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“Very intelligent”

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“He gains plaudits for her admirable private wealth practice.”

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“Alexander Jolles impresses market commentators with his excellent work representing private clients.”

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“Alexander Jolles is a standout player in the market, recognized in trust and estate disputes, in addition to art-related litigation.”

Who's Who Legal

“He is “a good name” in the Swiss litigation space who comes highly recommended for his expert handling of contentious private client issues.”

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“Alexander Jolles is a standout practitioner with peers describing him as "an excellent lawyer, a charming person and particularly skilled in matters related to art.”

Chambers

“Fellow lawyers describe Alexander Jolles of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd as "a top name in art" and someone whom "people look instinctively to for advice."”

Chambers

“He is praised as "a very good and up-to date lawyer."”

Chambers

“One industry expert remarks that "he is very pragmatic, very sensible and hugely well connected - he is my go-to guy for art matters."”

Chambers

“Another peer reports: "He has lots of understanding of how art dealers and collectors handle their collections and is referred to by others as an expert."”

Alexander Jolles is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution and Private Wealth Group and heads the Art and Entertainment Group in Zurich. His main areas of practice include domestic and international litigation and arbitration as well as succession, trust and estate planning and litigation.

In addition, Alexander Jolles has a longstanding and extensive practice in the field of art and entertainment. He advises a broad range of clients from auction houses, galleries and dealers to museums, private collectors, artists and artist estates. He regularly advises on matters ranging from the sale and purchase of fine art; to title disputes; looted, stolen, forged and damaged art; shipping, import and export of art; structuring and managing of collections, foundations, loans, bequests and donations; attribution and authentication of art; art insurance; art as collateral; art funds; copyrights.

Experience

  • Extensive experience in inheritance matters, estate and succession planning, complex trust and estate disputes, and in art law, including art-related litigation
  • Serving both as arbitrator and as counsel to parties before arbitration tribunals, state courts, and regulatory authorities

Career

Professional Experience
2009-2015
Member of the Management Committee of Schellenberg Wittmer
1999-2001
Secretary General of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland
1998
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
1991
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
1989
Foreign Associate at two law firms in the U.S.
Education and Admission
1988
Bar Admission in Switzerland
1985
lic. iur., University of Bern
Additional Professional Activities
  • Regular publications in his fields of specialization
  • He is on the list of arbitrators of the ICC National Committee for Switzerland and of the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Member of several leading international arbitration and professional organizations
  • Lecturer on international arbitration at the University of Zurich's LL.M. program in international business law and the Swiss Arbitration Academy
  • Guest lecturer on art law at advanced study program in applied art science organized by the Swiss Institute on Art Research in cooperation with the Zurich University of the Arts
  • Serves on the board of the Swiss Association of Art Collectors and of various art foundations, such as the Alberto Giacometti Foundation, Emil Bührle Collection, Werner Coninx Foundation, Foundation Kamm Collection and the Hulda and Gustav Zumsteg Foundation
 

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