Shelby is a qualified lawyer specialised in banking and finance law. Having graduated from the Law and Business School of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 1983 and from Columbia University School of Law in 1988, he has been a partner at Lenz & Staehelin since 1994. He is the head of the Geneva banking and financial group and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. His publications include a number of contributions and articles on banking law and financial services, hedge funds and private equity. He has served as Vice Chair (2001-2005) on the IBA sub-committee I1 (private funds).