Switzerland: Business Crime Defence 2018

In this chapter we highlight 31 leading lawyers for their leading expertise defending corporates and individuals in white-collar criminal proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Saverio Lembo Bär & Karrer Ltd, Geneva
2. Paul Gully-Hart Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Geneva
3. Marc Henzelin Lalive, Geneva
4. Lorenz Erni Erni Brun Forrer, Zurich

Swiss business law firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER boasts the leading offering in this area, securing five listings from its offices in Geneva and Zurich.
The “excellent” Paul Gully-Hart is “a very experienced business crime lawyer” who receives plaudits for his first-class work defending corporates and individuals in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Vincent Jeanneret “stands out” in the international marketplace thanks to his vast experience handling matters relating to insolvency and financial crime. One commentator calls him “an outstanding lawyer and strategist”.
The “exceptional” Peter Burckhardt leads the firm’s dispute resolution team in Zurich and is “highly recommended” for his strong white-collar crime and corporate investigations practice.
Benjamin Borsodi is “a top lawyer” in the white-collar space and is particularly well regarded for his extensive expertise handling complex fraud cases.
Roland Ryser wins praise as “a specialist in white-collar crime matters” who “deserves the highest degree of confidence” according to impressed sources.

Top Swiss law firm BÄR & KARRER also performs well in our research this year with four outstanding individuals recognised for their excellent work in the field.
Saverio Lembo is a renowned white-collar practitioner in Switzerland who sources name “a leader in the field”. Clients warmly endorse his services, noting: “He has a natural ability for this type of work.”
“Excellent lawyer” Andrew Michael Garbarski is “an important figure in the market” according to peers. They commend his thriving white-collar practice which encompasses internal and corporate criminal investigations.
The "outstanding" Andreas Länzlinger enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market and is widely respected by international peers for his excellent work on internal investigations and complex cross-border proceedings.
Eric Stupp is recognised for his exceptional expertise in the field, drawing praise from commentators for his adept handling of cross-border and internal investigations across the financial services sector.

LENZ & STAEHELIN’s impressive white-collar practice sees two practitioners listed this year.
Daniel Tunik is “a strong practitioner” in the white-collar criminal litigation space who is in high demand among corporate clients in the banking sector.
The “excellent” Miguel Oural is a leading figure in the field and is widely praised for his superb advocacy work. He is particularly well regarded for his extensive experience providing international mutual legal assistance to individuals and corporate entities.

Marc Henzelin at LALIVE is “a brilliant practitioner” who commands respect for his expert handling of compliance issues, internal investigations and complex litigation proceedings.
Sonja Maeder Morvant continues to impress market sources who consider her a standout name when it comes to white-collar crime and corporate investigations matters.

Sources describe Lorenz Erni of ERNI BRUN FORRER as “a leading criminal defence lawyer with a stellar reputation” thanks to his long-standing experience handling related matters in the corporate arena.

Alain Macaluso of PONCET TURRETTINI & PARTNERS is a well-known figure in the business crime space, widely respected for his exceptional academic knowledge of the field. He wins high praise from peers who describe him as “a pleasure to work with”.

The “outstanding” Pierre de Preux at CANONICA VALTICOS DE PREUX & ASSOCIÉS impresses commentators with the depth of his white-collar expertise. Sources note, “He absolutely deserves to be included” and praise his excellent work on corporate criminal matters.

With almost 20 years’ experience in the field, Patrick Hunziker of RVMH AVOCATS is a key player in the Swiss market who garners international recognition particularly for his impressive work on white-collar crime proceedings.  

Jean-Francois Ducrest at DUCREST HEGGLI AVOCATS is “a fantastic practitioner” who is renowned among peers for his first-class practice which encompasses criminal business law, international assistance and dispute resolution.  

Philippe Neyroud of AUBERT NEYROUD & STUCKELBERG is recognised by sources as “a brilliant lawyer” who has an impeccable understanding of business crime and international assistance matters.

Florian Baumann at KELLERHALS CARRARD “has a tremendous reputation” among Swiss practitioners thanks to this invaluable experience representing individuals and corporate clients in international white-collar criminal proceedings.

Christoph Hohler at HOHLER TROHLER HEIM garners effusive praise from commentators who consider him “a truly excellent defence lawyer” when it comes to international legal assistance and white-collar criminal defence.

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