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Dr. Sandro Abegglen, Partner

PD Dr. iur., Attorney-at-law, LL.M.

Associate Professor (Privatdozent) for Private and Commercial Law (University of Berne)

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Dr. Sandro Abegglen, Partner
Telephone: +41 58 800 8000 / 8310
Assistant: Katarina Schaffner -
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Main activities: Sandro Abegglen advises leading Swiss and international banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, fund providers, investment foundations, insurers/reinsurers and institutional investors on a broad variety of regulatory, civil law and other critical laws, such and blocking statutes and KYC/AML regulations. He as also a leading role in advising on upcoming new financial services regulations, such as the Swiss Financial Services Act (FIDLEG) and the Swiss Financial Institutions Act (FINIG). Represents clients in regulatory and civil law proceedings, and conducts internal investigations for banks, both in national and international contexts. Sandro further advises in financial services, M&A. As a board member of a leading institutional asset manager, and external counsel to senior management of major banks and other financial institutions, he has a thorough understanding of the key aspects of his clients' business and transactions. Sandro was appointed by the Swiss Finance Department to advise on the design of the new Swiss Financial Services Act. Sandro has been ranked in the first bands for banking, regulatory and investment funds by Chambers and other directories for many years and won the Client Choice Award for banking law in 2014.

"Outstanding, diligent and pro-active" (Legal 500 2018: Banking and Finance)

Sources describe him as "an excellent lawyer" who offers the "perfect mix between academic expertise and business friendliness." (Chambers Global 2018: Investment Funds)

"He is really committed, is very supportive and provides spot-on advice. He is always positive and has in-depth knowledge and expertise in dealing with FINMA." (Chambers Global 2018: Investment Funds)

"Sources say that leading lawyer Sandro Abegglen 'is a very skilled expert who is able to transpose complex legal considerations into advice useful for businesses.'" (Chambers Global 2017: Banking & Finance and Regulatory)

"Sandro Abegglen is described as 'a brilliant specialist for distribution.'." (Chambers Global 2017: Investment Funds)

"Sandro Abegglen is ‘a key regulatory expert’ in the banking and finance space" (Legal 500 2016: Banking & Finance)

"one of the few lawyers in Switzerland who is absolutely up to date with what's going on at the regulatory end." (Chambers Global 2016: Investment Funds)

“In terms of investment management he is certainly the name that stands out.” (Who's Who Legal 2017: Most Highly Regarded in Investment Management)

Chambers Global     Legal 500     Best Lawyers 2014 Client Choice 2014

Languages: German, English, French

Professional Memberships

Swiss Bar Association
Zurich Bar Association
International Bar Association IBA
Member Legal Committee Swiss Funds Association


1992 – Admitted to the Bar (Fürsprecher, Canton of Berne)
1995 – University of Berne, PhD (Dr. iur.)
1996 – University of Texas at Austin School of Law, LL.M.