Dispute resolution: litigation in Switzerland
The team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has a strong track record in corporate, M&A, and private client litigation cases, where it works closely with the other practice groups. It is well versed representing clients from the pharmaceutical, energy, financial services, technology, and automotive sectors, among others, particularly in international disputes. Matthew Reiter, Saverio Lembo and Cesare Jermini head up the practice from Zurich, Geneva and Lugano, respectively. Zurich-based Andreas Länzlinger has notable expertise advising on internal investigations, and Daniel Hochstrasser is experienced in commercial litigation cases. Aurélie Conrad Hari in Geneva and Nadja Jaisli Kull in Zurich are other key contacts, particularly for financial disputes.
‘The firm impresses with its extraordinary teamwork, while every team player is an expert in their own highly educated and experienced way.’
‘The group is a perfect mix of human and professional talents.‘
‘Daniel Hochstrasser’s oriented, focused approach usually leads to very good results.’
‘Aurélie Conrad Hari is a very hands-on and responsive partner.‘
Generali (Schweiz Holding AG)
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg
- Successfully represented Deutsche Telekom in proceedings before the Supreme Court brought by the Republic of India against an interim award in favour of Deutsche Telekom, rendered by an arbitral tribunal in an investment arbitration.
Homburger impresses with its broad practice, regularly representing blue-chip companies in complex disputes; clients are frequently from regulated industries including healthcare, banking, energy, transport, and nutrition, among others. The team, which is led by the experienced Balz Gross, also works closely with the firm's M&A, IP and banking and finance groups; another area of expertise is white-collar criminal law defence and internal investigations, in which Claudio Bazzani is particularly well versed. Felix Dasser has longstanding experience in the dispute resolution area. Newly made-up partner Roman Baechler specialises in banking and insurance litigation, while senior associate Reto Ferrari-Visca knows civil disputes well.
Other key lawyers:
‘A highly qualified team with years of experience, complete control of various fields of law, and the ability to manage and litigate mega-cases.’
‘Homburger has a responsive and experienced as well as pragmatic and commercially focused DR-group.’
‘Balz Gross has the unique ability to make the client feel at ease about difficult decisions by providing various legal strategies and options which help to make the right decision.’
R. Hoffmann-La Roche
Zurich Insurance Group
- Representing Swatch in a dispute regarding its global distribution system for spare parts.
- Representing an energy company in challenging an arbitration award.
- Acting for a pharmaceutical company in an M&A-related dispute before the High Court in London.
The dispute resolution group at Lenz & Staehelin is a key player in the contentious banking and finance space, where it acts for clients in clawback actions, as well as in regulatory, civil and criminal proceedings. Other areas of expertise include representation in corporate, real estate and private client-related cases. Harold Frey is particularly well versed in M&A and joint venture disputes and Geneva-based Daniel Tunik is a specialist in litigation in the banking sector. Martin Burkhardt was recently involved in several high-volume commercial disputes, while Miguel Oural, who splits his time between Geneva and Lausanne, specialises in criminal proceedings.
‘All members of the litigation team have outstanding capabilities, are quick to understand issues and to respond to the client’s needs. They rank among the best in litigation practice in Switzerland.’
‘Lenz & Staehelin is unique by its capacity to understand the business and to put it in perspective. They are often ahead in their reasoning and creative in finding solutions.’
‘Harold Frey is a very approachable and experienced lawyer.’
‘Daniel Tunik is a litigator who stands out. He is very clear, understands quickly and is able to “think outside the box” to find appropriate solutions.’
‘Miguel Oural has perfect knowledge of all legal resources available to find the required solution. He gives very clear explanations to clients and has a remarkable practical approach.‘
‘Dominique Müller is a very attentive and an outstanding litigator.‘
Bank BTG Pactual S.A.
Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG
The dispute resolution team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG is instructed by banks, sports organisations, and companies from various sectors to handle litigation that frequently has an international component. The group is jointly led by Ernst Schmid and Peter Honegger, who both have more than 20 years of experience in the area. Daniel Eisele is active in a variety of different disputes, with particular expertise in commercial and white-collar criminal law matters. Tamir Livschitz is also admitted to practice law in New York and Israel. Valerie Meyer Bahar specialises in shareholder and employment litigation.
‘NKF is an excellent choice for both litigation and arbitration. They have talented lawyers at all levels – from interns and junior associates to partners. They are particularly experienced in navigating cross-border matters for clients involving parallel proceedings in Switzerland and other jurisdictions.’
‘The team’s strengths are its responsiveness, its in-depth legal expertise, its strategic mind and its outcome-oriented approach and high commitment.‘
‘Ernst Schmid is an experienced litigator who provides consistently insightful and practical advice.’
