Dispute resolution: litigation in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

With practitioners in Zurich, Geneva, Zug and Lugano, Bär & Karrer Ltd. 'ensures a seamless and efficient handling of all types of litigations across cantonal jurisdictions'. The team is particularly strong in disputes with a nexus to M&A, corporate, private clients, IP and IT, where it works closely with the wider firm's relevant practice group. The group also has expertise in industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive, energy and financial services, among others. Matthew Reiter, who is noted for retaining 'a panoramic view even in the most complex and protracted matters', leads the practice. Geneva-based Saverio Lembo and Aurélie Conrad Hari are key contacts for white-collar criminal law. Andreas Länzlinger has additional expertise in conducting investigations. Nadja Jaisli KullAndrew Garbarski in Geneva and associate Cinzia Catelli are other key contacts, as are Cesare Jermini in Lugano and Daniel Hochstrasser.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Reiter

Other key lawyers:

Saverio Lembo; Aurélie Conrad Hari; Andreas Länzlinger; Nadja Jaisli Kull; Cinzia Catelli; Andrew Garbarski; Cesare Jermini; Daniel Hochstrasser

Testimonials

‘The practice is composed of top-notch lawyers who are at their best working as a team in order to provide the best service possible.’

‘Aside from being excellent professionals, they are able to easily understand a client’s concerns and to point them in the right direction to solve a case. The individuals efficiently find the problem and propose the best solution possible, with great success. They are also close to the client and make themselves available to the best of their ability to hear the clients’ concerns.’

‘The firm has a large and very strong dispute resolution team. It has excellent litigators in all language regions of Switzerland which ensures a seamless and efficient handling of all types of litigations across cantonal jurisdictions. It also has a very strong white collar crime and arbitration practice.’

‘The collaboration between the teams is very good, making them a first choice “one stop shop” for complex disputes in all Swiss language regions. ’

‘Matthew Reiter is the head of Bär & Karrer’s litigation practice. He is very responsive, knows extremely well how to prioritize and retains a panoramic view even in most complex and protracted matters. His advice is pragmatic and to the point. He is one of the very best and the lawyer you want to have on your team when it counts. Also, he is a true pleasure to work with.’

Nadja Jaisli Kull is a very bright younger partner with excellent legal skills.

Cinzia Catelli is a senior associate who is rightfully deemed a rising star in Bär & Karrer’s practice, in particular due to her encyclopaedic legal knowledge and hard working attitude.

‘Very responsive team; great personalities, i.e. friendly people; good and efficient personal interactions; always supportive to find better solutions’

‘Nadja Jaisli Kull: great personal skills and right level of humour; looks into the very details of matters that others miss out.’

‘Key strengths: subject matter expertise ’

‘Highly professional team with subject matter experts for all key areas. The key contact is Saverio Lembo,  who is very committed to delivering an excellent quality of work.’

Key clients

Generali (Schweiz) Holding

Swiss TV Corporation

TeliaSonera

Sotheby’s

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg

Work highlights

  • Representing EnBW Energie Baden Württemberg in a post-acquisition dispute which concerns the valuation of Thermoselect according to the terms of a share purchase agreement.

Homburger

Homburger has firmly established itself as a go-to firm for complex, often international disputes. The team has considerable experience in litigation proceedings in regulated industries such as energy, healthcare, banking, insurance and food, where it is able to closely collaborate with other groups of the firm. Practice head Balz Gross' expertise ranges from representing clients in commercial courts and criminal proceeding to employment law. Gabrielle Nater-Bass is well versed in private clients and estate litigation, while Mariella Orelli also acts in administrative courts. Other key individuals are the experienced Felix Dasser, banking and insurance specialist Roman Baechler and IP practitioner Andri HessStefanie Pfisterer was promoted to the partnership in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Balz Gross

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Nater-Bass; Mariella Orelli; Felix Dasser; Roman Baechler; Andri Hess; Stefanie Pfisterer

Testimonials

‘Reliable, competent and effective. ’

‘Gabrielle Nater Bass: excellent litigator with deep knowledge ’

‘Deep bench, very responsive, collaborative and thoughtful. Easy to work with, and understand how to deliver top notch client service. There are many good firms in Switzerland, but the depth of the team and the high proportion of women in their group stands out.’

‘Gabrielle Nater-Bass stands out. She is all over the detail, hard working, responsive and very thoughtful about strategic issues. Also very collaborative.’

‘Very responsive, genuinely engaged and delivery of accurate, high-end advice. Give a personal touch as well as being an always available, a really well-rehearsed team.’

Key clients

Nestlé

UBS

Illumina

The Swatch Group

Edward Lifesciences

Ericsson

Sandoz

Pawlowski

Alpiq

Marc Rich Real Estate

Generali

AMAG (independent Swiss importer of cars of the VW Group)

Work highlights

  • Representing Swisscom in a CHF350m civil cartel damage compensation case against Sunrise concerning a margin squeeze.
  • Defending Sandoz against a patent enforcement action relating to Fulvestrant patents.
  • Representing an industrial holding group based in Hong Kong as international lead counsel in a $65m post-M&A litigation.

Lenz & Staehelin

The Lenz & Staehelin litigation team has significant expertise in several industry sectors, such as banking, construction and real estate. It also has an impressive track record in proceedings relating to employment, corporate, inheritance and IP law, where it collaborates with other practice groups. Another field of activity is white-collar criminal law cases and investigations, an area where co-head Daniel Tunik in Geneva is particularly knowledgeable. He jointly leads the team with Harold Frey, a longstanding established practitioner in the market. Martin Burkhardt and Xavier Favre-Bulle in Geneva are names to note for commercial disputes. Counsel Martin Aebi provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Harold Frey; Daniel Tunik

Other key lawyers:

Martin Burkhardt; Xavier Favre-Bulle; Martin Aebi; Dominique Müller

Testimonials

‘Lenz & Staehelin has huge experience in litigation and perfect knowledge of procedural rules and practices in this domain. Lenz & Staehelin has resources in several Swiss cantons and therefore is able to support a client in several places simultaneously.’

‘Xavier Favre-Bulle is very competent and reactive.’

Key clients

Sika AG

Bank BTG Pactual S.A.

Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended EFG Bank AG against monetary claims raised by the banking software and outsourcing provider B Source SA (today Avaloq) amounting to CHF90m plus interest.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses with a broad litigation practice and team members have experience acting before all relevant courts. The group is instructed by national and international banks, sports organisations, and corporations from industries including oil, automotive and luxury goods. The team is led by the experience Ernst Schmid, and also includes 'outstanding litigatorDaniel Eisele and cross-border specialist Tamir LivschitzValerie Meyer Bahar has corporate and employment law expertise. Lukas Beeler and Juerg Bloch were promoted to the partnership in January 2020. Senior associate Anja Vogt is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Eisele; Tamir Livschitz; Peter Honegger; Valerie Meyer Bahar; Lukas Beeler; Juerg Bloch; Anja Vogt

Testimonials

‘Lukas Beeler stands out as an excellent litigator who is calm, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is highly competent and responsive – it is a pleasure to work with them, not only academically, but also as a team. The team is capable of managing highly complex and international litigation in an extremely professional manner.’

