Firm Profile > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19
P.O. Box 2201
8021 Zurich
Switzerland

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's 'well-informed, collaborative' team 'has a very high working level with broad experience and clear communication'. Commercial, commodities, energy and construction, intellectual property, investment and sports arbitration constitute the main areas of expertise, which can be applied in a global context. Practice head Elliott Geisinger, 'truly international rising starChristopher Boog and 'excellentNathalie Voser represented the Russian Federation in several setting-aside cases regarding awards obtained in separate investment disputes. Apart from representing athletes in sports arbitration, the 'thoroughPhilippe Bärtsch also acted for an entity owned by two energy companies in a €400m arbitration concerning a large dam in Europe. Anya George and Anna Kozmenko made partner in January 2019. Martin Bernet left to establish his own boutique firm, Bernet Arbitration / Dispute management in 2018.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The 'strong and competent team' at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd 'demonstrates a very high degree of expertise, professionalism, pro-activity and responsiveness'. Commercial and banking disputes form the key areas of experience, in addition to white-collar crime litigation and internal investigations. Peter Burckhardt represents Volkswagen in a class-action matter concerning damage claims connected to the diesel scandal brought by 6,000 car owners, while 'excellent white-collar crime litigator' Vincent Jeanneret acted for Credit Suisse in a criminal proceeding involving a $150m asset diversion against a former employee. George Ayoub and Clara Poglia in Geneva were promoted to the partnership in January 2019. 'Strategic thinker and very good negotiatorUrs Hoffmann-Nowotny is recommended for his knowledge in multi-jurisdictional banking litigations and currently represents Centrum Beratungs- und Beteiligungen in a claim against other Swiss banks concerning issues with effecting payment transactions. Martin Bernet left to establish Bernet Arbitration / Dispute management in 2018. Stefan Leimgruber has particular expertise in banking and post-M&A litigation. Louis Burrus has considerable expertise in financial services sector disputes. Manuel Liatowitsch is also noted.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is renowned for handling insolvency administration matters in the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, as well as for handling foreign bankruptcies. Apart from his role as receiver in the ongoing administration of Petroplus Refining Cressier, Vincent Jeanneret also advised a watch industry supplier on its impending bankruptcy. Of counsel Prof Dr Olivier Hari was instructed by a foreign bank to create an insolvency-related analysis regarding the validity of a set-off of claims from an ISDA agreement.

Insurance Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with its 'rare specialist knowledge of insurance regulation'. Other key areas of expertise include private insurance law, review of policies and conditions, insurance fraud and liability defence, co- and re-insurance litigation, as well as its strength in resolving issues with insurance brokers. Transport specialist Alexander von Ziegler heads the practice, while Olivier Favre  provides 'great value' to clients and 'understands issues quickly'.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

'Highly competent firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd is renowned for its 'impressive scale of expertise, team work and networking'. Key practice areas include sports, insolvency, dispute resolution, private client, transport and banking. Managing partner Benjamin Borsodi, arbitration and sports partner Philippe Bärtsch, arbitration partner Elliott Geisinger, insolvency specialist Vincent Jeanneret, private client partner Bernard Vischer, real estate lawyer Yves Jeanrenaud and banking partner Grégoire Wuest are prominent practitioners.

Private client Tier 1

The focus areas of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's private client practice include the planning and structuring of private wealth and business assets for families, succession planning, art- and philanthropy-related matters, inheritance disputes and international trusts and estates litigation. Manuel Liatowitsch and Andrea Dorjee-Good represent the shareholder of a family cooperation in a dispute concerning the control over the business, while Grégoire Wuest advises a trust company on the implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Information for its entire client base. Bernard Vischer and Alexander Jolles lead the teams in Geneva and Zurich, respectively.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The 'reactive, available and helpful' real estate practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is known for its international expertise in all aspects of real estate contracts, transactions, construction, environmental law, special rights, owner's liability, financing and dispute resolution. Yves Jeanrenaud, who provides 'accurate and precise' advice, assisted DuPont de Nemours International and Credit Suisse with the due diligence required for the simultaneous disposal of land and building reconstruction in relation to three office buildings constructed on the land. Josef Caleff advised Barana Group on the sale of a large retail building in Lucerne to a Swiss institutional investor via a structured, two-stage auction process.

