Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Maurice concentrates on advising and representing of parties in arbitration and litigation in all areas of corporate and commercial law and namely in the fields of sales and distribution agreements, construction and civil engineering projects, employment matters, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. His areas of specialization include general contract law, private international law as well as international procedural law, including international judicial assistance, attachments and recognition of foreign judgment and arbitral awards in Switzerland. In addition, Maurice has profound experience in art, entertainment and sports law. He publishes regularly on the topics mentioned above and also acts as an arbitrator.
Maurice is a “ ‘famed practitioner’ ” who “delivers ‘innovative’ and ‘bespoke solutions’ to clients” (WWL 2016), an “ ‘outstanding’ specialist in corporate and commercial arbitration” (WWL 2017), “ ‘a firm favourite’ among clients seeking counsel in the arbitration space, who highlight his ‘brilliant advocacy’ and ‘very diligent and well-presented work’ ” (WWL 2018), and „‘does a terrific job‘ in arbitration settings, according to peers who note his ability to ‚really get to the point of the case with no problems‘“ (WWL 2019). Maurice is ranked by Best Lawyers 2019 for Litigation and International Arbitration.
Maurice is a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI), the vice-president of the Basel Bar Association and co-chair of the Basel local group of the Swiss Association for Arbitration (ASA), the legal advisor of the Union of Swiss Theatres and member of the Swiss Federal Arbitral Commission on the Exploitation of Copyrights and Neighbouring Rights. He is member to the American Bar Association (ABA), the New York Bar Association (NYSBA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS).
Born in 1970, Maurice was educated at the University of Basel (lic. iur. 1995; Dr. iur. 2001; both summa cum laude) and at the Columbia University in New York (LL.M. 1998; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). He was a research and teaching fellow for Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer und Prof. Dr. Thomas Geiser (Justice at the Swiss Federal Superior Court) at the University of Basel. Prior to joining Walder Wyss in 2014, he worked, amongst others, as clerk at the regional court in Bienne and as of 2007 for a leading Swiss law firm (as of 2012 as a partner).
Maurice speaks German, English, French and Italian. He is registered with the Basle bar registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland; since 2001 he is also admitted to the state bar of New York.