Mr Philipp J Dickenmann > CMS > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd
Dreikönigstrasse 7
8022 Zurich

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Sports, Employment & Pensions, Commercial




Philipp Dickenmann is the head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group of CMS Zurich. He also serves as core team member of the global CMS Dispute Resolution Practice Area Group as well as the CMS Commercial Practice Area Group.

Philipp Dickenmann has extensive experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He acts as counsel and co-counsel, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in numerous national and international cases. This includes arbitrations conducted under the ICC Rules of Arbitration, the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the CAS Rules. Regarding litigation, Philipp Dickenmann frequently represents clients in court proceedings before local and cantonal courts, and has been acting in over twenty cases before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

In addition, Philipp Dickenmann’s practice focuses on commercial matters, sports law and employment law. His commercial practice includes the drafting and negotiating of distribution and cooperation agreements, sales and supply contracts, service agreements, outsourcing arrangements, and manufacturing agreements. Another part of Philipp’s commercial practice is advising its clients on possibilities to limit their exposure in contracts, as well as the wording of General Terms & Conditions.

Clients for which Philipp Dickenmann is acting include manufacturers, companies of the energy sector, distributors, trading companies, companies of the consumer products sector, supermarket chains, chemical companies, companies of the automobile & parts sector and airlines. He also represents numerous companies of the service sector, including banks, auditing companies, fund managers, brokers, IT-companies and sports clubs.

Philipp Dickenmann joined CMS Zurich in 2002, after having completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago School of Law. He is a partner since 2008.


German, English, French, Italian.


  • Zürcher Anwaltsverband (ZAV)
  • Schweizerischer Anwaltsverband (SAV)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • International Association of Defensce Counsel (IADC)
  • European Justice Forum (EJF)


  • 2002  Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Chicago School Law (US)
  • 1999  Bar admission (Zurich)
  • 1997 and 1998  Law clerk for the District Court of Zurich
  • 1996  University of Zurich School of Law (lic.iur.), magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Sports law

The sports law practice at CMS acts for clubs, individuals and sports apparel manufacturers, among others, particularly from the football and hockey sectors. The team frequently acts in litigation as well as arbitration proceedings on matters concerning compensation, indemnity, employment as well as transfer claims and various contractual claims. Olivier Carrard regularly acts as arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chairman in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Pierre Ducret and Philipp Dickenmann are experienced in dispute resolution and frequently act for corporate and individual clients in litigation and international arbitration matters.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

The Zurich-team at CMS is noted for providing ‘sophisticated yet practical advice and excellent industry knowledge‘. It covers dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, and real estate as well as insurance and employment law. Jodok WickiDavid Hürlimann, Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, Christian Gersbach, Philipp Dickenmann, Niklaus ZauggReto Hunsperger and Daniel Jenny are names to note. Marquard Christen and Tobias Somary are key contacts for competition and private clients matters respectively.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

The team at CMS has notable experience in national and international insolvency, enforcement and restructuring. It covers a variety of proceedings, ranging from debt enforcement and composition to asset freezing and claw-back actions. The members are also instructed by companies in corporate reorganisations. Reto Hunsperger and Olivier Carrard in Geneva lead the practice, which also includes M&A specialist Daniel Jenny, litigator Philipp Dickenmann and associate Marjolaine Jakob in Zurich as well as Pierre Ducret in Geneva.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

Through its close connection to the firm’s corporate team, CMS‘s practice is well positioned to represent its clients in D&O cases, contract disputes, and other commercial litigation. Practitioners have particular expertise in the construction, real estate and automotive industries. The Zurich and Geneva team is led by Philipp Dickenmann and Christian Lüscher, respectively. Olivier Carrard and Pierre Ducret in Geneva are well versed in the sports law space, while Reto Hunsperger is experienced in enforcement proceedings. Bernhard Lötscher is a key contact for white-collar criminal law matters and Niklaus Zaugg is also noted.