Dr iur Balz Gross > Homburger > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration, Employment and Executive Compensation, Real Estate


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 disputes. He has acted as party counsel in more than one hundred international arbitrations, in particular in proceedings relating to mergers and acquisitions, long-term supply contracts, distribution contracts and joint ventures. 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. He advises clients on the international coordination of arbitral, state court and criminal proceedings covering multiple jurisdictions. In addition, Balz Gross is the co-head of the Employment practice and 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.


German, English.


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).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Balz GrossHomburger

Homburger’s ‘highly experienced’ team features a deep bench of highly regarded practitioners including practice co-heads Balz Gross and Roman Baechler, who specialise in employment and insurance litigation respectively; Mariella Orelli, who handles disputes with an Italian angle as well as energy litigation; private client, trust and estate expert Gabrielle Nater-Bass and ‘excellent litigatorFelix Dasser, who primarily acts in investment disputes. The group has notable experience in acting as lead counsel in cross-border litigation for a high-profile client roster which features UBS, Swisscom, The Swatch Group and other blue-chip listed companies. The team is also highly regarded for its expertise in regulated sectors, particularly the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, banking, insurance, energy, telecoms and transport industries.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

Balz Gross – Homburger

With ‘a highly experienced team with great visibility in arbitration matters’, Homburger is a go-to name for blue-chip clients in regulated industries, with notable knowledge of the financial services, life sciences, energy and telecoms sectors. The large team has varied counsel and arbitrator expertise and has seen notable growth following the promotion of Stefanie Pfisterer to partner in 2021 and the recruitment of associate Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb in mid-2021, who is an English-qualified barrister and member of the New York bar. Balz Gross heads up the department, which also fields energy and financial services sector expert Mariella Orelli, the ‘extremely collaborativeGabrielle Nater-Bass and Felix Dasser, who is the president of the Swiss Arbitration Association. At the junior level, associate Dilber Devitre is a key name.

Switzerland > Employment

Homburger provides ‘excellent, relevant, practical counsel‘ to a broad variety of domestic and international clients on all types of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. This includes advice on the employment aspects of transactions, investigations and restructurings as well as on mass dismissals and social plans. The team, which is headed by ‘exceptional leader and business mindAndreas Müller and Balz Gross, is particularly experienced in advising on executive remuneration and bonus schemes as well as tax aspects relating to executive pay. Claude Lambert focuses on corporate procedures relating to executive remuneration. Gregor Bühler advises at the intersection of IP, IT and employment law.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

The team at Homburger has a comprehensive offering with particularly deep experience in capital markets, banking and finance as well as corporate and M&A, tax and dispute resolution. Marcel Dietrich and Franz Hoffet head the team’s regulatory and competition service offering. Banking, finance and capital markets matters are the key focus areas of Benedikt Maurenbrecher, Jürg Frick and René Bösch while Daniel Daeniker has a corporate M&A focus and Dieter Grünblatt covers the tax aspects of transactions. Balz Gross and Felix Dasser specialise in litigation and arbitration. Also noted is intellectual property expert Georg Rauber.