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@mll-legal.com

Profile

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

Leaders League Ranked Firm 2023Best Lawyers Recognized in 2023Chambers and Partners HNW 2022Legal 500 EMEA Leading Individual 2022Who's Who Legal Thought Leader Switzerland 2021 Legal 500 EMEA Leading Individual 2021Best Lawyers Recognized in 2021 Private Client Ones To Watch 2020-21Best Lawyers Recognized in 2021Chambers and Partners HNW 2020Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyers 2020Legal 500 EMEA Leading Individual 2020
  • “She is purely solutions-driven” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2022
  • “She has a unique ability to understand complex cross-border situations” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2022
  • “Her client care is second to none; she is caring, thoughtful and supportive, but also a firm hand when needed” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2022
  • “Patricia Guerra is immaculate in her dealings with clients. She is empathetic, charming and kind whilst also giving hard advice and a firm steer where needed. She is always a pleasure to work with and a great team player, collating the best advisors for her clients across the spectrum” – Legal 500 EMEA, Private Client, 2022
  • “Her grasp of clients’ needs and understanding of complex situations is outstanding” – Legal 500 EMEA, Private Client, 2022
  • Patricia Guerra is “an excellent and diligent lawyer who is extremely proactive and cuts right to the point” – Who’s Who Legal, National Leader Private Client, 2022
  • Patricia Guerra is “an outstanding lawyer”, revered as “a very capable and pragmatic lawyer” with “a very strong knowledge” of private client practice – Who’s Who Legal, Global Leader Private Client, 2022
  • 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” – Who’s Who Legal, 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 – Who’s Who Legal, 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

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

Languages

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

“Her grasp of clients’ needs and understanding of complex situations is outstanding”

Legal 500 EMEA, Private Client, 2022
More by Patricia Guerra

Publications

Covid-19 crisis – Succession planning and planning for incapacity

MLL-News, 17 March 2021
  • EN

Bergos Berenberg Adds Top Lawyer and Banker to Its Board

finews.com, 14 August 2019
  • EN

Bergos Berenberg: Topbanker und Staranwältin im Verwaltungsrat

finews.ch, 14. August 2019
  • DE

Lump-Sum Taxation in Switzerland: Recent Developments

Tax planning international. European tax service, volume 14, number 10, October 2012, www.bna.com
  • EN