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Burckhardt Ltd.

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Basel, Zurich

Dr Piera Beretta

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Burckhardt Ltd

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Dispute Resolution


Piera's areas of expertise are dispute avoidance and national and international litigation. She also advises not-for-profit organisations, mainly in the field of public transport, and global professional service firms.


Piera started her multi-jurisdictional career as a successful litigation lawyer in 1999 with an international law firm in Basel. From 2008 to 2010 she practised with a City law firm in London. Her focus is complex, often transnational litigation before state courts and arbitral tribunals. Piera also acts as arbitrator. From 2011 to 2017 she was a judge on the Tax Appeals Commission of the Canton of Basel-Stadt. A former member of the board of directors of a large not-for-profit Verein, she has first-hand experience in governing Swiss Vereine and advises not-for-profit organisations, professional practices and professional service firms on governance, structuring and risk management issues.


English, German, French


Piera studied law at the universities of Basel (lic. iur. 1997, Dr. iur. 2000) and Cambridge (LL.M. first class degree 2003, St John's College). She was admitted to the bar in 1999. In 2011 she obtained the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes. From 2001 to 2005 she was a part-time lecturer in private law at University of Basel and from 2005 to 2008 a fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation working at the Center for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, on a research project in comparative law (construction and interpretation of contracts). Piera is the author of a number of highly regarded publications and regularly speaks at conferences.


Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Basel-based firm Burckhardt Ltd. covers a range of international disputes, including banking, medical negligence, inheritance and transport. Practice head Piera Beretta continues to represent an Egyptian resident in a $400m forex manipulation dispute against a Swiss bank, while Ramon Mabillard acts for a logistics company in its CHF3m claim against an oil refining company in liquidation. Regula Hinderling and Gudrun Österreicher cover employment-related litigation.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Boutique firm Burckhardt Ltd. advises on litigation, employment, private client and tax matters. The key contacts are Jacqueline Burckhardt, Rolf Wüthrich, Mark Eichner, Regula Hinderling and Piera Beretta.

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