Bär & Karrer Ltd. fields a litigation team which has an ‘absolutely first-rate mentality and reliability’ and is experienced in large and complex international disputes. The group has notable proficiency in litigation related to M&A and IP issues, as well as sector expertise in the pharmaceuticals, energy, and financial services industries, among others. Matthew Reiter, who covers white-collar crimes and criminal investigations, in addition to commercial disputes, co-leads the department alongside Aurélie Conrad Hari and Cesare Jermini; Hari leads the civil litigation team from Geneva, while Jermini is based in Lugano. Other core team members include internal investigations practice head Andreas Länzlinger, Nadja Jaisli Kull, who is particularly active in the banking and finance, pharmaceuticals and transportation industries; and Cinzia Catelli, whose focus is on corporate litigation. Saverio Lembo and Andrew Garbarski are the key contacts for white-collar crime matters.
Dispute resolution: litigation in Switzerland
Other key lawyers:
‘Absolutely first-rate mentality and reliability, excellent knowledge concerning arbitration procedures and litigations.’
‘Andrew Garbarski and his team are very responsive and able to advise on issues/prepare court filings at short notice. They have been able to work collaboratively with lawyers in multiple jurisdictions in connection with complex litigation.’
‘Matthew Reiter is a highly experienced lawyer and very professional and effective litigator. He knows the functions of the relevant courts in Switzerland and is able to give realistic and precise assessments of the chances of success.’
‘Their breadth of legal knowledge is impressive. They have also been able to advise us clearly in the English language, which is much appreciated.’
‘Andrew Garbarski has excellent analytical skills and is able to cut to the chase quickly.’
‘Cinzia Catelli is a younger member of the team who was incredibly smart, detail oriented, and has an excellent sense of strategy.’
‘The team at Bär & Karrer was creative in deploying their deep knowledge of Swiss law.’
‘The team is very business oriented and highly efficient.’
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg
- Representing Sotheby’s in a significant dispute between Dimitri Rybolovlev and Yves Bouvier. The former alleges that he has been the victim of a fraud committed by the latter (with Sotheby’s as accomplice).
Homburger‘s ‘fantastic’ team is regularly active on high-profile and cross-border litigation as international lead counsel, acting for a client list of domestic and international blue-chip companies. The department, which has a particular focus on regulated industries including the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, banking and insurance sectors, handles litigation in all language areas of Switzerland. Balz Gross and Roman Baechler co-lead the team; Gross handles employment litigation and civil proceedings involving criminal law, while Baechler has expertise in banking litigation. Investment dispute specialist Felix Dasser is described as ‘outstanding’, and shares an aptitude for complex cross-border litigation with Gabrielle Nater-Bass and Mariella Orelli. Stefanie Pfisterer, who made partner in 2021, covers cross-border trust and estate litigation.
‘This is a market leading practice and rightfully so. The team combines experience with passion. You want to have them on your side.’
‘Felix Dasser is an exceptional lawyer who is deservedly heralded as one of the best litigation and arbitration lawyers in Switzerland. He is extremely smart and very approachable. He is passionate about his work and truly follows through. Stefanie Pfisterer is a very smart and dedicated lawyer. It is an extreme pleasure to work with her. She is very responsive and adds value at every junction of the case development.’
‘All team members are great professionals.’
‘Felix Dasser has a huge experience. He is an excellent litigation lawyer.’
‘A fantastic team, that clearly works collaboratively to provide excellent service to its clients. The fact that each team member clearly feels empowered to contribute is refreshing and encouraging.’
‘Very collaborative and well briefed internally, so they are able to offer a high quality, seamless service. They are organised, coordinated and strategically strong.’
‘Efficient, open-minded, up-to-date on legislation, participating in lawmaking, seeking practical solutions not only from a pure legal thinking. Felix Dasser is outstanding.’
‘Balz Gross is an exceptional practitioner. It is also clear that his team like and respect him in equal measure, and are prepared (and well-equipped) to offer their own views and perspectives.’
The Swatch Group
AMAG (independent Swiss importer of cars of the VW Group)
- Represented Swisscom in a CHF350m civil cartel damage compensation case against Sunrise concerning a margin squeeze.
- Representing a renowned blockchain software company in a $7bn lawsuit brought by minority shareholders.
- Representing a global company in the first climate change litigation filed in Switzerland.
The ‘large, very experienced and first-class‘ team at Lenz & Staehelin has notable strength in banking and financial litigation, corporate disputes, private client matters, employment issues and contentious real estate work. The practice acts in key economic sectors, including the construction and trusts and estates spaces, and has expertise in money laundering and white-collar crime issues. Daniel Tunik handles all forms of commercial disputes and leads the team in Geneva. Harold Frey heads up the litigation and arbitration practice in Zurich, and acts for a range of multinational companies and financial institutions. Martin Burkhardt has a diverse commercial litigation practice, which includes disputes relating to complex family fortunes, while Dominique Müller leads the investigations practice and has expertise in matters related to white-collar crime. Hikmat Maleh and Xavier Favre-Bulle are key names in Geneva.
Other key lawyers:
‘Delivery, efficiency and top-quality advice with proven results.’
‘Availability and deep knowledge of the matters and international mindset required by a multinational organisation.’
‘Large, very experienced and first-class.’
‘Harold Frey is excellent.’
‘The collaboration with Lenz & Staehelin is very easy. They are available, responsive, and they have a wide range of skills.’
‘They have valuable experience in various fields and with Swiss Courts. The communication and the team work, even from different countries, are very smooth. They have quality and trustworthy contacts in different countries, which is very useful for worldwide cases.’
Bank BTG Pactual S.A.
