I am a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic criminal, commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. I am well known for my expertise in the field of appealing arbitration awards to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
I assist damaged civil parties in criminal proceedings and I am active in relation to the enforcement of foreign judgements as well as in big complex cross boarder litigation including protection and recovery of funds, including enforcement of state debts.
I am also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
I have been a partner at the Zurich office of FRORIEP since 2005.
I have represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in various fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. I advise clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters.
I have published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and do lecture at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi since 2015.
I obtained my law degree from the University of Zurich in 1990 and gained a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich in 1998 with a thesis on the jurisdiction of courts at the place of performance of an obligation under the Lugano and Brussels Conventions. (I graduated with the distinction summa cum laude and the Professor Walther Hug-Preis Schweiz, awarded for outstanding theses graded with the highest possible mark by a Swiss law school.) I have worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich, the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Zurich and at the Court of Cassation of the Canton of Zurich.
I am a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is president of the Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP) and president of the World Association of Icehockey Players’ Unions (WAIPU) as well as a Member of the Association Internationale des Avocats de Football (AIAF). He is a board member of FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels) and FIFPro Division Europe, and member of the Employment Law Alliance, the Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI) and the Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Svizzera).
My working languages are German, English, Italian and French.