Andreas Abegg

Prof. Dr. iur. Andreas Abegg, LL.M.

Andreas Abegg is a partner at A M  T Rechtsanwälte, advising clients and representing them in court, and specialising in contract law, labour law, planing and construction law and administrative law. Andreas Abegg has an acknowledged track record in these fields, from both the practical and the academic perspective.

Andreas Abegg is a “Doktor iuris” and an associate lecturer at Freiburg University (Switzerland). He is Professor of Public Commercial Law at the ZHAW School of Management and Law, where he is director of the Centre for Public Commercial Law. He also teaches at the Law Faculty of Lucerne University and is Professor Juris at Lillehammer University in Norway.

Andreas Abegg is admitted to the bar in the Canton of Zurich (2001). His first employment was with Zurich District Court, after which he worked for Credit Suisse in the Contract, Labour and Regulatory Law Department, then for a Zurich law firm. Since 2009 Andreas Abegg has been practising as an independent attorney.

Andreas Abegg is registered in the Attorneys’ Register of the Canton of Zurich, and is licensed to appear before all Swiss courts and authorities.

List of publications and selected publications in full text: ZHAW Profile

Languages: German, English and French

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Patrick Middendorf

Dr. iur. Patrick Middendorf
Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law

Patrick Middendorf is a partner at A M  T Rechtsanwälte, advising clients and representing them in court, specifically in the law of agency and the law relating to contracts for services. He has many years of experience in private law relating to construction issues, focusing in particular on SIA standards and KBOB [Federal Coordination Unit for Construction and Property] contract management.

Patrick Middendorf studied at Freiburg University (Switzerland) and Amsterdam University. From 1998 to 2001 he worked as assistant to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Gauch at the Chair for Civil and Commercial Law and for the Institute for Construction Law at Freiburg University. Following a period of study at the Max Planck Institute for Private Law in Hamburg in autumn 2001, in spring 2002 he was awarded a Dr. iur. degree (“Nachwirkende Vertragspflichten” [Continuing Effects of Contractual Obligations], Diss. Freiburg 2002).

Patrick Middendorf was admitted to the bar in the Canton of Zurich in February 2004 and received the title as a Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law in March 2017. In the summer semester of 2007 he was visiting lecturer at Freiburg University (Switzerland) in non-contractual liability law. From the beginning of 2007 to June 2015 he was manager of the office of the Zurich Bar Association.

Since 2013 he has been a member of the Comittee of the board of the “Stiftung für Rechtsausbildung”, which promotes training and further education for lawyers from the economy, judiciary and advocacy. In 2017, Patrick Middendorf was appointed member of the expert commission of the Swiss Bar Association (SBA) Construction and Real Estate Law by the Executive Board of the SBA. The Commission is heading the admission of attorneys to the specialization courses SBA Construction and Real Estate Law and is conducting the oral exam for qualification as expert lawyer in Construction and Real Estate Law.

Patrick Middendorf is registered in the Register of Attorneys of the Canton of Zurich. He is a member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Association and a member of the Swiss Lawyers’ Society.

Publications:

  • Schumacher/Middendorf, Kommentar zur SIA-Norm 118 [Commentary on the SIA standards], Art. 99-113, in: Gauch/Stöckli (eds.), 2nd ed., Zurich 2017.
  • Gauch/Middendorf, Von den Planerverträgen, von ihrer Qualifikation und dem SIA-Normenwerk für Planerleistungen [Planning contracts, qualifications and SIA standards for planning services], in: Die Planerverträge [Planning contracts], Stöckli/Siegenthaler (eds.) (previously: “Vom Architekturvertrag, seiner Qualifikation und der SIA-Ordnung 102” [Architectural contracts, qualifications and the SIA order] in: “Das Architektenrecht”, 3rd ed., Zurich 1995), 2013.
  • Middendorf/Grob, Schulthess Kommentar zum ZGB/OR, Art. 1 bis 4 ZGB [Commentary on the Swiss Civil Code / Law of Obligations, Art. 1 to 4 of the Civil Code], 2007, 2nd ed. 2012, 3rd ed. 2016.
  • Nachwirkende Vertragspflichten [Continuing Effects of Contractual Obligations], Diss. Freiburg 2002.
  • Das Vergaberecht der Schweiz, Überblick, Erlasse und Rechtsprechung [Procurement law in Switzerland – overview, decrees and case law], Institut für Baurecht (eds.), 2nd to 4th ed., Freiburg 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • Since 2017: Column „Recht“ in the journal werk, bauen + wohnen, together with Dr. Dominik Bachmann

