Firm Profile > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland

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

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's banking and finance team is noted for its expertise in syndicated lending and asset management matters but it also handles regulatory matters and disputes in the space. Practice co-head Grégoire Wuest is a specialist in asset finance and international acquisitions in the banking sector. Fellow co-head Tarek Houdrouge combines his banking practice with his work in M&A; he is also experienced in fintech and cryptocurrency matters. Caroline Clemetson, who is well versed in a variety of topics in the investment space, splits her time between Zurich and Geneva. Senior associates Joane Etienne and Grégoire Tribolet are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Wuest; Tarek Houdrouge

Testimonials

Schellenberg Wittmer is able to present numerous options, is responsive to its client’s needs and manages to quickly adapt its strategies to new developments.

The team’s key qualities are in-depth banking legal knowledge, understanding of private banking specificities and its integrity.’

Tarek Houdrouge is one of the few lawyers who has both a very strong in-depth legal knowledge in specific banking topics, as well as very good communication and strategy skills.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Banque Thaler

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse Funds Ltd

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital

Management

(Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

Mirabaud & Cie SA

UBP

UBS SA

CACEIS

Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

The team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd frequently handles multi-jurisdictional arbitration proceedings, which often originate from the construction, infrastructure, commodities, energy and life sciences sectors. Arbitration chair Elliott Geisinger, who is based in Geneva, is an expert in cases concerning contracts, consortia and joint venture agreements. Due to her expertise in the oil and gas sector, Nathalie Voser is a key contact for investor-state disputes. Christopher Boog and Philippe Bärtsch are noted for their experience in sports arbitration. New partners Anya George and Anna Kozmenko are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Elliott Geisinger

Testimonials

SW has one of the best international arbitration teams in Switzerland which combines excellent expertise in many areas.’

The arbitration team boasts outstanding professionals, who excel both in strategy and preparation. The team’s main asset is its multicultural blend. The team includes lawyers that are in most cases admitted to practice in different jurisdictions.’

Elliott Geisinger is exceptional as team leader and arbitrator.’

Philippe Bärtsch is an outstanding counsel. Extremely convincing in his written and oral submissions. He knows how to simplify complicated points of law and facts.’

Anna Kozmenko stands out as extremely knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. She is a brilliant advocate.’

Christopher Boog has superb analytical and advocacy skills. He is admired for his ability to explain (orally and in writing) complex technical or factual issues in simple terms.

Anya George is a superb and well-connected operator. For someone so busy, her responsiveness is excellent and suggests she has complete control of her practice.

Key clients

The Russian Federation

Republic of Hungary

Alpiq

Procter & Gamble

GUPC SA

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Celgene Corporation

PEB Steel Asia

Johnson & Johnson

CTI Systems

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.

Ingersoll Rand Group

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EnviTec

Kujtesa Net

CRH

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia

Scientis SA

Tan Chong Group

Arcadia Commodities Ltd

Novatek

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a well-established dispute resolution practice, which specialises in various kinds of banking and commercial proceedings. The client portfolio includes private clients, banks and international companies. The team is also active in white-collar criminal law defence and internal investigations, which is an area of expertise of Zurich-based Peter Burckhardt. In Geneva, Christian Girod, who is a specialist in cross-border banking disputes and the experienced Vincent Jeanneret and Louis Burrus are the key names. In Zurich, Manuel Liatowitsch is a key contact in contentious ownership and shareholder matters, while Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny and Stefan Leimgruber are knowledgeable in various kinds of corporate disputes. Clara Poglia and George Ayoub in Geneva and Anya George in Zurich were promoted to the partnership in early 2019.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burckhardt; Christian Girod

Testimonials

The litigation team of Schellenberg Wittmer is without doubt in the very top tier of dispute resolution in Switzerland as it can draw on vast know-how and experience.’

Schellenberg Wittmer has a dynamic team which can provide cost-effective solutions for international clients.’

Peter Burckhardt has extensive experience in supporting clients in complex litigation.’

