At lecocqassociate, our close-knit team of professionals collaborate seamlessly to offer our clients innovative and practical solutions across a diverse legal landscape.
We have a proven track record of excellence in the fields of financial and insurance regulatory advice, corporate finance and private equity. As part of our commitment to innovative problem solving for our clients and command of the constantly evolving digital arena, lecocqassociate is now taking the lead when it comes to advising in the fields of online reputation management, data protection, cyber security, digital asset regulation and eSports.
Our powerful focus, creative intelligence and commitment to exceptional service allows us to connect business, cultural, legal and regulatory variances across jurisdictions. With over 40 professionals based in four strategically-located international offices and planned openings in Luxembourg and New York, lecocqassociate is perfectly placed to excel across all our designated practice areas and geographic locales.
The lecocqassociate group was established in Geneva in 2007 by the firm’s Managing Partner, Mr. Dominique R. Lecocq. Dominique’s extensive international legal experience in finance regulation and structuring led him to institute the Geneva office as a boutique law firm specialising in the niche areas of regulatory banking and corporate finance. As a response to the firm’s growing client base and the complexity of client affairs the Malta office was established in 2010 as a regulatory advisory practice. The expansion continued with two offices in Dubai – the first in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) in 2013 and subsequently a structuring and compliance advisory practice in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). In 2018, lecocqassociate opened an Abu Dhabi office as a legal consultancy incorporated in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (AGDM).
The success and dynamic development of the group saw the appointment of Ms. Hooriya Qazal Rajput as partner in 2015, Ms. Krista Vimont in 2018 and Ms. Judy Abdilla Inguanez in 2019.
The lecocqassociate group continues to seek out and take on talented lawyers with unique and diverse backgrounds and to maintain its commitment to professional and legal excellence. Our clients are our focus and we continuously aim for unrivalled quality of service across all areas of the practice.
Mr. Dominique Lecocq obtained his law degree from the University of Geneva in 1999 and has since worked extensively in the areas of corporate finance and regulatory banking. Dominique’s international experience has seen him serve with Radcliffe’s Solicitors in London, working as a foreign associate with Pinheiro Neto, Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil, and as an associate at the Regulatory and Capital Market Practice Group of Pestalozzi law firm in Geneva and Zurich. In 2005, Dominique obtained a Master of Law in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and interned with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission in Washington. He went on to work with the Corporate Finance and Regulatory Practice Group of Schellenberg Wittmer in Geneva; and in 2007 established lecocqassociate. Dominique Lecocq is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association.
Ms. Hooriya Qazal Rajput completed her Bachelors of Law from the University of London in 2011 and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Mutual Fund Management from FitzWilliam Group, London. Hooriya also completed an International AML Officer Certificate Course in 2016. She joined lecocqassociate in 2011, bringing her expertise in the areas of financial, commercial and corporate law. At lecocqassociate Ms. Hooriya Qazal handles the structuring and incorporation of financial institutions in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and mainland Dubai. Her areas of practice also include drafting of corporate and commercial documentation and agreements, providing advice on joint ventures, due diligence, defamation as well as compliance and anti-money laundering policies. Ms. Hooriya Qazal is a member of the Sindh Bar Council, the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Ms. Krista Vimont graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2009, and went on to obtain a Master of Laws from the same university in 2014. She was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Queensland, Australia in 2010 and has been recognised by the Geneva Ordre des Avocats as a foreign lawyer since June 2015. Prior to joining lecocqassociate, Krista gained her expertise in the areas of commercial law (both transactional and litigious matters) and intellectual property law, acting for clients in a range of industries, including the retail, resources and food industries. At lecocqassociate, Krista works with clients on corporate banking matters, drafting commercial contracts as well as commercial, corporate, data protection and private equity structuring and incorporation.
Dr. Judy Abdilla Inguanez completed her Doctor of Laws at the University of Malta in 2013 and went on to obtain a Masters in the European and Comparative Law in 2014 from the same university. Judy became a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates in 2014 after being admitted to the bar. Prior to joining lecocqassociate in 2014, she gained experience in the litigation field mostly dealing with the civil aspect of law. At lecocqassociate, Judy deals with the structuring and incorporation of financial and non-financial companies, structuring of collective investment schemes and licenced entities as well as providing the required advice and assistance on general corporate, commercial and anti-money laundering matters.
Mr. Kevin Causon is an accomplished multi-disciplinary bank executive. His career began at the junior level within the Mid Med Bank branch network in Malta, before swiftly moving into supervisory and later managerial roles in project management and business development within the Credit and Debit Cards Issuing and Acquiring businesses, HSBC Bank Malta. In 2005 he moved into Wealth Management and later joined HSBC Bank, UK, on secondment, gaining international exposure and leading the Bank’s Global Premier Training Academy. In 2009 Kevin returned to Malta to manage key strategic projects for HSBC and soon went on to lead the Bank’s Operational Risk and Internal Control function. Just prior to joining lecocqassociate he was the head of a team of purchasing, accounts payable and vendor risk management officials within the Global Procurement function. Kevin joined the lecocqassociate group in as Chief Operating Officer in 2017.