With ‘a first-rate mentality, quality and reliability’, Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles a broad range of complex, high-profile international disputes, leveraging the foreign law expertise of several of its team members. The group also has bases in Zurich, Zug, Geneva and Lugano, covering all the Swiss language regions and allowing for full coverage of the local jurisdictions. The practice particularly stands out for its M&A, IT and IP litigation experience with additional sector-based expertise in the pharmaceuticals, energy, financial services, technology, sport and transportation industries. Matthew Reiter heads up the department from Zurich, which is also the base for Daniel Hochstrasser, Andreas Länzlinger (who leads the internal investigations practice), Nadja Jaisli Kull and newly promoted partner Cinzia Catelli. White-collar crime specialists Saverio Lembo and Andrew Garbarski and head of the civil litigation team Aurélie Conrad Hari are based in Geneva, while Cesare Jermini is a key name in Lugano.
Dispute resolution: litigation in Switzerland
Other key lawyers:
‘Very experienced litigators, always very polite, responsive and available, proactively consider new and innovative approaches to complex legal issues.’
‘Andrew Garbarski consistently delivers high quality work product while always being available and responsive at short notice. His explanations are clear even when explaining complex legal issues in a language that is not his first.’
‘First-rate mentality, quality and reliability.’
‘We were very happy with the team’s performance in a very complex cross border litigation. The team worked efficiently and communicated timely on the case.’
‘I would recommend Andrew Garbarski at any time. I was very happy with how he advised us in a very professional and efficient manner.’
‘Calm, clear high quality advice often as a matter of urgency and a willingness to collaborate with the client. Happy to engage on billing so it was transparent and agreed in advance so there were no surprises.’
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg
Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG
- Representing Sotheby’s in a huge dispute in an alleged fraud case relating to a sale of various artworks for an amount in excess of $2bn.
- Representing EnBW Energie Baden Württemberg in a post-acquisition dispute which concerns the valuation of an industrial company (Thermoselect AG) according to the terms of a share purchase agreement.
Homburger’s ‘highly experienced’ team features a deep bench of highly regarded practitioners including practice co-heads Balz Gross and Roman Baechler, who specialise in employment and insurance litigation respectively; Mariella Orelli, who handles disputes with an Italian angle as well as energy litigation; private client, trust and estate expert Gabrielle Nater-Bass and ‘excellent litigator’ Felix Dasser, who primarily acts in investment disputes. The group has notable experience in acting as lead counsel in cross-border litigation for a high-profile client roster which features UBS, Swisscom, The Swatch Group and other blue-chip listed companies. The team is also highly regarded for its expertise in regulated sectors, particularly the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, banking, insurance, energy, telecoms and transport industries.
‘Felix Dasser is an excellent litigator with great expertise and experience.’
‘Highly experienced team with a particular focus on corporate and M&A disputes.’
‘Balz Gross is an outstanding litigator.’
‘The Homburger team is very flexible and allows a trustworthy, personal cooperation. If necessary, additional support can be called in within a very short time. The link to economic specialists is also given.’
‘Roman Baechler and Balz Gross – exceptional support in all kinds of matters.’
The Swatch Group
Marc Rich Real Estate
AMAG (independent Swiss importer of cars of the VW Group)
Praised by clients as ‘an excellent law firm with profound knowledge’, Lenz & Staehelin fields ‘a very professional and always available’ team, which has significant expertise in banking and financial litigation, corporate disputes, private client work, employment litigation, contentious real estate work and IP mandates. The practice also has knowledge of the white-collar crime arena and experience in disputes involving states or state-owned entities. Harold Frey leads the Zurich-based team, while Daniel Tunik heads up the practice in Geneva. In Zurich, Martin Burkhardt focuses on commercial disputes, Dominique Müller leads the investigations practice and Thierry Calame and Jürg Simon focus on IP litigation. Miguel Oural, Xavier Favre-Bulle and white-collar crime expert Hikmat Maleh are key names to note in Geneva.
Other key lawyers:
‘Harold Frey and Martin Aebi I would want to mention specifically. Both of them display the highest professionalism, are collegial in their dealings with opposing counsel and courts and arbitral panels and yet determined in the defence of their clients’ interest, always focus on the relevant issues.’
‘Excellent law firm with profound knowledge of all fields of law.’
‘Martin Burkhardt is an exceptionally knowledgeable, professional with vast experience and excellent strategic skills.’
‘Harold Frey is a very experienced professional who knows 100% what he is doing.’
‘Daniel Tunik is incredibly calm even during difficult times which brings peace of mind to his clients. One can trust his great experience and the fact that he is always solution driven. On top of these qualities, I can emphasise his great know how of the procedural aspects of litigation as well as the applicable laws.’
‘L&S has been standing out for a long time. They manage to always excel and deliver high-quality work. Outstanding are Martin Burkhardt, Harry Frey, Dominique Müller and Martin Aebi. The breadth of their experience and know-how is impressive.’
Bank BTG Pactual S.A.
Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG
Sunrise Communications AG
Implenia Schweiz AG
Niederer Kraft Frey AG has recently been involved in many of the major disputes and white-collar crime mandates in Switzerland, acting for a broad range of high-profile clients including BMW, Credit Suisse, UBS and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With a notable mix of domestic and international litigation instructions, the team also handles criminal proceedings and internal investigations. The practice fields ‘excellent litigators and bright young minds’ including group co-heads Daniel Eisele and Tamir Livschitz , employment and corporate dispute specialist Valerie Meyer Bahar, white-collar crime expert Peter C Honegger, of counsel Ernst Schmidt, Lukas Beeler and Juerg Bloch. At the senior associate level, Anja Vogt is a key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Niederer Kraft Frey are the top firm for cross-border litigation matters in Switzerland. Their sheer will to win cases and pursue the best interests of their clients is impressive. NKF does not only have great individual lawyers but will put together a tailor-made team for each specific matter.’
‘Juerg Bloch is the most competent lawyer for large cross-border litigation. He has an incredible international network and is a strategic thought leader. Juerg is the lawyer you want on your side when it really matters.’
‘Anja Vogt is extremely pleasant to work with, very committed, a huge talent and always helpful.’
‘We work with Lukas Beeler, who is an exceptional lawyer. He provides very clear advice that we always follow; He further always explains the options and suggests which option would be the best for us; He is a superb sparring partner. He always provides clear timelines; His filing drafts are exceptionally good, both from wording and content; Lukas always makes sure that we understand all the legal implications and explains everything in a very simple way; Lukas is always available to talk to and makes sure to also provide short notice advice.’
‘NKF’s dispute resolution team is one of Switzerland’s top-tier litigation teams. It offers a great combination of decades-long top tier experience in all areas of dispute resolution, brightest young minds and seamless coordination with the firm’s other expert teams and is therefore able to handle any dispute successfully. NKF has a great dispute resolution team. All team members are very knowledgeable, competent and very committed to the client. They offer great, practical advice and defend the client’s interests in an optimal manner. It is a great pleasure to work with them.’
‘NKF’s litigation team is very responsive, active and creative. They are willing to go the extra mile – an outstanding team with excellent lawyers and an impressive team spirit. NKF is truly up to the task. NKF is not without reason the leading litigation firm in Switzerland.’
‘Daniel Eisele is an outstanding and impressive litigator. He is tactically smart and skilful, legally persuasive and with good ideas and a tremendous fighting spirit. It is great to have him in your team. I can only give him the highest marks.’
‘Tamir Livschitz: Tamir is an extraordinarily capable expert in litigation and international arbitration. He has a razor-sharp intellect and is an outstandingly skilful, clear and confident advocate. Tamir has an exceptional sense of priorities in terms of presenting persuasive arguments on the issues. His legal arguments are excellent, his manner is firm and he is a tenacious fighter for his clients. Tamir always delivers.’
Black Diamond Equipment
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Credit Suisse AG
EFG International AG
Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA)
EMIX Trading AG
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
Led by Michael Kramer and Christophe Emonet in Zurich and Geneva respectively, Pestalozzi’s litigation and arbitration department has a broad base of sector expertise spanning the finance, energy, life sciences, industrial, retail, media, telecoms and construction industries, with particular experience in commodities and banking disputes as well as internal investigations. Within the group, Emonet also leads the white-collar crime practice, Kramer focuses on cross-border work, Thomas Rohner handles commercial, asset tracing, insolvency and inheritance matters; and Laurent Killias assists with both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Nicolas C Herren is also a key name to note, and Lukas Rusch was promoted to the partnership in 2021.
‘Very professional and greatly organised team.’
‘Laurent Killias is a great colleague who is extremely smart and knowledgeable. He employs great strategy and always maintains a friendly and productive working environment on the case.’
‘Thomas Rohner, partner, professional, quick response, client driven, realistic legal approach, exceptional level of services provided.’
‘A commanding approach to legal and tactical issues.’
‘Christophe Emonet – a sensible and thoughtful practitioner who makes sure that his client’s interests are pursued and protected.’
‘The large team stands out in its in-depth legal expertise, responsiveness and efficiency. Their work output is high quality and they come up with creative solutions.’
‘A hard-working, diligent and knowledgeable team. They live and breathe cases for their clients.’
‘Thomas Rohner is an excellent litigator, highly experienced in banking litigation and a pleasure to work with.’
Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA
Bank of America
Banque Cantonale de Genève
City of Almaty
First International Bank of Israel
Johnson & Johnson
National Oil Corporation of Libya
Olivier Maus (stakeholder of Maus Frères SA, Lacoste)
Swiss Life AG
Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)
Union Bank of Israel
- Advising the former CEO for several decades 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.
- Acting for Johnson & Johnson, which has been sued by a leading Saudi company before the state courts in Switzerland 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.
- Acting for the City of Almaty in large-scale cross-border civil disputes, recovery actions and criminal investigations relating to the ongoing worldwide investigations, recovery actions and civil disputes regarding one former public agent and his family.
Fielding a team that is ‘commercial, clever, responsive and a pleasure to deal with’, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd handles high-profile, complex commercial litigation, often with a cross-border element. The team particularly stands out for its commercial and banking expertise and counts Credit Suisse, Volkswagen, EFG International and UBS as clients. Peter Burckhardt heads up the group in Zurich, while Louis Burrus and Clara Poglia were recently appointed as co-heads of the Geneva team. Other key practitioners include Christian Girod and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny, who focus on banking litigation; ‘top-notch litigator’ Stefan Leimgruber, Benjamin Borsodi, who leads the internal corporate investigations group, and of counsel Vincent Jeanneret. Katherine Bell was promoted to the partnership and Daniela Dardel was promoted to counsel in early 2022.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has outstanding legal expertise and always keeps clients’ interests in the centre of their analysis, excellent availability and thinking out of the box.’
