Switzerland

Switzerland

Working in Switzerland

White & Case SA has been present in Switzerland since 2015, drawing on a deep bench of knowledge and experience to advise clients on international arbitration and more general dispute resolution.

Lawyers who join our team in Geneva find themselves part of an open collegial culture in which innovation, teamwork and an entrepreneurial spirit are valued, senior lawyers are generous with their knowledge and new associates are encouraged to be forthright with their questions.

We maintain a positive and friendly work environment, which eases the demands of working for a leading law firm. Our employees have excellent academic and professional qualifications, and all contribute to the collegial and supportive atmosphere of our office.

Practice areas

International Arbitration

Our team has a vast breadth of experience in international arbitrations under all major rules, governed by various laws, representing clients from a wide range of industries, including construction & engineering, mining, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, manufacturing and consumer goods.

As well as advising on international arbitrations across the world, our team in Geneva also has experience in handling arbitrations in Switzerland and/or governed by Swiss law, including arbitration-related court proceedings, notably before the Swiss Federal Tribunal. Our Geneva international arbitration lawyers come from diverse backgrounds in both civil and common law, and between them speak many languages.

White & Case has cultivated a creative and skilled team of lawyers by exposing its juniors to the first-hand practice of arbitration from the outset. In my case, by three years PQE, I had already cross-examined my first witness at a hearing before a Tribunal composed of three prominent arbitrators.

Zelda Hunter
Associate
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Roles

We recruit for a wide variety of positions. Find out more about each one.

Administrative services

Highly qualified and motivated administrative staff are key to the success of our work. We offer the opportunity to work in a truly international environment, with clients across the world. We are always interested in qualified people to join our administrative team. Successful candidates must have the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, work effectively with others, and exercise good judgment and high ethical standards.

Associate lawyers

We offer our associate lawyers exposure to truly complex internal legal matters. As an associate lawyer, you will work in a team with other lawyers coming from various legal backgrounds and be in contact with the Firm’s clients. You’ll have responsibilities early in your career as you work on multiple assignments, which will include writing briefs, reviewing factual documents, preparing witness statements, working with technical, financial and legal experts and drafting contracts, as well as attending hearings. We also offer our associates internal and external practical training (such as an oral advocacy course).

We are always interested in promising associate lawyers. We look for highly motivated individuals with strong academic background (qualified in Switzerland or abroad), fluent in English, excellent drafting skills, strong commercial awareness, high performance mentality, significant personal achievements and a strong commitment to the practice of law.

Students

We offer law students the possibility to gain practical experience during a short-term traineeship (generally 6 months). During your traineeship, you will work on the Firm's matters, assisting lawyers in their day-to-day work, carrying out legal researches, reviewing contracts and factual documents, participating in team meetings, discussing strategy and other related activities.

We hire trainees throughout the year and therefore welcome application at all time.

For the time being, we do not offer the possibility to complete the full traineeship ("stage d'avocat") required for the Geneva bar exam, but welcome Swiss law educated trainees (Bachelor or Master degree) who are interested in international arbitration to perform a traineeship with our Firm.

Applying in Switzerland

Candidates interested in applying for positions as students, associate lawyers or administrative staff should send their curriculum vitae and supporting documents (law degree, examination certificates, etc.) to [email protected] or call the office at +41 22 900 15 60 with any questions.

White & Case Switzerland

White & Case S.A.
1st Floor, Quai du Mont-Blanc 5
1201 Geneva
Switzerland
+41 22 900 1560

Working in Switzerland

An established presence in Switzerland since 2001, White & Case LLP is widely recognized as a leading firm in the field of international trade law and policy in Geneva. Our office is one of the world’s largest and most active practices in the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), working closely with other White & Case offices across the globe to provide a range of services designed to match the scope of global trade regulation and to answer the needs of our clients, whenever and wherever they arise.

Members of our International Trade team have the chance to work on complex multijurisdictional trade- and customs-related projects, helping private and sovereign clients manage risks and maximize opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. Lawyers who join our team in Switzerland find themselves part of an open collegial culture where innovation, teamwork and an entrepreneurial spirit are valued, senior lawyers are generous with their knowledge and new associates are encouraged to be forthright with their questions.

We maintain a positive and friendly work environment, which eases the demands of working for a leading global law firm. Our employees have excellent academic and professional qualifications, and all contribute to the collegial and supportive atmosphere of our office.

Practice areas

Practice Work in Geneva: International Trade

The location of our Swiss office enables us to closely monitor the work of various international organizations based in Geneva, including the WTO, through which the rules of the multilateral trading system are negotiated and enforced.

Our team provides advice to companies and sovereign governments on the full range of WTO disciplines, including trade remedies (anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures), technical barriers to trade, customs, investment, agriculture and intellectual property. Our lawyers also have a deep expertise on bilateral and plurilateral trade and customs issues.

White & Case is a leader in international trade-related law, which means I'm exposed to all aspects of this highly specialized area and have gained first-class experience in a short amount of time.

Marcus Sohlberg
Counsel
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Since joining White & Case, this experience has shown me the value of working in international teams and bringing global perspective and expertise to the provision of client advice.

Eileen Crowley
Associate
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Roles

We recruit for a wide variety of positions. Find out more about each one.

Administrative services

Highly qualified and motivated administrative staff are key to the success of our work. We offer the opportunity to work in a truly international environment, with colleagues and clients across the world. We are always interested in candidacy from qualified people to join our administrative team. Successful candidates must have the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, work effectively with others, exercise good judgment and have high ethical standards.

Experienced lawyers

We offer our associate lawyers exposure to complex and high profile international trade matters. As an associate lawyer, you will work in a team with other lawyers coming from various legal backgrounds and will be in contact with clients. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with strong academic background, fluent in English, with excellent drafting skills, strong commercial awareness, significant personal achievements and a strong commitment to the practice of law.

Students

We offer graduate students the possibility to gain practical experience during internships (generally for a three- to six-month period). During your internship, you will work on the Firm’s cases, assisting lawyers in their day-to-day work, carrying out research, participating in team meetings discussing strategy and other related activities.

Applying in Switzerland

For our International Trade practice, we seek lawyers who have an excellent command of English, both written and oral, since English is the working language of the practice. Any additional languages, in particular French and Spanish as these are the two other WTO languages, are an advantage. We also prefer either a postgraduate qualification in international trade law or experience working on international trade matters.

For professional services, we are looking for talented individuals who must have the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, work effectively with others, exercise good judgment and have high ethical standards. Previous experience in an international law firm is an advantage.

Only applications sent through the career page will be reviewed. Make sure to attach your CV and cover letter to your application.

Please note that although the recruitment process may take some time, you can always expect an answer.

White & Case Switzerland

White & Case LLP
2nd Floor, Quai du Mont-Blanc 5
1201 Geneva
Switzerland
+41 22 906 9800