Switzerland: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

This year we recognise 27 leading lawyers who are noted for their work representing insurance underwriters, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate insurers in contentious, contractual, regulatory and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christoph K Graber Prager Dreifuss Ltd, Zurich
2. Lars Gerspacher gbf Attorneys-at-law, Zurich
3. Peter Hsu Bär & Karrer, Zurich
4. Martin Bernet Bernet Arbitration/ Dispute Management, Zurich
5. Hans Nigg Baudacci Nigg Stenberg, Zurich

Liability and insurance law specialists BAUDACCI NIGG STENBERG sees three lawyers recognised in this chapter for their impressive insurance and reinsurance practices.
Hans Nigg is “a very skilled and experienced practitioner” who wins widespread praise from sources, one of whom comments: “He boasts outstanding industry knowledge – he knows the insurance market inside out.”
Erik Stenberg is “an insurance industry expert”, commended for his vast experience in the field handling insurance and liability matters as well as related disputes.  
André Graf is a widely recognised specialist in the field of insurance law who is well versed in handling related dispute resolution proceedings.

Full-service Swiss firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER also receives three nominations in this chapter.
The “outstanding” Alexander von Ziegler draws high praise for his “deep knowledge” of the insurance field as well as his “clear understanding of the commercial interactions of multiple parties involved in complex claims”. He wins notable commendation for his work on transport-related matters with one source effusing: “He is our go-to counsel for Swiss marine insurance matters.”
Christian Girod leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Geneva, where he stands out as a prominent name when it comes to complex international insurance disputes. 
Olivier Favre is “a rising star” in the Swiss insurance market, with one source noting, “He is definitely one to watch.” His impressive practice spans insurance regulatory, financial and transactional matters.

MBH ATTORNEYS AT LAW also sees three lawyers nominated this year.
Ulrike Mönnich is “a specialist in regulatory work for insurers” according to sources, an area in which he is considered “a real leader”. He is particularly recommended for his work involving the Swiss and German markets.
Christopher Bell is highly respected among peers and clients alike for his exceptional work in the space, with one source noting, “He is the best reinsurance lawyer in Switzerland.”
Helmut Heiss stands out as “a huge specialist in the field” and comes highly recommended by respondents for his “tremendous knowledge of insurance law”.

PRAGER DREIFUSS achieves two listings in this chapter.
Christoph Graber is “truly excellent” when it comes to insurance matters, where sources consider him “the top name in the market”. He leads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice and stands out as “a well-reputed figure in the field”.
Hans-Ulrich Brunner is “a top lawyer” who is widely recognised for his superb defence work when it comes to liability and insurance claims.

BÄR & KARRER’s Peter Hsu is “prominent in the insurance market” and draws high praise for his outstanding insurance regulatory and transactional work.
Andreas Länzlinger is “a great insurance litigator” recognised for his “well-founded legal argumentation” as well as his “great knowledge of specific insurance contracts”.

At HOMBURGER, managing partner Daniel Daeniker is “a very well-respected practitioner” who is considered “great on regulatory work”, according to sources.
Hansjürg Appenzeller is “very active on the corporate side” and gains recognition in this edition for his great expertise handling insurance-related matters.

BADERTSCHER RECHTSANWÄLTE’s Alexandra Bösch is highly sought after by both national and international insurance clients for her invaluable experience handling licensing and contractual matters as well as disputes.
The “fantastic” Markus Dörig boasts over 20 years’ experience in the field advising Swiss and foreign clients on a range of insurance-related matters, from coverage work through to litigation.

GBF ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW’s Lars Gerspacher “certainly stands out” in the insurance field, an area in which he is recognised for his “high degree of specialisation”.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Martin Bernet is “fantastic for contentious work” in the insurance space where he is regarded as “one of the go-to practitioners”.

Clemens von Zedtwitz at CMS VON ERLACH PONCET is “a bright lawyer” who focuses his practice on large claims relating to the international insurance market. One source comments: “He is one of the brilliant minds in this field of law.”

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