• "Daniel Hochstrasser’s oriented, focused approach usually leads to very good results."


    Source in Legal 500 2020

  • "A fearless, hands-on master of proceedings."


    Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2019

  • "Very pragmatic and a very tough arbitration counsel and litigator."


    Source in Chambers Global 2020

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


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "The very best commercial arbitrator you will find in Switzerland."


    Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2019

  • "He is very pragmatic and a very tough arbitration counsel."


    Source in Chambers Global 2020

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


    Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "He knows when to be aggressive and when to have a light touch."


    Source in Chambers Global 2019

  • "He concentrates on what's essential."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Absolutely brilliant strategically."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2014

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


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "Brilliant attorney who communicates well."


    Source in Chambers Global 2020

  • "Smart, insightful and pragmatic. "


    Source in Chambers Global 2019

  • "Incomparable."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Tough and a good leader."


    Chambers Global 2016

  • "One of the best-known arbitrators in Switzerland. "


    Who's Who Legal 2019

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


    Client in 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.

Recent Work Highlights

  • Represented a pharma company in an ICC arbitration regarding the distribution of a medical product in the Middle East.
  • Represented a multinational pharma company in an ICC arbitration against a US company relating to a manufacturing agreement.
  • Successful defense of a multinational company in a SCAI arbitration in the aviation industry.
  • Representation of a Middle Eastern entity in enforcement proceedings in Switzerland.
  • Defense of a Swiss company against claims brought against it by a European company in a dispute in the sport sector.
  • Defense of a Swiss bank in employment law proceedings.
  • Representation of a German company in civil litigation proceedings in a dispute in the construction sector.
  • Successful defense of a German company in set-aside proceedings before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court concerning an investment treaty arbitration.
  • Successful representation of a major Swiss real estate company in court litigation.
  • Successful enforcement of a Swedish arbitral award against an individual domiciled in Switzerland and representation of the client in debt collection proceedings.
  • Representation of an international insurance broker in Swiss court litigation.
  • Representation of a Swiss company in debt collection proceedings.
  • Presiding Arbitrator in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning a construction project.


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
  • Member of the Board of the Finland Arbitration Institute

Contact Details

Daniel Hochstrasser
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8002 Zurich

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


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Deals & Cases

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Richard Susskind, Online Costs and the future of Justice - Niemand will Gerichte, Richter und Anwälte, Book Review, in: Lawstyle, 1/2020, pp. 34/35 …
Die Vergleichsverhandlung aus Sicht des Anwalts, in: Ulrich Haas/Reto Marghitola (Hrsg.), Fachhandbuch Zivilprozessrecht, 2020, S …
Impact of COVID-19 on Debt Collection, Litigation and Arbitration, Bär & Karrer Briefing March 2020 … Download »
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Speaking Engagements

Schiedsverfahren im Pharmasektor - typische Fälle aus der Praxis (Arbitration proceedings in the pharmaceutical sector - typical cases from practical experience) 18. Petersberger Schiedstage, Bonn, 29 Februar 2020 … more »
The Price-Quality Equation - Arbitrating Small and Medium Value Claims "Counsel's perspective: How to commence and conduct small and medium value arbitrations effectively" ASA General Assembly, Bern, 13 September 2019 … more »
Das Kreuzverhör als Mittel zur Wahrheitsfindung (Cross-Examination as a way to the Truth) Streitgespräch mit Melissa Magliana, Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, Hot Topics, Zürich, … more »
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