The firm was founded in 1921 by Paul JACOB, Jean PONCET and Paul MAUNOIR, specializing in civil, commercial, real estate and tax law.
Three members left a particularly strong mark on the firm’s early history:
- Jean PONCET led a brilliant career, both as a lawyer and a politician, and served as a conservative member of Geneva parliament for 37 years, presiding it in 1955. Jean PONCET was elected Chairman of the Geneva Bar Association in 1959.
- Robert TURRETTINI became a partner in 1950 on his return from post-graduate studies at Harvard University (USA). Robert TURRETTINI was the driving force behind the international development of the firm at a time when many foreign companies, particularly from the USA, began to establish in Geneva. He also served as a member of Geneva parliament.
- Dominique PONCET, son of the firm’s founder, played a pivotal role in its growth. Dominique PONCET became a partner in 1959 and led an intense professional life. A brilliant litigant in court, he was also committed to teaching at Geneva University for nearly 30 years and authored several noted treatises in the fields of civil and criminal procedure law.
PONCET TURRETTINI subsequently grew and developed into what it has become today: a firm renowned beyond its borders for the quality of its services.
All the firm’s attorneys are members of the Geneva Bar and many also practice elsewhere in Switzerland. Many of the firm’s attorneys hold degrees from foreign universities or have practiced abroad. Our main practice languages are French and English though many of our attorneys also practice in German, Italian or Spanish.
A comprehensive range of legal services
PONCET TURRETTINI provides a comprehensive range of legal services, notably in the areas of banking law, commercial law, insurance law, administrative law (especially construction and planning law, real estate law and public contracts/procurements), international litigation and arbitration, estate and inheritance law, and criminal law. In this latter field, we have considerable experience in complex fraud and mutual legal assistance matters.
Our firm services both corporate and private clients, based Switzerland and abroad.
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Involvement in academia
Throughout the years, we have built a substantial network of excellent correspondents, in Switzerland and internationally, allowing us to provide and coordinate services in complex international matters and proceedings.
PONCET TURRETTINI also has a long tradition of engagement in academic activities, including teaching, research and publication. Partners of the firm have held or currently hold positions, including professorships, in the universities of Geneva, Lausanne and Fribourg, notably in criminal procedure and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, in commercial fraud law, banking law and administrative law. In addition, attorneys from our firm are regularly invited to participate, as speakers or chairs, in seminars in various legal areas.
In-depth legal knowledge in the service of pragmatic solutions
The firm distinguishes itself through the combination of in-depth knowledge and experience, together with a resolutely pragmatic approach, geared towards swift and efficient solutions to the clients’ needs.
The firm, its partners and associates are members of several professional organisations such as the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services, the Swiss Criminal Law Society, the Geneva Business Law Association, the Geneva Law and Legislation Society.