Transport Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is appreciated for its 'professionalism, efficiency and relentless hard work'. Best known for maritime, aviation and trade matters, the transport team handles insurance-related, contentious, regulatory, financing and transactional matters. In a recent highlight, Grégoire Wuest assisted a Greek ship owner with the restructuring of its fleet, including the financing aspects regarding the sale of dry bulk carriers and purchase of new ships. Alexander von Ziegler heads the practice.

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team attracts a growing client base through its 'proactivity, strong strategic vision, in-depth knowledge and business acumen'. Handling banking M&A, investment management, syndicated lending and regulatory matters, the client roster includes Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, UBS and Credit Suisse Funds. Grégoire Wuest advised a major bank on regulatory issues connected to the granting of securities on its entire book of mortgages to a foreign entity. Practice head Caroline Clemetson provides on-going regulatory assistance to fund manager Veraison Capital AG. Tarek Houdrouge, who 'demonstrates both detailed legal knowledge and strong interpersonal skills', is also recommended.

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

The 'professional, responsive and reliable' team at 'well-established firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd is highly regarded for its 'broad expertise in regulatory issues', while also assisting with restructurings, investments, asset management and syndicated lending transactions. Practice lead Philippe Borens advised Reichmuth Investment Management on the structuring and implementation of special purposes vehicle LokRoll. Derivatives and transactions specialist Olivier Favre, who together with Martin Lanz acts for Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative on group structure aspects, is also noted.

Capital markets Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team of 'outstanding professionals' maintains 'good working relationships' with clients and is renowned for staying 'calm even in stressful situations'. With a focus on debt capital market transactions, OTC derivatives and asset management, the department's recent highlights include the placement of €600m-worth of zero-coupon convertible bonds by public-listed company ams and advising a foreign bank on the issue of mortgage-backed bonds in Switzerland. The practice includes team head Philippe Borens, financial products expert Martin Lanz and transactions partner Olivier Favre.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

'Top law firmSchellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides 'straight-to-the-point, tailored advice on both the French- and German-speaking Swiss markets' and consists of 'very proactive and business-friendly corporate experts'. M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions are the core areas of expertise. 'Outstanding negotiator' Oliver Triebold was instructed by Schroder & Co Bank to structure the takeover of its Eastern European private banking unit by Compangnie Bancaire Helvétique. 'Extensively experienced in cross-border transactions', Geneva team lead Jean Jacques Ah Choon assisted Eiffage Construction with its acquisition of Priora, while 'solution-oriented' Tarek Houdrouge advised Hugo Fund Services on entering into a joint venture with Acolin Fund Services. Other names to note are Zurich M&A head Lorenzo Olgiati, transactional partner Martin Weber and 'smart and highly effective negotiatorPascal Hubli.

Competition Tier 2

International coordination of merger control filings, compliance programmes, multi-jurisdictional investigations (including dawn raids, leniency procedures and dominance cases) and civil law litigation form the range of services at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. In a recent highlight, David Mamane acted as lead competition adviser to Bouygues Construction on its CHF850m acquisition of Alpiq Energy Services. Other clients operate in the TMT, energy, retail and finance industries. Counsel Samuel Hagenstein-Jost joined from Siegrist Ries & Partner in November 2017, while of counsel Peter Georg Picht joined from the University of Zurich in November 2018. Jürg Borer left to found Borer Attorneys at Law in January 2018.

Employment Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is recommended for its 'competent, professional and pleasant collaboration with clients'. Areas of expertise include M&A support, documentation drafting, review and negotiation, structuring of participation and compensation plans, preparation of staff reductions and relocations, as well as data protection issues, pension advice and employment litigation. Team lead Vincent Carron assisted Bouygues Construction with the due diligence concerning its acquisition of Alpiq's engineering business. The 'experienced and soundly knowledgeableMichael Hess, who advised an IT company on a data security incident and the termination of an employment contract, was promoted to counsel in 2018.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

With a specialism in cross-border matters, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is most experienced in regulatory matters and dispute resolution regarding patents, licensing, technology transfer, research and commercial agreements. In recent work, the 'prompt and to-the-pointPhilipp Groz led advice to Iovance Biotherapeutics on the import and export of human biological materials between the EU and third countries, and assisted with the negotiation and drafting of a licence and development agreement concerning rare disease treatments for Santhera Pharmaceuticals. Andrea Mondini left for TIMES Attorneys in 2017.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with high-end work in dispute resolution, banking and finance, transport, sports and TMT. David Mamane, Martin Lanz, 'outstanding data protection lawyer' Roland Mathys, Manuel LiatowitschChristopher Boog and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners, while Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are also noted.

