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Pierluca specialises in business crime defence and international litigation

Pierluca Degni specialises in white-collar crime and asset recovery. He represents clients in matters of international judicial assistance in criminal and civil matters. He also advises on transnational relations, including inheritance law.

Pierluca has extensive courtroom experience, including in crossborder litigation, anti-corruption and asset recovery.

He advises Swiss and international clients in complex procedures, most of which involve cross border issues, including in corporate employment matters and transnational inheritance law.

Pierluca is a certified specialist SBA (Swiss Bar Association) in Criminal Law.

He is listed in Who's Who Legal among the world's leading Asset Recovery Lawyers.

Pierluca graduated from the Universities of Fribourg (French/German bilingual Master of Law) and Turin (LL.M. in International Trade Law). He teaches at the Geneva Bar School (ECAV), sits on the Examination Board of the Geneva Bar and is a former Chairman of the Geneva Young Bar Association.

Pierluca practices in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.

Practice areas

  • Business crime defence
  • Commercial litigation
  • Asset recovery
  • Fraud and investigations

Recent experiences

  • Representing a foreign state before the Swiss Federal criminal authorities
  • Representing a Swiss wealth management company in criminal proceedings initiated by the Swiss Federal Prosecutor
  • Obtaining and carrying out interim measures against sovereign funds in Switzerland
  • Enforcing French and Italian judgments in Switzerland
  • Advising European and South American debt holders in the Swiss bankruptcy of a large European bank
  • Swiss counsel of a US Blue Chip company in a trans-European employment litigation
  • Counsel of a politically-exposed person in a criminal international judicial assistance matter between Switzerland and Spain


Pierluca has recently published:

  • Expert Focus 1er février 2017 – Handlungspflichten des Treuhänders bei Geldwäscherei (Fortsetzung)
  • Expert Focus 1er décembre 2015 – Handlungspflichten des Treuhänders bei Geldwäscherei
  • Pierluca Degni & Guillaume Tattevin – Lettre du Conseil août 2015 – Libres réflexions sur la médiation et le Barreau
  • Jusletter 11 mai 2015 – Le client victime de hacking ou d’escrocs dans les relations bancaires à distance – Quel devoir de diligence pour les banques ?


  • Risks and Challenges of private practice (Swiss Bar Association, Luzern, 2019)
  • Lawfully obtained evidence and its use in dispute resolution., especially in worldwide asset recovery (UIA, Zermatt, March 2018
  • International legal practice in Switzerland (Genève, Feb 2018)

Professional affiliations

  • International Federation of Lawyers (UIA), Criminal Law section
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Geneva Bar Association
  • Specialisted Forum in Criminal Law of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Examination Board of the Geneva Bar
  • Former Chairman of the Geneva Young Bar Association