‘Daniel Eisele is a leading, experienced litigation practitioner who works efficiently and pragmatically, with a creative mind.‘
‘Tamir Livschitz has an exceptional understanding of the law and is a very convincing and straight forward litigator who gets to the point.‘
‘Valerie Meyer-Bahar is a very experienced lawyer who provides hands-on advice with a deep understanding of entrepreneurial challenges. Fast, responsive and easy to communicate with.‘
‘Anja Vogt is a very bright, dedicated and persistent associate.‘
Credit Suisse AG
EFG International AG
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
UBS Group AG
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Acting for Fifa in a case relating to corruption in football.
- Represented an industrial energy company in a dispute regarding the delivery of works for a significant energy project
- Acting for a Swiss entity in pursuing a legal action against an insurance syndicate related to the breach of a D&O insurance policy.
Pestalozzi has a good track record in disputes in its key focus areas: the commodities, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors. The team regularly represents banks, insurers and companies in their - often cross-border - litigation proceedings. In Zurich, the practice is headed up by Michael Kramer, who has a broad background in the dispute resolution space. Christophe Emonet leads the department in Geneva; he is well versed in contentious banking matters. Other key names in the Geneva office include IP-specialist Thomas Legler, as well as Laurent Killias and Beat Mumenthaler. Zurich-based Thomas Rohner, who is experienced in inheritance and trust disputes, is also noted.
‘First class international disputes team ready, willing and able to move quickly but efficiently and come up with creative solutions.’
‘Offering an extensive portfolio, the team stands out in its high professionalism and cross-border capabilities. Their responsiveness is impressive, they are efficient and resourceful. Apart from their in-depth legal expertise they stand out in commitment and service-orientation.’
‘Michael Kramer is excellent – he explains things very clearly, is reliable and his work output is very high quality.’
‘Christophe Emonet is a superb lawyer. He is capable of working efficiently and coming up with commercial solutions.‘
‘Thomas Rohner is a brilliant financial disputes lawyer with a delightful demeanour.‘
Banque Cantonale de Genève
City of Almaty
Swiss Life AG
Johnson & Johnson
Union Bank of Israel
First International Bank of Israel
- Representing the city of Almaty in various civil disputes, recovery actions and criminal investigations.
- Acted for the First International Bank of Israel, Union Bank of Israel & Filstel Diamonds Ltd in the receivership and liquidation in bank’s loan recovery as well as in avoidance claims against different diamond dealers.
- Represented Johnson & Johnson against a company suing for damages after an alleged breach of contract relating to the delivery of medical goods to hospitals in Saudi Arabia, as well other countries in the Emirates.
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a well-established dispute resolution practice, which specialises in various kinds of banking and commercial proceedings. The client portfolio includes private clients, banks and international companies. The team is also active in white-collar criminal law defence and internal investigations, which is an area of expertise of Zurich-based Peter Burckhardt. In Geneva, Christian Girod, who is a specialist in cross-border banking disputes and the experienced Vincent Jeanneret and Louis Burrus are the key names. In Zurich, Manuel Liatowitsch is a key contact in contentious ownership and shareholder matters, while Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny and Stefan Leimgruber are knowledgeable in various kinds of corporate disputes. Clara Poglia and George Ayoub in Geneva and Anya George in Zurich were promoted to the partnership in early 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘The litigation team of Schellenberg Wittmer is without doubt in the very top tier of dispute resolution in Switzerland as it can draw on vast know-how and experience.’
‘Schellenberg Wittmer has a dynamic team which can provide cost-effective solutions for international clients.’
‘Peter Burckhardt has extensive experience in supporting clients in complex litigation.’
‘Louis Burrus is amazingly reactive and efficient. He provides outstanding advice in white-collar criminal law matters.’
‘Benjamin Borsodi is very responsive, proactive and sharp in his appointments.’
‘Urs Hoffmann-Novotny shows real prowess in handling complex international litigation cases. He is an extremely smart and innovative lawyer and very keen tactician.’
‘The hard-working Clara Poglia stands out for her quick understanding of client’s needs. She has a very practical approach and its always a hands-on collaboration.’
Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG
Doosan Heavy Industries
Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia
Hetronic International Inc.
EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG
UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG
Sunrise Communication AG
- Successfully represented Gazprom Neft in a corporate liability claim brought by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
- Acted for Credit Suisse in a significant criminal matter against a former employee accused of having diverted assets from the accounts of one of its clients.
- Representing Volkswagen in a class action case in Switzerland against damages claims brought by several thousand car owners in the diesel scandal.
