Michael Kramer is a partner and heads Pestalozzi's litigation and arbitration group in Zurich. He specialises in national and international commercial litigation, arbitration and judicial assistance in cross-border disputes. He also serves as an arbitrator in international institutional arbitrations under various rules (such as ICC Rules, Swiss Rules and Vienna Rules) and ad hoc arbitrations.
His cases have involved disputes relating to distribution, joint ventures, agency, financing and licence agreements as well as M&A transactions in various industries such as banking, pharmaceuticals, insurance, commodities, telecommunications, construction and in the automotive sector. In addition, Michael's practice includes the litigious aspects of debt collection and bankruptcy law, as well as white collar crime matters. He has broad experience in asset tracing and freezing.
Michael received his degrees from the University of Fribourg (lic. iur., summa cum laude) in 1991 and from the University of Chicago Law School (LLM) in 1999. He was admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 1992.
He is the author of various articles in the area of international litigation and arbitration. His most recent publications focus on the new Swiss Code of Civil Procedure.
Pestalozzi is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland, with a distinguished clientele extending all around the globe. Pestalozzi's litigation and arbitration practice group has a long-standing reputation for excellence in advising and representing clients in complex national and international commercial disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals. The group's members have extensive practical dispute resolution experience and have gained additional experience in international commercial litigation and arbitration during post-graduate studies in common law countries.