Louis Burrus is amazingly reactive and efficient. He provides outstanding advice in white-collar criminal law matters.’

Benjamin Borsodi is very responsive, proactive and sharp in his appointments.’

Urs Hoffmann-Novotny shows real prowess in handling complex international litigation cases. He is an extremely smart and innovative lawyer and very keen tactician.’

The hard-working Clara Poglia stands out for her quick understanding of client’s needs. She has a very practical approach and its always a hands-on collaboration.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Doosan Heavy Industries

Fondazione Enasarco

Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia

Hetronic International Inc.

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG

UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG

Gunvor

Sunrise Communication AG

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a stellar reputation in the insolvency and restructuring space. The group is experienced in dealing with distressed businesses, appointments as administrators and bankruptcy mandates, in particular if the work involves cross-border elements. Geneva practice head Vincent Jeanneret is regularly appointed as receiver or liquidator. Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is the key contact in Zurich, particularly for litigation. Of counsel Olivier Hari and dispute resolution expert Louis Burrus are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Jeanneret

Testimonials

The team is very reliable, responsive and easy to work with. It has a quick grasp of problems that go beyond Swiss law and is very well versed in the handling of complex cases with multi-jurisdictional elements.’

Vincent Jeanneret has very broad experience and know-how of all insolvency / restructuring related issues; he is also noted for being an excellent negotiator.

Key clients

Three foundations in Assura group of companies

Fondation Hypotheka

Gilbert Albert employees’ pension plan

Petroplus – Neuchâtel Court of First Instance 7 No

Supra Assurances SA

Mr. Reto Stöcklin (bankruptcy)

Stigma Partners SA

Zenith Vie

EP Electricité

Bank of Singapore OCBC

Privatair

Ethical Coffee Ltd

Insurance Tier 1

The insurance team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd handles a mixed caseload of litigation, corporate consultancy and licensing issues and provides the full range of services in the space. Recent work includes advising on regulation, the establishment of Swiss insurers and obtaining relevant Finma authorisation, the preparation of internal guidelines and procedures, fraud defence, as well as co-insurance and reinsurance scheme issues. Alexander von Ziegler heads the team and is supported by Olivier Favre in Zurich and Tarek Houdrouge in Geneva. Recent work includes advising an insurer and major transport company on the regulatory aspects of domestic and cross-border products.

Practice head(s):

Alexander von Ziegler

Key clients

Uber

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Full-service law firm Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is a well-established player in the market. In dispute resolution, the firm covers litigation, arbitration and white collar crime; the specialists in this area are Vincent JeanneretPaul Gully-HartBenjamin BorsodiPhilippe Bärtsch and Louis Burrus. Other highlighted areas of expertise are banking and finance, corporate and M&A and private client matters, with further key names including Caroline ClemetsonGrégoire Wuest and Tarek Houdrouge. The firm is noted for its diverse and strong bench of junior lawyers, such as newly promoted partners Clara Poglia and George Ayoub.

Testimonials

Schellenberg Wittmer anticipates the key challenges and manages them proactively; the teams demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the legal aspect but also a good understanding of the cultural specificities of their clients. It also impresses with a strong sense of integrity, resulting in very reasonable fees, hence great value for money.’

SW consists of highly qualified professionals providing tailor-made support, a pragmatic approach, high-quality work, diligent management of deadlines and good availability.’

Louis Burrus is amazingly reactive and efficient. He provides outstanding advice in sophisticated white-collar crime matters.’

Caroline Clemetson is noted for her efficiency and FINMA knowledge.

Tarek Houdrouge is always accessible and responsive, and his advice is thorough, helpful, pragmatic and prompt. He is excellent to work with.’

Benjamin Borsodi is certainly one of the brightest minds in his generation.’

Grégoire Wuest gives personalised and tailored support, is easy accessible and delivers quality input.’

Philippe Bärtsch is excellent – bright, responsive and commercial.’