Sunrise Communications AG
Implenia Schweiz AG
- Represented Bank Julius Baer & Co. AG Ltd. in proceedings before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court concerning the application of US sanctions law.
- Representating Implenia, the largest Swiss construction company, in a dispute over a high-profile construction project in Zurich.
- Advised the Geneva opera, the Grand Théatre de Genève, in connection with a dispute over the sale of the Opera des Nations, a wooden structure belonging to the opera.
Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts in both domestic litigation and cross-border disputes, with a client list that includes global banks, leading technology companies, multinational corporations and high-profile sports organisations. ‘World class lawyer’ Daniel Eisele, who has over 25 years’ experience in litigation and arbitration, co-leads the practice alongside Tamir Livschitz, who is praised for being ‘well connected in the Swiss industry and beyond’. Other key names in the group include Valerie Meyer Bahar, who covers corporate, commercial and employment litigation, Lukas Beeler, who focuses on the financial market, and white-collar crime specialist Juerg Bloch. Associate Anja Vogt is a key force of the team at the junior level.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team works very efficiently, responds very quickly even to last-minute enquiries and provides competent and courteous advice. The coverage of the legal fields is very broad and deep.’
‘NKF’s litigation practice is of outstanding quality. We are highly satisfied with their work. It consists of great legal minds, paired with longstanding experience in difficult cases – which is really helpful if you are in need of a very good representation.’
‘Daniel Eisele is our key contact person. He is a world class lawyer, extremely experienced, smart, tactically brilliant, with good judgements and able to present the best possible arguments. He is the litigator you want to have in your team.’
‘NKF has a very strong dispute practice. They can handle complex matters, keep good oversight, have a pragmatic approach and are very capable in drafting submissions.’
‘We have mainly worked with Daniel Eisele, who is the head of the litigation practice. He is a top litigator who is extremely experienced, having fought many difficult legal battles in the past. He has not only a very good legal, but also an excellent commercial understanding.’
‘NKF is the best choice for complex dispute matters in Switzerland. They have a team of highly competent people – very committed to win cases, to convince the court with the best available arguments. ‘
‘The depth and breadth of NKF’s litigation team is excellent. They have outstanding experts on all levels, senior and junior. NKF’s reaction time for client requests is short. You get prompt answers to all questions and they provide reliable and highly competent services.’
‘The team leader, Tamir Livschitz, is well connected in the Swiss industry and beyond. The team is exceptionally knowledgable, fast and international.’
Black Diamond Equipment
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Credit Suisse AG
EFG International AG
EMIX Trading AG
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
- Advising EMIX Trading AG in relation to parliamentary and governmental investigations conducted in Switzerland and Germany.
- Acted as Swiss law expert for a US insurance company in connection with a UK court proceeding regarding a serious accident in Switzerland.
- Filed a statement of defence on behalf of a Swiss company, in relation to claims of more than CHF100m made against the client by two Swiss plaintiffs.
Pestalozzi‘s large team has significant expertise in commodities and banking-related disputes, as well as internal investigations, and also attracts mandates from all sectors of the economy. Michael Kramer and Christophe Emonet lead the team; Kramer, who is based in Zurich, has a focus on national and international commercial litigation, while the Geneva-based Emonet is a leading name for white-collar crime matters and investigations. Thomas Rohner covers asset tracing, insolvency and inheritance matters, and Laurent Killias specialises in contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and R&D projects. Nicolas Herren and Lukas Rusch are additional key names in the practice.
‘Thomas Rohner, partner, exceptional availability and resources management, delivery of services, great input and support from an external law firm!’
‘Our business with Pestalozzi needed urgent discussion and time sensitive actions. They were available almost anytime of day and night and always ready to provide their top quality service.’
‘They always handled my queries with impressive dedication and efficiency, anticipating all the traps set by the opposing parties. What makes them unique is that they immediately grasp the subtleties of any case and come with a tailor-made approach to ensure success.’
‘In the areas of commercial litigation and white-collar crime, Christophe Emonet is an absolute superstar. Christophe Emonet also masters the art of delegation while remaining fully involved and delving into detailed facts and arguments for the strategic lines of defence.’
Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA (editors of Vogue magazine)
Bank of America
Banque Cantonale de Genève
City of Almaty
Fahad Al Rajaan
Johnson & Johnson
National Oil Corporation of Libya
Olivier Maus (stakeholder of Maus Frères SA, Lacoste)
Swiss Life AG
- Representing the former CEO of the Pension Fund of Kuwait in the context of one of the biggest ever banking secret commission claims filed in 2019 before the Commercial Court of London.
- Representing Johnson & Johnson in a dispute with a leading Saudi company, which is claiming $35m for alleged breach of contracts in connection with the delivery of medical goods to hospitals in Saudi Arabia.
- Assisting the National Oil Corporation of Libya in the context of a Swiss federal criminal investigation and recovery actions related to bribes paid by Yara International ASA to the son of the former Prime Minister of Libya.
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s ‘professional, efficient and informative’ team covers a broad range of disputes, with significant expertise across both commercial litigation and white-collar crime issues. The department is particularly strong in cases with cross-border elements, and acts for a diverse set of multinational clients. Peter Burckhardt, who is based in Zurich, co-leads the department alongside the Geneva-based Louis Burrus and Clara Poglia. Also key are Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny and Stefan Leimgruber, who handle a broad range of commercial litigation, including banking, post-M&A and corporate disputes. Katherine Bell made partner in January 2022 and leads the Zurich construction disputes practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘The size of their dispute resolution department allows them to work on extensive internal investigations on the one side while their know-how is also deeply rooted in criminal defence and as such their lawyers understand the needs and worries of individuals who become suspects in an investigation.’
