Switzerland: Litigation 2018

Fifty-four leading practitioners are recognised this year for their excellent work in the Swiss market on matters of commercial litigation for individuals, national entities and multinational corporations.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Martin Bernet Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management, Zurich
2. Daniel Hochstrasser Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
3. Saverio Lembo Bär & Karrer Ltd, Geneva
4. Balz Gross Homburger AG, Zurich
5. Martin Burkhardt Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
6. Daniel Tunik Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

National powerhouse SCHELLENBERG WITTMER sees six practitioners listed in this chapter.
Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is praised for his international commercial and domestic litigation work and his high-level understanding of pre-litigation strategy. One respondent says, “Urs is a quick thinker who is able to grasp the essence of very complex matters quickly. He can deliver to-the-point advice and is very efficient, proactive and responsive.”
Benjamin Borsodi is a well-known litigator on white-collar crime matters who is respected for the depth of his experience in complex disputes.
Alexander Jolles receives plaudits for his expertise in interim measures and enforcement matters and has extensive experience of private client litigation.
Nathalie Voser is a highly respected name in multi-jurisdictional litigation. She specialises in both contractual and procedural disputes, particularly in construction and transactional matters.

Five leading lights are recognised at HOMBURGER.
Balz Gross is described by peers as “a leading lawyer in the Swiss market” for complex litigation. He is a frequent presence in the Swiss state courts and has significant experience in criminal proceedings and employment disputes.
Georg Naegeli is an expert on commercial disputes before state courts and receives praise from peers as “a great litigator”.
Felix Dasser is recognised as a distinguished litigator and a long-standing presence in the Swiss market. He is well known for his work in the commercial market on investment disputes.

LALIVE sees five practitioners recommended.
Sandrine Giroud is widely regarded as an impressive litigator both on domestic and international cases and is noted for her expertise in complex cross-border disputes.
Marc Henzelin is a well-known presence in the Geneva courts who draws praise for his economic criminal, commercial and banking litigation work which includes asset recovery and extradition matters.
Domitille Baizeau is also well regarded for her disputes expertise which spans 20 years and numerous areas including M&A, capital markets and energy.

LENZ & STAEHELIN achieves four listings, two of whom receive some of the highest scores in our research.
Martin Burkhardt is one of Switzerland’s most eminent commercial litigators. He is recognised as a market leader and “a great litigator on employment-related disputes”.
Daniel Tunik is highlighted as a superb litigator in civil and commercial disputes and is particularly renowned for his work in banking disputes where he is considered “top of the league”.

Three standout practitioners are listed at BÄR & KARRER.
Daniel Hochstrasser receives praise for his superb litigation practice and his experience representing clients in complex disputes across numerous sectors including M&A, finance and construction.
Saverio Lembo is well known in Geneva for his litigation expertise in industry sectors including pharmaceutical, employment and enforcement matters. One respondent notes, “Saverio really stands out as one of the best – he is a shining personality.”
Andreas Länzlinger is a sought-after name in commercial, corporate and insurance-related litigation. One respondent says, “Andreas is the go-to person for large and complex matters.”

WARTMANN & MERKER sees three standout names recognised.
Peter Reichart is highly respected for his banking litigation practice and the depth of his commercial expertise. He is described by peers as “one of the big names” in the litigation market.
Peter Hafner is well regarded for his knowledge of civil procedure and his work on bankruptcy and insolvency disputes as well as banking litigation.
Andrea Meier is also commended for her litigation skills, which she deploys across a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, insurance and M&A.

PESTALOZZI achieves three listings.
The “very well-known” Michael Kramer is a top name in commercial litigation, most notably when it comes to cross-border matters and cases relating to white-collar crime.
Thomas Rohner is a frequent presence before Swiss and international courts on commercial disputes. He is praised for his long-standing experience and his specialisation in estate and insolvency disputes. 
The “very experienced” Laurent Killias is a known authority on complex disputes and has significant experience appearing before the Swiss courts.

Three leading practitioners are listed at VISCHER.
Daniele Favalli is “very well known within the market” for his work on commercial litigation before both the Swiss and international courts. He frequently represents insurance companies, an area in which he is praised for his breadth of experience.
Christian Oetiker is a top name in commercial litigation who receives plaudits for his work representing companies in the aviation and chemical industries.
Felix Meier-Dieterle is a go-to practitioner on civil litigation in relation to insolvency proceedings and enforcement matters. One respondent says, “He knows the courts inside out – I would never hesitate to recommend him to clients.”

WALDER WYSS sees three practitioners recommended this year.
Dieter Hofmann’s expertise runs the gamut of litigation proceedings, from pre-litigation strategy to representing clients in court. He is well known for his work in complex corporate, finance and construction disputes.
Peter Straub is a well-established presence in complex international commercial disputes and is described by sources as “a tough litigator with excellent strategic abilities”.
Maurice Courvoisier is well regarded for his breadth of litigation experience including sales and distribution agreements, construction and M&A disputes.

Martin Bernet at BERNET ARBITRATION/ DISPUTE MANAGEMENT is “a leader in the litigation space”, renowned for his broad practice and the depth of his knowledge and experience in international dispute resolution, particularly in insurance and reinsurance. One peer says, “Martin is a go-to practitioner.”

“Top litigator” Roberto Dallafior at NATER DALLAFIOR RECHTSANWÄLTE frequently represents clients before state courts and administrative bodies. He is highly respected for his expertise in banking and regulatory matters.

RKR RECHTSANWÄLTE sees Marc Russenberger boasts over 20 years’ experience in the space and is recognised for his deep knowledge of procedural law as well as his frequent appearances before state courts.

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