‘The litigation and arbitration practice of NKF is truly outstanding. I consider them the number one firm in Switzerland in these two areas. NKF’s cross-border expertise and its longstanding experience with large cases is of key importance.’

‘Daniel Eisele is a top litigation and arbitration expert with very broad professional experience. He has a very straightforward and credible demeanour, can quickly recognize and understand the most relevant aspects of a case, and is able to develop innovative and practical solutions. He is incredibly responsive, readily available to address problems in person or remotely on demand.’

‘The team is particularly strong in international litigation, having in-depth knowledge of various jurisdictions, ability to “dig-out” the required case law examples, as well as to assess all aspects that may come up in the process.’

‘Lukas Beeler has proved to be a brilliant litigator who has the knowledge and experience and who pays attention to every detail that will later turn around the case.’

‘NKF really has an extraordinary dispute team.’

‘Daniel Eisele is an excellent lawyer, has great advocacy skills and can differentiate between relevant and irrelevant issues. He has a pragmatic approach and knows how to solve difficult problems. He has particular expertise in large commercial contracts, sports and insurances cases.’

‘Tamir Livschitz is very internationally minded and can argue in a convincing manner.’

‘Anja Vogt is extremely dedicated, very well organized and legally skilful.

‘A stand-out litigator is Daniel Eisele. He can present the arguments to the court in the best possible manner. He is reliable, responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Lukas Beeler is the best choice for international and complex disputes. Lukas is able to manoeuvre different EU jurisdictions and proceedings before the European Court of Justice. He has also impressed us with his impeccable work-ethic. He is always available and ready to solve complex questions the client may have.’

‘NKF’s litigation team is absolutely top. It provides first class quality work. Its leading litigation practice consists of excellent lawyers.’

‘Daniel Eisele: He is a very experienced and outstanding litigator who is able to present and argue cases in a convincing manner. He has a very practical approach and always sees the big picture.’

‘Tamir Livschitz is a talented and skilful lawyer who knows how to concentrate on the key facts. He really fights for the interests of his client.’

‘Anja Vogt is one of the best associates I’ve ever encountered.’

‘The team has particular expertise in the areas of banking, employment and commercial contracts. NKF’s dispute team is excellent ’

‘Daniel Eisele is legally skilful and very experienced, having fought many fights in the past. He is a leading figure in the Swiss dispute scene.’

‘NKF is in my view an outstanding firm for all types of dispute work, and I can highly recommend them. We very much appreciate its extraordinary legal, strategic and tactical skills. They are prompt to respond to any queries a client may have and they are able to determine the key aspects of a matter.’

‘I can highly recommend Daniel Eisele as excellent litigator. With his creativity and commitment he is able to find practical and sustainable solutions. In addition, he knows how to convince and how to best present the facts and the legal reasoning.’

‘NKF has a very talented disputes practice, with a strong emphasis on cross-border matters. Its lawyers are excellent and they are multi-lingual. They are committed to achieving the best possible results for their clients.’

‘Daniel Eisele is a highly regarded, top-tier litigator, with an extensive roster of blue-chip clients. He has worked on many high-profile and complex cases, such as the FIFA case. He has exceptional advocacy and legal skills.’

‘Juerg Bloch is an extremely talented litigator and white-collar defense attorney.’

‘The lawyers deal with the very complex issues of private international law.’

‘Tamir Livschitz is very motivated and always open to questions.’

‘The NKF Litigation practice offers a great combination of decades-long top tier experience in most complex litigation matters, brightest young minds and seamless coordination with the firm’s other expert teams. In addition, the firm and its litigation practice remains truly unique due to its strong personalities, personality-driven character and an understated leadership style which makes every-day work with them a particular pleasure also on a personal level.’

‘Due to its legendary character and decades-long commitment to excellence, the firm and its litigation practice is able to continuously attract the brightest young talent on the market. In combination with the experience and strategic guidance of senior partners, this makes the practice truly great and exceptional.’

‘Lukas Beeler, a young partner in NKF’s litigation team, is a particularly skilled and talented litigator and one of the brightest young minds on the market. Without a doubt, Dr. Beeler can be described as a young star in the field of complex international banking litigation.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Black Diamond Equipment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BSI Bank

Chevron

Citibank

Credit Suisse AG

EFG International AG

Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA)

Globegarden

HDI Global

LEONI Group

Prada Group

UBS Group AG

Work highlights

  • Representing different banks in various judicial assistance proceedings between the US and Switzerland and evidence taking before the relevant Swiss courts.
  • Defending BMW AG against various dealers in different parts of Switzerland which have taken court action against BMW asking for renewal of their contracts.
  • Representing a group of former shareholders of a Swiss pharmaceutical company in a post-M&A dispute.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has a sizeable dispute resolution team which handles a broad variety of commercial, corporate and financial litigation. Working closely across departments, it represents clients, which are states, companies, enterprises and high-net-worth-individuals in regulatory, criminal and civil disputes before all relevant courts; there is a strong collaboration with the banking and finance, construction and life sciences practice groups. Geneva-based Christophe Emonet stands out for disputes concerning white-collar crime; he jointly leads the practice with 'experienced litigatorMichael KramerLaurent Killias is instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Private client specialist Thomas Rohner and Nicolas Herren in Geneva are also key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kramer; Christophe Emonet

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Killias; Thomas Rohner; Nicolas Herren

Testimonials

‘What’s unique about Pestalozzi’s approach is the fact that it immediately understood the personal nature of the grievances that we presented the team with. Since then, the members vehemently championed our cause with what can only be described as a fine balance between ferocity and restraint.’

‘Christophe Emonet is by far the most outstanding professional we’ve had the pleasure of working with. We immediately felt at ease having Christophe in our corner.’

‘Nicolas Herren is intelligent and driven.’

‘The large team stands out in its in-depth legal expertise, responsiveness and efficiency. Its work output is high quality and they come up with creative solutions.’

‘Laurent Killias is a very experienced litigator and arbitration practitioner. He is focused on high-end work and provides in-depth analysis combined with pragmatic solutions that serve the client’s needs. He is very responsive and pro-active.’

‘The team consists of very dedicated and resourceful professionals and is highly regarded in the market. Clients benefit from the practice’

‘Thomas Rohner is a mastermind in litigation who knows the law and understands his clients.’

‘Very long-standing practice attracting high profile attorneys.’

‘Michael Kramer is a very experienced litigator who is always very well prepared and knows all the details of the file.’

