Prof. Dr. iur.
Law School (LS)
Holzstrasse 15, 9010 St.Gallen, Switzerland
LS - Law School
Titular Professor of Business Law and Legal Management
Director at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law of the University of St.Gallen.
Leo also serves as chairman or member of the board of directors of well respected Swiss companies, and he is an arbitrator at a permanent arbitration court in St. Gallen.
fields of research
His primary area of scholarly interest is in the intersection between law and business, how law is of ever growing importance for management structures and decisions in enterprises. He is lecturing on various topics in the field,
such as strategy, client relations, business architecture or leadership in the legal environment, also specifically on how to manage legal risks or deplore legal potentials in enterprises.
Leo’s publications focus on management issues in law firms and in-house legal departments. Together with a large team of colleagues both from the St. Gallen law and business faculty he teaches in various of his executive education programs, designed either for lawyers and in-house legal counsel who want to learn about management or for business executives who are introduced to the basics of
business law. The aforementioned courses are rolled out both as open enrolment programs and as custom programs for large law firms and in-house legal departments.
Before joining the St. Gallen faculty, he was a co-founder and senior partner of one of the top ten law firms in Switzerland, practicing corporate law from 1986 until 2008.
Before starting his law firm in 1986, Leo served as a court clerk and as deputy single judge at the County Court of Rorschach for five years. Leo earned a Ph.D, magna cum laude from Zurich Law School and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.
He is admitted to St. Gallen and Swiss bars.
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