Sports law Tier 2

The 'Swiss-law experts' at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd have 'enormous experience in arbitration' and are recommended for their 'competence, availability and international expertise'. Areas of expertise includes doping cases, unfair competition and dismissal claims, media, broadcasting and transfer rights, sponsorship matters, corruption, as well as contractual and employment issues. The team has a track record representing Olympic athletes; it acted for 39 Russian athletes in individual cases against the doping bans imposed by the International Olympic Committee. Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog  'stand out for their swift approach to finding feasible solutions'.

Tax Tier 2

Clients of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd 'appreciate its competent, professional and pleasant collaboration' and the 'swift delivery of comprehensive and clearly worded expert views'. Its tax law experience includes corporate tax, finance and M&A transactions, audits, VAT and customs matters as well as individual tax, real estate transactions and tax litigation. 'Broadly experienced and well-connected' Geneva-based partner Pietro Sansonetti advised an international non-governmental organisation on the potential acquisition of a foreign commercial entity, while the 'business-driven and smart' Jean-Frédéric Maraia assisted Foncia with the tax consequences resulting from its purchase of Brolliet. 'Deeply knowledgeable' corporate tax partner Michael Nordin is the also noted.

TMT Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd regularly works on outsourcing projects, transactions, contractual and compliance matters, as well as dispute resolution, for emerging technology, telecoms, media, banking, pharmaceutical and construction clients. Practice lead Roland Mathys advises Ernst & Young on the drafting and negotiation of ICT contracts and data privacy law. Manor and Coop also feature in the client list. IT competition partner David Mamane is another name to note.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Best known for litigation and arbitration regarding intellectual property and licensing, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd focuses on assisting clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, consumer goods and luxury sectors. Philipp Groz is advising on a licence and development agreement related to a phase-one compound for Santhera Pharmaceuticals and is representing a German medical device and pharmaceutical company in a Swiss patent litigation matter. Andrea Mondini joined TIMES Attorneys in 2017.

Public law Tier 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides regulatory, compliance-related and procurement advice, with a major focus on energy, transport, construction and competition matters. TMT partner Roland Mathys assists start-up company Fairtiq with data privacy, contractual and financing work, while David Mamane handles the regulatory, public procurement and competition law aspects arising from the CHF850m acquisition of Alpiq Engineering Services by Bouygues Construction. Uber Switzerland, BKW and Axpo Energy Utility are among its other clients.

Schellenberg Wittmer is your leading Swiss business law firm with more than 150 lawyers in Zurich and Geneva, and an office in Singapore. We take care of all your legal needs – transactions, advisory, disputes.

  • Experts in more than 17 distinct practice areas and 14 sectors and industries.
  • Collaboration with 300 law firms worldwide in more than 50 jurisdictions.

We strive to meet your needs by providing commercially focused, dedicated legal advice of the highest quality.

In your best interests
We live in a time of unprecedented technological and commercial change. New challenges, new opportunities. We are here to cover all your legal needs.

We encourage a distinctive team spirit that runs through our more than 150 qualified lawyers. When you ask us to manage your legal affairs, you do so in the knowledge that our people will be collaborating to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

We do our utmost to cultivate a personal, engaging approach based on openness and transparency, designed to maintain a close and responsive relationship with you at all times.

International reach
We have amassed extensive cross-border experience, regularly piloting and participating in major international projects. We are able to set up and coordinate international teams of legal advisors to handle complex matters with a minimum of delay.

Our Singapore office provides us with a gateway to the Asian market, enabling us to assist clients with their inbound and outbound investments in Asia. We also represent clients in connection with international arbitration matters in all major Asian cities.

