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Switzerland: Business Crime Defence Analysis 2016

A total of 28 lawyers are recommended for their experience in business crime defence.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Lorenz Erni Erni Brun Forrer, Zurich
Benjamin Borsodi Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva
Saverio Lembo Bär & Karrer, Geneva
Paolo Bernasconi Bernasconi Martinelli Alippi & Partners, Lugano
Paul Gully-Hart Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva

 Schellenberg Wittmer is the best-represented firm in this chapter demonstrating its deep bench of expertise in business crime defence. As the head of internal corporate investigations in Geneva, Benjamin Borsodi is a “standout talent” in the field, representing clients in white-collar crime matters including fraud. He is “terrifically good” according to peers, who cite his “poise and decisive manner” as key attributes. Paul Gully-Hart heads the white-collar crime and compliance group in Geneva and is deemed “a fantastic litigator” and “a formidable talent”. The “astute” Vincent Jeanneret specialises in white-collar crime defence, mutual legal assistance and embargo law proceedings. Peter Burckhardt is based in the firm’s Zurich office where he heads the white-collar crime and compliance practice, and the internal corporate investigations team.

At Bär & Karrer, two practitioners come highly recommended. Saverio Lembo heads the white-collar crime practice group and the litigation and arbitration team of the Geneva office. He is “internationally renowned” for his work in the field of white-collar crime defence and is “highly sought after”. Head of the internal investigation and cross-border proceedings practice, Andreas Länzlinger is “well known” in the market. In recent years he has advised and represented Swiss corporate clients in matters before US authorities including the US DoJ, the SEC and the FED.

Lalive also garners two listings. Sonja Maeder Morvant is “well versed” in complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings and represents clients in white-collar crime matters. Also at the firm, Marc Henzelin is a “great strategist” who gives “sensible and well-reasoned advice”.

Two names at Lenz & Staehelin are highlighted. Daniel Tunik in Geneva is a “top-notch litigator” with experience in the area of white-collar crime. He is a “deeply knowledgeable lawyer” who “puts clients at ease”. Miguel Oural divides his time between Geneva and Lausanne and is a “tough negotiator” who “is excellent on his feet” particularly in business crime matters.

At specialist criminal law firm Erni Brun Forrer, Lorenz Erni stands out for his “strong command of the law” and “stellar performances in court”. He is an “incredible lawyer” who is “everyone’s first choice”.

Paolo Bernasconi of Bernasconi Martinelli Alippi & Partners is a “celebrated figure” in the market whose involvement in the sector includes being vice president of the permanent advisory council of the Swiss Federal Authority against money laundering. 

Maurice Harari at LHA Avocats is a noted “expert” on white-collar crime who is recommended for maintaining a “calm demeanour even in a crisis”.

A founding partner of RVMH Avocats, Patrick Hunziker specialises in mutual legal assistance, white-collar crime proceedings and tax matters. He is a “seasoned professional” who “commands respect” in the marketplace.

At Homburger Flavio Romerio heads the white-collar and investigations working group and is “tremendous” by all accounts.

Pierre de Preux of Canonica Valticos de Preux & Associés is a “well-reputed name” in the market and he has an “intricate knowledge” of criminal proceedings.

At BCCC Avocats Jean-Marc Carnicé specialises in business crime including money laundering and corruption. He is particularly knowledgeable on international legal assistance.

Jean-Francois Ducrest of Ducrest Heggli Avocats is a “renowned litigator” who is described as “intuitive” and “extremely able”.

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