‘Peter Burckhardt is all that you would search for in a white-collar criminal lawyer. He is calm even when times get rough, he is focused and to the point, and he is a strong fighter for the rights of his clients. Also, his ability to distinguish between important and irrelevant is unparalleled. If my company needed support in Switzerland, he would be my go-to lawyer.’
‘Really sharp legal analysis coupled with great client service. They are very easy to work with even in high-stress situations.’
‘The litigation practice at Schellenberg Wittmer is very professional, efficient and informative, with a complete grasp of the client and its needs. The team is always available, attentive, and exact in their legal advice, proactive in their proposed solutions and next steps, and always strives to deliver optimal results.’
‘Louis Burrus is highly experienced, service-minded, and dedicated, and it is always a pleasure to work with him, both professionally and personally. He stands out with his tailor-fit advice and his ability to convert complex legal matters into pragmatic advice.’
‘The dispute resolution team of Schellenberg Wittmer is extremely efficient, accurately foresees problems, thereby limiting a client’s exposure.’
‘Schellenberg Wittmer most certainly ranks among the finest and best reputed firms in Switzerland. This holds especially true for its Dispute resolution/Litigation/White-Collar practice. All of its lawyers are experts in their fields, be it the representation of companies or the defence of individuals.’
‘Extremely responsive, friendly, outstanding, substantive knowledge. Peter Burckhardt is outstanding!’
Sunrise Communications AG
Credit Suisse AG
EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG
UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG
Doosan Heavy Industries
Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia
Hetronic International Inc.
Odebrecht & Braskem
- Defending Volkswagen in the first-class action litigation tried in Swiss courts, and the largest mass litigation claim in Switzerland.
- Acting as lead counsel to Sunrise Communications AG in the first large civil cartel damages case in Switzerland which arises from an abuse of a dominant market position by former monopolist Swisscom in the ADSL broadband internet market between 2002 and 2007.
- Acted as Swiss counsel in relation to a shareholder class action filed in New York, successfully raising a forum non-convenience defense in the second half of 2020.
The ‘highly efficient and business-oriented’ group at CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd. acts for domestic and international clients in a broad range of disputes. The department has an aptitude for complex contractual disputes, corporate responsibility matters, and trust and estate mandates, with particular strength in the construction, banking and insurance sectors. Philipp Dickenmann, who has experience in both commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, co-leads the group with Christian Lüscher, who covers white-collar crime and international judicial mandates. Civil and commercial litigation expert Pierre Ducret and enforcement specialist Reto Hunsperger are also key names, as are Daniel Kinzer and Bernhard Lötscher.
‘Highly efficient and business oriented firm.’
‘Daniel Kinzer: Very competent and highly dedicated, very responsive, able to deliver excellent results under pressure.’
‘Pierre Ducret is extremely reactive and efficient.’
‘Well balanced co-operation and mix between partners and associates. The team has the ambition to dig deep into the business-specific material and implements it with great effort.’
‘With Reto Hunsperger, you can sense the inner drive to get the best out of a situation. He is dedicated, persistent and gets to the point.’
‘CMS has a well-balanced litigation team with a good mix of knowledgeable associates, trainees and very skilled partners. Availability is always excellent.’
‘Jodok Wicki is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced litigator with a profound knowledge of our industry. He analyses matters quickly and thoroughly and always provides valuable advice as well as food for thought.’
Banque Cantonale de Genève
Bitcoin Association for BSV
CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique
China Development Bank
Credit Suisse/Credit Suisse (Schweiz)
Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider
GT Thommen Watch
Weng Fine Art
- Representing the Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider in enforcement proceedings against the third party.
- Represented Weng Fine Art AG before the Supreme Court of the Canton of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
- Represented an individual in a state liability claim against the Canton of Graubünden.
LALIVE‘s Geneva and Zurich offices work cohesively as a fully integrated unit, which handles a range of top-level international and domestic civil and criminal litigation. Geneva team leader Sandrine Giroud has a diverse practice focused on multi-jurisdictional commercial and private wealth disputes, while André Brunschweiler, who leads in Zurich, specialises in corporate litigation and the related advisory disputes. Alexander Troller covers financial matters and corporate and shareholder disputes, in addition to a focus on white-collar crime matters, which is shared by Marc Henzelin and Simone Nadelhofer.
Other key lawyers:
‘I have worked with many international law firms because of my global career. Lalive is the most outstanding firm among them all.’
‘The team of Lalive have extraordinary professional knowledge and rich practical experience, while being honest and loyal to the clients.’
‘Creative, indefatigable, user friendly.’
‘Sandrine Giroud: Brilliant – I would use Sandrine for any difficult litigation in Switzerland. Responsive, creative, a pleasure to work with. Gives realistic advice and is creative in tricky circumstances.’
‘Dominick Elmiger: Very, very good lawyer. We used him to appeal a bad first instance order; in a matter of days they put together an excellent and persuasive (and ultimately successful) set of appeal papers.’
‘Sandrine Giroud and Dominik Elmiger have been extremely pleasant to work with and get the right result, despite meeting several procedural bumps on the road. Their legal advice has been very clear and easy to follow, and their availability for meetings have been very good.’
‘Deep experience of litigation in its many forms and very user-friendly.’
- Acting for several major institutional and private UHNW investors on potential major losses incurred in connection with the Greensill collapse.
- Representing a UHNWI in a high-profile art-related dispute, in Swiss civil and criminal proceedings for the recovery of more than $1.2bn in assets over several jurisdictions as a result of fraudulent artwork transactions.
