Julie Wynne

Attorney at Law, Partner

4 Rue Charles-Bonnet
CH-1206 Geneva
T +41 22 839 63 00
D +41 22 839 63 44
F +41 22 347 71 59


Julie Wynne, TEP, is specialised in all aspects of international estate planning. She provides advice in the field of wills, probate and estate administration, application of international succession laws, including international inheritance and tax issues.

She is also a highly regarded social impact lawyer with a particular expertise in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and social impact finance. She advises individuals, non-profit organisations and businesses which aim to make social and environmental impact.

Julie Wynne also has significant experience in employment law. She provides advice to a wide array of clients, whether organisations or individuals. She worked two years as clerk with the Geneva Labour Courts.

Passionate about art, Julie Wynne assists institutional art collectors and individuals on legal issues relating to their collecting activities in connection with tax and estate planning. She also advises cultural institutions on charity law, governance issues, legacies, fundraising and sponsorship. She is a Board member of the Fondation de l’Elysée and the president of its Patrons’ Club, Club Elysée.

She is very involved in the promotion of philanthropy and the use of business as a force for good. She is the Vice-president of ESELA – the Legal Network for Social Impact, Co-Chair of STEP Philanthropy Advisors Steering Committee and a member of the Advisory Council of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. She sits also in various boards of charitable organisations, amongst other of Giving Women, Earthworm Foundation and Switzerland for UNHCR Foundation.


Education & Admission

STEP Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates (2017)
STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (2011)
STEP Diploma in International Trust Management (2010)
Admitted to the Bar (2007)
Universities of Geneva and Zurich (lic.iur.)
University of Geneva, Certificate in Transnational Law


Swiss Bar Association
Geneva Bar Association
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Art Law Foundation





Julie Wynne – Speaker at a webinar on Business and Human Rights | 26 November 2020
Julie Wynne – Speaker at a conference on Corporations and Human Rights in the context of International Law | Online, 30 September 2020
FRORIEP Lawyers Recognised in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020
Julie Wynne – Speaker at online Workshop on Governance for Foundations | 16 June 2020
Julie Wynne appointed to the Advisory Council of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights
Sustainable Luxury | Breakfast Series | Webinar, 19 May 2020
FRORIEP recognised in 2020 Edition of the Legal 500 EMEA
Julie Wynne – Speaker on COVID-19 and Employment | Webinar, 8 April 2020
Julie Wynne reappointed as co-chair of STEP Philanthropy Advisors SIG Steering Committee
Julie Wynne and Ronald Kogens – speakers at the 2020 Geneva Blockchain Congress | Geneva, 20 January 2020
FRORIEP & ECHO SA workshop | Geneva, 21 January 2020
FRORIEP assisted the launch of a new global fund for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence
Sustainable Luxury | Breakfast Series | Geneva, 10 December 2019
Julie Wynne quoted in an article “When the fruit of a business goes beyond profit” in swissinfo.ch
Julie Wynne and Cornelia Mattig speaker at the Giving Women Workshop | 28 October 2019
Julie Wynne – co-lead of the “African Impact Lawyers’ Meeting” | Addis Ababa, 24 October 2019
Sustainable Luxury | Breakfast Series | Geneva, 4 October 2019
Julie Wynne speaker at the 2nd Annual Global Leaders Wealth Management Forum
Workshop | Giving Women | 4 September 2019
FRORIEP lawyers recognised in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019
FRORIEP legal partner of the Naked Heart Foundation (Switzerland)
Breakfast Event | 24 May 2019 | FRORIEP Geneva
B Corp Breakfast | 21 May 2019 | FRORIEP Geneva
Julie Wynne speaker at the 49th St. Gallen Symposium 2019
Petit-déjeuner B Corp | 2 May 2019 | FRORIEP Geneva
FRORIEP listed on the first mapping of the Geneva Sustainable Finance Ecosystem
Julie Wynne speaker at the ESELA Annual Conference
Julie Wynne teaching at EPFL
Julie Wynne – Round table discussion of Equality Commission at the University of Geneva
Happy childhood village
Exciting developments for Artmyn SA
Incorporation of the B Corp Waterpreneurs LLC
Froriep advises the start-up share a dream


Greener, fairer finance, STEP Journal Issue 1/2021 (PDF) Taxing action, STEP Journal, June 2020, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p. 18 (PDF) Time to Give Back, Global News and Views, Philanthropy Column, STEP Journal (Vol. 27 Issue 10) (PDF) Philanthropy Network, AGEFI Focus Special Edition, 2019, Geneva (PDF) Collaboration entre la philantrophie et le monde des affaires, AGEFI Focus – Edition spéciale “Philanthropy Network” (PDF) Legacy building for family businesses, STEP Journal (Vol. 26 Iss 8), pp. 25-26 (PDF) How Lawyers can support the search for social impact of their clients, Philantrophy Impact Magazine (PDF) Good money, Journal, Vol. 26, Issue 2, March 2018 (PDF) A Guide to Legal Structures for NGOs and Social Entrepreneurs in Switzerland, Thomson Reuters Foundation (PDF) Key features of Swiss foundations, STEP Journal (PDF) The UN guiding principle on business and human rights and their role for non-profit organisations, Philanthropy Impact Magazine (PDF) Patronage of Swiss or foreign cultural institutions – Which tax treatment applies?, Art Law Magazine (PDF) The not-for-profit corporation: the ideal business model for social entrepreneurs in Switzerland?, esela (PDF) La société à but non lucratif, un nouveau modèle pour l’entrepreneur social, Sustainable Finance Geneva (PDF) L’avènement de l’entreprise sociale, Sustainable Finance Geneva (PDF) A map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe – Country Report: Switzerland, European Commission, 2014 (PDF) La notion de trust en droit suisse, Fiche juridique suisse, n°20, June 2013 (PDF) Trusts et divorce, la salade russe: Rybolovlev c. Rybolovleva, Not@lex, 1/13, 2013, pp. 14-22 (PDF) Practical lessons from Rybolovlev v Rybolovleva, Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, n°144, March 2013, pp. 22-25 (PDF) Fiscalité internationale des dons – Suisse: tour d’horizon, Jurisassociation, Nr. 463, 15 July 2012, pp. 26-27 (PDF) The new Lugano II Convention and Swiss trust disputes, Trusts & Trustees, (May 2011), Vol.17, No.4, pp. 273-279 (PDF) Trust disputes under the Lugano Convention, STEP Journal, April 2011, Vol. 19, Issue 4, p. 39-41 (PDF) In re Robert Palmer’s Estate : conflict of interest between executor and trustee, Trusts & Trustees (November 2009) Vol.15, No.9, pp. 731-734 (PDF)
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