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

The 'extraordinary' practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has considerable experience in the full gamut of regulatory, transactional and contentious banking and finance matters. The team covers banking M&A restructurings, investment and asset management, syndicated lending, and advises on fintech and blockchain technology topics. The client portfolio is similarly broad, with Swiss and international banks, investments firms, insurers and funds among them. Grégoire Wuest has niche expertise in financial transactions in the shipping and business aviation sectors. He leads the practice jointly with Tarek Houdrouge, whose skillset also includes expertise in corporate and commercial law. Caroline Clemetson is noted for her knowledge in the investment and insurance space. Grégoire Tribolet made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Houdrouge; Grégoire Wuest

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Clemetson; Grégoire Tribolet  

Testimonials

‘Caroline Clemetson is appreciated for her direct contact and the straight-to-the-point attitude. Her solution oriented thinking compared with her FINMA background is a valuable combination rarely seen somewhere else in Switzerland.

‘Skilled, pragmatic approach and available upon short notice.’

‘The Banking & Finance team in Geneva have unique lawyers. They are a great team, lot of knowledge, i.e. legal and practical. When providing their legal advice they understand the practical issues (e.g. implementation of regulation etc.).’

‘The members are always flexible and very helpful at any time. With respect to other firms, SW has great personalities, and legal discussions with them always lead to interesting topics.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge is a very good lawyer, he understands the practice and has good ideas to solve problems.’

‘The team has real knowledge of how our business works and thus could add significant value to our company. Not many of the Swiss law firms have individuals capable of navigating through niche markets like impact investing. ’

‘The team has always been great. It is reactive, flexible, supportive, kind and always delivers the promised work on time. Top class.’

‘With Tarek Houdrouge you always feel in good hands; he demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the various legal aspects and he is able to anticipate future requests and manage proactively the various complex issues. Tarek Houdrouge has wonderful values and he’s always 100% dedicated. He’s also an excellent communicator and he has a brilliant strategic vision.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge is the best all-round lawyer with whom I had the chance to work with: excellent in-depth legal knowledge in all the specific banking topics with always practical oriented advices and he’s also an outstanding communicator.’

‘The firm has great politics with respect to the equality of the genders.’

‘The quality of the service we received from Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has been extraordinary.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge:, his key strength is that he demonstrates both a very strong in-depth legal knowledge in each specific banking topic, and very good communication / strategy skills. It makes it extremely efficient and pleasant working with him.’

‘The banking and finance team of Schellenberg Wittmer with Caroline Clemetson is highly competent to deal with complex cases. Questions are answered in a pragmatic and goal-focused manner. She is an absolute specialist in this field, clearly the lawyer you want to have on your side for all questions about banking and finance. She has a huge network, high negotiation skills and always  proposes solutions.’

Key clients

UBS

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Crypto Fund AG

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

Eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Swiss Bankers Association

Reuss Private Group Ag

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

Banco Santander

Bank Vontobel

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

Mirabaud & Cie SA

UBP

CACEIS

Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

e-GTSA S. A

Competition Tier 1

The competition practice of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is well-positioned to act for clients in investigations, dawn raids, leniency applications and compliance reviews. Other areas of expertise are merger control filings, general competition advice and representation in disputes. The team is noted for its broad client roster containing national and international companies. Practice head David Mamane is noted for 'persistently representing the interests of his clients, but with a sound assessment of the chances and risks of litigation'. Other key practitioners are counsels Peter Picht and Frank Bremer and senior associate Amalie Wijesundera.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane

Other key lawyers:

Peter Picht; Frank Bremer; Amalie Wijesundera

Testimonials

‘David Mamane is a unique antitrust lawyer with extraordinary knowledge of Swiss and EU competition law, which makes him unbeatable when dealing with cross-jurisdictional cases. Extraordinary approachable, precise and resolute, provides unparalleled advice not only from a technical but also practical point of view.’

‘Terrific resource for domestic and international issues.’

‘Extremely competent and knowledgeable.’

‘The competition team is very competent, argues objectively and legally at the highest level.’

‘David Mamane is one of the leading antitrust specialists in Switzerland. From the authority’s point of view, he persistently represents the interests of his clients, but with a sound assessment of the chances and risks of litigation. This often leads to quick and constructive solutions (e.g. settlements) with the authority.’

‘Amalie Wijesundera is highlighted. She represents the interests of her clients skilfully and is able to build bridges to the authorities.’

‘Great Team.’

‘David Mamane and Frank Bremer are outstanding.’

‘Apart from the team’s high level of expertise in competition/antitrust law, one of its strengths is the team’s ability to understand, process and put on paper an extremely complex set of facts. What, in my view, also makes the firm stand out from others, is the high partner attendance/involvement you get when you work with Schellenberg Wittmer.

‘David Mamane is one of the best experts in Swiss competition/antitrust law that I have worked with. Apart from that, I was impressed by his and his team’s ability to present an extremely complex legal analysis in a format which was understandable . In addition to that, David is very responsive and a great person to work with. And he is very flexible when it comes to adapting to a new situation.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Aldo

Mammut

Adobe

Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Fischer

SIX Interbank Clearing

Husqvarna

Samsung Electronics

Warner Music Group

Uber

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

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is noted for having an 'outstanding team capable of handling very complex cases'. Its caseload includes international commercial, investment and sports arbitration proceedings. The team has considerable expertise in a range of industries, including construction, infrastructure, energy, life sciences, commodities and hospitality. Elliott Geisinger in Geneva is the firm's arbitration chair and is experienced in disputes arising from joint venture agreements, as well as sales and distribution contracts. Christopher Boog, whose 'advocacy skills are unparalleled', divides his time between Zurich and Singapore. Other key names include Philippe Bärtsch , Anya George and Anna Kozmenko as well as counsels Anne-Carole Cremades and Sebastiano Nessi in Geneva. The team lost Nathalie Voser who left to set up dispute resolution boutique practice Rothorn Legal in November 2020. 

Practice head(s):

Elliot Geisinger

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Bärtsch; Christopher Boog; Anya George; Anna Kozmenko; Anne-Carole Cremades; Sebastiano Nessi; Benjamin Gottlieb

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team of Schellenberg Wittmer is very professional and knowledgeable. ’

‘They are very reactive and competent.’

‘Schellenberg’s arbitration practice is extremely competent, proactive, available. SW’s arbitration practitioners have vast experience in all sectors of international commercial and investor-state arbitration and their expertise in arbitration-related litigation before Swiss courts is unparalleled.’

