Mr Harold Frey > Lenz & Staehelin > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Lenz & Staehelin

Work Department

International Arbitration, Litigation, Investigations, International Legal Assistance, Sports


Partner, Head of Litigation and Arbitration


District Court of Dielsdorf, Zurich; Admission to Zurich Bar; Admission to New York Bar; Arbitration Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, London; Partner at Lenz & Staehelin


German, English


Board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI), The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Zurich Bar Association (ZAV), New York Bar Association


University of Zurich (lic. iur.), New York University School of Law (LL.M.)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Harold FreyLenz & Staehelin

Praised by clients as ‘an excellent law firm with profound knowledge’, Lenz & Staehelin fields ‘a very professional and always available’ team, which has significant expertise in banking and financial litigation, corporate disputes, private client work, employment litigation, contentious real estate work and IP mandates. The practice also has knowledge of the white-collar crime arena and experience in disputes involving states or state-owned entities. Harold Frey leads the Zurich-based team, while Daniel Tunik heads up the practice in Geneva. In Zurich, Martin Burkhardt focuses on commercial disputes, Dominique Müller leads the investigations practice and Thierry Calame and Jürg Simon focus on IP litigation. Miguel Oural, Xavier Favre-Bulle and white-collar crime expert Hikmat Maleh are key names to note in Geneva.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Harold FreyLenz & Staehelin

Fielding ‘a high-performing team of colleagues with high standards of professionalism, responsiveness and efficiency’, Lenz & Staehelin is a go-to name for high-profile international arbitration proceedings, acting as counsel and arbitrator. Several members of the team also have expertise in foreign jurisdictions and have knowledge of the pharmaceuticals, energy, telecoms, banking and spots sectors, among others. Xavier Favre-Bulle leads the arbitration team, while Harold Frey is head of the wider litigation and arbitration department; Favre-Bulle is based in Geneva and Frey is located in Zurich. Martin Burkhardt, IP specialist Thierry Calame, banking expert Daniel Tunik and counsel Martin Aebi are also singled out.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Lenz & Staehelin has a good reputation for its full-service offering and is noted in particular for its services in the areas of dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, and banking and finance with further areas of expertise in intellectual property, TMT and competition law. Key figures of note are banking and finance experts Marcel Tranchet and Patrick Hünerwadel, capital markets-focused Patrick Schleiffer, corporate M&A specialist Lukas Morscher and litigation and arbitration specialist Harold Frey. Other key contacts are Tanja Luginbühl for insolvency and restructuring matters, Heini Rüdisühli for private client matters, Jürg Simon for intellectual property advice and Marcel Meinhardt for competition law expertise.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences

Lenz & Staehelin‘s practice comprises specialists from different areas: Thierry Calame is a key contact in IP- and regulatory related queries, while Harold Frey has considerable know-how in life sciences disputes. The corporate and M&A-front is also well covered with names such as Andreas Rötheli and Guy Vermeil. The instructions come from a range of clients, such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceutical distribution companies, as well as other organisations such as healthcare providers and academic institutions. Lara Dorigo left the firm in early 2022.