The litigation practice at CMS impresses with its sector coverage, and is active in disputes pertaining to banking and finance, insurance and sports, among others. It is particularly experienced in general corporate matters as well as in contractual disputes. The team is jointly led by Philipp Dickenmann in Zurich, who is experienced in international commercial litigation; and Geneva-based Christian Lüscher, who also advises on white-collar criminal proceedings. In Zurich, Jodok Wicki had an active year in the product liability space, while Damiano Brusa is regularly instructed in construction and joint venture matters. Criminal law expert Bernhard Lötscher and banking litigator Niklaus Zaugg are also recommended. In the Geneva office, other names to note include sports law specialist Olivier Carrard, Philippe Grumbach, who mainly acts for private clients, and Daniel Kinzer.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team provides very practical, commercial legal advice which includes suggestions on how best to handle the dispute going forwards.‘
‘CMS has high and direct partner attention. The team impresses with energy and drive to learn about the industry and cares about details.‘
‘Jodok Wicki is very engaged, has excellent industry knowledge and litigation strategy, and stands out with his attention to detail.’
‘Niklaus Zaugg provides in-depth know-how as well as solution-oriented legal advice, is very responsive and provides client-oriented legal services.’
‘Daniel Kinzer is an excellent litigation strategist, who considers all aspects and options.’
‘Pierre Ducret is very responsive and client friendly.‘
AIG Europe Limited
Atos AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Banque Cantonale de Genève
China Development Bank
MET Gas and Energy Marketing Ltd.
VP Bank (Schweiz) AG
- Defending a Swiss art dealer and shipper in criminal and civil proceedings initiated by a Russian oligarch, who accuses him of fraud.
- Acting for the China Development Bank in the recovery of of €15m from a Swiss company.
- Represented AIG Europe in a D&O coverage dispute relating to a loss in the US caused by an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
LALIVE's team is active in the full spectrum of criminal and civil proceedings. The client portfolio ranges from national and international companies to wealth management services providers and family offices and private clients. Marc Henzelin and Alexander Troller, who both have longstanding experience in the area, jointly lead the practice from the Geneva office. Sandrine Giroud recent caseload includes a number of disputes relating to fraud and embezzlement. In Zurich, Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Lucien Bühr are experts in white-collar criminal law disputes and regulatory investigations. Matthias Gstoehl is a key contact for banking and finance disputes, while André Brunschweiler has expertise in debt recovery and insolvency proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Lalive has an incredible team of excellent lawyers.’
‘The practice is well-equipped for a large scale litigations, they are very client-oriented and diligent.’
‘Marc Henzelin has an amazing sense of strategy and out of the box thinking.‘
‘Alexander Troller is a very dedicated, client-oriented lawyer.’
‘Sandrine Giroud’s understanding of complex issues in diverse fields is astounding. She can switch from one case to another at lightning speed and has a very cool and calm character.‘
‘Simone Nadelhofer is a great litigator.’
‘Nicolas Ollivier is a great, motivated and precise finance lawyer.‘
Independent Review Panel – Tennis
Ukrnafta and Stabil
- Acted for KBA-NotaSys on the self-reporting to and settlement with the Office of the Attorney General following the suspected corporate failure to prevent bribery of foreign officials.
- Acting for a group of holding companies in multiple claims against several banks and consortia following US Ofac sanctions against the president of the parent company.
- Representing an ultra high-net-worth individual in civil and criminal proceedings in Switzerland for the recovery of assets as a result of alleged fraud.
VISCHER's dispute resolution team is particularly active in the banking and insurance; IT and telecoms; and transport sectors. It is a popular choice for domestic as well as cross-border commercial litigation mandates. Practice heads Felix Meier-Dieterle and Thomas Weibel are based in Zurich and Basel, respectively; the former is well versed in debt enforcement and insolvency proceedings while the latter has special expertise in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, and disputes related to white-collar crime. Daniele Favalli in Zurich is a key contact for insurers in contentious matters. Christian Oetiker splits his time between Zurich and Basel.
‘The Vischer team gives straightforward advice even in complex situations. It listens to concerns and inputs, and then give direction with a practical hands-on and problem-solving approach.’
‘The firm’s strengths are its focus on quality and in-depth advice as well as renowned practitioners and extremely talented associates.‘
‘Christian Oetiker is a master of the courtroom with his calm approach; he diligently keeps control of what happens in the proceeding.’
‘The considerate Daniele Favalli is a seasoned business lawyer, who has good tactical and strategic skills.’
- Representing PricewaterhouseCoopers, which is acting as the liquidator of different companies, in several proceedings.
The team at Walder Wyss Ltd. has notable strength handling disputes related to infrastructure, construction and engineering. It also regularly represent clients, which are mostly domestic and foreign companies, in proceedings relating to M&A transactions, corporate and shareholders' agreements as well as licensing and joint venture agreements, which are also the areas of expertise of practice head Dieter Hofmann. Counsel Urs Schenker regularly supports the team with his corporate knowledge, while Oliver Kunz is well versed in criminal proceedings. Micha Bühler and newly promoted partner Antonio Carbonara are further contacts. Rodolphe Gautier is the key name in Geneva.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very reactive and on top of the matters it handles.’
