Litigation

The unforeseeable risks and complex regulatory framework of today’s business world means that disputes have become one of its inevitable features. Whenever the dispute has a link to Switzerland, be it a Swiss forum, the application of Swiss law or evidence or assets located in Switzerland, Kellerhals Carrard – as one of the most well-known litigation firms in Switzerland – is the first firm to call.

Competences

Dispute resolution

Our dispute resolution professionals in Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Zurich are qualified to appear before all courts in all Swiss cantons, including all appellate courts. Our attorneys also regularly represent clients in proceedings before federal courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne. The daily work of our litigation attorneys consists of injunctions, pre-trial attachments, enforcement of foreign judgments, insolvency proceedings and international judicial assistance. We frequently advise clients involved in foreign litigation (especially in the US) and handle Swiss law issues arising in foreign litigation. We have particular experience handling disputes in the following areas of practice: distribution, franchising, joint ventures, competition and antitrust, securities, corporate, professional responsibility, finance and banking, insurance and pensions, construction and engineering, real estate, international sales and transport, tort and product liability, fraud and asset recovery, sport, employment, M&A-related claims, intellectual property, information and communications technology as well as tax and regulatory issues.

The size of our litigation group allows us to build specialised teams of professionals for each specific case. Clients always have the same attorney or the same team working on their cases, and the Partner in charge is always aware of the current status of the case. Our approach to dispute resolution involves the client as an important member of the team: our strategy is established in mutual discussion with the client, which also has the advantage of keeping costs down.

     

Experience
  • Assistance in foreign fraud litigation against a Swiss bank in the amount of 3.6 billion USD
  • Assistance in international trust litigation
  • Professional responsibility proceedings against the auditing firm of a listed company
  • Defending an automobile manufacturer in a major product liability litigation
  • Defending banks against investor lawsuits