Julien Dif

Julien Dif - Partner - Bonnard Lawson (Geneva, Luxembourg & Dubai) - International law firm

Rue du Général-Dufour 11
CH-1204 Geneva

T. +41 (0)22 322 25 00
F. +41 (0)22 322 25 15


93, route d’Arlon
L-1140 Luxembourg

T. +352 20 60 11 55
F. +352 20 60 11 56


Al Habtoor Business Tower
Office 2501, PO Box 450136
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T. +971 (0)4 568 3100
F. +971 (0)4 422 7076



Swiss Advanced Certificate in Trust Management, Geneva (2008)
LL.M. in International Law, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (1998)
Postgraduate degree in International Finance, Institute for the Study of International Relations, Paris (1998)
Maîtrise in French law, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1997)
LL.B. in English law, King’s College, University of London (1995)

Titles and memberships

Member of the Luxembourg Bar Association
Member of the Geneva Bar Association
Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Member of the International Bar Association
Legal Consultant, The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department


Avocat à la Cour (Luxembourg Bar) (2001)
Avocat (Geneva Bar) (2007)
Legal Consultant, Dubai



Professional experience

Partner, Bonnard Lawson (Geneva) since October 2009
Partner, Des Gouttes & Associés (Geneva) from March 2007 to September 2009
Associate, Lenz & Staehelin (Geneva) from January 2004 to February 2007
Associate, Bonn Schmitt Steichen (Luxembourg) from November 1999 to December 2003

Julien Dif is a partner in the Geneva office of Bonnard Lawson and is also resident in the firm’s Luxembourg and Dubai offices. He works primarily in the following areas of law:

Banking Law and Finance, Asset Management, Collective Investment Schemes

Me Dif regularly advises promoters of foreign collective investment schemes on all Swiss legal and regulatory aspects relating to the public distribution and private placement of such products. In this context, he ensures that all relevant documentation of foreign collective investment schemes is compliant with Swiss law and drafts all types of agreements related to this activity. Me Dif advises foreign collective investment schemes over the entire period of their distribution in Switzerland. He frequently collaborates with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA and conducts the necessary procedures for the maintenance of all required authorizations.

In addition to the above, Me Dif also specializes in general banking law and advises, among others, asset managers of Swiss or foreign collective investment schemes as well as securities dealers applying for an authorization by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

Me Dif was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 2001. In this capacity, he assists his Swiss and foreign clients on the part of their structuring activities which have a connection with this jurisdiction. This includes advising clients on the incorporation not only of Luxembourg collective investment schemes but also of Luxembourg commercial companies and securitization vehicles and representing such clients vis-à-vis the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, Luxembourg.

Private Clients

Me Dif is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He regularly advises his private clients on estate planning issues through the use of well-established vehicles such as, among others, trusts and foundations. He also acts for large banking institutions and trust companies on a variety of Swiss private international and tax law issues. Over the last years, Me Dif has developed a strong relationship with a leading offshore law firm, thereby providing his clients with access to first class advice on legal matters which do not exclusively relate to Swiss or Luxembourg law.

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