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Dr iur Balz Gross

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Litigation | Arbitration.


Partner. Balz Gross is the Head of Homburger's Litigation | Arbitration and the Co-Head of the Employment team. He has extensive experience regarding all aspects of international arbitration (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules, ad hoc, etc.) and complex litigation before Swiss state courts and authorities, including criminal proceedings and employment (compensation) related dsiputes. He has acted as party counsel in close to one hundred international arbitrations, in particular in proceedings relating to mergers and acquisitions, long-term supply contracts, distribution contracts and joint ventures. Balz Gross has also acted as co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations. Balz Gross acts as counsel in large, mostly international proceedings before the state courts in all Swiss cantons, in particular the Commercial Courts, and represents foreign and Swiss clients in proceedings involving criminal law issues. In addition, Balz Gross acts as counsel in employment litigation, with a particular focus on management compensation and employee incentive schemes.


Qualified in 1994. Partner of Homburger since 2002. Law clerk with the District Court, 1992-93. Scientific assistant to Chair of Private International and Swiss Private Law at the University of Zurich, Law School, Professor Anton Heini, 1989-91.


German, English.


Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Schweizerische Vereinigung zum Schutz des geistigen Eigentums.


Graduated lic iur (summa cum laude, 1989), and Dr iur (1996) from University of Zurich, LLM from Harvard Law School (1995).


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Homburger's arbitration team 'has a deep understanding of industrial clients' needs' and works under 'quick reaction times'. The client base largely consists of blue-chip companies and businesses from regulated industries, and the group frequently handles M&A, commercial, energy, pharmaceutical and financial disputes. Felix Dasser represented Pawlowski as claimant in an ICSID case against the Czech Republic concerning a real estate development project, while Mariella Orelli acted for Alpiq in an ICSID proceeding relating to the unlawful termination of long-term electricity supply agreements by Romania's state-owned power generation company Hidroelectrica. Team lead Balz Gross defended a pharmaceutical company against a US competitor in a patent license dispute. The 'very responsive and well-organised' Gabrielle Nater-Bass is also recommended.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Balz Gross - Homburger

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

The 'pragmatic and knowledgeable' team at Homburger impresses with its 'good bi-lingual capability, sound commercial judgement and goal-oriented approach'. With many blue-chip companies among its client base, the litigation practice covers disputes for the regulated industries and further specialises in M&A, as well as commercial-, finance- and fraud-related proceedings. Balz Gross and Claudio Bazzani represent the liquidators of a Ukrainian and Cypriot company in criminal proceedings regarding embezzlement against the company's former owners, while 'experienced procedural lawyer' Felix Dasser has the litigation lead for Swatch Group's negative declaratory relief claim against an English company concerning Swatch's global spare-parts distribution system. Clients also recommend Gabrielle Nater-Bass, Roman Richers and counsel Julian Schwaller, who 'go out of their way to assist during cases'.

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Within: Employment

Zurich-based firm Homburger impresses with 'quick response times and a straightforward, common-sense approach'. The team is particularly experienced in the creation and implementation of employee participation and compensation plans, as well as employment matters related to transactions and restructuring. 'Very convincing' practice head Balz Gross advises General Motors on the divestment and transfer of Opel brand employees to Peugeot. Clients also recommend 'pragmatic and practical' executive compensation specialist Claude Lambert and 'extremely bright' associate Andreas Müller. Employment litigator Gregor Bühler is a key name for resolving top-management and data protection disputes.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

As one of the best firms in Zurich, Homburger delivers superb work on banking and finance, corporate, M&A and capital markets law. René Bösch, Benedikt Maurenbrecher and Daniel Daeniker are the key contacts. Other prominent areas include Franz Hoffet's and Marcel Dietrich's competition practice, the dispute resolution work of Felix Dasser and Balz Gross, as well as the IP and TMT departments, led by Georg Rauber and David Rosenthal. Dieter Grünblatt and Peter Riedweg are recognised for their tax expertise.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

The real estate practice at Homburger has 'a very good reputation in the market' due to its 'hands-on approach, flexibility and responsiveness'. Its experience covers transactions, various types of contracts, agreements and permits, dispute resolution, infrastructure projects and financing matters. Recent highlights include handling the structuring and implementation of a mortgage financing platform for UBS Switzerland, as well as assisting Careal and Amag with obtaining a construction permit for the realisation of a public car park in central Switzerland. Key names include Daniel Hasler, Marcel Dietrich, Stefan Kramer, Balz Gross and Gabrielle Nater-Bass.

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Sports law

Within: Sports law

Homburger has 'a great reputation in the market' and impresses with its 'impeccable delivery times and advice in accordance with all perspectives'. Specialising in M&A, fraud law, commercial, intellectual property and finance disputes involving marketing companies and sports organisations, the multilingual team, led by Georg Rauber and Balz Gross, mostly works on international matters. Gregor Bühler 'makes one feel like the most important client of his firm' and provides 'excellent results by an agreed deadline'.

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