GTLaw ® is an exclusive boutique law firm based in Switzerland specialising in finance and trade law, with a particular emphasis on commodity trading, commodity finance and capital markets and international arbitration. 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 ® won a high profile arbitration (claim of over $100 million) in relation to an international oil trading dispute.
As a small, highly focused, practice without the infrastructure and overheads of a major law firm GTLaw ® is able to offer skilled counsel and value added service at highly cost-effective rates. The firm's philosophy is based on personal proactive and results oriented 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.
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 ®:
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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.
Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, Geneva, Switzerland - Partner specialised in finance. Practice covers commodity finance, structured finance and M&A.
BNP Paribas, Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Norton Rose, London, UK - Partner. Established this top 20 City law firm in capital markets, derivatives and securitisation.
BNP Capital Markets Limited, London, UK - Head of legal department in charge of documenting the activities of BNP Capital Markets.
EBRD, London, UK - Lawyer in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).
UBS Phillips & Drew, London, UK - Director and deputy-head of the Corporate Finance transaction management team.
Credit Suisse First Boston, London, UK - Joined the transaction management team as a lawyer.
Gilles Thieffry has acted and acts as non-executive director on the Board of Directors of several companies (listed or non-listed).
University of Pennsylvania, Law School, Philadelphia, PA, USA. - Post graduate law programme at this Ivy league University (Wharton).
Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), Geneva, Switzerland - Diploma of the Institute. Diploma awarded with very high honours.
Université de Franche-Comté, Faculté de Droit, Besançon, France - Licence en droit (Bachelor of law), awarded with honours.
Lycée d'Etat, Saint-Gaudens, France - Baccalauréat (D, major in Sciences). Awarded with honours.
Nationality: - British, French and Swiss.
Languages - Bilingual French and English. German (basic)
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, project development, complex litigation and commercial arbitration and international cross-jurisdictional planning, estate, trust and corporate structuring.
Amas Trust Services SA, Geneva, Switzerland - Senior Manager and lawyer responsible for legal, trust and global wealth structuring issues; including work relating to international acquisitions, regulatory, compliance litigation and banking law.
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 commercial and corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies.
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, commercial and corporate matters and the structuring of Kazakh joint ventures and international holding structures.
American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI/ABA Rule of Law Initiative), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan- Country Manager responsible for coordinating and managing 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.
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.
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.
Nossaman LLP (Formerly, Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliot), San Francisco, California
Assisted in complex large-scale insurance coverage related litigation, primarily on The Flintkote Company v. American Mutual Insurance Co., et al.
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
San Francisco Law School – San Francisco, California
Denison University – Granville, Ohio
Loyola University Rome Center – Rome, Italy
Fall Semester, 1984
Nationalities – Switzerland, U.S.A. and France
GTLaw ® currently advises many types of clients in the following fields: