Dr Cesare Jermini > Bär & Karrer Ltd. > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Work Department

Arbitration | Litigation | Corporate & Commercial | Private Clients | Reorganization & Insolvency | Real Estate | Media, Entertainment & Sports | Energy


Cesare Jermini has extensive experience in court litigation as well as international and domestic arbitration, in which he specializes. He regularly acts as a party counsel before state courts and the Federal Tribunal (in civil, criminal and administrative matters) as well as in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

Cesare Jermini is often appointed as chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration proceedings, conducted under the ICC Rules, Swiss Rules, Rules of the Camera Arbitrale Nazionale e Internazionale di Milano, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings.

Cesare Jermini also advises clients in commercial and company law, private international law, joint ventures, transportation, labor, administrative, real estate and inheritance law.

He is a member of the executive board of GASI (Gruppo Arbitrato della Svizzera italiana – the Local Group Ticino of ASA, the Swiss Arbitration Association), the ASA Marketing Committee and the International and Domestic Panels of Arbitrators of several arbitral institutions.


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2003)
  • Guest Professor, University of Brasilia (1999)
  • Senior Associate at Bär & Karrer (1998)
  • Civil Law Notary in the Canton Ticino (1997)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (1997)
  • Trainee at a Swiss law firm (1994-1996)
  • Teacher of Labour law (1992)
  • Teaching Assistant to Prof. Dr. iur. Weber-Dürler (1991-1994)


Italian, German, English, French


  • Swiss Bar Associations (SAV/FSA)
  • Ticino Bar Associations (OATI)
  • Associations of Swiss and Ticino Notaries Public
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • GASI, Swiss Italian Chapter of ASA


  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1998)
  • Columbia University, New York: LL.M. (1998)
  • University of Zurich: Dr. iur. (1997)
  • Admitted to the Ticino Bar Association (OATI) (1996)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1991)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

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.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Demonstrating ‘a collaborative attitude’ and ‘an excellent perspective’, Bär & Karrer Ltd.’s practice fields team members who act as counsel and arbitrators in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings governed by Swiss and foreign law. The group has expertise across a broad range of arbitration mandates with notable knowledge of post-M&A disputes, sports-related work and construction, claims alongside experience in the Middle East. Pierre-Yves Gunter and Daniel Hochstrasser co-head the team from Geneva and Zurich respectively. Other key names include Cesare Jermini, who regularly acts as party counsel before state courts and the federal tribunal; Nadja Jaisli Kull, who excels in the banking, pharmaceuticals and transport industries; Alexandra Johnson and litigation group head Matthew Reiter.

Switzerland > Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.’s Italian-Swiss hub in Lugano has ‘very strong capabilities both on legal and on tax matters’ regarding, among others, banking and finance, corporate and M&A, real estate and dispute resolution. Paolo Bottini is noted for his ‘remarkable knowledge of Swiss tax matters’ which he puts to use for international corporate and banking clients when assisting them in setting up international headquarters in Switzerland. ‘Very good negotiator and mediatorCesare Jermini represents clients in national and international judicial and arbitral proceedings. Massimo Vanotti focuses on corporate, commercial and banking law and has ‘very good knowledge of notarial work’.