Thomas Hippele

Attorney at Law
+41 (0)44 213 63 63
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Thomas Hippele


Thomas C. Hippele's practice focuses on Commercial, Corporate and Contract Law matters as well as Intellectual Property Law, especially in a cross-border context, with particular emphasis on South African Law. His areas of work include International Inheritance Law and Arbitration, which involve South Africa (and to some extent SADC countries).


  • Since 1997: Partner with Umbricht Attorneys Ltd. and Resident Partner of the office Johannesburg
  • 1995-1996: Internship Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, Johannesburg
  • 1992-1995: Associate with Umbricht Attorneys
  • 1992: Admission to the Bar
  • 1990: lic.iur. (University of Zurich)

Preferred Areas of Work

Commercial Law, Corporate and Company Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Arbitration, South African Law


  • Member of the Swiss and Zurich Bar Associations (SAV, ZAV)
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the Fellow Institute of Directors (IOD), South Africa
  • President of the SwissCham Southern Africa – South Africa Chapter
  • Member of the Rotary Club
  • Live Member Safari Club International, The Rowland Ward Guild of Field Sportsmen


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