‘Elliott Geisinger and Anne-Carole Cremades impress with their ability to identify the crucial issues and to deal with them expertly and efficiently and by their responsiveness.’

‘Excellent expertise with hands-on senior involvement, strategic thinking with the ability to navigate legal and factual issues quickly.’

‘Every team member is very focused on understanding the case in all aspects. This detailed approach helps the team to set up the right strategy from the outset. The professional approach, the large experience in arbitration and the structured working style are evidence that we took the right decision when selecting Schellenberg Wittmer.’

‘Excellent quality of the products delivered, sharp organization and practical approach.’

‘Stand-out partner, for sure, Christopher Boog. His advocacy skills are unparalleled: he is firm, determined without being unnecessarily aggressive and never loses sight of the overall picture of the case.’

‘The team has an excellent profile in the international arbitration field, but remains down to earth, always available and user friendly delivering excellent quality work.’

‘Christopher Boog has been extremely effective in identifying solutions and issues to achieve successful arbitration proceedings.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer has a team of an exceptional quality with high standards. Their advice is always precise and to the point.’

‘Anna Kozmenko stands out as an extremely sharp lawyer. She knows investment arbitration inside and out, and knows how to put together and present a winning case.

‘Anne-Carole Cremades is a very knowledgeable and extremely good lawyer.’

‘Schellenberg is truly international. They can ensure that the project team consists of the right people for the case, both in terms of knowledge of industry and relevant cultural background. One of the best arbitration teams I have ever met.’

‘Anna Kozmenko a brilliant arbitration lawyer. She is very client-oriented and organised. She speaks the same language as we do and she understands us – that is what matters.’

‘Schellenberg has an outstanding team capable of handling very complex cases. They are sharp, creative and very professional. I have an impression that everything is always being taken care off. They are dedicated and bright.’

‘Benjamin Gottlieb is one of my favourite associates and I really enjoyed working with Benjamin. Benjamin first wants to understand the case, the client and the client’s business’

‘I have been working with a team on a number of investor-state disputes and I was amazed by the level of expertise in all questions starting from public international law to quantum.’

‘Sebastiano Nessi is a tremendously talented and a sharp minded practitioner and certainly a top person to contact in Europe when having a complex arbitration matter. He is insightful, never misses a single detail and is always first to propose an excellent legal solution which is highly regarded by our common clients. Given his multi-fold expertise in investment arbitration matters and an impressive client management skills, Sebastiano is probably the best arbitration counsel of the young generation and obviously a star-advocate.’

‘Members of Schellenberg Wittmer’s arbitration practice are extremely hard-working which is always combined with their efficiency in resolving all kinds of relevant issues that might arise during the case. The team offers service of an excellent quality and always remains available to discuss any controversies analyzing them from different angles and providing reasonable, justified and clear legal solutions.’

‘Anne-Carole Cremades from Schelleng Wittmer Ltd is an excellent lawyer with a brilliant legal mind that can efficiently deal with elaborate legal structures. Anne-Carole Cremades offers a unique legal expertise in the field of investment arbitration, anticipating various issues in advance and proposing sharp solutions.’

‘The most valuable and unique feature of this team is an ability to think as arbitrators and give their counsel advice accordingly. Team’s thorough approach to all tasks and profound legal expertise is also remarkable.’

‘Perfect team player skills, which allow practice members to contribute a lot to complex projects where several counsel teams are involved. Solid skills of efficient communication with experts in various fields, which facilitate the development of a legal position and reconcile different parts of it as it evolves. Willingness to understand various foreign legal provisions involved in complex international disputes and “translate” them to the arbitrators’ language, so that they become self-explanatory.’

‘Elliott Geisinger – exceptional arbitrator-oriented mind and understanding of arbitrators’ decision-making process.’

‘Anna Kozmenko has managing and team-player skills and willingness to take the client’s perspective.’

‘Sebastiano Nessi: his deep understanding of issues of damages stand out, which contributes a lot to each and every case.’

‘The questions are answered by the member of the team having the appropriate level of seniority. This leads to a better cost control. The general level of knowledge of the team is very high. They are flexible and understand very well the client’s needs. The fees are reasonable given the high level of knowledge of the team.’

‘Anne-Carole Cremades understands our business very well. She is flexible and able to submit a high-level legal opinion in a very short time when needed.’

Key clients

Coty

BASF

Tetra Pak

Samsung

RUSADA

Chubb

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

39 Olympic Russian Athletes

Nutra Essential OTC, S.L.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has considerable expertise in acting for financial institutions, companies from the energy and consumer goods industries as well as individuals. The team is regularly engaged in a variety of banking and commercial disputes, where it works closely across practice groups. Another active field is representation in white-collar criminal law and investigations, where Peter Burckhardt and of counsel Vincent Jeanneret in Geneva have particular experience. Burckhardt jointly leads the practice with Geneva-based Clara Poglia and Louis Burrus. Christian Girod, who is well versed in banking matters, Stefan LeimgruberUrs Hoffmann-Nowotny and counsel Roland Ryser provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burckhardt; Clara Poglia; Louis Burrus

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Borsodi; Vincent Jeanneret; Stefan Leimgruber; Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny; Roland Ryser

Testimonials

‘The firm has a broad-based, multi-office practice and is one of the leading Swiss law firms. It is able to leverage off the knowledge of its transactional and advisory teams when handling contentious matters.’

‘Robust and muscular litigators, who bring great experience and clear analysis together in one package.’

‘Former prosecutors and strong knowledge of criminal and regulatory enforcement compliance matters bolstered by significant litigation expertise allowing for efficient cross-border advice and domestic representation. Difficult to find combined leading expertise in both litigation and white collar matters from within Switzerland. Excellent language skills and command of legal English.’

‘Benjamin Borsodi -strong command of the law and process. Always responsive and insightful. Easy to work with.’

‘Excellent and flexible availability, very competent and pragmatic advice of high quality.’

‘Roland Ryser is a very experienced lawyer with an excellent strategic approach taking into consideration multiple scenarios and outlining the different risks involved.’

‘The team has a multidisciplinary, diverse and innovative vision, always seeking the clients’ best interest in an exceptional way. In addition to the exceptional knowledge and experience they have in the cases, the administrative and billing processes are always clear, transparent and smooth.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd gathers the advantages of a large firm, is it very well recognized and respected in the segment, without lacking in agility and technical quality. The team is very specialized in the area, has exceptional availability, and manages to quickly adapt its strategies to new developments. Also, the strategic division and conducting matters creatively is a highlight.’

