Werner Jahnel

Partner, Zurich

+41 58 105 2100


Werner Jahnel

Werner specialises in private wealth, advising private clients, family offices, foundations and trust companies on complex international estate planning and estate litigation, divorce proceedings, family law issues and art law.

He is certified by the Swiss Bar Association as a specialist in inheritance law and ranked by Chambers’ High Net Worth Guide and Who’s Who Legal as a leading practitioner in Private Client and Arbitration, as well as by Legal 500 as one of the leading private client practitioners in Switzerland. Having practised international arbitration for two decades, he currently acts as counsel and arbitrator in commercial and private client related disputes.


Quoted as a “fantastic practitioner” with a “strong practice in international cross-border trusts and litigation”.
Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leaders, Private Client, 2022

Ranked as Foreign Expert
Chambers Global, Arbitration, 2023

The “excellent” Werner Jahnel is a pre-eminent figure in the market, with peers describing him as “one of the best Swiss private client practitioners”
Who’s Who Legal National Leaders, Private Client, 2023

Recent publications

The new law of succession – relevant for foundations
In: THE PHILANTHROPIST – Das Magazin von Stiftung Schweiz, 4 January 2023

Das neue Erbrecht und KMU – nur ein Schritt, aber immerhin einer in die richtige Richtung
In: Handelszeitung, 22 December 2022

Der 1. Juli müsste ein Trigger-Event sein
In: finews.ch, 6 July 2022

Recent conferences

The 20th Zurich Annual Conference on International Trust and Inheritance Law Practice – Ausgewählte Aspekte der nationalen und internationalen Nachlassplanung
WERNER JAHNEL/RETO ARPAGAUS: Vertretung ad infinitum? – Generalvollmachten und transmortale Vollmachten aus Sicht des Erb- und Erwachsenenschutzrechts und in der Bankenpraxis
Zurich, 1 November 2023

Families in Transition
WERNER JAHNEL, Panel member: Transforming Ownership and Estate Planning in a Globalized World
Vienna, 10 October 2023

Europäische Anwaltsvereinigung e.V. DACH
WERNER JAHNEL, Panel Member, International Arbitration
Paris, 11 May 2023

Current memberships

  • Member of Private Client Global Elite, The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL) and the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)
  • Vice-president of the Swiss Association for Arbitration in Inheritance Matters (SVSiE)
  • Member of International Bar Association (IBA)

Career history

  • Partner, LALIVE, 2014 – present
  • Associate, LALIVE, 2008 – 2014
  • Senior Associate, Monero Meyer Marinel-lo Abogados, 2005 – 2008
  • Associate, ARP Andreas Reiner & Partners, 2002 – 2005

Academic qualifications

  • Lecturer, Vienna University, 2013 – present
  • Lecturer, Northwestern University Chicago/Instituto de Empresa Madrid, 2010 – 2020
  • Certified by the Swiss Bar Association as a specialist in inheritance law, 2016
  • CAS in Inheritance Law, Universities of Zurich/Luzern, 2016
  • PhD, University of Graz, Austria, 2001
  • MA International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva 1996 – 1998


  • Arbitration - International Commercial
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Private Client


  • Art & Cultural Property


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Austrian
  • Swiss


  • Zurich, 2014
  • Barcelona, 2008
  • Vienna, 2005
“One of the best Swiss private client practitioners” Who’s Who Legal National Leaders, Private Client, 2023