Key points

Private international law

Many of my current customers are subject to private international law, mostly international family law. These include:

  • Litigation before Swiss courts for international cases (e.g., for foreign real estate, dividing pension assets or other financial assets in Switzerland for divorces that take place abroad)
  • Pre-litigation consulting
  • Place of jurisdiction, applicable law
  • Acknowledging and enforcing foreign rulings in Switzerland
  • Independent expert opinions on behalf of or for foreign courts or lawyers

My expertise is based on many years of practical work and a solid academic framework thanks to my doctoral thesis in private international law with Prof. Dr. Frank Vischer as well my publications in legal commentaries and papers. For many years I represented Switzerland as an expert at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. I am supported by a global network of specialized lawyers globally, and I am a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Family law in Switzerland

Family law with legal separations and legal divorce is another specialisation of mine. Over 35 years of experience in consulting and litigation work set me apart when it comes to complex and comprehensive asset allocations among spouses (shareholdings, real estate, custody accounts, etc.). I often use my supplementary business education (MBA) when dealing with legal corporate constructs.

Furthermore, I advise spouses on their marriage and inheritance contracts.

Consulting for family businesses

I advise family businesses and SMEs in business matters, particularly regarding corporate law (legal structures, shareholder agreements). If necessary and after prior review, I may join Board of Directors. Besides my experience in negotiations, I am backed by my MBA and relevant publications in company law and in international commercial law.