Key clients

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA

Bank of America

Banque Cantonale de Genève

City of Almaty

Coop

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Fahad Al Rajaan

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Rusal

Trafigura

Vitol

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Olivier Maus (stakeholder of Maus Frères SA, Lacoste)

Republic of Kazakhstan

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

UBP

Union Bank of Israel

Vitaly Malkin

Work highlights

  • Advising the former CEO of the Pension Fund of Kuwait and coordinating his defence in the context of one of the largest-ever banking secret commission claims filed in 2019 before the Commercial Court of London.
  • Defending Johnson & Johnson against a Saudi company before the state courts in Switzerland against claims of $35m for alleged breach of contracts in connection with the delivery of medical goods to hospitals in Saudi Arabia as well other countries in the Emirates.
  • Representing the City of Almaty in cross-border civil disputes, recovery actions and criminal investigations.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has considerable expertise in acting for financial institutions, companies from the energy and consumer goods industries as well as individuals. The team is regularly engaged in a variety of banking and commercial disputes, where it works closely across practice groups. Another active field is representation in white-collar criminal law and investigations, where Peter Burckhardt and of counsel Vincent Jeanneret in Geneva have particular experience. Burckhardt jointly leads the practice with Geneva-based Clara Poglia and Louis Burrus. Christian Girod, who is well versed in banking matters, Stefan LeimgruberUrs Hoffmann-Nowotny and counsel Roland Ryser provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burckhardt; Clara Poglia; Louis Burrus

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Borsodi; Vincent Jeanneret; Stefan Leimgruber; Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny; Roland Ryser

Testimonials

‘The firm has a broad-based, multi-office practice and is one of the leading Swiss law firms. It is able to leverage off the knowledge of its transactional and advisory teams when handling contentious matters.’

‘Robust and muscular litigators, who bring great experience and clear analysis together in one package.’

‘Former prosecutors and strong knowledge of criminal and regulatory enforcement compliance matters bolstered by significant litigation expertise allowing for efficient cross-border advice and domestic representation. Difficult to find combined leading expertise in both litigation and white collar matters from within Switzerland. Excellent language skills and command of legal English.’

‘Benjamin Borsodi -strong command of the law and process. Always responsive and insightful. Easy to work with.’

‘Excellent and flexible availability, very competent and pragmatic advice of high quality.’

‘Roland Ryser is a very experienced lawyer with an excellent strategic approach taking into consideration multiple scenarios and outlining the different risks involved.’

‘The team has a multidisciplinary, diverse and innovative vision, always seeking the clients’ best interest in an exceptional way. In addition to the exceptional knowledge and experience they have in the cases, the administrative and billing processes are always clear, transparent and smooth.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd gathers the advantages of a large firm, is it very well recognized and respected in the segment, without lacking in agility and technical quality. The team is very specialized in the area, has exceptional availability, and manages to quickly adapt its strategies to new developments. Also, the strategic division and conducting matters creatively is a highlight.’

‘Clara Poglia’s excelled in conducting cases and is very assertive in her propositions.’

‘Hands-on, pragmatic, down to earth and solution-oriented.’

‘Very proactive team with good solutions and practicable view to achieve the goal. Being a real partner and not just an additional external advisor.’

‘Always listening to the position of the client to reach the best goal.’

‘Great availability and excellent technical skills.’

‘Louis Burrus: – amazing knowledge – great availability – great strategist, always two steps ahead.’

‘Extremely skilled and professional, dedicated and welcoming. One feels in very good hands from the beginning of the dispute to the end. The team is extremely responsive.’

‘Stefan Leimgruber adapts extremely well to the background of a client and brings the questions at stake to the point. He has a good understanding of the internal challenges a client has to face and can suggest reasonable ways to tackle them. He is reliable, dedicated and  professional.’

‘The dispute resolution team has great strength and depth. The members are notable for speed and accuracy of analysis and response. They are also real team players and very efficient at preparing and monitoring work streams and producing real excellence in the work product.’

‘Vincent Jeanneret is a great lawyer and analyst.’

‘Louis Burrus – a great lawyer and tactician. very quick and responsive.’

Key clients

Multiple Russian Athletes

Sunrise Communication AG

Volkswagen

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Doosan Heavy Industries

Fondazione Enasarco

Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia

Hetronic International Inc.

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG

UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG

Gunvor

EFG Bank

Odebrecht & Braskem

Work highlights

  • Defending Volkswagen in a class action case before the Zurich Commercial court against damages claims brought by 6,000 car owners in the so-called diesel scandal.
  • Acted for Credit Suisse AG in a major criminal matter against a former employee.
  • Representing a foreign trading company as a private claimant in criminal proceedings for fraud and misappropriation against a former trustee.

CMS

Through its close connection to the firm's corporate team, CMS's practice is well positioned to represent its clients in D&O cases, contract disputes, and other commercial litigation. Practitioners have particular expertise in the construction, real estate and automotive industries. The Zurich and Geneva team is led by Philipp Dickenmann and Christian Lüscher, respectively. Olivier Carrard and Pierre Ducret in Geneva are well versed in the sports law space, while Reto Hunsperger is experienced in enforcement proceedings. Bernhard Lötscher is a key contact for white-collar criminal law matters and Niklaus Zaugg is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Dickenmann; Christian Lüscher

Other key lawyers:

Niklaus Zaugg; Olivier Carrard; Pierre Ducret; Reto Hunsperger; Daniel Kinzer; Bernhard Lötscher; Jodok Wicki

Testimonials

‘Fast and precise work. Within very short time very good understanding of specific scientific topics which were reproduced in a legal paper in French.’

‘Always on top of things. Carefully reasoned advice. Good ideas.’

‘Very good knowledge and practice.’

‘Deep knowledge.’

‘Reto Hunsperger understands the problems immediately and presents several solutions, not only one. He is really experienced, he knows the theoretical and practical side of each legal problem. Apart from his ingenuity, he has an excellent personality, with whom everyone can find the common “language”.

‘The team very focused and straight to the point.’

‘Bernhard Lötscher is highly skilled and has the capability to explain complex legal issues in an understandable way.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Limited

Atos AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Banque Cantonale de Genève

China Development Bank

Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Limited

Credit Suisse AG/Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Luxury-Trade GmbH, Zug

Medtronic International Trading Sàrl

MET Gas and Energy Marketing Ltd.

Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider

Yves Bouvier

VP Bank (Schweiz) AG

Xavier Justo

Work highlights

  • Defended Yves Bouvier in criminal and civil proceedings pending before the Geneva courts against accusation of fraud.
  • Representing the Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider in various law suits; one case pending before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
  • Represented a chemical company in a  product liability mass claim in which approximately 1,000 parties brought product liability claims.

LALIVE

Recognised in the market as strong dispute practitioners, LALIVE has considerable experience of civil and criminal litigation cases. The team is regularly instructed by banks, sports organisations, companies and individuals in a wide range of topics, covering among others private client, commercial, IP and asset recovery mandates. The group is jointly led by the Geneva-based Alexander Troller and André Brunschweiler, who are noted for their broad practice. Also in the Geneva office, Marc Henzelin stands out for his white-collar criminal law and investigations expertise, while Sandrine Giroud has a track record in disputes concerning private wealth. Other key contacts are Simone Nadelhofer and Matthias Gstoehl.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Troller; André Brunschweiler

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Lucien Bühr; Marc Henzelin; Sandrine Giroud; Simone Nadelhofer; Matthias Gstoehl

Testimonials

‘We find the team at Lalive very practical and understanding of clients’ needs and requirements.’

