Lukas Rusch is a senior associate and member of Pestalozzi’s Litigation & Arbitration Group in Zurich. His practice focuses on the resolution of commercial disputes through litigation and arbitration. He acts as counsel in international and domestic arbitrations (institutional and ad hoc) and in court proceedings. His practice further covers setting aside proceedings against arbitral awards, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards as well as attachment and insolvency proceedings.
Lukas handles a wide range of commercial disputes across different commercial and industrial sectors. He has particular experience in construction and infrastructure, commodity and trade, post-M&A, banking and insurance, pharmaceutical, and investor-state disputes.
Prior to joining Pestalozzi, Lukas worked in claims and litigation management with Swiss Re in Zurich and as a legal trainee with leading international law firms in Princeton, Washington (DC) and London. In 2012, Lukas gained experience as legal counsel in the medical device industry during a secondment at a global medical device company.
Lukas is trained in both civil and common law jurisdictions. Lukas holds degrees from the University of St. Gallen (M.A. HSG in Law) and Queen Mary, University of London (LL.M. in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution). He worked as a research and teaching assistant to Prof. Anne van Aaken in the fields of law and economics and investment treaty arbitration. Lukas has been a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and coach of the university's team for the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court for several years. Lukas was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2013.
Lukas is Vice-President of the AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers) International Arbitration Commission. Lukas regularly speaks and publishes on arbitration topics and international sales law.
Lukas Rusch is named as a future leader in arbitration by GAR/Who's Who Legal (2020): He is "an exceptional lawyer" who "is building a great reputation" in the international arbitration arena.
- Vice-President at International Arbitration Commission at International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
- Associate at Pestalozzi
- Lecturer at University of St. Gallen
- Bar admission: Switzerland
- Secondment at a leading global medical device company
- Junior Associate at Pestalozzi
- Queen Mary, University of London: LL.M.
- Internship at WilmerHale, London
- University of St. Gallen: M.A. HSG in Law
- Research and teaching assistant to Prof. Anne van Aaken at University of St. Gallen