‘Clara Poglia’s excelled in conducting cases and is very assertive in her propositions.’

‘Hands-on, pragmatic, down to earth and solution-oriented.’

‘Very proactive team with good solutions and practicable view to achieve the goal. Being a real partner and not just an additional external advisor.’

‘Always listening to the position of the client to reach the best goal.’

‘Great availability and excellent technical skills.’

‘Louis Burrus: – amazing knowledge – great availability – great strategist, always two steps ahead.’

‘Extremely skilled and professional, dedicated and welcoming. One feels in very good hands from the beginning of the dispute to the end. The team is extremely responsive.’

‘Stefan Leimgruber adapts extremely well to the background of a client and brings the questions at stake to the point. He has a good understanding of the internal challenges a client has to face and can suggest reasonable ways to tackle them. He is reliable, dedicated and  professional.’

‘The dispute resolution team has great strength and depth. The members are notable for speed and accuracy of analysis and response. They are also real team players and very efficient at preparing and monitoring work streams and producing real excellence in the work product.’

‘Vincent Jeanneret is a great lawyer and analyst.’

‘Louis Burrus – a great lawyer and tactician. very quick and responsive.’

Key clients

Multiple Russian Athletes

Sunrise Communication AG

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

EFG Bank

Odebrecht & Braskem

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with its ability to handle a broad range of insolvency and restructuring mandates. The team has deep expertise in distressed M&A and refinancing, restructuring, enforcement and related litigation, areas in which it works closely with colleagues in other departments of the firm. Of counsel Vincent Jeanneret in Geneva is regularly appointed by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) as receiver or liquidator. He leads the group together with of counsel Olivier Hari, who is well versed in corporate restructurings, and dispute resolution expert Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Jeanneret; Olivier Hari; Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny

Other key lawyers:

Louis Burrus; Benno Strub

Key clients

Fondation Hypotheka

Petroplus

Three foundations in Assura group of companies

Alevo Group SA

Alevo International

Supra Assurances SA – Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Stigma Partners SA

Zenith Vie, Life insurance

EP Electricité

Several creditors of Ethical Coffee Company Ltd and Ethical Coffee Company (Switzerland)

Liquidators of Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited

Insurance Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises clients on all matters relating to the establishment and regulation of insurers, re-insurers and the relevant portfolios. Contentious matters include defence work under all lines of liability insurance programmes as well as fraud defence, with a particular focus on litigation in multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Alexander von Ziegler advises national and international insurers on cover disputes as well as regulatory issues. Olivier Favre is experienced in regulatory requirements for inbound cross-border insurance business to the Swiss market, group insurance products and the setting-up and licensing of Swiss direct insurance companies. Tarek Houdrouge is a key contact in the Geneva office.

Practice head(s):

Alexander von Ziegler

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Favre; Tarek Houdrouge

Key clients

Uber

Intellectual property Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s IP practice advises clients on the full range of IP issues and is 'a terrific resource for domestic and international issues'. The team's clients stem from the automotive, life science, consumer goods and entertainment sectors. The group handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters concerning trade marks, patents, copyrights, licensing agreements, designs and the IP aspects of transactions. Practice head Philipp Groz specialises in both national and international litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning unfair competition, licensing and distribution issues. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who is experienced in supplementary protection certificates, joined in mid-2020 from Pestalozzi.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz

Other key lawyers:

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer

Testimonials

‘Excellent reputation, known for expertise in all matters related to intellectual property, not just from a perspective of boardroom advice and litigation, but also the complex field of IP arbitration.’

‘We worked with Philipp Groz, whom I selected based on his reputation of being an expert in intellectual property and arbitration. The matter involved complex questions of contractual and tort liability in a cross-border case, but based on Swiss law. Philipp Groz delivered in perfect form the clear answers to the questions sought.’

‘Terrific resource for domestic and international issues.’

‘Extremely competent and knowledgeable.’

‘Philipp Groz and Lorenza Ferrari are good and experienced lawyers. Among the large law firms in Switzerland, this is certainly a recommended intellectual property law team, in particular for IP related arbitration cases.’

‘Philipp Groz is particularly experienced in intellectual property related arbitration and litigation. Lorenza Ferrari has a lot of experience in the life sciences sector.’

Key clients

Hetronic International

Porsche

Doosan Heavy Industries

BASF

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Bayer AG

Bouygues Construction

Philip Morris International

Samsung

Volkswagen

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

CSL Behring AG

Molson Coors

SIX Group

ams AG

Noventa Group AG

TTTech

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's teams stand out for being 'creative, sharp, and perfectly managed'. The core pillars of the Geneva office are dispute resolution, namely litigation and international arbitration as well as investigations and white-collar criminal law, areas of focus for Philippe BärtschLouis BurrusBenjamin Borsodi and Paul Gully-Hart; banking and finance, where Caroline ClemetsonTarek Houdrouge and Grégoire Wuest are key names; real estate and construction, where Yves Jeanrenaud specialises; and corporate and M&A, which is the focus of Christoph Vonlanthen.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Bärtsch; Caroline Clemetson

Other key lawyers:

Louis Burrus; Benjamin Borsodi; Paul Gully-Hart; Tarek Houdrouge; Grégoire Wuest; Yves Jeanrenaud; Christoph Vonlanthen; Clara Poglia; George Ayoub; Charles Goumaz

Testimonials

‘This team of lawyers is among the brightest not only in Geneva but on the whole Swiss legal market. Their professional excellence, devotion to clients, availability and thinking out of the box approach make them by far the best among their peers.’

‘Excellent expertise with active senior involvement. Strategic thinking and among few top arbitration practices in Switzerland with capabilities in German, French, and English.’

‘Former prosecutors and strong knowledge of criminal and regulatory enforcement compliance matters bolstered by significant litigation expertise allowing for efficient cross-border advice and domestic representation. Difficult to find combined leading expertise in both litigation and white-collar matters from within Switzerland. Excellent language skills and command of legal English.’

‘Benjamin Borsodi -Strong command of the law and process. Always responsive and insightful. Easy to work with.’

‘Skilled/pragmatic approach/available upon short notice’

‘Available any time. Impeccable and quick analysis’

‘Competent, efficient and sense of fairness to avoid into going into a long and costly procedure.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd gathers the advantages of a large firm, is it very well recognized and respected in the segment, without lacking in agility and technical quality From our perspective, the firm has expertise in a wide range of legal needs.’

