Prof. Forstmoser specialises in corporate law, in particular in the law on stock corporations, limited liability companies and cooperatives and the liability of corporate directors and officers. He also specialises in banking & finance legislation, stock exchange law and collective investment schemes regulation. He is an advisor, legal expert and arbitrator. He is and was a member or chairman of the boards of several listed and unlisted corporations and foundations.


Prof. Forstmoser devotes a substantial amount of time to advising corporations, issuers, sophisticated investors and state organisations in high profile transactions. He regularly advises clients on all aspects of corporate, takeover and securities laws and on issues of governance. Prof. Forstmoser has a strong academic background. He regularly serves as advisor on legal projects of corporate and business Law and opines and publishes in these areas. From 1974 until 2008, Prof. Forstmoser was tenured professor of corporate, capital market and business law at the University of Zurich. Since 2011, he is a permanent visiting professor at the University of Lucerne.

1972 Harvard Law School, Cambridge, USA, LL.M.
1971 Admission to the Bar, Rechtsanwalt
1970 University of Zurich, Doctor of Law, PhD
Best Lawyers/ Handelsblatt Switzerland 2023/24 – Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice
Best Lawyers 2014 – 2024
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Switzerland 2023
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2019 – 2023
Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2016 – 2023
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2020 – 2022
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
1975 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey
1975 Member, Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Board of various Swiss Corporations, among others: Schweiz. Rückversicherungsgesellschaft, Swiss Re, Zurich (1990–2009, chairman 2000–2009) Hesta AG, Zug (chairman since 1995) PSP Swiss Property (member and chairman of the audit committee since 2010)




Market Perception

«Peter Forstmoser is singled out as ‘a senior statesman of corporate governance and corporate law more generally’ thanks to his ‘vast experience and excellence’. »
Who’s Who Legal 2022
«Peter Forstmoser is ‘one of the most capable lawyers in Switzerland’ thanks to his ‘strong technical and social skills’. »
Who’s Who Legal 2021
«Peter Forstmoser is an ‘outstanding’ corporate lawyer, commended by market commentators for his world-class practice advising on corporate regulation and D&O liability. »
Who’s Who Legal 2020



Das neue Aktienrecht in der Praxis – was ist (un)wichtig?

Discover More

Awards & Rankings


Nineteen NKF lawyers listed as “Thought Leaders Switzerland 2023” by Who’s Who Legal

Discover More

NKF recognised as “Law Firm of the Year” for Mergers and Acquisitions Law by Best Lawyers/…

Discover More

Twelve NKF lawyers listed as “Thought Leaders Switzerland 2022” by Who’s Who Legal

Discover More

Firm News


Prof. Dr. iur. Peter Forstmoser is the new permanent guest professor at the Faculty of Law of the Univ…

Discover More



Zeugnisverweigerungsrecht für Unternehmensjuristen

Discover More

Aktionärsausschüsse als mögliche Neuerung in der AG

Discover More

Das externe Verwaltungsratsmitglied in einer Konzerntochtergesellschaft

Discover More

Newsletters & Alerts


The reform of the stock corporation law has reached the finish line

Discover More

Reform of Swiss stock corporation law on the home stretch

Discover More