‘The white-collar crime team of Schellenberg Wittmer in Geneva is dedicated, well prepared and always available. They have an excellent ability to deliver high quality work even under pressure in cases involving complex problematics.’
‘Benjamin Borsodi is formidable and highly regarded both locally and internationally.’
‘Charles Goumaz is known to be an excellent strategist and white-collar crime litigator. His name appears at the forefront of business criminal defence, having worked on various high-profile complex cases. Charles Goumaz is regarded as one of the most insightful and talented white-collar crime litigators of his generation. He is also very dedicated and provides outstanding services to his clients.’
‘Schellenberg Wittmer has a very strong footprint and excellent reputation in the Swiss dispute resolution market.’
‘Stefan Leimgruber is an excellent litigator with outstanding legal and tactical skill. At the same time, he follows a very hands-on approach and is always a pleasure to work with.’
‘Louis Burrus has gravitas. He is exceptionally bright and is a pleasure to work with.’
‘Clara Poglia is a brilliant lawyer, she has excellent client management skills, is solution-oriented and has a wealth of legal knowledge. Benjamin Borsodi is a brilliant litigator who is never scared of a fight.’
Sunrise Communications AG
Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG
Doosan Heavy Industries
Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia
Hetronic International Inc.
EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG
UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG
Odebrecht & Braskem
- Defending Volkswagen in a class action case before the Zurich Commercial Court and the Swiss Supreme Court against damages claims of 6000 car owners in the so-called diesel scandal.
- Representing a foreign trading company as a private claimant in criminal proceedings for fraud and misappropriation against a former trustee.
- 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.
CMS’ dispute resolution practice acts for a wide variety of domestic and international clients in commercial disputes before the state courts, appeal proceedings and enforcement work. The group is particularly adept at complex corporate responsibility matters, contractual disputes, construction cases and trust and estate mandates, with additional expertise in the banking, insurance, commercial, construction and sports sectors. Philipp Dickenmann and Christian Lüscher lead the team from Zurich and Geneva respectively. Other key names include sports law experts Olivier Carrard and Pierre Ducret, Reto Hunsperger, who handles enforcement proceedings, and white-collar crime specialist Bernhard Lötscher.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team led by Jodok Wicki managed to grasp all the peculiarities of the subject matter, came up with a sound argumentation and managed to explain the case in an understandable manner.’
‘Jodok Wicki, who is a partner at CMS, combines his massive experience in the legal profession with an extraordinary understanding of the blockchain technology and crypto-assets.’
‘Competent and comprehensive analysis of the problem.’
‘There simply are not enough adjectives to properly describe how truly delightful they are. They are professional, they are utterly brilliant, they are thorough, effective, talented, competent, caring, most important of all, they are completely loyal. Compared to other firms, there is no comparison! Their skilfulness, their expertise, it is amazing. They are excellent! They do not miss anything. They listen well, they understand, and very importantly, they care. They do not rush, they take enough time and do a phenomenal job!’
AIG Europe Limited
Atos AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Banque Cantonale de Genève
Bitcoin Association for BSV
China Development Bank
Credit Suisse AG/Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG
Luxury-Trade GmbH, Zug
Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider
- Acting for a Swiss asset management bank in litigation relating to a client adviser which engaged in unauthorised speculation through structured products on a financial future.
- Acting for an individual and Metaberatung GmbH in a shareholder dispute in which the shareholders accused each other of not acting in the best interest of their companies.
With ‘a very client-oriented and success-driven approach’, LALIVE handles the full range of international and domestic civil and criminal litigation, acting for global corporations, states and high-net-worth individuals. Key areas of strength for the group encompass commercial, banking, private client and commercial disputes alongside experience in insolvency proceedings and white-collar crime work; the team also gains international mandates from its involvement in the Terralex network. Group co-heads Sandrine Giroud (who focuses on trust disputes) and André Brunschweiler are based in Geneva, while Marc Henzelin and Simone Nadelhofer are the key contacts for white-collar crime work.
‘Very client-oriented and success-driven approach. Large resources to form a team for specific litigation cases.’
‘Simone Nadelhofer is very professional and experienced and focuses on client protection. Good cooperation with other internal and external lawyer teams.’
‘Great mix of litigation skills, from criminal/compliance issues through art law/evidence.’
‘Sandrine Giroud: brilliant, user-friendly, my go-to litigator for anything in the jurisdiction.’
‘Great team to work with. All at the top of their game as litigators and highly polished. I would see Lalive as the stand out firm for us in Geneva.’
‘Sandrine Giroud is an extremely smart and capable lawyer. Highly knowledgeable and has particular expertise in conflict of law issues and complex litigation more generally, as well as art law. Simone Nadelhofer, also very impressive and clearly very well regarded among her peers in Switzerland.’
‘Daniel Buhr is a wonderful combination of investigative expert and compliance counsellor. He knows how the pieces fit together and can predict obstacles and find solutions.’
‘Alex Troller is respected by the banks and an excellent advisor on issues involving bank regulation.’
Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions SA
- Representing and assisting FIFA in relation to the criminal investigation against its president, Gianni Infantino.
- Acting for several major institutional and private ultra-high-net-worth investors with regard to potential major losses incurred in connection with the Greensill collapse.
- 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.