Clara Poglia is an up and coming superstar; she works details focused and can provide an accurate estimation on strategic possibilities.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

BNP Paribas

Celgene

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Bank SA

EFG Bank

Gunvor Group

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

Mirabaud & Cie

Philipp Morris International

Russian Olympic Athletes

Uber

UBS

Volkswagen

GUPC SA

Crypto Fund AG

Hugo Fund Services

AddLife

Bouygues Construction

RAM Active Investments

BNP Paribas

SET Ventures

Teradyne Inc.

Bordie & Cie

Credit Suisse Funds Ltd

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

UBP

UBS SA

CACEIS

Landolt Investment SICAV

Rhone Trust

NBK Banque Privée (Suisse) SA

Private client Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a strong private client practice, covering the gamut of relevant work. The offered services include assistance with estate planning, family office organization and charity-related mandates. The team is jointly led by Alexander Jolles, who is well versed in contentious matters including inheritance, trust and estate disputes, and Geneva-based Bernard Vischer, who specialises in mandates relating to private banking, trusts and philanthropy. Other key contacts in Geneva include David Wallace WilsonGrégoire Wuest and Christian GirodManuel Liatowitsch is another dispute resolution expert, and is noted alongside Andrea Dorjee-Good, who was promoted to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Vischer; Alexander Jolles

Testimonials

The team includes excellent practitioners with high professional standards.

David Wallace Wilson has an excellent eye for the legal issues as well as a strong understanding of the stakeholders involved and their respective agendas.

Christian Girod is an excellent inheritance specialist with wide experience of international matters.’

Key clients

Rhone Trust

NBK Banque Privée (Suisse) SA

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd fields an experienced team in transactions and disputes. The broad practice further covers contracts, construction, environmental law, tax and administrative matters. It has two same-sized teams in Geneva and Zurich, which are led by Yves Jeanrenaud and Josef Caleff respectively. Jeanrenaud has a comprehensive background and is knowledgeable in investments, leases, real estate financing and structuring, as well as in the hotel industry. Caleff is involved in real estate M&A. Elliott Geisinger in Geneva and Christopher Boog are the key contacts for disputes.

Practice head(s):

Yves Jeanrenaud; Josef Caleff

Testimonials

The team stands out for being reactive, very knowledgeable and able to quickly properly assess what is at stake.’

SW has an excellent reputation and network.’

Josef Caleff is responsive and very knowledgeable about the market and the stakeholders with a good legal expertise.’

Key clients

Akara Funds

ALWAHA Contracting & Trading Co. W.L.L

Bouygues Construction

Epic Suisse Property Management GmbH

BASF

Credit Suisse AG

DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl

Eiffage

Foncia Group

Groupe SMA

Hotel Beaulac, Neuchatel

Implenia SA

Parker Hannifin Group

Société Privée de Gérance

Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP

SV Group AG

SPG Intercity

TMT Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd stands out for its 'high degree of responsiveness'. The team handles the full range of TMT work, including public procurement, technology M&A and IP rights, as well as data protection and GDPR compliance issues. Roland Mathys leads the practice and specialises in outsourcing transactions along with major technology projects and Samuel Klaus, who was promoted to the partnership in 2020, is an IT and IP expert. Highlights included advising Implenia on a new platform interface to streamline business activity; acting for SIX Group on structuring and negotiating all IT-related contracts; and providing general regulatory and corporate advice to Uber.

Practice head(s):

Roland Mathys

Testimonials

The team’s business mind, deep understanding of the client’s business and of the subject matter, and a high degree of responsiveness shall be emphasised. They are really nice and well-organised people to co-operate with.’

Mr Roland Mathys, Mrs Floriane Zollinger-Löw and Mr Samuel Klaus are great, knowledgeable lawyers. Our project was staffed at the appropriate level of seniority (e.g. the more junior lawyers and FlexLaw lawyers for the contract review, partner and more senior lawyers for kickoff and follow up sessions and meetings and valuable legal opinions), and has thereby shown the law firm’s mindfulness for the client’s budget.’

