Prof. Joachim G. Frick

Baker McKenzie Switzerland AG


Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick, LL.M./J.S.D. practices mainly in the areas of dispute resolution, insurance and corporate law and became a partner in 2001. He regularly represents clients as a party counsel in litigation and arbitration proceedings with special emphasis on corporate, insurance, and M&A disputes. He heads the insurance practice of the Zurich office and co-heads the European Financial Services & Insurance Group as a steering committee member. He advises Swiss and international insurance and reinsurance clients in litigious and non-litigious insurance matters and was named one of the leading insurance lawyers in Switzerland by Who is Who' Legal and the IBA's Who is Who of Business Lawyers.

In addition to practicing as a lawyer, Joachim Frick regularly teaches as a professor of law at Zurich University (Titularprofessor). He is a member and regular speaker in various professional organizations concerning his areas of practice. He is a graduate of Zurich University (Dr. iur. 1992) and Yale Law School (LL.M. 1996, J.S.D. 2000) and has practiced with Baker McKenzie Taipei and Chicago.

Practice Focus

Prof. Frick represents clients as a party counsel in litigation and arbitration proceedings with special emphasis on insurance, corporate and post-M&A disputes. In addition, Prof. Frick advises insurance and reinsurance companies on regulatory, corporate and compliance matters and represents them in transactions as well as in front of regulator, courts and arbitral tribunals. He also regularly advises clients in aviation and aircraft financing transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Representation of client in shareholder dispute in various court proceedings.
  • Representation of foreign manufacturer in arbitration under a licensing agreement.
  • Representation of Swiss seller in arbitration concerning warranty claims under share purchase agreement.
  • Representation of insurance client in proceedings with FINMA.
  • Representation of Swiss and foreign insurance carriers in litigation proceedings concerning reinsurance and coverage issues.
  • Multijurisdictional survey on insurance regulatory matters.
  • Representation of Swiss bank in aircraft finance transaction.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ius Alumni Zurich
  • Yale Club of Switzerland
  • Yale Club of New York
  • ASA Swiss Arbitration Association
  • DIS German Institution of Arbitration
  • Liechtenstein Arbitration Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • ASDA Swiss Insurance Association
  • ASDA/SVLR Swiss Association for Air and Space Law
  • Swiss Bar Association


  • New York~United States (1997)
  • Switzerland (1994)


  • University of Zurich (Titular Professor) (2007)
  • Yale Law School (J.S.D.) (2002)
  • Yale Law School (LL.M.) (1995)
  • University of Zurich (Dr. iur.) (1992)
  • University of Zurich (lic. iur.) (1989)
  • Freies Gymnasium Zurich (Matura) (1984)


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Previous Offices

  • Chicago
  • Taipei

Co-author, Yearbook in International Arbitration – Chapter Switzerland, Baker McKenzie, 2020 

Co-author, The New Swiss Financial Market Architecture, Zurich 2020


Speaker "The Impact of COVID-19 on Insurance Practice," Webinar July 2020

Speaker "Insurtech: The State of Play and Legal Limits," Baker McKenzie Client Briefings March 2020

Speaker, "Financial Services – Fit for 2020?" Baker McKenzie Financial Services Lunch Briefing, January 2020