Clients praise the ‘outstanding’ litigation practice at boutique firm Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG for its team of ‘not only very skilled and experienced litigation specialists but also skilled communicators’. Roberto Dallafior heads up the group, which has notable strength in complex banking and finance litigation and financial regulatory enforcement proceedings, alongside additional expertise in IP, employment, competition, inheritance and sports claims. Other noteworthy individuals include Patrik Salzmann, Maria Walter Burkhardt, and Hans Nater. Zoe De Santis was promoted to counsel in early 2021.
‘Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG is a dispute resolution boutique focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration proceedings. They are very experienced in handling corporate and banking disputes. They are one of very few Zurich firms with an exclusive focus on dispute resolution.’
‘We have been dealing with Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG since 2013 and was always represented in various civil litigation cases by partner Maria Walter. I am very satisfied by the work which Maria Walter has been carrying out for us in all these years. Maria Walter is a very experienced litigator with excellent analytical skills and particularly good at grasping the relevant facts of a case. Besides, her availability is exceptional.’
‘Highly skilled. Precise. Fast.’
‘Zoe De Santis is an excellent and highly skilled Counsel.’
‘Roberto Dallafior- He is calm and objective. He identifies and concentrates on the important issues, but also pays attention to the “nuisance” side-issues. His overall grasp and management of the (complicated) case, as well as related matters, makes him invaluable.’
‘Nater Dallafior’s litigation team is outstanding because they are not only very skilled and experienced litigation specialists but also skilled communicators. In this way, they are able to find all relevant facts to win cases in litigation.’
‘Zoe De Santis is a very skilled and experienced litigator with an exceptionally strong media law background.’
‘The team works hand in hand, there are never gaps. Critical questions are discussed in the team and various options considered. Strong principles. Very good mix of people that improve coverage and professionalism, also very diverse in terms of age and gender. People care, they know their clients and you never feel left alone.’
- 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.
Walder Wyss Ltd. ‘cultivates a modern and flexible client approach’ which utilises the firm’s six offices across all language areas of Switzerland to provide comprehensive dispute resolution advice. The group demonstrates key expertise in a range of commercial litigation and injunctive relief work as well as knowledge of enforcement proceedings, white-collar crime mandates and corporate disputes. Dieter Hofmann heads up the group and focuses on construction, joint venture, shareholder and post-M&A disputes. Micha Bühler, engineering and construction expert Maurice Courvoisier, Geneva-based Rodolphe Gautier and Andrea Meier, who has expertise in industrial and infrastructure claims, are also active practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
‘Top-class academic and practical litigators.’
‘Michael Cartier is top class – very personable and hugely intelligent.’
‘I have been working with the litigation team for quite some time, and they are very competent and effective. They work hard and always have great input on the cases at hand. Good strategy and good guidance for the clients.’
‘One of the largest law firms in Switzerland, cultivates a modern and flexible client approach.’
‘Oliver Kunz, Litigation: outstanding litigator with a developed strategic flair, excellent tactician, thinks out-of-the-box.’
‘Very solid and efficient practice. Excellent management of the case and good engagement with enforcement authorities.’
‘First-rate banking and fraud litigators – they are my go-to firm for complex Swiss civil and criminal fraud cases.’
‘Dieter Hoffman is exceptionally knowledgeable and responsive. Oliver Kunz is very adept at Swiss law criminal issues.’
Hitachi Zosen Inova AG
University Hospital Zurich
Hinduja Automotive Limited
Eurobank Ergasias (fka Proton Bank)
Ernst & Young
Bergos Bank (Swiss bank)
Baker McKenzie is well regarded in the market for its experience in complex litigation and asset tracing matters, acting for Swiss and international clients; the team is also highly active in regulatory and criminal investigations, an area which benefits from the expertise of specialist Christoph Kurth. The team also leverages the firm’s global network to handle cross-border disputes and acts for a mix of global clients. The Zurich-based Urs Zenhäusern and the Geneva-based Luca Beffa and Simon Ntah jointly lead the department, which also features insurance expert Joachim Frick.
‘Luca Beffa stands out as an excellent, efficient and well-mannered counsel. He is active both in arbitration and litigation. He has a truly international perspective in his approach.’
- Representing one of the wealthiest Polish nationals 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 investment company.
- Assisting one of the largest Russian banks in the enforcement of claims of a newly acquired subsidiary of the Russian Bank.
Charles Russell Speechlys AG
Under the leadership of Bruno Ledrappier in Geneva, Charles Russell Speechlys AG’s commercial disputes resolution group was recently bolstered following the recruitment of white-collar crime and banking litigation expert Pierre Bydzovsky from Borel & Barbey, and English-qualified barrister Robert Avis from XXIV Old Buildings. The practice is singled out for its strength in disputes arising from corporate transactions or contracts and has seen an uptick in work relating to foundations, sports law and private wealth issues.
‘Pierre Bydzovsky has strong experience in litigation, both civil and criminal. He has a good understanding of the issues at stake, proposes relevant ideas and provides quality work.’
‘Pierre Bydzovsky is a dynamic person. He is dedicated and manages to make himself available in case of emergency.’
‘Great expertise in cross country litigation, Pierre Bydzovsky is incredibly efficient, displays a great level of legal expertise and expresses ideas and legal opinions with extreme simplicity and clarity.’
‘Pierre Bydzovsky is fast, smart and provides both expertise and business acumen. He is also a great negotiator and a very respected lawyer. He responds and operates extremely quickly and always puts his clients first to react quickly and accurately.’
