Gilles Robert-Nicoud

g.robert-nicoud (at)
MCE Avocats (Lausanne)
Rue du Grand-Chêne 1
Case postale 1106
1001 Lausanne



Member of the Bar
Partner since 2021

After an internship with Budin et associés in Geneva, he joined Python and then CBWM, where he practised for 15 years in the fields of business law, administrative law, energy and telecommunications. After gaining an MBA in management and corporate finance and then in security policy and crisis management, he spent 7 years heading the legal department of Alpiq Production in Switzerland and Europe. In this role and during a period of crisis, Gilles Robert-Nicoud supported numerous restructuring and M&A projects. He also conducted intensive public relations activities on behalf of hydroelectric power.

He has served on a number of boards, including a listed company, in the IT, textile and hydroelectric sectors. Gilles Robert-Nicoud is also active in the Race for Water Foundation, which fights against plastic pollution in the oceans. He also created and taught the ‘Legal aspects of corporate finance’ course at the HEC business school in Lausanne for 8 years.

Gilles Robert-Nicoud supports commercial projects with an entrepreneurial approach. He specialises in commercial, corporate and infrastructure law. This includes the development of renewable energy projects, the renewal of hydroelectric concessions, the extension of electricity, gas and telecommunications networks and public procurement.

Languages  :

  • French
  • English
  • German

Practice areas :

  • Commercial law
  • Energy and telecommunications law
  • Public procurement law

Professional activities :

  • Since 2021 : Partner at MCE Avocats, Lausanne
  • From 2014 to 2020: Head of Legal Generation, Alpiq AG
  • From 2010 to 2018: Lecturer in ‘Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance’ at the HEC School of Management, University of Lausanne
  • From 2000 to 2013: Associate then Partner at CBWM & Avocats, Lausanne
  • 1998 to 2000: Associate with Python, Geneva
  • 1996: Bar Exam

Education :

  • 2012: MAS security policy & crisis management, ETH Zurich
  • 2009: eMBA management & corporate finance, HEC Lausanne
  • 1994: Law degree, University of Lausanne

Publications :

  • Recurring Contributions in 2023 in « Bulletin mensuel d’analyses des marchés énergétiques européens » édité par Indar New Energies
  • Approvisionnement de base en électricité sur le long terme, in : Jusletter 28 novembre 2022
  • Fourniture de base en électricité, in : Jusletter 12 novembre 2018
  • La Loi sur le marché de l’électricité, quelques réflexions juridiques (RDAF 2002)

MCE Avocats Lausanne

Rue du Grand-Chêne 1
Case postale 1106
CH-1001 Lausanne

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Avenue de la Gare 56
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CH-1920 Martigny 1