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Peter Burckhardt, LL.M.

Partner

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19

P.O. Box 2201

8021 Zurich
Switzerland

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 5283
F +41 44 215 5200

Languages:
German, English, French, Italian

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 5283
F +41 44 215 5200

„world class“

Who's Who Legal

„deep thinker and good investigator“

Chambers

„a top-notch lawyer who really stands out in the corporate crime space“

Legal500

„solving big-picture problems“

Chambers
 

Peter Burckhardt heads Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich, as well as the White-Collar Crime & Compliance and the Internal Corporate Investigations teams. Peter has developed a strong practice in complex criminal, regulatory and civil litigation matters, often involving multi-jurisdictional components. He is also frequently retained to conduct internal investigations for a broad range of topics.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Defending a global Swiss bank in a money laundering investigation related to foreign corruption
  • Representing a German car manufacturer against consumer mass claims in the context of the Diesel affair
  • Lead counsel to a major Brazilian construction group for the Swiss aspects of the Petrobras matter, which settled in a trilateral deal (BR/US/CH)
  • Swiss lead counsel to a global bank headquartered in Switzerland in the U.S. tax dispute
  • Defending a major bank in a Ponzi scheme fraud investigation and related civil and regulatory action
  • Defending a member of top management of a global bank in criminal and regulatory proceedings by Swiss and U.S. law enforcement
  • Defending an ousted head of state in a corruption and money laundering investigation

Career

Professional Experience
2006
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
1999
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
1996-1998
Served in various functions in the judiciary of the Canton of Berne, notably as criminal prosecutor and deputy judge in civil and criminal matters

Education and Admission
1999
Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Edinburgh, Scotland
1995
Bar Admission in Switzerland
1995
University of Berne

Additional Professional Activities
  • Member of various professional associations including the Zurich and Swiss Bar  Associations, the International Bar Association (IBA), the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Regular publications in fields of specialization and speaker at international conferences
  • Board Member of FlexLaw

„world class“

Who's Who Legal

„deep thinker and good investigator“

Chambers

„a top-notch lawyer who really stands out in the corporate crime space“

Legal500

„solving big-picture problems“

Chambers

Recognitions

  • Chambers Europe (White Collar Crime)
  • Who's Who Legal (Business Crime Defence, Investigations, Asset Recovery & Product Liability Defence)
  • Legal 500 (Dispute Resolution, Litigation)
  • LMG Expert Guides (White Collar Crime, Commercial Litigation)

Selected Publications

Legal Privilege and Confidentiality in Switzerland
Privilege and Confidentiality: An International Handbook, 2nd Edition, pp. 279 et seq.
 
Anti-Corruption Regulation
Swiss Chapter, Getting the Deal Through Publication Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through Anti-Corruption Regulation 2012, (published in February, 2012; contributing ed
 
Securities & Related Investigations : Switzerland
First published by Global Investigations Review in Feb 2016, GIR Know-How: Securities & Related Investigations, ed. David E. Brodsky, Robin M. Bergen, Albert K. Lai and David Wagner