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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a “prominent figure” with an “immaculate reputation” thanks to his top-notch criminal litigation and investigation expertise.

Questions & Answers

Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer’s white-collar crime practice group. He regularly assists clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He is also often involved in complex commercial litigation proceedings. He has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various international arbitrations. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Saverio Lembo is ranked in tier 1 of the leading lawyers in White-Collar Crime Switzerland by Chambers & Partners. Who’s Who Legal awarded him “Lawyer of the Year 2020” for Switzerland in the categories “Business Crime Defence” and “Investigations”.

What are the challenges you face when advising clients facing investigation from the authorities, from a reputational viewpoint?

Credibility is undoubtedly the most important challenge. Whether you decide to cooperate or to fight a case, credibility is the key point. You need to convince the authorities of the soundness of your arguments. By being credible and firm in the defence of the interest of your client, you will gain the respect of the authorities.

What insights have you gained from working with a spectrum of clients, including individuals, companies and state entities?

The setup is totally different. Whereas the relationship is more emotional and personal when you work for individuals, advising a company or a state entity is more technical and sometimes more challenging, especially when you need to deal with different lines of reporting.

What are the main challenges currently for enforcement agencies in Switzerland and why?

The internationalisation of criminal proceedings for infractions such as corruption and money laundering requires a close cooperation between international enforcement agencies. This is particularly true when Swiss agencies need to establish a predicate offence. This means that they must coordinate their efforts with agencies from other countries in order to conduct efficient investigations. I must say that in the last few years, I have observed closer cooperation between the Swiss prosecuting authorities and foreign enforcement agencies, in particular with the US, Brazil, Singapore and the Netherlands.

What impact has technological innovation had on the nature of crime cases you have been seeing?

I can mention two kinds of impacts. The first relates to the nature of the matters I deal with: I have seen more and more cases in which hackers have taken control of email account and fraudulently diverted significant amounts of money from the account of the client of a bank. Consequently, banks are increasingly sued for a lack of diligence and have now understood that the training of their employees is of paramount importance. The second impact I can mention concerns the digitalisation of documents and the consequences on the sealing of the same: when authorities dawn raid the premises of a company, they usually leave with IT material (computers, servers, etc.). This material is very often sealed upon request of the investigated company. The unsealing of IT material can be a cumbersome and lengthy exercise for the court in charge of the matter. This task was much easier for the authorities when the documents were in paper form. Our law is outdated in this respect and the Swiss legislator might wish to refresh it.

What do you think will be the greatest challenge faced by the generation of corporate crime practitioners behind you?

To keep up with technological innovations, as well as with the understanding of how your clients operate. Understanding the business environment of your clients undoubtedly enables a law firm to deliver services of a better quality.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far, what would you like to accomplish that you have not yet achieved?

I would simply like to be able to keep the same enthusiasm as I have had until now and transmit it to the younger generation of my firm. I love my job!

WWL Ranking: 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.

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 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 do you enjoy most about your role as a lawyer? 

I particularly enjoy the fact that I can use the law to convince judiciary or prosecuting authorities in order to make the life of my clients better. Being a lawyer is a continuous thinking activity, not just a mechanical job. Creativity is essential in order to help our client take their challenges successfully. Last but not least, our society is based on law and justice. I am proud that that, as a lawyer, I can make a contribution in helping the authorities achieve their objective.

What peculiarities in the landscape in your jurisdiction should foreign investigations practitioners be aware of and why?

The most important peculiarity is probably our Blocking Statute, enshrined in article 271 of the Swiss Criminal Code. This provision prevents an “official act” from being performed on behalf of a foreign authority on Swiss soil. This can have the effect of blocking the collection of evidence located in Switzerland, which is intended for use in foreign proceedings. This provision was introduced to protect Switzerland’s sovereignty. For instance, the interview of witnesses in view of reporting the contents of their statements to foreign authorities is considered an “official act” in the meaning of article 271. Particular caution must be paid to this provision, as breaching it constitutes a criminal offence. In fact, foreign parties (such as bankruptcy receivers or investigation companies) often underestimate the difficulties that article 271 will cause when attempting to gather evidence in Switzerland. It is often difficult to be certain whether a particular situation will breach or be in accordance with article 271. As a consequence, before conducting investigations in Switzerland, foreign practitioners might wish to ascertain that what they are planning to do complies with article 271.

How has the slowdown in enforcement cases from international authorities affected the volume and nature of cases you are seeing in Switzerland? 

We have indeed recently seen fewer matters coming from the US or from the UK than in the past, especially in terms of mutual legal assistance requests. This being said, Swiss prosecuting authorities (cantonal or federal) are still busy with domestic cases, especially within the ambit of private or public corruption. Many of these cases have an international component.

To what extent is technology revolutionising the way in which investigations are conducted and what challenges does this pose for lawyers in the field? 

Technology is unsurprisingly revolutionising investigations to a significant extent. As a matter of fact, dawn raids and the seizure of large volumes of data are more and more frequent. It is thus not rare that prosecuting authorities request parties to review thousands of documents in a short period of time. The corollary of this situation is that law firms must be able to master the necessary technology in order to respond to the queries of prosecuting authorities on a cost-efficient and timely basis. 