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Lectures:

  • Speaker at various further education training events of the Zurich Bar Association (various topics) and the “Stiftung für Rechtsausbildung” (Contract Law for Work and Labor and the Legal Profession, and Head of the seminar “Die ganz normalen Verträge” [The ordinary contracts])
  • 11.2017: “Praktische Gestaltung von Planerverträgen” [Practical design of planner contracts], CAS für Planer zum Bauvertrags- und Vergaberecht 2015/2016, Institute for Construction Law, Freiburg University
  • 03.2017: “Trilogie der Haftung der Planerinnen und Planer: Haftung der Planer aus Vertragsverletzung” [Trilogy of liability of planners: Liability of planners from breach of contract], together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Gauch, Institute for Construction Law and the sia, Bern section, Bern
  • 02.2017: “Rechtliche Qualifikation des Gutachtens und Haftung aus Gutachtertätigkeit“, Tagungsreihe zum Recht des Heimatschutzes und der Denkmalpflege, zhaw School of Management and Law, Winterthur
  • 01.2017: “SIA-Ordnungen 102 und 103: Haken, Häkchen und praktische Lösungen, Schweizerische Baurechtstagung 2017, Institute for Construction Law, Freiburg University
  • 09.2016: “Praktische Gestaltung von Planerverträgen” [Practical design of planner contracts], CAS für Planer zum Bauvertrags- und Vergaberecht 2015/2016, Institute for Construction Law at Freiburg University
  • 03.2016: “Trilogie der Haftung der Planerinnen und Planer: Haftung der Planer aus Vertragsverletzung” [Trilogy of liability of planners: Liability of planners from breach of contract], lecture and administration, joint event of the Institute for Construction Law at Freiburg University and the sia, Zurich section
  • 01.2016: “Planerverträge: Erscheinungsformen, Qualifikation und knifflige Probleme unter Einbezug der LHO SIA“, FA SAV Bau- und Immobilienrecht, Modul 1: Bauverträge, Institute for Construction Law, Freiburg University
  • 10.2015: “Juristisches Grundwissen, Grundausbildung der Zürcher Friedensrichter” [Legal knowledge, basic training for the Zurich magistrates], training for the Association of Magistrates of the Canton of Zurich
  • 04.2015: “Art. 1 LHO SIA 2014: Die revidierten allgemeinen Vertragsbedingungen der SIA Leistungs- und Honorarordnungen” [The revised general contractual terms of the SIA performance and fee regulations], specialist lecture for maneco, Fachverein für Management und Ökonomie im Bauwesen [Specialist Association for Management and Economics in the Construction Industry]
  • 06.2013: “Die neue SIA Norm 118” [The new SIA standard 118], with Peter Zwick, training within “b+p perspektiven” for planners and construction owner representatives
  • 03.2012: “Von Fristen und Terminen: Der Bauleiter und die teure Zeit” [Of deadlines and dates: The construction manager and the valuable time], specialist lecture for SBO Schweizer Bauleiter-Organisation [Swiss Construction managers' Organization], Mönchaltdorf
  • 03.2012: “Das Anwaltsexamen” [The bar exam], with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Gauch and Dr. Heiner Eiholzer, president of the Lucerne Administrative Court, lecture within the seminar „Die dunklen Seiten des Rechts” [The dark side of the law], Lucerne University
  • 01.2011: “Von Preisen und der Vergütung” [Of price and remuneration], Schweizerische Baurechtstagung 2011, Institute for Construction Law, Freiburg University

Languages: German, French and English

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Andrea Taormina

Dr. iur. Andrea Taormina, LL.M.

