Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter

Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter

lic. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law

Effingerstrasse 1
CH-3001 Berne

Tel +41 58 200 35 00

Fax +41 58 200 35 11


Michèle Tettü

+41 58 200 35 36

Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter is a bilingual (French/German) specialist construction and real estate lawyer with over 10 years experience in Switzerland and abroad (including Singapore and New York). He has developed a strong practice in cross-border dispute resolution within the full range of venues (including mediation, dispute adjudication board, arbitration and litigation). He also advises clients on drafting and negotiating contracts as well as on procurement procedures.

He has advised on a wide range of Swiss and international projects (incl. FIDIC), comprising hotels, a convention centre, railway stations, industrial buildings, hydro power plants, an opera house and luxury chalets in the Swiss Alps. In relation to such projects, he has acted for architects, engineers, contractors, developers, energy companies and government organisations.

Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter is at the forefront of the digital revolution in the construction industry. He assists his clients with the legal implementation of BIM (Building Information Modelling). His other focus of interest lies in public transit, where he advises on infrastructure and rolling stock.

Practice areas
  • Construction and real estate
  • Dispute resolution
  • Commercial contracts
Practice groups
  • Construction, real estate and industrial facilities
  • Litigation and insolvency
  • Private clients
  • 2017-2018: Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law
  • 2010: LL.M. in Law and the Global Economy (with focus on U.S. and Asian Business and Trade Law), New York University and National University of Singapore
  • 2006: Bar exam, Canton of Berne
  • 2003: lic. iur., Universities of Geneva, Berne and Bologna (Erasmus, 2000)
Experience / Career
  • since 2018: Partner with Kellerhals Carrard
  • 2006-2018: Associate and Senior Associate with Kellerhals Carrard
  • 2010: Foreign Legal Intern with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, New York
  • 2005: Internship at a bilingual commercial law firm in Biel-Bienne
  • 2004: Internship at the Department of Construction, Transportation and Energy of the Canton of Berne
  • 2003: Law Clerk with the District Court of Biel-Bienne
  • French/German (bilingual)
  • English
  • Italian
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Bernese Bar Association (BAV)
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), Real Estate and SCILL commissions
Further activities
  • AIJA: Co-Chair du Forum of Commissions (Extended Bureau) (2018-); Vice-President of the SCILL-Commission (2016-2018); Member of the Executive Committee (2012-2015)
Publications and presentations
  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter/Alexandre Kirschmann, New law on the statute of limitations from 1st January 2020, In a nutshell 3/2019

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  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter/Alexandre Kirschmann, La prescription en droit privé de la construction, Tour d’horizon et révision du droit de la prescription du 15 juin 2018, Journées suisses du droit de la construction, Fribourg 2019

  • Mario M. Marti/Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, usic-Seminar «BIM: darauf haben Ingenieurunternehmungen zu achten» November 2017, Zürich

  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Sovereign Wealth Funds: The French Strategic Investment Fund: A Creative Approach to Complement SWF Regulation or Mere Protectionism? The Journal of Applied Economy, Volume 3 (2010): p. 59-77

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  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Real Estate and the Digital Revolution (BIM and AI), Panel Presentation at the AIJA Annual Congress, August 2017

  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter & Per-Ola Bergqvist, Green Buildings – From Buckminster Fuller to Norman Foster, General Reporters, AIJA Annual Congress, August 2016

  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Housing for High Net Worth Individuals – Specific Requirements for Architect Agreements, through the Example of the Farnsworth House, Panel Presentation at the AIJA-Half Year Conference of Chicago, May 2016

  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Avoid paying twice the price – How to deal with subcontractors’ claims, Panel Presentation at the AIJA-Congress of Prague, August 2014

  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Wind Energy Projects: Identifying suitable plots and dealing with public requirements, Panel Presentation at the AIJA-Seminar of Hamburg, June 2014

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  • Beat Brechbühl/Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Neuerungen im internationalen Warenhandel: Die Incoterms 2010, k&b 2/2011

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  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Facebook ou l'Arme fatale en Matière de Preuve, In Dubio 1/2011, p. 10-14

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  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Exchange of Tax Information: The End of Banking Secrecy in Switzerland and Singapore? International Tax Journal, November-Dezember 2010: p. 55 - 66

  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Swiss Private Banking, US Tax Enforcement and Mutual Assistance after UBS, Panel Presentation at the Swiss-American Lawyers Association, New York, October 27, 2010 (together with Henry Bubel and Remy Farag)

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