Insurance

Kellerhals Carrard stands out due to its contribution to and experience in the following fields:

Competences

Insurance and liability law

Kellerhals Carrard is your experienced advisor for issues related to insurance and liability law.

Our lawyers have many years of experience in Swiss and international insurance and re-insurance law. We advise domestic and international insurers, their policyholders and insurance brokers on all liability and coverage issues and on the design of insurance products.

Our attorneys regularly and successfully advise on negotiations with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA. We successfully represent our clients in court as well as in arbitration proceedings and are often creative in achieving amicable solutions in the course of negotiations.

Our team for insurance and liability law consists of recognised and experienced experts with many years of experience as well as certification as experts in this field. The team is managed by Christoph Frey, Certified Specialist SBA Torts and Insurance Law, Zurich, and by PD Dr. Pascal Grolimund, Basel.

Kellerhals Carrard is member for Switzerland of Insuralex (www.insuralex.com), a worldwide network of Independent insurance and re-insurance lawyers, dedicated to the insurance and re-insurance industry. Contact Person: Christoph Frey.

Private insurance law
  • Advice and representation of insurers, policy holders and insured parties in the settlement of claims in all lines of insurance, in particular in professional indemnity, products liability, Directors' and Officers' liability, in the field of technical and property insurance and reinsurance
  • Assisting insurers in drafting contracts in the field of direct and re-insurance
  • Coverage and liability analyses in the scope of mergers and acquisitions (due diligence) and in extensive proceedings before and out of court
  • Recourse proceedings on behalf of insurers
  • Expert opinions on specific liability and coverage issues
  • Coverage analyses and legal opinions regarding local and international (master) policies, co-insurance and re-insurance programs
Supervisory law
  • Advice and support in connection with the establishment of insurance companies or branches
  • Representation in proceedings before FINMA
  • Legal analysis and expert opinions for insurers, associations and brokers on regulatory issues
Social security law, mandatory and extra-mandatory occupational pension plans, health insurance
  • Advice and representation of Swiss accident insurers and health insurers in internal administrative procedures and court proceedings
  • Advice and representation of pension plans and beneficiaries with respect to insurance benefits and administrative and organisational issues in the field of occupational pension plans, in particular support in drafting regulations (e.g. pension plan regulations, regulations on partial liquidation, organizational regulations and investment regulations)
  • Management of pension plans
  • Recourse proceedings on behalf of insurers
  • Advice of pharmaceutical manufacturers and manufacturers of medical devices as well as of hospitals and physicians, etc. with respect to remuneration from health insurance
Liability law

Advice and representation in court of insurers and insured persons in the following areas:

  • Contractual liability and tort
  • Directors’ and officers’ liability, including their liability under social security law
  • Public officers and governmental liability
  • Special statutory liabilities, in particular mandatory motor vehicle insurance and product liability (in particular drugs and medical devices) as well as liability for medical malpractice and attorney liability