Dr Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Zurich / Dispute Resolution / International Arbitration / Corporate and Financial Services Litigation


Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. His main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration as well as pre-litigation strategic advice. Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny acts as counsel before Swiss courts and arbitral tribunals in a wide range of commercial disputes. He has also been a secretary to arbitral tribunals in major disputes under the ICC and Swiss Rules. Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny has special expertise in banking litigation, having acted as counsel to financial services providers in numerous disputes with private and institutional clients, and in corporate law disputes (including liability of directors and officers and joint ventures) as well as the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, asset recovery and international legal assistance.


2017 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
2014 to date – Lecturer in the CAS programme “Civil Litigation” of the University of St. Gallen

2010 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
2008 to date – Lecturer for civil procedure at the University of Zurich

2006-2010 – Research and teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. Hans Caspar von der Crone and Prof. Dr. Paul Oberhammer at the University of Zurich

2004 – Trainee at a Swiss business law firm

2004 – Law clerk at the District Court of Meilen

2002 – International Summer Trainee at a business law firm in Chicago


  • German
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  • French


IBA. DRI International (defense bar). Swiss and Zurich Bar Associations.


2010 – Dr. iur., University of Zurich (summa cum laude, Professor Walther Hug Prize)

2006 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

2003 – lic. iur., University of Zurich (summa cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Urs Hoffmann-NowotnySchellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Fielding a team that is ‘commercial, clever, responsive and a pleasure to deal with’, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd handles high-profile, complex commercial litigation, often with a cross-border element. The team particularly stands out for its commercial and banking expertise and counts Credit Suisse, Volkswagen, EFG International and UBS as clients. Peter Burckhardt heads up the group in Zurich, while Louis Burrus and Clara Poglia were recently appointed as co-heads of the Geneva team. Other key practitioners include Christian Girod and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny, who focus on banking litigation; ‘top-notch litigatorStefan Leimgruber, Benjamin Borsodi, who leads the internal corporate investigations group, and of counsel Vincent Jeanneret. Katherine Bell was promoted to the partnership and Daniela Dardel was promoted to counsel in early 2022.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

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

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all aspects of business law with particular experience in banking and finance, capital markets and corporate and M&A matters with further expertise in dispute resolution, where Peter Burckhardt, Christopher Boog and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are active. Philippe Borens, Lorenzo Olgiati, Oliver Triebold, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and David Mamane are the key names for IP and competition law matters. Other names to note include Pascal Hubli, Josef Caleff, Anya George, Anna Kozmenko, Olivier Favre and Andrea Dorjee-Good.