Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers
Prime TowerHardstrasse 201CH–8005 ZürichSwitzerland
Tel: (41) 43 222 10 00
Fax: (41) 43 222 15 00
Balz Gross is the deputy head of the litigation and arbitration practice team of Homburger, which has more than 20 members specialising in international dispute resolution services.
He is also a member of Homburger's white collar crime/investigations working group and head of the employment law working group.
Balz graduated (summa cum laude) from the University of Zurich in 1989 (lic iur) and received his doctorate in 1996. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995. Before joining Homburger in 1995, he was a scientific assistant for private international law and a law clerk with a district court.
His practice focuses on large, mostly multi-jurisdictional international disputes.
He has acted as counsel in more than 50 large international arbitration cases (ad hoc and under the ICC, DIS, LCIA, Stockholm and Swiss Rules). In addition, he frequently sits as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings. These arbitration proceedings mostly relate to mergers and acquisitions, licence agreements, long-term supply contracts, distribution and joint ventures and top management compensation. Recent cases relate to multi-jurisdictional disputes between leading telecoms and consumer products companies, involving state court proceedings and parallel arbitration proceedings, relating to licence agreements; a dispute arising out of a long-term supply agreement in the natural resources and mining industry, and disputes in the pharmaceutical industry.
In addition, he also frequently acts as lead counsel in various large, corruption-related criminal investigations and international legal assistance proceedings, with connected internal investigations.
As head of Homburger's employment law working group, Balz regularly acts as counsel in employment law disputes, mostly relating to executive compensation and bonus schemes.
He has published articles on legal proceedings, fraud and money laundering, recovery of assets and liability in tort. His thesis focused on liability of the state. He is a co-author of the commentary on Swiss cartel law (section on procedure), of the commentary on the Swiss federal act on jurisdiction and enforcement (section on contracts), and the commentary on articles 68 to 96 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (relating to performance), and the commentary on the new Swiss Civil Procedure Code (section on joinder, intervention, parties).
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