Associate

Massimo Chiasera

About

Massimo Chiasera's practice focuses on white-collar crime, domestic and cross-border litigation as well as international judicial and administrative assistance.

He advises and represents clients in internal and regulatory investigations led by Swiss and foreign authorities, in complex Compliance matters, including money laundering, and in criminal proceedings.

Massimo Chiasera has an in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry, based on his prior experience as a Litigation & Investigations Counsel at a major Swiss bank where he managed a wide range of internal investigations and whistleblowing proceedings. In parallel to his work at Bär & Karrer, he is a prosecutor of the Office of the Swiss Armed Forces Attorney General where he litigates in military courts.

Recent Work Highlights
  • Representation of Swiss banks in cross-border proceedings led by the Italian tax and criminal authorities.
  • Representation of an international sport organization as harmed party in money laundering, fraud and criminal mismanagement investigations conducted by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General.
  • Complex internal investigation for a Swiss bank concerning a global money laundering scandal related to the Venezuelan oil and natural gas industry.
  • Internal investigation and assistance in a whistleblowing matter for a client operating in the global air cargo and aviation business.
  • Successful defense of a non-Swiss individual in criminal proceedings led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General, including the release of CHF 10+ million in retained assets.
  • Assisting and advising an international sport organization with regard to mutual legal assistance proceedings in criminal matters.
  • Assisting a Swiss bank related to complex cross-border document production requests from a U.S. authority.
LanguagesGerman, English, Italian, French
Curriculum
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (since 2018)
  • University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley): LL.M. (2017); Certificate of Specialization in Business Law; Honors: Dean's List
  • Litigation & Investigations Counsel und Compliance Specialist at a major Swiss bank (2012-2018)
  • Executive board member of the Swiss Corporate Counsels Association (VSUJ) (2015-2018)
  • Prosecutor of the Office of the Swiss Armed Forces Attorney General (since 2016) and Department Head (since 2020)
  • Investigative Judge of the Office of the Armed Forces Attorney General (2011-2015)
  • University of Lucerne, Competence Center for Forensics and White Collar Crime Law: CAS in Forensics (2011)
  • Lawyer at a Swiss law firm (2011-2012)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (2011)
  • Trainee at a Swiss law firm (2009-2010)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (2009)
  • University of Siena, Italy: Erasmus-Sokrates program (2007)
Memberships and Public Offices
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
AdmissionAll Swiss Courts

Listed as Rising Star in White Collar Crime

Legal Media Group (LMG) Rising Stars Guide 2020/21

Listed as Rising Star in White Collar Crime

Legal Media Group (LMG) Rising Stars Guide 2020/21

Listed as Rising Star in White Collar Crime

Legal Media Group (LMG) Rising Stars Guide 2020/21

Contact

Massimo Chiasera
P: +41 58 261 55 33
F: +41 58 263 55 33
massimo.chiasera@baerkarrer.ch

Bär & Karrer Ltd.
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8002 Zurich
Switzerland

Assistants
Clelia Cusumano
P: +41 58 261 56 59
F: +41 58 261 50 01
clelia.cusumano@baerkarrer.ch
Parissa Amini
P: +41 58 261 56 38
F: +41 58 261 50 01
parissa.amini@baerkarrer.ch

Massimo Chiasera's latest Speaking Engagement