Key clients

Ernst & Young

Coop

Fairtiq

Bayer

Manor

SIX Group

UBS

Olympus

Valora

Kering Group

Valentino

Zanotti

Prada

LVMH Group

Uber

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Finform

Implenia

Kardex

SWITCH

University Hospital Basel

XOVIS

Deloitte

NZZ Media Group

Credit Suisse

Alpiq

Husqvarna/Gardena

Transport Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has'one of the best' practices in Switzerland, according to one client, and is known for its 'international orientation and broad positioning in all areas of transport'. Aviation and maritime law specialist Alexander von Ziegler jointly leads the 'experienced and hands-on team' with Bernard Vischer, who works predominantly on corporate and transactional transportmatters. The group handles the full range of trade and transport services, from resolving cargo disputes or fraud allegations, to the financing and insurance of passenger aircraft and yachts. easyJet is among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Alexander von Ziegler, Bernard Vischer

Testimonials

The Schellenberg Wittmer transport team is certainly one of the best and most recognised teams in this sector in Switzerland. Particularly noteworthy is its international orientation and broad positioning in all areas of transport.

An experienced and hands-on team with a commercial approach to getting deals done.’

Key clients

easyJet

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's banking and finance practice is impressively broad and it has experience handling banking-related transactions, regulatory matters and litigation in the space. Other areas of expertise include handling the financing aspects of restructurings, investment management-related issues and syndicated lending. Philippe Borens heads up the banking and finance practice. Other names to note include Martin Lanz, who handles banking and finance matters alongside his capital markets practice; Caroline Clemetson, who splits her time between Zurich and Geneva and has a broad practice covering banking, finance, insurance and corporate matters; Anita Schläpfer, who handles banking-related transactions and investments; and Olivier Favre, who specialises in derivatives and structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens

Testimonials

The team works extremely efficient.

Key clients

Reichmuth Investment Management AG

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative

Bank Vontobel

Crypto Fund AG

Falcon Private Bank

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank, Zurich Branch

Reuss Private Group AG

Helvetische Bank AG

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

Capital markets Tier 2

The team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a strong track record in debt capital market transactions; it is also active in asset management, derivatives, and regulatory matters. Companies and institutions from the financial services, industrial, engineering, IT, life sciences and real estate sectors are on the client roster. Practice head Philippe Borens has longstanding experience in equity and debt capital markets. Martin Lanz is an expert in various financial products and Olivier Favre is a key name for derivatives and structured finance. Tarek Houdrouge is the key practitioner in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens

Testimonials

The team is cooperative and pleasant to work with. It has a relevant track record and a pragmatic approach.’

Martin Lanz is fast, supportive and goal-oriented.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Bank Reichmuth

AXA Life Ltd

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Paris

Corvex

ams AG

Bank Vontobel

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative, St. Gallen

Spice Private Equity Ltd

Deutsche Bank

Zurich Kantonalbank

Credit Suisse AG

UBS AG

Rapid Nutrition PLC

InRoll AG

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank

ISDA

Standard Chartered

Helvetische Bank AG

Bauwerk Boen AG

Reuss Private Group AG

Alpiq AG

Banque Cramer & Cie SA

Mirabaud Asset Management

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team focuses on private and public M&A, as well as private equity and venture capital transactions, which often have a cross-border element. It has a strong track record working for clients from various industries, including financial services, construction, energy and life sciences. Lorenzo Olgiati further stands out for his work handling corporate governance and shareholder activism matters; he jointly leads the practice with Jean Jacques Ah Choon in Geneva. Oliver Triebold's expertise takes in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, as well as corporate governance matters. Martin Weber has more than 30 years of experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Olgiati; Jean Jacques Ah Choon

Testimonials

Schellenberg Wittmer has highly qualified professionals who have the capacity to understand what is important to their client; the pragmatic approach, high quality work, diligent management of deadlines and the team’s availability stand out.’

Thorough knowledge of Swiss law regarding commercial, corporate and M&A, and the ability to provide advice on those matters in a business-friendly and very quick manner.’

