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Internal Corporate Investigations

Clearing the Path

Schellenberg Wittmer’s Internal Corporate Investigations Group features multi-lingual lawyers versed both in civil law and in common law traditions. Our cross-divisional approach enables us to respond quickly and efficiently to the most resource-intensive demands.


Schellenberg Wittmer has the technical know-how and infrastructure to process large-scale document reviews confidentially on its own IT platform.


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Winner of The Boutique/Regional Investigations Practice at the GIR 2017 Awards
Schellenberg Wittmer highly commended in the FT's Innovative Lawyers report 2017

„Amongst the foremost practitioners, who are prominent forces in the market.“

Who's Who Legal

Key Contacts

Peter Burckhardt
Benjamin Borsodi


Schellenberg Wittmer has extensive experience in the investigation of a broad range of legal and regulatory matters, including:

  • Bribery and corruption;
  • Fraud and violation of tax laws;
  • Violation of banking and capital market rules;
  • Disclosure and accounting issues;
  • Competition and antitrust;
  • Executive misconduct.

We also regularly act on behalf of regulators and other law enforcement authorities.

Strong teams in dispute resolution, white collar crime and antitrust form the foundation of our practice, which is supported by other practice areas including corporate, banking and finance, capital markets, and tax. For each matter, a tailor-made team is assembled comprising partners, associates and junior lawyers from the relevant practice areas.

Our experience includes:

  • Counsel to two major Brazilian conglomerates Odebrecht and Braskem in AML proceedings opened by the Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland in the context of the multibillion-dollar Petrobras corruption scandal. This is a landmark case, one of the first and largest corporate criminal liability cases ever settled in Switzerland, reached in close coordination with resolutions in Brazil and the United States;
  • Lead counsel to Credit Suisse in offshore tax evasion investigation launched by U.S. authorities in 2011, and in the subsequent settlement reached between the Bank and the U.S. government;
  • Lead counsel to EFG Bank in its compliance under the U.S. DOJ offshore voluntary disclosure program for Swiss banks. Schellenberg Wittmer advised the client on the full spectrum of legal issues involved, including internal investigation, and representation of EFG Bank both before the U.S. DOJ and in various related Swiss court proceedings.

Awards and Recognitions

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

  • GIR 100
  • Chambers Europe in White-Collar Crime and Compliance
  • Winner of Regional or Boutique Investigations practice 2017 at GIR Awards
  • WWL Switzerland and WWL Investigations international guide
  • Expert Guides
  • GIR 40 under 40
  • Financial Times: Innovative Lawyers 2017

Selected Publications

The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations, Second Edition
Global Investigations Review - ed. Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance. Eleanor Davison, Fountain Court Chambers. Christopher J Morvillo, Clifford Chance, Michael Bowes QC, Outer Temple Chambers, Luke Tolaini, Clifford Chance
Securities & Related Investigations : Switzerland 2017
In: Global Investigations Review : The law and practice of international investigations, October 2017