Meet our new Partners and Counsel | Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law

Meet our new Partners and Counsel


We are delighted to introduce our new partners and counsel who will make a significant impact for our clients and the future of Pestalozzi.

Alexandra C. Johnson

Alexandra C. Johnson is a member of Pestalozzi's Litigation & Arbitration team in Geneva. She focuses on representing clients in international arbitration and complex commercial disputes. She also frequently advises clients on Swiss contract law and represents parties in enforcement and challenge proceedings of arbitral awards before Swiss courts. Besides her work as party counsel, Alexandra Johnson regularly sits as arbitrator under various arbitration rules.

Pascal Richard, Partner

Pascal Richard is a member of the Corporate/M&A group in Zurich. He has broad experience in corporate transactions including acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, joint ventures and reorganisations in various industries with a particular focus on the financial services, fintech and technology sectors.

Petra Hanselmann, Partner

Petra Hanselmann is a member of the Corporate/M&A group in Zurich. She advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate reorganisations, including pre-transaction restructuring and post-acquisition integration. Petra Hanselmann has broad experience in cross-border M&A, carve-outs and joint venture transactions in particular. She also routinely advises on general corporate and corporate governance matters.

Markus Winkler, Counsel

Markus Winkler is a member of the Financial Services Practice and TMT Groups in Zurich. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance of products and processes in financial services including insurance. His expertise in technology-related applications (internet-of-things, artificial intelligence) make him particularly interested in fintech/insurtech projects. Through various prior in-house roles, he gained profound practical experience in asset management and the investment funds business.

About Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi is a multicultural Swiss business law firm focusing on high-end work for domestic and international clients since 1911. Pestalozzi lawyers are strong and empathic personalities, known for their truly independent approach to advising and representing their clients. The firm guides and supports its clients in their strategic business decisions, anticipates their future challenges and helps them solve their critical issues. Being fully integrated, Pestalozzi encounters no internal limits in shaping the most competent and efficient teams for the clients’ needs. With over 100 professionals in Zurich and Geneva, the firm is at home in Switzerland’s two main commercial hubs – and has developed a wealth of experience in its key industries of Banking, Life Sciences, Commodity Trading and Insurance. While being locally embedded, Pestalozzi has also developed sought-after expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes.

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