Peter Burckhardt


Schellenberg Wittmer
Löwenstrasse 19
P.O. Box 1876
8021 Zurich

Tel: +41 44 215 5283
Fax: +41 44 215 5252


Peter Burckhardt is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group and heads the White-Collar Crime and Compliance, and the Internal Corporate Investigations teams in Zurich.

Peter Burckhardt acts as defense counsel for corporate clients or high-profile individuals in regulatory and business crime investigations, conducts internal investigations to assess alleged violations of domestic or foreign criminal laws or supervisory regulations, and advises on compliance programmes and remedial action plans. He also assists clients in international legal or administrative assistance cases as well as victims of crime in tracing and freezing exercises. In addition, Peter Burckhardt is regularly retained as counsel in complex commercial disputes before arbitral tribunals and state courts, and also sits as an arbitrator.

Peter Burckhardt is a member of various professional associations, including the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, IBA, ASA and ECBA. He regularly publishes in his fields of specialization.

After graduating from Bern University in 1995, Peter Burckhardt gained admission to the bar in Switzerland that same year. He received an LL.M. degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1999, the year he joined us. Prior to doing so he served in various functions in the judiciary of the Canton of Bern, notably as criminal investigating judge, deputy judge in civil and criminal matters, and head of the bankruptcy office of the XII. District (1996 – 1998).

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the few Swiss business law firms to have acknowledged early on the increasing impact of regulatory requirements, compliance issues and white-collar crime on the conduct of ordinary business.

We are well-placed to advise our clients in situations where they are victims of criminal conduct or involved in criminal investigations. We also design and implement general prevention and compliance programs for companies wishing to train their employees on how to avoid such detrimental conduct. If the need arises, we can put into place a multi-disciplinary legal team that consists of tax experts, corporate lawyers and litigators.

Our White-Collar Crime Group is recognized internationally and many of our specialists are listed as leading individuals in publications such as Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Expert Guides.

At Schellenberg Wittmer, we work to satisfy your needs by providing commercially focused, dedicated legal advice of the highest quality.

We are your assertive ally and vigorous advocate, uncompromising in our quest to achieve the best possible outcomes for you as our client; uncompromising in our integrity. We combine the cutting-edge individual capabilities and the specialized know-how of our 140-plus lawyers with the dynamic power of teamwork to achieve your objectives. In dealing with you, we cultivate a personal, engaging approach and thus maintain a close and responsive relationship with you at all times.

“Zürich-based department head Peter Burckhardt wins strong recognition for his white-collar crime expertise. “He is a deep thinker and a good investigator. He is clever in his questioning of witnesses and good at solving big-picture problems,” enthuse sources.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015