‘Simone Nadelhofer is quick at adapting to the situation and tries to find practical solutions for issues at hand.’

‘Some of the strongest advocates in Switzerland- at the very top of their game’

‘Matthias Gstoehl and Sandrine Giroud – wonderfully bright while remaining focused, practical and responsive.’

‘The strong side of the practice is very diligent case management routine. The practice is well equipped to handle complex large-scale projects that require processing of big volumes of data.’

‘Sandrine Giroud is a very responsive, smart and diligent partner. She is equally effective in hands-on lawyering and strategic project management. Whilst Ms Giroud is always ready to vigorously defend her clients, she maintains a rational and balanced approach to cases, which makes her a credible and trustworthy attorney in the eyes of judges and prosecutors. Also, Ms Giroud has a large network of credible external service providers and foreign counsel.’

Key clients

Bankas Snoras

KBA NotaSys

FIFA

Work highlights

  • Representing and assisting FIFA in relation to the Lauber, Blatter, Platini cases in relation to the criminal investigation against its president, Gianni Infantino.
  • Representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual in Swiss civil and criminal proceedings for the recovery of assets as a result of fraud in relation to artwork transactions exceeding $1bn.
  • Representing a Western Asian trading company in fraud and embezzlement claims against a Swiss trading company in relation to a soft commodities trade.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. fields a large team of dispute resolution specialists, who operate from six offices across Switzerland. The practice is specialised in a broad range of commercial matters before Swiss courts, with particular expertise in injunctive relief as well as in handling the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Its offering also includes expertise in white-collar criminal law. Team head Dieter Hofmann is well versed in joint venture, M&A, shareholders' and construction disputes. Rodolphe Gautier in Geneva is a 'wise and valued adviser'. Other names to note are counsel Urs SchenkerMicha Bühler and Maurice Courvoisier in Basel, as well as Oliver Kunz and Antonio Carbonara.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Hofmann

Other key lawyers:

Maurice Courvoisier; Rodolphe Gautier; Urs Schenker; Micha Bühler; Oliver Kunz; Antonio Carbonara

Testimonials

‘Great experience within finance/corporate issues and a solid track record + proven results in very complex situations.’

‘Dieter Hofmann is a litigation expert.’

‘Great law firm, top quality, excellent network.’

‘Oliver Kunz is a top lawyer, very experienced and great to work with.’

‘Maurice Courvoisier is detail-oriented on legal matters, while keeping in mind the business background and constantly assesses one against the other on how to build up the strategy of the case.’

‘The level of attention and detail are extremely impressive. I always feel I can trust them completely with accomplishing what needs to be done. The lawyers leave absolutely no loose ends. Also, they make an effort to establish personal relationships, and communicate directly and easily as they have extensive knowledge of their clients and individuals.’

‘Rodolphe Gautier is a wise and valued adviser, and has a wisdom and level of knowledge that is staggering. He is also the best negotiator I know. We engage legal counsel in several jurisdictions, but he is simply the best; on a personal and professional level.

‘The team constantly keeps the client up to date on the developments and is quick to reply with competent and good industry specific knowledge.’

‘Direct honesty about the case and the possible outcomes. The partners display a clear strength in their industry as well as a very well founded background to support the case.’

‘Good knowledge of the judicial practice, recent case law and proactive and pragmatic approach with a transparent risk assessment.’

‘Rodolphe Gautier is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Smart, highly skilled, versatile.’

Key clients

Nestlé

Credit Suisse

Ferring

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG

University Hospital Zurich

Hinduja Automotive Limited

Eurobank Ergasias (fka Proton Bank)

Ernst & Young

Roche

Work highlights

  • Assisted a high-net-worth individual with securing control over a group of companies in a complex joint-venture/shareholder dispute.

Baker McKenzie

The key areas of activity for Baker McKenzie's team are criminal and regulatory investigations, white-collar criminal defence and asset recovery, and the group often works across practice groups and offices. It also has additional experience in trust and director liability matters. The group is jointly led by Christoph KurthUrs Zenhäusern and Geneva-based Luca Beffa, and also includes Joachim Frick and Philippe Monnier.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Kurth; Urs Zenhäusern; Luca Beffa

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Frick; Philippe Monnier

Work highlights

  • Representing a wealthy Polish national and one of his investment companies in proceedings before the criminal authorities in Zurich in connection with the blocking of his personal bank accounts and bank accounts held in the name of the said investment company, involving assets in the amount of more than CHF100m.
  • Represented a major German bank in litigation proceedings brought by an institutional client in relation to a loan of CHF100m from the bank.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd is the result of the 2021 merger between Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd and Froriep. The team includes lawyers with different specialities, who represent clients in civil and criminal cases. It is also active in the recovery of foreign debt, white-collar criminal defence and regulatory disputes. In tandem with the firm's offices in London and Madrid, it is well positioned to act for European clients. Key names are Isabelle Romy, who is a specialist in environment and construction matters; commercial expert Alain Gros based in Geneva; and Lucien Valloni and Marcel Steinegger, as well as Bernard Lachenal, who is based in Geneva, and real estate specialist Walter Häberling. Other noted practitioners are Urs BollerLéonard Stoyanov in Geneva, and Simon Holzner.

Practice head(s):

Walter Häberling; Bernard Lachenal

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Romy; Alain Gros; Lucien Valloni; Marcel Steinegger; Jean Marguerat; Franz Stirnimann; Urs Boller; Léonard Stoyanov; Simon Holzner; Michael Ritscher

Testimonials

‘Jeam Marguerat is alway been available, creative and an excellent team player.’

‘Very professional approach, high quality of work, know-how, open-mindedness and intensive focus on clients’ needs are the things that set Froriep apart from other law firms.’

‘Lucien Valloni has a broad legal knowledge in the area of dispute resolution; very professional and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Alain Gros is a recommended practitioner.’

‘An experienced pharma-litigation team unique amongst their peers in that it only does innovator work, which is rare in Switzerland.’

‘Michael Ritscher is the senior partner. He is highly experienced and knows everybody in the industry – other European litigators and a whole host of judges. He is easy to work with and works well with teams from other jurisdictions.’

‘Throughout our longstanding relationship we have been dealing constantly with the same professionals, mainly Marcel Lustenberger and Urs Boller, which has created a strong mutual trust.’

‘A key strength of the team is the fact that they dedicate a high degree of partner attention to the matter at issue, however without overstaffing the team, thus providing a high level of service quality while keeping the costs at a reasonable level. A further key quality is the team’s ability to provide a realistic assessment of a given matter already at an early stage.’

‘Marcel Lustenberger is a very experienced litigator. I am impressed by his ability to define the right strategy at an early stage.’

