• "One of the leading Swiss practitioners, with an extensive experience in white-collar crime. "


    Client in Chambers Europe 2020

  • "Is a standout name in the corporate crime space. "


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "He leads the firm's white-collar crime group, and is experienced with commercial and financial litigation proceedings."


    Who’s Who Legal Litigation 2020

  • "A leader in the field."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Would turn to him without hesitation."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Has a broad base of experience and a good sense for multi-jurisdictional matters. "


    Client in Chambers Global 2020

  • "Praised for his great strategic view."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Source have great respect."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Great strategist."


    Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery 2019

  • "Really smart, practical and experienced in criminal defence and complex international litigation."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "Great with clients and very good in court."


    Source in Chambers Europe 2020

  • "Insanely good."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Brilliant strategist with good cross-border connections."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "'A top lawyer' whose world-class practice sees him work on some of the most complex issues in asset recovery."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Clients enjoy working with him."


    Interviewee in Chambers Global 2019

  • "He delivers straightforward, clear advice in stressful situations."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "Natural ability in white-collar work."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "He is proactive, always reachable, practical and very knowledgeable."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "A strong opponent. "


    Peers in Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "Really stands out as one of the best - he is a shining personality."


    Who'w Who Legal 2018

  • "He knows how to delegate and instruct his team very well."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "His expertise lies in white-collar criminal law, where he combines his keen legal mind and excellent management skills to assist clients in cross-border investigations."


    Who’s Who Legal Investiagtions 2020

  • "He is very good at expressing himself in court."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "Well known in the field. "


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "One of the best litigators. "


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "Impressive grasp of the situation and excellent tactical assessment and recommendation."


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "He is authoritative, responsive and a pleasure to work with."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Fantastic and well regarded for his top-tier work representing clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. "


    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

  • "A very well-known lawyer who is everywhere in the market. "


    Peers in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "He puts minds at ease."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Impressing peers and clients alike with 25 years experience in the field. "


    Who’s Who Legal Asset Recovery 2020

  • "A highly skilled lawyer, with a keen legal mind offering excellent client care. "


    Who’s Who Legal 2019

  • "An absolute goto for clients seeking someone at the top of their game intellectually and tactically. "


    Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2020

  • "He has a natural ability for this type of work."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Is a prominent figure in the Swiss litigation space. "


    Who’s Who Legal Litigation 2020

  • "Excellent network of correspondents in different jurisdiction."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "An outstanding lawyer on an international level."


    Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defence 2020

  • "Pragmatic advice and has good communication skills. "


    Interviewee in Chambers Global 2019




Saverio Lembo


Saverio Lembo leitet Bär & Karrer's White Collar Crime Team.

Er verfügt über grosse Erfahrung in den Bereichen Wirtschaftskriminalität, handels- und gesellschaftsrechtliche Auseinandersetzungen, internationale (zivil- und straf-rechtliche) Rechtshilfe, Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und Insolvenz. In den letzten Jahren war er in mehrere komplexe handelsrechtliche Prozesse involviert und als Parteivertreter oder Schiedsrichter in verschiedenen nationalen und internationalen Schiedsverfahren tätig. Ausserdem beriet er Klienten bei Strafverfahren im In- und Ausland. Er vertritt regelmässig Klienten vor dem Internationaler Sportgerichtshof.

Saverio Lembos berät zudem bei Streitigkeiten in den Bereichen des Arzneimittelrechts, bei erb- und arbeitsrechtliche Angelegenheiten sowie bei der Vollstreckung von ausländischen Urteilen und Schiedssprüchen.

Saverio Lembo wird von Chambers & Partners im Bereich White-Collar Crime Switzerland in Tier 1 der führenden Anwälte klassiert. Best Lawyers zeichnete ihn in den Kategorien Litigation und Criminal Defense als "Lawyer of the Year 2016" in der Region Genf aus. Seit 2012 stuft ihn The Who's Who Legal in den Bereichen Business Crime Defense, Asset Recovery Lawyers und Commercial Litigation als einen der führenden Anwälte der Welt ein. Legal 500 zählt ihn seit 2010 zu den führenden Anwälten in der Schweiz im Bereich Dispute Resolution. 

