Partner, Lalive


Werner Jahnel joined Lalive in 2008 and has been based in the Zurich office since 2010. He specialises in international arbitration and commercial law. He also regularly advises private clients on international estate planning and inheritance law matters.

Werner Jahnel has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional proceedings (ICC, Swiss Rules, LCIA, CEPANI, Vienna Rules, SCC, Tribunal Arbitral de Barcelona, and Corte de arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio de Madrid), and subject to various procedural and substantive laws. He is a founding member of the Association of Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and a founding member of the Barcelona branch of CEA-40 (Spanish Arbitration Club). He is also a member of ASA and ASA below 40, CEA (Club Español de Arbitraje), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and DIS40 and the Zurich Bar Association. He has been admitted to the list of arbitrators of the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

Since 2009, Werner Jahnel has been ranked by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global in the area of dispute resolution (as an Austrian and Spanish attorney practicing in Switzerland).

Werner Jahnel previously worked as an associate in arbitration and corporate law at Monereo, Meyer & Marinel-Lo Abogados in Barcelona and Madrid (2006-2008), and in international arbitration with Andreas Reiner & Partners in Vienna (2002-2005). He was a legal counsel (1999-2001) and counsel ad hoc (2006) at the ICC in Paris (International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce). He trained as a clerk in various Austrian courts (1996-1998) and was assistant to the Austrian trade commissioner in Montreal, Canada, in 1995.

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  • Education

    University of Graz: Magister der Rechtswissenschaften, 1995
    University of Lyon II
    Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva: master's degree, 1998
    University of Graz: PhD, 2001


    Austrian Bar, 2005
    Spanish Bar, 2008
    Foreign lawyer, Switzerland, 2008