Peter
Hafner

Partner
Dr. iur. | LL.M. | Attorney at law

Peter  Hafner

About

Peter Hafner specializes in leading civil litigation in commercial and economic law cases. The focus of his work lies in representing the interests of companies from the finance and trade sectors in proceedings before state courts and arbitration tribunals, as well as in advising and safeguarding interests in contentious disputes between companies and their employees. 

Peter Hafner is ranked among the leading litigation lawyers in Switzerland by Chambers, The Legal 500, and Who's Who Legal.

"Effectively representing a party in contentious cases requires good communication, knowledge of the facts of the case, prudent litigation management, and strong negotiation skills. Therefore, the role of a litigation lawyer is extremely diverse and exciting."

Peter Hafner speaks German, English and French.

Peter  Hafner

Further publications by Peter Hafner

  • Peter Hafner/Lara Gachnang, Kommentierung von Artikel 109 und 110 der Strafprozessordnung, in: Niggli/Heer/Wiprächtiger (Hrsg.), Basler Kommentar zur Strafprozessordnung, 3. Aufl., Basel 2023

  • Peter Hafner, Auswertung der E-Mails von Arbeitnehmern - Arbeits- und datenschutzrechtliche Anforderungen, Aktuelle Juristische Praxis 2018, Nr. 11, S. 1327 - 1338

  • Peter Hafner, Kommentierung von Artikel 168 und 190–193 der Zivilprozessordnung, in: Spühler/Tenchio/Infanger (Hrsg.), Basler Kommentar zur Zivilprozessordnung, 3. Aufl., Basel 2017

  • Peter Hafner/Alexander Wintsch, Neuere Praxis zur Teilklage und deren Auswirkungen auf den arbeitsrechtlichen Prozess, in: Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht und Arbeitslosenversicherung ARV 2017, Nr. 4, S. 251-259

  • Peter Reichart/Peter Hafner, Private Zeugenbefragung durch den Anwalt im Zivilprozess, in: Schweizerische Juristenzeitung 2011, Nr. 9, S. 201–205

  • Peter Hafner, Das Verhältnis zwischen Urheberrecht und Eigentum am Werkexemplar, Schriften zum Medien- und Immaterialgüterrecht Bd. 37, Diss. Zürich 1994

Since 2024  Partner at Wenger Vieli Ltd. 
2006-2023 Partner at Wartmann Merker Ltd. 
2005 Partner at Eschmann & Erni
2002-2004 Partner at Lenz & Staehelin
1998-2001 Attorney at law at Lenz & Staehelin
1998 Admission to the Bar in New York
1997-1998

Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York

1997

University of Michigan Law School (LL.M.)

1994-1996 Attorney at law at Lenz & Staehelin
1994 University of Zurich (Dr. iur.)
1993-1994 Research Assistant at the University of Zurich with Prof. Dr. Walter R. Schluep
1993 Admission to the Bar
1991-1992 Junior Lawyer at Lenz & Staehelin
1991-1992 University of Zurich (lic. iur.)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
Chambers and PartnersThe Legal 500WWL

Peter Hafner is an excellent litigator.

Client Testimonial, Chambers Global, 2023

Peter Hafner frequently assists with financial and post-M&A disputes. He acts for an impressive roster of domestic and international banking clients.

Client Testimonial, Chambers Global, 2023

Peter Hafner is a favourite among clients who highlight his "exceptional analytical and research skills whilst working on difficult disputes".

Who's Who Legal, 2023

Peter Hafner is "highly skilled".

Client Testimonial, Chambers Global, 2022

Peter Hafner is widely recognised in the Swiss market as a leading figure in banking, contract and private client dispute resolution.

Who's Who Legal, 2021

Peter Hafner is an exceptional lawyer and top litigator with "immense experience in banking litigation."

Client Testimonial, The Legal 500, 2021