Dr iur Claudia Götz Staehelin > Kellerhals Carrard > Basel, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Kellerhals Carrard
Henric Petri-Strasse 35
P.O. Box 257
CH-4010 Basel

Work Department

  • Litigation
  • International and domestic arbitration (counsel and arbitrator) 
  • Internal investigations, white collar crime
  • Compliance
  • Crisis management
  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Data privacy


Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP/E)


Dr Claudia Götz Staehelin, partner, represents her clients before Swiss courts and arbitration tribunals in all areas of commercial law and, as Head of Investigation at Kellerhals Carrard, leads internal investigations. She advises clients on white collar criminal law, international legal assistance, pharmaceutical law, healthcare compliance as well as data protection, and she assists companies in crisis management, high profile cross-border litigation and compliance.

Based on her experience as former Head of Litigation at Novartis, Claudia Götz Staehelin regularly assists companies with multi-jurisdictional projects requiring innovative thinking. She has extensive international experience in litigation and investigation risk assessment, and in assisting clients with strategic decision-making.

Claudia is a Swiss qualified lawyer, was admitted to the bar in 2001 and received her Doctoral of Law from the University of Basel. A Certified International Privacy Professional and a Certified Fraud Examiner, she has an LL.M. from New York University as a Vanderbilt Scholar.



  • German
  • English
  • French


  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • The Sedona Conference
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Ethics and Compliance Switzerland (ECS)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • German-Swiss Lawyers association (DSJV)


    • 2020: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
    • 2018: Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP/E, GDPR)
    • 2005: LL.M., New York University, School of Law, Vanderbilt Scholar, specialized in US litigation
    • 2001: Bar admission, Basel (all courts, Switzerland)
    • 2000: Dr.iur., University of Basel
    • 1998: lic. iur., University of Basel

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences

(Next Generation Partners)

Claudia Götz Staehelin – Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard impresses with ‘high analytical skills and great business acumen which make them a great team to work with.’ It regularly acts for pharma, life sciences and medtech companies as well as for doctors and hospitals. The group has considerable expertise in the regulatory space, compliance and investigations, as well as in related disputes, but also covers financing rounds and M&A transactions. Practice head Thomas Eichenberger is also well versed in tort and product liability law, competition law and contract law. Claudia Götz Staehelin is a specialist in contentious matters. Nicolas Mosimann and Beat Brechbuehl are the names to note in transactional queries. Oliver M. Brupbacherhas very profound knowledge in large-scale civil litigations.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

(Leading Individuals)

Claudia Götz Staehelin – Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard fields a sizeable team active in the regulatory, compliance and investigations space, and is appreciated for ‘deeply considering the individual situation of the clients.’ The team is retained by a variety of nationally and internationally operating companies, in particular from the healthcare and life sciences industry. Areas of focus are internal investigations, white-collar crime matters, crisis management, CMS, and dawn raids. Claudia Götz Staehelin combines investigation and litigation expertise, while Florian Baumann and Daniel Lengauer are key contacts for Swiss criminal proceedings and the implementation of compliance management systems respectively. Michael Daphinoff also deals with international assistance in criminal matters and asset recovery. Life sciences expert Oliver M. Brupbacher is also noted.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Kellerhals Carrard has a large regional coverage through offices in various Swiss cities as well a comprehensive service offering across a broad spectrum of practice areas. In particular, the team provides adept advice on M&A transactions, contentious proceedings and investigations as well as sports, and capital markets matters. Managing partner Dominik Oberholzer is the key contact in the Berne office. Christoph Jäger, Daniel Emch, Thomas Eichenberger, Claudia Götz Staehelin and Cornelia Stengel are also noted.