An increasing number of countries are getting more active in investigating allegations of corporate misconduct. What is the main challenge for companies in your jurisdiction when they face multinational investigations? 

One of the challenges that companies face in Switzerland is the fact that, unlike the US, the UK or France, our country does not offer the possibility to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). This means that for a company, it is not always possible to terminate proceedings without being criminally convicted. Such a situation is problematic because companies, probably even more than individuals, are often concerned about their reputation and the impact of a criminal conviction on their business. Swiss prosecuting authorities recognised this problem and proposed to the Swiss legislator a Swiss version of the DPA. The Swiss parliament rejected the project. This notwithstanding, one can expect that this instrument will be proposed again to the Swiss parliament. It is indeed unsatisfactory that our legislation does not offer to companies the possibility of a negotiated settlement. 

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 says

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

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 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 do you enjoy most about your role as a lawyer? 

I particularly enjoy the fact that I can use the law to convince judiciary or prosecuting authorities in order to make the life of my clients better. Being a lawyer is a continuous thinking activity, not just a mechanical job. Creativity is essential in order to help our client take their challenges successfully. Last but not least, our society is based on law and justice. I am proud that that, as a lawyer, I can make a contribution in helping the authorities achieve their objective.

What peculiarities in the landscape in your jurisdiction should foreign investigations practitioners be aware of and why?

The most important peculiarity is probably our Blocking Statute, enshrined in article 271 of the Swiss Criminal Code. This provision prevents an “official act” from being performed on behalf of a foreign authority on Swiss soil. This can have the effect of blocking the collection of evidence located in Switzerland, which is intended for use in foreign proceedings. This provision was introduced to protect Switzerland’s sovereignty. For instance, the interview of witnesses in view of reporting the contents of their statements to foreign authorities is considered an “official act” in the meaning of article 271. Particular caution must be paid to this provision, as breaching it constitutes a criminal offence. In fact, foreign parties (such as bankruptcy receivers or investigation companies) often underestimate the difficulties that article 271 will cause when attempting to gather evidence in Switzerland. It is often difficult to be certain whether a particular situation will breach or be in accordance with article 271. As a consequence, before conducting investigations in Switzerland, foreign practitioners might wish to ascertain that what they are planning to do complies with article 271.

How has the slowdown in enforcement cases from international authorities affected the volume and nature of cases you are seeing in Switzerland? 

We have indeed recently seen fewer matters coming from the US or from the UK than in the past, especially in terms of mutual legal assistance requests. This being said, Swiss prosecuting authorities (cantonal or federal) are still busy with domestic cases, especially within the ambit of private or public corruption. Many of these cases have an international component.

To what extent is technology revolutionising the way in which investigations are conducted and what challenges does this pose for lawyers in the field? 

Technology is unsurprisingly revolutionising investigations to a significant extent. As a matter of fact, dawn raids and the seizure of large volumes of data are more and more frequent. It is thus not rare that prosecuting authorities request parties to review thousands of documents in a short period of time. The corollary of this situation is that law firms must be able to master the necessary technology in order to respond to the queries of prosecuting authorities on a cost-efficient and timely basis. 

An increasing number of countries are getting more active in investigating allegations of corporate misconduct. What is the main challenge for companies in your jurisdiction when they face multinational investigations? 

One of the challenges that companies face in Switzerland is the fact that, unlike the US, the UK or France, our country does not offer the possibility to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). This means that for a company, it is not always possible to terminate proceedings without being criminally convicted. Such a situation is problematic because companies, probably even more than individuals, are often concerned about their reputation and the impact of a criminal conviction on their business. Swiss prosecuting authorities recognised this problem and proposed to the Swiss legislator a Swiss version of the DPA. The Swiss parliament rejected the project. This notwithstanding, one can expect that this instrument will be proposed again to the Swiss parliament. It is indeed unsatisfactory that our legislation does not offer to companies the possibility of a negotiated settlement. 

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is the consummate white-collar crime lawyer and “a prominent name in the Swiss market” for commercial and finance-related disputes.

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; served as a party representative and arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations; and 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 Faculty of Law.

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 the top tier of Chambers for white-collar crime work in Switzerland. He was named Lawyer of the Year (2016) for criminal defence and litigation in Geneva by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, WWL has listed him among the world's leading practitioners for business crime defence, investigations, asset recovery and commercial litigation; in 2020, WWL also named him Lawyer of the Year for Switzerland in the business crime defence and investigations categories. 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 named "Law Firm of the Year" in Switzerland by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a "prominent figure" with an "immaculate reputation" thanks to his top-notch criminal litigation and investigation expertise.

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.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is singled out for his “phenomenal worldwide reputation” as “the go-to white-collar-crime lawyer in Switzerland”.

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.

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 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo has deep experience handling complex commercial litigation and financial proceedings across a range of sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry.

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 an 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 Switzerland by Chambers and Partners. He was awarded "Lawyer of the Year for Switzerland" in the business crime defence and investigations categories at the Who's Who Legal Awards in 2020 as well as "Lawyer of the Year 2016" in the categories of 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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