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Philipp J Dickenmann

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Dispute Resolution.


Philipp Dickenmann is a partner focusing on dispute resolution, Sports Law and Employment Law.


Philipp J Dickenmann served two years as law clerk at the District Court of Zurich before he was admitted to the bar in 1999. Thereafter, he worked with the Zurich-based business law firm Niedermann Attorneys for two years. In 2002, Philipp J Dickenmann joined CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd. and became partner in 2008. He has extensive experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration. Mr Dickenmann acts both as counsel and arbitrator. In addition, his practice focuses on sports law and employment law.


German, English, French, Italian.


Zurich Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), International Bar Association (IBA), DRI International.


University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland), Licentiate of Laws - 1996 / Bar Admission - 1999 / University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago (USA), LL.M. - 2002.


Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

CMS's 'skilled and motivated lawyers' are renowned for their 'intelligent, client-oriented services, clear strategic focus and constructive negotiation'. Apart from a general focus on commercial disputes, the practice further handles banking, corporate, construction, sports, insurance, as well as trust and estate litigation. Geneva partner Christian Lüscher represented art shipper and dealer Yves Bouvier as respondent in a $1bn fraud claim by Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. 'Highly capable and structured' Zurich managing partner Jodok Wicki was instructed by AIG Europe to act as defence counsel in a D&O policy coverage dispute against the SEC Securities and Exchange Commission, while Philipp J Dickenmann assisted a Norwegian company with an award enforcement in Switzerland against its debtor, the owner of an offshore company. Philippe Grumbach, Olivier Carrard and Damiano Brusa are other key names. Niklaus Zaugg made partner in January 2018. Counsel Aline Wey Speirs and Aileen Truttmann are also recommended.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

International firm CMS has a strong reputation for competition law, dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, as well as insurance sector, employment law and real estate matters. Prominent practitioners include Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, David Hürlimann, Marquard Christen, Clemens von Zedtwitz, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann.

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Sports law

Within: Sports law

CMS is renowned for its expertise in dispute resolution, M&A and commercial matters. Pierre Ducret assisted Ineos Football with its acquisition of FC Lausanne-Sport. Olivier Carrard and Philipp J Dickenmann handle CAS arbitration and commercial sports litigation.

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