Education and Experience
- Zurich and Geneva Universities (lic. iur. 1984)
- Clerk at district court (1984-1985)
- Trainee at Zurich law firm (1985-1987)
- Dr. iur., admitted to bar (1987)
- Foreign Associate at leading Chicago law firm (1988)
- Attorney-at-law at Zurich commercial law firm (1989-1993)
- Partner at Zurich commercial law firm (1993-1996)
- Founding Partner Badertscher Attorneys at Law (1996)
- Member of various boards of directors
- Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
- Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
- International Bar Association (IBA)
- Swiss Fiscal Association
- International Fiscal Association (IFA)
- Center For International Legal Studies, Salzburg
- International Law Office (ILO)
- Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Haftpflicht- und Versicherungsrecht (SGHVR)
- Member and selected attorney on Who’s Who Legal
Swiss Federal Supreme Court decision: interpretation of exclusion clause
Professional liability insurance policies usually contain specific clauses that exclude coverage for occurrences or claims that are the result of the insured having acted with a degree of intent. These clauses typically exclude coverage for acts or omissions of the insured which are committed either:
“wilfully”; “intentionally”; or as stated in the clause in question here, “knowingly”.
Reference Guide Insurance Litigation Switzerland March 2023
Quick reference guide enabling side-by-side comparison of local insights, including into preliminary and
jurisdictional considerations; interpretation of insurance contracts; providing notice; duty to defend;
standard commercial general liability policies; first-party property insurance; directors’ and officers’
insurance; cyber insurance; terrorism insurance; and recent trends.
Injured party versus insurer: new article 60(1 bis) of Federal Act on Insurance Policies
Georges Clemmer and Markus Dörig looking at the revision of the Federal Act on Insurance Policies (IPA), which entered into force on 1 January 2022. One of the newly introduced provisions is article 60(1 bis) of the IPA, which allows injured parties – under certain circumstances – to choose between pursuing their claim for compensation either against the liable party or, instead, directly against the latter’s insurer.
New gender quotas for publicly listed companies and transparency rules for commodity sector enter into force
Sebastian Hepp and Markus Dörig looking at the revision of Swiss company law from 19 June 2020 as well as the new provisions regarding gender quotas and transparency rules for the commodity sector, which entered into force on 1 January 2021 as part of the new corporate gevernance regulations.
Liability of directors and board members in corporate groups
In practice, most large companies are structured as corporate groups. Corporate groups are recognised and in certain areas regulated by Swiss law (eg, accounting). However, there is little case law discussing the characteristics of corporate groups, particularly the liability of group executives.
Are the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic insured? Ombudsman commissions legal expert’s opinion
After spreading from Wuhan to Switzerland in less than three months, the COVID-19 crisis is creating major challenges for Swiss insurers, particularly with regard to whether insurance coverage for the effects of an epidemic also apply to a pandemic.