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Jürg Wernli

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Avocat, LL.M

Jürg Wernli est actif depuis 30 ans comme avocat indépendant. Il conseille des entreprises et des particuliers, en particulier dans les domaines du droit pénal commercial et du droit de la dette et de la faillite, et représente ses clients devant les autorités et les tribunaux en Suisse.

Fort de ses nombreuses années d'expérience professionnelle, Jürg Wernli assiste également ses clients dans la négociation et la rédaction de contrats, notamment dans le domaine du droit des ventes, du droit du bail et du droit du travail, du recouvrement des créances et de l'exécution de décisions.

Il est responsable du contenu de la formation en droit des futurs expertes et experts fiscaux chez EXPERTsuisse.

Expérience professionnelle

  • Avocat indépendant depuis 1987

Formation continue et perfectionnement

  • Certificate of Advanced Studies en droit de procédure pénale, Université de Saint-Gall/Université de Fribourg (2013)
  • LL.M. en droit commercial international, spécialité en droit contractuel/arbitrage, Université de Zurich (1998)
  • Études en droit, Université de Berne, études d'avocat (1986)

Domaines d'activité de prédilection

  • Droit pénal
    Procédures pénales, en particulier dans le domaine commercial
    Assistance juridique internationale
  • Droit des poursuites et des faillites
    Affirmation et défense de créances, planification et mise en œuvre de procédures successorales et de faillite, activité d'enquêteur et de liquidateur pour le compte de l'Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers FINMA, liquidations spéciales
  • Droit contractuel
    Négociation de contrats, rédaction de contrats et évaluation de contrats, principalement dans les domaines du droit de la vente, du droit des services, du droit de bail et du droit du travail
  • Procédures
    Représentation de particuliers et de sociétés dans des procédures devant les tribunaux et les autorités, en particulier dans le domaine du droit pénal et du droit de recouvrement et de faillite et du code des obligations

Mandats de référence (extrait)

2018 - current

Fraud, Bribery

Criminal investigation by the Zurich Public Prosecutor's Office against several Swiss entrepreneurs; allegations of fraud and bribery in the process of acquisition and sale of companies.

Representation of a defendant.

The Zurich District Court handed down partial guilty verdicts and partial acquittals. The judgment is not final.

2016 - current

Corporate Criminal Liability/Bribery

Criminal investigation by, inter alia, the Office of the Attorney General against a multinational company based in Switzerland, allegations of the company's criminal liability due to bribery of foreign public officials.

Representation of the accused company.

2013 - current

Tax Evasion (VAT)

Investigation by the Federal Office of Customs and Border Security against a Swiss art-gallery; allegations of importation of works of art and evasion of VAT (import tax) in the amount of approximately CHF 10 Mio., misuse of transfer procedure.

Representation of the accused company.

2019 – 2021

Money Laundering, Participation in a Criminal Organisation

Criminal investigation by, intern alia, the Office of the Attorney General against a bank, former employees, and clients of the bank; allegations of money laundering and participation in a Bulgarian criminal organisation in connection with the trafficking of cocaine between South America and Europe.

Representation of one of the accused.

Conclusion of the criminal investigation with a Summary Penalty Order. Partial asset forfeiture.

2018 - 2020

Corporate Criminal Liability/Bribery

Preliminary investigation by the Office of the Attorney General against a multinational company based in the United States to determine whether there was ground for suspicion for corporate criminal liability due to bribery of foreign public officials.

Representation of the company.

2016 - 2020

Corporate Criminal Liability/Bribery/Money Laundering

“Odebrecht/Petrobras, Brazil”

Criminal investigation by the Office of the Attorney General against employees of a Brazilian construction group; allegations of money laundering etc.

Representation of an accused employee and of two companies, the latter affected by asset forfeiture.

The criminal investigation against the employee was discontinued in February 2020. The assets of the companies were partially confiscated.

2013 - 2019

Fraud, Criminal Mismanagement, Money Laundering

«Parmalat, Italy»

Criminal investigation by the Office of the Attorney General against a former employee of a bank; allegations of fraud, criminal mismanagement, and money laundering in connection with the bankruptcy of Parmalat S.p.A.

Co-representation of the defendant, advice on procedural matters and concerning statute of limitations.

2017 – 2018

Money Laundering, Bribery

Criminal investigation by the Geneva Public Prosecutor's Office; allegations of money laundering and bribery of foreign public officials in connection with the procurement process of Swiss technology.

Representation of the non-accused Swiss company in the legal assistance procedure.

2011 – 2016

Abuse of Public Office, Bribery

Criminal investigation by the Office of the Attorney General against former public officials and against employees of subcontracting companies; allegations of abuse of public office, bribery, and forgery of documents in connection with the procurement of IT systems. 

Representation of one of the accused.

The Federal Criminal Court found the accused guilty of aiding and abetting to the abuse of public office in one case. The accused was sentenced with a monetary penalty.

2004 – 2012

Corporate Criminal Liability/Bribery

Criminal investigation by the Office of the Attorney General against Alstom Ltd. and Alstom Network (Schweiz) Ltd.; allegations of corporate criminal liability due to bribery of foreign public officials.

Representation of the accused companies.

The criminal investigation was concluded in November 2011. A Summary Penalty Order was issued against Alstom Network (Schweiz) Ltd. (fine of CHF 2.5 Mio., compensation claim of CHF 36.4 Mio.). The criminal investigation against Alstom Ltd. was discontinued with a compensation payment of 1 Mio. to the International Committee of the Red Cross).

2001 – 2009

Support of a Criminal Organisation

Criminal investigation by the Office of the Attorney General against Mr. Youssef Nada; allegations of participation in and/or support of a criminal organisation being responsible for the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the USA.

Representation of the accused.

The criminal investigation was discontinued in November 2005 following an appeal by the accused to the Federal Criminal Court (BK.2005.2005.4). Proceedings for removal from the national and international sanctions lists followed (BGE 133 II 450). Delisting from the sanctions list in 2009.

Autres activités

  • Responsable de module du droit d’EXPERTsuisse AG de la formation d'expertes et experts fiscaux
  • Responsable de mandat dans plus de 20 procédures de liquidation judiciaire et de faillite, enquêteur et liquidateur dans plus de 15 liquidations légales spéciales pour le compte de l'Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers FINMA

Affiliations

  • Fédération suisse des avocats / Association des avocats bernois
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Association LP suisse
  • Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage
  • Société suisse de droit pénal

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