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Dispute Resolution

Representation at the Highest Level

Our Dispute Resolution Group features one of the largest and leading dispute resolution practices in Switzerland. We advise and represent clients before the Swiss courts and in arbitrations under the rules of all relevant international arbitration institutions. We advise on pre-litigation measures and strategies and we have broad experience in coordinating and monitoring complex international litigation in multiple jurisdictions. We also advise on Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms such as Mediation. Our lawyers are all multilingual and many have held positions with Swiss courts.

„excellent – sees the bigger picture and a name that comes to mind for litigation matters.“

Chambers Europe/Global

Contact

Peter Burckhardt
Partner Zurich
Christian Girod
Partner Geneva
Partners
Philippe Bärtsch
Partner Geneva
Dr. Christopher Boog
Partner Zurich / Singapore
Benjamin Borsodi
Partner Geneva
Peter Burckhardt
Partner Zurich
Louis Burrus
Partner Geneva
Elliott Geisinger
Partner Geneva
Christian Girod
Partner Geneva
Philipp Groz
Partner Zurich
Paul Gully-Hart
Partner Geneva
Dr. Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny
Partner Zurich
Vincent Jeanneret
Partner Geneva
Alexander Jolles
Partner Zurich
Dr. Stefan Leimgruber
Partner Zurich
Dr. Manuel Liatowitsch
Partner Zurich
Blaise Stucki
Partner Geneva
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Prof. Dr. Nathalie Voser
Partner Zurich
Full Team
Philippe Bärtsch
Partner Geneva
Dr. Christopher Boog
Partner Zurich / Singapore
Benjamin Borsodi
Partner Geneva
Peter Burckhardt
Partner Zurich
Louis Burrus
Partner Geneva
Elliott Geisinger
Partner Geneva
Christian Girod
Partner Geneva
Philipp Groz
Partner Zurich
Paul Gully-Hart
Partner Geneva
Dr. Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny
Partner Zurich
Vincent Jeanneret
Partner Geneva
Alexander Jolles
Partner Zurich
Dr. Stefan Leimgruber
Partner Zurich
Dr. Manuel Liatowitsch
Partner Zurich
Blaise Stucki
Partner Geneva
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Prof. Dr. Nathalie Voser
Partner Zurich
Prof. Dr. Peter Georg Picht
Of Counsel Zurich
Anne-Carole Cremades
Counsel Geneva
Andrea Dorjee-Good
Counsel Zurich
Michael Hess
Counsel Zurich
Julie Raneda
Partner Singapore
Dr. Roland M. Ryser
Counsel Zurich
Benno Strub
Counsel Zurich
Annie Aboudaram
Associate Geneva
Nadja Al Kanawati
Associate Zurich
George Ayoub
Partner Geneva
Lars Bauer
Associate Zurich
Katherine Bell
Associate Zurich
Sylvie Bertrand-Curreli
Associate Geneva
Katrin Brunner
Associate Zurich
Amanda Burnand Sulmoni
Associate Geneva
Damien Clivaz
Associate Geneva
Laurence Crittin
Associate Geneva
Paula Custer
Associate Zurich
Valérie de Saint-Pierre
Associate Geneva
Alvin Dhowtalut
Associate Geneva
Geoffrey Erriquez
Associate Geneva
Bryan Fok
Associate Geneva
Olivia Furter
Associate Zurich
Céline Gautier
Associate Zurich
Anya George
Partner Zurich
Benjamin Gottlieb
Associate Zurich
Charles Goumaz
Associate Geneva
Andreas Hösli
Associate Zurich
Dr. Anna Kozmenko
Partner Zurich
Caroline M. López Nagai
Associate Geneva
Giulia Marchettini
Associate Geneva
Dr. Annabelle Möckesch
Associate Zurich
Alix Muheim
Associate Geneva
Sebastiano Nessi
Associate Geneva
Sandra Oberson
Associate Geneva
Flavia Peroni
Associate Geneva
Clara Poglia
Partner Geneva
Dr. Elza Reymond
Associate Geneva
Anne Roux-Fouillet
Associate Geneva
Teresa Rudolph
Associate Zurich
Elena Trabaldo-de Mestral
Associate Geneva
Raphael Währy
Associate Zurich
Dr. Nadia Walker
Associate Zurich
Dr. Philip Wimalasena
Associate Zurich / Geneva
Eva Wyler
Associate Zurich
Katrin Brunner
Associate Zurich

Expertise

Our expertise extends to a variety of fields, including:

  • Finance and banking;
  • Insurance and reinsurance;
  • Trusts, estates, and inheritance matters;
  • Intellectual property and information technology;
  • Unfair competition;
  • Employment;
  • Directors’ and officers’ liability;
  • Professional liability;
  • Mergers and acquisitions, in particular share purchase transactions;
  • Joint ventures, consortium agreements and shareholders’ disputes;
  • Energy sector;
  • Infrastructure, construction projects and engineering (including contract management);
  • Pharmaceuticals and medtech;
  • Automotive (development, manufacture and sale of automotive components);
  • Luxury and consumers goods (distribution and franchising);
  • Licensing, distribution and agency agreements;
  • Investment disputes;
  • Trade and transport;
  • Sports- and art-related disputes;
  • Interlocutory proceedings, freezing injunctions and attachment orders;
  • Asset tracing, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards;
  • Legal assistance in civil and criminal matters;
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency litigation;
  • Internal investigations.

Our experience includes:

  • Successful defense of UBS before the cantonal courts and the Swiss Federal Tribunal against a large claim brought by an institutional client for losses suffered in connection with the 2008 financial crisis;
  • Lead counsel in the defense of a Swiss industrialist prosecuted for alleged intentional disaster caused by asbestos-cement factories several decades ago and acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court;
  • Representation of the Russian Federation in Swiss Supreme Court proceedings relating to setting-aside of an award on jurisdiction in an investment arbitration matter. Schellenberg Wittmer acts as lead counsel in the Swiss proceedings;
  • Representation of Hungary before the Swiss Supreme Court in setting-aside proceedings of an arbitral award rendered by an arbitral tribunal constituted under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The decision is published in the hard-copy collection of Swiss Supreme Court decisions;
  • Representation of a telecommunication company in a post M&A dispute, where the opposing side failed to pay the last part of the purchase price. After a long-fought battle, during which we successfully seized assets of the opposing side in several jurisdictions, we are able to secure a very favourable settlement for our client, obtaining 95% of the amount of our client's claim and recovery of all costs, including lawyers' fee;
  • Defence of Gazprom Neft against a corporate liability claim brought by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). This matter concerns civil litigation that has been brought to the Swiss Courts;
  • Lead counsel to a major Swiss bank against damages claims of private parties (victims) based on money laundering allegations in connection with an international fraud scheme, and in OAG criminal investigation;
  • Counsel to a Germany-based industrial plants construction company in a dispute and arbitration against a France-based multinational group in nuclear power and renewable energy in connection with a nuclear power plant project in Germany.

Deals & Cases

Schellenberg Wittmer negotiates a settlement with Republic of Argentina

Schellenberg Wittmer successfully represented Actavis in patent litigation against Eli Lilly

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked and recognized amongst leading law firms in global directories and publications:

  • Chambers Global and Europe in Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration
  • Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Arbitration
  • Highly commended by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Report 2017
  • WWL Switzerland and across WWL Arbitration and Litigation
  • GAR 30
  • GIR 100
  • GIR Regional or Boutique Investigations Firm of Year 2017