Who's Who Legal

“Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny excels on the international stage and is highly sought-after for his adept handling of large-scale commercial disputes.”

Who's Who Legal

“Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is highly sought after by clients for his unparalleled expertise in banking litigation and corporate law disputes.”

Who's Who Legal

“huge eye for detail but is also mindful of the wider picture”

Who's Who Legal Switzerland

“praised for his international commercial and domestic litigation work and his high-level understanding of pre-litigation strategy”

Who's Who Legal Switzerland

“a quick thinker who is able to grasp the essence of very complex matters quickly”

Who's Who Legal Switzerland

“delivers to-the-point advice and is very efficient, proactive and responsive”

Legal 500

“Recommended for his knowledge in multi-jurisdictional banking litigations”

WWL Switzerland Litigation

“Focuses his first-rate practice on sophisticated financial litigation and is recognized by clients as "a valued and trusted adviser”

Legal 500

“shows real prowess in handling complex international litigation cases. He is an extremely smart and innovative lawyer and very keen tactician”

Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny

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Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich and a member of the firm's Management Committee. His main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration as well as pre-litigation strategic advice.


  • Acts as counsel before Swiss courts and arbitral tribunals in a wide range of commercial disputes
  • Special expertise in banking litigation, corporate law disputes (including liability of directors and officers) as well as the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, asset recovery and international legal assistance
  • Successful representation of UBS AG before the Zurich Commercial Court and the Federal Supreme Court in a CHF 25 million lawsuit brought by a Swatch Group company for losses suffered with bond fund investments during the financial crisis


Professional Experience
Member of the Management Committee of Schellenberg Wittmer
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Research and Teaching Assistant at University of Zurich
Trainee at a Swiss business law firm
Law clerk at the District Court of Meilen
International Summer Trainee at a business law firm in Chicago
Education and Admission
Dr. iur., University of Zurich
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of Zurich
Additional Professional Activities
  • Publications on issues of civil procedure as well as civil and commercial law
  • Lecturer for civil procedure at the University of Zurich and in the CAS programme "Civil Litigation" of the University of St. Gallen

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