Karin Graf


Karin Graf is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration business group. She specialises in business litigation and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, as well as interim relief proceedings. Karin Graf regularly advises on cross-border disputes. She represents individuals and companies before state courts at all levels and arbitral tribunals. Karin Graf also serves as arbitrator.

Karin Graf regularly publishes and speaks on civil procedural law and arbitration topics and is active in the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), and DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Practice Areas:

Litigation and Arbitration


2015 Partner Wenger Plattner
2009 Attorney at Law Wenger Plattner
2007 Secondment UBS Investment Bank
2005 Associate VISCHER AG, Zurich
2003 Queen Mary College, University of London (LL.M.)
2001 Associate Homburger AG
2000 Law clerk at District Court of Bülach, Zurich
2000 University of St. Gallen (lic. iur.)

Selected publications:

Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Swiss Insolvency Proceedings – lessons learnt from the decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in the Swissair case (in German)
Summary of the article in the ASA Bulletin, Volume 36, No. 4, 2018: When can a foreign arbitral award be enforced in Swiss insolvency proceedings against the insolvent defendant? This question arises because according to the pro-visions of the NYC, enforcement may be refused if the subject matter of the dispute is non-arbitrable. The arbitrability of insolvency-related claims is contentious under Swiss law and actions to contest a schedule of claims are portrayed as being non-arbitrable. In the Swissair case, the Supreme Court has now rendered various deci-sions dealing with the significance of foreign civil judgements for the assessment of claims and related schedules of claims proceedings in Swiss insolvency proceedings. The principles thereby developed can be applied to arbitration and lead to the identification of four different scenarios. These scenarios are discussed in the article.

Newsletter 3/17: Some reflections on negotiation strategies and dispute settlement
Resolving conflicts is expensive. At the outset, clients incur costs internally due to staff and managers spending time and energy on documenting and resolving disputes. Later on, expenses may arise in the form of attorney’s fees and court costs.

Gesuch um provisorische Rechtsöffnung (in German)
In: Kommentierte Musterklagen zur Zwangsvollstreckung und zu den Rechtsmitteln, Fischer Willi/Theus Simoni Fabiana/Gessler Dieter (Hrsg.), Band V, Zürich 2016, S. 23 ff.

Gesuch um definitive Rechtsöffnung (in German)
In: Kommentierte Musterklagen zur Zwangsvollstreckung und zu den Rechtsmitteln, Fischer Willi/Theus Simoni Fabiana/Gessler Dieter (Hrsg.), Band V, Zürich 2016, S. 11 ff.

"Settle for less? Or for more! Tips on timing, confidentiality and strategy in (multijurisdictional) settlement agreements”
In: General Report of the AIJA Litigation Commission, Prague 2014

International Commercial Arbitration, Standard Clauses and Forms, Commentary, Chapter Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Conrad Nicole / Prof. Dr. Black-Branch Jonathan / Prof. Dr. Münch Peter (Hrsg.), Basel 2013, S. 753 ff.

1972 European Convention on State Immunity
In: IBA Litigation Committee Handbook 2010

Institutional Arbitration - Tasks and Powers of different Arbitration Institutions
Zürich 2009

Der vorsorgliche Rechtsschutz in der Praxis der Unternehmen (in German)
Bei: Vischer, Basel/Zürich 2007


Karin Graf lic. iur., LL.M.
Attorney at Law
Wenger Plattner
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Bar admission (2002)


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