Markus U. Diethelm

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Markus U. Diethelm
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Group General Counsel[1]
Personal details
Born (1957-10-22) 22 October 1957 (age 57)
Nationality Switzerland
Alma mater University of Zurich
Stanford Law School

Markus U. Diethelm (born 22 October 1957) is a Swiss businessman. He is the Group General Counsel of UBS and a member of the Group Executive Board of UBS initially appointed to UBS AG in September 2008, and subsequently to UBS Group AG in 2014.[2]

Education and professional memberships[edit]

Diethelm gained a law degree (lic.iur.) from the University of Zurich and a Master's degree (Master of Science of Law) and PhD (JSD) from Stanford Law School.[2]

Mr. Diethelm is admitted as a Rechtsanwalt (attorney-at-law) to bar chamber in Zurich and in New York.[2]


He started his career with the Zurich law firm Bär & Karrer[3] in 1983.

In 1988, he worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York as a foreign associate.[2]

From 1989 until 1992, he practiced at New York's Shearman & Sterling, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.[2]

From 1992 until 1998, he joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a Los Angeles law firm where he focused on corporate matters, securities transactions, litigation and regulatory investigations while operating out of the firm's Brussels and Paris offices.[2]

Swiss Re[edit]

On 1 April 1998, he joined Swiss Re as Group Chief Legal Officer[4] and was appointed to the Executive Board with effect to 1 January 2007.[2]

Under his leadership, Swiss Re introduced a successful global model for the Group's legal and compliance organization.[4]

Diethelm played a key role in the company's World Trade Center litigation and in major corporate development transactions.[5]


He became a member of the Group Executive Board and was appointed as Group General Counsel of UBS on 1 September 2008.[6] Following the restructuring process, he was appointed to the same position within the UBS Group AG in 2014.[2]

Other mandates[edit]

Markus U. Diethelm is the Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce.[7]

He is also a member of:

  • the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation
  • the Swiss Advisory Council of the American Swiss Foundation, [8]
  • the Foundation Council of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society [9]
  • the Conseil de Fondation du Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge [9]
  • and the Professional Ethics Commission of the Association of Swiss Corporate Lawyers. [9]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h [url= "UBS Markus U.Diethelm"]. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Bär & Karrer". Bär & Karrer. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Bloomberg Profile". Retrieved 2015-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Swiss Re appoints George Quinn as Chief Financial Officer as of 1 March 2007 - The Executive Board is further reinforced with three additional appointments" (PDF). Swiss Re. Retrieved 2006-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Markus U Diethelm Profile". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Swiss American Chamber of Commerce". Swiss American Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Forbes Profile". Retrieved 2015-02-09. 
  9. ^ a b c "Markus Diethelm CV on UBS". Retrieved 2015-03-23. 

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