Maurice Courvoisier

Maurice Courvoisier

Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law




Direct phone: +41 58 658 14 52

Curriculum Vitae

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Maurice Courvoisier advises and represents clients in arbitration and litigation proceedings in all areas of corporate and commercial law, including sales, distribution and licensing contracts, construction and civil engineering, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. His areas of expertise include general contract law, private international law and international procedural law, as well as international judicial assistance and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Switzerland. In addition, Maurice has a wealth of experience in dealing with theatre, art and sports-related law, areas that he regularly speaks about and publishes on. He also acts as an arbitrator, and is included in the ICC Switzerland list of arbitrators.

Maurice is listed as a "National Leader" in litigation and arbitration by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) and as an expert in litigation and international arbitration by Best Lawyers.

Maurice is co-head of the Basel local group of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), legal counsel of the Union of Swiss Theatres, member of the Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Copyrights and Related Rights, member of the Basel supervisory authority for lawyers, former long-time member of the Basel Bar Association board and a former member of the court of arbitration of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution (SCAI). He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the New York Bar Association (NYSBA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the German Arbitration Institute (DIS).

Born in 1970, Maurice was educated at the University of Basel (lic. iur., 1995; Dr iur., 2001; both summa cum laude) and at Columbia University In New York (LL.M., 1998; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). He was a research and teaching fellow for Professor Ingeborg Schwanzer and Swiss Federal Supreme Court Judge Professor Thomas Geiser at the University of Basel. He held several roles prior to joining Walder Wyss in 2014; he worked as a court clerk at the regional court of Biel/Bienne before joining a leading Swiss corporate law firm in 2007, where he became a partner five years later.

Maurice speaks German, English, French and Italian. He is registered with the Bar Registry of the canton of Basel-Stadt and was also admitted to practice in the State of New York, USA, in 2001.

Product Liability 2024

Doing Business in Switzerland – A Practical Guide

Manual on Sports Criminal Law: The Swiss Federal Supreme Court as appellate and revision instance against awards of international arbitral tribunals seated in Switzerland

Doing Business in Switzerland – A Practical Guide

Lawyer's Deskbook on Civil Procedure: Chapter 19 Trial, Chapter 28 International Judicial Assistance

Basel commentary on international private law: art. 51-58, 186 SIPL

The Extension of Arbitration Agreements to Non-Signatories - the Swiss Perspective

Streiterledigungsplanung im Internationalen Geschäft

Conflict resolution planning in international business

Industrial accidents – namely environmental liability

Res iudicata before Swiss arbitral tribunals: Recent case law and consequences

Sale, supply and service contracts under Swiss law

Sale, supply and service contracts under Swiss law

Basel commentary on Swiss international private law: art. 186 SIPL

Basel commentary on Swiss international private law: art. 43–58 SIPL

Arbitration in Switzerland – The Practitioner"s Guide, Kommentar zu Art. 34–37 Swiss Rules

Witness examination in international arbitration (incl. cross-examination)

Arbitrability of family law claims

Avoidable export risks

Introduction and application of medicines and foodstuffs Placing and marketing of drugs and foods

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements: Legitimacy and validity – a comparative law study