lic iur Ivan Paparelli > Kellerhals Carrard > Lugano, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

  • Administrative law
  • Banking and finance law
  • Litigation
  • Civil law
  • Debt enforcement and bankruptcy
  • Criminal law


lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner


  • as of September 2017: Partner, Kellerhals Carrard SA, Lugano
  • 2006-2017: Partner, PSMLaw SA, Lugano
  • 1996-2006: Associate, PSMLaw SA, Lugano
  • 1994-1996: Legal and judicial internship, District Court of Mendrisio-Sud and Appeals Office of the Council of State of the Canton of Ticino


  • Italian
  • French
  • German
  • English


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


  • 1996: Admission to the Bar of the Canton of Ticino
  • 1994: lic. iur., University of Bern

Lawyer Rankings

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 > Public law

Kellerhals Carrard offers ‘high level quality’ advice across all economy related areas of public law, including litigation, from both a Swiss and international perspective. The team has specific expertise in public procurement law, acting for both tenderers and awarding bodies as well as in public construction, planning and environmental law. The ‘excellentChristoph Jäger is specialised in litigating in areas of regulatory affairs, especially concerning key public infrastructures, and heads the Bern office together with Andreas Güngerich. The Lugano office is headed by Ivan Paparelli, who is experienced in litigation concerning, among others, construction law, and Jonathan Bernasconi.

Switzerland > Employment

Among the largest employment practices in Switzerland, Kellerhals Carrard advises on the full spectrum of employment law matters as well as immigration and data protection. The team acts for Swiss and foreign corporations and has specialised industry knowledge of the pharmaceutical, health care, insurance, fashion, sports and construction sectors. Practice heads Christoph Zimmerli and Urs Marti regularly handle company and employment disputes, including dismissals of senior employees and disputes regarding bonus payments. Ivan Paparelli, Jonathan Bernasconi and Daniel Alder are further key contacts. The team in Bern was joined in late 2019 by Michael Daphinoff from Walder Wyss Ltd..

Switzerland > Insurance

Kellerhals Carrard has a strong reputation for the resolution of insurance law disputes, acting for domestic and international insurers, policyholders and brokers on all issues regarding liability and coverage, often achieving ‘outstanding results in litigation’. The team, consisting of a number of partners and lawyers focusing primarily on insurance and re- insurance law, further advises on the design of insurance products as well as regulatory and supervisory matters. Christoph Frey, Pascal Grolimund, Thomas Eichenberger, Nicolas Gillard and Ivan Paparelli head the Zurich, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano offices respectively.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

Team members at Kellerhals Carrard are noted for ‘working smoothly together to deliver excellent results‘. The firm impresses with its broad litigation practice, offering legal assistance to companies from industries including pharmaceutical and life sciences, insurance, banking, construction and sports. It has contacts in all business centres of Switzerland: Lukas Bopp in Basel; Nicolas Gillard in Lausanne; Andreas Guengerich in Bern; Lugano-based Ivan PaparelliPeter Schatz in Zurich as well as Annemarie Streuli in the Geneva office. Life sciences specialist Claudia Götz Staehelin in Basel is also noted for her work in this space.