Mr Louis Burrus > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes
P.O. Box 2088
1211 Geneva 1
Switzerland

Work Department

Dispute Resolution / Banking and Finance / Internal Corporate Investigations / White-Collar Crime and Compliance

Position

Louis Burrus is a Partner and the co-head of the Dispute Resolution Group in Geneva. He is dual-qualified in Switzerland and in England & Wales (Solicitor of the Senior Courts). Louis specializes in domestic and international commercial litigation, in particular in banking and financial disputes. He advises clients in cross-border multi-jurisdictional disputes and has extensive experience in conducting corporate internal investigations, including white-collar matters.

Experience:

  • Lead counsel to a SIX-listed company in a post-transaction dispute further to the acquisition of a new subsidiary (price-adjustment mechanisms, enforcement of warranties, etc.)
  • Acted for a European energy company in enforcing a several hundred million arbitration award (ICC, seat in NYC), including by way of an attachment order (worldwide enforcement case)
  • Advising a major Swiss bank participating into the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss banks (co-Project Manager role)

Career

2016 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

2014 – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in London

2010 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

2007 – Junior associate at Baker & McKenzie in Geneva

Languages

  • French
  • German
  • English

Memberships

  • Board member of the Swiss LegalTech Association
  • Member of several professional associations such as the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Law Society of England & Wales and the American Bar Association

Education

2016 – Bar Admission in England & Wales (Solicitor of the Senior Courts)

2009 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

2007 – Certificate in “International Business Transactions with Chinese Characteristics”, Cornell-Bucerius Summer Law Institute in Suzhou, China

2007 – Master of Law, University of Fribourg

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Louis Burrus  – Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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 litigatorStefan 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.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly well known for its activities in all forms of dispute resolution, encompassing international arbitration and litigation as well as white-collar crime cases and investigations, as well as its banking and finance practice, with further strength in the real estate and construction sector. Key contacts for dispute resolution are Philippe Bärtsch, Louis Burrus, Benjamin Borsodi and Paul Gully-Hart while Caroline Clemetson, Tarek Houdrouge and Grégoire Wuest are the key figures for banking and finance advice. Real estate and construction specialist Yves Jeanrenaud and corporate and M&A-focused Christoph Vonlanthen are also noted.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd fields a team of practitioners with considerable expertise in insolvency and restructuring. The firm covers the full spectrum of matters, with high activity in distressed M&A and refinancing, restructuring, enforcement and litigation cases. The group’s ability to draw on cross-departmental know-how adds value in interdisciplinary matters. Counsel Vincent Jeanneret has longstanding expertise in contentious R&I matters and heads up the practice. Of counsel Olivier Hari is well versed in distressed refinancings and cross-border instructions, while Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny and Louis Burrus focus on dispute resolution.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

Clients praise Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd for its ‘ability to engage constructively with the Swiss prosecutors.’ The firm fields a sizeable team of lawyers specialising in internal investigations, white-collar crime and related litigation. It works closely with the tax, M&A, competition and banking & finance practice groups to cover topics such as bribery and corruption; fraud and violation of tax, banking and capital market rules; and sanction violations. The ‘formidable’ Benjamin Borsodi and white-collar crime expert Peter Burckhardt jointly head up the group. Other notable team members include litigator Louis Burrus and of counsel Paul Gully-Hart.