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Dr. iur. Cornel Borbély, Attorney at Law

Dr. iur. Cornel Borbély, Attorney at Law

Dr. iur. Cornel Borbély, Attorney at law, Master in Economic Crime Investigation, Certificate in Forensics


  • Independent Attorney at law
  • Chief of the Swiss German investigating judges of the Military Justice
  • Member of the expert committee of MAS Economic Crime Investigation / Lecturer in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance
  • Former Public Prosecutor and head of a group for Economic Crime Investigations, Canton of Zurich
  • Former Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber, FIFA Ethics Committee  


Admitted to the bar

Member of the Zurich Bar Association

Member of the Swiss Bar Association

Cornel Borbély is the owner of the law firm. In his capacity as a Attorney at law, he provides advice and litigation services, primarily in the fields of criminal law, business law as well as administrative law. As a former public prosecutor and head of a group for economic crime investigations in the Canton of Zurich, he has many years of experience in providing advice and conducting complex national and international proceedings. Alongside his work as an Attorney at law, he was also the Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of FIFA Ethics Committee and is the Chief of the Swiss German investigating judges of the Military Justice. In addition, he lectures at various universities in the field of economic criminal law. Between 2015 and 2020 he was also the director of the master studies in Economic Crime Investigation at the University of Lucerne HSLU. Cornel Borbély also publishes in professional magazines on topical subjects in the areas of criminal law and Good Governance.

In 2016 Cornel Borbély was elected by the newspaper Bilanz as one of the 10 most important lawyers for economic law in Switzerland.

Professional Experience

  • Independent Attorney at law, owner of the law firm Dr. Cornel Borbély (since 2014)
  • Member of the expert committee of MAS Economic Crime Investigation (since 2020)
  • President of the Police Officers Association of Winterthur PBV (since 2018)
  • Part-time director of studies MAS Economic Crime Investigation (2015-2020)
  • Chief of the Swiss German investigating judges of the Military Justice (UR Reg 2, lieutenant-colonel, since 2018)
  • Member of the Supervisory Authority for the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (2018-2019)
  • Chairman Investigatory Chamber, FIFA Ethics Committee (2014-2017)
  • Deputy Chairman Investigatory Chamber, FIFA Ethics Committee (2013-2014)
  • Prosecutor, Military Justice of the Airforce (2012-2017)
  • Head of a group for Economic Crime Investigations, Public Prosecutor's Office, Canton of Zurich (2011-2014)
  • Prosecutor, Military Tribunal no. 5 (2011-2013)
  • Public prosecutor for economic crime investigation, Canton of Zurich (2008-2014)
  • Investigating Judge, Military Tribunal no. 5 (2007-2011)
  • Public Prosecutor for general crimes, Canton of Zurich, i.a. member of the road traffic-team (2007-2008)
  • Legal clerk, Public Prosecutor's Office, Canton of Zurich (2006-2007)
  • Academic assistant and tutor, University of Zurich, Chair for Criminal Law and Procedure (Prof. Dr. A. Donatsch) (2004-2006)
  • Legal trainee, District Court, Canton of Zurich (2003-2004)
  • Bank employee in major Swiss bank (1997-2000)

Education (selection)

  • Master in Economic Crime Investigation (MAS ECI), University of Applied Sciences Lucerne (2011)
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies Forensics (CAS Forensics), University of Applied Sciences Lucerne (2007)
  • Public Prosecutor Examination, Senior Public Prosecutor's Office, Canton of Zurich (2007)
  • Bar admission, High Court of the Canton of Zürich (2006)
  • Doctorate in Law (Constitutional Law), University of Zurich (2005)
  • Master of Law, University of Zurich (2003)

Memberships (selection)



Ivana Nowak

Ivana Nowak

Ivana Nowak

Paralegal Law Firm Dr. Borbély


Ivana Nowak works as paralegal for Law Firm Dr. Borbély and in this capacity she performs legal activities. Among other things, Ms. Nowak worked in the IT and trust industry.

Carola Herren

Carola Herren

Carola Herren

Assistant Law Firm Dr. Borbély


Carola Herren has many years of experience as executive assistant and office manager. Among other things, Ms. Herren worked for the cantonal police and public prosecutor’s office in the canton of Zurich. She also assisted professorial chairs at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH.