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Marro, PD Dr. Pierre-Yves
Direct Tel: +41 44 253 80 26, Direct Fax: +41 44 253 80 01
Zurich
Tel: +41 44 253 80 00 Fax: +41 44 253 80 01

PD Dr. Pierre-Yves Marro is a Swiss and New York qualified attorney and counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Zurich office. In addition, he is a faculty member of Zurich University School of Law, where he serves as a lecturer.

Pierre-Yves specializes in complex domestic and international proceedings and advises clients in cross-border multi-jurisdictional disputes as well as pre-litigation strategy. Further, he represents parties in both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

His areas of specialization include disputes involving the financial industry, pharma, infrastructure projects, manufacturing, and long-term delivery and sales contracts. He also has extensive experience in public international law, including with respect to international organizations, immunities, and privileges.

Pierre-Yves graduated from Zurich University School of Law, from which he also obtained a Ph.D. (awarded with the Prix Paul Guggenheim and the Professor Walther Hug Prize). Moreover, he holds an LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU School of Law. He has been a member of the New York Bar since 2011 and of the Zurich Bar since 2013. In 2020, Zurich University appointed him as "Privatdozent" (habilitated lecturer) for public international law and European law.

Pierre-Yves regularly speaks at conferences on topics related to litigation and public international law. He frequently publishes in the field and is notably the initiator and co-editor of a scientific series setting out the enforcement of claims under the Swiss Civil Code and the Swiss Bankruptcy Code.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Pierre-Yves worked as a senior associate at Homburger in Zurich, as a foreign associate at Paul, Weiss in New York, and as a senior associate at Lalive in Zurich. Prior to this, he was a research assistant at Zurich University as well as a research assistant and postdoc at Lucerne University.

  • Zurich University School of Law 
    (Privatdozent, Venia Legendi for Public International Law and European Law, 2020)
  • New York University School of Law 
    (LL.M., International Legal Studies, 2010) 
  • Zurich University School of Law
    (Dr. iur. (Ph.D. in Law), summa cum laude, 2009)
    (Lic. iur., magna cum laude, 2007)
  • The State Bar of New York 
  • The Zurich Bar
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Lalive, Litigation Practice Group: 
    • Senior Associate, 2020-2021
  • Paul, Weiss, Litigation Practice Group:
    • Visiting Lawyer, 2016-2017
  • Homburger, International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group: 
    • Senior Associate, 2017-2020
    • Associate, 2013-2016
    • Junior Associate, 2010-2011
  • Lucerne University, School of Law:
    • Postdoc, 2011-2013 
    • Research Assistant, 2008-2009
  • Zurich University, School of Law: 
    • Research Assistant, 2008-2009 
    • Teaching Assistant, 2005-2007

Books:

  • Duss Jacobi, V. & Marro, P.-Y. (Eds.). Klagen und Rechtsbehelfe im Zivilrecht: Personen, Familien, Erb- und Sachenrecht (2nd ed.). Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn (in preparation).
  • Marro, P.-Y. (2021). Rechtsstellung internationaler Organisationen: Grundlagen und Grenzen ihrer Sonderstellung. Zurich: Dike.
  • Kurt Boesch et al. (Eds.) (2017). Klagen und Rechtsbehelfe im Schuldbetreibungs- und Konkursrecht. Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn.
  • Duss Jacobi, V. & Marro, P.-Y. (Eds.) (2016). Klagen und Rechtsbehelfe im Zivilrecht: Personen, Familien-, Erb- und Sachenrecht. Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn (including introductory chapter, pp. 1-21).
  • Thürer, D. & Marro, P.-Y. (2015). Intégration européenne: idées et alternatives. Paris: A. Pedone.
  • Pfaffinger, M. & Marro, P.-Y. (2013). Tafeln zum Sachenrecht (2nd ed.). Bern: Staempfli.
  • Pfaffinger, M., Marro, P.-Y. & Mannhart, A. (2012). Tafeln zu den Einleitungsartikeln und dem Personenrecht. Bern: Staempfli.
  • Marro, P.-Y. (2010). Allgemeine Rechtsgrundsätze des Völkerrechts: zur Verfassungsordnung des Völkerrechts. Zurich: Schulthess.
  • Pfaffinger, M. & Marro, P.-Y. (2009). Tafeln zum Sachenrecht. Bern: Staempfli.

