The litigation team of valfor has a passion for advocacy and puts the same energy into routine cases as into complex multinational disputes. Our approach remains the same: Careful planning of the trial, selection of the most efficient course of action, reasonable assessment of the merits of the case, focus on results and avoidance of protracted disputes.

Our team advises and represents clients before all Swiss civil, commercial and administrative courts. All fields of commercial disputes are covered, including banking cases, bankruptcy and debt collection litigation, commercial contracts executions, civil cases (divorces, alimonies for children, liquidation of estates), employment disputes, IP protection and enforcement, provisional remedies, means for obtaining evidence,  enforcement of Swiss and foreign judgments, etc.

valfor is well equipped to sustain complex and extensive litigation and allocate significant resources in a tight timeframe when necessary (e.g. requests for a pre-trial attachment or interim measures). As some of the cases we deal with are cross border, our attorneys are also at ease with the complex nature of private international law and used to thinking and maneuvering within a greater overall context and commercial aspects beyond the individual trial. valfor’s litigation team collaborates on a regular basis with our other internal teams and foreign law firms whenever required.

Core Expertise

  • Representation of clients in domestic and international commercial litigation;
  • Advice on dispute resolution strategies;
  • Handling of administrative proceedings before courts and agencies;
  • Representation of owners, shareholders and board members in corporate disputes and proceedings;
  • Assistance in criminal matters, including white collar crimes;
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards;
  • Provisional and emergency measures proceedings, including asset freezing procedures 
  • Debt enforcement and liquidation procedures;
  • Handling international administrative and judicial assistance.

Main contacts

Geneva Mathieu Granges Dr.
Zurich Cyrill Süess Attorney-at-Law, lic. iur. HSG, LL.M. Queen Mary University of London

Team leaders

Bern Rolf Hartmann lic.iur., Attorney-at-Law, M.B.A.
Zurich Christoph Gasser Attorney-at Law, Dr. iur., LL.M. University of Michigan Law School
Lausanne Philippe Ciocca Dr. iur., LL.M. (Sydney)

To the team Litigation

We are now valfor

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the merger of BianchiSchwald, GHR Rechtsanwälte and PYTHON.

From July 1, 2024, we will operate as valfor. valfor stands for our continued commitment and our joint endeavor to offer our clients real added value – value beyond legal advice.

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