• "Very thoughtful when it comes to complex tricky legal issues."


    Interviewee in Chambers HNW guide 2019

  • "Very, very impressive."


    Client in Chambers HNW guide 2018

  • "Strong sense of organization."


    Citywealth 2015

  • "Terrific practitioner."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Daniel Leu stands out as a highly effective and very bright lawyer who always gets to the heart of the problem very quickly."


    Legal 500 2020

  • "Excellent."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "He's very responsive, very focused on clients' interests and getting the results they want."


    Client in Chambers HNW guide 2018

  • "Powerful."


    Interviewee in Chambers Private Wealth Law 2017

  • "Always keeps focused on the client's interests."


    Citywealth Leaders List 2019

  • "The team is universally excellent, and is able to tackle high-value, complex matters with a view to achieving the best results for its often highly demanding clients."


    Legal 500 2020

  • "Exceptionally strong eye for detail."


    Citywealth 2015

  • "He was very effective in his strategy for negotiating."


    Client in Chambers HNW guide 2018

  • "Extremely talented attorney who cares a great deal about his clients."


    Citywealth 2015

  • "Very, very smart."


    Interviewee in Chambers HNW guide 2019

  • "One of the rare breed of lawyers that speaks little but a lot of sense."


    Interviewee in Chambers Private Wealth Law 2017

  • "An excellent lawyer who understands the challenges related to large cross-border cases."


    Citywealth Leaders List 2019

  • "Extensive knowledge of wealth and succession planning matters."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Really good."


    Private wealth specialist in Chambers Private Wealth Law 2017




Dr. Daniel Leu


Daniel Leu advises private clients and family offices on wealth and succession planning, on the handling of estates, in connection with foundations and trusts and on questions in connection with the place of residence. Other areas of work include advising clients who buy or sell real estate in Switzerland and art law.

Daniel Leu is a Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law and publishes regulary in the field of inheritance law. He has published extensively and frequently lectures on trust and estate matters in Switzerland and abroad. In addition to his practice, Daniel Leu is a lecturer at the University of Muenster, Germany (Master of Law in Inheritance Law & Corporate Succession).

Daniel Leu is recommended by Chambers and Partners, Who is Who Legal, Legal 500 as well as by the Legal Week Private Client Global Elite Directory.



German, English


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2015)
  • University of Oxford (Pembroke College): MJur (2010)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (since 2007)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (2007)
  • Law Clerk at the District Courts of Meilen and Dielsdorf (2005-2006)
  • University of Zurich: Dr. iur. (2005)
  • University of Zurich: Research and Teaching Assistant at the chair for private, trade and business law of Prof. Dr. Hans Caspar von der Crone (2002-2004)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (2001)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Swiss Lawyers Association (Schweizerischer Juristenverein)
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association

Contact Details

Dr. Daniel Leu
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8002 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 55 42
F: +41 58 261 50 01


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Relocation to Switzerland, January 2020 … Download »
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Speaking Engagements

Jurisdiction of Swiss Courts regarding Claims against Trustees and Protectors of Jersey Trusts STEP Annual Conference, 24 October 2019, Jersey … more »
I Want to Write My Will: How Difficult Is That? Panel Discussion with Judith Ingham, Gerd Goyvaerts and Evgenia Martin, Russian … more »
Nachlässe mit Bezug zu angelsächsischen Ländern – Herausforderungen bei der Nachlassplanung Schulthess Forum Erbrecht 2019, 19. März 2019, Zürich … more »
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