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Prof. Dr. iur., Attorney-at-law, LL.M. Peter Forstmoser, from Switzerland, is working as advisor, legal expert and arbitrator and is member or chairman of the boards of several corporations and foundations.


After completing his PhD in law and being admitted to the Bar, Peter Forstmoser began his professional career in 1971 both as attorney and lecturer at the University of Zurich. In 1972, he obtained an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School. He then became tenured professor and was named Professor Emeritus at the University of Zurich's Law Faculty. Parallel to his academic career, Peter Forstmoser became partner in the law firm Niederer Kraft & Frey in Zurich in 1975. Since then, he was or still is member, chairman or vice-chairman of the board of various Swiss corporations, including: Swiss Re (Chairman from 2000 to 2008), Mikron Holding AG, AFIAA Swiss Foundation for International Real Estate Investments and Leontech AG.

In addition, Peter Forstmoser was appointed to various expert commissions in law reforms on topics such as privacy, stock exchange regulation, investment trusts, and limited liability companies. He is also author of numerous books and scientific articles, especially in the fields of company and corporate law, capital market law, principles of law and on issues of governance, sustainability and business ethics.

Finally, Peter Forstmoser has participated in a large array of non-profit activities. Amongst others, he is former chairman of “The Sustainability Forum”, an organization of corporations, public and scientific bodies aiming at fostering principles of sustainability and corporate responsibility; former Member of the think tank “Avenir Suisse”; Member of the Swiss Chapter of the Club of Rome; Chairman of MASTEPE-Foundation, a philanthropic foundation active primarily in education in developing countries; and Vice-chairman of Gebert Rüf Stiftung, a foundation supporting scientific research and education in Switzerland.