Philippe Kenel

Doctor of Law, LL.M. (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Degree in political science, Attorney-at-law

Philippe Kenel, who holds a doctorate in law, a degree in political science and an LL.M. in European law from Université Libre de Bruxelles, has been advising high net worth individuals, both Swiss and foreign, for over thirty years, particularly in national and international tax and inheritance matters. He frequently advises foreign nationals wishing to relocate to Switzerland in order to benefit from lump-sum taxation. 

Active in Switzerland and Belgium, Philippe Kenel is in charge of the valfor offices in Brussels, thus making his activities inherently international. 

Clients appreciate not only his practical and theoretical knowledge of these practice areas, as demonstrated by his many publications, but also the relevance of his advice and his human approach. Philippe Kenel is very often called upon to intervene in complex family transactions or to act as an executor of wills. 

Philippe Kenel's other activities can be found on his website In particular, he is President of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce for Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, President of the International league against racism and anti-semitism in Switzerland (Licra-Switzerland), co-founder and legal representative of the Licra's Permanent Representation to the European Institutions, and co-founder and member of the Board of Licra-Belgium.

Lausanne Av. C. F. Ramuz 80 CH-1009 Pully/Lausanne T: +41 21 721 04 40
Geneva Rue Jacques-Balmat 5 CH-1211 Geneva T: +41 58 220 36 00
Brussels Rue du Mail 13-15 BE-1050 Brussels T: +32 2 486 40 08
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Recommended lawyer, considered a leading lawyer in private client matters in Switzerland
Who's Who Legal (WWL), 2020-2024
Designated as a one of the figures that shape Switzerland
Swiss who's who, 2017-2024
Designated to the Forum des 100
L'Hebdo, 2012
Designated as one of 300 of the most influential people in Switzerland
Bilan, 2011-2012
Scholarship for advanced level research
Swiss National Science Foundation, 1994
University of Lausanne, 1992
Fleuret Foundation, 1986
Robert Schumann Silver Medal awarded
F.V.S. Foundation (Hamburg), 1983


Publications and Speeches

We are now valfor

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the merger of BianchiSchwald, GHR Rechtsanwälte and PYTHON.

From July 1, 2024, we will operate as valfor. valfor stands for our continued commitment and our joint endeavor to offer our clients real added value – value beyond legal advice.

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