- Representing a company active in the commodities trading market in a dispute regarding the allegedly fraudulent financing of a related company using international sales of goods and letters of credit.
Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG has a particular focus on the banking, financial services and insurance industries, and has experience in both complex litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings. The team has further coverage of commercial, insolvency and private client litigation, among others. Commercial litigation specialist Roberto Dallafior leads the team, which includes domestic and cross-border dispute resolution expert Patrik Salzmann and Maria Walter Burkhardt, who represents clients before state courts and administrative authorities. Counsel Zoe De Santis is also a key name.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very strong knowledge in supervisory law, excellent practice in litigation against the regulator in Switzerland (FINMA).’
‘Very reliable, competent, committed.’
AB Bankas Snoras
- Representing one of the largest European retailers of consumer electronics in a lawsuit against a major Swiss wholesale company in a complex civil procedure involving non-contractual liability.
VISCHER‘s team covers the full range of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on the enforcement of foreign judgements, banking disputes, and insurance litigation. The firm has been developing its presence in Geneva, and has recently seen steady expansion. The group is co-led by Daniele Favalli in Zurich, Thomas Weibel in Basel, and Gérald Virieux, who heads up the Zurich office. Managing partner Christian Oetiker provides key support in the financial and pharmaceuticals industries, while Karin Graf, who joined from Wenger Plattner in 2021, covers corporate disputes, commercial trade issues and banking matters. Other core names include attachment law expert Felix C Meier-Dieterle, IP specialist Lorenz Ehrler, and recently promoted partner Raphael Butz. Counsel Jonas D. Gassmann leads on white-collar crime mandates.
Other key lawyers:
‘The litigation team at VISCHER has unique skills and experience in finance and inheritance litigation matters.’
‘Christian Oetiker and Thomas Weibel form the dream team to work with.’
‘Vischer handled a litigation for me in an exceptional manner. The litigation involved numerous parties and jurisdictions. I have been involved in many cross-border disputes, but I have rarely seen a team navigate the claims and jurisdictions so smoothly or so proactively.’
‘Thomas Weibel proved to be an exceptional advocate. Never giving up and always remaining a cool but aggressive advocate. Besides his own relentless efforts, he knew when to involve others and helped us bring key specialists to the table.’
‘The team provides great advice on dispute resolution and enforcement in Switzerland.’
‘Thomas Vischer and Gérard Virieux are excellent. They are very responsive and provide great advice.’
‘Vischer’s litigation practice is top-notch. The lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and well respected in the industry. They are easy to work with and have a broad range of expertise. They are a go-to firm in Switzerland and elsewhere.’
‘I have worked extensively with Daniele Favalli. He is smart, articulate, detail-oriented, and respected by his peers. Daniele is always exceedingly prepared and organised, and is very responsive, all excellent qualities in a lawyer.’
EBT swiss engineering AG
Telekom Srbija a.d.
- Acting for Sakto in challenges against a false campaign by a Swiss NGO.
- Supporting PricewaterhouseCoopers for many years as liquidator of Lehman Brothers Finance SA.
- Advising MCH Group on its enforcement of claims against its insurers (Lloyds) under a cancellation policy.
Walder Wyss Ltd.‘s team of ‘very strong and internationally experienced’ litigators works across the firm’s six Swiss offices, facilitating comprehensive support in all key economic and language areas of the country. The key areas of focus for the group are commercial litigation and the enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitral awards. Team lead Dieter Hofmann has particular strength in construction, joint venture, shareholder, and post-M&A disputes. Other core team members include Micha Bühler, who has additional expertise in distribution disputes, Rodolphe Gautier, whose practice covers white-collar crime mandates, and Andrea Meier. ‘Highly skilled attorney at law’ Maurice Courvoisier is particularly active in disputes relating to engineering and construction projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Walder Wyss dispute resolution team consists of various very strong and internationally experienced litigators and arbitrators. Each of them is very professional, highly-responsive, fun to work with and deeply dedicated to his/her profession, which is impressive.’
‘Maurice Courvoisier is a highly skilled attorney at law with a strong focus on client needs and with a deep understanding of the litigation and international arbitration procedures. He has an impressive feeling for the relevant questions to be discussed, always keeping the client’s focus and acting with a strongly dedicated winner-mentality.’
‘Litigation is not about innovation at the margins. It is much more the competence of a team that wins cases. And WW has won cases for me in federal court that have dragged on for years. With persistence, with attention to detail, with responsiveness, and with an outstanding team effort. Compared to other law firms, it was always the team that stood out.’
‘Dieter Hofmann – Stamina and aplomb describe him best. Always weighing things up in a realistic sense. Never exaggerating. And finally, the fighter in the court, who never loses his coolness.’
Hitachi Zosen Inova AG
University Hospital Zurich
Hinduja Automotive Limited
Eurobank Ergasias (fka Proton Bank)
Ernst & Young
Bergos Bank (Swiss bank)
Tarek Obaid – Petrosaudi
Baker McKenzie‘s Swiss group handles a broad range of disputes, including those arising from infrastructure matters, post-M&A mandates, and banking and corporate issues. Urs Zenhäusern and Joachim Frick co-lead in Zurich, while Luca Beffa is head of the group in Geneva. Christoph Kurth, who leads the investigations, compliance and ethics practice, is also key, as is Simon Ntah, who focuses on white-collar crime work.
Charles Russell Speechlys AG has a focus on disputes arising from corporate transactions and contracts, in addition to notable strength in white-collar crime issues. Team lead Bruno Ledrappier has experience in commercial and financial matters, including fraud, trading and shareholder disputes. Ledrappier is supported by Pierre Bydzovsky, who specialises in white-collar crime and banking litigation, and English-qualified barrister Robert Avis.
