Dominique Lecocq was admitted to practice in Switzerland and in Malta. He graduated from the School of Law of the University of Geneva in 1999 and obtained a Masters of Law in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University in 2005. Before founding lecocqassociate, Dominique served with the London office of Radcliffes Solicitors, in 1998. He worked in 1999 as a foreign associate with Pinheiro Neto, Advogados, in São Paulo, Brazil. From 2000 to 2004, he joined as an associate at the Regulatory and Capital Market Practice Group of Pestalozzi law firm in Geneva and Zurich. In 2005, he interned with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission in Washington DC. Finally, from 2005 to 2007, he served with the Corporate Finance and Regulatory Practice Group of Schellenberg Wittmer, in Geneva. lecocqassociate was founded in 2007 and has three offices, in Geneva, Malta and Dubai.
His practice mainly centres on regulatory finance, banking, and insurance, general securities, collective investment schemes and corporate matters. His clients include notably Swiss and international financial institutions, brokerage firms as well as investment and private equity funds.
Mr. Lecocq advises clients on banking and brokerage operations in Switzerland, Malta and the Emirates, including request for regulatory licenses, structuring of operations, compliance and anti-money laundering as well as all banking regulatory legal aspects.
In relation to collective investments, exchange traded funds and exchange traded commodities, his practice covers the incorporation, structuring and licensing of Swiss, Maltese, Luxembourg, US, Cayman Islands and Emirates funds, ETF and ETC. Thus, he advises on all matters related to on-shore and off-shore investment funds and companies including licensing, distribution, asset-management and tax related issues.
In addition, Mr. Lecocq represents clients (including ultra high net worth individuals) on a wide range of private equity schemes, structuring project finance and venture capital, corporate and real estate acquisitions.
Mr. Lecocq regularly advises on structured products and on the setting up of securitization vehicles. He also specialises in advising Swiss and international financial institutions and corporate clients in relation to equity and debt securities, credit facilities, the setting up of up-stream loans and guarantees, financing transactions, securitization, group re-structuring and joint-venture. Mr. Lecocq has significant experience in structuring asset and share deals, whether listed or OTC.
In relation to regulatory insurance, Mr. Lecocq advises on Swiss and EU matters such as licensing of insurance lines and request for business approval, insurance portfolio transfer, structuring of life insurance policies including unit-linked and capital redemption operations.
Mr. Lecocq assists clients on the establishment of trusts and foundations. He advises on corporate tax matters including tax policy, tax management and corporate restructuring, financial planning for individuals and families.
Finally, Mr. Lecocq also advises in relation to Islamic Finance and in particular structuring sharia compliant products including sharia compliant collective investments, life insurance polices (takaful), salam, murabaha, ijara, mushakara and sukuk.