Main Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration:
Advising in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, including full representation in proceedings, pre-litigation case assessment and ADR solutions, provisional and interim measures, asset tracing, as well as enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Members of the group frequently sit as arbitrator.

Banking & Finance:
Advising Swiss and foreign banks, borrowers, insurance companies, fund managers and other financial institutions on the full range of legal and regulatory matters, from syndicated lending and acquisition finance to OTC transactions, structured products and prudential rules.

Capital Markets:
As authorised representatives at the six Swiss Exchange, working with domestic and foreign issuers on all aspects of Swiss equity and debt capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, convertibles, share buy-backs, derivatives programs, bond and note issues and public tender offers.

Corporate & Commercial:
Assisting companies in all corporate and commercial matters including the establishment of businesses and corporate governance; assisting clients in drafting/negotiating all contracts related to their businesses.

Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Venture Capital:
Advising on public takeovers, private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and restructurings, assisting with seed/expansion capital, management buy-outs/buy-ins, pre-IPO investments and various aspects of asset management for private equity and venture capital.

Employment:
Assisting in all employment-related matters, i.e. employment documentation, labour litigation, residence and labour permits, employee participation schemes, severance packages, etc.

Taxation:
Advising companies and individuals on Swiss tax law, including double taxation treaties and VAT, acting as counsel in tax litigation, as well as extensive experience in tax enforcement matters.

Private Wealth:
Working with individuals and families in the global planning and structuring of their private and business assets to ensure an efficient wealth structure and enable a smooth succession from one generation to the next; representing clients in estate and trust disputes.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Assisting creditors and companies in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings as well as complex insolvency matters; serving as court or FINMA-appointed trustees, liquidators and receivers.

Trade & Transport:
Providing support in all aspects of trade and transport, including sales and import/export contracts, trade finance, marine/cargo insurance, maritime/aviation/land transportation and ship/aircraft finance.

Real Estate & Construction:
Assisting on all issues relating to real estate and environment, including finding the best financing and investment structure, negotiating/drafting contracts to lease, purchase or sell Swiss real estate, planning/developing construction projects, contract management.

Insurance:
Representation in insurance and reinsurance-related litigation and arbitration; advising on all aspects of insurance law, including the establishment, relocation, conduct and run-off of (re-)insurance relating to activities in and from Switzerland and regulatory issues.

Intellectual Property & IT:
Advising on all areas of intellectual property, including drafting/negotiating agreements and representing clients in litigation and arbitration; assisting in structuring/negotiating IT projects and in drafting all related contracts.

Competition & Antitrust:
Advising comprehensively on merger control and the impact of Swiss and EU competition law on client commercial practices and agreements; representing clients in administrative proceedings brought by the Swiss Competition Commission.

White-Collar Crime & Compliance:
Representing companies or officers unwillingly involved in criminal investigations and proceedings; leading large scale internal investigations; advice regarding international assistance between foreign and domestic law enforcement authorities and all aspects of compliance.

Sports, Arts & Entertainment:
Advising collectors, museums, auction houses, galleries, artists, insurers, etc. in all matters relating to art works or entire collections, including sale, loan and consignment, import/export, copyrights, insurance as well as litigation; advising sports organisations, athletes and sponsors as well as media companies in all matters related to their businesses. The firm also represents clients both in prosecution and defence, in high-stake cross-border arbitration matters before various adjudicatory bodies of many sports federations, as well as before CAS. This includes violations of the WADA code, issues with media rights and sponsorship agreements, unfair competition and dismissal claims, large-scale corruption investigations, and highly disputed bids for hosting major sports events.

Life Sciences:
Advising in all aspects of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food law, including regulatory and contractual matters such as licensing and R&D agreements; assisting clients in health law, medical malpractice and product liability matters.

Blockchain Technologies & Fintech:
Multidisciplinary and integrated team advising clients looking to take full advantage of the high potential of blockchain technology, Areas advised on include crowd-funding (preliminary analysis and set-up), incorporation of legal entities in Switzerland, initial coin offering setup, smart contracts, data protection and transaction security, tax implications, dispute resolution.

