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Decurtins, Remo
Direct Tel: +41 44 253 8014
Tel: +41 44 253 80 00 Fax: +41 44 253 80 01

Remo Decurtins is a Swiss and New York qualified Attorney and Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Zurich office. Remo is a multi-faceted and accomplished lawyer with various areas of expertise. As such, Remo’s portfolio of cases ranges from one-off litigation, contracting or consultancy matters to high-stakes cross-border litigations as well as criminal and regulatory investigations, in a wide range of industries (including sports, financial services, pharma, cryptocurrencies, energy, real estate, media, private equity and luxury goods) and legal fields (including sports law, litigation, contract and commercial law, bankruptcy and debt enforcement law, employment law, corporate law and white collar).

Remo has a strong interest and expertise in national and international sports law and has represented several high-profile clients in football, basketball, boxing, car racing, equestrian sports, tennis, cycling and field hockey in complex business disputes. Remo also advises sports associations, clubs and league organizers with respect to media rights agreements, corporate governance and compliance, contracting and crisis management, and provides support on all aspects of transfers of athletes and of athletes’ management arrangements. A list of notable representations in the Sports field can be found in the description of the “Sports Litigation” practice of QE’s Zurich office.

Remo has a proven track record in employment-related litigation, often representing senior executives in the banking and pharma industries.

Remo has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Litigation by Euromoney and a “Rising Star” in Sports Law by The Legal 500  in 2022, 2023 and 2024. He has also recently spoken at the International Conference of ELSA Zurich on Sports Law on the topic of rights and protection of athletes. Remo is the co-initiator and organizer of networking events for Sports lawyers in Zurich.

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel in 2018, Remo worked as an associate at leading business law firms in Geneva, Zurich and New York.

Remo obtained his law degree from University of Lucerne (Master of Law, 2010, summa cum laude) and his LL.M. from New York University (NYU) School of Law (2016).  He is admitted to the Zurich Bar (since 2012) and the State Bar of New York (since 2017).

  • International Disputes
  • Sports Litigation
  • Employment Litigation & Counseling
  • Sexual Harassment & Employment Discrimination
  • Investigations, Government Enforcement & White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Blockchain and Digital Asset Practice
  • Art Litigation
  • Entertainment & Media Litigation
  • Global Asset Recovery Practice
  • Shareholder Activist Litigation
  • Section 1782
  • New York University School of Law
    (LL.M., 2016)
  • University of Lucerne
    (Master of Law, summa cum laude, 2010)
  • University of Lucerne
    (Bachelor of Law, 2008)
  • The Zurich Bar
  • The State Bar of New York
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Jones Day:
    • Foreign Associate, 2016-2017
  • Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich:
    • Associate, 2013-2015
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 as a “Rising Star” in Sports Law, 2022-2024
  • Recognized by Euromoney’s Rising Stars for Litigation, 2022
  • Die Harmonika als Schnittmenge der Verfahren zu Kapitalherabsetzung, -erhöhung und Sanierung – Probleme in der Praxis und Blick auf die Aktienrechtsreform (with Th. Werlen), in: Müller/Forrer/Zuur (eds.), Festschrift für Hans-Ueli Vogt zum 50. Geburtstag (Das Aktienrecht im Wandel), Zürich/St.Gallen 2020, 235 et seqq.
  • The Proposed Strengthening of Group Action in Swiss Civil Procedure (with Th. Werlen), CapLaw 24 October 2018
  • Major League Soccer’s Exceptionalism in FIFA’s Transfer System: For How Much Longer?, in: Marquette Sports Law Review 2/2017, 331-355
  • Working Time and Overtime Compliance: Recent Developments Around the World, in: Practising Law Institute (PLI), International Employment Law 2017, Course Handbook, 239-252 (co-authorship with M.L. Schmelkin, Partner Jones Day)
  • Kommentierung von Art. 356-362 OR (Gesamtarbeitsvertrag und Normalarbeitsvertrag), in: Kostkiewicsz/Wolf/ Amstutz/Fankhauser (eds.), Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Obligationenrecht, 3rd edition, Zurich 2016
  • Brief aus New York, Erfahrungsbericht aus dem LL.M., in: Plädoyer 5/2016, 27
  • Sonderfall Major League Soccer im FIFA-Transferwesen: Wie lange noch?, in: Causa Sport 3/2016, 240-251
  • The Nightmare and the Noble Dream, Wirtschaftliche Freiheiten in der Verfassung – ein Rechtsvergleich zwischen den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika und der Schweiz, in: Mathis/Caroni/Heselhaus/Norer (eds.), Festschrift für Paul Richli zum 65. Geburtstag, Zurich/St.Gallen 2011, 369 et seqq. (co-authorship with Prof. Dr. Mathis)