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Dr iur Balz Gross
Litigation | Arbitration.
Partner. Balz Gross is the Head of Homburger’s Litigation | Arbitration practice. He has extensive experience regarding all aspects of international arbitration (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules, ad hoc, etc.) and complex litigation before Swiss state courts and authorities, including criminal proceedings and employment (compensation) related dsiputes. He has acted as party counsel in close to one hundred international arbitrations, in particular in proceedings relating to mergers and acquisitions, long-term supply contracts, distribution contracts and joint ventures. Balz Gross has also acted as co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations. Balz Gross acts as counsel in large, mostly international proceedings before the state courts in all Swiss cantons, in particular the Commercial Courts, and represents foreign and Swiss clients in proceedings involving criminal law issues. In addition, Balz Gross acts as counsel in employment litigation, with a particular focus on management compensation and employee incentive schemes.
Qualified in 1994. Partner of Homburger since 2002. Law clerk with the District Court, 1992-93. Scientific assistant to Chair of Private International and Swiss Private Law at the University of Zurich, Law School, Professor Anton Heini, 1989-91.
Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, IBA, ASA, Singapore International Commercial Court.
Graduated lic iur (summa cum laude, 1989), and Dr iur (1996) from University of Zurich, LLM from Harvard Law School (1995).
Homburger is an established player in the market and is particularly noted for its corporate, M&A and capital markets as well as its banking and finance practice, where Benedikt Maurenbrecher, René Bösch and Daniel Daeniker are key names. Other areas of expertise include dispute resolution, competition, tax, and IP and TMT, where the key contacts are Balz Gross and Felix Dasser; Marcel Dietrich and Franz Hoffet; Peter Riedweg and Dieter Grünblatt; and Georg Rauber. David Rosenthal left the firm.
Homburger is known predominantly for its large-scale transaction and litigation work. Gregor Bühler and Balz Gross lead a ‘client-oriented and responsive‘ team that stands out for its ‘broad and profound knowledge‘. Recent work includes advising ABB on all employment law-related aspects during its divestment of power grids to Hitachi; assisting Liberty Global with employee transfer issues and redundancies following the sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise; and acting for Therachon on personnel share-selling following a takeover by Pfizer. The practice also handles high-profile executive or management terminations and dismissals. Claude Lambert is also noted and Andreas Müller made partner in January 2020.(Leading individuals)
Homburger impresses with its broad practice, regularly representing blue-chip companies in complex disputes; clients are frequently from regulated industries including healthcare, banking, energy, transport, and nutrition, among others. The team, which is led by the experienced Balz Gross, also works closely with the firm’s M&A, IP and banking and finance groups; another area of expertise is white-collar criminal law defence and internal investigations, in which Claudio Bazzani is particularly well versed. Felix Dasser has longstanding experience in the dispute resolution area. Newly made-up partner Roman Baechler specialises in banking and insurance litigation, while senior associate Reto Ferrari-Visca knows civil disputes well.(Leading individuals)
Homburger‘s arbitration practice impresses with its wide range of activity, being involved in disputes related to contracts, transactions, data protection and employment, among others. It is regularly instructed by national and international blue-chip clients in particular from regulated industries. Team head Balz Gross is a dedicated arbitration counsel in M&A, contracts, and joint venture proceedings. Felix Dasser has a good track record in commercial and investment disputes. Gabrielle Nater-Bass acts as counsel as well as arbitrator, and is also recommended alongside Mariella Orelli and senior associate Stefanie Pfisterer.
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: Zurich
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Data privacy and data protection
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Dispute resolution: litigation
- Healthcare and life sciences
- Intellectual property
- Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland