The firm has opened an office in Zurich, led by partner Dr. Thomas Werlen, formerly a partner at Allen & Overy and General Counsel of Novartis. Quinn Emanuel has been representing Swiss-based clients in high-stakes international disputes and investigations since Dr. Werlen joined the firm in 2012. Notable representations include the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in criminal investigations in the U.S. and Switzerland, a number of major Swiss banking and financial institutions in DOJ and IRS investigations, as well as international companies in a series of complex financial and regulatory disputes in the U.S., the Middle East, and Asia.
The focus of the Zurich office will be on high-stakes disputes with a substantial international dimension. In addition to its white collar and corporate investigations expertise, the practice of the Zurich team focuses on transnational litigation, international arbitration, and complex disputes in finance, pharma and life sciences, commodities, and international sports. Clients of the Zurich office will benefit from the firm's international network when faced with regulatory or litigation exposure in the United States, the European Union, and Asia. This is the firm’s eighth European office. The others are located in Brussels, Hamburg, London, Mannheim, Moscow, Munich, and Paris.