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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Labour & Employment 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Balz Gross is a "terrific employment litigator" with more than 25 years of experience in complex contentious proceedings.

Biography

Balz Gross is the head of Homburger's multidisciplinary employment and executive compensation team, which has more than 20 lawyers specialised in all aspects of employment and executive compensation. He is also the head of Homburger's dispute team. Balz Gross graduated (summa cum laude) from the University of Zurich in 1989 (lic iur), and he received an LLM degree from Harvard Law School in 1995 and a doctorate from Zurich University in 1996. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995.

Balz Gross's practice focuses on complex domestic and international litigation relating to all aspects of employment law. He has extensive expertise in employment litigation and executive compensation, in particular employee share plans, and advises on employment issues in connection with mass dismissals and transfer of undertaking situations. He acted as counsel in numerous large, mostly international proceedings before the state courts in all Swiss cantons, and in proceedings involving criminal law issues. He has also acted as party counsel in approximately 100 international arbitrations. He is listed as a global and a national leader in WWL, and named as a leading litigator and arbitration counsel by the main practice area guides.

Balz Gross is the co-author of the commentary on the Swiss federal act on jurisdiction and enforcement (section on contracts); the commentary on articles 68 to 96 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (relating to performance); and the commentary on the new Swiss Federal Act on Civil Procedure (section intervention, joinder, litis denuntiatio) and the Swiss Labour Act (section on leave, free days, etc). He has also published articles on legal proceedings, fraud and money laundering, recovery of assets, and liability in tort.

Litigation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Balz Gross comes in for high praise thanks to his outstanding work advising and representing clients in complex employment litigation proceedings.

Biography

Balz Gross is a partner and head of Homburger's dispute resolution team, which has more than 60 members specialising in international and Swiss dispute resolution services. Balz Gross is also the co-head of the employment law and executive compensation team, focusing on employment litigation. Balz Gross graduated (summa cum laude) from the University of Zurich in 1989 (lic iur) and received his doctorate in 1996. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995.

Balz Gross's practice focuses on complex domestic and international litigation. He acted as counsel in numerous large, mostly international proceedings before the state courts in all Swiss cantons, in particular the commercial courts, and the federal courts, and represents foreign and Swiss clients in proceedings involving criminal law issues. He has also acted as party counsel in approximately 100 international arbitrations, particularly in proceedings relating to mergers and acquisitions, long-term supply contracts, distribution contracts, and joint ventures. Described as a leading litigator and arbitration counsel by leading practice guides, including WWL: Litigation, WWL: Arbitration, WWL: Labour & Employment and WWL: Product Liability Defence.

Balz Gross has published articles on legal proceedings, fraud and money laundering, recovery of assets, and liability in tort, and is a co-author of the commentary on the Swiss Federal Act on jurisdiction and enforcement (section on contracts), the commentary on articles 68 to 96 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (relating to performance), the commentary on the new Swiss Federal Act on Civil Procedure (section intervention, joinder, litis denuntiatio) and the commentary on the labour act.

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Balz Gross wins glowing praise as “one of the best arbitration counsel in Switzerland”, with one source adding: “He is one of the arbitrators I appoint for large-scale cases.”

Biography

Balz Gross is the head of Homburger's litigation and arbitration teams which have more than 20 lawyers specialising in international arbitration. Balz Gross graduated (summa cum laude) from the University of Zurich in 1989 (lic iur) and received his doctorate in 1996. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995.  

Balz Gross's practice focuses on international arbitration proceedings relating to all aspects of commercial law. He has acted as party counsel in more than 100 international arbitrations and also acted as counsel in numerous large, mostly international proceedings before the state courts in all Swiss cantons, also in proceedings involving criminal law issues. He is described as a leading litigator and arbitration counsel by leading practice guides, including by WWL: Commercial Litigation, WWL: Arbitration, WWL: Management Labour and Employment and WWL: Product Liability Defence.

Balz Gross is the co-author of the commentary on the Swiss federal act on jurisdiction and enforcement (section on contracts); the commentary on articles 68 to 96 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (relating to performance); and the commentary on the new Swiss Federal Act on Civil Procedure (section intervention, joinder, litis denuntiatio) and the Swiss Labour Act (section on leave, free days, etc). He has also published articles on legal proceedings, fraud and money laundering, recovery of assets and liability in tort.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Balz Gross enjoys a strong international reputation for his adept handling of employment and compensation-related disputes.

Biography

Balz Gross is the head of Homburger's multi-disciplinary employment and executive compensation team, which has more than 20 lawyers specialised in all aspects of employment and executive compensation. He is also the head of Homburger's litigation and arbitration teams. Balz Gross graduated (summa cum laude) from the University of Zurich in 1989 (lic iur) and received his doctorate in 1996. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995.

Balz Gross's practice focuses on complex domestic and international litigation relating to all aspects of employment law. He has extensive expertise in employment litigation and executive compensation, in particular employee share plans and advises on employment issues in connection with mass dismissals and transfer of undertaking situations. He acted as counsel in numerous large, mostly international proceedings before the state courts in all Swiss cantons, also in proceedings involving criminal law issues. He has also acted as party counsel in approximately 100 international arbitrations. He is described as a leading litigator and arbitration counsel by leading practice guides, including by WWL: Commercial Litigation, WWL: Arbitration, WWL: Management Labour and Employment and WWL: Product Liability Defence.

Balz Gross is the co-author of the commentary on the Swiss federal act on jurisdiction and enforcement (section on contracts); the commentary on articles 68 to 96 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (relating to performance); and the commentary on the new Swiss Federal Act on Civil Procedure (section intervention, joinder, litis denuntiatio) and the Swiss Labour Act (section on leave, free days, etc). He has also published articles on legal proceedings, fraud and money laundering, recovery of assets and liability in tort.

Switzerland - Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Balz Gross is lauded as “a standout litigator in the market” who is “highly professional, timely, responsive, and business-oriented”. Peers consider him “a top practitioner in many practice areas”.

Biography

Balz Gross is the head of Homburger's litigation and arbitration teams which have more than 40 qualified lawyers specialising in dispute resolution. Balz Gross graduated (summa cum laude) from the University of Zurich in 1989 (lic iur) and received his doctorate in 1996. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995.

Balz Gross's practice focuses on complex domestic and international litigation relating to all aspects of commercial law. He acted as counsel in numerous large, mostly international proceedings before the state courts in all Swiss cantons, also in proceedings involving criminal law issues. He has also acted as party counsel in approximately 100 international arbitrations. He is described as a leading litigator and arbitration counsel by leading practice guides, including by WWL: Commercial Litigation, WWL: Arbitration, WWL: Management Labour and Employment and WWL: Product Liability Defence.

Balz Gross is the co-author of the commentary on the Swiss federal act on jurisdiction and enforcement (section on contracts); the commentary on articles 68 to 96 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (relating to performance); and the commentary on the new Swiss Federal Act on Civil Procedure (section intervention, joinder, litis denuntiatio) and the Swiss Labour Act (section on leave, free days, etc). He has also published articles on legal proceedings, fraud and money laundering, recovery of assets and liability in tort.

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