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Switzerland: Commercial Litigation Analysis 2016

In this chapter, we identify 51 lawyers.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Martin Bernet Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Daniel Hochstrasser Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Martin Burkhardt Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
Michael Kramer Pestalozzi, Zurich
Roberto Dallafior Nater Dallafior, Zurich
Balz Gross Homburger, Zurich
Andreas Länzlinger Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Felix Dasser Homburger, Zurich
Ernst Felix Schmid Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
Laurent Killias Pestalozzi, Zurich

 Zurich-based law firm Homburger sees six of its lawyers recognised for their litigation expertise demonstrating the high quality practice on offer. Balz Gross is deputy head of the litigation/arbitration practice team and he regularly litigates before Swiss state courts and authorities. He is noted for his “analytical mind” and is described as a “formidable opponent”. Head of the practice Felix Dasser is a “stand out name” in the market. He has deep experience in a range of international commercial disputes, including white-collar crime and regulatory compliance. The “talented” Georg Naegeli is a former judge and this affords him a “great insight into how judges think that truly makes him stand out from the competition”. Gabrielle Nater-Bass is heavily involved in complex state court litigation and is a “highly sought-after” litigator.

At Lenz & Staehelin five names are recommended. Martin Burkhardt has a broad dispute resolution practice and is widely recognised as a “leading litigator”. Alex Wittmann advises on contractual and commercial disputes including bank and finance agreements, post-M&A and joint venture agreements. Daniel Tunik is particularly well known for his work in the banking sector, but also has an active litigation practice in the areas of insolvency, white-collar crime and employment. He is “absolutely terrific” and “great on his feet”. Xavier Favre-Bulle is a “top-flight” litigator with a “commanding presence” in the courtroom. Harold Frey is also recommended for his “wealth of experience”.

At Pestalozzi, four lawyers are singled out including Michael Kramer and Laurent Killias. Chair of the firm Kramer also heads the litigation and arbitration group in Zurich and specialises in cross-border disputes representing clients in a variety of industries. He has particular experience in the contentious aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy law, white-collar crime and asset recovery. Killias is noted for his “dedicated approach” and “astute legal mind”; he is “often brought in for the most complex matters”.

Schellenberg Wittmer has four practitioners recognised in this chapter. Martin Bernet is the “standout” practitioner in the market with clients praising his “impressive advocacy skills”. Head of the dispute resolution group in Zurich, he provides “strategic advice” to clients in relation to their disputes and represents parties in court proceedings relating to banking, international commodity sales, joint ventures, corporate liability, insurance, enforcement of foreign judgments, and asset recovery. Alexander Jolles is an “exemplary litigator” according to peers. He litigates a variety of matters, including art-related disputes.

Three lawyers are recommended at Bär & Karrer. Daniel Hochstrasser represents parties in complex commercial litigation relating to M&A transactions, banking and finance, infrastructure projects and licence agreements.  Andreas Länzlinger heads the internal investigation and cross-border proceedings practice handling banking, commercial, corporate and insurance litigations. He has a “forensic approach” and “puts clients at ease”. Saverio Lembo heads the litigation and arbitration team in Geneva, as well as the white-collar crime practice. He is “sensational” in proceedings and “always fights his clients’ corner”.

At Wartmann & Merker, a trio of names are recognised including Peter Reichart, a “top talent” in the market specialising in banking disputes as well as industrial and infrastructure projects, and directors and officers’ liability. He “continues to impress” with his “reasoned approach”. Peter Hafner provides “sensible and commercial advice” which “gets results”. Andrea Meier is a “strong performer” in commercial disputes and represents parties in cases relating to industrial and infrastructure projects, banking, international trade, joint ventures, corporate liability, and insurance.

Nater Dallafior is represented by the two namesakes: Roberto Dallafior and Hans Nater. Dallafior provides “sensible advice” and is “highly commercial in his approach to matters”. Nater specialises in commercial litigation and is “focused and effective”. Clients praise his “adaptability” across a range of practice areas.

Two lawyers are also singled out from Niederer Kraft & Frey. Head of the dispute resolution group Ernst Felix Schmid represents clients in national and international litigation in disputes covering contract, employment, banking and corporate law. Daniel Eisele is known for his work on “large, complex” disputes and has an “enviable client list” including those in the trade and commerce, finance and banking, and sports industries. 

At Peter & Partners, Christoph Brunner is “wholly dedicated to his clients”. Peers commend Brunner as a “first-rate” lawyer. Wolfgang Peter’s strength lies in his “impressive strategic abilities” which clients deem “top-notch”.

At Walder Wyss, two lawyers are recommended. Head of the litigation and arbitration team Dieter Hofmann is a “go-to lawyer” for clients most complex and challenging cases. Peter Straub is “incredibly smart yet personable” and clients laud his “thoroughness”.

Philipp Haberbeck at his own firm is known for his “no-nonsense approach”. He provides “pragmatic and sensible advice”.

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte’s Daniel Stoll has particular experience in banking, financial markets, commercial and estate matters. He is recommended for his “steadfast approach” and “innovative way of thinking”.

Marc Russenberger at RKR Rechtsanwälte is a “force to be reckoned with” according to peers, who add that he has a “very active” litigation practice.

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