Oliver Triebold is an experienced transaction lawyer who is easy to deal with.’

Martin Weber is very knowledgeable and market-driven.’

Key clients

SIX Group

Corvex / White Tale

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Julius Bär

Cardinal Health

Skullcandy

Falcon Private Bank

EFG International

MoneyPark AG

Shareholders of Xovis

Hugo Fund Services

AddLife

ZKB Zürcher Kantonalbank

Swisscanto Holding Ltd

Bouygues Construction

RAM Active Investments

Schroder & Co Bank

Shire International GmbH

BNP Paribas

SET Ventures

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Helvetia Insurance

Teradyne Inc.

Competition Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's broad competition practice is well versed in cross-border investigations, dawn raids and merger control procedures. The impressive client portfolio consists of national and international companies from the telecoms, media, energy, financial services, retail and consumer products sector, among others. Practice head David Mamane is highly regarded for his expertise in regulated industries, while Roland Mathys has a background in ICT and IP law. Counsel Frank Bremer joined from Lenz & Staehelin in July 2019 and adds to the firm's strength in antitrust proceedings. Of counsel Peter Georg Picht is also noted. Samuel Hagenstein-Jost left for an in-house position at Vetter Pharma in early 2019

Practice head(s):

David Mamane

Testimonials

Excellent team in Switzerland present in a lot of major investigations of the Swiss Competition Commission and being in particular renowned for merger control work.’

David Mamane has a broad understanding and works extremely quick minded, and is always available.’

Frank Bremer has to be pointed out as an outstanding competition lawyer with thorough knowledge of Swiss and EU competition law. He is highly skilled and very thorough in everything he does.

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Aldo

Mammut

Adobe

Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Fischer

SIX Interbank Clearing

Husqvarna

Samsung Electronics

Warner Music Group

Olympus

Bouygues Construction

CSL Behring AG

Ascensia

Apax

Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG

Gasverbund Mittelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

Lonza Ltd

Rheinmetal Air Defence

Lafarge Holcim

Procter & Gamble

Barry Callebaut

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is praised for its 'high degree of responsiveness' and 'deep understanding' of business needs. Highlight included advising SIX Group on the data privacy aspects relating to an electronic invoicing system; assisting Switch with cloud services and associated network data protection issues; and advising Manor on maintaining customer security in relation to electronic gift cards. Other clients include Valora, Kardex and Xovis. Department head Roland Mathys and Samuel Klaus, who was promoted to the partnership in 2020, 'are great, knowledgeable lawyers' with particular expertise in cyber-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Roland Mathys

Testimonials

The team’s business mind, a deep understanding of the client’s business and of the subject matter, and a high degree of responsiveness shall be emphasised. They are really nice and well-organised people to co-operate with.

Mr Roland Mathys, MrsFloriane Zollinger-Löw and Mr Samuel Klaus are great, knowledgeable lawyers. Our project was staffed at the appropriate level of seniority (e.g. the more junior lawyers and FlexLaw lawyers for the contract review, partner and more senior lawyers for kickoff and follow up sessions and meetings and valuable legal opinions), and has thereby shown law firm’s mindfulness for the client’s budget.

Key clients

Ernst & Young

Coop

Fairtiq

Bayer

Manor

SIX Group

UBS

Olympus

Valora

Kering Group

Valentino

Zanotti

Prada

LVMH Group

Uber

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Finform

Implenia

Kardex

SWITCH

University Hospital Basel

XOVIS

Deloitte

NZZ Media Group

Credit Suisse

Alpiq

Husqvarna/Gardena

Employment Tier 2

The 'highly-qualified professionals' at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd cover a full range of labour and employment law matters – from data protection, immigration and social security cases, to transactional and disputes work. Headed by Vincent Carron in Geneva and Michael Hess in Zurich, the team offers 'tailor-made support' to clients and is 'always willing to support and find a practical solution'Recent highlights include carrying out due diligence for Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of Alpiq's Engineering Services; advising Schroder & Co. Bank on the transfer of employees from CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA; and assisting Panalpina Weldtransport with retention measures for C-level and senior management staff. Counsel Catherine Weniger is also recognised for her 'extremely client-oriented' and 'precise' approach.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Carron, Michael Hess

Testimonials

Great know-how about Swiss labour law, always willing to support and find a practical solution, legal compared with business know-how and attitude.

