Hans Ulrich Liniger

Of Counsel

Hans Ulrich Liniger acts as counsel at Wenger Plattner. He advises clients on legal and strategy issues relating to constitutional and administrative law as well as public commercial law, particularly environmental, energy and water law (water right licenses and reversion). As an entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the board of directors of the renowned environmental consulting firm, Ecosens AG, and former head of legal services at an international building materials company, he has extensive experience in the areas of law mentioned, but also in management and strategy issues in connection with company takeovers (environmental due diligence, EDD).

Hans Ulrich Liniger has lectured in various institutions of higher professional education for many years.

Practice Areas:

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Real Estate


2018 Counsel at Wenger Plattner
1990 Founder, Partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ecosens AG, Environmental Management Consultants, Zurich (1990-2017)
1988 Head of Legal Services and the central legal, science, environment units of the Swiss Eternit Group/Nueva, Zurich and Niederurnen (1988-1990)
1982 Administrative Managing Director of partner power plants Graubünden, Elektrowatt AG, Zurich and Chur (1982-1987)
1981 Legal Counsel at D’Appolonia Consulting Eng. Inc., Denver, USA
1981 University of Zurich (Dr. iur.)
1980 Post Graduate Studies in Energy and Environmental Law, University of Denver School of Law, Colorado, USA (1980-1981)
1979 Admitted to the Bar of the Canton of Zurich
1977 Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of the Canton of Zurich, Civil Division II, as well as at the Meilen District Court (1977-1980)
1973 University of Zurich (lic.iur.)
1972 Trainee at a law office in Zurich (1972-1977)


Selected publications:

Fachhandbuch Öffentliches Baurecht – Expertenwissen für die Praxis
Griffel, Alain / Liniger, Hans Ulrich / Rausch, Heribert / Thurnheer, Daniela, Zürich/Basel/Genf 2016 (in German)

Transaktionen und Umweltrisiken
In: Mergers & Acquisitions XIII, Europa Institut Zürich, Band 113, Zürich 2010, S. 187-206 (in German)

Altlastenrechtliche Störerhaftung und Rechtsnachfolge bei Unternehmenstransaktionen - Quid iuris?
In: M&A - Recht und Wirtschaft in der Praxis, Liber amicorum für Rudolf Tschäni, Zürich 2010, S. 229 ff. (in German)

Ausfallhaftung: Den Letzten beissen die Hunde?
In: Buch „Die Fabrik“, Herausgeber Metallwerke Refonda, 2007 (in German)

Kyoto Implementation in Switzerland. Implementation of Reduction Commitments under the Kyoto Protocol in Switzerland
In: European Environmental Law Review, November 2007, Volume 16, No. 11, p. 286-297

Altlasten und kein Ende? Die Revision des Umweltschutzgesetzes und deren Bedeutung für die Praxis
In: GesKR 3/2007, S. 272 ff. (in German)

Ämtler Betriebe unter der Lupe
In: Anzeiger Bezirk Affoltern, Mai 2005 (in German)

Altlastensanierung im Konkurs
In: Schweizerische Juristenzeitung, SJZ 99 (2003) Nr. 4, S. 81-88 (in German)

Risiko-Management mittels Umweltversicherungen
In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 29. April 2003, Nr. 98 (in German)

Buchbesprechung: Mark Cummins: Kostenverteilung bei Altlasten-sanierungen
In: Umweltrecht aus der Praxis, Band 16, Heft 8, Dezember 2002, S. 802-806 (in German)

Baustellenprobleme: Beispiele aus der Praxis
In: Umweltrecht aus der Praxis, Band 16, Heft 4, Juni 2002, S. 273-282 (in German)

Unternehmensübernahmen aus umweltrechtlicher Sicht
In: Europa Institut Zürich (Ed.: R. Tschäni): Mergers & Acquisitions II, Schulthess, Zürich 2000, S. 95-123 (in German)

Country Report Switzerland: The impact of Swiss Environmental Law on the Ownership of Real Estate Property
In: European Environmental Law Review Vol. 9, Nr. 6, June 2000, p. 166-170

Altlastenproblematik im neuen Umweltschutzrecht. Von den besonders teuren Leichen im Keller
In: Schweizer Bauwirtschaft, Nr. 4, 28. Januar 2000, S. 19-21 (in German)

Country Report: Switzerland
In: Cross-Border Transactions and Environmental Law, Mark Brumwell, Butterworths, 1999, p. 231-250


Dr. Hans Ulrich Liniger
Attorney at Law
Wenger Plattner
Attorneys at Law Tax Advisors Public Notaries
Seestrasse 39 | P.O. Box
8700 Küsnacht-Zürich

T +41 43 222 38 00
F +41 43 222 38 01


Bar admission (1979)


Post Graduate Studies in Energy and Environmental Law, University of Denver, USA


German, English, French