Kempinski Hotels SA
Swiss Basketball Federation (Swiss Basketball)
ELCA Informatique SA
- Advised a maritime transport company on the extraterritorial effects of international sanctions against Cuba.
- Represented the Swiss Basketball Federation in proceedings concerning the refusal of a licence for lack of sufficient economic and organisational capacity.
- Representing a listed Italian company before the Swiss Court after its products have been suspected of allegedly endemic failures by an institutional French client.
Following the 2021 merger between Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd and Froriep, MLL Legal’s team operates from bases in Zurich, Geneva, Zug and Lausanne and has a notable focus on the technology, innovative and regulated sectors. The group handles a range of civil, administrative and criminal proceedings and also has capabilities in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Jean Marguerat and Marcel Steinegger jointly lead the practice from Geneva and Zurich respectively. Other key individuals include Alain Gros, Sabina Schellenberg, Urs Boller and Léonard Stoyanov.
Other key lawyers:
‘Urs Boller is an experienced litigator, who is easy to work with. He has the ability to carefully analyse the details of a case at a molecular level, however without losing sight of the big picture.’
‘Alain Gros does not get phased and gives thoughtful advice.’
‘MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd’s team is both, knowledgeable and accessible. They work diligently in complex and specialised topics, and in a manner that is close and pleasant to the client.’
‘Dedication and full attention to the case. Time invested and knowledge of the sector.’
‘Excellent knowledge and a very friendly and individualised client approach. Very good cooperation skills and results. Definitely would recommend.’
‘MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep’s dispute resolution/litigation practice stands out for me from other Swiss firms as fact-paced, proactive and inclusive to other cultures and practices. Their on-boarding and decision-making at the on-boarding stage are well ahead of many Swiss firms. They also clearly understand different approaches to litigation coming from other jurisdictions and are flexible and understanding in their collaboration.’
‘Marcel Steinegger and his team in Zurich are fantastic to work with. Marcel’s expertise and advice stand out for clarity, efficiency, excellent communication and pace. Marcel has advised us for over 8 years and we worked multiple cases together, where he understands challenges from other jurisdictions and is happy to face them and provide concise and professional advice.’
‘Strength in depth; a willingness to litigate firmly and is not afraid of challenging authority.’
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
- Advising Bank of America in a multi-jurisdiction investigation in relation to the Parmalat collapse in Italy in 2004.
- Successfully represented Coop in proceedings regarding trade mark infringement and unfair competition, thereby asserting Coop‘s brand ‘Lumimart’ (a chain of retail stores for lamps and accessories) against an online shop for lamps and accessories trading under the name ‘Luminarte’.
- Advised several entities on the Swiss law aspects of an exposed, international matter involving high-profile individuals and dealing with the mismanagement of a sovereign fund.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH leverages the firm’s global strength to be a key name for complex cross-border litigation, with particular expertise in financial services and finance litigation, and M&A and other corporate disputes. The group also excels in various sectors including the sport, commodities, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and art industries, and has increasing experience in white-collar crime matters and investigations. Thomas Werlen heads up the practice, which also fields newly promoted partner Simon Vorburger.
Other key lawyers:
‘Thomas Werlen is a great lawyer who understands the commercial aspects of the legal issues and how to navigate the various shades of legal disputes.’
‘A global team of high-profile litigators that provide value in matters where much is at stake.’
‘Thomas Werlen, partner of the Zurich office, has a thorough business and industry understanding from his previous in-house position. He also ensures that the client receives the the support by the A-team of the firm.’
‘Quinn Zurich are an innovative team in their approach to litigation utilising strategies that may not be commonly used in Switzerland.’
AF Cars / AF Racing / Nebula Project (Aston Martin hypercars)
Beltracchi (Wolfgang and Helene)
EFG International (inc. BSI)
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
FINMA / Credit Suisse
Highlight Event and Entertainment
Merion Investment Management
Monaco Increase Management
Romanello Financial Corp.
Ruvercap – AGV35
SIG Combibloc Group
STA Travel Holding AG
Stadler Rail Group
United Media Network AG / United Group B.V.
Windrose SPS Shipping and Trading
World Boxing Super Series
- Retained by a Swiss ultra-high-net-worth family office for a series of ‘bet-the-company’ disputes with a total amount in dispute of several billion Swiss francs.
- Representing the US hedge fund Lion Point Capital in $2bn litigation in Switzerland arising from a large-scale fraud involving companies in several jurisdictions.
- Acted as FINMA-appointed independent auditor in the Spygate scandal at Credit Suisse.
With ‘a very commercial and pragmatic approach’, VISCHER has continued its recent growth strategy with the early 2021 promotion of Raphael Butz to partner and the recruitment in late 2021 of corporate dispute expert Karin Graf from Wenger Plattner. While the group has a broad litigation practice, the team has notable expertise in asset-related matters, international litigation and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Daniele Favalli, Thomas Weibel and Gerald Virieux lead the team from Zurich, Basel and Geneva respectively. Managing partner Christian Oetiker, Felix C Meier-Dieterle and Lorenz Ehrler also contribute to the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very commercial and pragmatic approach to big disputes.’
‘Daniele Favalli – Always looks at the big picture and has an excellent strategic view. He knows the relevant details and points out weaknesses as well as how to eliminate them. He can put together, delegate and instruct his team very well. When needed, he is always available, absolutely reliable and committed. In addition, it is always a pleasure to work with him.’
