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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution: Arbitrators — Switzerland

Senior Statesmen

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Marc Blessing is a vastly experienced arbitrator and retains a strong reputation among his peers.

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Senior Statesmen

Université de Fribourg

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre Tercier is Emeritus Professor at the Université de Fribourg. He draws widespread praise from peers for his track record in arbitration. He presides over both commercial and investment proceedings.

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Senior Statesmen

Wenger Plattner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Werner Wenger of Wenger Plattner maintains a distinguished reputation for his work in litigation. He specialises in disputes related to banking and finance and private clients.

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Senior Statesmen

Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior counsel Markus Wirth acts principally as an arbitrator with experience serving on over 150 international arbitrations. He draws praise from peers and is described as an "excellent partner" by clients.

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Star Individuals

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is described as a "consummate arbitrator" and is widely regarded as a star by her peers. She acts on commercial and investment arbitrations.

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Star Individuals

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers say Laurent Lévy "is excellent and certainly a star." He enjoys an exceptional reputation in the Swiss market and is most active in the oil and gas, aerospace and financial services sectors.

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Band 1

Kellerhals Carrard

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernhard Berger is an arbitration expert acting as counsel and serving as arbitrator. One source says he "really is excellent," and another adds: "He did everything possible you can do on an arbitration case with incredible calmness. I would recommend him anytime." He focuses on corporate and commercial disputes.

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Band 1

Elliott Geisinger

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elliott Geisinger is highly regarded as both arbitrator and arbitration counsel. He specialises in engineering and construction mandates. He represented the Republic of Hungary before the Swiss Supreme Court in a EUR107 million case setting aside an arbitral award rendered by an arbitral tribunal under the Energy Charter Treaty. One source remarks: "He sees the bigger picture on these things and he has a good understanding of the economics of the transaction."

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Band 1

Habegger Arbitration

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philipp Habegger recently founded Habegger Arbitration. He has an enviable reputation as arbitration counsel and as an arbitrator. One source describes him as "very solid and impressive in the international arbitration environment. He is a good lawyer and a calm presence." He has a broad commercial arbitration practice.

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Band 1

Pierre A Karrer - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sole practitioner Pierre Karrer is held in high regard by his peers for his work as an arbitrator. He presides over disputes involving a range of industries, including telecoms, energy and automotive.

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Band 1

Paolo Michele Patocchi

Patocchi & Marzolini

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paolo Michele Patocchi of Patocchi & Marzolini is described as "excellent" by his peers. He is acclaimed for his work as both counsel and arbitrator. He has presided over high-value contract disputes.

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Band 1

Peter & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Peter recently formed the arbitration boutique Peter & Partners. Clients say: "He is a great expert in arbitration. We give value to each word he says." He advises on M&A cases and has particular expertise in energy-related disputes.

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Band 1

Michael E Schneider

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Schneider is well regarded as arbitrator and as arbitration counsel. An impressed client states that he is "a great name for arbitration, very experienced: an outstanding arbitration connoisseur."

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Band 1

Pierre-Yves Tschanz

Tavernier Tschanz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Yves Tschanz is an expert in international arbitration acting as both counsel and arbitrator. He has been active of late in post-M&A and oil and gas-related disputes.

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Band 2

Sébastien Besson

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sébastien Besson is described by interviewees as "excellent, really very good." He acts as counsel on a wide range of arbitrations in areas including M&A, energy, construction and finance.

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Band 2

Daniel Girsberger

Wenger & Vieli Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Girsberger is best known as an arbitrator. He has vast experience in the international context and on commercial and IP disputes. Sources say he is "very efficient, diligent and well organised."

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Band 2

Pierre-Yves Gunter

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Yves Gunter is highly acclaimed as an arbitrator and arbitration counsel. He is experienced in disputes related to M&A, oil and gas, telecoms, IP, pharmaceuticals and international trade. One source says that he is "a top-notch professional who knows international arbitration principles inside-out and is extremely collegial."

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Band 2

Georg von Segesser

von Segesser Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georg von Segesser of von Segesser Law Offices is a vastly experienced arbitrator and serves under numerous arbitration bodies. He is held in high regard by his peers, and impressed commentators describe him as "modest and charming but thorough and meticulous in his handling of arbitrations."