JAR (Switzerland) SA
Kempinski Hotels SA
ELCA Informatique SA
MLL Legal‘s team acts for both Swiss and international clients in civil, administrative and criminal cases. The group operates across offices in Zurich, Geneva, Zug and Lausanne, in addition to its international offices in London and Madrid. Jean Marguerat, who is based in Geneva, co-leads the team with the Zurich-based Marcel Steinegger. Alain Gros and Sabina Schellenberg are key names, as are Léonard Stoyanov and Urs Boller.
Other key lawyers:
‘This law firm has an excellent balance of extremely experienced partners, super bright junior partners, and excellent associates. They also have legal and IP expertise under one roof to draw on.’
‘They are very experienced in matters of Swiss litigation, they know everybody, they can work independently or part of a much broader pan-jurisdictional litigation team, and they are a pleasure to work with.’
‘Alain Gros is a great and dedicated lawyer.’
‘MLL Legal is unique when it comes to offering high-quality legal services. The firm offers innovative approaches as well as a friendly and client-oriented attitude when it comes to providing complex legal solutions. We would say that the practice definitely stands out with regards to the high quality of the offered services, custom-made strategies, and innovative approaches when compared to other firms.’
‘Each lawyer we have worked with is very client-oriented, creative, and capable of offering outstanding solutions.’
‘MLL Legal is the law firm we have worked with in a complex case, in which the firm have done an exceptionally good job. They are very efficient in litigation.’
‘Marcel Steinegger is an excellent attorney and a stand-out partner who really goes above and beyond for his client. He is highly intelligent with excellent judgement. I would trust him with anything. He responds in an extremely timely matter, he is a very knowledgeable, trustworthy person. There is no other attorney that will work as hard for you.’
‘MLL for us are a perfect partner, because of their competences in various area and their openness to involve other capacities of the firm, if a special task can be optimized.’
Bank of America
Bonatti SpA, Milan (Italy)
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Cousins Material House Limited
Chapter 4 Corp. d/b/a Supreme
Coop Genossenschaft and Coop-Gruppe Genossenschaft
- Supporting Bank of America in very extensive procedures abroad as well as in Switzerland.
Litigation boutique Niedermann Rechtsanwälte fields a team of ‘savvy, experienced and efficient’ practitioners. The group has a focus on the financial services industry, and has a history of acting for and against banks, brokers, asset managers and insurance companies. The highly experienced Robin Grand, who is described as an ‘outstanding litigator’, leads the team. Other core names include Nicolas Herzog and Niccolo Gozzi, who have expertise in the financial services, manufacturing, and real estate sectors, and ‘top lawyer’ Jonas Oggier.
‘Robin Grand is a smart lawyer who knows the law, how to handle complex facts and issues efficiently, and the proceedings. He does not wrestle with problems and issues, but solves them. A truly outstanding litigator.’
‘Niedermann is a very smart boutique firm, very flexible and equipped with well known practitioners.’
‘Robin Grand is outstanding, extremely responsive and has an excellent understanding of pragmatic solutions.’
‘Jonas Oggier: Absolute professional with very high technical skills and commercial understanding.’
‘Niccolo Gozzi and Niccolo Herzog are both superb.’
‘Jonas Oggier and Robin Grand are both excellent litigators. I have been impressed by their briefs.’
‘Jonas Oggier is a top lawyer. Niccolo Gozzi also highly recommended.’
‘THE litigation boutique in Zurich with savvy, experienced and efficient litigators.’
- Representing a very wealthy industrialist family in an inheritance dispute over more than $70m arising out of the death of the head of the family.
- Representing a high-profile German businessman in legal actions against his former partner to regain control over his group of companies and, alternatively, claim damages in the amount of over $300m.
- Representing a leading Austrian insurance company in a claim for damages against a leading global insurance broker in a total amount of over €10m.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH‘s ‘results oriented, focused and responsive’ team has notable strength in international matters, leveraging the firm’s global strength in complex, high-profile litigation. The department is co-led by Thomas Werlen and Simon Vorburger; Werlen has expertise in financial matters, while Vorburger, who was promoted to partner in 2022, contributes additional experience in insolvency related issues. Counsel Pierre-Yves Marro and associate Jonas Hertner are also key names to note.
‘Quinn Emmanuel’s creativity and resolution is outstanding. They are results oriented, focused and responsive.’
‘Thomas Werlen (Partner) and Jonas Hertner (Associate) are just two incredible team members with deep knowledge of Swiss law and practice. They are both great negotiators.’
ACE Aviation AG
EFG International (inc. BSI)
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Highlight Event and Entertainment
Merion Investment Management
Monaco Increase Management
Mubadala Investment Company
Opus Chartered Issuance S.A.
Quintet Private Bank
Rantum Capital / Cedarlake
Romanello Financial Corp.
Salt Mobile SA
SIG Combibloc Group
Sphaira Innovation AG
STA Travel Holding AG
Stadler Rail Group
Windrose SPS Shipping and Trading
World Boxing Super Series
- Representing Salt Mobile SA against Sunrise Communications AG and Liberty Global Plc in the context of a take-over battle in the Swiss telecoms sector.
- Representing the investment vehicle of Vitaly Malkin against Credit Suisse in an action seeking damages.
- Representing Aabar Investments as a victim and private claimant in the criminal proceedings against a Swiss bank and the bank’s previous CEO.