‘Dieter Hofmann has proven to be very valuable in proceedings. Directness and openness about facts, chances and next steps is exactly what a client needs in a litigation case.’
‘Urs Schenker impresses with great creativity and experience.’
‘Oliver Kunz has an extraordinary knowledge in litigation cases. He is very a skilled, prudent and farseeing lawyer.‘
‘Maurice Courvoisier is extremely diligent and pleasant to work with; thorough in his legal analysis, precise and open to discussions.‘
Hitachi Zosen Inova AG
- Represented Nestlé Nespresso in its national asset recovery proceedings against ECC SA.
- Acted for Eurobank Ergasias in asset recovery proceedings in Switzerland against a former manager, who was charged with embezzling a significant amount.
Baker McKenzie's dispute resolution team is well positioned to handle international disputes, where it works closely with offices across the network. Urs Zenhäusern, who is based in Zurich, is regularly involved in commercial litigation matters, which concern M&A transactions, licensing, construction, joint venture and consortium contracts, among others. Geneva-based Luca Beffa's areas of expertise includes banking, sports, and healthcare disputes. The group is also instructed in director liability disputes, where Joachim Frick is a key contact. Franz Schenker is also noted; he and Frick are based in Zurich. Anne-Catherine Hahn left for Iprime in March 2019.
‘The team of Baker McKenzie is leading proceedings in a very professional way.’
‘Luca Beffa a Partner in Baker McKenzie. He evaluated all possible legal points and was always open to providing explanations and guidance.’
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.
- Represented an investment company in proceedings in connection with the blocking of bank accounts.
- Acted for a Swiss bank in a D&O liability case against former managers.
- Defended DiaMed, a Swiss subsidiary of Bio-Rad Laboratories, against claims from a Turkish company arising from the termination of a distribution relationship.
The dispute resolution practice at Froriep covers a wide range of criminal and civil cases. The team has good international exposure with additional offices in London and Madrid, and consists of lawyers with different disciplines: Geneva-based Alain Gros represents clients in corporate and contractual matters, while Isabelle Romy in Zurich is well versed in environmental and construction law. Also in Zurich, Lucien Valloni has a particularly strong sports law practice, which he combines with whit-collar criminal law matters, similarly to Marcel Steinegger. Sabina Schellenberg and Geneva's Jean Marguerat are other key practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Froriep practice offers legal assistance with a high degree of specialized knowledge. The team’s biggest strength is that it offers tailor-made, targeted solutions for every individual client and case.’
‘The team is smart, responsive and well-used to dealing with cross-border issues.’
‘Lucien Valloni is an exceptionally good lawyer with a strong expertise and a very good approach to clients.‘
Bank of America
Dr. Bettina Stefanini + Vital Stefanini
Ezequiel Matias Schelotto
FSDEA (Sovereign Fund of Angola)
- Acting for Bank of America in several multi-jurisdictional disputes concerning a civil claim for damages in proceedings concerning the bankruptcy of the Italian Parmalat Group.
- Represented Bonatti SpA in a dispute against the principal of a plant construction for damages due to delays.
- Acted for a football player in a dispute against his former agent in relation to a transfer of the player to F.C. Internazionale Milan.
At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd, the dispute resolution practice is a core pillar of the firm. The team is a popular choice for financial institutions as well as domestic and international companies, and acts for a number of clients in the life sciences space. The practice is jointly led by cross-border specialist Bernard Lachenal and Walter Häberling, who is a key name for real estate-related litigation, in Geneva and Zurich, respectively. Léonard Stoyanov is noted for his expertise in banking matters and white-collar criminal law investigations; he is based in Geneva. Urs Boller in Zurich specialises in enforcements, and in defending clients against freezing orders and interim measures, while Simon Holzer is the key contact in IP-related disputes. As of early 2019, Marcel Lustenberger is an of counsel.
‘The partner availability and engagement at MLL is outstanding as well as its sense for pragmatic solutions. It also has excellent experience in demanding litigation cases.’
‘Marcel Lustenberger and Urs Boller know the fields of banking and contract law well and Walter Häberling is skilled in demanding rental law litigation. The successful and enjoyable cooperation is characterized by the pragmatic and cost-efficient approach of these individuals.‘
‘ Bernard Lachenal has a wide experience in private banking and litigation matters.’
‘Léonard Stoyanov is a very competent lawyer with a broad expertise.‘
‘Simon Holzer always has good inputs to the process; he is respected by both, the clients and the judges.‘
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Tesla Motors Switzerland GmbH
Coca-Cola group of companies
- Representing Gilead in all disputes in Switzerland in relation to its tenofovir patents and SPCs.
- Represented an ultra high-net-worth individual in an inheritance dispute.
- Acted for a European bank regarding criminal and civil aspects of a fraud perpetrated by a client and a former employee in connection with a CHF4.5m loan agreement.
Boutique law firm Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG covers a wide range of disputes with a special focus on contentious banking and finance matters and financial regulatory enforcement proceedings. The client portfolio includes national and international financial institutions, insurers, and companies from various industries. Department head Roberto Dallafior is well versed in commercial litigation cases, with areas of expertise being D&O liability and contentious M&A matters. Patrik Salzmann handles corporate and banking disputes, as well as disputes related to white-collar criminal law. Maria Walter Burkhardt is experienced in regulatory and commercial litigation and Manuel Arroyo is active in litigation relating to the pharmaceutical, energy and construction sectors. Senior associate Zoe De Santis-Honegger and associates Simon Bisegger and Simon Bachmann are also noted.
‘The team is brilliant at assessing the law, creative in finding the advantages, as well as powerful, persuasive and unrelenting in its dealings with the other side.’
‘Nater Dallafior is a well established and well known recognized Zurich law firm, working with the highest diligence, reliability and integrity. Acute thinking and outstanding intellectual abilities together with exceptional work ethic characterize this law firm.’
‘Roberto Dallafior is a composed, creative, highly experienced professional with whom it is a pleasure to work.’
‘The precise and persistent Maria Walter Burkhardt is an excellent litigator in court and regulatory proceedings.’
‘Patrik Salzmann stands out for his absolute reliability, high professional expertise, and outstanding work ethic as well as his friendly and honest approach.’
Bombardier Transportation (Switzerland) AG
- Representing a European retailer of consumer electronics against a CHF16.5m civil claim brought by a Swiss wholesale company regarding the alleged breach of good faith when engaging into negotiations.
- Acting as counsel to the bankruptcy administration of a Lithuanian bank in a fraud case.
- Representing Bank J. Safra in multiple cases against several liability insurers regarding the validity of different judgments of free trade zones.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH has a core focus on white-collar criminal litigation, and is frequently involved in significant cross-border criminal investigations relating to tax offences, corruption and money laundering. Practice head Thomas Werlen is an experienced specialist in this field. Its caseload also includes contentious M&A, commercial, and sports disputes and it is also able to leverage the strength of its international network. Volker Rosengarten splits his time between the Zurich and Hamburg offices and is noted alongside counsel Simon Vorburger.
Lion Point Capital
Enrique Rais / MIDES
World Boxing Super Series
Romanello Financial Corp.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
EFG International (incl. BSI)
- Represented Fifa in Swiss and US criminal investigations against certain officials regarding allegations of bribery and corruption.
- Acting for a Russian ultra high-net-worth individuals in various matters concerning a significant payout to Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft.
- Represented Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) in disputes with the management of Sika and minority shareholders over the sale of SWH by its five owners to French conglomerate Saint-Gobain.
Wartmann & Merker is a dispute resolution boutique, which has a strong track record in various commercial proceedings. The group has a diverse client portfolio consisting of financial institutions, law firms, sport federations and companies from the pharmaceutical, media and telecoms sectors, among others. Peter Reichart is noted for his expertise in banking and finance litigation, while Peter Hafner has experience in acting for clients in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings as well as in criminal matters; they jointly lead the practice. Andrea Meier regularly handles disputes for parties involved in industrial and infrastructure projects. Reto Strittmatter and Giovanna Montanaro are also recommended practitioners.
Wenger & Vieli LTD is active in a variety of disputes, and is a popular choice for banks, insurance companies, and private clients. The team also has a good track record in employment and liability proceedings, where practice head Philipp Lindenmayer is particularly active. Other notable practitioners include Peter Altorfer, who handles disputes relating to bank supervisory law and estate planning matters; banking and media expert Marco Cereghetti; and Michael Huber, whose recent caseload includes a number of inheritance disputes. Nicolas Bracher was promoted to the partnership in early 2019.
‘Wenger & Vieli offers comprehensive services based on broad experience in litigation in national and international matters. It has a well-known and established litigation practice.’
‘Wenger & Vieli always provides excellent advice. The team understands businesses and its key drivers. It is very responsive and always provides good value for money.’
‘Peter Altorfer is highly regarded in the local legal community for his experience, understanding of the legal risks in banking and finance. He has an excellent network and is seen as a lawyer’s lawyer.‘
‘Philipp Lindenmayer is a young, ambitious and talented litigator.‘
‘Nicolas Bracher impresses with his profound litigation experience and his sharp analytical and tactical mind.’