Articles and Contributions:

  • Marro, P.-Y. Articles 15-16 ("Documentation" and "rendering of account"). In R. Sethe et al. (Eds.), SK Kommentar zum Finanzdienstleistungsgesetz FIDLEG. Zurich: Schulthess (in preparation).
  • Marro, P.-Y. (2021). Articles 25-26 ("Examination as to jurisdiction and admissibility"), Introduction before Article 53, and Articles 53-58 ("Common provisions", "authentic instruments and court settlements"). In F. Dasser & P. Oberhammer (Eds.), Lugano-Übereinkommen (LugÜ): Kommentar (3rd ed.) (pp. 706-729 and pp. 1041-1099). Bern: Staempfli.
  • Gstoehl, M. & Marro, P.-Y. (2021). Impact of Brexit on Asset Recovery in Switzerland. LALIVE Blog. March 11, 2021.
  • Marro, P.-Y., Frunz, S. & Gross, B. (2018). Article 19 ("Exceptions to the prohibition of Sunday work"). Gross, B., Frunz, S. & Marro, P.-Y. (2018). Articles 15-15a ("Breaks" and "daily rest periods") and Article 18 ("Prohibition of Sunday work"). In T. Pietruszak, A. Blesi & I. Wildhaber (Eds.), Kurzkommentar Arbeitsgesetz (pp. 203-213 and pp. 244-254). Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn.
  • Marro, P.-Y. (2017). Articles 6-9 (second part of the introduction to the Swiss Civil Code). In A. Büchler & D. Jakob (Eds.), Kurzkommentar Zivilgesetzbuch (2nd ed.) (pp. 23-33). Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn.
  • Marro, P.-Y. & Duss Jacobi, V. (2017). Chapter "Grundlagen". In K. Boesch et al. (Eds.), Klagen und Rechtsbehelfe im Schuldbetreibungs- und Konkursrecht (pp. 1-48). Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn.
  • Marro, P.-Y. (2016). Chapters "Personenrecht" and "Sachenrecht". In V. Duss Jacobi & P.-Y. Marro (Eds.), Klagen und Rechtsbehelfe im Zivilrecht: Personen-, Familien-, Erb- und Sachenrecht (pp. 23-114 and pp. 485-761). Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn.
  • Thürer, D. & Marro, P.-Y. (2013). Article 47 TEU (Legal Personality). In H.-J. Blanke & S. Mangia-meli (Eds.), The Treaty on European Union (TEU): Commentary (pp. 1315-1329). Berlin: Springer.
  • Marro, P.-Y. (2012). Articles 6-10 (second part of the introduction to the Swiss Civil Code). In A. Büchler & D. Jakob (Eds.), Kurzkommentar Zivilgesetzbuch (pp. 20-30). Basel: Helbing Lichtenhahn.
  • Thürer, D. & Marro, P.-Y. (2011). The Union’s Legal Personality: Ideas and Questions Lying Behind the Concept. In H.-J. Blanke & S. Mangiameli (Eds.), The European Union after Lisbon: Constitutional Basis, Economic Order and External Action (pp. 47-70). Berlin: Springer.
  • Thürer, D. & Marro, P.-Y. (2008). Das Verhältnis von Völkerrecht und Landesrecht in Frankreich (part of a comparative study for the Swiss Federal Council and the Federal Department of Justice on the advisability of Switzerland adopting a dualist approach to international law; cf. Federal Gazette 2010, pp. 2290-2301).

Teaching and Presentations:

  • Lectureship "Übungen im Öffentlichen Recht I", Zurich University (spring semester 2022).
  • Lectureship "Übungen im Öffentlichen Recht I", Zurich University (spring semester 2021).
  • "Streitbeilegung gemäss dem Institutionellen Abkommen Schweiz-EU", presentation and colloquium held at the Faculty of Law, Zurich University (July 1, 2020).
  • "Rechtsstellung internationaler Organisationen und der für sie tätigen Personen nach Schweizer Recht", presentation held at the lunch series of the Institute for International Law and Comparative Constitutional Law, Zurich University (October 26, 2017).
  • Seminar on Swiss contract law, held with Balz Gross at Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG in Blomberg, Germany (June 3, 2016).
  • Seminar "Schweizer Vertragsrecht: Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten in der Unternehmenspraxis", BeckAkademie Seminare, held with Balz Gross in Munich, Frankfurt a.M., and Düsseldorf, Germany (10/2015-3/2016).
  • Examiner in "Personenrecht" and "Sachenrecht", Lucerne University (spring semester 2012).
  • "Haftung für Verspätung im Seefrachtrecht", presentation held at the 2nd Luzerner Transport- und Logistiktage, Verkehrshaus Luzern (March 29, 2012).
  • Lectureship "Übungen im ZGB I (Personenrecht)", Lucerne University (fall semester 2011).
  • Member, Zurich University School of Law, Public Law Group (Fachgruppe Öffentliches Recht)
  • Member, Zurich University School of Law, Commission on Research and Talent Development (Kommission für Forschung und Nachwuchsförderung)
  • Member, Swiss Bar Association and Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • Member, International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL)
  • Member, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)