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Band 2

Urs Weber-Stecher

Wenger & Vieli Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Urs Weber-Stecher acts as arbitration counsel and arbitrator. He has wide expertise covering competition, energy, M&A, IP and TMT disputes. Interviewees regard him as "absolutely top and very quick," while pointing out that "he has a sharp mind and excellent legal skills combined with a commercial approach."

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Band 3

Domitille Baizeau

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arbitrator Domitille Baizeau specialises in disputes in the energy, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. She has recent experience acting as arbitrator and as counsel. One interviewee comments: "The way she runs arbitrations is very effective."

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Band 3

Xavier Favre-Bulle

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Favre-Bulle has a leading reputation as arbitration counsel. He also serves as an arbitrator. An impressed client says he "commands respect before Swiss arbitration panels, exercises solid judgement and is a dedicated advocate for a client’s interests."

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Band 3

Daniel Hochstrasser

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Hochstrasser is an expert in litigation and arbitration, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. He is described by sources as "a very experienced litigator." He has been active of late on arbitrations in a wide range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and finance.

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Band 3

MME Legal AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Renowned arbitrator Bernhard Meyer of MME Partners has particular expertise in disputes related to M&A, construction, life sciences, transport and TMT. He also advises on commercial litigation.

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Christoph M Pestalozzi

Lustenberger Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christoph Pestalozzi of Lustenberger Attorneys at Law is a vastly experienced arbitrator. He also acts as counsel and on litigation. He has particular expertise in the banking and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 3

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arbitration specialist Matthias Scherer draws significant praise from his peers. One source remarks that he is "an outstanding advocate." He has recent experience acting as arbitrator and as counsel representing both companies and national governments.

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Band 3

Niederer Kraft & Frey

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arbitrator Ernst Schmid presides over disputes related to M&A, banking, construction and licensing. In addition, he advises on litigation and acts as arbitration counsel. Interviewees describe him as "very nice to deal with: personable, responsive and capable."

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Band 4

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Bernet is described as "excellent" by peers. He has vast experience in the fields of arbitration and litigation. He focuses on the financial sector and is described by interviewees as "a name that comes to mind for litigation."

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Band 4

Dominique Brown-Berset

Brown&Page

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dominique Brown-Berset of Brown&Page maintains an enviable reputation among her peers. She most frequently acts as arbitrator under many arbitration bodies. She is experienced in disputes related to construction, IP, life sciences and telecoms.

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Band 4

Teresa Giovannini

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Teresa Giovannini advises on international arbitration and draws praise from peers and clients for her work as an arbitrator. She is experienced in matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical, construction and energy sectors.

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Band 4

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Veijo Heiskanen specialises in international arbitration, acting as both counsel and arbitrator. He acted for Romania on a USD1.5 billion ICSID arbitration started by North American investors that related to a mining project. A source reports: "He is good in investment treaty arbitrations."

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Band 4

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lugano-based Cesare Jermini is a respected arbitrator and arbitration counsel with much recent activity at the ICC. Peers describe him as someone who is "really international and has great experience." He speaks Italian and represents numerous Italian clients.

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Band 4

Pestalozzi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Killias is active in litigation as well as in acting as arbitration counsel and arbitrator. He represented a joint venture company in Thailand composed of an Austrian company and various Thai companies in a USD120 million arbitration initiated by the Austrian shareholder. One source states: "He has a very good understanding and can provide good advice on matters. He is approachable and responsive. His answers are precise and to the point."

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Band 4

Pestalozzi

From the Chambers Europe guide

New addition Thomas Legler is an expert in IP and TMT and frequently acts as an arbitrator on related disputes. He acted for Advance Publications and Les Publications Condé Nast on their filing against the use of the trade mark "VOGUE."

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Band 4

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers regard Hans Nater as a "very esteemed grand old man" and note that "his practice is excellent." He presided over an arbitration between Dutee Chand and the Athletics Federation of India and the International Association of Athletics Federations concerning the eligibility of female athletes with hyperandrogenism. He has additional experience in corporate and commercial matters.

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Band 4

Hansjörg Stutzer

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hansjörg Stutzer heads the arbitration department and most frequently acts as an arbitrator. He has experience presiding over arbitrations related to energy, infrastructure and commodities trading. One source describes him as "an experienced dispute resolution practitioner – creative, fast, efficient and very reasonable."

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Up and Coming

GABRIEL Arbitration

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arbitrator Simon Gabriel heads the team at dispute resolution boutique Gabriel Arbitration. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator under numerous different sets of rules. He has experience of M&A and insurance cases.

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