Jean-Cédric Michel

Born in Geneva on 19 April 1963

Qualified as a lawyer and admitted to the Bar in 1987, Geneva

Member of the Bar Exams Commission (1995-2013)
Member of the Swiss Olympic Disciplinary Commission on doping (2003-2013)
Member of the Board of the Geneva Bar Association (2002-2006)
Chair of the Geneva Bar Association Commission on innovation and modernization of the Bar (CIMBAR) (2016-)

Collège Vaudois
International School (baccalaureate C, 1980)
University of Geneva School of Law (degree in Law 1985)
Winner of the Geneva Bar pleading contest (1987)

French, English

Areas of Practice and Specialisation 
Civil litigation, arbitration and private international law – litigation against banks
Criminal litigation and defense
White-collar crime and money-laundering and corruption regulations
International judicial assistance
Contract law and art contracts
Competition and unfair competition
Sports law and sports litigation
International sanctions

When it comes to complex litigation, as to principles or eight to ten figures stakes, and to knowing the world we’re living in, policy, politics or economics, not many names stay on the short list. With that experience, expertise and track record, Jean-Cédric Michel is one of them. He heads a litigation group recognized for its research, drafting skills, brainstorming and strategy. They regularly obtain leading or breakthrough judgments. Jean-Cédric Michel has argued more than fourty times before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, with an impressive record of favorable judgments, often published, in fields as diverse as criminal forfeiture, bond prospectus liability, mismanagement, criminal fraud, arbitration, sports law or debt collection attachment. A specialist of litigation in financial matters and against banks, and of the Madoff case, he obtained in Ireland as lead counsel the first settlement with a custodian bank of a Madoff feeder fund. Expert on immunities of States and international organizations, Jean-Cédric Michel also argues before the European Court for Human Rights, with two historic landmark wins in November 2013 and June 2016 (Grand Chamber) against UN Security Council sanctions regimes.

With a razor sharp streamlined rhetoric, his team aims at curbing legal jargon and verbiosity. It offers a reactivity to events and to the clients’ needs unmatched in the profession. Jean-Cédric Michel advises companies in strategic matters, athletes and sports federations in sport matters, and handles transnational complex litigation, civil and criminal, as counsel/lead counsel or sitting as arbitrator (ICC, UNCITRAL, ad hoc). He aims at maximal efficiency fighting in Court and solving problems, resolving issues and crafting settlements where possible. He is the author of Legal Blog Revolawtion and of the book “Etre efficace en Justice” (Schulthess/LGDJ 2011), of the novel Apple vs Greece, and Chair of the Resarch and Innovation Commission of the Geneva Bar Association.

No stone unturned