Markus U. Diethelm

Group Executive Board - Portrait Markus U. Diethelm

Swiss, born 1957

Member of the UBS Group Executive Board since 2008

Function at UBS Group AG

Group General Counsel

Year of initial appointment to UBS Group AG: 2014 (new holding company as of 2014)
Year of initial appointment to UBS AG: 2008

Professional history and education

Markus U. Diethelm has been Group General Counsel of UBS Group AG since November 2014, having held the same position at UBS AG since September 2008, when he became a member of the GEB. He was Executive Board member of UBS Business Solutions AG from 2015 to 2016. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Group Chief Legal Officer at Swiss Re, and he was appointed to the company’s Group Executive Board in 2007. Prior to this, he was with Los Angeles-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and focused on corporate matters, securities transactions, litigation and regulatory investigations while working out of the firm’s Brussels and Paris offices. From 1989 to 1992, he practiced at Shearman & Sterling in New York, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. In 1988, he worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. After starting his career in 1983 with Bär & Karrer, he served as a law clerk at the District Court of Uster in Switzerland from 1984 to 1985. Mr. Diethelm holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a master’s degree and a PhD from Stanford Law School. Mr. Diethelm is a qualified attorney-at-law admitted to the bar in Zurich, Geneva and in New York State.

Other activities and functions

  • Chairman of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce’s legal committee
  • Chairman of the Swiss Advisory Council of the American Swiss Foundation
  • Member of the Foundation Council of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society
  • Member of the Professional Ethics Commission of the Association of Swiss Corporate Lawyers
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Fonds de Dotation LUMA / Arles