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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

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.

Questions & Answers

Dr Nicolas Herzog (admitted to the Swiss bar in 2001; LLM, NYU School of Law, 2004) is a partner of Zurich-based law firm Niedermann, which specialises in the resolution of commercial disputes. Owing to its practice focus it is virtually conflict-free and well versed in successfully guiding international and national clients through the vicissitudes of adversarial proceedings. Cross-border disputes are an important part of Nicolas’ practice; he also deals regularly with inbound enforcement matters.

How would you describe your current practice?

My current practice is a good mix of state court litigation and international commercial arbitration. Practising simultaneously in both areas is enriching, and allows you to hone and apply your skills in culturally and legally different settings.

What do you enjoy most about working as a litigator?

I feel that it is a real privilege to be working in that practice area. Every assignment affords you the opportunity to delve deeply into the substance of a given problem, by which you gain insights into various industries and trades, and thereby become privy to an enhanced understanding of commercial undertakings as they happen in practice. And if, on top of that, ultimately you carry the day for your client in court, what could be better?

What industries do you most actively represent as a litigation specialist?

We have a strong presence in damages recovery and fraud cases. Currently, we represent clients from the pharmaceutical, insurance, mining and real estate industries.

What makes Niedermann stand out from its competitors in the market?

Niedermann prides itself in abiding by the highest-quality standards, and as a niche player in the field it is not unduly limited by conflicts of interests. At the same time, we can approach client needs with flexibility, and hence offer them true bespoke solutions. Our founding partner Marco Niedermann brings decades of experience to the table – such that, as a team with younger partners, we are what I consider a forceful and staunch group of litigators.

What are the most significant trends you are seeing in litigation at the moment?

The advent of third-party funding has enlarged the economic prowess of various players (such as bankruptcy estates) to pursue claims that, but for third-party funding, they could not afford to do. Overall this tends to increase the amount of contentious work.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Never get caught in a foregone conclusion. Keep an openness, so you can revisit your assumptions along the way.

How is the generational shift changing legal practice at your firm? What do younger lawyers do differently?

Younger lawyers are more tech-savvy and more adept at using all sorts of online tools and software features in their daily work. They contribute to the modernisation of how lawyers will work in the near future – relying more, for instance, on electronic files rather than paper files.

How do you anticipate the Swiss legal market changing in the next five years? How might this affect your practice?

Third-party funding of disputes will increase, as more providers enter the market and the commercial clientele begins to realise the advantages of such services. Five years from now digital filings to courts will be more common and technically easier to use. The Swiss judiciary is currently preparing a sweeping digitalisation project for the state courts.

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicolas Herzog is a highly distinguished Swiss litigation expert, with extensive experience in cross-border disputes involving fraud, licensing issues and financial litigation. 

Biography

Nicolas Herzog is a partner of the law firm Niedermann Attorneys-at-Law, a pure-play dispute resolution boutique firm, which owing to its practice focus is virtually conflict-free.

Nicolas Herzog’s practice is an epitome of commercial litigation. He advises and represents clients from various industries and guides them through the entire litigation process. He is regularly retained in cross-border disputes, and draws on a wide range of experience gained in financial, commercial lease, shareholder, joint venture, licensing and fraud litigations. Instructions regularly include enforcement of foreign judgments in Switzerland, obtaining attachment orders and other injunctive relief. Of note are also assignments in which English court orders such as receivership and worldwide freezing orders had to be recognised and enforced in Switzerland. Notable clients are active in the telecommunications, financial and real estate industries. He also sits as arbitrator and advocates as party counsel before arbitral tribunals.

Nicolas Herzog, born 1969, is a graduate of New York University School of Law (LLM, 2004) and the University of Zurich (Dr iur, 1999, summa cum laude), and is admitted to the Swiss Bar (2001). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and regularly publishes on Swiss procedural law. He served as a clerk at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and is fluent in English, German and French, with a working knowledge of Spanish.

