Roland M. Ryser

Roland M. Ryser

counsel, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
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Dr Roland Ryser is a counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s white-collar crime and internal corporate investigations teams. Roland has extensive experience in contentious matters, advising and representing both individuals and corporate clients as defence counsel in a broad range of regulatory and business crime investigations (including in administrative criminal proceedings). Roland’s practice also covers international mutual legal and administrative assistance proceedings, asset recovery and anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and trade compliance. In addition, he frequently conducts internal investigations.

Some recent examples of Roland’s expertise in white-collar crime include:

• defending high-profile clients in administrative criminal proceedings for tax evasion;

• advising and defending a major Swiss bank in an investigation into allegations of corruption-related money laundering in a cross-border context;

• acting as defence counsel to a Swiss bank in criminal proceedings for fraud, money laundering, insufficient diligence in financial transactions and violation of AML reporting obligations. 

Roland is a member of various professional associations including the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, the International Bar Association (IBA), the Defence Counsel’s Section of the Zurich Bar and the Swiss Society of Criminal Law. He regularly publishes in his fields of specialisation and lectures on business criminal law in AML compliance officer trainings.

Roland graduated with a law master's from the University of Zurich in 2004 and received a PhD degree in corporate criminal law in 2006. Before joining Schellenberg Wittmer, Roland worked as a research and teaching assistant at Zurich Law School’s chair of criminal law and criminal procedure. In 2011, Roland was on secondment with a major law firm in Sydney, Australia, where he served as a consultant in a corporate and commercial litigation team.

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