‘Reactivity – always on time – deadline respected.’

‘Creative, sharp, and perfectly managed team. The level of expertise of all involved is amazing starting from junior associates to partners.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer is a truly star team. They are very dedicated to the matter.’

‘They are very accessible and easy to work with. Their management of cases that involve a lot of jurisdictions is excellent.’

‘Benjamin Borsodi is very experienced. He has a wide network of lawyers around the world and knows the dos and don’ts in many jurisdictions. He is therefore easy to work with.’

‘Dedicated to the clients’ wishes, very knowledgeable on the litigation processes and mechanics, very pragmatic ideas and very reactive which is a key to success. ’

‘The team has always been great. They have been reactive, flexible, supportive, kind and always delivered the promised work on time. Top class.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the various legal aspects. Additionally during all our collaboration, Mr. Tarek Houdrouge was able to anticipate my future requests and manage proactively the various complex issues that we faced.’

‘Mr. Houdrouge has wonderful values and he’s always 100% dedicated. He’s also an excellent communicator and he has a brilliant strategic vision. Mr. Houdrouge is the best all-round lawyer with whom I had the chance to work with: Excellent in-depth legal knowledge in all the specific banking topics with always practical oriented advices and he’s also an outstanding communicator / “relationship manager”.’

‘Paul Gully-Hart is a leading practitioner in the white collar arena for corporations and individuals, an excellent designer of the strategy of defense for complex white collar crime with transnational elements.’

‘The white-collar crime team in Geneva is on top of all legal and strategic questions and is able to give the sharpest advice at all times. The team members are always very well prepared and have an excellent ability to work under pressure.’

‘They are extremely dedicated and willing to fight for their clients. One always feels welcome and taken care of. They also have a healthy sense of humour and are easily accessible. They are very experienced in what they do and always willing and able to provide excellent results.’

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 (Paris, France)

SET Ventures (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Teradyne Inc.

Bordie & Cie

Credit Suisse Funds Ltd

UBP

UBS SA

CACEIS

Landolt Investment SICAV

Rhone Trust

NBK Banque Privée (Suisse) SA

Alpian SA

Private client Tier 1

The team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a 'wide base of experience and expertise for private clients'. The client portfolio includes Swiss and foreign high-net-worth individuals, families, private banks, family offices and trust companies, which instruct the practice in the administration of trusts and estates; estate planning and structuring; inheritance disputes; and the acquisition or sale of unique assets, such as art, real estate and yachts, among other matters. Bernard Vischer in Geneva, who specialises in advising controlled businesses on governance, dispute prevention and succession, and recently promoted partner Andrea-Dorjee Good jointly lead the practice. Christian Girod is the key contact in Geneva for trust and estate proceedings, while David Wallace Wilson is experienced in wealth structuring and estate planning. Other names to note are DR-specialist Alexander Jolles, Manuel Liatowitsch and Geneva-based counsel Caroline López Nagai, who has an 'enquiring mind'.  

Practice head(s):

Bernard Vischer; Andrea-Dorjee Good

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Jolles; Manuel Liatowitsch; Caroline López Nagai; David Wallace Wilson; Christian Girod

Testimonials

‘Special attention to client needs. Very good comprehension of Middle East clients, their culture and their specific requirements.’

‘Bernard Vischer – especially good at complex estate planning structures such as family mutual funds, trusts and foundations.’

‘One of the best practices in Switzerland, with a wide base of experience and expertise for private clients.’

‘Bernard Vischer – a top tier international private client lawyer, with a very incisive mind.

‘Caroline Lopez-Nagai is a very talented young lawyer who goes the extra mile when providing legal advice, always adds an idea which others have not thought of, has an enquiring mind and is an extremely pleasant person to work with. Caroline is not afraid to speak her mind and challenge a legal point after thorough research and investigation.’

‘Andrea Dorjee-Good – a delight to work alongside and a very savvy private client lawyer, particularly in respect of complex international cases.’

‘The scope of knowledge and the work done by the firm has encompassed all aspects of life in Switzerland, taxes, customs, rules, laws, real estate, insurance etc.’

‘Caroline Lopez Nagai and David Wilson stand out, not only for their professionalism and knowledge of Swiss law but also because they add a human touch to the relationship. They have taken a personal interest and have forged a true relationship/friendship with the client. The human touch and genuine interest have made communication and work much more fluid.’

‘The team has strong expertise in trusts and is well-known in the field for their expertise, in particular David Wilson.’

‘David Wilson and Caroline Lopez-Nagai are extremely responsive and thorough when providing legal advice. They are on top of the matter and I feel I am in good hands when instructing them on a legal issue.’

‘David Wilson is an exceptional lawyer. He is knowledgeable, extremely hard-working and dedicated.’

‘Excellent private client practice.’

‘Christian Girod: excellent inheritance lawyer and litigator; also remarkable in negotiation.’

‘David Wilson: knowledgeable in general in private client law and outstanding for trust matters.’

‘Excellent team. Knowledgeable, insightful, responsive’

‘Andrea Dorjee-Good is an excellent partner in advising US-Swiss based clients. She understands international private client law and is able to think within and without her area of expertise to issue spot planning issues efficiently and competently.’

‘The team is very competent and very reactive. They are able to work on very complex cross border cases and are very quick at understanding and comparing foreign issues to Swiss law mechanisms.’

‘Caroline Lopez Nagai is very quick, knowledgeable and tough. Her background allows her to work with proficiency on a very wide array of cases and matter.’

‘David Wilson is very responsive and good at thinking outside the box, aside from being very knowledgeable and an expert on cross border private client matters.’

Key clients

Rhone Trust (Trust company affiliated with Pictet Group)

NBK Banque Privée (Suisse) SA

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Covering both the residential and commercial market, the team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on a range of topics; it has considerable experience in construction disputes and real estate contracts, and is involved in the full life-cycle of real estate transactions. Its client portfolio includes international companies, institutional investors and construction companies in the retail, hotel, office and industrial sectors. Yves Jeanrenaud in Geneva and Josef Caleff jointly lead the practice, both with a strong M&A and corporate background. In the Geneva office, Christopher Boog and Elliott Geisinger are specialists in construction arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Yves Jeanrenaud; Josef Caleff

Other key lawyers:

Elliott Geisinger; Christopher Boog; Amanda Burnand Sulmoni; Mélisande Nussbaum

Testimonials

‘Partners and associates are readily available and provide excellent advice and case management.’

‘Quick reaction time. Smart and insightful feedback and orientation geared towards getting things done as opposed to finding problems for every solution. Also the strong network of the firm with relevant counter parties within the Swiss ecosystem whether regulatory, tax, business is a clear advantage and helps getting clarity and closing issues quickly and efficiently.’

‘Mélisande Nussbaum impresses with professionalism. She’s extremely efficient, wise and available.’

‘The partners and associates we interact with are all very smart, very responsive, and very solutions oriented. For transactional guys like us this is very important.’ 

Key clients

International Labour Organization

Bouygues Construction

Epic Suisse Property Management GmbH

BASF

Credit Suisse AG

DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl

Procimmo AG

Christie’s

UK Land Estates

Hotel Beaulac, Neuchatel

Implenia SA

Parker Hannifin Group

Société Privée de Gérance

Patrizia AG

SV Group AG

SPG Intercity

Vantage Data Center

Barry Callebaut AG

Lokales Wasser 37 AG

TMT Tier 1

The TMT practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd acts for clients from a variety of sectors, including the financial services, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, retail and construction industries, handling a broad array of contentious and non-contentious issues. The team combines expertise in telecoms, IT, competition and IP law to provide advice on information and communication technology transactions, public procurements, cooperation agreements, data protection work, cyber investigations and dispute resolution. Practice head Roland Mathys advises on software development, outsourcing and licensing mandates; Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who joined in 2020 from Pestalozzi, and Samuel Klaus are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Roland Mathys

Other key lawyers:

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer; Samuel Klaus

Key clients

Bouygues

Pax

Fairtiq

Chubb

Manor

BEKB / Berner Kantonalbank

UBS

NBK Banque Privée

Voi

Valentino, Zanotti, Prada, Loro Piana, LVMH Group and further global fashion brands

Cognizant

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Innofactory

CSS Insurance

Kardex

Swizzonic

Paul Scherrer Institute

Husqvarna / Gardena

Pandemic Taskforce of the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS)

ams AG

Transport Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd acts predominantly for clients from the aviation and maritime shipping spaces, such as indemnity insurance clubs, aircraft and shipowners, managers and operators as well as international airlines. The team handles non-contentious and contentious matters, including the regulatory aspects of marine and aviation activities in Switzerland, transportation contracts, supply chain management and sale, purchase and financing of aircraft and vessels as well as litigation and arbitration concerning trade fraud, commercial contracts and casualties. Alexander von Ziegler, ‘one of the best international arbitrators and mediators’, and Bernard Vischer head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexander von Ziegler; Bernard Vischer

Testimonials

‘The team works with Swiss precision at the highest possible level of quality. This applies not only to the field of transport law itself, but to the entire background of international commercial law as well as procedural and arbitration law, which is fundamental to the transport sector.’

‘Alexander von Ziegler for many years has been one of the most influential and outstanding personalities in national and international transport and maritime law as well as sales and commercial law. He has positively influenced these areas through his activities in leading positions in international organizations. Furthermore, he is one of the best international arbitrators and mediators in this field. In addition to the indisputably high quality of advice provided by Alexander von Ziegler, his professionalism, reliability and friendliness are to be emphasized, which makes the cooperation extremely pleasant.’

‘Alexander von Ziegler has particular skills in export/import, shipping, aviation, international trade, commercial contracts, transportation and logistics (dispute resolution and transactional). Also skills in insurance and reinsurance law and experience in mediation.’

‘Good industry expertise.’

Key clients

EasyJet

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd acts for Swiss and international banks, investment firms, fund management companies, insurers and asset managers. The team is experienced in advising on the establishment of financial institutions, regulations and internal investigations and also acts for clients in M&A transactions. Practice head Philippe Borens combines banking and capital markets law expertise. Anita Schläpfer is the name to note for refinancing matters, and Caroline Clemetson is able to handle a variety of regulatory issues. Martin Lanz and Olivier Favre are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens

Other key lawyers:

Anita Schläpfer; Caroline Clemetson; Olivier Favre; Martin Lanz

Testimonials

‘Fast response time, strongly solution oriented, very technical and precise, equally helpful in domestic and cross-border transactions.’

‘Olivier Favre stands out for his fast turn-around of complex issues whilst keeping the quality of his work high.’

‘Excellent quality delivered in due time (or even earlier). ’

‘Anita Schläpfer proved to be – at all times – a highly reliable, very knowledgeable and responsive partner.’

‘Very hands on approach to legal matters. Excellent at adapting to the respective case.’

‘Anita Schläpfer is the go to lawyer for financing transactions.’

Key clients

UBS

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative

Credit Suisse

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

Bank Vontobel

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

Reichmuth Investment Management AG

Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

Oxford Finance LLC

e-GTSA S. A

Capital markets Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with its deep knowledge in the debt capital markets space, where it advises on OTC derivatives and the issuance of structured products, as well as assisting clients with share offerings, listing of securities and general stock market regulation. The team is a popular choice for clients from the financial services, energy, engineering, IT, life sciences and real estate sectors. Philippe Borens is a key practitioner for various financial transactions; he jointly leads the team with Geneva-based Tarek HoudrougeMartin Lanz is knowledgeable in IPOs. He, Borens and Olivier Favre are all authorised representatives at the SIX Swiss Exchange. Christoph Vonlanthen is able to draw on previous experience working in New York and London.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens; Tarek Houdrouge

Other key lawyers:

Martin Lanz; Olivier Favre; Pascal Hubli; Christophe Vonlanthen

Testimonials

‘Schellenberg Wittmer manages to translate complex legal issues in a short period into a language easily understandable for non-legal professionals.’

‘The team not only has an excellent knowledge and experience in terms of the law, but also considers – due to its deep knowledge and understanding of its clients and the markets it is active in – client needs beyond pure legal matters. This has proven to be extremely helpful and important.’

‘The absolute “Can-Do mentality” of SW-Legal is a USP worth mentioning. The high accessibility of its partners and associates as well as the aim of always finding the “best” solution to the respective legal issue for the client makes SW-Legal the partner of choice for us. We rate the relationship with SW-Legal a partnership based on a deep trust and common understanding.’

‘Martin Lanz’s advice is always competent and meets the highest standards. He knows the client’s company and requirements exactly and is always available  with help and advice.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Bank Reichmuth

AXA Life Ltd

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Corvex

ams AG

Bank Vontobel

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative, St. Gallen

Spice Private Equity Ltd

Deutsche Bank

Zurich Kantonalbank, Zurich

Credit Suisse AG

UBS AG

Rapid Nutrition PLC

InRoll AG

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank

International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA)

Standard Chartered

Helvetische Bank AG

Bauwerk Boen AG

Reuss Private Group AG

Alpiq AG

Banque Cramer & Cie SA

Mirabaud Asset Management

REYL & Cie SA

PIERER Mobility AG, Austria

Technogroup IT Services AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd handles a balanced mix of public and private M&A transactions as well as deals in the private equity and venture capital space. Team members work closely with the firm's other practice groups including competition, tax, insurance and dispute resolution. Lorenzo Olgiati has more than 25 years of experience, and he leads the practice jointly with Geneva-based Jean Jacques Ah Choon, who also has an active finance practice. Martin Weber is a key contact for banks and Oliver Triebold has a track record acting for insurance companies. Tarek Houdrouge in Geneva and senior associate Marcel Jakob are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Olgiati; Jean Jacques Ah Choon

Other key lawyers:

Martin Weber; Pascal Hubli; Oliver Triebold; Tarek Houdrouge; Marcel Jakob 

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and pragmatic M&A lawyers, who take clear positions in the negotiations.’

‘Oliver Triebold and Marcel Jakob are both very good lawyers in terms of expertise, negotiation and managing the process.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer offers a top tier team which listens to individual client needs, offering effective sound advice on a par with top international firms.’

‘Pascal Hubli provides excellent and proactive advice tailored to specific needs, taking time to understand the clients’ business and recommending a sensible business-minded approach forward. Pascal Hubli is recommended for his ability to find solutions to complex matters.’

‘Customer focused culture; fast, responsive and pragmatic; very broad range of know how / knowledge related to different areas of the law and industries. Well-organized team with clear responsibilities when using interdisciplinary teams; combining top legal skills with a great understanding of the economic side/view leads to best possible solutions for business clients.’

‘Marcel Jakob has a great skill combination of understanding law and thinking like an entrepreneur and business man. He is very skilled in negotiations (written and verbal) in English and German’

‘The speed, accuracy and availability of the team is exceptional and extremely valuable. The team is very pragmatic, goes straight to the point and quickly identifies the key risk factors by providing excellent and business friendly solutions.’

‘Pascal Hubli understands all the needs of start-up companies with new digital solutions. He is very sharp and smart with an enormous depth of knowledge and experience in company law and business matters.’

‘SW is swift in assessing issues and presenting solutions as well as understanding the contractual framework. Its approach is very cost conscious and they limit contract complexity wherever possible.’

‘Solution, not problem-driven approach; great interpersonal skills, deep expertise.’

‘We were extremely happy with our experience with this practice for a complex, high visibility M&A transaction. Level of advice, flexibility and reactivity of the partner was impressive compared to other practices.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge has the dedication needed to bring a complex transaction to a successful completion, and is able to advise on the clients’ best interests.’

‘The Schellenberg Wittmer team is great to work with. It has a broad knowledge and is therefore able to support us in various fields of work.’

‘Pascal Hubli has the all the necessary knowledge, is always accessible and dedicates the necessary resources to get the job successfully done. I would like to point out his ability to explain and summarize legal matters to others well which is helpful in a lot of situations.’

Key clients

ams AG

Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG

Helvetia Schweizerische Versicherungsgesellschaft

Standard Chartered Bank / Standard Chartered Ventures (Singapore)

Lufthansa Group

GCA Corporation

Dan Mamane

Zdenek Bakala, Gregory Finger and Petr Svoboda

Alpian SA

Leonardo S.p.A

Oxford Finance

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

Winkler Family

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Julius Bär

SIX Group

BNP Paribas (Paris, France)

Cardinal Health

Lennox International

Hugo Fund Services

EFG International

MoneyPark AG

AddLife

ZKB Zürcher Kantonalbank / Swisscanto Holding

BASF Schweiz AG

Bouygues Construction

RAM Active Investments

Schroder & Co Bank

Shire International GmbH

SET Ventures

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The data privacy and data protection practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is focused on the financial services, healthcare, retail and construction sectors with additional experience in the field of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and the internet of things. The team regularly advises on the data protection aspects of transactions as well as cybersecurity and cybercrime law. Practice head Roland Mathys is a specialist in Swiss and European data protection law. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer joined from Pestalozzi in September of 2020 and Samuel Klaus made partner in January of the same year.

Practice head(s):

Roland Mathys

Other key lawyers:

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer; Samuel Klaus

Key clients

Bouygues

Pax

Fairtiq

Chubb

Manor

BEKB / Berner Kantonalbank

UBS

NBK Banque Privée

Voi

Valentino, Zanotti, Prada, Loro Piana, LVMH Group and further global top end fashion brands

Cognizant

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Innofactory

CSS Insurance

Kardex

Swizzonic

Paul Scherrer Institute

Husqvarna / Gardena

Pandemic Taskforce of the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS)

ams AG

Employment Tier 2

With one of the largest employment lay teams in Switzerland, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on the full range of employment and labour law as well as related issues concerning M&A transactions, disputes and more. Heading the employment practice from Geneva, Vincent Carron is an experienced litigator and his advice includes matters such as collective dismissals, international employee transfers, severance payments and restructuring of bonus schemes. Catherine Weniger  has a focus on matters related to data protection. Michael Hess and Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer are key contacts at the Zurich office and advise on all employment law matters.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Carron; Michael Hess; Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer

Key clients

Cardinal Health

Ram Active Investments SA

Bouygues Construction

Procter & Gamble

Schroder Bank AG

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

SIX Group

ams AG

Fintech Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is specialised in matters relating to blockchain technology, including cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and decentralised autonomous organisations. The team also provides regulatory advice on activities relating to crypto assets, cryptocurrencies and storage solutions as well as security coin offerings and assists with compliance with anti-money laundering legislation. Olivier Favre is specialised in regulatory and transactional matters. Tarek Houdrouge advises on the set-up of cryptocurrency platforms and regulatory aspects of the development of online banking. Caroline Clemetson advises start-ups and financial entities on regulatory matters. Samuel Klaus made partner at the beginning of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Favre; Tarek Houdrouge

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Clemetson; Samuel Klaus

Testimonials

‘Very efficient and well versed in the law. They don’t overcomplicate and understand what the commercial drivers might be.’

‘Olivier Favre is very clear in his advice and the speed of service is excellent.’

