Dr iur Michael Daphinoff > Kellerhals Carrard > Berne, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Kellerhals Carrard
3001 BERNE

Work Department

  • White collar crime, international legal assistance
  • Internal investigations & compliance
  • Litigation
  • National and international arbitration
  • Employment law
  • Corporate and business law, incl. corporate governance
  • Financial services


Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner


  • since 10/2019: Partner, Kellerhals Carrard Berne
  • 2012-2019: Associate with Walder Wyss Zurich and Berne
  • 2012: Lawyer in the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
  • before 2012: Various internships at the Administrative Court of the canton of Berne, the District Court of Biel and the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (SUVA)


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian


  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Bernese Bar Association (BAV)
  • Swiss Lawyer’s Association (SJV)
  • Bernese Lawyer’s Association (BJV)
  • Section “criminal law” of BAV


  • 2016: LL.M. at King’s College (London) in arbitration and dispute resolution
  • 2012: Dr. iur., University of Fribourg
  • 2012: Admission to the Bar
  • 2007: MLaw, University of Fribourg and Strasbourg (with the special mentions «bilingual» and «European Law»)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

Thanks to its large team of ‘competent and responsive lawyers’, Kellerhals Carrard is highly active in a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in the life sciences, insurance, banking, sports, real estate and construction industries. The firm has a broad local network with offices in all the major economic centres in Switzerland; Lukas Bopp leads in Basel, Nicolas Gillard heads up the Lausanne team, the Berne group is led by Michael Daphinoff, Ivan Paparelli leads in Lugano, and the Zurich and Geneva practices are led by Peter Schatz and Annemarie Streuli respectively.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

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 > Employment

With its offices in Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lugano, Lausanne and Zurich, Kellerhals Carrard covers the country’s major cities and provides comprehensive employment law advice to national and international clients, including on the employment aspects of immigration and data protection matters. The practice is headed by certified specialist SBA employment Lawyer Urs Marti and specialist labour and employment lawyer Christoph Zimmerli. Ivan Paparelli and Jonathan Bernasconi have a focus on contentious employment matters. Michael Daphinoff specialises in arbitration matters. Daniel Alder is another key contact.