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Switzerland: Litigation 2017

We list 46 practitioners in this chapter who are the leading names in the country for complex commercial disputes, involving both domestic and international companies.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Martin Bernet Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
2. Daniel Hochstrasser Bär & Karrer, Zurich
3. Roberto Dallafior Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte, Zurich
4. Felix Dasser Homburger, Zurich
5. Michael Kramer Pestalozzi, Zurich
6. Laurent Killias Pestalozzi, Zurich
7. Balz Gross Homburger, Zurich
8. Martin Burkhardt Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
9. Marc Russenberger RKR Rechtsanwälte, Zurich
10. Andreas D Länzlinger Bär & Karrer, Zurich

HOMBURGER is one of the standout firms in our research this year, with five top practitioners listed. Its 40-strong litigation team covers the full range of commercial disputes.
The “excellent” Felix Dasser heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration group and is one of the best-known litigators in the country. His reputation as a “smart and creative” practitioner gains him a place as one of our most highly regarded lawyers in this year’s research.
Balz Gross is regularly seen by our correspondents in major litigation in Switzerland. He handles a range of commercial and employment litigation and is also an accomplished arbitration counsel.
Georg Naegeli is “seen all the time” and is highly recommended by interviewees for his skills as a litigator. He has over 30 years’ experience, including 10 as a judge.
Mariella Orelli has “excellent skills and is very precise and clever” according to one impressed client and has substantial experience before the commercial courts.
Partner Gabrielle Nater-Bass is also recommended for her litigation expertise. She has notable experience in private client issues, including trusts.

Three excellent lawyers from BÄR & KARRER are included in the listings this year.
Daniel Hochstrasser is one of our most-nominated lawyers partners in this year’s research. Sources comment on his “outstanding reputation”, noting him as “highly recommendable” for his litigation prowess.
Andreas Länzlinger garners a plethora of recommendations from fellow Swiss litigators. He handles a wide variety of cross-border litigation covering industries including insurance and banking.
Saverio Lembo is variously regarded as “an excellent lawyer” as well as an “extremely dedicated practitioner”. He covers a comprehensive range of contentious matters.

Three lawyers at SCHELLENBERG WITTMER are highlighted, including the “outstanding” Martin Bernet, who tops our research in this area. According to impressed clients, Bernet “offers firm and diligent advice and is able to think out of the box in his solutions”.

Four impressive practitioners from LENZ & STAEHELIN are noted in the research this year. Martin Burkhardt is again listed among our most highly regarded lawyers, according to a host of his peers. His expertise covers commercial and contract law as well as insolvency matters.
Alex Wittmann also stands out in this area, with construction and banking disputes among his many areas of expertise.

It comes as no surprise that PESTALOZZI once again ranks highly in our research, with two of its three listed lawyers appearing among our most highly regarded names.
Firm chair Michael Kramer is a “fine litigator” whose expertise covers domestic and cross-border litigation across a wide array of industries such as telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. One peer says: “He’s really very good – a brilliant lawyer who is very hard-working.”
Laurent Killias’s “excellent reputation” is well deserved, with interviewees pegging him as a “top-notch” practitioner for complex disputes. He focuses his practice on international litigation and is also well known for his expertise in arbitration.
Thomas Rohner garners nominations from a number of leading lawyers in the market. Sources highlight him as “a very reliable and dedicated practitioner”.

Litigation and arbitration specialists WARTMANN & MERKER perform well in this year’s listings, with three lawyers listed.
Andrea Meier is “really good in terms of strategic advice” and is noted for her “flexibility of approach”. Her expertise covers a range of industries and sectors, including banking, insurance and international trade.
The “excellent” Peter Reichart brings over 20 years of experience in litigation to bear in his representation of clients. He covers a range of insolvency, labour and commercial disputes.
Peter Hafner is a “really great lawyer who is diligent and knowledgeable”, according to sources. He is particularly noted for his representation of banks and financial institutions.

Roberto Dallafior at NATER DALLAFIOR RECHTSANWÄLTE is a “proactive and smart” attorney whose expertise is centred around insurance, banking and commercial disputes. He is also experienced at handling competition and antitrust matters.

Marc Russenberger of RKR RECHTSANWÄLTE is “absolutely excellent in his representation of clients”, say our commentators. He stands out for his expertise in procedural law matters.

Ernst Felix Schmid at NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY heads the firm’s litigation group and is highly regarded for his broad-based litigation practice. Clients say: “Felix provided us with superb and relevant advice.”

Philipp Habegger at his own firm is an experienced and “very strong counsel” who handles a range of matters, with deep expertise in arbitration work in particular.

The "smart and pragmatic" Urs Weber-Stecher at WENGER & VIELI is highlighted for his experience and expertise in all manner of complex disputes.

At PETER & PARTNERS, Christoph Brunner is an “excellent, knowledgeable and fair” lawyer who has appeared before all levels of Swiss courts. His expertise covers construction and energy matters, among other areas.

Sébastien Besson at LÉVY KAUFMANN-KOHLER has a “very good reputation as a precise and competent” lawyer, say sources. He has notable expertise in sports-related cases.

Dieter Hofmann proficiently leads the litigation practice group at WALDER WYSS. His practice covers a variety of sectors including construction, and banking and finance. He also handles corporate and company disputes.

Marc Henzelin at LALIVE is an experienced lawyer who is highly recommended by peers and market sources for his skill in commercial, banking and asset recovery law. 

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