Chambers HNW 2019: MLL is "an established name" that "has the respect of the market"


Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL) is recommended for Private Wealth Law in Chambers and Partners‘ High Net Worth (HNW) guide 2019.

According to Chambers HNW guide, MLL’s private client team has extensive experience of inheritance and succession matters and also advises on charitable and philanthropic issues. An international lawyer reports that „the team is very experienced and we know our clients will be in very safe hands.“

It is „a well-known firm“ and they „contribute a lot to the industry,“ states another source, adding: „They have the respect of the market and are seen as an established name among all the key institutions and advisers.“

Notable practitioners featured in the guide are:

  • Bernard Lachenal, who is lauded as „a hugely talented litigator“ who „has lots of experience.“ He heads the firm’s disputes practice and acts for high net worth individuals and families as well as institutional clients. „He has a successful practice and strong client base,“ reports an industry insider, who continues: „He is sensible and someone who keeps a calm head when issues can get tricky.“
  • Maud Udry-Alhanko advises on a range of private client matters, including estate issues, matrimonial law and immigration. An academic expert observes that „she really seemed like she knew her stuff,“ adding that „she will do well for sure.“ Her client skills are also praised. A fellow lawyer observes: „She has a great bedside manner and has a very calming influence which is very helpful to anxious clients. She knows how to pick up the pieces.“
  • Patricia Guerra co-leads the firm’s private client team and is head of the Latin American desk. „She is a solid all-round private client lawyer. She has the requisite technical skills as well as strong interpersonal skills,“ reveals one source, while another says: „She is a very knowledgeable lawyer with a great client base. She is a pleasure to work with as things go smoothly and there are no issues.“ Her cross-border expertise is particulary noted. A trusts expert reports that „she has the ability to attract international wealthy families to Switzerland and is very familiar with devising international estate plans. She is like a family office counsel within a law firm.“
  • Serge Calame, co-head of the firm’s private client team, is described as „a well-known lawyer“ who is „authoritative and knowledgeable.“ He primarily advises on tax and estate planning. A lawyer interviewee remarks: „He has good knowledge in both tax issues and the more traditional private client aspects.“ His practice also includes arbitration and litigation; a peer notes that he is „a solid trust litigator with a real reputation for handling major trust disputes.“

Chambers‘ High Net Worth guide publishes law firm rankings and editorial analysis that draw on independent research conducted by a dedicated team of private wealth researchers, furthering Chambers‘ track record of providing high-class, reliable research data. The Chambers HNW team interviews hundreds of lawyers, family offices, accountancy professionals, tax advisers, bankers, investment managers and high-end real estate agents to get a comprehensive understanding of the private wealth sector in each of the jurisdictions covered.