Dr. James F. Reardon
Senior Associate, Geneva
T +41 58 552 02 16
James F. Reardon’s practice focuses on complex international litigation and arbitration, as well as on a variety of regulatory matters, in particular in the fields of competition law and banking and finance.
Both civil and common law trained, he holds a Doctor of Laws in competition law. A former Special Assistant to the President of the Swiss Competition Commission, James F. Reardon then worked as associate in a global law firm based in Washington D.C., mostly in litigation and arbitration. He focused his work notably on a variety of internal investigations, anti-corruption compliance and competition matters, including competition law compliance and private litigation.
James F. Reardon regularly publishes in his fields of work, particularly in competition, complex litigation and anti-corruption. He also speaks and gives lectures in these areas; as of 2020, he teaches anti-corruption and anti-money laundering as lecturer at the Institute for International Business Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Fribourg (LL.M. program).
He joined our firm in 2018.
Rankings & Awards
- “Strong and efficient associate: James Reardon. Technical, structured, efficient, organised” – Legal 500 EMEA, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, 2022
Deals & Cases
- Successfully represented a European bank in its negotiation with the Swiss Competition Authorities on alleged wrongdoings on the LIBOR market
- Successfully represented a US company active in the auto industry in a SCAI emergency arbitration against an EU company supplier of certain goods
- Currently representing a US athlete against a sport federation in an appeal against a CAS award before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court
- Currently advising a manufacturer on Swiss war materiel and export control matters
- Successfully defended a jurisdictional award before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court against former partners of a partnership in an ad-hoc arbitration (representation on the merits of the multi-million Swiss franc matter is on-going)
- Currently advising a defense manufacturer on Swiss war materiel and export control matters
- Participated in several worldwide FCPA-related investigations, notably in the pharmaceutical industry
- Investigated potential securities violations under the 1934 Securities Exchange Act
Education & Admission
- Admitted to the Bar in Washington, D.C. (2014)
- University of Fribourg, PhD
- Northwestern University, J.D.
- Admitted to the Bar in Switzerland (2008)
- University of Fribourg, MLaw
Memberships and public offices
- Geneva Bar Association (OdaGe)
- International Bar Associaton (IBA)
- Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
Find all publications by James F. Reardon on our website mll-legal.com.
“Strong and efficient associate: James Reardon. Technical, structured, efficient, organised”
Switzerland sharpens historic Russia sanctionsThe FCPA Blog, News and commentary about white-collar crime, enforcement, and compliance, 21 March 2022
Switzerland adopts historic sanctions against Russian individuals and entitiesThe FCPA Blog, News and commentary about white-collar crime, enforcement, and compliance, 4 March 2022
Switzerland now has mandated human rights due diligenceThe FCPA Blog, News and commentary about white-collar crime, enforcement, and compliance, 25 January 2022
The dawn of human rights due diligence in Switzerland?The FCPA Blog, News and commentary about white-collar crime, enforcement, and compliance, 7 December 2020
James F. Reardon prendra la parole lors de la conférence « Registre central des bénéficiaires effectifs des personnes morales – Comment adapter l’identification des ayant-droits économiques et les approches KYC avant juin 2023 ? »
Sanctions against Russia: legal consequences for Swiss businesses on 27 October 2022
SCCC Legal Chapter 2022 Forum: Chinese / Swiss Business Law
James Reardon, speaker at the Fit 4 Compliance conference in Zurich, 18 August 2022
Sanctions against Russia: practical guidelines for Swiss professionals, 23 June 2022
ESG & Compliance Update: Switzerland Enacts Non-Financial Reporting and Due Diligence Requirements
Switzerland has updated its legislation in 2021 and in 2022 to include transparency and non-financial reporting requirements, specifically on CO2 goals, social issues, employee-related issues, respect for human rights and combating corruption as well as due diligence and transparency duties in relation to minerals and metals from conflict-zones and child labour.
We have prepared user-friendly cheat sheets that summarise the key aspects of these requirements.More
Sanctions Tug of War – What Happens to Swiss Entities if the Next Level of Sanctions Are Enacted Against the Russian Federation?
Swiss entities doing business with entities located in the Russian Federation should review and adapt their business perspectives and contracts, if possible, given the increased risk of sanctions enacted against the Russian Federation in case of territorial incursion into Ukraine.More