Alain BergerPartner

Languages

  • French, English, German

Main fields of activity

  • Family law (national and international divorce, separation, matrimonial estate, nuptial and prenuptial agreements, judiciary measures of protection of the marital union, international child abduction, registered partnerships)
  • Family finances
  • Splitting of occupational pension scheme (second pillar under Swiss law)
  • Inheritance law (national and international, estate planning)
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign orders and judgments
  • Internation judicial assistance in civil matters
  • International private law
  • Civil liability
  • Criminal law

Memberships

  • Geneva Bar Association (Member of the Bar Association's Board from 2002 to 2008)
  • Swiss Law­yers' Federation
  • Geneva Association of Business Law
  • Swiss Society of Criminal Law
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAFL), currently Governor of the European Chapter

Education

  • Law Degree at the University of Geneva (1974)
  • Bar Exam, Geneva (1977)

Professional experience 

  • Partner of the Firm BRS Avocats, of which he was one of the three founding partners in 1985
  • Swiss bar association Expert for lawyers specializing in family law (2013)
  • Trainee (1974-1977) and thereafter Associate (1977-1985) of Mr. Dominique PONCET †, Esq.

publications

  • International Trust and Divorce Litigation ( October 2013)
  • Family Law Journal ( November 2011)
  • Swiss contribution in : International Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements (Jordan Publishing Limited) ( January 2011)
  • Swiss contributor in : International tables of Suzanne KINGSTON (Family Law journal) ( April 2008)
  • Cross-border matrimonial Law, with James COPSON and Alexandre BOICHE (Family Law journal) ( October 2006)
  • Swiss contributor in : International tables of Suzanne KINGSTON (Family Law journal) ( May 2007)
  • Swiss contributor in : International tables of Suzanne KINGSTON (Family Law journal) ( June 2007)
  • Swiss contribution in: Practical Law Family Global Guide, Thomson Reuters (to be published) ( December 2020)