Dr Beusch is always very fast responding, she understands business needs and understands the different cultures, US vs Swiss. She is able to convince our US colleagues in a very pro-active business oriented way. Very reliable, always a great partner for all kind of questions and problems. Fully committed, well balancing all interests of all stakeholders.

Our contact, Catherine Weniger has always been extremely client-oriented, remaining attentive to our needs at all times. She is also extremely precise and is always up-to-date on the relevant market information.

I truly appreciate working with Schellenberg Wittmer, they are highly-qualified professionals providing tailor-made support to our company. I appreciate their capacity to understand what is important to us, their pragmatic approach, high quality work, diligent management of deadlines and their availability. They are very well-organised to ensure a lawyer or paralegal is available whenever an urgent request comes up.

We work closely with labour law teams in Zurich and Geneva. Both teams have very qualified attorneys that do not just answer questions but also think beyond the edge. They really try to find the best solution for the client. In court litigation they act very reasonably and react quickly and firmly to adverse opinions.

Key clients

Cardinal Health

Ram Active Investments SA

Bouygues Construction

Procter & Gamble

Schroder Bank AG

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

SIX Group

Fintech Tier 2

The team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides 'tailor-made support' and has a 'pragmatic approach'. Its workload typically involves advising on the the issuance of blockchain tokens and stablecoins, and providing regulatory assistance with the set-up of new digital asset exchange platforms. The 'outstandingCaroline Clemetson led on obtaining the first Finma asset manager cryptocurrency licence for Crypto Fund AG, and Tarek Houdrouge led on the first ICO to be powered by a Swiss bank. Olivier Favre is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Clemetson, Olivier Favre, Tarek Houdrouge

Testimonials

Always willing to support and find a practical solution, legal with business know-how and attitude.

I truly appreciate working with Schellenberg Wittmer, they are highly-qualified professionals proving tailor-made support to our company. I appreciate their capacity to understand what is important to us, their pragmatic approach, high-quality work, diligent management of deadlines and availability. They are very well-organized to ensure a lawyer or paralegal is available whenever an urgent request comes up.

As we are a start-up, a dynamic and fast-paced approach is important to us, with which the team could always keep up. The availability of the team, including the partners, was outstanding.

From the partners, Caroline Clemetson as well as Pascal Hubli are both outstanding in their availability for us as well as their know-how and solution-oriented thinking. Compared to competitors, they could keep up with our fast pace and delivered the requirements in a fast way and with exceptional quality.

Key clients

Crypto Fund AG

Crypto Finance AG

Decentralised Autonomous Vehicles

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with a strong dispute resolution practice in the life sciences sector, with expertise in patent validity and infringement, product liability and manufacturing, distribution and clinical trial agreements. The team is further active in the transactional and regulatory space. Practice head Philipp Groz also leads the firm's IP group and is an expert in contentious matters. Professor of law Peter Georg Picht supports the team since the end of 2018 as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz

Testimonials

The team has strong abilities in dealing with international matters. It works transparently and reliably for the best possible outcome supported by its strong legal knowledge and assessment capabilities.

SW combines very good understanding of the regulatory issues with great litigation skills.’

Philipp Groz is a very dedicated, hard-working and skilled lawyer. He is consistently helpful, very responsible and provides clients with high quality, perfectly prepared pieces of legal work.’

Key clients

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Merck Serono

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

Quark Pharmaceuticals

Cardinal Health

Bayer AG

Bioton S.A.