‘I have regularly worked with Tarek Houdrouge on all Swiss banking and regulatory matters I deal with in my activities, in particular in connection with the cross-border distribution of financial products and the regulation of derivatives under the Swiss Financial Market Infrastructure Act.’

‘Tarek Houdrougeis by far the most impressive lawyer I have worked with: he possesses the rare quality of being able to combine outstanding technical legal skills with a solution oriented approach. It is a real pleasure working with him as he facilitates all complex matters and offers innovative advice. He is extremely efficient in all circumstances and is a great ally in urgent situations. In addition, the excellence of his communication and presentation skills allow to make exceptional progress in any subject discussed with him. To summarize, Tarek is an absolutely well-rounded professional, an example to be followed by his peers.’

‘The practice group of the firm is known in the market to be one of the best.’

‘All past projects were major successes and subsequently I have worked continuously with Schellenberg Wittmer, and more particularly with Tarek Houdrouge.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge is an impressive lawyer. He anticipates the key challenges and provides great strategic advice, has in-depth knowledge in the banking and financial regulations and knows the industry extremely well. He also has excellent communications skills and he is very approachable. It is always a great pleasure working with him.

Key clients

Crypto Fund AG

Crypto Finance AG

Decentralised Autonomous Vehicles (DAV)

E-GTSA Limited

Alpian SA

SEBA Bank AG

iintega

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's core strengths lie in transactional work, including M&A and joint ventures, IP and technology transfers, and licensing; as well as dispute resolution, where the team has expertise in patent litigation, product liability and related arbitration proceedings. In addition, the firm's regulatory practice was bolstered by the arrival of Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who joined from Pestalozzi in September 2020. Practice head Philipp Groz is also well versed in IP and unfair competition. Other names to note include David Mamane and Pascal Hubli. The team not only acts for life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, but also for companies in the tobacco, food and beverage industries.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz

Other key lawyers:

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer; David Mamane; Peter Picht; Pascal Hubli

Testimonials

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is a very learned and competent professional.’

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

Nutra Essential OTC, S.L.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd fields 'a highly professional and competent team of lawyers'. The firm has expertise in the full range of business law, such as in the fields of banking and finance; capital markets; corporate and M&A; IP and competition, areas where Philippe BorensLorenzo OlgiatiOliver Triebold, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and David Mamane are key names. The team also has strong capabilities in dispute resolution, where Peter BurckhardtChristopher Boog and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are noted. Josef Caleff is also active.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Hubli; Josef Caleff

Other key lawyers:

Philippe BorensLorenzo Olgiati; Oliver Triebold; Lorenza Ferrari Hofer; David Mamane; Peter Burckhardt; Christopher Boog; Manuel Liatowitsch; Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny; Anya George; Anna Kozmenko; Olivier Favre; Andrea Dorjee-Good

Testimonials

‘Schellenberg Wittmer’s partners contribute actively to the commentary of and implementing acts for new legislation enabling them to offer innovative ways to cooperate across our field of business with other parties including in potential M&A activities.’

‘Strong strength in contract drafting / discussions.’

‘Schellenberg is truly international. They can ensure that the project team consists of the right people for the case, both in terms of knowledge of industry and relevant cultural background. One of the best arbitration teams I have ever met.’

‘Anna Kozmenko is a brilliant arbitration lawyer. She is very client-oriented and organised. She is taking care of more than five of our projects and never misses any deadline. It is unique how one person can combine such outstanding professional qualities and be very friendly and charming at the same time. She speaks the same language as we do and she understands us – that is what matters.’

‘Highly professional and competent team of lawyers.’

‘Andrea Dorjee-Good was responsive and comprehensive in her advice. She brought in colleagues when appropriate, and provided excellent thoughtful advice to the client. She was understanding of client relations and needs.’

‘David Mamane is a unique antitrust lawyer with extraordinary knowledge of Swiss and EU competition law, which makes him unbeatable when dealing with cross-jurisdiction cases. Extraordinary approachable, precise and resolutive, provides unparalleled advice not only from a technical but also practical point of view.’

‘Outstanding network, deal supporting-mindset, super responsive, pragmatic and overall always very helpful.’

‘The law firm covers all areas of law professionally.’

‘The Schellenberg Wittmer team is great to work with as they cover a broad range of topics and can therefore always direct us to the right expert in the required matter. They are always dedicated to get the job done successfully and within the set time frame.’

‘Pascal Hubli is very knowledgeable, accessible and dedicated to the matter. He is always providing and using the necessary resources to get the job done successfully. I would like to point out his ability to summarize and explain legal matters to non-legal experts which is always helpful and makes working with him easy and efficient.’

‘Certainly some of the best lawyers in Switzerland. Very professional, forward-thinking and welcoming to clients.’

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

Multiple Russian Athletes (related to Winter Olympic Games 2018)

Sunrise Communication AG

The Russian Federation

GUPC SA

Catalent Pharma Solutions

PEB Steel Asia

CTI Systems

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.

Ingersoll Rand Group

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EnviTec

Kujtesa Net

CRH

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia

Scientis SA

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

SIX Group

Corvex / White Tale

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Skullcandy

Falcon Private Bank

MoneyPark AG/Helvetia

AddLife

Bouygues Construction

Shire International GmbH

Shareholders of Xovis

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Helvetia Insurance

Sports law Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s sports law practice is experienced in representing individuals, sports organisations and clubs as well as corporate clients in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport as well as in state courts. Its caseload includes issues concerning media rights and sponsorship agreements, unfair competition and dismissal claims, violations of the WADA code and disputed bids for hosting major sports events. Practice heads Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog are experienced arbitrators for sports matters, as is partner Anna Kozmenko.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Bärtsch; Christopher Boog

Other key lawyers:

Anna Kozmenko

Testimonials

‘Very strong team, Very detailed both factually and legally.’

‘Philippe Bärtsch is an outstanding and very powerful team leader.’

‘Perfect expertise, outstanding experience.’

‘Responsiveness, ability to work under pressure.’

Key clients

Vice-President of the Qatar Football Association

Sun Yang

39 Olympic Russian athletes

Four members of the Russian Olympic Ski Team

Mikhalina Lysova

International Boxing Federation (AIBA)

RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency)

Kujtesa Net

Tax Tier 2

The team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has various areas of expertise, notably in VAT and customs; corporate tax, including capital markets transactions and reorganisations; real estate taxation; and tax litigation, audit and enforcement. It is a popular choice for clients operating in the financial services sector, industrial companies, NGOs and individuals. Geneva-based Pietro Sansonetti has experience of dealing with the tax authorities. He leads the practice together with transaction specialist Michael NordinJean-Frédéric Maraia in Geneva acts for companies and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Sansonetti; Michael Nordin

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Frédéric Maraia

Testimonials

‘Sound knowledge of the tax legal environment combined with a practical approach to solve problems.’