KSL AG (Kolmar Group)
Telekom Srbija a.d.
- Acting for Sakto in challenges against a false campaign by a Swiss NGO.
- Supporting PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidator of Lehman Brothers Finance SA, and successfully fended off a €500m claim of Tschira and currently defending an action from the Italian pension fund Enasarco.
‘True litigation boutique’ Wartmann & Merker counts Swiss banks, insurance companies, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and businesses in the construction, media, shipping and logistics sectors on its client roster. Recent work includes post-M&A disputes, sports mandates and asset tracing issues. Peter Reichart and Peter Hafner jointly lead the group, which also includes financial dispute expert Reto Strittmatter and Giovanna Montanaro, who handles litigation relating to shipping and aviation law.
‘The team did an 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.’
‘I would like to especially mention the partner who was responsible for our case, Mr. Peter Reichart. His knowledge and experience in employment law is truly extraordinary. I have never read better, more stringent and more thoughtful court submissions than the ones drafted by Mr. Reichart. They are excellently written, very clear and to the point. Mr. Reichart 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 and his negotiation skills were impressive. I consider him the best I have met in this field.’
‘Small team of experienced litigators, who have a big law firm background.’
‘Peter Reichart – very knowledgeable in civil procedure.’
‘Wartmann & Merker is a true litigation boutique with profound experience in the banking and financial services industry.’
‘Peter Hafner and Peter Reichart are the stars of the firm and widely recognised litigation experts. They are both outstanding.’
‘Collaboration with Wartmann & Merker is always very pleasant. The team responds quickly and is very professional.’
‘Wartmann & Merker is very knowledgeable and is open to every client and their specific situation.’
‘Small law firm (boutique) with a clear focus on litigation matters in the financial sector, in particular the banking business. Very client-oriented. Uncomplicated and pragmatic approach. Swift engagement procedures.’
Under the leadership of Philipp Lindenmayer, who is ‘a real pleasure to work with’, Wenger Vieli Ltd is ‘incredibly professional’ and a key name in the market for financial services liability disputes, post-M&A litigation, construction disputes and private wealth and estate cases. Other key names in the department include former practice head and of counsel Marco Cereghetti, financial services expert Nicolas Bracher and banking and estate law specialist Peter Altorfer.
‘Very high quality of the counsel service. Efficient. Prompt. Accurate.’
‘The collaboration with Nicolas Bracher is very efficient. High quality of services.’
‘The team at Wenger & Vieli are incredibly professional. Their advice is always to the point and really helpful.’
‘I have worked with Philipp Lindenmayer who helped with Swiss law advice for our Russian clients. Philipp is a real pleasure to work with. He is quick, responsive and has a great ability to concentrate on the main things in the right time.’
Archipel focuses its efforts on cross-border cases, acting for Swiss and global clients, and also has key expertise in white-collar crime mandates, asset recovery issues and enforcement matters; it also has experience in litigation relating to wider corporate services including employment issues. Guillaume Tattevin and Lezgin Polater head up the department.
‘Proactive, rigorous and professional.’
‘Lezgin Polater is very reliable, result-focused and practical. He really understands the clients’ needs and work with the aim of obtaining satisfactory outcome.’
‘I have worked with Lezgin Polater. Lezgin was very efficient and responsive and got the job done. I enjoyed working with him and his associates.’
BianchiSchwald LLC excels in white-collar crime issues with expertise in mandates relating to money laundering, international criminal matters and debt enforcement work. The group regularly acts for entrepreneurs and also has experience in handling sports-related disputes. Jean-Marc Carnicé and Cyrill Süess jointly lead the team from Geneva and Zurich respectively.
Fielding a team of ‘high-profile individuals who are always up to date and proactive in providing information’, Bratschi Ltd’s litigation and debt collection department has bases in seven locations across Switzerland, including the firm’s newly opened Geneva office, and is highly regarded for its expertise in debt and bankruptcy proceedings. Group co-heads Mirco Ceregato and Daniel Glasl are based in St Gallen and Zurich respectively.
‘Mirco Ceregato is very skilled with tactical and strategic questions; he has a deep understanding of procedural law (important in litigation) and contract law. He is an experienced litigator who bears in mind the client’s interest in all situations.’
‘The lawyers are very qualified and high-profile individuals who are always up to date and proactive in providing us with information.’
‘Creativity in defining tailor-made solutions and negotiation skills.’
‘Bratschi’s litigation practice provides first-class legal services in the various fields of private banking law. Unique is the fact that Bratschi is the only top law firm in Switzerland which has a large practice in St. Gallen.’
‘The firm covers all areas of law for our business activities, criminal law, insurance law but also debt collection and bankruptcy law.’
‘Mirco Ceregato has a high level of expertise and very good written expression.’
Eversheds Sutherland AG’s ‘great, professional team’ takes a sectoral approach to litigation, with particular knowledge of the insurance, transport, construction, international trade, telecoms and banking sectors. The group also acts in white-collar crime mandates and general commercial and contractual litigation. Peter Haas heads up the practice; other key individuals include tort and insurance specialist Barbara Klett, international trade and trade finance expert Patrick Eberhardt and Ludovic Duarte, who handles inheritance disputes.
‘Eversheds Sutherland Switzerland handled a wide range of claims for us. Barbara Klett and her team have always been extremely thorough in their communications and their recommendations are always on the mark, without fail.’
