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Walder Wyss Ltd.

Maurice Courvoisier

Maurice Courvoisier



  • Arbitration
  • Art, Entertainment & Sports
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Employment

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Walder Wyss Ltd.

Maurice concentrates on advising and representing of parties in arbitration and litigation in all areas of corporate and commercial law and namely in the fields of sales and distribution agreements, construction and civil engineering projects, employment matters, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. His areas of specialization include general contract law, private international law as well as international procedural law, including international judicial assistance, attachments and recognition of foreign judgment and arbitral awards in Switzerland. In addition, Maurice has profound experience in art, entertainment and sports law. He publishes regularly on the topics mentioned above and also acts as an arbitrator.

Maurice is a “ ‘famed practitioner’ ” who “delivers ‘innovative’ and ‘bespoke solutions’ to clients” (WWL 2016), an “ ‘outstanding’ specialist in corporate and commercial arbitration” (WWL 2017), and “ ‘a firm favourite’ among clients seeking counsel in the arbitration space, who highlight his ‘brilliant advocacy’ and ‘very diligent and well-presented work’ ” (WWL 2018). Maurice is ranked by Best Lawyers 2019 for Litigation and International Arbitration.

Maurice is the vice-president of the Basel Bar Association and co-chair of the Basel local group of the Swiss Association for Arbitration (ASA), the legal advisor of the Union of Swiss Theatres and member of the Swiss Federal Arbitral Commission on the Exploitation of Copyrights and Neighbouring Rights. He is member to the American Bar Association (ABA), the New York Bar Association (NYSBA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS).

Born in 1970, Maurice was educated at the University of Basel (lic. iur. 1995; Dr. iur. 2001; both summa cum laude) and at the Columbia University in New York (LL.M. 1998; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). He was a research and teaching fellow for Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer und Prof. Dr. Thomas Geiser at the University of Basel. Prior to joining Walder Wyss in 2014, he worked, amongst others, as clerk at the regional court in Bienne and as of 2007 for a leading Swiss law firm (as of 2012 as a partner).

Maurice speaks German, English, French and Italian. He is registered with the Basle bar registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland; since 2001 he is also admitted to the state bar of New York.
Areas of Practice

Arbitration | Art, Entertainment & Sports | Corporate & Commercial | Employment | Healthcare & Life Science | Healthcare & Life Sciences | Industry & Commerce | Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer | Litigation | Trade & Distribution


Streiterledigungsplanung im internationalen Geschäft
by Maurice Courvoisier
co-authored by Christoph Zogg
in: Münch/Passadelis/Lehne (Editor[s]), "Handbuch Internationales Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht"
Basel 2015

Industrieunfall – insbesondere Umwelthaftung
by Maurice Courvoisier
co-authored by Gerhard Schmid and Christoph Zogg
in: Weber/Münch (Editor[s]), "Handbücher für die Anwaltspraxis, Haftung und Versicherung"
2. Auflage, Basel 2015, pp. 1183–1239

Res iudicata vor schweizerischen Schiedsgerichten
Speaker: Maurice Courvoisier
ASA Espace Mittelland Meeting
Berne 23 March 2015

Kauf-, Liefer und Werkverträge nach Schweizer Recht
Speaker: Maurice Courvoisier
Frankfurt 22 October 2014

Kauf-, Liefer- und Werkverträge nach Schweizer Recht
Speaker: Maurice Courvoisier
Forum Institut für Management
Frankfurt 22 April 2014

Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Internationalen Privatrecht: Art. 186 IPRG
by Maurice Courvoisier
co-authored by Markus Schott
in: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Internationalen Privatrecht"
3. Auflage, Basel 2013

Basler Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Internationalen Privatrecht: Art. 43 bis 58 IPRG
by Maurice Courvoisier
3. Auflage, Basel 2013

Arbitration in Switzerland – The Practitioner's Guide, Kommentar zu Art. 34–37 Swiss Rules
by Maurice Courvoisier
Alphen aan den Rijn 2013

Befragung von Zeugen im internationalen Schiedsverfahren (einschliesslich Cross-Examination)
Speaker: Maurice Courvoisier
ASA Group Basel
Basel 9 May 2012

Zur Schiedsfähigkeit familienrechtlicher Angelegenheiten
by Maurice Courvoisier
Berne 2011

Vermeidbare Exportrisiken
by Maurice Courvoisier
in: "Basler Zeitung" 2 October 2009, p. 1

Inverkehrbringen und Bewerbung von Arznei- und Nahrungsmitteln
by Maurice Courvoisier
co-authored by Reto Vonzun
in: "WirtschaftsBild" 1 April 2009, p. 2

Voreheliche und eheliche Scheidungsfolgenvereinbarung – Zulässigkeit und Gültigkeitsvoraussetzungen, eine rechtsvergleichende Studie
by Maurice Courvoisier
Basel 2002 (Dissertation)

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