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Walder Wyss Ltd.
SEEFELDSTRASSE 123
PO BOX 1236
8034 ZURICH
Switzerland

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Dieter Hofmann heads the Litigation & Arbitration Team. His primary focus is dispute resolution in complex, mainly international cases, ranging from pre-litigation advice, representation of clients in court and in arbitration proceedings, coordination in cases involving multiple jurisdictions, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards and international legal assistance. He also sits as arbitrator in international arbitrations. He has considerable experience in complex disputes arising from joint-venture and shareholders’ agreements, M&A, international contracts, engineering and construction projects, directors’ liability, banking, finance and (re-)insurance, insolvency etc.

Career

Admitted throughout Switzerland. Before joining Walder Wyss in 1999, he worked as a court law clerk in Zurich and as an attorney with major law firms in Zurich and in London. Partner at Walder Wyss since 2003. Chair of the Zurich Bar’s Litigation Practice Group. Regularly publishes and speaks on litigation and arbitration in Switzerland and abroad. Past Chair of DRI – Dispute Resolution International and past Vice-Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association.

Languages

German, English and French

Memberships

Chair of the Zurich Bar Association’s Litigation Practice Group, past Chair of DRI – Dispute Resolution International, past Vice-Chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s Litigation Committee, member of IBA, ASA, RAA, DIS etc.

Education

Law degree from Zurich University (1991, magna cum laude). Admitted throughout Switzerland (1994). In 1999, he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (not practising).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Walder Wyss Ltd.‘s strengths are in construction, plant and equipment engineering disputes. It also has notable experience in arbitration proceedings arising from joint venture, agency and distribution agreements as well as shareholder and post-M&A-cases, where practice head Dieter Hofmann is a key contact. Other names to note are ‘outstanding lawyers‘ Michael FeitMicha Bühler and Michael CartierAndrea Meier and Geneva-based Diana Akikol joined in April 2020 from Wartmann & Merker and ABR Attorneys at Law LLC respectively.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Walder Wyss Ltd. is highlighted for its ‘combination of insolvency law expertise and corporate law insight‘. The team handles insolvencies, financial restructurings and corporate rescues for debtors and creditors; it is particularly experienced in acting for Swiss companies with head companies that are subject to a US Chapter 11 proceeding. The practice is led by Christoph StäubliMark ReutterDominik Hohler and Dieter HofmannMicha Bühler has dispute resolution expertise.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

Walder Wyss Ltd. fields a large team of dispute resolution specialists, who operate from six offices across Switzerland. The practice is specialised in a broad range of commercial matters before Swiss courts, with particular expertise in injunctive relief as well as in handling the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Its offering also includes expertise in white-collar criminal law. Team head Dieter Hofmann is well versed in joint venture, M&A, shareholders’ and construction disputes. Rodolphe Gautier in Geneva is a ‘wise and valued adviser‘. Other names to note are counsel Urs SchenkerMicha Bühler and Maurice Courvoisier in Basel, as well as Oliver Kunz and Antonio Carbonara.