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Kellerhals Carrard
Via Canova 15
P.O. Box 6280
CH-6901 Lugano

Work Department

  • Commercial law
  • M&A
  • Sports law


lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Managing Partner Lugano
lic. oec. HSG


  • as of September 2017: Partner, Kellerhals Carrard Lugano SA, Lugano
  • 2004-2017: Partner, PSMLaw SA, Lugano
  • 2004-2009: General Counsel, Ferrari SpA, Maranello, Italy Member of Management Committee
  • 2000-2004: Associate, PSMLaw SA, Lugano
  • 1999: Associate, Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, 2 Wall Street, New York 
  • 1996-1999: Legal internship, PSMLaw SA, Lugano 
  • 1995-1996: Legal and tax assistant, Arthur Andersen SA, Lugano


  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • German


  • Bar Association of the Canton of Ticino (OATi)
  • Swiss Bar Association


  • 1998: Admission to the Bar of the Canton of Ticino
  • 1992-1994: lic. iur., magna cum laude, University of Berne
  • 1987-1992: lic. oec., University of St. Gallen, HSG

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Kellerhals Carrard fields a sizeable team of specialists in this area that are spread out across the firm’s various Swiss offices. The practice is noted for its expertise in advising on deals in the the mid-cap space and on corporate governance matters. The group is also active in the start-up scene, where it is able to leverage the wider firm’s strengths in fintech and technology. Key names include Beat Brechbuehl in Bern; Ines Poeschel and Reto Schumacher  in Zurich; Edgar Philippin in Lausanne; Emanuel Dettwiler in Basel; Lugano-based Massimiliano Maestretti; and Clarence Peter in Geneva.

Switzerland > Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland

The practitioners at Kellerhals Carrard‘s Lugano office are active in a range of practice areas, notably in M&A, intellectual property, dispute resolution and tax. Led by private client specialist Massimiliano Maestretti, the line-up also includes corporate adviser Henry PeterGiovanni Stucchi who knows tax and commercial law well, and DR-expert Ivan Paparelli as well as Andrea Fioravanti and Stefano Perucchi.

Switzerland > Sports law

Kellerhals Carrard acts for numerous international and national sports federations, clubs, teams and individuals on a variety of regulatory, transactional, contractual as well as contentious matters and has a particular specialism in the field of anti-doping litigation. The team is experienced in matters concerning football, athletics and motorsports and has an enviable track record in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Ross Wenzel and Jean-Pierre Morand are specialised in sports commercial matters. David Casserly and Marco Balmelli are key names for litigation concerning football-related matters, among other issues. François Carrard is an experienced arbitrator and advises sports organisations on organisational and structural matters. Massimiliano Maestretti focuses on Formula One teams. Nicolas Zbinden is also noted.