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Stefan Leimgruber

Stefan Leimgruber

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Stefan Leimgruber is “a very talented arbitration practitioner” who is “responsive” and “great to work with”. He is recommended for his strong expertise handling commercial disputes under a range of rules from UNCITRAL to ICC.

Biography

Dr Stefan Leimgruber is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zürich. His main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional (including ICC, Swiss Rules, UNCITRAL, WIPO, CEPANI), in a wide range of commercial disputes, including disputes arising from international joint ventures, shareholder and share purchase agreements, sales, licensing and distribution agreements and construction contracts. Stefan also represents parties before Swiss courts with a particular focus on banking, post-M&A and corporate litigation, interim measures and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

Stefan's expertise in arbitration matters includes: counsel to two Swiss companies in a post-M&A dispute following the rescission of a share purchase agreement by the sellers (CEPANI Arbitration Rules); representation of athletes and sports federations in arbitral proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and before state courts; counsel to a South Korean trading company in a Swiss Rules arbitration initiated by the buyer of large quantities of steel bars because of alleged quality issues.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 2007, Stefan worked at the Zürich District Court, first as a legal secretary and later as a judge, mainly dealing with debt enforcement, civil attachments, injunctions, and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. From 2010 to 2011, Stefan was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney Law School, where he conducted extensive research in the fields of international arbitration and transnational litigation. He obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Lucerne in 2013 for his thesis on negative declaratory relief in international arbitration in Switzerland.

WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Stefan Leimgruber is recognised by peers as a "star" and "a pleasure to work with" while others note his "solid and profound legal know-how".

Biography

Stefan Leimgruber is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zurich. His main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional (including ICC, Swiss Rules, UNCITRAL, WIPO, CEPANI), in a wide range of commercial disputes, including disputes arising from international joint venture agreements, share purchase agreements, sales, licence and distribution agreements and construction contracts. Stefan also represents parties before Swiss courts with a particular focus on banking, post-M&A and corporate litigation, interim measures and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

Stefan's recent expertise in arbitration matters includes counsel to two Swiss companies in a post-M&A dispute following the rescission of a share purchase agreement by the sellers (CEPANI Arbitration Rules); and counsel in a multi-billion dollar licensing dispute against a US and a Bermuda entity. The dispute concerned the validity of a US patent and a pertaining licence agreement for one of the world's best-selling drugs (WIPO Arbitration Rules).

Stefan Leimgruber graduated from the University of Zurich in 2002. He worked between 2003 and 2007 at the Zurich District Court, first as a legal secretary and later as a judge, mainly dealing with debt enforcement, civil attachments, and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. He was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2006 and joined Schellenberg Wittmer in 2007. In 2010 to 2011, Stefan was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney Law School, where he conducted extensive research in the fields of international arbitration and transnational litigation.

He obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Lucerne in 2013 (summa cum laude).

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stefan Leimgruber is described as "an excellent arbitration practitioner" by peers who highly praise his impressive work in both international and domestic proceedings. 

Biography

Stefan Leimgruber is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zürich. His main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional (including ICC, Swiss Rules, UNCITRAL, WIPO, CEPANI), in a wide range of commercial disputes, including disputes arising from international joint ventures, shareholder and share purchase agreements, sales, licensing and distribution agreements and construction contracts. Stefan also represents parties before Swiss courts with a particular focus on banking, post-M&A and corporate litigation, interim measures and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

Stefan's expertise in arbitration matters includes: counsel to two Swiss companies in a post-M&A dispute following the rescission of a share purchase agreement by the sellers (CEPANI Arbitration Rules); representation of athletes and sports federations in arbitral proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and before state courts; counsel to a South Korean trading company in a Swiss Rules arbitration initiated by the buyer of large quantities of steel bars because of alleged quality issues.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 2007, Stefan worked at the Zürich District Court, first as a legal secretary and later as a judge, mainly dealing with debt enforcement, civil attachments, injunctions, and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. From 2010 to 2011, Stefan was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney Law School, where he conducted extensive research in the fields of international arbitration and transnational litigation. He obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Lucerne in 2013 for his thesis on negative declaratory relief in international arbitration in Switzerland.

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