Firm Profile > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich , Switzerland

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

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.

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 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.

Several heads are better than one
Our teams take a dynamic, unassuming and innovative approach to their work. Many of our lawyers, with the company’s support, engage in academic teaching and publishing or are involved in public service, all of which further contributes to the overall quality and excellence of what we offer you.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Christopher Boog
Arbitration Nathalie Voser
Art law Alexander Jolles
Banking and finance Philippe Borens
Banking and finance Olivier Favre
Banking and finance Martin Lanz
Banking and finance Anita Schläpfer
Dispute Resolution Stefan Leimgruber
Capital markets Philippe Borens
Capital markets Olivier Favre
Capital markets Martin Lanz
Competition law David Mamane
Competition law Samuel Hagenstein-Jost
Compliance and white-collar crime Peter Burckhardt
Compliance and white-collar crime Roland Ryser
Corporations, mergers/acquisitions Pascal Hubli
Corporations, mergers/acquisitions Lorenzo Olgiati
Corporations, mergers/acquisitions Oliver Triebold
Corporations, mergers/acquisitions Martin Weber
Employment and immigration Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer
Employment and immigration Michael Hess
IP, IT, telecommunications Philipp Groz
IP, IT, telecommunications Roland Mathys
International legal assistance/investigations Peter Burckhardt
International legal assistance/investigations Roland Ryser
Investment funds Caroline Clemetson
Investment funds Anita Schläpfer
Litigation Peter Burckhardt
Litigation Urs Hoffman-Nowotny
Litigation Alexander Jolles
Litigation Stefan Leimgruber
Litigation Manuel Liatowitsch
Private client and estates Andrea Dorjee-Good
Private client and estates Alexander Jolles
Private client and estates Manuel Liatowitsch
Real estate and construction Josef Caleff
Real estate and construction Yves Jeanrenaud
Real estate and construction Nathalie Voser
Restructuring and insolvency Vincent Jeanneret
Restructuring and insolvency Benno Strub
Taxation Michael Nordin
Taxation Madeleine Simonek
TMT Roland Mathys
Transport and international trade Alexander von Ziegler
Sports law Christopher Boog
Dispute Resolution Anya George
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer  photo Dr Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer
Dr Christopher Boog  photo Dr Christopher Boog
Dr Philippe Borens  photo Dr Philippe Borens
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
Ms Anita Schläpfer  photo Ms Anita Schläpfer
Prof Dr Madeleine Simonek  photo Prof Dr Madeleine Simonek
Mr Benno Strub  photo Mr Benno Strub
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 : 156
Number of lawyers in Zurich : 84
Number of partners firm-wide : 44
Number of partners in Zurich : 24
Managing Partner : Philippe Bärtsch
Contacts : Manuel Liatowitsch
Contacts : Josef Caleff
Other offices : Geneva
Other offices : Singapore