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


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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

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.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

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.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

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.