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Dr Thomas Rohner

Work +41 44 217 91 11

Work Department

Dispute resolution / Private clients / Insolvency and corporate recovery.


Represents clients in litigation before Swiss courts and in international arbitration proceedings. Focusing on all aspects of commercial and M&A disputes, judicial assistance, and asset tracing, often in a cross-border context and involving various industries. Also acts as an arbitrator. Specialized in estate and insolvency disputes.


University of St. Gallen (lic. iur., 1998; Dr. iur., 2002). Bar Admission (2000). University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., 2003). Joined Pestalozzi (2004). Partner at Pestalozzi (2008).


German, English, French.


International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), INSOL, Insolvency Law Association (SchKG-Vereinigung).


Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Pestalozzi has 'deep-bench expertise around the Swiss court system'. The team is most experienced in the commodities and financial sectors, as well as post-M&A and white-collar crime cases. 'Top practitioner' Christophe Emonet 'deeply cares about his clients' and is representing the Republic of Kazakhstan and the City of Almaty in multi-jurisdictional investigations, global recovery actions and civil disputes against former public agent Viktor Khrapunov. Commercial litigator Michael Kramer, who is based in Zurich, is another core practitioner. Thomas Rohner, Laurent Killias, Florian Mohs and Beat Mumenthaler are other names to note.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Pestalozzi handles insolvency proceedings, asset recovery actions, restructurings, insolvency-related litigation and the recognition process for foreign bankruptcies in Switzerland. Recent highlights for Christophe Emonet include representing the First International Bank of Israel in a loan recovery and avoidance claim against several foreign diamond trade companies. Zurich-based Thomas Rohner is also noted.

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Private client

Within: Private client

The 'professional, solution-oriented, flexible and efficient' private client practice at Pestalozzi stands out for its 'know-how and commitment to philanthropic matters' and houses 'some excellent litigators'. It focuses on the global planning, coordination and structuring of private wealth and business assets, using its expertise in tax, inheritance, trust and estate, property and private equity law. Oliver Widmer advises Cern on the merger of two foundations, while Christophe Emonet represents a Russian oligarch in a claim against a Swiss private bank concerning losses in the client's account. 'Skilled, approachable and thoughtful' Thomas Rohner is recommended for his 'high-end international litigation work'.

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