• "Sensible and extremely user-friendly."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "He is a 'tour de force' and an 'essential component in the toughest cases'."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "'Sensational' in complex cross-border cases."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "Tremendously skilled."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "He knows his cases extremely well and gives precise and well thought through advice."


    Client in Chamber Europe 2016

  • "He has a first-rate mind and handles really prestigious white-collar crime mandates."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "Admired for being very active and successful."


    Chambers Europe 2017

  • "One of the top business crime lawyers in the country."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "A 'real personality' on the dispute resolution scene."


    Chambers Global 2015

  • "Strong in the field of white-collar crime."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "He brings top tactics and strategy, and is great at motivating a team."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "'Famed practitioner' who has 'invaluable sector experience'."


    Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2015

  • "He is in high demand for his expertise in white-collar crime and finance litigation."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "Extremely helpful and intelligent; he is clear and efficient in his advice."


    Client in Chambers Global 2015

  • "A smart, precise and articulate advisor who is an absolute pleasure to work with."


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "One of the foremost experts in Switzerland."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "Known for his thorough and imaginative approach."


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "A very smart lawyer with a huge international network of contacts."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "Listed among the 'Most Highly Regarded Individuals'."


    Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2015

  • "Described as 'one of the foremost litigators, both in the domestic and international marketplace'."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "His expertise covers civil and criminal asset recovery and he is praised for his strategic thinking."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "A 'pre-eminent' figure in the market whose advice is 'always on point' and 'first rate'."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "A must for inclusion."


    Who's Who Legal 2017

  • "He is my go-to in Switzerland for difficult white-collar crime matters."


    Who's Who Legal 2017

  • "Praised for his knowledge and experience of the Swiss market."


    Chambers Europe 2015




Saverio Lembo


Saverio Lembo heads Bär & Karrer's White Collar Crime practice group, as well as the Litigation Team of the Geneva office.

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 2016" in the categories Criminal Defense 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 Defense, 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.


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

  • 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 00
F: +41 58 263 57 40


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Deals & Cases

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Bär & Karrer Successfully Defends Client in Madoff-related Criminal Proceedings more »
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Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2017 - Switzerland, ICLG - The International Comparative Legal Guide, p. 162 - 167 … Download »
Confidentiality in Arbitration: From Myth to Reality, 2015 … Download »
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Speaking Engagements

Swiss approach to corporate cooperation and issues related to banking secrecy The Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA) Conference 2017, 16 June 2017, London … more »
Fighting computer crime, General trends in Swiss law ABA Europe Forum 2017, 12 June 2017, Barcelone … more »
Fraud Investigations Offshore: A practical guide to prosecuting and defending in offshore jurisdictions AIJA, 29 April 2017, Bahamas … more »
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