‘Urs Boller has excellent analytical skills. He is particularly good at grasping the relevant facts of a case and condensing them into a well-structured and persuasive submission, which is pleasant to read.’

‘Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is a very long established law firm with a high reputation in Switzerland. It is totally independent and gives advice based on what the members think works best in Switzerland, which might be different from what a foreign client might expect.’

‘Urs Boller is thorough, well prepared and won a hopeless case for me. The difference was in the details and he also listened to ideas from the client.’

‘Urs Boller: he is pragmatic, efficient and great to work with ’

‘Depending on the complexity of a topic, experts from the internal network are consulted. This results in a well-founded and broadly supported recommendation to the customer.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Curaçao

Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA)

Republica de Angola

FSDEA Hotel Investment Limited

FSDEA Africa Abriculture (LP) Limited

FSDEA Africa Investment (LP) Limited

Republic of Mauritius

FSDEA Africa Healthcare (LP) Limited

Bonatti SpA, Milan (Italy)

Ali Riza

Abbott Laboratories

Groupon

Timis Corporation

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG is a boutique law firm specialised in dispute resolution. It is well positioned to handle litigation cases relating to insurance, banking, inheritance and insolvency law, as well as white-collar crime, employment and sports disputes, thanks to the presence of a number of specialists in the head. Practice head Roberto Dallafior is noted for his 'encyclopaedic knowledge of Swiss law which he is able to convey clearly, concisely and fluently'. Mathis Berger is well versed in IP litigation and Maria Walter Burkhardt is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Dallafior

Other key lawyers:

Hans Nater; Maria Walter; Mathis Berger

Testimonials

‘Excellent fighting spirit; see the big picture, but also very detail oriented. Happy to take on difficult opponents like big banks with deep pockets and focus on results , not willing to waste their resources or clients’ money.’

‘Maria Walter: super detailed, never gives up, will do what’s necessary but not waste time and money.’

‘Roberto Dallafior: sees the big picture, never compromises at the clients’ expense, thinks about his clients first.’

‘Maria Walter is a very experienced litigator. I am impressed by her ability to define the right strategy at an early stage. She has excellent analytical skills and is particularly good at grasping the relevant facts of a case. Maria Walter also successfully represents employees of banks in supervisory enforcement proceedings before FINMA.’

‘The team is able to grasp the facts of the case perfectly and classify them legally with all finesse.’

‘Fast, highly skilled, capable of translating the client’s needs into legal action.’

‘Roberto Dallafior – always available, serious, creative, determined, highly knowledgeable’

‘Precise reliable work, highest professional competence, friendliest treatment’

‘Roberto Dallafior – he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Swiss law which he is able to convey clearly, concisely and fluently – a joy to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a European retailer of consumer electronics in a lawsuit against a major Swiss wholesale company in a complex civil procedure involving non-contractual liability.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH

The core pillars of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH's team are M&A and corporate litigation and banking disputes. Clients include activist shareholders, listed companies and financial institutions. Its caseload also includes variations of class and collective actions appropriate for the Swiss market as well as support in white-collar crime matters, all areas of expertise for practice head Thomas WerlenVolker Rosengarten divides his time between Zurich and Hamburg. Counsel Simon Vorburger is another integral part of the team.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Werlen

Other key lawyers:

Volker Rosengarten; Simon Vorburger

Testimonials

‘Strong team, in-depth knowledge of the business, excellent network, very responsive and always excellent quality. Outstanding, top tier investigation and litigation law firm.’

‘Thomas Werlen is an incredible smart, outstanding and brilliant lawyer -“One in a million”.’

‘Volker Rosengarten is a smooth and prudent lawyer.’

‘Thomas Werlen: a highly skilled and experienced practitioner who works very efficiently and pragmatically, and always goes the extra mile to achieve the best-possible result for his clients. He consistently delivers high quality work and he is second to none in terms of responsiveness and strategic view. Also, drawing from his experience as former GC of Novartis, he speaks the client’s language and has a deep understand of the underlying business questions.’

‘Simon Vorburger is one of the top lawyers of the younger generation, delivering efficient and high-quality work products, even under time pressure. He has an excellent business understanding and is experienced in developing an all-encompassing multi-jurisdictional case strategy.’

‘Creative thinking, proactive and always available.’

‘Great reputation – the litigation law firm that you do not want to have on the other side.’

‘Thomas Werlen – brilliant lawyer, with a relevant in-house practice as former Group General Counsel of Novartis, ensuring that clients get the full service and capabilities of the firm at their finger tip.’

Key clients

ABB

Accenture

Asia League Limited and East Asia Super Leage

Belleville Management

Comosa

Diethelm Keller Group

EFG International (incl. BSI)

FC Basel

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Ferrexpo PLC

Garmin

Highlight Communications

Leonteq

Lion Point Capital

Lonza

Len Blavatnik (US-based UHNWI)

Monaco Increase Management

MSI DK

Mubadala Investment Company

Proton Technologies AG (ProtonMail)

Roivant Sciences

Romanello Financial Corp.

Schenker-Winkler Holding

STA Travel Holding AG

Swarovski

Swatch

TEAM Marketing

Tennor Holding

Trafigura

Urs Burkard

Vexatec

Viasat

Wolfgang Beltracchi

World Boxing Super Series

Work highlights

  • Representing a holding company and creditor in a dispute against an audit company in connection with a claim arising out of a high-stake insolvency.
  • Representing Viasat, Inc. in a dispute against another major satellite company in a dispute concerning the operation of a joint venture company.
  • Representing Partners Group in a dispute with a freight-rail operating company concerning the use of confidential information.

VISCHER

VISCHER's client roster includes various national and international companies from the banking, insurance, construction, aviation and telecoms industries, for which the team handles a variety of commercial litigation mandates. Thomas Weibel in Basel is also well versed in disputes arising out of private equity investments and Felix Meier-Dieterle covers insolvency proceedings; they lead the team together with Gérald Virieux, who joined in 2019 from the now defunct Bugnion Ballansat Ehrler. Insurance specialist Daniele Favalli and Christian Oetiker are also noted. Karin Graf was a new arrival in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Weibel; Felix Meier-Dieterle; Gérald Virieux

Other key lawyers:

Daniele Favalli; Christian Oetiker; Karin Graf

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sakto Corporation

Pirelli

Huntsman

T-Systems

AIG

Work highlights

  • Representing Sakto Corporation in a challenge against a Swiss NGO alleging a false campaign.
  • Defended PricewaterhouseCoopers against a €500m claim brought by Tschira and currently defending an action from the Italian pension fund Enasarco.

Wartmann & Merker

Wartmann & Merker is a boutique firm dedicated to arbitration and litigation, and has experience representing clients before the state and administrative courts. 'Exceptional lawyers and top litigatorsPeter Reichart and Peter Hafner lead the team, which acts for Swiss banks, law firms, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and companies from a range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, shipping, insurance and media. Its recent caseload includes post-M&A and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Reichart; Peter Hafner

Other key lawyers:

Simone Burlet

Testimonials

‘The team of Wartmann Merker did a simply excellent job. Each team member was always informed about any and all steps and events and was available to us at all times as a highly competent contact person.’

‘Outstanding litigation practice with a very profound expertise in banking litigation. Quick and spot on litigation advice.’

‘The partners who stand out are Peter Hafner and Peter Reichart. Both are exceptional lawyers and top litigators with immense experience in banking litigation.’

‘Swift and uncomplicated “onboarding” without cumbersome negotiations of mandate terms. Prompt elaboration of strategies including “pros and cons” in an intricate multi-party litigation scenario with international dimensions. Excellent quality.’

‘Excellent case handling by renowned senior partner Peter Reichart who enjoys a very high reputation and a longstanding track record in particular in litigation matters (in particular, but not limited, in respect of disputes in the financial sector). Very friendly and polite business conduct. Very professional attitude.’

‘Peter Reichart is a top notch litigator and understands the banking industry very well.’

‘Mr. Peter Reichart: his knowledge and experience in employment law as well as his understanding of all the relevant issues are truly extraordinary. I have never read better, more stringent and more thoughtful court submissions than the ones drafted by Mr. Reichart – excellently written, very clear and to the point.

‘Mr. Reichart definitely has the ability to present even the most complex topics in an understandable and simple way. At the oral court hearing, he was equally convincing. His negotiations skills were simply impressive and, thanks to these skills, he achieved the best possible result. We will always be grateful for his unparalleled work and his great commitment.’

Wenger & Vieli LTD

Wenger & Vieli LTD is noted for its cross-departmental collaboration which adds value in corporate and financial disputes; the team handles liability cases, post-M&A disputes as well as contentious private wealth and estate matters. The group is led by Philipp Lindenmayer, who is active in litigation as well as arbitration proceedings. Other noted practitioners are of counsel Marco Cereghetti, who focuses on issues of liability; Nicolas Bracher, who is a key contact for financial litigation; and Peter Altorfer.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Lindenmayer

Other key lawyers:

Marco Cereghetti; Nicolas Bracher; Peter Altorfer; Michael Huber

Testimonials

‘Michael Huber is a seasoned finance lawyer.’

‘Nicolas Bracher is an excellent private client lawyer, with particular experience in inheritance law, estate planning etc.’

Work highlights

  • Representing an advertising company against an insurance company in a dispute regarding the right to use a worldwide advertising campaign.
  • Representing an individual in a case concerning corporate responsibility.
  • Defending a bank against various simultaneous claims regarding the wrongdoing of an external asset manager.

Archipel

Geneva-based dispute boutique Archipel 'understands Swiss and non-Swiss concepts, and the requirements of international clients'. The team specialises in enforcement matters, white-collar crime disputes and recovery cases. It is often instructed as Swiss counsel by international law firms and works closely with its colleagues from the Paris office. Guillaume Tattevin is well versed in asset recovery mandates. He leads the practice jointly with commercial and employment law specialist Lezgin Polater and Giulio Palermo, who is a key contact in enforcement proceedings concerning foreign judgments.

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Tattevin; Lezgin Polater; Giulio Palermo

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Ponty

Testimonials

Lezgin Polater is technically knowledgeable, reliable and accessible. He is responsive and understands the client’s needs.

‘Archipel is an extremely dynamic law firm, which is quite unique in the Swiss market, and without hesitation the favourite firm when it comes to asset recovery and arbitration matters. The members were always on top of the matter, and available for additional consultations.’

Impressed by their capacity to meet the expectations of completely different clients. They simply always deliver.’

‘Young yet amazingly experienced team’

‘Archipel’s lawyers are characterized by their high level of creativity when it comes to designing tactics to recover assets and win litigation cases.’

‘Guillaume Tattevin stands out as a very committed and very thorough practitioner. He will find time to find the best solution for his clients.’

‘Clients love Giulio Palermo’

‘Archipel have a great blend of Swiss and international lawyers practicing litigation. They understand Swiss and non-Swiss concepts, and the requirements of international clients. This makes communication much easier.’

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC's key areas of expertise are civil proceedings, criminal cases and disputes relating to sports law. The team is particularly well versed in white-collar criminal law matters, including anti-money laundering; practice co-head Jean-Marc Carnicé is a key name in this space. He jointly leads the practice with Cyrill Süess, who has experience in a variety of commercial disputes. The client portfolio includes national companies and individuals.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marc Carnice; Cyrill Süess

Other key lawyers:

Dominique Ritter; Adrian Trutman

Testimonials

‘All the people showed very good analytical thinking and an exceptional ability to find and focus on the key parameters of the dispute.’

‘Cyrill Süess has an immense power of perception and a keen sense for conflict resolution, both in and out of court.’

‘Thanks to the qualified knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial, criminal and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC was able to develop creative and efficient solutions in order to protect our interests at all times. ‘

‘Adrian Trutman has shown a very good understanding of technical problems and was able to identify the key problem.’

‘The lawyers identify the situation very quickly and react adequately. ’

Key clients

Navita Schweiz GmbH (formerly Reico Vital Systeme GmbH), Huenenberg, Switzerland

Bouygues E&S InTec Schweiz AG

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Navita in a trade mark dispute relating to pet food against its German competitor Reico.
  • Successfully represented Bouygues E&S InTec Schweiz in a dispute, which was settled after the opposing party filed an appeal against the judgment of the district court.

Bratschi Ltd

The team at Bratschi Ltd is instructed in a variety of disputes, with notable expertise in debt enforcements and bankruptcies, commercial and corporate proceedings. The practice is jointly headed by Mirco Ceregato, who predominantly focuses on contract and liability disputes, and media specialist Daniel Glasl. Other names to note are Lukas Wyss in Bern and Sandra De Vito Bieri.

Practice head(s):

Mirco Ceregato; Daniel Glasl

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Wyss; Sandra De Vito Bieri; Kurt Blickenstorfer

Testimonials

‘Sandra De Vito Bieri and Mirco Ceregato are very fast, focus oriented and very well prepared. ’

‘Both Sandra De Vito Bieri and Mirco Ceregato understand the international and Italian needs of clients and are flexible to tailor the best solution for the need of clients, with very good experience in cross-border litigation.’

‘The law firm is very solution-oriented. It is the right size to solve even detailed legal questions of international law, whereby the partners involved do not lose sight of the overall solution.’

‘The experienced Bratschi team truly understands business and is able to provide the clients with tailor-made solutions.’

‘Working with Sandra DeVito Bieri is a pleasure, because she is an experienced and reliable partner with the ability to present the complex legal issues in the most comprehensive and business-friendly way.’

‘Excellent technical team and very pro-active in finding solutions.’

Key clients

Roman Abramovich

Bruno Hug

Frederik Paulsen

Dairy Solutions GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Roman Abramovich in defamation proceedings against a major Swiss media house as well as the source of the allegations.
  • Representating the CEO of Texaid in reputation and data protection proceedings against Ringier AG.
  • Representing Dairy Solutions GmbH in liability proceedings.

Eversheds Sutherland AG

Eversheds Sutherland AG has 'well-founded specialist knowledge in numerous areas of law'. The team is regularly involved in litigation proceedings in the banking and finance, insurance, pharmaceutical and construction space, among others. Peter Haas in Bern is often involved in cross-border work. He jointly leads the practice with liability specialist Barbara Klett and Geneva-based Patrick Eberhardt, who is a key contact for international trade.

Practice head(s):

Peter Haas; Barbara Klett; Patrick Eberhardt

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland AG stands out for its procedural successes and professionalism.’

‘I would like to highlight the pragmatic approach of the cooperation, the well-founded specialist knowledge in numerous areas of law, the high quality standard of the services provided by Eversheds Sutherland AG, the expert handling of thematically sensitive and complex claims and finally in the litigation cases, tactically clever and skilful strategy advice or dealing with contentious topics and issues.’

‘The cooperation with the team at Eversheds Sutherland AG is always pleasant, friendly and above all competent. The responsiveness or speed of Eversheds Sutherland in strategy consulting and answering technical questions must be described as very quick, which is a great advantage.’

‘Strengths of Barbara Klett and Peter Haas are, in a few words, their absolute professionalism and their extensive expertise in the claims of liability law, their goal to work together as a team to unite a claims process to bring a successful conclusion, the pragmatic approach in the cooperation, the high quality standard, their process-compliant management of legal disputes.’

‘Barbara Klett: Outstanding liability and insurance law expert, with a proven track record up to the Swiss Federal Court.’

Kellerhals Carrard

Team members at Kellerhals Carrard are noted for 'working smoothly together to deliver excellent results'. The firm impresses with its broad litigation practice, offering legal assistance to companies from industries including pharmaceutical and life sciences, insurance, banking, construction and sports. It has contacts in all business centres of Switzerland: Lukas Bopp in Basel; Nicolas Gillard in Lausanne; Andreas Guengerich in Bern; Lugano-based Ivan PaparelliPeter Schatz in Zurich as well as Annemarie Streuli in the Geneva office. Life sciences specialist Claudia Götz Staehelin in Basel is also noted for her work in this space.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Bopp; Nicolas Gillard; Andreas Guengerich; Ivan Paparelli; Peter Schatz; Annemarie Streuli

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Götz Staehelin

Testimonials

‘The team handles disputes and investigations at the highest level, is very reliable and easy to work with.’

‘It is highly professional, dedicated and works seamlessly together to deliver flawless results. At the same time, it has a “down-to-earth” approach.’

‘The team has a quick grasp of issues that goes beyond just litigation advice, and is well-versed to strategically handle dispute and white collar crime problems of all sizes and at all levels of complexity.’

‘What makes the team stand out is their collaborative and business-oriented approach: the litigators, many of them former senior in-house leaders, have an excellent business understanding, broad and deep knowledge of various industries and a constant willingness to learn and explore new approaches to improve their work, including in the area of technology, data and digital.’

‘Claudia Götz Staehelin, with unrivalled industry expertise, is a highly experienced and technically qualified litigator, energetic and personally engaged with a quick mind. She is a strategic thinker and at the same time very pragmatic and client-oriented. She is a good team leader and easy to work with.’

‘The Kellerhals Carrard litigation team delivers excellent work, is very professional, responsive and, due to its grounded and pragmatic approach, easy to work with.’

‘All dispute resolution lawyers are highly experienced, dedicated and work smoothly together to deliver excellent results.’

‘The litigation team consists of talents from top to bottom and all levels contribute at a high level. They have very experienced lawyers with a practical approach who in a short time can provide what other firms charge hours of time to put together. I appreciated their ability to manage cases very efficiently and effectively.’

‘What makes the Kellerhals Carrard dispute team stand out is that the litigators have an excellent understanding of the client.’

‘Claudia Götz Staehelin is highly experienced, quick and sharp thinking; she combines the ability to set and navigate a clear case strategy with great legal and commercial judgment. She is very dedicated to her cases and tireless in achieving the best result for her clients. As the former Head of Litigation at Novartis, Claudia Götz Staehelin has unmatched industry knowledge and a clear understanding of clients’ needs and how to manage these needs.’

Key clients

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Ost-Süd, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Mitte, Cautionnement Romand, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft SAFFA

Novartis Group

Jacques de Groote

Banque Privée Espiritó Santo SA in Liq.

Roche Pharma (Schweiz) AG and Interpharma

IQVIA

Work highlights

  • Acting for the four government-accredited loan guarantee organisations in uncovering possible credit abuses, persecuting possible fraudsters and recovering unlawfully obtained loans, which were granted as a result of the country’s Covid-19 measures.

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC's core strength is in the space of white-collar criminal law, where it assists national and international individuals in matters relating to anti-money laundering and corruption, among others. The team, which is led by Grégoire Mangeat, is also active in contractual, banking and insolvency disputes. Ramon Rodriguez is noted for inheritance disputes. Senior associate Fanny Margairaz provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Mangeat

Other key lawyers:

Ramon Rodriguez; Fanny Margairaz 

Key clients

Gulnara Karimova

Work highlights

  • Defending the daughter of the former, now deceased, President of Uzbekistan in criminal proceedings opened by the OAG for suspected money laundering in relation to alleged bribes paid by foreign companies to her to operate in Uzbekistan.

Niedermann Rechtsanwälte

Niedermann Rechtsanwälte has dispute resolution matters at its centre. The team acts for claimants and defendants and has expertise in disputes related to banking and finance, real estate, energy and manufacturing. It is regularly active in corporate disputes such as M&A litigation, liability claims and contractual matters. Practice head Marco Niedermann is a longstanding trusted adviser to governments, banks, corporates and individuals. Other key practitioners are Robin GrandNicolas HerzogNiccolò Gozzi and Jonas Oggier.

Practice head(s):

Marco Niedermann

Other key lawyers:

Robin Grand; Nicolas Herzog; Niccolò Gozzi; Jonas Oggier

Testimonials

‘Niedermann is a long-standing litigation boutique with an excellent track record. The firm has a very good reputation in the Zurich legal market.’

‘The team is small but very efficient, knowledgeable of case law and practices, good strategists, good price-to-quality ratio.’

‘This boutique firm offers unbeatable litigation expertise, with a zero fuss and perfectly practical approach. It is the firm I would go to for any litigation matters in Switzerland.’

‘Highly skilled lawyers. Great client base. Partner attention is a big plus.’

‘Nicolas Herzog is a highly experienced litigator.’

‘Robin Grand has a very broad experience as litigator and great skills to anticipate possible strategic scenarios and solutions.’

‘Marco Niedermann can be described as an icon in Zürich.’

‘Jonas Ogier is an excellent addition to the team; extremely well-recognised, and very well connected.’

‘Niccolò Gozzi: great strategist with interesting client base.’

Key clients

Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben (formerly Treuhandanstalt Berlin)

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

ACRON HELVETIA X Immobilien AG

Work highlights

  • Represented Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben (formerly Treuhandanstalt Berlin) in a $200m claim against the Swiss private bank Julius Baer & Co. AG.
  • Represented a global specialty chemical company in a CHF40m post-M&A-arbitration claim brought by the buyer of a former business unit.
  • Represented a high-net-worth-individual client who suffered substantial losses owing to the negligence of the bank.

Prager Dreifuss AG

The team at Prager Dreifuss AG has experience in insurance and reinsurance disputes as well as in contentious proceedings relating to debt collection and bankruptcies. It also represents companies and individuals in a variety of commercial cases. Practice head Urs FellerDaniel HayekChristian Casanova and counsel Marcel Frey are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Urs Feller

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hayek; Christian Casanova; Marcel Frey

Testimonials

‘Very focused, thorough and commercial.’

‘Urs Feller – great strategic sense, knows which points to take and which to avoid, has judicial experience as well, which is helpful.’

‘Marcel Frey – hard worker, very clever, knows all the answers.’

‘The Prager-Dreifuss team can quickly familiarize itself with new subject areas, work out proposed solutions and present them successfully at all management levels. They bring the legal down to business-talk so everybody understands.’

‘Urs Feller manages to keep calm, even in the most complex, hectic and political situations, to get everyone on board and to convey simple solutions.

‘The litigation team is an excellent one. Standouts are Urs Feller and Marcel Frey.’

‘Urs Feller is highly responsive, flexible on fees, commercial and pragmatic in approach and thinking. He is also very user friendly with foreign clients and adapts his approach well to the particular situation.’

Key clients

Mr. Anthony Braesch of Bouchoms & Braesch (Luxembourg)

Attestor Value Master Fund / Trinity Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mr Braesch in his capacity as representative of the holders of the FRESH 2008 bonds, Trinity Investments DAC, Bybrook Capital LLP, Whitebox Advisors LLC.
  • Acting for the Attestor Value Master Fund / Trinity Investments Limited in the recovery of funds under a state bond issued by Argentina.

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd's is led by 'very experienced litigatorPhilipp Känzig and handles insolvency and bankruptcy-related disputes, asset tracing and recovery proceedings,  as well as employment and private client litigation. It has experience in regulated sectors including banking, insurance and energy. Jonas Stüssi is also active in professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Känzig

Other key lawyers:

Jonas Stüssi

Testimonials

‘They are very well known for handling complex and high-profile litigation and arbitration matters.’

‘Philipp Känzig is highly recommended for his dedication and availability.’

‘The lawyers are very dedicated, knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Jonas Stüssi is smart, assertive and good at tactics. He is pragmatic and pushes for efficient solutions.’

‘Philipp Känzig is a very experienced and thoughtful litigator who knows well how to plead a case.’

‘Excellent advice on insurance law and very responsive.’

‘Philipp Känzig is extremely knowledgeable about insurance law and is available to talk about developments and to maintain connections with the London market. His work product is what London market insurers like to see.’

‘They are very fast and can deal with a large work load in a short period of time, are very familiar with all aspects of procedural law and tricks, and are strategically brilliant litigators. Perfect for complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Highly sophisticated in corporate matters.’

‘Philipp Känzig: very experienced litigator, specialized in multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘Jonas Stüssi: highly sophisticated lawyer, very fast and with an incredible knowledge, in particular regarding procedural law.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a Swiss management consultant in a €100m dispute against a Swiss investor in the context of misappropriation of real estate in Turkey.
  • Representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual in a $200m global discovery procedure.
  • Representing an investment firm in cross-border litigation related to the split-up of a large Ukrainian group, successfully lifting five blocking orders.

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Zurich-based boutique law firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte's key areas of activity is dispute resolution; the team is particularly active in banking and estate proceedings, where it acts for Swiss and foreign banks as well as individuals. It also covers cases relating to distribution, licensing, director's liability, and joint ventures as well as post-M&A-litigation. Daniel Stoll and Patrick Rohn are the main practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Stoll; Patrick Rohn

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hohler

Testimonials

‘The clients and their needs are in the focus. The lawyers are practical, thorough and to the point, but still always very balanced and friendly.’

‘Thouvenin’s litigation team can play in international matters in a team of several law firms across the borders. It is responsive and reliable.’

‘Daniel Stoll: thorough, responsive, innovative, balanced and experienced.’

Key clients

Riyadh Al-Azzawi

Work highlights

  • Representing a UK-based joint venture partner in a commercial dispute against its (former) Swiss joint venture partners.

Wenger Plattner

Wenger Plattner represents clients in disputes in a variety of legal fields, where it also to work closely with the firm's insolvency, employment, IP, corporate and insurance teams. It is also active in disputes concerning the real estate, construction and pharmaceutical sectors. Dispute resolution specialist Stephan Kesselbach leads the team which also includes employment expert Roland Bachmann. Karin Graf left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Kesselbach

Other key lawyers:

Roland Bachmann; Dieter Gränicher; Sarah Hilber

Testimonials

‘The people involved and entrusted are very sensitive with a clear target focus. Detail oriented.’

‘Stephan Kesselbach: absolutely reliable, a very calm and considerate lawyer with profound expertise as a litigator.’

‘Wenger Plattner has a unique position in being big enough to provide full, high quality service and allocate the specialist to the matter that is needed and on the other hand giving the client a personalised attention which often is the strength of smaller firms.’

‘Very reactive and proactive team.’

‘The members explain very precisely each step, read with attention all the documents, background work is well done.’

‘Wenger Plattner is certainly one, if not the address you choose if you have insolvency-related court proceedings. For Switzerland, it has a unique amount of experience in this legal field and it has been involved in most of the major insolvency based-litigation in Switzerland during the last 20 years or so.’

‘Stefan Kesselbach is a very smart and pragmatic lawyer who really tries to find the best solution for his client. I would highly recommend him.’

‘The main skills of the team are efficiency and experience. The team is familiar with several industries and combines special expertise in litigation with the firm’s widely renowned bankruptcy and insolvency work. The hourly rates and the billing are fair compared to the firm’s competitors.’

‘Stefan Kesselbach: special expertise in both insolvency and litigation and hence, able to handle complex insolvency-related disputes, such as, e.g. D&O liability actions.’

Key clients

Publicitas AG

SAirGroup

Swissair

Petroplus Group

Former Swissmetal Group

Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd

EBT swiss engineering Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Banque Hottinger & Cie in criminal and civil proceedings in Italy and Switzerland.
  • Represented the insolvency estate of Petroplus Marketing AG in an avoidance claim valued at €68.9m against the tax authorities of the Swiss Federation regarding the back payment of petroleum taxes and obtained a Swiss Federal Supreme Court decision that paid taxes can also be the subject of a revocatory action seeking annulment.
  • Defending Swissair against claims concerning the estate of former Belgian Airline Sabena in a cross-border case connected to Belgium valued €97.3m.