Andrea Taormina is a partner at A M T Rechtsanwälte, advising clients and representing them in court, and specialising in criminal law and international mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

Andrea Taormina holds a Doctorate in Law [Dr. iur.] from Freiburg University (Switzerland) and is admitted to the bar in the Canton of Zurich. After leaving university Andrea Taormina worked initially at Homburger Rechtsanwälte in Zurich. After being admitted to the bar, he spent a year at Heidelberg University as a visiting academic, and in 2002 was awarded an LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago Law School. From 2002 to 2004, Andrea Taormina worked in the US Law Group at Allen & Overy in London. From 2004 to 2005 he worked at Homburger Rechtsanwälte in Zurich, after which he set up his own independent practice in Zurich.

Andrea Taormina is registered in the Attorneys’ Register of the Canton of Zurich. He is a member of the specialist group for criminal defence in the Zurich Bar Association, the association Pikett Strafverteidigung and the association Forum Strafverteidigung.

Publications:

  • Kommentar zu Art. 18-18b DSG [Commentary on Art. 18-18b of the Federal Act on Data Protection], in: Maurer-Lambrou/Blechta (eds.), Datenschutzgesetz/Öffentlichkeitsgesetz [Act on Data Protection / Freedom of Information Act], Basle Commentary, 3rd ed., Basle 2014.
  • Ausländische Wirtschaftsspionage in der Schweiz und deren Abwehr {Foreign industrial espionage in Switzerland and the implementation of counter measures], in: ASMZ 7/2009 (in collaboration with Hans-Ulrich Helfer).
  • Gelten US-Gesetze auch in der Schweiz? [Do US laws also apply in Switzerland], in: NZZ of 22 March 2003 (in collaboration with Thomas Werlen).
  • Innenansprüche in der einfachen Gesellschaft und deren Durchsetzung [Internal claims in the Swiss ‘einfache Gesellschaft’ and the enforcement of these claims], Diss. Freiburg 2002.

Lectures:

  • 9.2016: „Die strafrechtliche Verantwortung der Planerinnen und Planer", Speaker at the joint event of the Institute for Construction Law at Freiburg University and the sia, Zurich section

Languages: German, Italian, English and French

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Johannes Zuppiger

lic. iur. Johannes Zuppiger
Lawyer, Civil Engineer ETH
MConstrLaw (Melbourne)
Certified Specialist SBA in Construction and Real Estate Law

Johannes Zuppiger has joined AM T Rechtsanwälte as a partner in 2017. Mr. Zuppiger brings with him in depth and extensive experience in advising on legal issues of large private and public construction and infrastructure projects. He advises on all aspects of private law, and represents corporate and individual clients before court. His expertise spans the field of contracts for services, domestic and cross-border, especially contracts for work, agency, and sales.

Mr. Zuppiger’s expertise covers technically and legally complex construction and plant-related issues (e.g. latent conditions, defects, disruption or multi-party disputes). He is proficient in national (e.g. standards of SIA [Association of Swiss Architects and Engineers] or KBOB) and international construction and engineering standards (Common Law, FIDIC) in building law.

Mr. Zuppiger graduated as Civil-Engineer (Dipl. Bau-Ing. ETH, the equivalent of a Master in Civil Engineering) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zürich) in 1996. He received his law degree (lic. iur. HSG, the equivalent of a Master in Law) from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in 1998, and graduated as a Master of Construction Law (MConstrLaw) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2007. Mr. Zuppiger became a Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law in 2014.

During his postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, Mr. Zuppiger focused on international construction and engineering law (e.g. FIDIC standards or Common Law) and dispute resolution. He was awarded the Phillips Fox Prize for best work in applied contract design.

Since admission to the bar in the Canton of Zurich in 2002, Mr. Zuppiger has practiced as a lawyer focussing on construction, engineering, and real estate at a well-renowned building law firm in Zürich.