Hotels & Leisure:
Counsel to hotel chains and investors on all legal matters in the hospitality industry including acquisitions, disposals, developments, construction, litigation and M&A, leasing and operation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative Law and Public Procurement David Mamane david.mamane@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Art and Entertainment Law Alexander Jolles alexander.jolles@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Banking and finance Philippe Borens philippe.borens@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Blockchain Technologies & FinTech Roland Mathys roland.mathys@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Blockchain Technologies & FinTech Olivier Favre olivier.favre@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Business Aviation Alexander von Ziegler alexander.vonziegler@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Philippe Borens philippe.borens@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Martin Lanz martin.lanz@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Lorenzo Olgiati lorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Martin Weber martin.weber@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Competition and Antitrust David Mamane david.mamane@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Corporate and Commercial Lorenzo Olgiati lorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Dispute Resolution: Litigation Peter Burckhardt peter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Employment Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer christine.beusch@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Energy Lorenzo Olgiati lorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Financial Services Philippe Borens philippe.borens@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Financial Services Caroline Clemetson caroline.clemetson@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Financial Services Peter Burckhardt peter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Hotels and Leisure Josef Caleff josef.caleff@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Information and Communication Technology Roland Mathys roland.mathys@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Insurance Alexander von Ziegler alexander.vonziegler@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Insurance Olivier Favre olivier.favre@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Intellectual Property Philipp Groz philipp.groz@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Internal Corporate Investigations Peter Burckhardt peter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
International Arbitration Christopher Boog christopher.boog@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
IT Security and Cybercrime Roland Mathys roland.mathys@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Life Sciences Philipp Groz philipp.groz@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Mergers & Acquisitions Lorenzo Olgiati lorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Private Wealth Alexander Jolles alexander.jolles@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Real estate and construction Josef Caleff josef.caleff@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Real estate and construction Nathalie Voser nathalie.voser@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Restructuring and Insolvency Urs Hoffman-Nowotny urs.hoffmann-nowotny@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Taxation Michael Nordin michael.nordin@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Telecommunication Roland Mathys roland.mathys@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Telecommunication David Mamane david.mamane@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Transport and international trade Alexander von Ziegler alexander.vonziegler@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
White-Collar Crime and Compliance Peter Burckhardt peter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch +41 44 215 5252
Photo Name Position Profile
 George Ayoub photo George Ayoub
Dr Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer  photo Dr Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer
Dr Christopher Boog  photo Dr Christopher Boog
Dr Philippe Borens  photo Dr Philippe Borens
Dr Frank Bremer, LL.M.  photo Dr Frank Bremer, LL.M.
Mr Peter Burckhardt  photo Mr Peter Burckhardt
Mr Josef Caleff  photo Mr Josef Caleff
Ms Andrea Dorjee-Good  photo Ms Andrea Dorjee-Good
Dr Olivier Favre  photo Dr Olivier Favre
Prof Dr Peter Georg Picht  photo Prof Dr Peter Georg Picht
Ms Anya George  photo Ms Anya George
Mr Philipp Groz  photo Mr Philipp Groz
Mr Michael Hess  photo Mr Michael Hess
Dr Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny  photo Dr Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny
Mr Pascal Hubli  photo Mr Pascal Hubli
Mr Alexander Jolles  photo Mr Alexander Jolles
Dr Anna Kozmenko  photo Dr Anna Kozmenko
Dr Martin Lanz  photo Dr Martin Lanz
Dr Stefan Leimgruber  photo Dr Stefan Leimgruber
Dr Manuel Liatowitsch  photo Dr Manuel Liatowitsch
Mr David Mamane  photo Mr David Mamane
Mr Roland Mathys  photo Mr Roland Mathys
Dr Michael Nordin  photo Dr Michael Nordin
Dr Lorenzo Olgiati  photo Dr Lorenzo Olgiati
 Clara Poglia photo Clara Poglia
Dr Roland M. Ryser  photo Dr Roland M. Ryser
Ms Anita Schläpfer  photo Ms Anita Schläpfer
Prof Dr Madeleine Simonek  photo Prof Dr Madeleine Simonek
Mr Benno Strub, LL.M.  photo Mr Benno Strub, LL.M.
Dr Oliver Triebold  photo Dr Oliver Triebold
Prof Dr Nathalie Voser  photo Prof Dr Nathalie Voser
Dr Martin Weber  photo Dr Martin Weber
Prof Dr Alexander von Ziegler  photo Prof Dr Alexander von Ziegler
Number of lawyers firm-wide : 162
Number of lawyers in Zurich : 87
Number of partners firm-wide : 46
Number of partners in Zurich : 28
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Turkish
Chinese
Arabic
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Managing Partner : Philippe Bärtsch
Contacts : Josef Caleff and Manuel Liatowitsch
Other offices : Geneva and Singapore

