“deep thinker and good investigator”


“solving big-picture problems”

Who's Who Legal

“world class”

Legal 500

“a top-notch lawyer who really stands out in the corporate crime space”

Peter Burckhardt

Valentina Morgante


Peter Burckhardt leads Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich, as well as the White-Collar Crime & Compliance and the Internal Corporate Investigations teams. Peter has developed a strong practice in complex criminal, regulatory and civil litigation matters, often involving multi-jurisdictional components. He is also frequently retained to conduct internal investigations for a broad range of topics.


  • Defending a global Swiss bank in a money laundering investigation related to foreign corruption
  • Representing a German car manufacturer against consumer mass claims in the context of the Diesel affair
  • Lead counsel to a major Brazilian construction group for the Swiss aspects of the Petrobras matter, which settled in a trilateral deal (BR/US/CH)
  • Swiss lead counsel to a global bank headquartered in Switzerland in the U.S. tax dispute
  • Defending a major bank in a Ponzi scheme fraud investigation and related civil and regulatory action
  • Defending a member of top management of a global bank in criminal and regulatory proceedings by Swiss and U.S. law enforcement
  • Defending an ousted head of state in a corruption and money laundering investigation


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Served in various functions in the judiciary of the Canton of Bern, notably as criminal prosecutor and deputy judge in civil and criminal matters
Education and Admission
LL.M., University of Edinburgh
Bar Admission in Switzerland
University of Bern
Additional Professional Activities
  • Member of various professional associations including the Zurich and Swiss Bar  Associations, the International Bar Association (IBA), the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Regular publications in fields of specialization and speaker at international conferences
  • Board Member of FlexLaw

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