Dr iur Philippe Nordmann > Walder Wyss Ltd. > Basel, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Walder Wyss Ltd.
PO Box 633
4010 BASEL

Work Department

Employment Law / Litigation




Philippe Nordmann is Co-Head of our Employment Law Team and Head of our Basel Office. He advises companies as well as executive employees in all aspects of employment law (e.g. drafting of employment contracts and employee regulations, setting upcompensation schemes, support concerning dismissals and plant closures, advising companies in negotiations regarding collective bargaining agreements, assignments of employees, staff leasing, work permits, competition clauses etc.). He has substantial experience in litigation (in private and public employment law as well as in other areas of the law). Moreover, Philippe Nordmann is member of the Private Client team. He advises private clients in questions of international law. In addition, he is a board member of several foundations.

Before joining Walder Wyss in 2014, he gained working experience as clerk at the civil court in Basel and worked during 14 years as an associate and as a partner in law firms in Basel, during the last four years as a partner in a leading Swiss law firm where he was head of the Employment Law team.


Philippe Nordmann speaks German, English and French.


Philippe Nordmann was a member of the Tax Appeal Commission of the canton of Basel-Stadt from 2013 to 2015. Since 2016 he is Vice-President of the Personnel Appeals Commission of the canton of Basel-Stadt and since 2018 President of the Supporter‘s Association of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at the University of St. Gallen.


Born in 1972, Philippe Nordmann was educated at the university of Basel (lic. iur. 1995, Dr. iur. 1997) and at the Cardozo School of Law in New York (LL.M. 2002).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Philippe NordmannWalder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. ‘is surely one of the best in Switzerland‘ when it comes to advice regarding all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including employment contracts, international assignment of employees and transaction-related issues, in particular transfers of undertaking. The team is further adept at advising on internal investigations, plant closures as well as mass dismissals and assisting clients in any related negotiations and conflict resolution with individual employees, employee representatives and trade unions. Philippe Nordmann, who ‘stands out both professionally and as a coordinator‘, heads the practice together with Ueli Sommer, ‘a thoughtful lawyer with the best expertise and a lot of experience‘. Irène Suter-Sieber is noted for her ‘excellent knowledge of employment law‘. Rayan Houdrouge  joined the firm from Lenz & Staehelin .

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Walder Wyss Ltd. has a strong reputation for advice on M&A and capital markets transactions as well as public tender offers and restructurings. Transactions are ably covered by Luc Defferrard, Markus Pfenninger, Alex Nikitine and Urs Gnos. Markus Frick, Philippe Nordmann, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, David Vasella, Reto Jacobs and Johannes Bürgi are other key practitioners. Michael Isler, Irène Suter-Sieber and Reto Vonzun are also noted.