Pierre-Albert Vial

MCE Avocats (Lausanne)
Rue du Grand-Chêne 1
Case postale 1106
1001 Lausanne


Member of the Bar
Partner since 2021

Pierre-Albert Vial obtained his law degree from the University of Geneva in 1988. He began his legal training in 1989 at the law firm of René Merkt et Associés in Geneva, after which he was admitted to the bar in 1991.

Pierre-Albert Vial went on to complete his training, qualifying as a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) in 1996 and as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 1999. He developed his management skills at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia USA (2000) and at the Swiss Banking School (2005). He completed his training in Family Wealth Advisory (CFWA) at the Family Firm Institute in 2013.

Pierre-Albert Vial has worked in the Swiss and international fiduciary/banking sector for over 25 years with institutions such as Credit Suisse / UBS / Citi / Lloyds / Coutts, specialising in wealth engineering and family office, a multi-disciplinary field covering legal matters, matrimonial and inheritance law, pensions and taxation, domiciliations and philanthropy.

Languages  :

  • Trilingual French-English-German
  • Good knowledge of Italian and Spanish

Practice areas  :

  • inheritance law
  • international tax law
  • debt collection law
  • wealth engineering
  • philanthropy
  • domiciliations

Professional activities  :

  • Since 2021 : Partner at MCE Avocats
  • 2018 à 2020 : Independent lawyer with MCE Avocats
  • 2016-2017: Independent lawyer
  • 2014 à 2016 : Managing Director, Bonhôte Trust SA
  • 2010 to 2013: Global Head Wealth Planning Coutts & Co
  • 1992 to 2009: Head of Wealth Engineering at various Swiss banks (CS, SBS/UBS, Sarasin & Cie, Citi, Lloyds)

Education  :

  • 2013: Certificate in Family Wealth Advisory (CFWA)
  • 2005: International Wealth & Tax Planning Seminar and Exam, Swiss Banking School
  • 2000: Executive Development Course, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • 1999: Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • 1996: Certified Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP)
  • 1991: Admitted to the Bar
  • 1988: Law degree, Geneva

MCE Avocats Lausanne

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

MCE Avocats Martigny

Avenue de la Gare 56
Case postale 232
CH-1920 Martigny 1