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Insurance & Reinsurance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

 Christian Girod is a top-tier litigator with deep experience in the insurance sector. "He is a master of all the specificities of court rules and procedures," says one interviewee.

Biography

Christian Girod is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the dispute resolution group. His main practice area is commercial litigation, as well as estate and trust disputes.

Christian's practice is almost exclusively devoted to international matters and covers a range of issues, including pre-litigation strategic advice and representation of parties in cases related to insurance, private banking disputes, and estate and trusts disputes.

Some examples of Christian's expertise include representation of an insurance broker sued by a former client in relation to a complex insurance scheme; a forwarding agent in proceedings brought by one of its customers seeking damages resulting from the loss of gold bars during the air transport organised by the client; and insurers in relation to an alleged robbery of precious jewels.

Christian is an SBA-certified specialist in inheritance law, a STEP-certified trust and estate practitioner and a member of several professional associations, such as the International Association of Lawyers, the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Société Romande des Avocats Spécialistes en Droit des Successions.

Christian graduated from the School of Law of the University of Geneva in 1982 and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1985. He earned a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1986. Christian joined Schellenberg Wittmer in 1986 and has been a partner since 1994.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christian Girod is an important name in the insurance space recognised for his excellent work handling sector-related disputes.

Biography

Christian Girod is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the dispute resolution group. His main practice area is commercial litigation, as well as estate and trust disputes.

Christian's practice is almost exclusively devoted to international matters and covers a range of issues, including pre-litigation strategic advice, and representation of parties in cases related to insurance, private banking disputes, and estate and trusts disputes.

Some examples of Christian's expertise include representation of an insurance broker sued by a former client in relation to a complex insurance scheme; a forwarding agent in proceedings brought by one of its customers seeking damages resulting from the loss of gold bars during the air transport organised by the client; and insurers in relation to an alleged robbery of precious jewels.

Christian is an SBA-certified specialist in inheritance law, a STEP-certified trust and estate practitioner, and a member of several professional associations, such as the International Association of Lawyers, the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Société Romande des Avocats Spécialistes en Droit des Successions.

Christian graduated from the school of law of the University of Geneva in 1982 and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1985. He earned a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1986. Christian joined Schellenberg Wittmer in 1986 and has been a partner since 1994.

Switzerland - Litigation

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christian Girod wins high praise from sources who note he "always delivers the right opinion and provides excellent results."

Biography

Christian Girod is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the dispute resolution group. His main practice area is commercial litigation, as well as estate and trust disputes.

Christian's practice is almost exclusively devoted to international matters and covers a range of issues, including pre-litigation strategic advice, and representation of parties in cases related to insurance, private banking disputes, and estate and trusts disputes.

Some examples of Christian's expertise in litigation include: representation of a Swiss Foundation as defendant in relation to estates opened in 1928 and 1968 which involve artworks and other assets confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and are governed by the laws of different states; representation of an insurance broker sued by a former client in relation to a complex insurance scheme (claims totaling several tens of millions Swiss francs) and representation of a bank sued by a former client in relation to multiple transfers initiated by a person holding a proxy on the account.

Christian is an SBA-certified specialist in inheritance law, a STEP-certified trust and estate practitioner, and a member of several professional associations, such as the International Association of Lawyers, the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Société Romande des Avocats Spécialistes en Droit des Successions.

Christian graduated from the School of Law of the University of Geneva in 1982 and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1985. He earned a master of laws from Harvard Law School in 1986. Christian joined Schellenberg Wittmer in 1986 and has been a partner since 1994.

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