Benjamin Smadja


Rue du Grand-Chêne 8
Case Postale 240
CH-1001 Lausanne

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F. +41 (0)21 348 11 89


Benjamin Smadja is a partner of Bonnard Lawson in the litigation department. He specializes in domestic and cross-border litigation, handling complex disputes across commercial, construction, civil, and criminal law. His expertise extends to providing strategic advice in these fields, with a particular emphasis on real estate matters.

Over the years, he developed a strong practice in white-collar crime, asset tracing and recovery, through various legal tools, including provisional measures, criminal proceedings, freezing orders, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments or contract executions. His goal is to efficiently recover misappropriated assets or outstanding debts, representing both legal entities and individuals throughout the entire asset tracing process.

His approach is founded on close collaboration with clients, coupled with a comprehensive consideration of the legal, commercial, and reputational challenges specific to each dispute. He adopts a dynamic and strategic vision when approaching cases, always seeking pragmatic and efficient settlement solutions both before and during litigation.

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Benjamin Smadja applied his expertise in banking regulation while working at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Subsequently, he contributed his legal proficiency to a distinguished law firm in Lausanne. Additionally, he has served as a lecturer, delivering various educational sessions, including at Romandie Formation (Centre Patronal), where he conducted preparatory law courses for the federal diploma of Specialist in Finance and Accounting.


Bar admission, Canton of Vaud (2018)
Master of Law, magna cum laude, University of Lausanne (2014)
Bachelor of Law, University of Lausanne (2012)



Professional experience

Lecturer,  diploma of Specialist in Finance and Accounting, Romandie Formation (Centre Patronal) (since 2022)
Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm, Lausanne (since 2019)
Lecturer, particularly in labour law, Virgile Formation (2018-2019)
Associate, St-Franç Law firm, Lausanne (2018-2019)
Trainee-lawyer, St-Franç Law firm, Lausanne (2016-2018)
Consultant, Financial services – Regulatory and compliance, PricewaterhouseCoopers SA, Lausanne (2014-2016)

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