Dr Werner Jahnel > LALIVE > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Private Client, Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration and Business advisory




Werner Jahnel joined LALIVE in 2008 and has been based in the Zurich office since 2010. He specialises in private wealth, advising private clients, family offices, foundations and trust companies on complex international estate planning and inheritance law matters, succession planning, divorce and family issues. He is certified by the Swiss Bar Association as a Specialist in Inheritance law. Having practised international arbitration for two decades, he currently acts as counsel and arbitrator in commercial and private client related disputes.

Werner Jahnel is vice-president of the Swiss Association for Arbitration in Inheritance Matters (SVSiE), member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), member of the working group for Arbitration and Inheritance Law of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) and member of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL), the Association Successio, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Zurich Bar Association. He is also a founding member of the Association of Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association (LIS).

Werner Jahnel is frequently invited as speaker at international conferences on trust and estate as well as family law related matters and arbitration and is regularly publishing in those areas.

Werner Jahnel is ranked by Chambers’ High Net Worth Guide and Who’s Who Legal as a leading practitioner in Private Client and Arbitration as well as by Legal 500 as one of the leading private client practitioners in Switzerland.

Werner Jahnel previously worked as an associate at Monereo, Meyer & Marinel-Lo Abogados in Barcelona and Madrid (2006-2008), and in international arbitration with Andreas Reiner & Partners in Vienna (2002-2005). He was a legal counsel (1999-2001) and counsel ad hoc (2006) at the ICC in Paris (International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce). He trained as a clerk in various Austrian courts (1996-1998) and was assistant to the Austrian trade commissioner in Montreal, Canada, in 1995.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Graz in Austria, awarded in 2001 with distinction, and a Master’s degree in international studies (specialisation in public international law and international business law) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (1996-1998). He also studied law at the University of Lyon II, France, and obtained in 1995 his Magister der Rechtswissenschaften from the University of Graz, Austria.


German, English, French, Spanish and basic knowledge of Italian.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Private client

LALIVE‘s private client group leverages teams in both Zurich and Geneva, with the former practice headed up by Werner Jahnel and Simone Nadelhofer, and the latter led by Alexander Troller and Sandrine Giroud. The practice assists ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals with matters spanning international inheritance law, art law, banking and financial services litigation, and matrimonial proceedings.