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Wartmann Merker Ltd.
Kirchgasse 48

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

True litigation boutiqueWartmann Merker Ltd. counts Swiss banks, insurance companies, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and businesses in the construction, media, shipping and logistics sectors on its client roster. Recent work includes post-M&A disputes, sports mandates and asset tracing issues. Peter Reichart and Peter Hafner jointly lead the group, which also includes financial dispute expert Reto Strittmatter and Giovanna Montanaro, who handles litigation relating to shipping and aviation law.


‘The team did an excellent job. Each team member was always informed about any and all steps and events and was available to us at all times as a highly competent contact person.’

‘I would like to especially mention the partner who was responsible for our case, Mr. Peter Reichart. His knowledge and experience in employment law is truly extraordinary. I have never read better, more stringent and more thoughtful court submissions than the ones drafted by Mr. Reichart. They are excellently written, very clear and to the point. Mr. Reichart has the ability to present even the most complex topics in an understandable and simple way. At the oral court hearing, he was equally convincing and his negotiation skills were impressive. I consider him the best I have met in this field.’

‘Small team of experienced litigators, who have a big law firm background.’

‘Peter Reichart – very knowledgeable in civil procedure.’

‘Wartmann & Merker is a true litigation boutique with profound experience in the banking and financial services industry.’

‘Peter Hafner and Peter Reichart are the stars of the firm and widely recognised litigation experts. They are both outstanding.’

‘Collaboration with Wartmann & Merker is always very pleasant. The team responds quickly and is very professional.’

‘Wartmann & Merker is very knowledgeable and is open to every client and their specific situation.’

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 3

Litigation boutique Wartmann & Merker has longstanding experience in representing clients from the insurance industry as well as clients, in particular from the transport and logistics sector, in disputes against insurers. The caseload frequently includes cover issues, recourse actions due to damages, D&O liability and defence of damages. Giovanna Montanaro is experienced in cross-border litigation and arbitration.

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Switzerland > Transport Tier 3

Dispute resolution boutique Wartmann Merker Ltd.  acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings in the transport sector, acting for shipping and logistic companies, insurance companies and banks. Typical matters include post-M&A disputes, damage and liability claims as well as advice regarding passenger rights and issues of force majeure in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Giovanna Montanaro ‘is a highly qualified expert in her field‘, the insurance and freight forwarding market, where she regularly acts in cross-border transportation and insurance litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Giovanna Montanaro


‘Quick response time, but still to the point.’

‘Giovanna Montanaro is a highly qualified expert in her field.’

‘Giovanna Montanaro is very experienced.’

‘Giovanna Montanaro knows her stuff in the transport/insurance field, and is a good litigator.’

The firm’s core area of practice is dispute resolution. It represents companies and individuals in court and administrative proceedings as well as in international and domestic arbitral proceedings. Members of the firm act as counsel or arbitrator in international and domestic arbitral proceedings. In addition, the firm advises Swiss manufacturing, trading and service companies of various types and sizes. It also acts for foreign corporations pursuing activities in Switzerland, notably in the financial and media sectors.

Peter Reichartp.reichart@wartmann-merker.ch+41 44 212 10 11
Peter Hafnerp.hafner@wartmann-merker.ch+41 44 212 10 11
Reto Strittmatterr.strittmatter@wartmann-merker.ch+41 44 212 10 11
Giovanna Montanarog.montanaro@wartmann-merker.ch+41 44 212 10 11
Peter Hafner photoDr Peter HafnerPartner, Commercial Litigation, international civil procedure, international legal assistance in civil and…
Giovanna Montanaro photoDr Giovanna MontanaroPartner, International and national transport law, commercial and insurance law, including maritime…
Peter Reichart photoDr Peter ReichartPartner, Litigation, arbitration, corporate and commercial law, labor law, bankruptcy and insolvency,…
Reto Strittmatter photoDr Reto StrittmatterPartner, Corporate and commercial law, litigation, arbitration, labor law
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