Mr Peter Burckhardt > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Zurich / Dispute Resolution / White-Collar Crime and Compliance / Internal Corporate Investigations / International Arbitration / Restructuring and Insolvency


Peter Burckhardt leads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich, as well as the White-Collar Crime & Compliance and the Internal Corporate Investigations teams. Peter has developed a strong practice in complex criminal, regulatory and civil litigation matters, often involving multi-jurisdictional components. He is also frequently retained to conduct internal investigations for a broad range of topics.


  • Defending a global Swiss bank in a money laundering investigation related to foreign corruption
  • Representing a German car manufacturer against consumer mass claims in the context of the Diesel affair
  • Lead counsel to a major Brazilian construction group for the Swiss aspects of the Petrobras matter, which settled in a trilateral deal (BR/US/CH)
  • Swiss lead counsel to a global bank headquartered in Switzerland in the U.S. tax dispute
  • Defending a major bank in a Ponzi scheme fraud investigation and related civil and regulatory action
  • Defending a member of top management of a global bank in criminal and regulatory proceedings by Swiss and U.S. law enforcement
  • Defending an ousted head of state in a corruption and money laundering investigation


2006 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

1999 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

1996-1998 – Served in various functions in the judiciary of the Canton of Bern, notably as criminal prosecutor and deputy judge in civil and criminal matters


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian


  • Member of various professional associations including the Zurich and Swiss Bar  Associations, the International Bar Association (IBA), the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)


1999 – LL.M., University of Edinburgh

1995 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

1995 – University of Bern

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Peter Burckhardt  – Schellenberg 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 > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

(Hall of Fame)

Peter Burckhardt – Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Clients praise Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd for its ‘ability to engage constructively with the Swiss prosecutors.’ The firm fields a sizeable team of lawyers specialising in internal investigations, white-collar crime and related litigation. It works closely with the tax, M&A, competition and banking & finance practice groups to cover topics such as bribery and corruption; fraud and violation of tax, banking and capital market rules; and sanction violations. The ‘formidable’ Benjamin Borsodi and white-collar crime expert Peter Burckhardt jointly head up the group. Other notable team members include litigator Louis Burrus and of counsel Paul Gully-Hart.

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.