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Dr. Thomas Rihm



Dr. Thomas Rihm, Zurich, Switzerland; Home Canton Basel-City; married, two adult children





Certified Public Accountant, State of New York (1995)


Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel (1990)


Admission to the Bar (1988)


Licentiatus iuris, University of Basel (1980 – 1986)



Professional Experience        


Founder and owner of Rihm Rechtsanwälte (2016)


Partner at midsized international business law firms in Zurich (2000 – 2016)

Associate at two major business law firms in Zurich and Basel  (1993 – 2000)


Foreign Associate with KPMG in New York and with Gibbons in New Jersey (1990 – 1992)


Associate at Legal Department of Roche in Basel (1990)


Military Experience                  


Company Commander in Swiss Army between 1989 and 2005 (last position: Commander Rgt Stabs Company Inf Rgt 22 commanding up to 280 men)



German and English

Professional Memberships          


Zurich Bar Association

Swiss Bar Association


XBHR – The Global Forum for Cross-Border Human Resource Experts, London


DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Chicago, IL


EELA – European Employment Lawyers Association, Stuttgart


British Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Zurich and London


TLE – Tax & Legal Excellence

LINEE - Lawyers International Network for Employees and Executives



Practice Area       


General business and commercial law


General counsel activities to SME’s in Switzerland


Mergers and Acquisitions


National and international employment laws


Financial market laws including international judicial assistance procedures


Litigation and dispute resolution before state courts and arbitration panels; special focus on international judicial assistance procedures in criminal matters


Bankruptcy laws (amongst others member of the creditor’s committee of one of the largest bankruptcy estates in Switzerland) and financial restructurings

Additional Activities               


Board memberships in international luxury textile Industry, corporate communication, global staff leasing, motorracing, trust services, and pro-bono associations


Regular publishing in various legal magazines and financial newspapers in Switzerland and abroad. Also servicing on a regular basis as a speaker in national and international law conferences.

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