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Switzerland: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017

This chapter features 27 leading practitioners highlighted for their work representing insurance underwriters, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate insurers in contentious, contractual, regulatory and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christoph Graber Prager Dreifuss, Zurich
2. Lars Gerspacher gbf Attorneys-at-law, Zurich
3. Peter Hsu Bär & Karrer, Zurich
4. Martin Bernet Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich

National full-service firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER boasts the leading insurance group in the country. Its lawyers regularly advise on general insurance law issues, regulatory issues and insurance and reinsurance-related disputes. We feature four of the firm’s practitioners in this chapter.
Martin Bernet is “a seasoned disputes lawyer” with an active insurance and reinsurance practice that has seen him advise both insurers and reinsurers on coverage, policy wording and regulatory matters.
The “fantastic” Alexander von Ziegler draws widespread praise from market sources. He is well known in the transport sector, regularly counselling aviation insurers in relation to crashes or accidents.
Dispute resolution head Christian Girod is widely respected for his significant experience representing insurance companies in complex claims.
Internationally recognised Olivier Favre is identified as a leading regulatory expert in the field.

BAUDACCI NIGG STENBERG, a well-known insurance and liability boutique, boasts three listings in this chapter.
Hans Nigg is noted for his “significant industry experience” and “personable manner”. He regularly represents clients in insurance and reinsurance-related litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Erik Stenberg is a respected practitioner recognised for his connections to the London insurance market. He focuses his practice insurance and coverage matters relating to the financial services sector.
The “superb” André Graf is a market-leading practitioner known for his expertise in insurance and liability issues.

MBH ATTORNEYS AT LAW also achieves three nominations this year.
The “fantastic” Helmut Heiss is a celebrated academic who regularly sits as arbitrator on international liability cases.
Ulrike Mönnich is an insurance specialist who is “known for her proficiency when it comes to comparing Swiss and German or European regulatory frameworks.”
Christopher Bell is an experienced practitioner having spent over 30 years handling a wide array insurance law matters from the drafting of contracts to claims disputes.

Leading Swiss firm BÄR & KARRER regularly advises leading insurers on a wide range of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Two leading practitioners from the firm are highlighted in this chapter.  
Peter Hsu is “a well-known expert in the field”. One source notes: “He certainly knows his stuff in the regulatory area and is active on large transactions.”
Andreas Länzlinger is “one of the best litigators in Switzerland” according to one respondent, with another praising his “wealth of knowledge in the insurance and reinsurance space”.

PRAGER DREIFUSS is home to two outstanding individuals who receive recognition this year.
Christoph Graber draws widespread praise from peers thanks to his high profile in Swiss insurance and reinsurance law. According to one source, “He is a mainstay in the market and one of the best lawyers you will find in Switzerland.”
Hans-Ulrich Brunner is also highlighted, and stands out for his extensive experience acting as defence counsel in liability and insurance cases.

GBF ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW sees two individuals singled out in this chapter. Insurance and reinsurance is a core practice at the firm, with the team regularly advising international companies on both non-contentious and contentious matters.
Lars Gerspacher is a market-leading insurance specialist known for his great expertise in aviation and maritime matters. He counsels insurers and reinsurers looking to establish their business in Switzerland and regularly represents clients in international arbitral proceedings.
In Geneva, office head Laurent Chassot focuses his practice on defending airline companies and their insurers in complex claims following aircraft incidents.

At CMS VON ERLACH PONCET, two practitioners are listed.
Jodok Wicki is a well-established figure in the market known for his considerable experience and expertise advising clients in coverage litigation.
Clemens von Zedtwitz impresses market sources with his “tremendous expertise”. He specialises in policy wordings and regulatory issues, and frequently advises insurance clients in relation to claims.

BADERTSCHER RECHTSANWÄLTE boasts a firmly established insurance and liability law practice and achieves two listings this year.
Alexandra Bösch is “a well-known name in the market” with a broad insurance and reinsurance law practice covering advisory and contentious issues.
The “outstanding” Markus Dörig possesses over 20 years of experience in insurance and reinsurance law. He is an experienced litigator with a strong track record in coverage disputes.

LENZ & STAEHELIN’s Shelby du Pasquier is a major figure in the Swiss market and counts a number of high-profile banks and financial institutions among his clients.

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