‘Availability, understanding, openness.’

‘Expert knowledge. Seniority in experience. Pragmatic approach. Understanding clients’ needs and specific context. ’

‘Tax practice at Schellenberg Wittmer is fast and responsive, focused on added value delivery, client oriented combined with the right level of technical knowledge and expertise. This is well balanced combination with a client oriented result which makes their capabilities truly unique.’

‘People at Schellenberg Wittmer are extremely responsive, fast and diligent. Easily accessible, they demonstrate a high level of technical skills and solid practice in complex and sophisticated tax matters. A great help in the day to day practice.’

‘Expertise in particular tax domains as well as valuable contacts and network’

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

AXA

Schroders Bank

Banco Santander

Wyatt Estates II Limited

Public law Tier 3

The administrative law and public procurement practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a focus on representing parties in administrative procedures before courts on a cantonal and federal level as well as dealing with public authorities in regard to public procurement. The group drafts, reviews and negotiates tender notices, documents and procurement contracts and advises gas and electricity producers and distributors on grid tariffs, partial grid transfers and joint ventures, among others. David Mamane, Roland Mathys and Yves Jeanrenaud are the practice heads. Counsel Frank Bremer is also noted.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane; Roland Mathys; Yves Jeanrenaud

Other key lawyers:

Frank Bremer

Testimonials

‘The team is dedicated, reliable and very competent with respect to IT related law.’

‘Very focused, goal oriented and competent.’

Key clients

Axpo Energy Utility

BKW (Utility company for the canton of Bern)

Uber

Varo Energy

Sopra Steria

ELCA Informatique

CSC Computer Science Corporation

Fairtiq

Bouygues Construction

Husqvarna

Orphanhealthcare

Gasverbund MIttelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

SWITCH

Paul Scherrer Institute

Pandemic Taskforce of the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS)

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
Ms Katherine Bell  photo Ms Katherine Bell Katherine Bell is a Counsel in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich.…
Dr Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer  photo Dr Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer is Of Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Corporate and Commercial Group,…
Dr Christopher Boog  photo Dr Christopher Boog Christopher Boog is a Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group and…
Dr Philippe Borens  photo Dr Philippe Borens Philippe Borens is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office where he…
Dr Frank Bremer, LL.M.  photo Dr Frank Bremer, LL.M. Frank Bremer is a Counsel in our Competition and Antitrust Group and…
Mr Peter Burckhardt  photo Mr Peter Burckhardt Peter Burckhardt leads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich, as well…
Mr Josef Caleff  photo Mr Josef Caleff Josef Caleff heads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Real Estate Group in Zurich and is…
Mrs Caroline Clemetson, LL.M.  photo Mrs Caroline Clemetson, LL.M. Caroline Clemetson is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Banking and Finance Group…
Ms Andrea Dorjee-Good  photo Ms Andrea Dorjee-Good Andrea Dorjee-Good is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Private Clients and Estates…
Dr Olivier Favre  photo Dr Olivier Favre Olivier Favre is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Banking and Finance Group…
Ms Lorenza  Ferrari Hofer  photo Ms Lorenza Ferrari Hofer Partner Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is a Partner in our Intellectual Property and…
Prof Dr Peter Georg Picht  photo Prof Dr Peter Georg Picht Peter Georg Picht is a professor of law and holds the Chair…
Ms Anya George  photo Ms Anya George Anya George is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich.…
Mr Philipp Groz  photo Mr Philipp Groz Philipp Groz is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Intellectual Property and Dispute…
Mr Michael Hess  photo Mr Michael Hess Michael Hess is a Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Corporate and Commercial Group…
Dr Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny  photo Dr Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in…
Mr Pascal Hubli  photo Mr Pascal Hubli Pascal Hubli is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group…
 Marcel Jakob photo Marcel Jakob Marcel Jakob is a Senior Associate in our Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Zurich.…
Mr Alexander Jolles  photo Mr Alexander Jolles Alexander Jolles is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution and Private…
Dr Samuel Klaus  photo Dr Samuel Klaus Samuel Klaus is a Partner in our Information and Communication Technology (ICT)…
Dr Anna Kozmenko  photo Dr Anna Kozmenko Dr. Anna Kozmenko is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution and Sports…
Dr Martin Lanz  photo Dr Martin Lanz Martin Lanz is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office. He focuses…
Dr Stefan Leimgruber  photo Dr Stefan Leimgruber Stefan Leimgruber is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. His…
Mr David Mamane  photo Mr David Mamane David Mamane is a partner and head of Schellenberg Wittmer’s Competition Group…
Mr Roland Mathys  photo Mr Roland Mathys Roland Mathys is a Partner and head of Schellenberg Wittmer’s Information and…
Dr Michael Nordin  photo Dr Michael Nordin Michael Nordin is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office, where he…
Dr Lorenzo Olgiati  photo Dr Lorenzo Olgiati Lorenzo Olgiati heads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Zurich. His…
Dr Roland M. Ryser  photo Dr Roland M. Ryser Roland Ryser is a Counsel in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich…
Ms Anita Schläpfer  photo Ms Anita Schläpfer Anita Schläpfer is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Banking and Finance Group…
Prof Dr Madeleine Simonek  photo Prof Dr Madeleine Simonek Madeleine Simonek is a professor of law and holds the Chair for…
Mr Benno Strub, LL.M.  photo Mr Benno Strub, LL.M. Benno Strub is a counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group…
Dr Oliver Triebold  photo Dr Oliver Triebold Oliver Triebold is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group…
Dr Martin Weber  photo Dr Martin Weber Martin Weber is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group…
 Amalie Wijesundera photo Amalie Wijesundera Amalie Wijesundera is a Senior Associate in our Competition as well as…
Prof Dr Alexander von Ziegler  photo Prof Dr Alexander von Ziegler Alexander von Ziegler is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group…
Number of lawyers firm-wide : 162
Number of lawyers in Zurich : 87
Number of partners firm-wide : 44
Number of partners in Zurich : 28
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Managing Partner : Philippe Bärtsch
Contacts : Josef Caleff and Pascal Hubli
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).