Boutique firm Archipel is instructed by national and international clients in commercial, asset recovery and employment proceedings. The team is further active in white-collar criminal law disputes, where Pierluca Degni is a key name. Guillaume Tattevin and Giulio Palermo are experienced in the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Lezgin Polater is well versed in commercial and employment law, while Sandro Vecchio is a key contact for shareholder disputes and investigations.
‘The characteristics are efficiency, reliability, high experience of transnational litigation, multiculturalism and understanding other legal cultures – to sum it up: a great team.’
‘The team is balanced and is also prepared to explore alternative dispute resolution.’
‘Pierluca Degni is a standout figure in litigation, with extensive courtroom experience. He thinks out of the box and immediately understands which strategy needs to be applied to the case.’
‘Guillaume Tattevin is always looking for solutions. He is very good at isolating key issues.’
‘Sandro Vecchio is a go-to person for corporate investigations.’
‘Lezgin Polater is a straight forward, business-oriented lawyer who always aims to find practical and tailor-made solutions for his clients. He is reliable and has a wide experience in litigation.’
- Represented several clients in civil and criminal proceedings regarding the bankruptcy of Banque Privée Espirito Santo.
- Representing a shareholder of a joint venture in filing a criminal complaint against the other partner for financial mismanagement.
- Representing the employee of a Geneva-based bank charged with fraud and mismanagement.
Besides representation in civil proceedings, clients regularly instruct BianchiSchwald LLC in high-stakes criminal disputes, particularly relating to white-collar criminal law. This is also the area of expertise of practice head Jean-Marc Carnicé, who is based in Geneva. Lausanne-based Philippe Vladimir Boss is another key contact in this field, with special knowledge in anti-money laundering and bribery cases. Cyrill Süess also has longstanding experience in the dispute resolution area and is active in commercial litigation and Christoph Gasser is well versed in contentious IP and TMT matters; they are both based in Zurich.
‘Thanks to the qualified knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC is able to develop creative solutions in order to protect its client’s interests at all times.’
‘Cyrill Süess always excels as he is very responsive to requests, even with the shortest notice. His responses are always based on profound legal knowledge and deep understanding of the industry.‘
Navita Schweiz GmbH (formerly Reico Vital Systeme GmbH)
- Represented an individual in a dispute concerning the recovery of investments into a group of companies.
- Acted for a manager in a claim against his former employer.
- Representing a company in court proceedings involving multiple parties regarding a distribution partnership and software development contract.
Bratschi Ltd's dispute resolution practice is based across six different locations in Switzerland and covers the full gamut of matters in the contentious space. The team has recently been kept busy active for companies from the insurance and real estate sector as well as in media disputes. Daniel Glasl in Zurich has more than 25 years of experience in the area. Mirco Ceregato divides his time between Zurich and St. Gallen and heads the practice together with Glasl. Lukas Wyss in Bern has experience in cross-border disputes. Sandra De Vito Bieri and Kurt Blickenstorfer, also both in Zurich, represent companies and individuals in commercial disputes.
‘The excellent lawyers provide personalised service.‘
‘Mirco Ceregato has a deep knowledge of an international commercial litigation strategy, and he is very confident with the international rules of litigation.‘
‘Sandra De Vito Bieri is an experienced lawyer and the recommendations provided by her are precise, reliable and always on time.‘
‘Kurt Blickenstorfer is a commercial, responsive and pro-active lawyer.‘
St. Galler Kantonalbank AG
Spar Handels AG
- Successfully represented an individual in an illicit personality infringement litigation against Tamedia.
- Acted for a helicopter flight services company in raising claims against the former head of base and chief helicopter pilot alleging fraud, misuse of power and negligence.
- Represented an individual in a libel suit.
The team at burckhardt Ltd specialises in variety of disputes, as well as handling the contentious aspects of contract law, the group also handles employment, tax and corporate-related proceedings. Piera Beretta is also active for non-profit organisations, as well as in malpractice cases. Regula Hinderling, Gudrun Österreicher and Ramon Mabillard are other names to note.
The team at Eversheds Sutherland AG has experience in a variety of sectors, including banking and finance, telecoms, and construction, among others. The group has a strong practice across Switzerland and is able to draw in its international network for cross-practice disputes. Peter Haas in Bern is particularly active in the insurance area as well as in contract disputes. Zurich-based Barbara Klett handles insurance disputes, as well as transport and logistics-related cases. Patrick Eberhardt is the key contact in Geneva; he specialises in international trade and trade finance proceedings. Haas, Klett and Eberhardt jointly head the practice, which has notable strength at associate level, including Michel Verde in Zurich.
‘The team is being appreciated for the quick and efficient answers as well as the depth of knowledge which comes from being an international law firm.’
‘Barbara Klett is an excellent trial lawyer for liability cases.’