Recent Work Highlights

  • Successful defense of a company active in the commodities trade sector in criminal proceedings opened by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General. Criminal proceedings against the client were stayed.
  • Defense of the UBO of an international group of companies active in the commodities trade sector in criminal tax proceedings.
  • Representing a state entity targeted in a cross-border civil litigation involving cultural heritage-related measures.
  • Representing of a sport governing body as harmed party in criminal proceedings in relation to the fight against the grey ticketing market.
  • Successful defense of a foreign investment company defrauded by some of its former managers in a 10-years criminal investigation. Managers are sent to trial in spring 2020.
  • Representation of an international sport organization in bribery and criminal mismanagement investigations conducted by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General.
  • Successful representation of a sport organization as harmed party in criminal proceedings opened against its former managers; recovery of more than CHF 15 million to date.
  • Successful defense of a non-Swiss individual in criminal proceedings led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General, including the release of CHF 10+ million in retained assets.


Französisch, Italienisch, Englisch, Deutsch


  • Partner von Bär & Karrer (seit 2003)
  • Associate bei Bär & Karrer (2000)
  • Secondment bei Slaughter and May, London (1997)
  • Associate bei einer schweizerischen Anwaltskanzlei (1995)
  • Anwaltspatent Genf (1995)
  • Universität Genf: lic. iur. (1992)
  • Universität Genf: lic. oec (1989)

Mitgliedschaften und Ämter

  • Mitglied der International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators (seit 2019)
  • Regional Representative Europe of the IBA Criminal Law Committee (seit 2019)
  • Co-Chair des International Anti-Money Laundering Committee, American Bar Association SIL (seit 2017)
  • Vice-Chair des International Arbitration Committee, American Bar Association SIL (2014-2016)
  • Co-Chair des International Criminal Law Committee, American Bar Association (2012-2014)
  • Co-Chair des AIJA Human Rights Committee (2011)
  • Präsident der Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) (2009-2010)
  • Präsident der Commerical Fraud Commission der AIJA (2006-2008)
  • Mitglied des Vorstandes des Associazione Internazionale dei Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI) (1998-2008)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of (ASA) Association Suisse de l'Arbitrage
  • Anwaltskammer Genf (OdA)
  • Association Genevoise du Droit des Affaires (AGDA)
  • Schweizerische Kriminalistische Gesellschaft
  • Mitglied des Ausschusses der Genfer Vereinigung der Junganwälte (1994-1995)


Saverio Lembo
Bär & Karrer AG
quai de la Poste 12
CH-1211 Genève

T: +41 58 261 57 40
F: +41 58 263 57 40




Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer unterstützte die UEFA erfolgreich in einem Court of Arbitration für Sport-Verfahren mehr »
Bär & Karrer unterstützt FC Viitorul erfolgreich in einem CAS Schiedsverfahren mehr »
Bär & Karrer unterstützt Ansaldo Energia erfolgreich vor einem ICC Schiedsverfahren mehr »
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Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2020, ICLG - International Comparative Legal Guide 2019, p. 213 - 219 … Download »
Impact of COVID-19 on Swiss Criminal Proceedings, Bär & Karrer Briefing March 2020 … Download »
Navigating the pitfalls of trade secret protections under Swiss Law, GIR - Global Investigations Review website, 14 February 2020 … Download »
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Perquisitions, scellés et séquestre: mode d'emploi pour le praticien Commission de droit pénal de l'Ordre des Avocats de Genève, 12 December 2019, Ge … mehr »
A Shield and Sword? – Confidentiality Clubs, Privacy Orders and Trade Secrets C5, 28 October 2019, Miami … mehr »
International Money Laundering Enforcement ABA Criminal Justice Section, 14 October 2019, London … mehr »
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