Marc René Deschenaux

We are international financial jurists because we believe going into litigation is already a failure. We do not believe in solutions arising from the courts of law.

Our legal team is entrepreneurial and tends to avoid litigation as much as possible.

We firmly believe that making money on the misery and strife of others is not a harmonious lifestyle.

This positive attitude allows us to be credible to our customers on important business, because they know they engage a representative without enemies from past disputes unrelated to them.

We believe that the modern lawyer must join forces with other professions and skills such as finance, marketing & communication.

Our practice as international financial jurists is exactly the opposite to that of attorneys-at-law.

We are builders making money on our clients’ achievements and successes not on their woes and failures.

Generally we do not deal with disputes and litigations.

We do not appear in court except for the companies we administer or for free idealistic causes.

Riikka Kuoppamäki

Riikka Kuoppamäki is an associate in the international trade practice. Ms. Kuoppamäki focuses on the area of international trade policy at World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes.

Before joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat as a junior dispute settlement lawyer. During her time at the Secretariat, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked on several appeals and advised the members of the Appellate Body on procedural and substantive issues.

Prior to her experience at the WTO, Ms. Kuoppamäki completed her LL.B. and LL.M. studies at the University of Helsinki, specializing in public international law and WTO law. During her studies, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked as a trainee in two Helsinki-based law firms. She also participated in the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) moot court competition on WTO law, where she was head coach of the Helsinki team. After completing her LL.M. in Helsinki, Ms. Kuoppamäki undertook a second LL.M. at the University of Barcelona, focusing on international economic law and policy.

Ms. Kuoppamäki is an ELSA scholarship recipient and was a member of ELSA’s delegation in the 47th session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

Firm Overview:

Akin Gump has, in the span of a single generation, grown to become one of the world’s largest firms, with more than 900 lawyers practicing in an array of practices and industries in offices around the globe.

Michelle Bannister

MICHELLE BANNISTER focuses her work on international commercial arbitration, particularly cross-border disputes before major arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Michelle has been involved in all phases of international arbitrations, from filing of the claim to hearing and award, and is particularly experienced in complex cross-border disputes involving large multi national companies.

Firm Overview:

Sidley Austin LLP, formerly known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, is a general practice law firm based in the United States, with a focus on expertise in transactional and litigation matters.

Nicolas Kuonen

Nicolas is a partner with Tavernier Tschanz, a Swiss law firm exclusively devoted to business law. Nicolas is the Head of the Commercial Litigation Department within the firm.

Nicolas has also been a lecturer at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland since 2007, teaching contract and Roman law. He regularly publishes in his fields of specialization and is frequently invited to hold speaches in those fields, in Switzerland and abroad.

Litigation Law Practice:

Our international litigation practice deals with all kinds of corporate and commercial cases. We represent clients in civil proceedings (banking, real estate, construction, unfair competition, employment, or directors’ liability and shareholders’ disputes) and international debt enforcement proceedings before Swiss courts and the Swiss Supreme Court. We also act for plaintiffs in white collar crime matters.

We have gained extensive experience over years in conducting litigation in complex cases, often with international strings. We consider the development of a direct, personal and responsive relationship with our clients as an essential part of our general strategy. Both institutional and private clients come to us precisely for that.

Efficient litigation is not only a procedural game, but requires thorough legal knowledge and creativity. Because our firm operates as one fully integrated team, we enjoy the support of the entire firm to develop theories and research, namely in the fields of corporate, banking or finance law. As a fully independent firm, we are in a position to get other firms’ support, which we select on the sole basis of their expertise and reliability, in Switzerland or abroad, whenever required.

 

Dr Jodok Wicki

Jodok Wicki concentrates on dispute resolution, litigation and international arbitration. He heads the firm’s dispute resolution group and leads also the litigation practice group of CMS. Jodok maintains an active practice of state court litigation and appellate proceedings in a variety of commercial matters, such as purchase and sales agreements, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, director and officer and auditor liability and product liability. He has also a particular focus on insurance matters and qualified as a Certified Specialist of the Swiss Bar Association for Torts and Insurance Law. In international arbitration proceedings Jodok Wicki is appearing as counsel and also regularly sits as arbitrator. He is on the panels of arbitrators of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Jodok Wicki started his practice as a lawyer in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. In 1996 and 1997 he worked as a foreign associate with law firms in New York and in Sydney.

“During my international sports career as an olympic sailor before starting the legal practice I learnt the importance of going the extra mile in order to succeed. It is the voluntarism I learnt then which now benefits and is appreciated by my clients.”

“I value Jodok’s legal and strategic thinking. He does not limit his counselling to the legal aspects of a claim. Where appropriate he highlights non-legal aspects such as strategic and business considerations as well.” Client Feedback 2015

Jodok Wicki has written his doctoral thesis on market making and price manipulation of own shares of listed stockbrokers (Market Making und Kurspflege kotierter eigener Aktien durch Effektenhändler).

CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.

Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS can work for you in over 42 countries and more than 74 offices worldwide. 4,500 CMS lawyers offer you business-focused advice tailored to your needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions. 

 

Michael Nordin, LL.M.

