Regulation & Law

Schellenberg Wittmer Welcomes 5 partners and an of counsel

Schellenberg Wittmer has made its new year’s resolution:  the appointment of five new partners starting January 1st 2019; Clara Poglia, George Ayoub, Anya George, Anna Kozmenko and Julie Raneda. These appointments follow the arrival of Prof Dr. Peter Georg Picht as of counsel on November 1st this year.

Schellenberg Wittmer has made its new year’s resolution: the appointment of five new partners starting January 1st 2019; Clara Poglia, George Ayoub, Anya George, Anna Kozmenko and Julie Raneda. These appointments follow the arrival of Prof Dr. Peter Georg Picht as of counsel on November 1st this year.


With the additions to its team, the firm notably strengthens its expertise in the fields of white collar crime, investigations, compliance, international arbitration and litigation in its Zurich, Geneva and Singapore offices. Let’s take a quick look at the newcomers and their respective practices:

 

George Ayoub's practice focuses on white-collar crime, international legal assistance, extradition, trade sanctions, asset-tracing and recovery, and internal corporate investigations. In addition, his practice covers regulatory and compliance issues.

 

Anya George's practice focuses on international arbitration and arbitration-related litigation. She represents parties in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes across a wide range of sectors, with a particular emphasis on matters involving states, state-owned entities and the energy sector.

 

Dr. Anna Kozmenko has extensive experience representing state entities and private parties in complex litigations, investment and commercial arbitrations. She also advises clients on all arbitration-related matters, including enforcement and set-aside proceedings, and matters involving international investment and public international law.

 

Clara Poglia's practice focuses on white-collar crime and compliance, international mutual legal assistance in criminal and administrative matters, corporate investigations, extradition and asset tracing.

 

Julie Raneda represents clients in complex international commercial arbitrations and acts before international arbitral tribunals in a broad range of disputes, including licence and distribution agreements, international construction and engineering contracts, and joint venture agreements. She also has significant experience in matters relating to trade sanctions.

 

Peter Georg Picht is a professor of law, holds the chair for business and commercial law at the University of Zurich and is head of the Center for Intellectual Property & Competition Law (CIPCO). He is of counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer's competition group and IP group. He regularly advises and represents clients in the areas of competition law, intellectual property law, international private and procedural law, and arbitration.

 

 

Camille Guével 

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