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Switzerland: Insurance & Reinsurance Analysis 2016

In this chapter we feature the 24 leading insurance practitioners in the Swiss market.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Christoph Graber Prager Dreifuss, Zurich
Martin Bernet Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Alexander von Ziegler Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Peter Hsu Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Lars Gerspacher gbf Attorneys-at-law, Zurich

 Schellenberg Wittmer leads the research with three names recommended, two of which appear in our most highly regarded section. Martin Bernet focuses his practice on international litigation and arbitration as well as insurance and reinsurance and is a “definite inclusion on any list” according to many. Alexander von Ziegler heads the firm’s insurance and trade and transport practice groups, and is described by clients as a “great strategist” and an “invaluable asset”. Christian Girod is “very active” in the field and is noted for his “excellent attention to detail” and “bespoke solutions”.

Prager Dreifuss sees two of its members highlighted. Christoph Graber leads our research, and is praised for his “invaluable sector experience”. He heads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice and his “straightforward and practical advice” makes him a “first choice” for clients. Hans-Ulrich Brunner regularly acts as defence counsel in liability and insurance cases for real estate and construction clients, and is a “great operator”.

Two names are also featured from Bär & Karrer. Peter Hsu is “extremely knowledgeable” in insurance regulatory matters, and is lauded for his “business oriented approach”. Andreas Länzlinger is head of the internal investigation and cross-border proceedings practice at the firm, and is “accessible and easy to work with” according to clients.

From gbf Attorneys-at-law, Lars Gerspacher specialises in insurance and reinsurance matters in the aviation and shipping sectors, and is noted for his “poised approach”. The “fantastic” Laurent Chassot established and leads the firm’s Geneva office. His practice is focused on aviation, transport and insurance law, cross-border litigation and debt enforcement, and he is “very user-friendly”.

CMS von Erlach Poncet’s Clemens von Zedtwitz advises national and international insurance companies and insurance brokers, in particular on private law and supervisory law issues. His “reasoned approach” and “close attention to detail” sees him “highly recommended” by clients. Jodok Wicki is an insurance disputes specialist whose “innovative solutions” make him a “top choice” for many.

Badertscher Rechtsanwälte is represented by Alexandra Bösch, whose “encyclopaedic knowledge” of the insurance market places her “among the top players” in the field. Also from the firm, Markus Doerig is a “consummate expert” and offers clients “pragmatic advice” which is “of the highest quality”.

Peter Haas from Eversheds is a “leading light” in the market, particularly commended for his work on insurance disputes. He is “incredibly talented” and “highly acclaimed” by many.

Shelby du Pasquier from Lenz & Staehelin is a “phenomenal talent” who is a “point of reference in the market” for peers, and impresses with his “international mindset”.

Baker & McKenzie’s Christoph Graber is praised for his “invaluable sector experience”  and his “straightforward and practical advice” makes him a “first choice” for clients.

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