Markus U. Diethelm

Group Executive Board - Portrait Markus U. Diethelm

Swiss, born 22 October 1957

Function at UBS Group AG

Group General Counsel

Year of initial appointment to UBS Group AG: 2014
Year of initial appointment to UBS AG: 2008

Professional history and education

Markus U. Diethelm was appointed Group General Counsel and became a member of the GEB in September 2008. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Group Chief Legal Officer at Swiss Re, and was appointed to its Group Executive Board in 2007. Prior to this, he was at the 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 from 1984 to 1985 as a law clerk at the District Court of Uster in Switzerland. Mr. Diethelm holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a master’s degree and 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
  • Member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation
  • Member 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 Conseil de Fondation du Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge
  • Member of the Professional Ethics Commission of the Association of Swiss Corporate Lawyers