "Aspects juridiques du négoce électronique de valeurs mobilières : Brève analyse de droit comparé (France, Royaume-Uni, États-Unis d'Amérique ". Journée 2000 de droit bancaire et financier. Staempli Editions SA Berne. 2001. pp.47 - 63.
  • "Global STP : Shorter settlement times but beware of old legal issues". Global Custody Review. Issue 2. 2000
  • "Vers la création d'une Commission européenne de valeurs mobilières (CEMV) ". Revue Banque & Droit. Novembre-Décembre 1999. N*68
  • "Towards the creation of a European Securities Commission". International Financial Law Review. October 1999
  • "Dealings in Immobilised Securities". Straight Through Processing. Issue 2. 1999.
  • "The legal impact of EMU on continuity of contracts: what impact?". Journal of International Banking Law. April 1999.
  • "Thinking the unthinkable - the break-up of Economic and Monetary Union". Norton Rose Briefing. March 1998
  • "Titrisation: les nouvelles opportunités offertes par l'UEM". Revue Banque et Droit. Novembre Décembre 1997.
  • "Securitisation: The New Opportunities offered by Economic and Monetary Union". Journal of International Banking Law. December 1997. (Also published in International Financial Law Review and in Corporate Finance).
  • "The Legal Implications of EMU for the European Capital Markets" Euromoney Book September 1997.
  • "EMU and Securities Regulation" The London Financial News 23 29 June 1997.
  • "The impact of EMU on financial obligations". NR Publication. August 1996.
  • "Cross border marketing". In "The Future for the Global Securities Market". Clarendon Press. Oxford. 1996.
  • "Globalisation: a personal view". Commercial Lawyer. October 1995.
  • "Les émissions d'obligations fongibles: aspects juridiques et pratiques sur le marché Euro obligataire". Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales. 1994. n.3.
  • "The Banesto AGF Insurance joint venture The strategic alternative". Acquisitions Monthly. April 1992.
  • "Les conséquences pratiques des réglementations S, TEFRA D/C et 144 A sur le Marché Euro obligataire" Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales. 1992. n.2.
  • "Credit Card craze hits the Euromarkets". International Financial Law Review. Avril 1990 (interview).
  • "A comparative study of the solutions to Transnational Insider Trading (EEC, France, USA and Switzerland). 1985
  • "Les banques françaises aux États-Unis d'Amérique et au Canada: Législations et Pratique." 1984.

Contact

Gilles Thieffry
Solicitor (England and Wales), Member of the New York bar, Avocat au Barreau de Paris.
DDL: +41 (0)22 592 94 95
Fax: +41 (0)22 594 8585 - Mobile: +41 (0) 79 230 51 41
gilles.thieffry@gtlaw.ch


Amy Meyer
DDL: +41 (0) 22 592 94 96
Fax: +41 (0)22 594 8585
amy.meyer@gtlaw.ch

4, rue de la Scie - CP 3799 - CH - 1211 Geneva 3


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