Litigation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicolas Herzog impresses market sources with his first-rate work on cross-border disputes including joint venture and fraud proceedings.

Biography

Nicolas Herzog is a partner of the law firm Niedermann Attorneys-at-Law, a pure-play dispute resolution boutique firm, which owing to its practice focus is virtually conflict-free.

Nicolas Herzog’s practice is an epitome of commercial litigation. He advises and represents clients from various industries and guides them through the entire litigation process. He is regularly retained in cross-border disputes, and draws on a wide range of experience gained in financial, commercial lease, shareholder, joint venture, licensing and fraud litigations. Instructions regularly include enforcement of foreign judgments in Switzerland, obtaining attachment orders and other injunctive relief. Of note are also assignments in which English court orders such as receivership and worldwide freezing orders had to be recognised and enforced in Switzerland. Notable clients are active in the telecommunications, financial and real estate industries. He also sits as arbitrator and advocates as party counsel before arbitral tribunals.

Nicolas Herzog, born 1969, is a graduate of New York University School of Law (LLM, 2004) and the University of Zurich (Dr iur, 1999, summa cum laude), and is admitted to the Swiss Bar (2001). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and regularly publishes on Swiss procedural law. He served as a clerk at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and is fluent in English, German and French, with a working knowledge of Spanish.

National Leader

Switzerland - Asset Recovery 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicolas Herzog is a foremost practitioner with extensive experience in the asset recovery space. ​

Biography

Nicolas Herzog is a partner of the law firm Niedermann Attorneys-at-Law, a pure-play dispute resolution boutique firm, which owing to its practice focus is virtually conflict-free.

Nicolas Herzog’s practice is an epitome of commercial litigation. He advises and represents clients from various industries and guides them through the entire litigation process. He is regularly retained in cross-border disputes, and draws on a wide range of experience gained in financial, commercial lease, shareholder, joint venture, licensing and fraud litigations. Instructions regularly include enforcement of foreign judgments in Switzerland, obtaining attachment orders and other injunctive relief. Of note are also assignments in which English court orders such as receivership and worldwide freezing orders had to be recognised and enforced in Switzerland. Notable clients are active in the telecommunications, financial and real estate industries. He also sits as arbitrator and advocates as party counsel before arbitral tribunals.

Nicolas Herzog, born 1969, is a graduate of New York University School of Law (LLM, 2004) and the University of Zurich (Dr iur, 1999, summa cum laude), and is admitted to the Swiss Bar (2001). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and regularly publishes on Swiss procedural law. He served as a clerk at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and is fluent in English, German and French, with a working knowledge of Spanish.

Switzerland - Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicolas Herzog is a highly respected litigator focusing on cross-border commercial, fraud and financial disputes.

Biography

Nicolas Herzog is a partner of the law firm Niedermann Attorneys-at-Law, a pure-play dispute resolution boutique firm, which owing to its practice focus is virtually conflict-free.

Nicolas Herzog’s practice is an epitome of commercial litigation. He advises and represents clients from various industries and guides them through the entire litigation process. He is regularly retained in cross-border disputes, and draws on a wide range of experience gained in financial, commercial lease, shareholder, joint venture, licensing and fraud litigations. Instructions regularly include enforcement of foreign judgments in Switzerland, obtaining attachment orders and other injunctive relief. Of note are also assignments in which English court orders such as receivership and worldwide freezing orders had to be recognised and enforced in Switzerland. Notable clients are active in the telecommunications, financial and real estate industries. He also sits as arbitrator and advocates as party counsel before arbitral tribunals.

Nicolas Herzog, born 1969, is a graduate of New York University School of Law (LLM, 2004) and the University of Zurich (Dr iur, 1999, summa cum laude), and is admitted to the Swiss Bar (2001). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and regularly publishes on Swiss procedural law. He served as a clerk at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and is fluent in English, German and French, with a working knowledge of Spanish.

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