Prof Dr Isabelle Romy > Kellerhals Carrard > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Kellerhals Carrard

Work Department

  •     Banking, Finance & Fintech
  •     Employment law and social security law
  •     Litigation
  •     Arbitration
  •     Construction and Real Estate
  •     Dispute Resolution
  •     Environment


Prof. Dr., Attorney at Law, Partner


  • since 2021 Attorney at law, partner at the law firm Kellerhals Carrard Zurich GP, Switzerland
  • 2012-2021 Attorney at law, partner at the law firm FRORIEP Legal AG in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1995-2012 Associate, then Partner (2003-2012) at the law firm Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2003-2008 Deputy Judge at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court
  • 1999-2007 Member of the ethical commission at the EPFL
  • 1994-1996 Teaching Assistant at the Law School of the University of Lausanne (Criminal law)


  • French
  • German
  • English


  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)


  • University of Fribourg (Prof. Dr.)
  • University of Lausanne (PhD)
  • Admitted to the Bar (1991)
  • University of Lausanne (lic.iur.)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Fintech

Kellerhals Carrard advises all types of clients, from start-ups to internationally listed companies as well as financial market players, and has recently been active in advising the Swiss federal council on new legislation regarding distributed ledger technology. Strengths of the practice, headed by financial services regulation specialist Cornelia Stengel, lie in particular in advice concerning online forms of credit, digital payment systems as well as financial market infrastructure projects, such as crowd-lending, digital wallets and central bank digital currencies. Lars Schlichting has a focus on crypto currencies, assets, funds and certificates. Having joined in May and January of 2021 respectively, Isabelle Romy and digital banks specialist Luca Bianchi are new arrivals to the team.

Switzerland > Public law

Kellerhals Carrard ‘has profound experience and knowledge‘ in the field of public law, ‘in particular in public law litigation‘. The unit advises private companies, private individuals and public authorities on all economy-related public law matters and has ‘extensive expertise in federal public procurement‘. The team, lauded by clients for its ‘deep legal knowledge in the relevant fields of law‘, is jointly headed by ‘proven expertChristoph Jäger, Ivan Paparelli, Bernd Hauck and Isabelle Romy, who joined from MLL Legal in 2021 and specialises in environmental and construction law. Further key contacts are Andreas Güngerich and Jonathan Bernasconi from the Berne and Lugano offices respectively.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Kellerhals Carrard has ‘good depth in the international arbitration space’, acting as counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings, particularly in the health, oil and gas, construction and sports sectors; clients include the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Federation of Sport Climbing. Bernhard Berger and Olivier Mosimann jointly lead the group from Bern and Basel respectively; other key names include Martin Molina in Zurich and Geneva-based financial dispute specialist Jean-Cédric Michel. Isabelle Romy joined the group from MLL Legal in mid-2021.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

Kellerhals Carrard covers a wide variety of real estate advice and focuses on advising clients from the real estate consulting industry, such as architects and engineers. The group also assists with public procurement issues relating to real estate and real estate-related litigation and is considered among the best for construction law. Practice head Bernd Hauck is ‘excellent‘ in contract drafting and disputes. New arrival Isabelle Romy joined from Froriep in June 2021 and adds environmental law expertise, especially in regard to the clean-up of polluted sites. The ‘very competent and supportiveMario Marti and Andreas Guengerich are key contacts in Berne. Alexandre Kirschmann made partner in 2021.