Mr. Zuppiger is registered in the Register of Attorneys of the Canton of Zurich. He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, and the Swiss Lawyers’ Society.

Publications:

  • Reversal of the burden of proof according to Art. 174 Abs. 3 SIA-Norm 118 / Jusletter

Lectures:

  • Competences and liabilities with soil-related work / Bau und Wissen
  • Advance performance and securities in Swiss work contracts / Swiss-Hungarian Building law seminary

Languages: German, English, and French

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Christa Stamm-Pfister

Dr. iur. Christa Stamm-Pfister, LL.M.

Christa Stamm advises clients and undertakes court representation, specialising in administrative law, criminal law and labour law. She also specialises in legal issues relating to Information Technology (IT contract law, data protection, cyber crime, corporate law transactions in the IT sector).

Christa Stamm holds a Doctorate in Law [Dr. iur.] from Zurich University and is admitted to the bar in the Canton of Zurich. After completing her studies at the Universities of Berne and Sheffield, she was awarded an LL.M. degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2003. She then worked at the Anti-Money Laundering Control Authority (now part of FINMA). From 2007 to 2010, Christa Stamm was part of the IP/IT Team at VISCHER AG as a lawyer. She has been a lecturer in continued education since 2010.

Christa Stamm is registered in the Attorneys’ Register of the Canton of Zurich. She is a member of the Technology and Telecommunications Law specialist group.

Publications:

  • Kommentar zu Art. 7 DSG und Art. 2-4 BGÖ [Commentary on Art. 7 of the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection and Art. 2-4 of the Swiss Federal Act on Freedom of Information in the Administration], in: Maurer-Lambrou/Blechta (eds.), Datenschutzgesetz/Öffentlichkeitsgesetz [Act on Data Protection / Freedom of Information Act], Basle Commentary, 3rd ed., Basle 2014.
  • E-Mail-Nutzer als Hacking-Opfer [Email users as victims of hacking], in: Jusletter 14 July 2008.
  • Erstanmelderschutz für Arzneimittel in der Schweiz [Protection of first notifiers of medicinal products in Switzerland], in: sic! 5/2008 (in collaboration with Stefan Kohler).
  • Hacking in der Schweiz: im Spiegel des europäischen, des deutschen und des österreichischen Computerstrafrechts [Hacking in Switzerland as reflected in European, German and Austrian law on computer crime], Diss. Zürich 2007.
  • Gründe für den Ausschluss der strafrechtlichen Verantwortlichkeit im Rom-Statut [Reasons for the exclusion of criminal responsibility in the Rome Statute], in: Jusletter 5 April 2004.

Languages: German, English, French and Italian

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Annatina Menn

Dr. iur. Annatina Menn

Annatina Menn provides advisory and litigation services to clients, mainly in general contract law, labour law, corporate law, private and public building law and intellectual property law. She also has experience and in-depth knowledge of the law relating to distribution and licensing agreements, and also in the law of copyright, film and the arts.

After completing her studies at the universities of Zurich and Paris X-Nanterre, Annatina Menn was initially assistant lecturer at the Chair of Prof. Dr. H. Honsell at Zurich University, and wrote her doctoral thesis in film copyright under the supervision of Prof. Dr. H.-U. Vogt. Annatina Menn was then called to the bar in Zurich in 2011 and worked as an attorney in the IP/IT and Dispute Resolution team at Schellenberg Wittmer.

Annatina Menn is registered in the Attorneys’ Register of the Canton of Zurich and is licensed to appear before all Swiss courts and authorities. She is a member of the Swiss (SAV) and the Zurich Bar Association (ZAV), the institute for commercial legal protection (INGRES) and the Swiss Forum for Communications Law (SF-FS).

