Dr. iur. Martin Ammann, lic.oec., LL.M.
Of Counsel, Zurich
T +41 58 552 06 57
Martin Ammann became Of Counsel to the firm in January 2018, before which he was a partner and co-head of the firm’s employment law and competition law groups.
He represents clients in complex employment law proceedings and civil litigation and advises in matters such as employment regulations, bonus plans and tailor-made employment solutions. He handles complex restructuring and mass redundancy cases and supports clients in setting up staffing and placement services in Switzerland.
Martin Ammann also regularly advises clients in competition and distribution law issues and represents them before the authorities.
Martin Ammann also handles complex inheritance cases.
Martin Ammann has particular experience in the sectors of banking, consulting and services, pharmaceutics and cosmetics.
He is fluent in German, English and French.
Rankings & Awards
- “Martin Ammann: Highly professional, knows the market and legal practice very well and I enjoy working with him” – Legal 500 EMEA, Employment, 2022
- “Martin Ammann stands out among peers as a leading labour and franchise lawyer, with experience spanning the gamut of domestic and international matters” – Who’s Who Legal, National Leader Franchise, 2022
- “Martin Ammann is a staunch advocate for his clients in the franchise space, routinely providing critical support on exceedingly complex and contentious issues” – Who’s Who Legal, Global Leader Franchising, 2022
- “Martin Ammann has a top-tier employment and franchise practice for which he is highly sought after by big name brands” – Who’s Who Legal, Franchise, 2021
- “Martin Ammann is highly regarded in the market for his distribution and restructuring expertise. He is further commended for his in-depth knowledge of employment and competition law” – Who’s Who Legal, Franchise, 2021
- “Martin Ammann wins acclaim from commentators for his impressive practice, which encompasses distribution and competition matters, as well as employment issues” – Who’s Who Legal, Franchise, 2020
- “Martin Ammann draws high praise from market commentators who compliment his top-tier work advising on distribution law and employment-related matters” – Who’s Who Legal, Franchise, 2020
- “Martin Ammann is an expert in labour and employment and franchise matters” – Who’s Who Legal, 2017
- The employment practice is lauded for its “pragmatic approach and understanding of business reality” – Chambers and Partners, 2017
- Martin Ammann’s competition practice is feted for providing “excellent service at a fair price” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2016
Deals & Cases
- Legal advice to the HolidayCheck Group, in particular to its subsidiary in Switzerland with more than 250 employees, in connection with a comprehensive restructuring project caused by the Covid 19 crisis, including mass redundancies and social plan negotiations
- Martin Ammann successfully represented Rothschild Bank in litigation going up to the Swiss Supreme court regarding a landmark salary bonus case
- Martin Ammann has successfully advised a major cosmetic company in setting up and further developing a comprehensive selective distribution system
Education & Admission
- Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (1988)
- University of St. Gallen, Dr. iur. (1987)
- Harvard Law School, LL.M. (1982)
- University of Geneva, lic. iur. (1978)
- University of St. Gallen, lic. oec. (1976)
Memberships and public offices
- Member of board of directors of several Swiss companies
- Auditor for the Europa Institut, Zurich
- Swiss Association of Competition law (ASAS)
“Martin Ammann is an expert in labour and employment and franchise matters”
Scenario No-Deal: Quotas for United Kingdom citizensMLL News, February 2019
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- Göktug Gürbüz
Eine ver-“flixte“ Schweiz?Liber amicorum für Prof. Andreas Kellerhals, Hrsg. Notter / Weber / Heinemann / Baumgartner, 2018
Franchise 2018Getting in Deal Through
Erhöhung des Mindestlohns für Arbeitnehmende in der HauswirtschaftLexology, December 2016
MLL-Auszeichnung für den besten Abschluss im CAS Spezialisierungskurs «Internationales Banken,- Kapitalmarkt- und Versicherungsrecht» (LL.M.-Studiengang Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht)
MLL advised the HolidayCheck Group in a comprehensive Covid-19 caused restructuring project
Who’s Who Legal Switzerland 2018
The 18th edition of GCR100 recommends MLL’s competition practitioners
MLL partners listed in The Best Lawyers in Switzerland 2018
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