• "Excellent both as counsel and as arbitrator."


    Who's Who Legal 2013

  • "Stands out both as counsel and arbitrator. "


    Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2018

  • "Lauded for his exemplary work in disputes arising from complex M&A transactions."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "He concentrates on what's essential."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "He is a quick thinker and has a lot of experience."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Number one, a key figure in the legal market and lauded for his amazing technical knowledge and abilities."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2013

  • "A brilliant litigator who knows how to play it in court."


    Client in Chambers Global 2013

  • "A prominent player in the Swiss litigation market."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "He knows how to come up with a strategy to make his clients get the best results."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Concentrates on what's essential."


    Chambers Global 2016

  • "Tough and a good leader."


    Chambers Global 2016

  • "Impressive reputation in both arbitration and litigation."


    Chambers Global 2013

  • "Absolutely brilliant strategically."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2014

  • "A leading figure."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Incomparable."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Exceptional level of technical skill."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "He is outstanding – he wins every case we have."


    Chambers Global 2014

  • "One of the most extraordinary arbitrators of his generation."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "A top-ranked Swiss arbitration practitioner with a strong reputation for his counsel work."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "One of the most sought after practitioners in the country."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "He is an excellent arbitration practitioner, especially as counsel but also as an arbitrator."


    Chambers Europe 2018




Daniel Hochstrasser


Daniel Hochstrasser co-heads Bär & Karrer's arbitration practice, concentrating on commercial litigation and international arbitration. He primarily focuses on representing parties in complex disputes arising from M&A transactions, industrial and infrastructure projects, banking and finance, as well as license, distribution and development agreements, particularly in the pharmaceutical field.

In addition, Daniel Hochstrasser is frequently chosen as a party-appointed arbitrator and chairman of international arbitrations. While many of these proceedings are conducted under the ICC or Swiss Rules, his experience also extends to the rules of all other major institutions and ad hoc arbitrations. He is a lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and St. Gallen, and has published and lectured on arbitration and litigation in Switzerland and abroad. Since July 2015, he is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, Paris.


German, English, French


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 1999)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (1993-1998)
  • Cornell University Law School: LL.M. (1993)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1991)
  • Law Clerk, Court of Appeals/Court of Cassation Zurich (1989-1992)
  • Law Clerk, District Court Affoltern (1987-1988)
  • Inhouse lawyer in French company (1986)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1986)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Ethics Court of the Zurich Bar Association (Standesgericht)
  • Lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and St. Gallen
  • Member of the ICC Court of Arbitration
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Swiss Arbitration Academy

Contact Details

Daniel Hochstrasser
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8027 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 50 00
F: +41 58 261 50 01


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advised UBS on its Shared Services Transfer to UBS Business Solutions AG more »
UBS AG Transfers its Retail & Corporate and Wealth Management Business Booked in Switzerland to UBS Switzerland AG more »
Bär & Karrer Successfully Represents a Major Pharmaceutical Company in Swiss Federal Supreme Court Case more »
Hochstrasser Daniel - more deals & cases


Modification of the ICC Rules of Arbitration, Bär & Karrer Briefing November 2016 … Download »
Arbitration in Switzerland - Lexology Navigator Q&A, Lexology 2016, www.lexology.com …
The Arbitral Tribunal's Duties to Ensure Fair and "Ethical" Proceedings, Festschrift für Siegfried H. Elsing zum 65. Geburtstag, Frankfurt am Main 2015, p. 193-209
Hochstrasser Daniel - more publications

Speaking Engagements

Future of Arbitration in Europe: is private justice doomed? 5th Annual GAR Live Frankfurt, 12 June 2018 … more »
Arbitration and Digitalization Zurich Chamber of Commerce, 5 April 2018 … more »
Arbitration in Switzerland - Present and Future Lexology and Bär & Karrer, 9 January 2018 … more »
Hochstrasser Daniel - more speaking engagements