Serge Calame
Serge Calame

Serge Calame

Partner, Geneva/Lausanne

65 rue du Rhône | Case Postale 3199 | CH-1211 Geneva 3 | Switzerland
65 rue du Rhône | Case Postale 3199 | CH-1211 Geneva 3 | Switzerland
T +41 58 552 01 00
serge.calame@mll-legal.com

Profile

Serge Calame co-heads the firm’s private clients practice group. He is also member of the MLL Legal Management Team and in this function oversees the HR and Marketing departments. His main areas of practice are international estate and tax planning where he provides broad expert advice to sophisticated international private clients and family offices, with a special focus on corporate and contractual issues to family owned businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.

Serge Calame is a recognized leading private client adviser and trust and estate litigator in the Legal Week « Private Client Global Elite Directory » since 2012. He continues to be listed by Who’s Who Legal in the Private Clients publication and in the Switzerland: Private Clients publication. He is also recognized in The Legal 500 and is ranked in Chambers and Partners, in the private clients category.




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Rankings & Awards

Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2024Private Client Global Elite peer nominated 2024Best Lawyers Serge Calame 2024Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2023Best Lawyers Recognized in 2023Chambers and Partners HNW 2022Who's Who Legal Switzerland 2022Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2022Chambers and Partners HNW 2021Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2021Best Lawyers Recognized 2021Chambers and Partners HNW 2020Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2020Who's Who Legal Switzerland 2020Best Lawyers Recognized 2020Private Client Global Elite 2020-21Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2019Expert Guides Trust and Estates 2019
  • “Serge Calame is a great lawyer. He’s very sharp and receptive to the needs of the clients. He is an excellent professional regarding estate planning and settlement of inheritance with cross border issues” – Legal 500 EMEA, Private Client, 2024
  • “Serge is extremely pragmatic. He doesn’t get tied up in technicalities and provides pragmatic solutions” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2023
  • “Serge has great industry knowledge, is very good with cross-border matters and is always so thorough. My clients love him and I think he is a delight to work with” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2023
  • “Maud Udry-Alhanko and Serge Calame – always a pleasure to work with. Quick to respond, excellent technical knowledge and we know our clients will be looked after by like minded professionals. Also, both are very affable!” – Legal 500 EMEA, Private Client, 2023
  • “Serge Calame receives widespread acclaim as a very focused practitioner who produces excellent work and has a collaborative approach” – Who’s Who Legal, National Leader Private Client, 2022
  • “Serge has a huge breadth of practical experience and commercial acumen. He cuts through complexity and uncertainty and gives clear strategic advice” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2022
  • Serge Calame is recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA, Private Clients, 2022
  • “Serge is great. He is very practical, very responsive and provides down-to-earth advice. He knows his law, and clients really appreciate him because he’s not afraid of the tough issues” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
  • “Very knowledgeable, experienced and affable” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2021
  • “He has a very pragmatic approach, and very good knowledge of the English market and residential non-domicile private client work” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2020
  • “Serge is extremely experienced and a safe pair of hands. You don’t hesitate to recommend him” – Chambers and Partners, HNW, 2020

Education & Admission

  • Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (1997)
  • University of Geneva, lic. iur. (1994)

Memberships and public offices

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Association genevoise de droit des affaires (AGDA)

Languages

  • French
  • English
  • German
  • Italian


Publications


Firm News

“Serge Calame receives widespread acclaim as a very focused practitioner who produces excellent work and has a collaborative approach”

Who’s Who Legal, National Leader Private Client, 2022