‘Patrick Eberhardt is quick to respond to questions and gives clear advice, which is generally accurate and well-founded.’
FBT Attorneys-at-Law covers a wider range of disputes, which includes representing clients in commercial, banking and finance, white-collar criminal law and insurance litigation proceedings. The team has experience in acting appearing before civil, criminal and administrative courts as well as in cross-border matters. The practice is headed by Serge Fasel, who is an expert in banking, insolvency and employment disputes; Fasel is also are instructed in contentious employment matters. Since publication, Michaël Biot has left the firm.
‘The team consists of very good litigators, who are available on short notice.’
Kellerhals Carrard has a large dispute resolution team, which provides legal support in all major Swiss cities. It acts for national and international companies and banks in a variety of proceedings. In Basel, Daniel Staehelin and Lukas Bopp are experts in insolvency matters, while Andreas Guengerich is the key contact in Bern for debt enforcement and bankruptcy cases. Lugano-based Ivan Paparelli is also experienced in criminal proceedings. Other highlighted practitioners are Nicolas Gillard and Pascal Grolimund. The practice was further bolstered by the arrivals of Claudia Götz Staehelin in Basel, who previously held the position of head of litigation at Novartis, and Annemarie Streuli, who joined the Geneva office from Python.
‘The team of Kellerhals Carrard has a profound knowledge of the Swiss healthcare law and the related processes and provides high quality work even within short timelines.’
‘Pascal Grolimund is a smart lawyer, who’s tactically and legally unrivalled.’
‘Claudia Götz Staehelin is a superb litigation and arbitration counsel, who you’d want on your side.’
Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana S.p.a.
Banque Privée Espiritó Santo SA in Liq.
- Defended a Swiss bank against multiple proceedings introduced by clients after they were found not to be tax compliant.
- Represented a Swiss company in a dispute regarding the breach of contract.
- Representing Parmalat Group in the recognition of extraordinary administration proceedings in Switzerland.
The team at Geneva-based Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC predominantly specialises in white-collar criminal law disputes but also acts for clients in contractual, banking and inheritance disputes. It is frequently instructed to handle criminal proceedings for wealthy individuals in heavily publicised cases that frequently have a cross-border element. Grégoire Mangeat is an experienced practitioner, who is also regularly instructed in the enforcement of foreign judgements. Ramon Rodriguez is a key contact for private clients and companies alike. Senior associate Fanny Margairaz is another name to note.
‘The team has great knowledge and experience dealing with criminal white collar matters. It’s noted for its creative and outside of box thinking.’
‘Mangeat has outstanding knowledge of defence strategy and practices.’
- Representing the daughter of Uzbekistan’s former president in criminal proceedings for money laundering.
Niedermann Rechtsanwälte is exclusively focused on commercial litigation. The team is often active in disputes involving banks, brokers, asset managers and insurance companies. Other areas of expertise are asset recovery, corporate liability claims, M&A, takeovers and joint venture disputes. Of counsel Marco Niedermann heads up the group. Other noted practitioners are Robin Grand, Nicolas Herzog, Niccolò Gozzi and Jonas Oggier.
‘Excellent in litigation with a strong commitment and loyalty to the client. The firm has strong efficiency and know-how.‘
‘Their team is very experienced in the handling of complex disputes.’
‘Marco Niedermann is the foundation of the excellent reputation of the firm.‘
‘Robin Grand is a savvy and experienced litigator who knows the law and who is excellent in handling clients. He does not wrestle with the problem and issues, but solves them.‘
‘Nicolas Herzog is a highly experienced litigation lawyer with an excellent legal knowledge. He is a straight forward, smart lawyer with a clear and clever strategy for every single case.’
‘Niccolò Gozzi is a tough litigator and particularly well-versed in corporate litigation and enforcement actions. He has a hands-on attitude and is at the same time extremely knowledgeable. Altogether, a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Jonas Oggier is a very well experienced litigator, proactive and pragmatic at the same time.’
Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben (formerly Treuhandanstalt Berlin)
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
ACRON HELVETIA X Immobilien AG
- Represented Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben in a $200m claim against Julius Baer & Co.
- Acted for Zurich Insurance Company Ltd, as respondent, in a commission claim brought by an individual allegedly having brokered the acquisition of an insurance company.
- Represented a global mining company in a number of fraud claims.
Prager Dreifuss AG regularly represents clients, which are usually mid-sized to large companies as well as individuals, before state courts and administrative authorities. The team has particularly notable expertise in insurance litigation as well as in cross-border debt collection and domestic bankruptcy cases. Urs Feller leads the team; he has a strong track record in a variety of commercial and banking disputes. Christoph Graber is regularly engaged in D&O and product liability matters, and Christian Casanova is noted for his knowledge in real estate as well as insurance and reinsurance cases. Counsel Marcel Frey is also recommended.
