• "He leads the firm's white-collar crime group, and is experienced with commercial and financial litigation proceedings."


    Who’s Who Legal Litigation 2020

  • "Great strategist."


    Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery 2019

  • "He is proactive, always reachable, practical and very knowledgeable."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Insanely good."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "One of the leading Swiss practitioners, with an extensive experience in white-collar crime. "


    Client in Chambers Europe 2020

  • "He knows how to delegate and instruct his team very well."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "He is authoritative, responsive and a pleasure to work with."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "He has a natural ability for this type of work."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Well known in the field. "


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "Great with clients and very good in court."


    Source in Chambers Europe 2020

  • "Excellent network of correspondents in different jurisdiction."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Is a prominent figure in the Swiss litigation space. "


    Who’s Who Legal Litigation 2020

  • "Impressive grasp of the situation and excellent tactical assessment and recommendation."


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "A strong opponent. "


    Peers in Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "An absolute goto for clients seeking someone at the top of their game intellectually and tactically. "


    Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2020

  • "Impressing peers and clients alike with 25 years experience in the field. "


    Who’s Who Legal Asset Recovery 2020

  • "Clients enjoy working with him."


    Interviewee in Chambers Global 2019

  • "Would turn to him without hesitation."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Really smart, practical and experienced in criminal defence and complex international litigation."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "He is a "prominent figure" with an "immaculate reputation" thanks to his top-notch criminal litigation and investigation expertise."


    Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2020

  • "A leader in the field."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "A highly skilled lawyer, with a keen legal mind offering excellent client care. "


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "Source have great respect."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Natural ability in white-collar work."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "A very well-known lawyer who is everywhere in the market. "


    Peers in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "His expertise lies in white-collar criminal law, where he combines his keen legal mind and excellent management skills to assist clients in cross-border investigations."


    Who’s Who Legal Investiagtions 2020

  • "One of the best litigators. "


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "He puts minds at ease."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Has a broad base of experience and a good sense for multi-jurisdictional matters. "


    Client in Chambers Global 2020

  • "Is a standout name in the corporate crime space. "


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Pragmatic advice and has good communication skills. "


    Interviewee in Chambers Global 2019

  • "He is singled out for his “phenomenal worldwide reputation” as “the go-to white-collar-crime lawyer in Switzerland"."


    Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2020

  • "Praised for his great strategic view."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "An outstanding lawyer on an international level."


    Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2020

  • "Brilliant strategist with good cross-border connections."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "He delivers straightforward, clear advice in stressful situations."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "Fantastic and well regarded for his top-tier work representing clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. "


    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

  • "He is very good at expressing himself in court."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019




Saverio Lembo


Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's White Collar Crime practice group.

He has extensive experience in white collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, international judicial assistance (civil and criminal), arbitration and insolvency. During recent years, he has been involved in a number of complex commercial litigation proceedings, has served as a party representative or arbitrator in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations and has assisted clients in Swiss and foreign criminal proceedings. He regularly represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Saverio Lembo's practice also extends to pharmaceutical litigation, inheritance law, employment matters and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

Saverio Lembo is ranked in tier 1 of the leading lawyers in White-Collar Crime Switzerland by Chambers & Partners. He was awarded "Lawyer of the Year for Switzerland" in the categories "Business Crime Defence" and "Investigations" at the Who's Who Legal Awards in 2020 as well as "Lawyer of the Year 2016" in the categories Criminal Defence and Litigation in the Geneva area by Best Lawyers. Since 2012, the International Who's Who lists him among the world's leading practitioners in the areas of Business Crime Defence, Asset Recovery Lawyers and Commercial Litigation. In The Legal 500, Saverio Lembo has been listed among the leading individuals in Switzerland in Dispute Resolution since 2010.

Recent Work Highlights

  • Successful defense of a company active in the commodities trade sector in criminal proceedings opened by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General. Criminal proceedings against the client were stayed.
  • Defense of the UBO of an international group of companies active in the commodities trade sector in criminal tax proceedings.
  • Representing a state entity targeted in a cross-border civil litigation involving cultural heritage-related measures.
  • Representing of a sport governing body as harmed party in criminal proceedings in relation to the fight against the grey ticketing market.
  • Successful defense of a foreign investment company defrauded by some of its former managers in a 10-years criminal investigation. Managers are sent to trial in spring 2020.
  • Representation of an international sport organization in bribery and criminal mismanagement investigations conducted by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General.
  • Successful representation of a sport organization as harmed party in criminal proceedings opened against its former managers; recovery of more than CHF 15 million to date.
  • 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.


French, Italian, English, German


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2003)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (2000)
  • Secondment at Slaughter and May, London (1997)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (1995)
  • Admitted to the Geneva Bar (Ranked 1st, 1995)
  • University of Geneva: lic. iur. (1992)
  • University of Geneva: lic. oec. (1989)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Member of The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators (since 2019)
  • Regional Representative Europe of the IBA Criminal Law Committee (since 2019)
  • Co-Chair of the International Anti-Money Laundering Committee, American Bar Association SIL (since 2017)
  • Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee, American Bar Association SIL (2014-2016)
  • Co-Chair of the International Criminal Law Committee, American Bar Association SIL (2012-2014)
  • Co-Chair of AIJA Human Rights Committee (2011)
  • Lecturer at the "Ecole d'Avocature", University of Geneva, Criminal Law Proceedings (since 2011)
  • President of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) (2009-2010)
  • President of the Commercial Fraud Commission of AIJA (2006-2008)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Associazione Internazionale dei Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI) (1998-2008)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of (ASA) Association Suisse de l'Arbitrage
  • Geneva Bar Association (OdA)
  • Association Genevoise du Droit des Affaires (AGDA)
  • Société Suisse de droit pénal
  • Member of the Committee of the Geneva Young Lawyers Bar (1994-1995)

Contact Details

Saverio Lembo
Bär & Karrer AG
quai de la Poste 12
CH-1211 Genève

T: +41 58 261 57 40
F: +41 58 263 57 40


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Assisted CONMEBOL before the Swiss Prosecuting Authorities in the Recovery of more than CHF 36 Million more »
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Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2020, ICLG - International Comparative Legal Guide 2019, p. 213 - 219 … Download »
Impact of COVID-19 on Swiss Criminal Proceedings, Bär & Karrer Briefing March 2020 … Download »
Navigating the pitfalls of trade secret protections under Swiss Law, GIR - Global Investigations Review website, 14 February 2020 … Download »
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Speaking Engagements

Perquisitions, scellés et séquestre: mode d'emploi pour le praticien Commission de droit pénal de l'Ordre des Avocats de Genève, 12 December 2019, Ge … more »
A Shield and Sword? – Confidentiality Clubs, Privacy Orders and Trade Secrets C5, 28 October 2019, Miami … more »
International Money Laundering Enforcement ABA Criminal Justice Section, 14 October 2019, London … more »
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