Mr Michael Kramer > Pestalozzi > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Dispute resolution / Insolvency and corporate recovery.


Practice is focused on national and international commercial litigation, arbitration and judicial assistance. Also serves as arbitrator in international arbitrations (ICC and Swiss rules and ad hoc).


University of Fribourg (lic. iur., summa cum laude, 1991). Bar Admission (1992). University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., 1999). Joined Pestalozzi (1999). Partner at Pestalozzi (2003). Chairman of Pestalozzi and Head of Dispute Resolution Practice Group.


German, English, French.


Swiss and Zurich Bar Associations, International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), International Insolvency Institute (III).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Pestalozzi‘s large arbitration practice provides ‘very thoughtful advice‘ and stands out for its ‘thorough, straightforward and to-the-point communication‘. With expertise in the commodities business and regulated industries, Michael Kramer led a team that represented claimant Türkmengaz in a €1.5bn ICC gas supply contract dispute against the National Iranian Gas Company. Other notable individuals include Laurent Killias, who has ‘first-class legal mind‘, and ‘highly experienced intellectual property arbitrator‘ Thomas Legler.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Michael KramerPestalozzi

Pestalozzi has ‘deep-bench expertise around the Swiss court system‘. The team is most experienced in the commodities and financial sectors, as well as post-M&A and white-collar crime cases. ‘Top practitioner‘ Christophe Emonet ‘deeply cares about his clients‘ and is representing the Republic of Kazakhstan and the City of Almaty in multi-jurisdictional investigations, global recovery actions and civil disputes against former public agent Viktor Khrapunov. Commercial litigator Michael Kramer, who is based in Zurich, is another core practitioner. Thomas RohnerLaurent KilliasFlorian Mohs and Beat Mumenthaler are other names to note.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.