Patricia Guerra, LL.M.
Patricia Guerra, LL.M.

Patricia Guerra, LL.M.

Partner, Zurich

Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
T +41 58 552 04 60


Patricia Guerra is head of the private clients team in Zurich and head of the Latin-America desk of the firm. She has extensive experience in advising UHNW and HNW individuals and families in all personal matters and matters concerning family assets as well as in philanthropic endeavours. Patricia Guerra continuously deals with complex cross border issues and regularly takes on the legal leadership necessary to coordinate teams across various jurisdictions. She is fluent in English, Spanish, German and French and has command of Portuguese and Italian. Patricia is board member of several Swiss charitable foundations and of a Swiss Private Bank. She is furthermore the Honorary Consul of Ecuador in Zürich.

Rankings & Awards

WWL Thought Leader Switzerland 2021 Chambers HNW 2021Chambers HNW 2020Best LawyersLegal 500 EMEA
  • Patricia Guerra is “in the top five list of Swiss practitioners” praise sources who regard her as “an impossible opponent” and “a real asset” who “works hard for her client” – WWL, Thought Leaders Switzerland, Private Client 2021
  • Patricia Guerra is an “excellent” private client lawyer, and “one of the best in Switzerland”. She has ample experience with ultra-high-net-worth clients, including on philanthropic issues – WWL, Thought Leaders, Private Client 2021
  • “She has so much experience, she understands the unique demands of a high net worth client with family in all different parts of the world. She is able to set out the broad picture for the client and she can coordinate the international advice. She is able to present the complex information from a number of jurisdictions and put it together in a clear and concise way for the client. This is all second nature to her” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
  • “Patricia is a very good lawyer. She is very technically talented, she is very good with clients and she understands the issues of an international client” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
  • “She is one of the most diligent and creative private client lawyers we have ever worked with” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2020
  • “She is a devoted team member who excels in managing demanding cross-border projects under pressure” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2020
  • “Patricia Guerra is all that you look for in counsel for private clients and is one of the very best in the Swiss market. She is smart and savvy with great flair and goes that extra mile for her clients. She thinks creatively and brings excellence to all she does” – Legal 500, 2020
  • Patricia Guerra wins glowing praise from peers as “extremely dedicated” and experienced in dealing with complex cross-border matters relating to family assets and philanthropic matters – Who’s Who Legal, 2020
  • Patricia Guerra won the Who’s Who Legal 2020 Private Client Switzerland Lawyer of the Year award

Deals & Cases

  • Advised international family in connection with family governance issues and restructured family assets using a Dutch trust foundation.
  • Relocated South American UHNWI to Switzerland and restructured the family assets using Canadian International trusts
  • Advised UHNWI in connection with complex shareholders agreements, assets in Liechtenstein trusts and estate planning
  • Advised clients in connection with transfer of Swiss real estate to common law trusts
  • Advised parents in connection with protection of special needs children

Education & Admission

  • Admitted to the bar in New York (1992)
  • University of Michigan Law School, LL.M. (1990–1991)
  • Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (1989)
  • University of Geneva, lic. iur. (1987)

Memberships and public offices

  • Honorary Consul of Equador in Zurich
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Corps Consulaire de Zurich (CCS)
  • Profonds


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

“She is one of the most diligent and creative private client lawyers we have ever worked with”

Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2020
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