International reach

We have amassed extensive cross-border experience, regularly piloting and participating in major international projects. We are able to set up and coordinate international teams of legal advisors to handle complex matters with a minimum of delay.

While remaining independent, we build on our long-term experience and relationships with leading law firms around the globe, cooperating with over 300 foreign law firms from more than 50 jurisdictions to forge solid international relationships.

Our offices in Zurich and Geneva cover the whole of Switzerland, while our office in Singapore is a gateway to and from the Asia-Pacific region. We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to a worldwide client base of domestic and international companies and entrepreneurs.

Cross-border capabilities

Schellenberg Wittmer has extensive cross-border experience on transitional and contentious matters – both inbound and outbound. We represent an array of international clients for matters that span Europe and further afield. Some of the practice areas such as M&A, Sports Law and White-Collar Crime do not handle a single case without a cross border element.

International Arbitration:

Schellenberg Wittmer has one of the world’s leading international arbitration practices, ranked first-tier in Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, and has been featured regularly in GAR30 as one of the 30 leading arbitration practices worldwide. Many of its international team members are recognised in these same publications.

With an outstanding combination of skills and resources, we are committed to providing our clients with creative and result-oriented advocacy in international arbitration, from critical pre-arbitration injunctions to effective enforcement strategies.

The team:

Schellenberg Wittmer actively recruits candidates with a wide range of backgrounds. Practitioners within our ranks have very diverse professional or academic experiences and an in-depth knowledge of foreign legal environments. Overall the team speaks a total of 15 languages represent over 30 nationalities.

Your leading Swiss business law firm in Singapore: Our Singapore office provides us with a gateway to key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, enabling us to assist clients with their inbound and outbound investments in Asia. We also represent clients in connection with international arbitration matters in all major Asian cities. Furthermore, we offer top-tier representation to corporations, states and individuals in international commercial, investment and sport arbitration.

Regional desks:

Our Regional Desks were set up to develop our existing cross-border business initiatives, centralise case-work across these regions, and underpin Schellenberg Wittmer’s commitment to the provision of top-tier, full business law services to clients on a global level. This structure ensures we have the best in-depth knowledge of the regional specificities (legal and cultural) and a strong qualified network: – Africa – contact: Tarek Houdrouge (tarek.houdrouge@swlegal.ch) – Brazil – contact: Grégoire Wuest (gregoire.wuest@swlegal.ch) – China – contact: Dr Christopher Boog (christopher.boog@swlegal.ch) – Italy and Italian speaking Switzerland – contacts: Pietro Sansonetti (pietro.sansonetti@swlegal.ch) and Clara Poglia (clara.poglia@swlegal.ch) – Midle East and Turkey – contact: Bernard Vischer (bernard.vischer@swlegal.ch) – Russia & Eurasia – contacts: Philippe Bärtsch (philippe.baertsch@swlegal.ch) and Dr Manuel Liatowitsch (manuel.liatowitsch@swlegal.ch) – South East Asia– contacts: Dr Christopher Boog (christopher.boog@swlegal.ch), Dr Philippe Borens (philippe.borens@swlegal.ch) and Julie Raneda (julie.raneda@swlegal.ch)

Publications and articles:

Our practitioners regularly publish on issues relating to cross-border and international work:

  • Dr Christopher Boog and Dr Anna Kozmenko: The Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in the Russian Federation, CIETAC Newsletter 7/2015 >>
  • Dr Christopher Boog: Arbitrating in Singapore — The 2016 SIAC Rules, IPBA Legal Update December 2016 >>
  • Tarek Houdrouge: Acquisitions of companies abroad by Swiss businesses should remain attractive, Leaders League, November 2017 >>