Roland M Ryser

Roland M Ryser
Löwenstrasse 19
PO Box 2201
+41 44 215 3441


Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Business Crime Defence

Roland Ryser is a counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer's white-collar crime and internal corporate investigations teams. Roland has extensive experience in contentious matters, advising and representing both individuals and corporate clients as defence counsel in a broad range of regulatory and business crime investigations (including in administrative criminal proceedings). Roland's practice also covers international mutual legal and administrative assistance proceedings, asset recovery as well as anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and trade compliance.

Some recent examples of Roland's expertise in business crime defence include:

- Defending high-profile clients in administrative criminal proceedings for tax evasion;

- Advising and defending a major Swiss bank in an investigation into allegations of corruption related money laundering in a cross-border context;

- Acting as defence counsel to a Swiss bank in criminal proceedings for fraud, money laundering, insufficient diligence in financial transactions and violation of AML reporting obligations.

Roland has repeatedly been recognised as a "rising star" for his expertise in white-collar crime matters by Legal Media Group's Rising Stars Guide.

Roland is a member of various professional associations including the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, the International Bar Association (IBA), the Defence Counsel's Section of the Zurich Bar and the Swiss Society of Criminal Law. He regularly publishes in his fields of specialisation and lectures on business criminal law in AML compliance officer trainings.

Roland graduated with a Master of Law from the University of Zurich in 2004 and received a PhD degree in corporate criminal law in 2006. Before joining Schellenberg Wittmer, Roland worked as a research and teaching assistant at Zurich Law School's chair of criminal law and criminal procedure. In 2011, Roland was on secondment with a major law firm in Sydney, Australia, where he served as a consultant in a corporate and commercial litigation team.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: According to impressed sources, Roland Ryser is “a specialist in white-collar criminal matters” and “deserves the highest degree of confidence”. Other interviewees comment: "Roland is a profound expert in economic crime and has a great sense of where to dig further."

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

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