Yves Bonnard


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

T. +41 (0)21 348 11 88
F. +41 (0)21 348 11 89


Yves Bonnard is a founding partner of Bonnard Lawson. He is mainly active in the private client services department.

For over two decades, he has focused his practice on organizing and administering wealth for international families from various origins in Western Europe, the United States, Middle East, and Asia, mostly residing out of Switzerland.

His core activities revolve around international succession planning, tax planning, and trust administration. Yves Bonnard’s multifaceted expertise makes him an invaluable advisor in navigating the complexities of international wealth organization and legal matters. His close collaboration with the Swiss private banking industry, tailor-fit, and personalized trustee services further enhance his ability to serve clients effectively.

Over the years, Yves Bonnard has gained substantial experience in international business, private equity transactions, and venture capital. He serves and has actively served on the boards of numerous companies across diverse fields, including private medical clinics, medtech, biotech, proptech, and other emerging technologies.

Enhancing the firm’s extensive involvement in the art world, Yves Bonnard also provides legal advice to collectors, galleries, artists, and heirs of artists dealing with art collections.

Additionally, he has established and advises several charitable institutions in Switzerland and abroad, actively serving as a board member to oversee their development.

Yves Bonnard holds a licence in Swiss law from the University of Lausanne and an LLM is US taxation from the University of Denver. He is married and a father of four children. He is a retired captain in the Swiss military forces.


LL.M. in (U.S.) taxation, Denver University (1994)
Law degree in Lausanne University (1988) with thesis (1989)

Diplomas and associations

Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners


Admitted to the Lausanne Bar (Switzerland)
Admitted to the Paris Bar
Admitted to the Dubai Bar



Professional experience

Partner of Bonnard Lawson, since 1997
Associate of Baker & McKenzie, 1994-1997

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