Didier de Montmollin is a founding partner, together with André Gruber, Philippe Eigenheer and Niels Schindler, of DGE Attorneys at law. He graduated from Neuchâtel University in 1981 and was admitted to the Neuchâtel Bar in 1983 and to the Geneva Bar in 1986.
After gaining legal experience in Dallas, Texas, he was legal counsel at the Swiss Bankers Association, the major trade association of the Swiss banking industry, from 1983 to 1986. He then joined an internationally-oriented commercial law firm with offices in Geneva, London and Moscow first as an associate, and, as of 1992, as a partner. Within the context of the split of the above firm, he decided, as from January 2011, to continue his career and to further take care of his clients in the renewed and dynamic environment of DGE Attorneys at law.
Didier de Montmollin is recognized as an expert on Swiss banking law. For 24 years (until the end of 2021), he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Bar Association’s Anti-Money Laundering Regulatory Authority. Didier has been a counsel appointed by the Swiss Bankers Association for investigations of violations by member banks of the agreement on the Swiss bank’s Code of Conduct regarding the exercise of due diligence for more than three decades (until the end of June 2023). He is also a member of the Delegation of the Swiss Bar Association to the CCBE (Council of Bar and Law Societies of Europe) in Brussels.
Didier’s practice is focused on advising banks and other financial intermediaries directly or indirectly subject to the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA, and their clients. He is also active in administrative and international judicial assistance, in international and national arbitration, as sole arbitrator, chairman, party-appointed arbitrator and counsel, and in certain complex commercial / banking litigations. He regularly advises on contractual and corporate law.
He has been a member of the Arbitration Committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the National Arbitration Committee (Swiss Rules of International Arbitration) and is lecturer within the framework of the executive education program on Compliance Management organized by the University of Geneva.
From 2003 to 2020, he has been a member (President in 2007/2008) of the Municipal Assembly of Cologny (Geneva).
Didier de Montmollin is fluent in French and English, with a very good working knowledge of German.