Erwin Zimmerli

Dr. oec. (HSG), M.A.
Born in 1947

Main Practice Areas

The Interface between commercial and criminal law.


Erwin Zimmerli studied economy and law at the University of St. Gallen. He received a doctorate for his dissertation on «White-collar crime in small joint-stock companies» in 1978.

After a period as research assistant at the chair of Civil Law at the University of St. Gallen, Erwin Zimmerli worked at a law firm and at the District Court of Zurich. From 1980 to the end of 1986 he led the special department for business and asset offences at the Zurich cantonal police department. Up to 1990 he was a director at the Neutra Treuhand AG. Thereafter followed a mandate as “trouble-shooter” for the executive management of Jet Aviation Group.

Erwin Zimmerli is an instructor at the Competence Center for Litigation and White-collar Crime at Lucerne University.

Since 1992 Erwin Zimmerli has acted as consultant for business-related criminal law at our law firm.


Swiss Criminalistic Society, Zurich Lawyers’ Association.


German, English, French.


E. Zimmerli, White-collar crime in small joint-stock companies, Swiss Chamber for Trusts and Auditing journal series, Volume 30, Zurich 1978, available in German only.

Erwin Zimmerli is the author of various papers regarding white-collar and computer crime.