In the area of business law, Denis Cherpillod has extensive experience in corporate law, contract law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. As a member of several boards of directors, he is aware of the concerns of entrepreneurs and adopts a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach.
Particularly acquainted with the start-up and scale-up industry , Denis Cherpillod advises these companies or their investors in financing rounds at any stage of their development (Seed, Series A or B, etc.). On the mergers/acquisitions side, he assists entrepreneurs in the sale or purchase of companies, management buy-outs and similar transactions. His experience also extends to shareholder disputes.
Denis Cherpillod drafts and negotiates with his clients most of the commercial contracts that are crucial to a company's success (employment contracts, incentive plans, distribution contracts, contracts with suppliers, etc.).
In the field of competition law, Denis Cherpillod advises companies on horizontal and vertical agreements, distribution systems - in particular automobile distribution - and abuse of dominant position. He assists his clients in proceedings before the competition authorities and the courts and supports them in setting up compliance plans. Denis Cherpillod is a member of the competition law commission of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA).
Denis Cherpillod holds a law degree from the University of Lausanne and a doctorate in law from the University of Bern. Before joining Reymond & Associés, he practised law in leading commercial law firms and was an associate of the Secretariat of the Competition Commission. He is the author of several publications in his fields of expertise and was a lecturer at the EPFL between 2015 and 2020.
Business transactions and corporate law
Labour and social security law
Civil litigation and arbitration
Real estate and construction law
University of Berne, Doctor of Law (received summa cum laude)
Universities of Lausanne and Berne, Master of Law
Partner at the law firm Reymond & Associés (since 2014)
Attorney-at-law with Lenz & Staehelin, Lausanne and Geneva (2011 – 2014)
Attorney-at-law with BMP Associés (currently Bourgeois Avocats), Lausanne (2007 – 2011)
Trainee lawyer with BMP Associés (currently Bourgeois Avocats), Lausanne (2005 – 2007)
Scientific advisor at the Secretariat of the Competition Commission, Berne (2001 – 2004)
Vaud Bar Association (OAV)
Swiss Bar Association (FSA)
Swiss Association of Competition Law (ASAS), Swiss Group of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC)
Business Law Center of the University of Lausanne (CEDIDAC)
Swiss M&A Experts Chamber
L’arrêt Gaba et la révision de la communication de la Comco sur les accords verticaux – évolutions majeures en droit suisse de la concurrence, Bulletin CEDIDAC n° 68 du 9 novembre 2017
Abuse of Dominant Position and Globalization – Rapport suisse au Congrès de la LIDC 2015, in Këllezi/Kilpatrick/Kobel (éds.), Abuse of Dominant Position and Globalization & Protection and Disclosure of Trade Secrets and Know-how, Springer 2017
Conformité au droit de la concurrence – Guide pratique pour les PME, Publication du Centre Patronal et de la Fédération des Entreprises Romandes – Genève, Paudex et Genève 2014 (co-auteur : Hubert O. Gilliéron)
Restructurations intra-groupe, in Peter/Dutoit (éd.), Les restructurations en droit des sociétés, du travail et international privé, Genève 2010 (co-auteur : Jean-Luc Chenaux)
Rédaction du chapitre « Droit des cartels » in Chaudet/Cherpillod/Landrove, Droit suisse des affaires, 3ème édition, Bâle 2010
Evolutions jurisprudentielles récentes relatives à la notion de position dominante en droit suisse de la concurrence : voie sans issue, in Landrove (éd.), De lege negotiorum – Etudes en l’honneur du Prof. François Chaudet, Genève 2009
Les fusions de petites et moyennes entreprises, in RSDA 5/2006, p. 328 ss (co-auteur : Jean-Luc Chenaux)
L’abus structurel – La modification directe de la structure du marché sous l’angle de l’abus de position dominante, thèse de doctorat de l’Université de Berne, éditions Schulthess et Bruylant, Genève et Bruxelles 2006
Courses and Conferences
Teaching company law within the course “Swiss law for foreign accountants” organized by EXPERTSuisse (since 2008)
Lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), teaching the course “Practical Business Law” within the Master of Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Various lectures and seminars since 2008