Markus Hess

Markus Hess

Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner

Raemistrasse 5
CH-8024 Zurich

Tel +41 58 200 39 00

Fax +41 58 200 39 11


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Dr. Markus Hess has been practicing as an attorney at law since 1980 and since 1982 as a partner of various law firms in Zurich. From 2006 to 2012, he was Managing Partner of Kellerhals Attorneys at Law in Zurich. He calls on a broad and long-term experience in all aspects of the business of financial leasing and consumer credit in the domestic market as well as experience in the field of financial markets supervision of the non-banking and insurance sector, in particular by taking on leading positions in self-regulatory organisations combating money laundering. For over 30 years, he has been advising leading providers of financial leasing and consumer credits as well as conducting transactions and funding of real estate projects. Additionally, on behalf of associations, in particular economiesuisse (an umbrella organisation representing the Swiss economy), Markus has been involved in legislative projects for the promotion of Switzerland as a financial and economic center, both as a member of expert and of working commissions. Furthermore, he is the author of numerous publications and regularly gives lectures at the University of Zurich as well as lecturing as a guest at the Universities of Lucerne and St. Gallen.

Practice areas
  • Supervisory regulation of financial markets for non-banks and insurances, specialist for money laundering issues and for interfaces with private law 
  • Contracts of financial leasing companies in all sectors (real estate, investment goods, fleets and consumer products) 
  • Long-term experience in monitoring legislative projects for various interest groups in the areas of contract, regulatory, tax and commercial law 
  • General commercial and contract law
Practice groups
  • Compliance, white collar crime
  • 1989: Dr.iur., University of Zurich
  • 1980: Bar exam, Canton of Zurich
  • 1978: lic.iur., University of Zurich
Experience / Career
  • since 2006: Partner of Kellerhals Carrard
  • 1982-2006: Partner with various law firms in Zurich
  • 1979-1982: Associate in a law firm in Zurich
  • 1978-1979: Law Clerk with the District Court of Meilen
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
Further activities
  • Executive director of the Swiss Leasing Association (SLV) and its self-regulatory organization (SRO/SLV)
  • President of the self-regulatory organization of the Swiss Insurance Association (SR-SVV)
  • President of the forum for Swiss self-regulatory organizations (Forum SRO; 2000 - 2012)
  • Lecturer at the Universitiy of Zurich (1980 - 1984 and 2010)
  • Member of the permanent law commission of economiesuisse
Publications and presentations
  • Kommentierung von Art. 697i – m und Art. 704a OR, in: Honsell/Vogt/Watter (Hrsg.), Basler Kommentar OR II, Basel 2016 (zusammen mit Emanuel Dettwiler)

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  • Markus Hess / Omar Abo Youssef, Die Übergangsbestimmung zum qualifizierten Steuervergehen als Geldwäschereivortat, in: Jusletter 25. April 2016

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  • AGB-Kontrolle nach dem neuen Art. 8 UWG – eine kritische Auslegeordnung, AJP 9/2012, S. 1188 ff. (Co-Autor mit MLaw Lea Ruckstuhl)

  • Swiss Equity Guide Leasing, Zürich 2008 (Co-Herausgeber)

  • Sachgewährleistung und Gefahrtragung beim Leasing, in: Alfred Koller (Hrsg.), Leasingrecht – Ausgewählte Fragen, Bern 2007, S. 79 ff. (Co-Autor mit lic. iur. Peter Krummenacher)

  • Leasing in der Schweiz: Der Markt und die Trends im Überblick, in: Finanzierung, Leasing, Factoring (FLF), 2/2007, S. 63 ff.

  • Immobilienleasing – Stiefkind der Schweizer Leasingbranche; in: Sondernummer der Zeitschrift der Handelskammer Deutschland – Schweiz, Oktober 2006

  • Leasing, in: Boemle/Gsell, Geld-, Bank- und Finanzmarktrecht-Lexikon der Schweiz, Zürich 2002

  • Leasing-Boom in der Schweiz, Zeitschrift der Handelskammer Deutschland – Schweiz, Januar 2002

  • Leasing unter dem Bundesgesetz über den Konsumkredit, Eckdaten für die Vertragsgestaltung und Geschäftsabwicklung, in: Markus Hess/Robert Simmen (Hrsg.), Das neue Konsumkreditgesetz, Zürich 2002, S. 65 ff.

  • Leasing in der Schweiz – Vertragsrechtliche Rahmenbedingungen, Sondernummer der Zeitschrift der Handelskammer Deutschland – Schweiz, September 1998

  • Kommentierung der Art. 5 und 6 IPRG, in: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder (Hrsg.), Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Privatrecht, Internationales Privatrecht, Basel/ Frankfurt a.M. 1996

  • Immobilienleasing und Formzwang, Zeitschrift für Schweizerisches Beurkundungs- und Grundbuchrecht (ZBGR) 1991, S. 1 ff.

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  • Immobilienleasing in der Schweiz, Diss. Zürich 1989

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