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

CSL Behring AG

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Sun Chemicals

Addlife AB

Shire International GmbH

Scientis SA

Procter & Gamble

Celgene

Ascencia Diabetes Care

LivaNova

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG

Intellectual property Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's core focus is on IP dispute resolution, as well as licensing issues, for clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, consumer goods and automotive sectors. Philipp Groz leads on all cases, including acting for Volkswagen AG in an unfair competition litigation relating to diesel; advising Six Group on bringing its existing cards business into a strategic partnership with Wordline; and handling anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and design infringement matters for Philip Morris International.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz

Key clients

Hetronic International

Sun Chemical

Doosan Heavy Industries

BASF

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals (part of Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma)

Bayer AG

Bouygues Construction

Philip Morris International

Samsung

Volkswagen

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

CSL Behring AG

Molson Coors

SIX Group

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is noted for its strong track record in the areas of banking and finance; arbitration, litigation and white-collar criminal law; capital markets; and corporate and M&A. IP and competition are other areas of activity. Key practitioners Peter BurckhardtPhilippe Borens, and Lorenzo Olgiati head the dispute resolution, banking and finance and M&A teams, respectively. Other names to note are Oliver TrieboldOlivier FavreManuel LiatowitschUrs Hoffmann-Nowotny and Christopher Boog.

Testimonials

This firm unites lawyers with both excellent legal knowledge and experience as well as a hands-on, pragmatic and client-oriented approach.’

The team consists of individuals of very high calibre – they can handle cases of any level of complexity and always deliver an excellent result.’

Peter Burckhardt is outstanding in every respect.’

Manuel Liatowitsch is a very able and personable lawyer; strong on strategy and options, and willing to recommend approaches, rather than sitting on the fence.’

Oliver Triebold is an excellent transactional lawyer.

Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is a brilliant litigator with an outstanding expertise.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Doosan Heavy Industries

Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia

Hetronic International Inc.

EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG

UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG

Sunrise Communication AG

The Russian Federation

Catalent Pharma Solutions

CTI Systems 1 Yes

EnviTec 1

Kujtesa Net

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia

Reichmuth Investment Management AG 7 No

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative

Bank Vontobel

Crypto Fund AG

Falcon Private Bank 18 No

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank, Zurich Branch

Helvetische Bank AG

SIX Group

Corvex / White Tale

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Falcon Private Bank 19 No

MoneyPark AG/Helvetia

AddLife

Bouygues Construction

Shire International GmbH

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding)

Helvetia Insurance

Sports law Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd specialises in anti-doping cases, unfair competition and dismissal claims, media rights and ethics issues, as well as sponsorship and marketing agreements. Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog led in representing 39 Russian Olympic athletes against the International Olympic Committee (IOC), initially in front of the IOC Disciplinary Committee, and then before CAS. Other highlights include representing a TV broadcaster in a dispute over broadcasting one of the world's biggest sporting events, and acting for an international sporting association in both arbitral proceedings and during an annual congress. Anna Kozmenko made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Bärtsch, Christopher Boog

Key clients

Saoud Al-Mohannadi, Vice-President of the Qatar Football Association

39 Olympic Russian athletes

Four prominent members of the Russian Olympic Ski Team

International Boxing Federation (AIBA)

Tax Tier 2

The tax team of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd works closely together with the corporate, M&A, B&F, private clients, employment, real estate and DR departments of the firm. Besides tax structuring and planning, it also has special expertise in customs, auditing and international double taxation. Geneva-practice head Pietro Sansonetti has long-standing experience in the negotiation with tax authorities. Michael Nordin is the other co-head as has broad expertise in transactions. Jean-Frédéric Maraia in Geneva is a key contact for private clients and in tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Sansonetti; Michael Nordin

Testimonials

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading law firms in Switzerland for tax matters, engaging partners and associates with extensive experience and outstanding academic results who are able to solve the most complex tax issues under Swiss law.’

The team is very responsive, reliable and competent.’

Michael Nordin is a fast thinker and hands-on lawyer. Clients are his top priority.

Jean-Frédéric Maraia provides sharp and astute advice to clients with regard to complex tax issues under Swiss law. He is a passionate and highly talented lawyer who it is very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Barana Group

CIR – Compagnie Industriali Riunite S.p.A.

