Valérie Menoud Partner, Head of Investigations
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, LL.M.

Valérie Menoud

Partner, Head of Investigations
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, LL.M.
+41 58 450 70 00
Route de Chêne 30
CH-1211 Geneva
  • Expertise

    Dr. Valérie Menoud is a partner and leading practitioner in our Banking and Finance group and co-heads the Investigations practice in Geneva. She specializes in banking, financial services and corporate law. With a focus on serving clients in the banking, insurance and wealth management sectors, she advises on a wide range of issues, including regulatory, compliance, and contractual matters. Valérie regularly assists in proceedings and represents clients before the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and other authorities. Her expertise also covers corporate reorganizations, governance, ESG, and sustainable finance.

  • Practices

  • Professional Experience and Education

    and Education

    2021Partner at Lenz & Staehelin
    2016Secondment at Mayer Brown, NewYork
    2012Secondment at FINMA
    2011Joined Lenz & Staehelin
    2005-08University of Zurich (research and teaching assistant)
    2015Stanford Law School (LL.M. in Corporate Governance & Practice)
    2011Admission to Geneva Bar
    2010University of Zurich (Dr. iur., Issekutz Award)
    2005Universities of Lausanne and Zurich (lic. iur.)
  • Specialist Areas

    Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Collective Investment Schemes, Commercial and Contracts, Corporate and M&A, Investigations
  • Languages

    French, English, German, Italian
  • Memberships

    International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Bar Association (FSA), Geneva Bar Association (OdA), Geneva Association of Business Lawyers (AGDA), Cercle suisse des administratrices

    • Hünerwadel Patrick, du Pasquier Shelby R., Tranchet Marcel, Menoud Valérie, Banking & Finance 2023 Q&A - Switzerland, in: Chambers Global Practice Guides, September 2023
    • du Pasquier Shelby R., Hünerwadel Patrick, Tranchet Marcel, Menoud Valérie, The Banking Regulation Review 2023 - Switzerland, in: The Law Reviews, 14th edition, May 2023
    • Menoud Valérie, Portfolio Managers and ESG: A brief overview of the Swiss regulatory landscape, in: Association Suisse des Gestionnaires de fortune (ASG) Newsletter, December 2022
    • Menoud Valérie, Sakkal Isy Isaac, Commentaire des art. 28-34, in: Richa/Fischer (eds.), Commentaire romand, Loi sur les services financiers, 1st edition, Basel 2022
    • Menoud Valérie, du Pasquier Shelby R., Commentaire des art. 21-24, in: Richa/Fischer (eds.), Commentaire romand, Loi sur les services financiers, 1st edition, Basel 2022
    • Menoud Valérie, Kommentierung von Art. 72-75 FINIG and 93-96 FIDLEG, in: Bahar/Watter (eds.), Basler Kommentar zum Finanzdienstleistungsgesetz/ Finanzinstitutsgesetz, Basel 2022
    • du Pasquier Shelby R., Menoud Valérie, Kommentierung von Art. 42-42c FINMAG, in: Watter/Bahar (eds), Basler Kommentar zum Finanzmarktaufsichtsgesetz/Finanzmarktinfrastrukturgesetz, 3rd edition, Basel 2019, 1051-1063
    • Menoud Valérie, Obligations LBA et responsabilité de la banque à la lumière de l'ATF 143 III 653, in: GesKR (Gesellschafts- und Kapitalmarktrecht) 2/2018, 184-193
    • Menoud Valérie, Rethinking Bank Corporate Governance: Why We Should Not Dismiss (Quasi-) Partnership Models, in: Grosz/Grünewald (eds.), Recht und Wandel: Festschrift für Rolf H. Weber, Zur-ich/Basel/Geneva 2016, 275-294
    • du Pasquier Shelby R., Menoud Valérie, Art. 42, 44-47, 49, 57-59 and 84-85a VAG, in: Hsu/Stupp (eds), Basler Kommentar zum Versicherungsaufsichtsgesetz, Basel 2013
    • Menoud Valérie, The Supervision of Financial Conglomerates - A Study of the Swiss Regulatory Framework in Light of International Developments, Doctoral Thesis, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2010
    • Menoud Valérie, Le secret bancaire face au juge civil et commercial en droit suisse, in: Revue Lamy Droit des Affaires, May 2010, 59-64
    • Menoud Valérie, Weber R.H., Development Promotion as a Secondary Policy in Public Procurement? An Answer in the Light of the Digital Solidarity Clause, in: Public Procurement Law Review 2009, 184-200
    • Menoud Valérie, Weber R.H., The Digital Solidarity Clause - An Analysis in the Light of Contract, Public Procurement, and Competition Law, in: Gauch/Werro/Pichonnaz (eds.), Mélanges en l'honneur de Pierrer Tercier, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2008, 471-494
    • Menoud Valérie, Haro sur le secret bancaire - Une analyse motivée par les récentes discussions internationales, in: Mühlemann/Mannhart (eds.), Freiheit ohne Grenzen - Grenzen der Freiheit, Zurich 2008, 197 et seqq.
    • Weber R.H., Menoud Valérie, The Information Society and the Digital Divide, Legal Strategies to Finance Global Access, ZIK vol. 40, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2008
    • Menoud Valérie, Weber R.H., Systemic Risks as a Topic of Financial Conglomerates' Prudential Supervision, in: Banking & Finance Law Review, vol. 22, no. 3, 2007, 377-403
    • Menoud Valérie, Weber R.H., Financial Conglomerates: Consolidated Supervision in the Light of the Basel II Implementation, in: SZW 2006, 20-31
  • Other Activities

    • Part-time Lecturer, Business Law, University of Lausanne (HEC) (2015-2017)
  • Contact Details

  • Assistant

  • Other Activities

    • Part-time Lecturer, Business Law, University of Lausanne (HEC) (2015-2017)


Insights 21.12.2023

New European mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence obligations - CSDDD

New European mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence…

On 14 December 2023, the Council of the EU and European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive ("CSDDD"). This directive will mandate comprehensive due diligence from large EU and non-EU companies, targeting actual and potential adverse impacts on human rights and the environment of their business operations, including those of subsidiaries and business partners. Significantly, the CSDDD is expected to impact non-EU companies, both directly and indirectly. Therefore, it is crucial for all relevant stakeholders to actively monitor the directive's implementation process, from early stages on.

Insights 26.09.2023

Federal Council plans to expand corporate sustainability reporting obligations

Federal Council plans to expand corporate sustainability reporting…

On September 22, 2023, the Swiss Federal Council announced its key guiding principles for amending the Swiss corporate sustainability reporting obligations. After previously signaling its ambition to align the Swiss reporting requirements with international standards, it does not come as a surprise that the Federal Council affirmed its intention to further align the Swiss reporting obligations with the European Union's Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), notably by extending the current rules' scope of application and by introducing an audit requirement. A detailed draft of the proposed changes is anticipated by mid-2024.