Boutique dispute resolution firm Wartmann Merker Ltd. represents both foreign and domestic clients before state courts, arbitral tribunals and administrative authorities. Peter Reichart has particular strength in banking and finance litigation, and co-leads the group alongside Peter Hafner, who covers post-M&A disputes, insolvency law and criminal matters. Reto Strittmatter focuses on financial and commercial disputes, while Giovanna Montanaro specialises in litigation related to transportation and trade law.
‘The firm’s lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with commercial disputes concerning clients from the financial sector, including clients in the field of asset management.’
‘The high degree of specialisation in dispute resolution allows the firm to represent clients in a very targeted and efficient manner.’
‘The firm has an exceptionally prompt, pragmatic, precise and clear approach to explaining its strategy and shows great creativity in its proposed solutions. The team at Wartmann Merker is exceptionally good at dealing with new legal issues.’
‘I have known Peter Reichart for many years. He is an excellent litigator with a brilliant mind, and exceptionally skilful in dealing with banking and finance disputes. Peter has the ability to present even the most complex topics in a clear, simple and understandable manner.’
‘I met Andrea Roth recently. She is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, committed and knowledgeable lawyer.’
‘Peter Hafner and Peter Reichart are fantastic litigators with very deep knowledge of the banking industry.’
‘Exquisite small-sized law firm boutique with highly experienced lawyers and a focus on litigation issues.’
‘Elaboration of strategies with a close personal touch. Excellent professional mindset of the involved staff.’
Wenger Vieli Ltd fields a team of experienced litigators, with particular expertise in financial services liability disputes, M&A litigation, and construction disputes. Financial services specialist Nicolas Bracher leads the team, which includes former practice head Philipp Lindenmayer, and Michael Mráz, who heads up the white-collar crime practice. Associate Meltem Steudler is also noted.
‘The team has the right mixture between “street fighters” and individuals with excellent academic skills.’
‘Philipp Lindenmayer is a great talent and performer in the courtroom.’
‘Very strong business acumen; they try to understand and propose a solution which is in the best interest of the company.’
‘Treat clients individually.’
- Representing a group of minority shareholders of blockchain company in $700m post-transaction litigation.
- Representing clients in $250m landmark execution proceedings against the Swiss Government.
- Defending an asset manager against liability and retrocession claims in $50m cross-border litigation.
Archipel‘s team, which is praised for its ‘practical and creative approach’, is active in a range of cross-border cases for Swiss and international clients. The department has a focus on white-collar crime mandates, enforcement matters and asset recovery issues. Guillaume Tattevin, Lezgin Polater and Laurence Ponty co-lead the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘I appreciate their practical and creative approach, as well as the reactivity and dynamics of the team. In particular, I appreciate the team’s constant concerns about the ultimate outcome of the cases, ie enforcement – which is one of Archipel’s areas of expertise.’
‘One of the main strengths of Archipel is actually to handle both domestic and international elements very well. They have a particularly good understanding of foreign legal concepts and are able to easily ‘translate’ Swiss law aspects and issues for the benefit of foreign clients.’
‘Efficient team with a custom practice. The agility of a middle size firm with the competencies of a big firm.’
‘Guillaume Tattevin is the archetype of the dedicated attorney. Lezgin Polater, young partner with a sharp mind and at ease in every cultural context.’
BianchiSchwald LLC‘s team provides clients with expert support in commercial litigation and white-collar crime matters. The department has strength in civil dispute resolution, including the enforcement of debts and judgements, strategic advisory work, and pre-litigation settlements. Jean-Marc Carnicé co-leads the practice alongside Cyrill Süess. Philippe Boss is a key name for white-collar crime work.
‘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. BianchiSchwald LLC was able to perfectly take into account the specifications that a public administration acting at the interface between public and private law is faced with.’
Metzgerei Künzli AG
Swiss Confederation; Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG, Neckarsulm, Germany
Bratschi Ltd‘s litigation and debt collection department, which is praised for its ‘efficiency and effectiveness‘, operates across seven locations across Switzerland, including Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The group has particular strength in debt and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as construction disputes. Mirco Ceregato and Daniel Glasl lead the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Mirco Ceregato: quick response times, reliable legal appraisal and advisory, experienced litigation lawyer.’
‘Excellent teamwork by the various colleagues who make up a particular team which ensures that, at all given times, there will be a team member who will deal with the issue at hand. Furthermore, the ability to work together as a team with foreign colleagues to find a solution for the benefit of the client.’
‘Dedication and a willingness to collaborate and work with foreign colleagues in a supportive manner to be effective in finding the best possible solution for the benefit of the client.’
‘We appreciate Bratschi Law Firm because it has offices throughout Switzerland and, thanks to its flexibility and IT infrastructure, it can form interoffice and multidisciplinary teams at any time, depending on the client’s needs. We would particularly like to emphasise the efficiency and effectiveness of Bratschi’s lawyers, who consistently impress us.’
Konkursmasse der EURELFINA Treuunternehmen reg.
DZ PRIVATBANK (Schweiz) AG
- Represented an individual in a reputation protection and personal rights infringement litigation against TAMEDIA.
- Represented Spitalregion Fürstenland-Toggenburg in a highly political construction dispute.
- Represented Dairy Solution GmbH in a liability claim by a farmer regarding the alleged malfunctioning of milking robots.
Eversheds Sutherland AG‘s Swiss litigation team has strong sector knowledge in the insurance, transport, construction, and international trade and commodities industries. The group, which has additional expertise in white-collar crime mandates and general commercial and contractual litigation, attracts high-profile domestic and international clients. Managing partner Peter Haas leads the team, which includes Barbara Klett, Patrick Eberhardt and Martin Rauber.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team works very quickly, reliably and responsibly. You can always rely on a high level of professional competence. Multilingualism and international relations make the company unique.’