‘The thoroughness, dedication and command of the law are a perfect complement to the availability and genuine concern for humanity. What makes Barbara Klett stand out are her incredible skills, professionalism and respect. She is just the most outstanding lawyer I ever worked with.’
‘The know-how and experience of the team (partners and associates), the promptness and flexibility in the collaboration gives me a very good and secure feeling that my claim would be treated/handled in the best way.’
‘Personal and individual collaboration, excellent and flexible open-minded exchanges of ideas during a claim.’
‘Great professional team.’
‘We had a great experience with Patrick Eberhardt.’
Thanks to its large team of ‘competent and responsive lawyers’, Kellerhals Carrard is highly active in a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in the life sciences, insurance, banking, sports, real estate and construction industries. The firm has a broad local network with offices in all the major economic centres in Switzerland; Lukas Bopp leads in Basel, Nicolas Gillard heads up the Lausanne team, the Berne group is led by Michael Daphinoff, Ivan Paparelli leads in Lugano, and the Zurich and Geneva practices are led by Peter Schatz and Annemarie Streuli respectively.
‘Very professional law firm with responsive and competent lawyers.’
‘Lukas Bopp focuses on domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, attachment of assets, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements and insolvency proceedings.’
Banque Privée Espiritó Santo SA in Liq.
CSL Behring AG
Government-accredited loan guarantee organisations: Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Ost-Süd, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Mitte, Cautionnement Romand, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft SAFFA
- Advising the Swiss Government-accredited loan guarantee organisations on uncovering possible credit abuses, persecute possible fraudsters and recover the unlawfully obtained loans for the next seven years in connection with loans granted under the Covid-19 regime.
Loyens & Loeff focuses on international, cross-border litigation, utilising the firm’s network throughout the Benelux region. The group is active in commercial and corporate litigation, finance disputes, white-collar crime mandates and restructuring and insolvency proceedings and also fields a distinct tax litigation practice led by Beat Baumgartner. Robin Moser leads the wider litigation and risk management department and acts for a range of banks, funds, multinationals and high-net-worth individuals.
‘They are very efficient and diligent and are particularly strong in cross-border matters. Young but experienced team, they know what they do.’
‘Robin Moser has a sharp mind and is extremely quick in understanding things and coming up with a convincing strategy. He is very pragmatic and has a distinct no-nonsense approach. Also very client-oriented and proactive.’
‘Young, creative and dynamic team with quick turnaround times and clear and concise analyses.’
‘Robin Moser is one of the best and boldest attorneys I know. He is always available, quick, he never loses sight of the big picture and he is very convincing in court.’
Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC stands out in the market for its knowledge of criminal proceedings, excelling in white-collar crime mandates and internal investigations. The team primarily acts for private clients and high-net-worth individuals in litigation stemming from corporate, insolvency, employment, banking, family and liability issues. Grégoire Mangeat and Joël Chevallaz handles restructuring, insolvency and real estate mandates.
Other key lawyers:
‘Modern law firm adapted to the needs of smart clients.’
‘Grégoire Mangeat is a very good lawyer, efficient and clever.’
‘Mangeat is an exceptional and very innovative law firm with highly qualified lawyers who work in a very efficient way. They understand the businesses of the clients and can therefore provide tailored and business enabling services.’
‘Grégoire Mangeat is an outstanding lawyer. Apart from his legal subject matter expertise and professional competence, he always understands the full picture when it comes to legal challenges. It is also a pleasure to work with him on a personal level as he has very strong interpersonal skills.’
‘Grégoire Mangeat is very well connected.’
‘Mangeat LLC can be recommended for both litigation and white-collar work, for sophisticated and very demanding clients, or for institutional clients, including multinational companies. Most of the lawyers in the team are former partners or associates of a large Anglo-Saxon law firm. Their approach is resolutely business-oriented, client-focused, with an already very positive image in the community, despite the youth of the law firm.’
‘Independence, focus, excellent network, brilliant strategic approach.’
- 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.
- Defended the chairman of beIN Media Group LLC and of Paris Saint-Germain in criminal proceedings opened in March 2017 by the Federal Office of the Attorney General 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 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.
Fielding ‘a strong team with unmatched passion’ in Zurich, Niedermann Rechtsanwälte focuses exclusively on commercial litigation matters, representing claimants and defendants across a broad range of sectors; the team has particular expertise in the financial services, real estate, manufacturing and energy industries. Key practitioners include group head Robin Grand, ‘go-to litigator’ Nicolas Herzog, the ‘very commercial’ Niccolò Gozzi and Jonas Oggier, who is ‘very easy to communicate with’.
‘The dispute resolution team at Niedermann is exceptionally experienced and experts in their fields of practice. They work well as a team and are able to seamlessly ensure that urgent matters are covered effectively.’
‘We worked closely with Nicolas Herzog and found him to have an impressive command of the relevant legal principles, together with a practical approach that made working together efficient and productive for our client. We were particularly impressed by the dedication of Herzog to ensuring that work was turned around swiftly to meet tight Court deadlines.’
‘Essential work is done by experienced partners.’
‘Robin Grand is very experienced and highly responsive. He is proficient in a very broad range of business and banking law. As an active litigator, he knows how to provide clients with the best possible support in judicial and/or administrative proceedings.’
‘Very personal approach and direct partner access at all times with excellent quality service and reasonable fees’.
