Felix R. Ehrat, Ph.D., has been Group General Counsel of Novartis since 2011. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis.
Mr. Ehrat is a leading practitioner of corporate, banking, and mergers and acquisitions law as well as an expert in corporate governance and arbitration.
He started his career as an associate at Bär & Karrer Ltd. in Zurich in 1987, became partner in 1992, advanced to senior partner (2003 to 2011) and executive chairman of the board (2007 to 2011) of the firm. Mr. Ehrat is chairman of Globalance Bank AG in Switzerland, and chairman of SwissHoldings (Federation of Industrial and Service Groups in Switzerland). He is a board member of Geberit AG and avenir suisse (a think tank for economic and social issues). Previously, he was, among other things, chairman and a board member of a number of listed and nonlisted companies.
Mr. Ehrat was admitted to the Zurich bar in 1985 and received his doctorate of law from the University of Zurich in Switzerland in 1990. In 1986, he completed an LL.M. at McGeorge School of Law in the United States. Some of his past memberships include the International Bar Association, where he was co-chair of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee from 2007 to 2008, and Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats, where he was president from 1998 to 1999.