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Pierre Ducret, LL.M.

Partner

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd
Rue Bovy-Lysberg 2
P.O. Box
1211 Geneva 3
Switzerland
Languages French, English, Italian

Pierre Ducret is a partner and co-head of the Private Clients and Sports Law departments of CMS von Erlach Partners.

He advises and assists clients in complex litigation, mainly in civil and commercial matters, usually with international ramifications. He is particularly active in the field of inheritance law. He also acts as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

In addition to his dispute resolution practice, Pierre Ducret advises his clients on wealth and estate planning, in collaboration with the tax department. He is also recognized for his expertise in the field of sports law.

Pierre Ducret obtained his law degree from the University of Geneva in 2005, before being admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2007. In 2009, he completed his academic training by obtaining an LL.M. at King's College London. He became Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2010.

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"Pierre Ducret is a brilliant lawyer, who frequently issues publications on civil law and frequently makes presentations."

The Legal 500 Private Client, Switzerland, 2021

"Pierre Ducret and Philipp Dickenmann are experienced in dispute resolution and frequently act for corporate and individual clients in litigation and international arbitration matters."

Pierre Ducret, The Legal 500, Sports Law, Switzerland, 2021

"Pierre Ducret is very responsive and client-friendly."

Pierre Ducret, The Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Switzerland, 2020

Relevant experience

Litigation
  • Representation of an executor in urgent proceedings aiming at freezing estate assets.
  • Representation of Italian heirs in an inheritance distribution procedure.
  • Representation of a Swiss bank in legal proceedings concerning the execution of personal securities.
  • Representation of a French industrial group in international mutual assistance proceedings. 
  • Representation of a Luxembourg bank in legal proceedings concerning the recovery of credits in the trading sector.
  • Representation of a Chinese bank in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representation of a cooperative company in a shareholders' dispute.
Arbitration
  • Representation of an executor in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the Swiss Arbitration Centre.
  • Representation of a national sports federation in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Representation of a Singaporean company in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sole arbitrator in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the Swiss Arbitration Centre.
  • Representation of a professional football player in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
 Sports law 
  • Advising and representing a professional football club in various pre-litigation and litigation matters (contract law, employment law, construction law, civil liability).
  • Advising and representing a sports management agency in view of obtaining a practice permit.
  • Representation of a professional football player in FIFA proceedings.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Geneva Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Swiss Sports Law Association
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Publications

Arbitration
  • Tweeting CAS arbitrator removed from arbitral tribunal (Sun Yang v WADA & FINA), in:  LexisPSL, 2021
  • Swiss Supreme Court annuls CAS award in Sun Yang case on discovery of circumstances justifying the removal of an arbitrator, in: Lexology, 2021
  • The modification of Switzerland’s international arbitration law, in: International Disputes Digest, 2020
  • The Arbitral Procedure, in: International Arbitration in Switzerland: A Handbook for Practitioners, 2nd Ed. (éd. Geisinger/Voser/Petti), Kluwer Law International, 2013 (co-author : Elliott Geisinger)
  • The Uncomfortable Truth : Once Discovered, What to Do with It?, in: ASA Special Series No. 35, 2011 (co-author : Elliott Geisinger)
  • Swiss Federal Tribunal rejects multiple standards of independence and impartiality among arbitrators, in: Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2011 (co-author : Georg von Segesser)
 Private Clients 
  • Le concubinage, un statut précaire, in : Bilan, novembre 2019 (co-author : Nicolas Uster)
  • La Suisse a une carte à jouer en matière de trust, in : Le Temps, décembre 2018
Sports Law
  • Une commission de la FIFA recommande un plafonnement des commissions d’agent et une limitation des prêts internationaux, in : CMS Law Now, 2019
  • Consécration du principe d’intégrité des compétitions sportives par le Tribunal arbitral du sport, in : Intégrité des compétitions sportives, Charles Dudogon et al. (eds.), Jurisédition, Dalloz, 2014 (co-author : Olivier Carrard)
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Lectures list

  • University of Geneva, Guest speaker in the master program of estate planning, May 2020
  • CMS Talks, Droit des successions : food for thought, November 2019
  • University of Geneva, Guest speaker in the master program of estate planning, May 2019
  • CMS Talks, 5 perspectives sur le trust, November 2018
  • Geneva Bar Association, Le Code de procédure civile – questions choisies, May 2016 (with David Hofmann)
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Education

  • 2009 – LL.M. in international commercial law, King’s College London
  • 2005 – Law Degree, University of Geneva
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