Legal Counsel
Chief Legal Officer Zenotta

Prof. Dr. Andreas Furrer

Practice and science combined: the foundation for consulting and expert opinions.

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Furrer acts as legal Counsel and is an expert in the areas of national and international commercial and contract law and international private law. His focal areas are national and international distribution, logistics and transport law. He is a professor of private, comparative, international private and European law of the University of Lucerne (part time).


2001 University of St. Gallen (Promotion to professorial status)
1994 University of St. Gallen (Dr. iur.)
1990 University of Saarbrücken (LL.M.)
1989 University of Freiburg (Licentiate)


German, English, French

Work Experience

since 2020 Legal Counsel at MME / Chief Legal Officer at Zenotta
since 2020 Professor of private, comparative, international private and European law of the University of Lucerne (part time), Director of the Center of Competence in Law of Logistics and Transportation (KOLT), Lecturer at the University of Lucerne, KLU Hamburg, Lecturer at CAS Commodities Professional, Zug, Research, lecturing and publishing activities, Founding Member of the Swiss Arbitration Academy
2007 - 2020 Legal Partner at MME
2000 - 2007 Lawyer/Consultant (since 2003) of a commercial law firm in Zurich
1995 - 2000 Research assistant at the Centre for European Law and Politics, University of Bremen
1992 - 1994 Employee in a business-oriented law firm in Baden


The Legal 500 (

Recommended Lawyer 2020 for Transport

Clients recommend MME Legal | Tax | Compliance because of its 'excellent knowledge of Swiss trade compliance laws'. Along with trade cases, the firm also advises logistics service providers and insurers, as well as handling more traditional transport matters in the aviation and maritime sectors – namely, yacht charter agreements and sale disputes, freight claims and Swiss airport service restructurings. Practice heads Raphael Brunner and Andreas Furrer lead a team known for its 'pragmatic approach and short response times' and 'high availability anywhere, any time' attitude. Other work includes advising on hardware and software export regulation and drafting contractual agreements for logistics service providers.

‘Christine Gschwend and Andreas Furrer have led our project on international trade compliance. They very quickly diagnosed our particular need for support and set up the project to not only provide us with the necessary legal documentation, but also trained our key staff members. It enabled our staff to further professionalise in the area of trade compliance.’

Recommended lawyer 2019 for Transport

MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance handles dispute resolution, compliance, insurance and contractual advice regarding Swiss trade, distribution, logistics, transport and shipping law. Andreas Furrer and Raphael Brunner assist DPD Schweiz with all business matters, including the drafting of agreements with subcontractors and customers, and representation in negotiation and litigation proceedings. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and SBB also feature in the client roster.

Recommended Lawyer 2018 for Transport & Logistics

"MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance’s ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team provides an ‘excellent service due to pragmatic and uncomplicated cooperation and appropriate response times’. The practice handles trade, distribution, logistics and shipping matters, and further focuses on compliance issues, financial claim enforcement and negotiations with business partners and administrative authorities across the entire transport sector. ‘International transport law expert’ Andreas Furrer has ‘great practical and theoretical knowledge’, ‘perfect client understanding’ and ‘tactical skills’, Raphael Brunner is ‘experienced in high-value marine insurance disputes’ and Peter Henschel is ‘deeply knowledgeable in export control law’.



  • BIMCO, The Baltic and International Maritime Council
  • German Society of International Law
  • German Association for Transport Law
  • Deutsch-Schweizerische Juristenvereinigung (DSJV)
  • ecsasuisse european communities studies association
  • Freunde des Hamburger MPI für ausländisches und internationales Recht
  • Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung
  • HSG Alumni
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • International Law Association (ILA)
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Schweizerische Vereinigung für Europarecht / Association Suisse pour le droit européen (ASDE)
  • Schweizerische Vereinigung für Internationales Recht (SVIR)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Schweizerische Vereinigung für Schifffahrt und Hafenwirtschaft (SVS)
  • Swiss Maritime Association (SMLA)
  • Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (SICL)
  • Swiss Shippers‘ Council (SSC), Founder and Member of the Law Commission
  • Verein Netzwerk Logistik