Michael Nordin is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office, where he heads the Taxation Group. Apart from providing general tax advice, he focuses on transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and restructurings, and those related to financing and capital markets. He also conducts Internal Corporate Investigations focusing on tax related matters. In addition, Michael Nordin also advises private clients.

Michael Nordin studied law at the University of St. Gallen, where he completed a first degree in 1991 and, after admission to the Swiss bar in 1993, a doctorate in 1996. He also attended New York University, where he graduated with an LL.M. in International Taxation in 1997. In 2000 he qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert. Before joining Schellenberg Wittmer he worked in the group tax department of a major Swiss bank, in the tax departments of two international «Big Four» audit firms, and for a large business law firm in Zurich.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd / Attorneys at Law

We are a leading Swiss business law firm with:

  • Over 140 highly skilled lawyers providing in-depth expertise to you;
  • Offices in Zurich and Geneva that cover all of Switzerland;
  • An office in Singapore as a gateway to and from the Asia-Pacific region;
  • A client base of domestic and international companies and high-net-worth individuals;
  • A full range of services, from focused advice to project management.

 

Dirk Spacek

Dirk Spacek is a managing associate in the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition Team. His preferred areas of practice include legal aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT), intellectual property (in particular patent and copyright), data protection as well as general contract and commercial matters. He primarily advises companies of the media, communications, technology and industry sector as well as financial institutions on the development and commercialization of new ideas and technologies. Among various matters, he handles new internet-business models (e-commerce), technology-joint-ventures, outsourcing-projects, software-procurement, license and distribution agreements as well as digital media law matters. In addition, Dirk has vast experience in the representation of clients in contractual and technology-related disputes before state courts.

Dirk Spacek graduated from the University of Zurich (lic.iur. 2002, Dr.iur., 2005) and Columbia University in New York, USA (LL.M. 2012 with a focus on International Media, Entertainment, Technology and Corporate M&A). Already after his graduate studies in Zurich, he specialized as a teaching and research assistant to Prof. Rolf H. Weber at the University of Zurich and accomplished a doctorate (PhD) in intellectual property and media law with a thesis on “the protection of television formats – a legal an economic analysis”. He gained practical experiences as a clerk at the district court of Zurich and as an associate in one of Switzerland’s largest law firms.

Dirk Spacek speaks German, English, French and Spanish. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

 

Paul Lanois

Paul is a global privacy, data protection and information security expert and is an attorney admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia (DC-USA), New York (NY-USA) and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). He regularly publishes articles on technology law and is frequently invited to speak on such topics. He has spoken at conferences in the United States and across Europe. His views have been noted in diverse publications and media outlets in relation to privacy, data protection and technology-related matters. In 2016, he was named a “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and an “Innovative Corporate Counsel” by Law 360. He was recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist and received the Information Governance Expert Of The Year Finalist award at the 2016 Information Governance Conference.

He has been recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with concentrations in Asian law (CIPP/A), US law (CIPP/US), European law (CIPP/E) and Canadian law (CIPP/C). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).  He was an Associate Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France and an associate at major international law firms (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Linklaters). He graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France) with a Master’s degree in Business Law and a postgraduate degree in Private and Public Economic Law. He also holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA) and a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Peter Ruggle

We are fully committed to you. We think and act as entrepreneurs. Whether in legal advice, in a mediation or in a court representation we consider conflicts as an engine of development. Our core expertise is the handling of the disturbance factor conflict.

Our aim is the binding and viable agreement, the adequate contract, the satisfactory judgment, a high communication quality as well as restored relations among the participants.

Vita:

  • Lawyer and partner in economic chancery in Zurich, since 1988
  • Lawyer patron of the Canton of Zurich, 1998
  • Legal Secretary, Chairman of the Arbitration Board, Substitute Judge at District Court Meilen, 1994-1998
  • Assistant to the Institute of Finance and Financial Law at the University of St. Gallen 1994
  • Lizentiat in Legal Sciences, University of St. Gallen, 1994

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Corporate finance
  • Banking and financial market law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Mediation

Languages: German, English, French

Publications: (selection)

  • Comment on the Swiss Code of Obligations, Basel 2014, Commentary on Art. 852 – 908
  • Basel Commentary on the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure, Basel 2013, Commentary on Articles 14, 70-72, 213-216, 218, 400, 401.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, ed.), Confidentiality in Mediation – the Civil Law Tradition.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, Ed.), After Mediation.
  • Cash Management under Swiss Law, French Association of Cash Managers (AFTE) 2003 Technical Guide on Centralized Cash Management in Europe, published by the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) (Co-Author), Paris September 2004

Memberships: (selection)

  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association

David Gruber

Practice Areas

– public notary in the canton of Valais with its international famous destinations like Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Verbier, Crans-Montana. Nendaz

– all kind of contract law (sales law, tenancy law, private and public building law)

– company foundation

– property law

– family and divorce law

– inheritance law

Language

– German (mother language)

– English

– French

– Italian

Education

– Studies at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) (lic. iur., 2002)

Further Activities and Memberships

– President of the Valais Bar association (oavs.ch)