‘Outstanding expertise in liability and insurance law.’
Kellerhals Carrard‘s large litigation team provides clients with the full range of civil and commercial dispute resolution services. The group operates throughout Switzerland, with offices in all major economic sectors, and has significant expertise in international, cross-border dispute resolution. Lukas Bopp leads in Basel, Nicolas Gillard in Lausanne, and Michael Daphinoff in Bern, while Ivan Paparelli, Peter Schatz and Annemarie Streuli head up the teams in Lugano, Zurich and Geneva respectively.
‘Kellerhals Carrard has been exceptional at providing clear, concrete and practical advice. The advice is clear in the sense that the communication is not lost in the generalities of applicable laws and what ifs; rather, it tends to be to the point on issues that are actually at stake. It is concrete in that there is a clear actionable plan.’
‘The individuals are great at educating, with an eye toward the experience and day-to-day operations of an in-house counsel and the business. They are also genuinely vested in the relationship and seek to form a productive relationship, not simply with the overall legal operation of the company, with individual in-house attorneys as well.’
Banque Privée Espiritó Santo SA in Liq.
Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Ost-Süd, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Mitte, Cautionnement Romand, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft SAFFA
Cautionnement romand société coopérative
CSL Behring AG
- Acting for government-accredited loan guarantee organisations to uncover possible credit abuses, prosecute possible fraudsters and recover the unlawfully obtained loans.
Loyens & Loeff‘s Swiss team works closely alongside the firm’s international network, and has particular strength in cross-border litigation based around the Benelux region. The group covers commercial and corporate litigation, in addition to handling white-collar crime and insolvency mandates. Robin Moser heads the litigation team. Beat Baumgartner is another key name.
Other key lawyers:
‘The law firm is very dedicated, extremely focused on the goal, and takes the necessary time and resources to fit for the target.’
‘Robin Moser is very to the point, he is experienced and understands the business and the case very quickly. He is very close to the client and explains all necessary steps to be taken.’
‘Robin Moser was always reachable and straightforward in his answers and advice.’
‘Very good pre-litigation advice. Loyens & Loeff Zurich office have been very effective in obtaining freezing orders. Very good client communication, efficient work, honest and straightforward advice about what can be achieved and what cant.’
‘The personality and proficiency of Robin Moser, a fearless litigator with a broad knowledge of the law.’
‘Excellent lawyers, strategically thinking, very responsive and practical. Reliable professionals who are highly committed and persistent. They have an excellent understanding of underlying legal issues and the ability to work in critical situations.’
‘Perfect understanding of how to deal with clients. Strong strategic skills and exceptional knowledge. Extremely thorough and organized and very responsive. Provides outstanding guidance and advice.’
Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC, based in Geneva, has notable expertise in white-collar crime mandates and internal investigations. The group is particularly active on behalf of private clients, and draws in high-profile individuals from across Europe. Founding partner Grégoire Mangeat co-leads the team alongside Fanny Margairaz and Joël Chevallaz.
Other key lawyers:
‘MANGEAT has a great and impressive team of lawyers/subject matter experts. The quality of the advice is outstanding. The collaboration is very solution oriented and always pleasant.’
‘Grégoire Mangeat is an amazing lawyer with a very strong commercial understanding, which is much appreciated. He understands the business and the issues of the specific client and is capable of delivering tailored services of exceptional quality.
‘This is a sophisticated, focused group of lawyers led by a Grégoire Mangeat, who is a leading light of the Swiss bar. They handle difficult cases and are collegiate as co-counsel.’
‘Grégoire Mangeat is a brilliant advocate and strategist. He knows everyone in Geneva and handles the most difficult cases with grace and skill.’
‘Fanny Margairaz is an excellent writer and litigator.’
‘The duo of Grégoire Mangeat and Fanny Margairaz is very efficient and obtains very good results.’
‘Grégoire Mangeat and Fanny Margairaz are very invested in the case and have a perfect knowledge of the file. Their overall strategy is impressive.’
- Representing 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.
- Defended the chairman of beIN Media Group LLC (beIN) and Paris Saint-Germain in criminal proceedings opened in March 2017 by the Federal Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for suspicion of active private bribery.
- Defended the former President of the Geneva Canton State Council in criminal proceedings opened against him by the Geneva Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for acceptance by a public official of an undue advantage in relation to an invitation he received from the Abu Dhabi Crown to attend the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as well as the private funding of a political survey by Geneva businessmen.
Prager Dreifuss AG handles a range of domestic and international commercial disputes, including any associated criminal proceedings. Urs Feller, who leads the team, specialises in insolvency proceedings, asset recovery work, and inheritance related issues. Christian Casanova has particular expertise in the insurance and reinsurance sectors, while counsel Marcel Frey is the key contact in the team for white-collar crime mandates.
‘High competence in tactical negotiation. Deep interest in new topics and availability for the extra mile to prepare legal documents.’
‘Urs Feller: Always highly concentrated on the topic, smart tactical moves in the hearing by the court. Strong capacity for negotiating.’
- Advised an individual in his capacity as representative of the holders of the FRESH 2008 bonds, Trinity Investments DAC, Bybrook Capital LLP, Whitebox Advisors LLC.
- Advised Attestor Value Master Fund/Trinity Investments Limited on the recovery of capital and interest under sovereign bonds.
SKANDAMIS AVOCATS handles complex cross-border litigation for a range of clients, and has a particular focus on acting for private individuals in criminal and civil proceedings. Managing partner and ‘soul of the firm’ Romanos Skandamis leads the team, and handles complex transnational litigation and arbitration proceedings.
