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Insurance

First Class Legal Services in Insurance and Reinsurance

Our Insurance Group consists of lawyers with practical and specialist knowledge of the insurance and re-insurance industry. We are fluent in the full range of insurance products and the various legal and regulatory aspects that are relevant to the insurance business. On the dispute resolution side, we have developed particular expertise in coordinating and monitoring complex litigation in multiple jurisdictions.

„extremely good at managing different points of view and recognizing everyone’s interests“

Chambers Europe

Contact

Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Partners
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Dr. Olivier Favre
Partner Zurich
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Full Team
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Dr. Olivier Favre
Partner Zurich
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Fabio Hurni
Associate Zurich

Expertise

Our Insurance Group assists clients with the following:

  • All issues relating to the regulation and establishment of (re-)insurers and (re-)insurance portfolios in Switzerland;
  • Cover issues and issues of private insurance law;
  • Insurance fraud defense;
  • Defense work under all lines of liability insurance programs;
  • Issues arising from different types of co- and re-insurance schemes;
  • Insurance broker-related issues;
  • Representing clients before state courts and arbitral tribunals in all aspects of insurance, re-insurance and liability law;
  • Adaptation of policy and condition wordings, or insurance products to be introduced into the Swiss market, to the Swiss law environment.

Our experience includes:

  • Lead counsel in one of the largest accidents in the history of European aviation (Überlingen mid-air collision). The team was appointed by Skyguide and their insurers AXA Winterthur Insurance Company to represent the interests and to coordinate all compensation negotiations and recourse claims and conduct and coordinate legal proceedings in different jurisdictions;
  • Counsel to Business Aviation operator and their insurers in relation to an aircraft accident in France;
  • Negotiation for insurers with insured relating to freight forwarders' liability insurance cover;
  • Advice on market access to Switzerland for foreign life insurance companies, including regulatory requirements and design of life insurance products for the Swiss market (life insurance and capitalisation products);
  • Preparation of group insurance products sold to the Swiss market;
  • Set-up of Swiss direct insurance company and of Swiss branch of foreign direct insurance company and obtaining FINMA licenses;
  • Set-up of insurance brokerage activity in Switzerland including FINMA registration and preparation of documentation used by insurance broker;
  • Advice on regulatory requirements for cross-border insurance and insurance brokerage activities between Liechtenstein and Switzerland;
  • Advice on reinsurance coverage backing direct insurance coverage provided by licensed Swiss insurance companies.

Awards and Recognitions

Our leading practitioners are highly recognized amongst leading law firms across international directories and publications:

  • WWL Switzerland and across WWL insurance and reinsurance international guides
  • Expert guides

Selected Publications