Publications / conference papers / reviews:

  • Conference paper “125-Jahr-Jubiläum IGE” [125 years of the IGE] , in: sic! 4/2014.
  • Parteivereinbarungen betreffend die sachliche Zuständigkeit und das Verfahren des Bundespatentgerichts [Agreements between parties concerning subject-matter jurisdiction and proceedings of the Federal Patent Court], in: sic! 7+8/2013 (in collaboration with Philipp Groz).
  • Conference paper “Praxis des Immaterialgüterrechts in der Schweiz” [The practice of intellectual property law in Switzerland], in: sic! 10/2012.
  • Interessenausgleich im Filmurheberrecht [The balance of interests in film copyright law], Diss. Zürich 2009.
  • Review: Florian Vogel, Urheber- und Erfinderrechte im Rechtsverkehr [Copyright and inventors’ rights in legal relations [, Diss. München 2004, in: forum historiae iuris, 2005.

Languages: German, English and French

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Olivia Pelli

Dr. iur. Olivia Pelli, LL.M. IBRLA

Olivia Pelli mainly provides services in litigation and arbitration of domestic and international disputes. She specialises in international private law, corporate and commercial law and labor law.

Olivia Pelli holds a Doctorate in Law [Dr. iur.] from Zurich University and is admitted to the bar in the Canton of Zurich. After completing her studies at the University of Geneva, she worked at Homburger AG in Zurich and at the Horgen District Court. After being admitted to the bar, she worked at Bär & Karrer AG in Zurich from 2009 to 2013. She was awarded an LL.M. degree in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration from New York University and then worked for the New York International Arbitration Center.

Olivia Pelli is registered in the Attorneys’ Register of the Canton of Zurich and is licensed to appear before all Swiss courts and authorities. She is also a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).

Publications:

  • Beweisverträge im Zivilprozess, Diss. Zürich 2012.

Languages: German, Italian, English and French

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Maurin Schmidt

Dr. iur. Maurin Schmidt

Maurin Schmidt advises and represents clients in court in criminal law and contractual law matters.

Maurin Schmidt holds a Doctorate in Law [Dr. iur.] from the University of St. Gallen (Winner 2013 Professor Walther Hug Prize). He was admitted to the bar in the Canton of St. Gallen in 2013. After completing his studies, he initially worked as an assistant and research associate to Prof. Dr. René Schaffhauser at the University of St. Gallen and as a clerk at the District Court of St. Gallen, while writing his doctoral thesis in Swiss tort law under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ivo Schwander. After being admitted to the bar, Maurin Schmidt worked as associate at Homburger AG in Zurich from 2013 to 2016.

Maurin Schmidt is registered in the Attorneys’ Register of the Canton of Zurich and is licensed to appear before all Swiss courts and authorities.

Publications:

  • Das Aussenverhältnis der Haftung einer Mehrheit von Schädigern im Haftpflichtrecht. Ein Haftungsmodell basierend auf der Solidarität, der Anspruchskonkurrenz und der Kausalität [Liability of Joint or Concurrent Tortfeasors in Swiss Tort Law: An Approach to Solving Problems of Liability Based on Joint and Several Liability (Solidarity), Concurrent Negligence, Concurring Causes of Action and Chains of Causation]; Dissertation St. Gallen 2012 = St. Galler Schriften zur Rechtswissenschaft, Bd. 23, Dike 2012.
  • Genozidverbrechen im Zivilprozess: Zur Frage des anwendbaren Rechts und der Verjährung. Zugleich eine Besprechung von BGE 132 III 661, in: AJP/PJA 6/2007, S. 761 – 770.
  • Dienen Generalklauseln der Verkehrssicherheit? (zusammen mit Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. René Schaffhauser), in: R. Schaffhauser (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch zum Strassenverkehrsrecht 2007, St. Gallen 2007, S. 315 – 347.

Languages: German and English

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Nadine Wantz

Nadine Wantz, MLaw

Nadine Wantz is a legal intern at AM T Rechtsanwälte.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Law from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences as well as a Master’s degree in law from the University of Lucerne. She complemented her studies with study periods at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW) and the Université du Québec in Montréal.

Nadine Wantz is not admitted to the bar.

Languages: German, French and English

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