Raphael Brunner

Legal Partner, LL.M.


Raphael Brunner is consulting and litigating in general national and international commercial matters. His main focus lies on international trade, distribution, logistics, transport and shipping. Additionally he has broad experience in procurement law, in international insolvency matters and in the representation of clients in connection with enforcement proceedings by financial supervisory authorities.

Business activities

  • Swiss and international Trade-, Distribution-, Logistics-, Transport- and Shipping-Law
  • Swiss and international Contract and Corporate Law
  • Swiss and international Litigation and Arbitration
  • Procurement law
  • Export Controls
  • Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law
  • Employment law


University of Cape Town, South Africa (LL.M.)
Admitted to the Bar
Universities of Zurich and Geneva (lic. iur.)


  • German
  • English
  • French

Practical Experience

since 2017
Partner at MME
Attorney in boutique law firm in Zurich specialized on transport and logistics
Attorney in medium sized corporate law firm in Zurich
Credit Suisse, Project Manager, Strategic Human Resources
Judicial Clerk and Legal Secretary at the District Court of Zurich
SAM Sustainability Group, Junior Portfolio Manager

Other Mandates

since 2019
Vice President Swiss Maritime Law Association (SVSR)


  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Transportrecht (DGTR)
  • Schweizerische Vereinigung für Schifffahrt und Hafenwirtschaft (SVS)
  • Schweizerische Vereinigung für Seerecht (SVSR)
  • Vereinigung für Schuldbetreibungs- und Konkursrecht (SchKG Vereinigung)


The Legal 500 (www.Legal500.com)

Recommended Lawyer 2020 for Employment

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance stands out for its 'longstanding experience' in the space and its 'solution-oriented' outlook. Michèle Stutz leads a team that is 'indisputably strong in its field'. Recent highlights include handling contentious wrongful dismissal and bonus claims, a cross-border matter concerning deferred compensation, and advising on employment contracts and work permits across Europe. Senior associate Martina Aepli is 'a fast thinker', who stands out for her 'strong ability' in litigation alongside 'excellent legal knowledge'. Alexandra Geiger-Steiner, who made partner in November 2019, is recognised alongside Raphael Brunner and associate Raffael Blattmann for providing 'first-class legal support'.

‘Alexandra Geiger, Michèle Stutz, Raffael Blattmann, Raphael Brunner have all proven their high competence and engagement in providing first-class legal support.‘


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.


Recommended Lawyer 2019 for Employment

The 'highly accurate and reliable team' at MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance has 'a practical approach' and 'is on top of matters and always advises with a competent approach, clear explanations and kindness'. It handles everything from contracts, M&A support and bonus schemes to termination of employment agreements, data protection, secondments and representation of employees in internal investigations. Clients recommend 'widely knowledgeable' practice lead Michèle Stutz, 'internal investigations expert' Raphael Brunner, 'internationally experienced' senior associate Martina Aepli and 'exceptionally committed' senior associate Alexandra Geiger.


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 Furrerand 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’.



Raphael Brunner
Legal Partner

T +41 44 254 99 66


Barbara Mäder
Assistant | Apprentice Trainer

T +41 44 254 99 50


  • Trade Compliance | Export Control

    World Encryption Controls 2021


  • Blockchain | DLT | FinTech

    Anti-Money Laundering

    Banking | Financial Market

    Regulatory Compliance

    Restructuring | Insolvency

    Company Law

    Stellungnahme zur Vernehmlassung zu den DLT-Gesetzesänderungen 2019


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