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Dr Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Zurich / Dispute Resolution / International Arbitration / Corporate and Financial Services Litigation


Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. His main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration as well as pre-litigation strategic advice. Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny acts as counsel before Swiss courts and arbitral tribunals in a wide range of commercial disputes. He has also been a secretary to arbitral tribunals in major disputes under the ICC and Swiss Rules. Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny has special expertise in banking litigation, having acted as counsel to financial services providers in numerous disputes with private and institutional clients, and in corporate law disputes (including liability of directors and officers and joint ventures) as well as the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, asset recovery and international legal assistance.


Law Clerk at District Court of Meilen (2004). Trainee at a Zurich Law Firm (2004 to 2005). Research and teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. Hans Caspar von der Crone and Prof. Dr. Paul Oberhammer at the University of Zurich (2006-2010). Lecturer for civil procedure at the University of Zurich (2008 to date). Lecturer in the CAS programme "Civil Litigation" of the University of St. Gallen (2014 to date). Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer (2010), Partner (2017).


German, English, French


IBA. DRI International (defense bar). Swiss and Zurich Bar Associations.


University of Zurich, law degree (2003, summa cum laude), doctorate (2010, summa cum laude, Professor Walther Hug Prize). Swiss bar (2006).


Dispute resolution: litigation

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Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny - Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

The 'strong and competent team' at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd 'demonstrates a very high degree of expertise, professionalism, pro-activity and responsiveness'. Commercial and banking disputes form the key areas of experience, in addition to white-collar crime litigation and internal investigations. Peter Burckhardt represents Volkswagen in a class-action matter concerning damage claims connected to the diesel scandal brought by 6,000 car owners, while 'excellent white-collar crime litigator' Vincent Jeanneret acted for Credit Suisse in a criminal proceeding involving a $150m asset diversion against a former employee. George Ayoub and Clara Poglia in Geneva were promoted to the partnership in January 2019. 'Strategic thinker and very good negotiator' Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is recommended for his knowledge in multi-jurisdictional banking litigations and currently represents Centrum Beratungs- und Beteiligungen in a claim against other Swiss banks concerning issues with effecting payment transactions. Martin Bernet left to establish Bernet Arbitration / Dispute management in 2018. Stefan Leimgruber has particular expertise in banking and post-M&A litigation. Louis Burrus has considerable expertise in financial services sector disputes. Manuel Liatowitsch is also noted.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with high-end work in dispute resolution, banking and finance, transport, sports and TMT. David Mamane, Martin Lanz, 'outstanding data protection lawyer' Roland Mathys, Manuel Liatowitsch, Christopher Boog and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners, while Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are also noted.

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