‘Very well-organised. Excellent knowledge of Swiss law. Well prepared with deadlines. The client is fully informed about all the details and information of his case.’
‘Well versed in dispute resolution and litigation. The team is there to accompany you through the whole process with well-thought-out advice and support.’
‘Managing partner Romanos Skandamis will always go the extra mile to ensure that all elements have been considered and understood in order for his client to make an informed and educated in decision.’
‘Close-knit team with excellent internal collaboration. Regular and sustained external communication and follow-up. Diversity of cultures and spoken languages. Up-to-date technology.’
‘Impeccable responsiveness, consciousness, and care.’
‘The team at Skandamis always attends to the clients’ needs with the uttermost professionalism and people-to-people contact, or technology when needed. Moreover, the teamwork is very effective under the guidance of the head partner.’
‘Romanos Skandamis, the head partner of Skandamis, is the soul of the firm. He always finds the time to address our concerns and is always willing to help out by looking into all matters in the most meticulous and professional manner.’
The ‘responsive and highly effective’ litigation team at Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd has significant knowledge of insolvency and bankruptcy cases, asset tracing issues, and recovery mandates. Managing partner Jonas Stüssi co-leads the department with Philipp Känzig; Stüssi covers professional negligence matters and white-collar crime issues, while Känzig is particularly active in insurance law, banking claims, and insolvencies.
Other key lawyers:
‘Staiger lawyers demonstrated an impressive hands-on approach and proved very useful and helpful throughout our fruitful cooperation. The Staiger team played a very important role in the general success. We have recommended Staiger to several of our clients, who are also very satisfied with the results.’
‘We would like to praise Jonas Stüssi, the firm’s partner, for top-class service, clear understanding of the needs and challenges, and ability to manage them.’
‘They are responsive, highly effective and think strategically. It is very pleasant to work with them, and they are reliable and uncomplicated.’
‘Jonas Stüssi is a fantastic litigator who looks at cases with an open mind and finds a solution for every problem. One of his key strengths is thinking outside the box. He is highly assertive and very convincing.’
‘The team works very cohesively and is able, via its multilingual capabilities, to address and deal with major issues across borders seamlessly.’
‘They have a highly professional team with deep understanding of the commercial aspects of disputes and detailed knowledge of the all-important procedural tricks and traps.’
‘Philipp Känzig is very experienced. His strategic abilities are outstanding. There is nothing that can take him by surprise. In difficult stretches, he is almost like an escape artist.’
‘Jonas Stüssi is extraordinarily fast and very engaged. He can handle very complex cases involving tons of documents, almost like no other.’
- Representing a global insurance company in a cross-border dispute before the Commercial Court of the Canton Zurich against claims for coverage asserted by another insurance company.
- Representing a manufacturer of food production plants in cross-border litigation regarding the recall of allegedly contaminated food.
- Representing an investment company in $40m cross-border litigation related to the split-up of an industrial conglomerate.
Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is a boutique dispute resolution firm with a long-standing focus on banking and estate litigation. The department has recently expanded to cover commercial and corporate litigation, and has developed expertise in distribution and licensing claims, post-M&A disputes, and liability matters. Daniel Stoll and Patrick Rohn co-lead the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Patrick Rohn along with his teammates is committed and diligent, paying attention to details without losing the big picture. They always stay cool-headed and are professional in every way. They are a pleasure to work with. Not to mention the fact that they know how to identify a path to win.’
‘Exceptional analytical and strategic skills. Paying attention to details without losing the big picture. True partner for a client.’
‘Very responsive, with detailed and accurate analysis of matters and able to make a balanced judgement in the clients’ best interest.’
‘Daniel Stoll: An archetype of a reasonable, balanced individual with thorough legal knowledge and top analytical skills.’
Wenger Plattner fields litigation teams in Zurich and Basel, which cover insolvency matters, employment disputes, corporate law, product liability claims and insurance mandates. The group represents corporations, public law entities and private clients in both domestic and international litigation. Stephan Kesselbach, based in Zurich, leads the team, of which Roland Bachmann and Dieter Gränicher are key names. Yannick Hostettler made partner in 2022.
‘They are very experienced, skilful and responsive with broad know-how across many business and industry sectors. They are very committed, have a drive to win, are very pragmatic and have a solution-minded approach. Clearly best in class.’
‘Roland Bachmann is quick thinking, analytical and highly responsive. He is a very experienced, sharp employment lawyer and skilful litigator. He understands the balance between forceful defending of interests in court vs. negotiating an appropriate settlement.’
‘WP are able to handle complex litigation efficiently and successfully. The briefs and the language are to the point, no lengthy and unnecessary writing.’
‘Stephan Kesselbach is very reliable, efficient and to the point. His legal briefs are straightforward and compact, the quality of the legal arguments is also very good.’
‘Very responsive partners and staff. Hands-on advice where required.’
‘Stephan Kesselbach provides very skilled, holistic and hands-on legal support, which can be easily implemented. Very timely and cost-efficient support.’
‘The people are very talented specialist lawyers, who have excellent technical skills, and who are also good communicators in terms of providing clear legal advice and a strategic direction.’
Former Swissmetal Group
Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd
EBT swiss engineering Ltd.
Bosniaken Institut; Stiftung Adil Zulfikarpasic, Zurich
- Preparing two corporate liability claims for mismanagement against the former president of the board of directors and the Auditing Company of 8 SPVs of the former SCL / SCT / Enzian Shipping AG.
- Defending the schedule of claims of Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd. against various international creditors (former bank clients).
- Defending the schedule of claims of Swissair against an action of the estate of former Belgian Airline Sabena.