Attorney-at-Law, LL.M. King's College London
FSA Certified expert in real estate and construction law, MRICS

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Yves de Coulon is an FSA specialist in construction and real estate law. He is one of the founding partners of the firm and heads its Real Estate and Construction department. He has an in-depth knowledge of the real estate market in the Lake Geneva region. His activities cover all the main areas of real estate: transactions, construction, leases, management of real estate assets, financing and investment vehicles, public procurement zoning as well as urban and mobility planning. He also has extensive experience in the hotel industry. He advises institutional and private clients on these various aspects and assists them before the competent civil and administrative courts. He is Chairman of the board of Bonhôte Immobilier SICAV, a major Swiss real estate investment fund. He is also Chairman of FPLC (foundation for affordable and cooperative dwelling), which is a major public player in spatial planning and housing development projects in Geneva, and Chairman of the Horizon Léman Association, which each year manages the Lake Geneva Region‘s stand at MIPIM (International Market for Real Estate Professionals) in Cannes.


  • Geneva
  • Lausanne


  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Public Procurement
  • Insolvency, Corporate Recovery and Restructuring
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Commercial and Contracts
  • Litigation and Arbitration


  • French
  • English


  • Chamber of FSA certified experts in Real Estate & Construction law
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Swiss Association of Real Estate Economy (SVIT)
  • Geneva Real Estate Chamber (CGI)
  • Geneva Business Law Association (AGDA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Debts Collecting and Bankruptcy Association (Association LP)
  • Geneva Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association

Other activities

  • Board member of the Banque Bonhôte & Cie
  • Chairman of the board of Bonhôte Immobilier SICAV
  • Chairman of FPLC (Public Foundation for affordable and cooperative dwelling)
  • Chairman of the Horizon Léman Association
  • Member of the Compagnie de 1602
  • Treasurer of the Foundation Société de Lecture
  • Chairman of the Foundation Cyril de Coulon




T +41 58 220 36 00
F +41 58 220 36 01


5, rue Jacques-Balmat
P.O. Box 1203
1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland


    He has the capacity to understand the bottom line and provide input accordingly.
    Chambers Europe 2023

    Yves de Coulon is a top name in the market who is “highly recognised in Geneva” for his longstanding expertise in all matters relating to real estate, including construction, transactions and asset management.
    Who’s Who Switzerland – Contruction & Real Estate 2023

    BianchiSchwald LLC advises clients on a diverse array of real estate matters, including financing and investment vehicles, public procurement and zoning, urban and rural property law. The tram also advises foreign clients in connection with Lex Koller, and is home to Yves de Coulon who has over 20 years of experience in transactions, construction, and mobility planning.
    Legal500 2023

    Yves de Coulon is recognised as a leading lawyer in Switzerland for his encyclopaedic understanding of real estate law and his outstanding work across the full spectrum of real estate issues.
    Who’s Who Thought Leaders – Switzerland – Contruction & Real Estate 2022

    Yves de Coulon regularly acts on construction matters and property acquisitions with further experience handling commercial leasing. Clients praise him for being “detail-oriented”.
    Chambers  Europe 2022

    Yves de Coulon has an “incisive mind and deep understanding of the construction laws”, in particular of the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
    Legal 500 EMEA 2022

    Yves de Coulon is a standout name in the real estate sector who is regarded as “very knowledgeable” when it comes to development projects and lease negotiations.
    Who’s Who Legal Real Estate 2021

    Yves de Coulon regularly acts on development projects and property acquisitions, with further experience handling commercial leasing.
    Chambers Europe 2021

    Geneva-based Yves de Coulon heads the group and is a key contact in construction, leases, asset management, financing and public procurement, among other areas.
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020

    Yves de Coulon is “very active in real estate” according to impressed sources who applaud his adept handling of transactions and asset management.
    Who’s Who Legal Real Estate 2020

    Yves de Coulon comes highly recommended by market commentators for his experience in this sector. He advises on construction and development projects, as well as refurbishment matters. He also represents clients in construction defect litigation.
    Chambers Europe 2019

    Yves de Coulon earns acclaim from respondents for his “extensive knowledge of the field” and the Geneva market.
    Who’s Who Legal Real Estate 2019

    BianchiSchwald’s responsive, swift, accurate and efficient’ team is recommended for real estate transactions and developments in Western Switzerland. Practice head Yves de Coulon has “a tremendous command of real estate issues and the industry itself”.
    Legal500 EMEA 2017