Frédérique Bensahel

Partner | Geneva

+41 22 849 60 40

Practice areas: Banking and Finance (Head of practice)Family Estate Law

Languages: French, English, German


Frédérique Bensahel is considered as a leading lawyer in the banking and financial sector in Switzerland.

As Partner at FBT and head of its Banking and Finance group, Frédérique Bensahel advises Swiss and foreign financial institutions, in particular banks, asset managers, brokers, dealers as well as investment funds and fund managers on all regulatory and contractual issues. Frédérique Bensahel’s practice covers, in particular, fund and structured product distribution. Her activities also extend to civil financial litigation and regulatory proceedings.

Frédérique Bensahel is a member of the STEP association and has a broad experience in wealth planning and trustee regulations.

Frédérique Bensahel is the author of numerous publications in the field of financial regulation and investment funds and co-edited the Stämpfli Commentary of the Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Act (CISA). She is regularly invited to participate as speaker in conferences in the field of financial regulation and investment funds.

She is recommended by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer with regard to banking and finance law and investment funds (“Very available, analytical, professional and a good communicator”, Chambers 2017). IFLR considers her as an expert in Banking & Finance Law and Legal500 as an expert in Banking Law (“Practice head Frédérique Bensahel is very smart, pragmatic and solution-oriented”, Legal500 2017).

Who’s Who Legal recognizes Frédérique Bensahel as a specialist for legal questions related to Investment Management (“Thoroughly impressive lawyer, savvy and experienced, she is known for keenly protecting clients’ best interests”, WWL 2016) and is noted by Best Lawyer for her skills in financial law.

Chambers, Legal500 and Citywealth also recognise her as a leading lawyer in the field of Private Clients (“Bright and personable. A dynamic combination”, Citywealth 2016). Finally, she features among the Top 200 IFC Citywealth Power Women since 2015.


  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Asset Management
  • Investment Funds
  • Hedge Funds and Private Equity
  • Distribution of Financial Products
  • Independent Asset Manager and Trustee Regulation
  • Wealth Management
  • FINMA Enforcement Proceedings
  • Financial Litigation

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