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Litigation and Insolvency

The firm's litigation team represents clients before the Swiss civil, commercial and administrative courts, as well as the Supreme Court in Lausanne. A unified Federal Code of Civil Procedure of Switzerland has become effective as from January 1st, 2011 replacing the former 23 different cantonal civil procedure laws. Our firm has a privileged understanding of the unified Code as one of the Partners of the litigation team was a member of the Federal Experts' Commission responsible for drafting the Code.

The representation of our clients before the courts covers all fields of commercial disputes, including banking cases, bankruptcy and debt collection litigation, estate and employment disputes, international mutual assistance, whether civil or criminal, money laundering and white-collar crime, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. We also have extensive experience in the field of provisional remedies, whether aimed at blocking funds to secure debts or protective measures relating to bank guarantees or documentary credits. Because of the international character of the cases we deal with, our litigation team is at ease with the complex nature of private international law.

Members of our firm also routinely act as administrators and conservators in insolvency cases and have been involved in some of the largest bankruptcy reorganization plans in Switzerland (including that of Swissair).

Our team also defends clients in tax, anti-trust and unfair competition litigation.

The litigation team works closely with the firm's arbitration team, which enjoys a leading position both as arbitrators and parties' representatives, in Switzerland and internationally.