‘Jonas Oggier, Partner: Jonas is very easy to communicate with, has a very high degree of commercial and operational understanding and exceptional legal knowledge.’
‘Nicolas Herzog is the star individual, very calm, intelligent, determined. A go-to litigator.’
‘As a litigation boutique, the firm has focus on and very profound experience in dispute resolution. They are a superb, tightly knit and highly qualified team.’
Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben (formerly Treuhandanstalt Berlin)
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
- Won a $150m claim for Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben (formerly Treuhandanstalt Berlin) against the large Swiss private bank Julius Baer & Co. AG.
- Represented a leading global specialty chemical company in a post-M&A claim brought by the buyer of a former business unit.
- Represented a client who suffered substantial losses owing to the negligence of a bank where his assets are deposited in a lawsuit against the bank.
The ‘very cohesive and supportive team’ at Prager Dreifuss AG is a key name for insurance and reinsurance disputes and has additional expertise in debt collection and local bankruptcy cases as well as fielding a medical law team, which handles issues relating to the healthcare sector. Urs Feller leads the practice and is active in international cases; Christoph K. Graber, bankruptcy litigation group head Daniel Hayek, Hans-Ulrich Brunner and Gion Christian Casanova also contribute.
Other key lawyers:
Christoph K. Graber; Daniel Hayek; Hans-Ulrich Brunner; Gion Christian Casanova; Marcel Frey
‘Very cohesive and supportive team who we have built a strong relationship with over the years. Prompt and timely contributions, they know the law inside out, and they have a good relationship with the courts.’
‘Urs Feller – leads the team, great knowledge and wise strategic advice.’
‘Marcel Frey – a real workhorse – committed, knows the law inside out, drafts well.’
‘The availability and attention to details is always amazing. The team is able to quickly design solutions even in complex matters and present them in such a way that these are also understood by the business.’
‘They are highly responsive consistently. They offer a speedy analysis of situations and solutions which are measured and tailored to the issue.’
Attestor Value Master Fund / Trinity Investments Limited
Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd handles a broad range of cross-border proceedings with notable knowledge of insolvency and bankruptcy cases, private client work, asset tracing and recovery mandates, blocking orders and employment litigation; the group is also active in highly regulated sectors. Managing partner Jonas Stüssi and Philipp Känzig lead the practice.
‘The practice is very well versed in the dispute resolution matters before Swiss courts and can provide helpful guidance into the operation of Swiss judiciary, which is rather complex.’
‘I work primarily with Philipp Kanzig and Jonas Stüssi. Philipp is very knowledgeable and experienced. Jonas is responsive and up to date on client matters. He also has lots of helpful connections.’
‘They have deep experience in disputes, perfect industry knowledge and a very practical approach. Importantly, they are very cooperative, that is why it is very easy to work with them in the team. I know that I can rely on the firm’s advice.’
‘I would like to praise Jonas Stüssi, a partner of Staiger. Jonas is a very reliable lawyer. You can safely trust him with the most complex and sensitive projects. Jonas has excellent understanding of underlying legal issues and the ability to work in critical situations.’
‘Great team. They are very responsive and client-oriented. They think outside the box and are able to find creative solutions. Very easy and pleasant to work with.’
‘Jonas Stüssi is an excellent litigator. He is very persuasive and strong in court. He is creative, assertive and also good at tactics.’
‘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.’
- Represented a fashion company in a high-profile real estate dispute against an international luxury goods group.
- Representing a private bank in cross-border criminal proceedings, asset tracing and recovery issues, and related litigation.
- Representing a global US insurance company in a cross-border coverage dispute.
Boutique litigation firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte has traditional strength in banking and estate litigation but has recently been notably active in broader commercial litigation, distribution and licensing claims, post-M&A disputes and liability matters. The team also gains international work from its involvement in the Interlaw network. The group is jointly headed up by banking litigator Daniel Stoll and corporate and professional liability dispute specialist Patrick Rohn.
‘Daniel Stoll: Responsive and to the point.’
Providing ‘fast, very practical and pragmatic solutions and advice’, Wenger Plattner acts for a variety of corporations, public entities and private clients in domestic and global disputes. The teams in Zurich and Basel handle a broad range of contentious mandates and practitioners also serve as part-time judges in the national courts. Stephan Kesselbach heads up the department, which also includes employment specialist Roland Bachmann and Dieter Gränicher. Karin Graf departed to VISCHER in late 2021.
‘Very efficient and professional service for a fair price. Unlike other firms, Wenger Plattner does not write lengthy submissions, memo etc. rather, their writing and language is always to the point and short.’
‘We work primarily with Stephan Kesselbach and his team. Stephan is a very good lawyer with a pragmatic approach to complex legal issues. Stephan and his team are successful litigators, especially because of their ability to concentrate on the essentials, to be clear and precise in their arguments and to refrain from unnecessary or useless staff in their pleadings and submissions.’
‘Very specialised and very deep knowledge in their field of expertise. Fast, very practical and pragmatic solutions and advice.’
‘Hands on support, easy to work with. Very efficient and fast in finding the right solution.’
Former Swissmetal Group
Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd
EBT swiss engineering Ltd.
- Coordinating the current criminal and civil proceedings in Italy and Switzerland for Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd. with the bankruptcy proceedings and present civil proceedings of the bank in a mandate with great media attention.
- Defending the schedule of claims of Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd. against various international creditors.
- Acting for Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd. in liability claims for mismanagement against four former executives and/or members of the board of the bank.