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Gion Christian Casanova


Position: Partner
Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution , Insolvency & Restructuring , Insurance & Reinsurance , Real Estate & Construction , White Collar Crimes & Investigations
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Dr Christian Casanova works mainly in the areas of dispute resolution and insurance & reinsurance. His work includes pre-trial advice and representation of Swiss and international clients in court and before arbitration tribunals as well as the protection and recovery of assets in insolvency and attachment proceedings. In addition to civil and commercial disputes, he focuses on insurance and reinsurance cases, asset recovery and real estate.


+41 44 254 55 55



Admission to the Bar

Admitted in Switzerland (2004) 

Practice Areas

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Insolvency & Restructuring


  • University of New South Wales (LL.M., 2013)
  • University of Zurich (Dr. iur., 2011; lic. iur. 2001)
  • Université Paris–Nanterre (Licence en droit, 1999)


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Rhaeto-Romanic


  • Zurich and Swiss Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association


Karin Amstein
+41 44 254 55 33

Gion Christian Casanova is well established among peers who note he excels in insurance and reinsurance claims, and related contentious proceedings. — Who's Who Legal 2020

Prager Dreifuss AG is well positioned to advise creditors such as banks, hedge funds or other financial institutions, in large national and cross-border insolvency and restructuring proceedings. — Legal 500 EMEA 2022

Another pillar of the practice are arbitration proceedings and enforcement strategies of arbitration awards. Team head Daniel Hayek  and key lawyer Gion Christian Casanova  are also well versed in acting in bankruptcy-related litigation. Gion Jegher covers insolvencies, reorganisations and restructurings.  — Legal 500 EMEA 2022


Subject: Corporate News
Autor: Gion Christian Casanova, Reto M. Jenny, Christian Schönfeld
Reading time: 1 Min

Prager Dreifuss joins VSUJ summer event

The summer event of the Association of Swiss Corporate Lawyers turned into a successful evening at the Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten in cooperation with Prager Dreifuss. PD attorneys Christian Casanova, Reto M. Jenny and Christian Schönfeld spoke on the topic of cyber risk and data protection, followed by an inspiring career keynote speech by Beat Hess, former in-house counsel, and current Chairman of LafargeHolcim.

Label: Highlight
Subject: Dispute Resolution, Insurance & Reinsurance
Autor: Gion Christian Casanova
Paper: HAVE Haftung und Versicherung
Reading time: 5 Min

Rückgriff des Eigenschadenversicherers – eine neue Ordnung?

In this article, Christian Casanova discusses some important follow-up questions with regard to a recent change of praxis in the Swiss Federal Supreme Court's jurisdiction on the right of recourse of the first-party insurer.

Subject: Dispute Resolution, Insurance & Reinsurance
Autor: Gion Christian Casanova
Reading time: 5 Min

The Insurance Disputes Law Review 2020: Switzerland

Christian Casanova published the Swiss chapter in the third edition of "The Insurance Disputes Law Review". In this chapter, the author provides an overview on topics and developments that have an impact on insurance disputes.

Subject: Insurance & Reinsurance
Autor: Gion Christian Casanova, Reto M. Jenny
Paper: IFLR

IFLR - For a rainy day - corporate cyber insurance

Subject: Dispute Resolution
Autor: Gion Christian Casanova, Andreas A. Schregenberger
Paper: NYSBA International Law Practicum

The Scope of Due Service of Process: Swiss Law Considerations on the Enforcement of Foreign Default Judgments

Subject: Insurance & Reinsurance
Autor: Hans-Ulrich Brunner, Gion Christian Casanova, Christoph K. Graber
Paper: PD Newsletter

Newsletter Mai 2018 - Regress des Eigenschadenversicherers - Änderung der Rechtsprechung

Der Mai 2018 Newsletter informiert über den Entscheid des Bundesgerichts vom 7. ...

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova

Pre-emption rights – an unfailing source of conflict

In this briefing Christian Casanova highlights issues potentially arising from p...

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova
Paper: The Lawyer

Free at Last? A Contract for the ‘Professional Insured’

In June 2017 the Swiss Federal Council has adopted the dispatch to the Parliamen...

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova

Cutting-edge ways of introducing and taking evidence – session report

The co-moderators Christian Casanova (Prager Dreifuss) and Cedric Chao (DLA Pipe...

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova, Alexander Flink
Paper: GRR’s Special Report - The European, Middle Eastern and African Restructuring Review

Freezing Orders and Asset Tracing

Switzerland is home to more than 260 banks, with an aggregate balance sheet tota...

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova
Paper: The Lawyer

Landlords beware of tenant lease continuation rights

Dr. Gion Christian Casanova presents a brief on a recent decision of the Swiss F...

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova, Christoph K. Graber
Paper: Liber Amicorum Roland Brehm

In Erwartung der Revision… Zum Regress des Haftpftlichtversicherers

Untersuchung von Regressmöglichkeiten des Haftpflichtversicherers.

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova

Ausgleichsanspruch und Ausgleichsordnung – Die Regressregelung von Art. 51 OR

Rules on Claims for Contribution: The Concept of Recourse under Article 51 of th...

Autor: Gion Christian Casanova, Pascal Eckstein

Die beschränkten dinglichen Rechte

Einführung in das Rechtsgebiet der beschränkten dinglichen Rechte.    

Die be...