Alexander Jolles is a litigator and art lawyer practicing in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied law at the University of Bern and was admitted to the legal bar in Zurich in 1988. After two years as foreign associate in two major law firms in San Francisco and New York, he joined Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. in 1991. He has been a partner with Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. since 1998.
Alexander has a strong practice in art law, including art-related litigation; recovery of stolen art; matters regarding claims for restitution of looted art; forgery and fraud matters; copyright matters; art insurance matters; loans and donations; exhibition contracts; cooperation agreements among museums and art institutions; commercial art transactions, purchases and sales; auction business; artist-gallery arrangements; online art sales; art fairs; structuring of ownership of art collections; establishing and administering charitable foundations; contentious matters involving foundations and trusts; import and export of cultural property; art shipping and storing; art production agreements; commissioning of site specific art works; sponsoring of art events; drafting codes of conduct for art dealers; art investment funds and arrangements regarding joint ownership of art works; art escrow agreements; advice on anti-money laundering compliance in art transactions; legal issues regarding art authentication and catalogues raisonné, etc.
He was involved as representative of interest groups in legislative projects regarding art related legislation, such as the Swiss Act on the International Transfer of Cultural Property and the Swiss Copyright Act. He his regularly called to teach as guest lecturer in courses on arbitration and art law, including at an educational program of the Swiss Institute of Art Research.
He is president of the Alberto Giacometti Foundation, Zurich, of the Stiftung Sammlung Kamm, Zug, of the Werner Coninx Foundation, Zurich, and of the Emil Bührle Collection. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, the Hulda and Gustav Zumsteg Foundation and of the Swiss Association of Art Collectors.