WWL Commercial Litigation 2022

“An exceptional and thorough litigator who is extremely talented, owing to his strategic thinking and well-guided advice.”

Chambers Global

“He is very experienced and I like his calm approach to litigation.”

WWL Litigation 2021

“Christian Girod is acknowledged for his profound expertise in handling high-value estate, trust and banking disputes”

WWL Litigation 2020

“Christian Girod is well respected among peers for his sweeping knowledge of commercial litigation and trust disputes”

Chambers Global 2016

“Strong technician, with solid skills and knowledge of the law”

Christian Girod

Christian Girod, LL.M.

Partner, Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law, TEP

+41 22 707 8140

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Christian Girod is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution Group as well as in our Private Wealth Group in Geneva. His main areas of practice are commercial, banking and insurance litigation, as well as estate and trust disputes.


  • His practice is almost exclusively devoted to international matters and covers a broad range of issues which include: pre-litigation strategic advice; representation of parties in cases related, inter alia, to estate and trusts, private banking disputes, international commodity sales, manufacturing contracts, partnerships, charter parties, insurance; and the securing and freezing of assets in aid of domestic and international proceedings
  • Representation of a Swiss Foundation as defendant in relation to estates opened in 1928 and 1968 which involve artworks and other assets confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930's and are governed by the laws of different states
  • Representation of a bank sued by a former client in relation to investment proposals made by the bank, their implementation and subsequent investments (claims totaling several tens of millions Swiss francs)
  • Representation of a refinery of precious metals in proceedings against a customer, a watchmaker, to recover quantities of precious metals such as gold and palladium owed by the latter
  • Representation in several proceedings for provisional measures and on the merits related to the disputed ownership of a Gerhard Richter painting
  • Representation of a Lloyd's syndicate in proceedings brought against it in relation to the alleged robbery of a diamond and jewels. Fraudulent insurance claim
  • Representation of an alleged debtor opposing to an attachment order obtained by a creditor on more than two dozens of accounts (claims totaling several hundreds of millions Swiss francs)


Professional Experience
Member of the Management Committee at Schellenberg Wittmer
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Education and Admission
LL.M., Harvard Law School
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of Geneva

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