Credit Suisse

European Broadcasting Union

HSBC

International Committee of the Red Cross

Julius Bär

Swiss Re Group

Vontobel

Scor

Procimmo SA

AXA

Schroder Bank

Banco Santander

Public law Tier 3

Regularly advising in administrative disputes before Cantonal and federal courts, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd also provides regulatory, compliance and procurement advice across the energy, life sciences, healthcare, transport and telecoms sectors. David Mamane leads on most matters alongside Roland Mathys, including acting for Husqvarna in a Swiss Competition Commission investigation over motor fuels, and representing Energie Wasser Luzern and Erdgas Zentralschweiz in proceedings regarding gas structure access. The team is advising Uber Switzerland on regulatory, corporate and competition matters. Yves Jeanrenaud is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane, Roland Mathys, Yves Jeanrenaud

Key clients

Axpo Energy Utility

BKW

Uber

Varo Energy

Sopra Steria

ELCA Informatique

CSC Computer Science Corporation

Fairtiq

Bouygues Construction

Husqvarna

Olympus

Orphanhealthcare

Gasverbund MIttelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

Uber

SWITCH

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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and acquisitions, private equity and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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
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
Mrs Caroline Clemetson, LL.M.  photo Mrs Caroline Clemetson, LL.M.
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 Samuel Klaus  photo Dr Samuel Klaus
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
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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Japanese
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 transactional 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:


Schellenberg Wittmer is strongly committed to furthering diversity and inclusion with a focus on gender diversity. There has been a consensus within the partnership to reduce the gender gap which has been reinforced and formalized in 2016 in the Schellenberg Wittmer Gender initiative. The firm has been extremely active in introducing multiple diversity initiatives and measured targets that strongly commit to a more gender diverse workforce especially in the promotion of higher numbers of female representation within leadership and strategic positions.

We are committed to breaking away from past realities and the current cultural norm and to promote equal gender as crucial to the firm’s on-going success, strategy, growth and vision. We wish to positively influence the trend upwards and hope the market will follow suite as a result of the positive pressure our firm is applying on the market.

Today the firm has over 25 % women in leadership positions (lawyers and operations), which is higher than the 13-15 % market average.

A dedicated task force led by Partners Caroline Clemetson (Member of the Management Committee) and Stefan Leimgruber put into place a measured plan to translate the firm’s vision into a clear business strategy and has set targets in direct connection with succession planning. Below are examples of some of the major projects of the task force substantive program:

  • Key Talent Program for Women: with the aim to identify and support talented women at an earlier stage, providing them with coaching and enabling them to be on track to becoming successful partners.
  • “Stopping the Clock” in the Partner Track Timeline, including no interruption of progress on partner track during maternity leave.
  • Education and Mentoring: training on Diversity & Inclusion; mentoring & information exchange.
  • Networking: Launch of the Women in White Collar Crime Defense Association; “Ladies only” dinners; Corporate Membership of Women in Business Society.
  • Work-life balance: maternity leave transition policies, remote working, enhanced maternity facilities and policies for new fathers

Tangible results have already occurred in 2019 and 2020, including:

  • Schellenberg Wittmer promoted 7 new partners between 2019-2020, 5 of which are women. This sets a remarkable precedent for women in business law in Switzerland as no Swiss firm in history has promoted this many female partners in any given year.
  • A further 2 women were promoted at a counsel level (in Switzerland this is one level of seniority below a partner), representing a ratio of over 50 % for total promotions announced as women between 2019 and 2020.
  • In May 2019, Caroline Clemetson was elected to the Management Committee by unanimous vote. Schellenberg Wittmer is the first firm in Switzerland to have a women on the management board.
  • In 2019, the partnership set a priority to review the firm’s compliance framework and standardize all existing policies and a new Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Harassment Policy has been implemented. This policy reaffirms the firm’s commitment towards diversity and inclusion and provides an update on an existing policy on anti-harassment (especially towards women).