‘The practice is very client focused and responsive.’
‘Prager Dreifuss always provides a valuable contribution, expressing its thoughts and advocacy in the needed way for the interests of the client; it is also skilful in regard to the case-law concerning procedural law.’
‘Urs Feller and Marcel Frey analyse the tasks very quickly and efficiently, always focusing on essentials. They are skilled lawyers with great experience and sense for detail.‘
Attestor Value Master Fund / Trinity Investments Limited
- Assisted the bondholders’ representative and the bondholders Trinity Investments, Bybrook Capital and Whitebox Advisors with a litigation against MPS regarding the bonds.
- Acted for the Attestor Value Master Fund / Trinity Investments Limited in the recovery of funds under state bond issued by Argentina.
Python's team covers a wide spectrum of commercial litigation matters, including banking, civil cases and employment disputes. The team is also active in insolvency proceedings, where Nicolas de Gottrau is a key contact. Dominique Henchoz handles contentious employment and immigration matters. Homayoon Arfazadeh is also noted.
Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is active in commercial disputes with good experience in proceedings before the commercial court of the Canton of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. It is regularly instructed by clients from the financial services, insurance and industrial sectors. Philipp Känzig has notable expertise handling criminal proceedings, while Marc Bernheimer specialises in insolvency and restructuring matters; they jointly lead the practice. Jonas Stüssi is also active in corporate crime-related disputes and Philipp Haymann is a key contact for employment disputes.
‘The team is hands on, assertive and good at developing tactics.’
‘The persuasive, clever and effective Philipp Känzig is a very experienced litigator.‘
‘Jonas Stüssi is very smart and effective, and a reliable, responsive and good negotiator. He’s pleasant to work with if on the same side, a tough opponent if on the other side.’
Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG
Jefferies (Schweiz) AG; Jefferies International Limited
Atrib Switzerland AG, Atrib Group AG and Atrib Management Services in liquidation (former Atraxis companies)
Erdöl-Vereinigung (Association of Swiss fuel oil importers and producers)
Swiss Climate Cent Foundation (Stiftung Klimarappen)
- Represented Swiss Climate Cent Foundation in a dispute against Petroplus Marketing relating to debt restructuring liquidation.
Boutique law firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte has a traditional focus on banking and real estate litigation but also handles commercial litigation, post-M&A and joint venture disputes. Daniel Stoll is a key name for disputes relating to commercial fraud and money laundering and is frequently sought out by various banks. Patrick Rohn is instructed in distribution, licensing and professional liability cases. Stoll and Rohn lead the team, which also includes senior associate Simon Hohler.
‘The firm has a very stable partner base; accordingly partners are extremely experienced. The direct partner access and quick and solid responses are much appreciated. The team handling disputed banking matters is impressive. It is sensible to clients’ needs and sensible about cost.’
‘Patrick Rohn works in a very professional and knowledgeable way. He responds quickly and well-prepared.’
‘Daniel Stoll is an outstanding expert in financial market disputes and regulatory matters, fast working, with a strong grip on complex matters and a tremendous overview; above all, he’s nice to work with.’
- Represented British investors in a joint venture dispute concerning luxury hotels and resorts in Portugal.
- Acted for the Swiss estate of a Jersey company in recovery and professional liability actions.
- Representing a real estate developer in a post-M&A dispute arising from the sale of a hotel and casino complex.
The team at Wenger Plattner is a popular choice for corporations, private clients and public sector bodies. Team members are based in Basel and Zurich and, depending on their location, have different focal points; individuals based in the former are particularly involved in pharmaceutical disputes, while those in the latter have are largely active in the insurance and reinsurance space, among other areas. In the Zurich office, the team is active across a wider range of matters, including insolvency, employment, corporate, liability and banking law. Practice head Stephan Kesselbach is based in Zurich, as are Roland Bachmann and Karin Graf. The key contacts in Basel are Dieter Gränicher and Werner Wenger.
‘Wenger Plattner has a good combination of insolvency and restructuring expertise on the one hand and insolvency related commercial litigation on the other hand.’
‘The team stands out for his dedication, deep professional knowledge as well as its strong focus and availability.’
‘Stephan Kesselbach is a young partner with the potential to become one of the leading names in Switzerland in insolvency and related litigation.’
‘Karin Graf has a good skill set in corporate litigation.’
Former Swissmetal Group
Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd
EBT swiss engineering Ltd.
Canton of Glarus
- Representing Banque Hottinger in a €14.5m action against an Italian sovereign wealth fund regarding alleged embezzlement and money laundering.
- Acted for the insolvency estate of Petroplus Marketing in an avoidance claim against the Swiss Federation.
- Represented Swissair in an action against the estate of former Belgian Airline Sabena.