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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo has vast experience and a stellar reputation in investigations work, with sources quick to identify him as “a highly skilled lawyer, who has a keen legal mind and offers excellent client care”.

Questions & Answers

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer’s white-collar crime practice group, as well as the litigation team in Geneva. He has extensive experience in business crime defence, asset recovery, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance, and arbitration. Saverio Lembo regularly assists clients in a number of complex commercial and criminal proceedings, in international commercial and sport (CAS) arbitrations. He is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional matters requiring methodical coordination of strategy.

What attracted you to a career in white-collar crime?

The diversity of the matters, the immediate action that is often required from the lawyers and the international dimension of the cases.

What did you find most challenging about starting out in this area of law?

More than 10 years ago, large Swiss law firms were very reluctant about the necessity of having a white-collar crime department. I therefore had difficulties in convincing my partners to officially create such a practice. In those days, this area of law was difficult to market and rather left to boutique firms. Times have changed: cases like Madoff, and more recently 1MDB and FIFA, made full-service firms realise the importance of offering services such as asset tracing and business crime defence to corporate clients and executives. Nowadays, it has become a no-brainer.

How has the role of a white-collar crime lawyer changed since you started practising?

Over the years, one can note a growing cooperation between prosecuting authorities of different countries. The corollary of this situation is that white-collar crime matters require henceforth a coordinated intervention of various law firms, in various languages and in various countries. Besides, complex matters also require that the law firms are sufficiently staffed with qualified specialists.

What are some current significant trends in the anti-money laundering space?

Cybercriminality is definitely a trend to watch. Criminal tax offences have also become more and more popular, in particular because aggravated tax misdemeanours have become, in Switzerland, a predicate offence for money laundering since 2016. This situation has logically triggered more suspicion activity reports from banks. Consequently, prosecuting authorities have opened more criminal proceedings for money laundering.

What issues arise when a foreign authority becomes involved in a corruption case?

A variety of issues can arise, depending on the position of the foreign authority. For instance, Swiss prosecutors might have difficulties in establishing a predicate offence committed abroad if the suspect still has a leading role in his or her country of origin. Inversely, when a foreign country is going after a former politician and has become a private plaintiff in the Swiss proceedings, a more proactive cooperation can be expected. Besides this, foreign prosecuting authorities sometimes summon Swiss citizens to depose abroad, putting them at risk of infringing our criminal code (economic espionage, banking secrecy, etc).

What makes Bär & Karrer stand out from competitors?

The size of our white-collar crime practice group has significantly increased: we are now more than 40 lawyers. We are able to act responsively and line up business crime specialists in all linguistic regions of Switzerland (we have offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug). Also, we are a fully integrated law firm – meaning that, for us, it is a priority that our know-how is circulated across all our offices.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a prominent figure in the Swiss litigation space. He leads the firm’s white-collar crime group, and is experienced in commercial and financial litigation proceedings.

Questions & Answers

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer’s white-collar crime practice group. He has extensive experience in business crime defence, asset recovery, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance and arbitration. Saverio Lembo regularly assists clients in a number of complex commercial and criminal proceedings, and in international commercial and sport (CAS) arbitrations. He is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional matters requiring methodical coordination of strategy.

What was it about the law that made it attractive as a career?

The challenge of finding the right legal argument in order to convince the magistrates.

How do you seek to effectively coordinate a strategy across various countries when involved in cross-border litigation?

First of all, I make sure that I can find the right specialist(s) in each country involved in order to ensure a top-quality service to the client.

How have you successfully built a network of reliable advisers and experts you can rely on when involved in litigation spanning various jurisdictions?

Bär & Karrer is a totally independent firm, in the sense that we have no alliances obliging us to work with a specific law firm in a determined country. This means that each lawyer is free to choose the right person for the right matter. Over the years, I have been able to enjoy working with a range of highly skilled professionals, both on my side and as opponents. My experience is that the best way to build a network of reliable advisers is to focus on the colleagues with whom you enjoyed a positive experience and develop a relationship of trust. These colleagues will be able to help you in another case or direct you to the right specialist if the matter is not in their area of specialisation.

Swiss law does not have requirements of discovery and disclosure. How does this affect clients’ view of litigation as a dispute resolution method?

Depending on whether a lawyer is representing a claimant or a respondent, he or she may have an interest in starting litigation in Switzerland or in a common law country. For instance, in tort law, when a claimant needs to have factual information from a respondent, it will be better off – if it has the choice – starting litigation in a common law country, where discovery and disclosure rules are more constraining. It is the other way around for a respondent.

You have deep experience in both criminal and civil law. How does your experience in each enhance your capability in the other?

In Switzerland we have no concept of “civil” or “commercial” fraud. Fraud is a crime that can only be prosecuted through criminal proceedings. As a consequence, a Swiss lawyer cannot decently pretend to be specialised in fraud and asset tracing if he or she does not master civil and criminal law/proceedings.

What are the benefits of having a strong footprint across Switzerland when it comes to litigation proceedings?

Switzerland is definitely a place to be when it comes to litigation. A significant part of the offshore assets are managed by Swiss banks, not only because of the stability of the political and monetary system, but also because of the quality of the service provided by the financial intermediaries. This situation enhances the risk of litigation and logically generates transnational disputes, more than in other parts of the world. This is true for civil litigation but also for white-collar crime matters. Also, various multinational companies are headquartered in Switzerland, which also results in more litigation in our country.

How do you seek to develop your practice in the next five years?

By continuing to perform work of quality for our clients in my areas of specialisation.

What are the key challenges younger litigators may face in their practice and how can they overcome these? Is there an important role to play here for experienced practitioners?

Litigation is thrilling. Many young lawyers aim to become successful litigators and work on the most prominent cases. To that end, they need to focus their career, from the beginning, on a couple of areas of specialisation. This can be done by selecting the right firm; developing their language skills; publishing regularly; and, last but not least, producing impeccable work. All this is impossible without full commitment. Our profession is very time-consuming, but very rewarding.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo has vast experience and a stellar reputation in investigations work, with sources quick to identify him as “a highly skilled lawyer, who has a keen legal mind and offers excellent client care”.

Questions & Answers

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer’s white-collar crime practice group, as well as the litigation team in Geneva. He has extensive experience in business crime defence, asset recovery, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance, and arbitration. Saverio Lembo regularly assists clients in a number of complex commercial and criminal proceedings, in international commercial and sport (CAS) arbitrations. He is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional matters requiring methodical coordination of strategy.

What attracted you to a career in white-collar crime?

The diversity of the matters, the immediate action that is often required from the lawyers and the international dimension of the cases.

What did you find most challenging about starting out in this area of law?

More than 10 years ago, large Swiss law firms were very reluctant about the necessity of having a white-collar crime department. I therefore had difficulties in convincing my partners to officially create such a practice. In those days, this area of law was difficult to market and rather left to boutique firms. Times have changed: cases like Madoff, and more recently 1MDB and FIFA, made full-service firms realise the importance of offering services such as asset tracing and business crime defence to corporate clients and executives. Nowadays, it has become a no-brainer.

How has the role of a white-collar crime lawyer changed since you started practising?

Over the years, one can note a growing cooperation between prosecuting authorities of different countries. The corollary of this situation is that white-collar crime matters require henceforth a coordinated intervention of various law firms, in various languages and in various countries. Besides, complex matters also require that the law firms are sufficiently staffed with qualified specialists.

What are some current significant trends in the anti-money laundering space?

Cybercriminality is definitely a trend to watch. Criminal tax offences have also become more and more popular, in particular because aggravated tax misdemeanours have become, in Switzerland, a predicate offence for money laundering since 2016. This situation has logically triggered more suspicion activity reports from banks. Consequently, prosecuting authorities have opened more criminal proceedings for money laundering.

What issues arise when a foreign authority becomes involved in a corruption case?

A variety of issues can arise, depending on the position of the foreign authority. For instance, Swiss prosecutors might have difficulties in establishing a predicate offence committed abroad if the suspect still has a leading role in his or her country of origin. Inversely, when a foreign country is going after a former politician and has become a private plaintiff in the Swiss proceedings, a more proactive cooperation can be expected. Besides this, foreign prosecuting authorities sometimes summon Swiss citizens to depose abroad, putting them at risk of infringing our criminal code (economic espionage, banking secrecy, etc).

What makes Bär & Karrer stand out from competitors?

The size of our white-collar crime practice group has significantly increased: we are now more than 40 lawyers. We are able to act responsively and line up business crime specialists in all linguistic regions of Switzerland (we have offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug). Also, we are a fully integrated law firm – meaning that, for us, it is a priority that our know-how is circulated across all our offices.

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is one of the top names in asset recovery practice in Europe, and wins recommendations for his strong expertise in white-collar crime and financial proceedings. 

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a standout practitioner in the Swiss market, often engaged in challenging white-collar crime cases. He is praised for his “absolute understanding of the issues”.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a standout practitioner in the Swiss market, often engaged in challenging white-collar crime cases. He is praised for his “absolute understanding of the issues”.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

Investigations 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is revered in the Swiss market thanks to his exceptional breadth of experience and expertise assisting companies with internal investigations.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. He was named Swiss Lawyer of the Year in 2020 by Who's Who Legal in the areas of business crime defence and investigations. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

Litigation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a “very thorough and commercially astute” lawyer who is “quickly able to weigh up vast amounts of information and understand complex issues”.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Commentary of the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

National Leader

Switzerland - Asset Recovery 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is “well recognised and experienced”, impressing peers and clients alike with 25 years’ experience in the field.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is an “outstanding” lawyer on an international level, and an “absolute go-to” for clients seeking someone “at the top of their game intellectually and tactically”.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

Switzerland - Investigations 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo’s expertise lies in white-collar criminal law, where he combines his “keen legal mind” and “excellent” management skills to assist clients in cross-border investigations.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

Switzerland - Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a prominent figure in the Swiss litigation space. He leads the firm's white-collar crime group, and is experienced with commercial and financial litigation proceedings.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The “fantastic” Saverio Lembo is well regarded for his top-tier work representing clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Biography

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's white-collar crime practice group. He is based in Geneva and has been partner since 2003.

He has extensive experience in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

He is one of the contributors to the Swiss Criminal Proceedings Code, author of numerous articles within his fields of specialisation and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Saverio Lembo also teaches criminal proceedings at the University of Geneva (Ecole d’Avocature).

Saverio Lembo holds a economics and law degree from the University of Geneva. He is member of the Geneva and the Swiss Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Swiss Arbitration Association. Saverio Lembo speaks French, Italian, English and German.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in “tier 1” of the leading lawyers in white-collar crime in Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded Lawyer of the Year 2016 in the categories criminal defence and litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, Who's Who Legal lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of business crime defence, asset recovery lawyers and commercial litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in dispute resolution since 2010.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

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Business Crime Defence 2018: Discussion

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