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Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer’s white-collar crime practice group, as well as the litigation team of the Geneva office. He has been a 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.

On what types of matters are clients most frequently coming to you at present?

Clients come to us on various dispute resolution matters. First, of course, they come on white-collar crime matters such as money laundering, corruption, blocking statute, dawn raids from authorities, mismanagement, disloyal competition, cybercriminality, fraud related to art law, etc. Clients also ask us to act for them in civil disputes such as tort law (liability of banks further to unlawful acts), liability claims within the ambit of insolvency proceedings or estate litigations with international aspects. In addition, we represent international corporate clients in commercial arbitrations. Last but not least, we regularly act in sports proceedings (white-collar crime, litigation and arbitration), in particular, football matters.

Questions over the primacy of professional privilege and transparency have been raised in recent months. What is the situation in Switzerland?

Professional privilege is a notion that is subject to change over time, in particular when it relates to combating money laundering or terrorism. In this respect, there is a clear trend on the international scene for narrowing down the scope of legal professional privilege, at least for the activities that do not concern pure representation in court.

EU countries have already adopted important changes in line with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations. The EU directive 2015/849 of 20 May 2015 completely follows the FATF’s approach. Each and every EU country had to transpose this directive into its domestic law. All major European countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, integrated the FATF’s standards and thus limited the scope of lawyer’s activities enjoying the legal professional privilege. Switzerland is currently working on a revision of its Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) in order to comply with FATF’s recommendations. However, to date, Switzerland remains an exception in the European landscape. This being said, the issues raised by the modifications contained in the project caused significant concern in the legal community and have been criticised. To date, when a lawyer provides legal advice, he or she is protected by privilege, provided that he or she does not act as financial intermediary. This will no longer be the case when Switzerland amends the AMLA.

It will be interesting to see to what extent the Swiss parliament will align with the FATF recommendations. The FATF expects Switzerland to have its domestic law amended in effect as of February 2020.

How competitive is the legal market in business crime defence at present?

The legal market is no doubt competitive. Law firms that wish to handle complex business crime defence matters must gather a certain number of qualities (specific know-how and experience in criminal proceedings or in the concerned area of law, responsiveness, service to the client in various languages and in other cantons, ability to staff a specific mandate with enough lawyers having the appropriate degree of seniority, etc).

What are the most significant challenges you are anticipating in the area over the coming five years?

One of the important changes in recent years is the increasing cooperation of criminal prosecuting authorities in corruption cases (Petrobras, FIFA and 1MDB). The same phenomenon occurs in the area of cybercriminality. For instance, in an operation in the Netherlands coordinated in 2018 between Swiss and Dutch authorities, two persons suspected of being responsible for phishing calls in Switzerland were arrested and house searches were carried out. International cybercrime requires national prosecution authorities, which normally operate within their territorial boundaries, to take new approaches, such as cross-border cooperation. This increasing cross-border cooperation of the prosecuting authorities raises new challenges for business crime defence lawyers. We must also liaise and coordinate our efforts with our colleagues from other jurisdictions.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Over recent years, we have achieved satisfactory results for our clients, such as acquittals or dropping-off of charges. But more than that, my greatest achievement to date is to have been able to set up a team of approximately 20 professionals, specialising in complex business crime matters and fraud litigations. This is obviously not a personal accomplishment but rather the result of a team exercise, that I have been able to achieve together with experienced lawyers with whom I have worked more than 10 years – such as Andrew Garbarski, Aurélie Conrad Hari, Marie Christine Balzan and Anne Valérie Julen Berthod.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
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

Professional Biography

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.”

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.

Litigation

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

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is applauded for his "excellent network of correspondents in different jurisdiction", which aids his capabilities in asset tracing matters.

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 a celebrated white-collar lawyer who sources "would turn to without hesitation" thanks to his "natural ability" in white-collar work.

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

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sources "have great respect" for Saverio Lembo, thanks to his wide-ranging experience in white-collar crime investigations and litigation.

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

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saverio Lembo is a top name in the Swiss market and is a go-to litigator for high-stakes disputes. Peers say, “He is everywhere and very well known,” and speak highly of his vast experience in financial and white-collar disputes.

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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