Switzerland: Litigation 2019

In this chapter, we feature 60 prominent litigators who have been highly recommended by peers and clients alike for their expertise in complex dispute resolution.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Martin Bernet  Bär & Bernet Arbitration/Dispute Management, Zurich 
2. Daniel Hochstrasser Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich 
3. Georg Naegeli Homburger, Zurich
4. Saverio Lembo Bär & Karrer Ltd, Geneva
5. Roberto Dallafior Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG, Zurich 
6. Peter Reichart Wartmann Merker, Zurich

Full-service Swiss firm Homburger achieves five listings this year.
Georg Naegeli stands out as “a very strong litigator” who impresses peers with “his extensive knowledge of procedural rules” as well as his impressive experience in commercial disputes.
Balz Gross is “a top litigator” who comes highly recommended by peers and clients for his sophisticated knowledge of employment law and broad experience before Swiss courts and authorities.
Felix Dasser is “an excellent lawyer” who enjoys a superb reputation for his stellar commercial litigation practice. He is regularly engaged in high-profile disputes across a broad range of industries.

Lenz & Staehelin sees five prominent litigators listed here.
The “excellent” Martin Burkhardt stands out for his strategic approach to complex commercial matters and is highly regarded for his expertise in cross-border disputes.
Daniel Tunik is widely recognised as “a top litigator” in Switzerland who is “a go-to lawyer” for commercial and banking disputes. He has broad expertise and is well versed in insolvency and employment disputes.
Alex Wittmann comes highly recommended for his first-rate litigation practice which sees him frequently instructed in high-value disputes. He is described as “an excellent specialist” in the contract and inheritance space.

Bär & Karrer achieves three listings in this chapter.
Saverio Lembo is a top name in the Swiss market and is a go-to litigator for high-stakes disputes. Peers say, “He is everywhere and very well known,” and speak highly of his vast experience in financial and white-collar disputes. 
Daniel Hochstrasser is held in high esteem for his superb commercial litigation practice. He is an expert in M&A and project-related disputes and is widely endorsed as “a big name” in the market.
Andreas Länzlinger is highly sought-after counsel among major clients and “certainly belongs on any list of leading practitioners”, say peers, who speak highly of his work in the financial and insurance industries.

Schellenberg Wittmer sees seven lawyers listed here.
Manuel Liatowitsch is “a very well-known and respected practitioner”. He is widely endorsed as “a very good advocate” and draws praise for “his extensive experience in private client disputes”.
Vincent Jeanneret is held out as “one of the most prominent Swiss practitioners in banking litigation”. He impresses peers with his “excellent experience in worldwide investigations and cross-border bankruptcy cases”.
Nathalie Voser is “a very well-known dispute resolution lawyer” with impressive experience in large, cross-border disputes. Peers say, “She is dogmatically thorough,” and she enjoys an excellent reputation for her work in the energy and construction sector.

Wenger & Vieli achieves three listings here.
“Elder statesman” Peter Altorfer is endorsed as “one of the top lawyers in the industry”. He is highly experienced in banking law and a trusted representative to major corporate and financial entities.
Urs Weber-Stecher is a distinguished litigator with vast experience in contractual and competition law. He is regularly engaged to represent energy, construction and technology companies in high-value mandates.
Marco Cereghetti draws praise as “a senior and seasoned litigator”. Peers describe him as “a very high-quality lawyer” and commend his experience in labour and inheritance law disputes.

Lalive sees four experts listed here.
Sandrine Giroud is held in high esteem as “one of the top people” in the Swiss market for complex banking disputes and cross-border enforcement cases.
Alexander Troller is a go-to lawyer for high-value banking disputes and impresses peers with his broad experience representing major clients from the financial sector.

Niedermann Rechtsanwälte is home to two esteemed litigators.
Marco Niedermann has a reputation for excellence in the market and is recognised as “one of the best lawyers in the market” for large, cross-border commercial and financial disputes.
Nicolas Herzog is a highly experienced commercial litigator and a big name in the Swiss market. He is regularly engaged in cross-border disputes and possesses deep expertise in financial and corporate disputes. 

Pestalozzi achieves four listings this year.
Michael Kramer leads the disputes practice in Zurich and stands out for his wide-ranging experience in cross-border disputes. He is well known for his work in the banking, insurance and commodities industries.
Laurent Killias is “an excellent lawyer” with a first-rate commercial disputes practice, who is highly sought after for large construction, engineering and commercial disputes.

Martin Bernet, independent practitioner at Bernet Arbitration/Dispute Management, is a leading figure in the litigation space. He is “very experienced and highly regarded” among peers, with over 30 years’ experience in complex dispute resolution.

Roberto Dallafior is “an excellent lawyer” and a standout name at Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte. He specialises in banking and regulatory disputes, and is very highly regarded for his work in the space.

At Wartmann Merker, Peter Reichart draws high praise from peers, who describe him as “a focused litigator” and “a top-notch procedural lawyer”.

CMS von Erlach Poncet’s Beat von Rechenberg is highlighted for his wealth of experience in banking disputes and investigations. He has a superb reputation in the market and is “a trusted adviser” to a range of major clients.

Daniel Marugg of Marugg Dispute Resolution draws praise as “a very strong litigator” who is well versed in sophisticated domestic and cross-border disputes and “will litigate through to the end”.

RKR Rechtsanwälte’s Marc Russenberger “certainly knows his litigation”, say peers, who speak highly of his experience representing clients before Swiss courts and in international disputes. He is an expert in asset freezing and fund management.

Felix Meier-Dieterle is a highly regarded litigator and a leading light at Vischer. He has strong experience in insolvency matters and, according to peers, “He works very well on attachments of assets.”

Walder Wyss’ Maurice Courvoisier stands out as “a big name and a very strong lawyer” in corporate and commercial matters. He has broad experience advising clients on construction, engineering and employment disputes.

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