Peter Nobel

Peter Nobel

Peter Nobel studied political science at the University of St. Gallen; he graduated in 1973 with a doctoral thesis entitled “The Harmonization of Corporation Law in the European Common Market” (Dr. rer. publ.). For the following 3 years, he was engaged as a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Arthur Meier-Hayoz at the University of Zurich involved in commercial and company law and for 1 1/2 years, he was a research scholar at the University of Göttingen with Prof. Franz Wieacker focusing on legal history in the field of corporations. Nobel was also a visiting scholar at the Lomonossov University of Moscow, where he worked as an assistant to Prof. Denissow on general theory of law and at Columbia University School of Law in New York. He received his habilitation from the University of St. Gallen in 1981, becoming a lecturer there a year later. In 1984, he was promoted to full professor and, on October 1, 1997, he became a Professor “extraordinarius” for Private, Trade and Commercial Law. Nobel also served as Director of the Institute for European Law at the University of St. Gallen. He retired from the University of St. Gallen on May 11, 2010; he continues to hold the position of ordinary professor ad personam for Swiss and International Business and Commercial Law at the University of Zurich, a position he has held since March 2007. Nobel has also served as editor-in-chief of the Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (Swiss Review of Business Law, SZW) since 1995, and has been a member of the editorial board of the “European Company and Financial Law Review”. Since 2006, he has also been a member of the editorial team of the on-line professional magazine Jusletter, where he is responsible for the section on Swiss finance and capital market law. In addition Nobel has authored numerous publications in various legal areas.

Nobel was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1980 and in 1982, he became a founding partner of Nobel & Hug. For 17 years, between 1980 and 1997, Nobel served as a part-time judge at the Superior Court and Court of Commerce of the Canton of Zurich, where he was regularly engaged as a presiding judge. In 1998, he was elected as a Judge at the Commercial Court of the Canton of Zurich. From 1988 to 2000, he served as a member of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission, a governmental committee that supervised the banking industry, brokers and stock exchanges in Switzerland – today, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, “FINMA”.


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