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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution: Arbitrators — Switzerland

Senior Statesperson

Université de Fribourg

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre Tercier of Université de Fribourg garners praise from peers, who state that he is "very impressive" and "one of a kind." He is active on both commercial and investment proceedings and lectures on dispute resolution.

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Senior Statesperson

Wenger Plattner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Werner Wenger of Wenger Plattner is recognised by peers for his role as arbitrator on international commercial arbitration. He has long-standing experience of acting as an arbitrator in matters concerning supply agreements, joint ventures, licensing and financing agreements.

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Senior Statesperson

Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markus Wirth is recognised by peers for his long-standing experience as an arbitrator in both commercial and civil disputes. His expertise also covers acting for domestic and international clients, including foreign governments.

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Star Individuals

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

“Leading arbitrator” Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is widely recognised by peers as a star in arbitration matters. She predominantly acts on international commercial and investment arbitration and has further expertise in sports-related arbitration. She has noteworthy experience of arbitrations seated in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

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Star Individuals

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Lévy receives support from peers for his stellar reputation as an arbitrator. He has long-standing expertise in banking and finance arbitration as well as disputes regarding investments and joint ventures. He has further experience in presiding over bankruptcy disputes.

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Band 1

Kellerhals Carrard

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to one client, Bernhard Berger is a "pleasure to work with" and "perfectly combines pragmatism, efficiency and profound scholarly knowledge." He is active both as counsel and as arbitrator in international arbitrations, including chairing an arbitration regarding a technology licence contract and the use of Siemens' gas turbine technology. He has further experience assisting with disputes regarding tariffs and share purchase agreements.

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Band 1

Elliott Geisinger

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elliott Geisinger successfully defended a French bank against a motion to set aside a EUR160 million award due to the bank. He has further expertise in acting for foreign sovereign states, as well as international companies in the manufacturing and oil and gas sectors, on contentious issues regarding construction, franchise agreements and shareholder disputes. Sources state that he is "very experienced, serious and thoughtful" and "a great partner all round, a specialist." He also acts as an arbitrator.

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Band 1

Habegger Arbitration

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philipp Habegger of Habegger Arbitration has a strong focus on international commercial arbitration and has experience acting as both arbitrator and counsel. He represents clients from a range of industries, including telecommunications, biotech and infrastructure, in disputes concerning joint ventures, licensing and construction. One market observer states that he "really knows the file" and has a "good way of putting the questions – he is just really good."

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Band 1

Pierre A Karrer - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sole practitioner Pierre Karrer is focused on international arbitration matters concerning commercial contracts, investment protection and infrastructure projects. He also acts as arbitrator on post-M&A disputes regarding transactions in sectors such as life sciences, telecoms and oil and gas.

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Band 1

Paolo Michele Patocchi

Patocchi & Marzolini

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paolo Michele Patocchi of Patocchi & Marzolini acts as both counsel and arbitrator for corporate and governmental clients on international arbitration matters. He has represented clients before the International Courts of Justice and is a member of ICSID.

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Band 1

Peter & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Peter has long-standing experience of acting as both counsel and arbitrator on a variety of disputes concerning joint venture disputes, liability issues and investments. He represents domestic and international clients from the construction, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. Peers highlight him as "one of the most recognised internationally" and note that he can "really manage any type of arbitration." 

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Band 1

Michael E Schneider

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Schneider has long-standing experience acting both as arbitration counsel and as arbitrator on domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes relating to infrastructure projects, breach of supply agreements and partnership dissolutions in the transport and energy sectors. Peers state that he is a "very well-known figure" in the Geneva market and highlight his "attention to detail."

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Band 1

Pierre-Yves Tschanz

Tavernier Tschanz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Yves Tschanz is recognised by peers for his strengths as both counsel and arbitrator. He is active in arbitrations concerning post-M&A disputes, in addition to licensing and construction issues for clients in the medical, metals and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 2

Sébastien Besson

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Sébastien Besson is "always pleasant to work with," with other interviewees confirming that he is "doing an excellent job." An experienced arbitrator and counsel, he assists with international arbitration and commercial contracts matters, as well as licensing, energy and finance disputes.

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Band 2

Daniel Girsberger

Wenger & Vieli Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value Daniel Girsberger's "clear legal thinking" and "strong academic background." He is active as an arbitrator on domestic and international arbitrations regarding terminations of supply agreements, loans, product liability and patent infringements. He represents clients from the energy, shipping and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 2

Pierre-Yves Gunter

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Yves Gunter acted as chair on a USD700 million ICC construction arbitration regarding the Panama Canal and is experienced in acting as counsel on disputes relating to a variety of sectors and industries, including finance, automotive and engineering. He also represents private clients. Sources state that he is a "very accomplished" lawyer who is "well known and well regarded in the field."

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Band 2

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client values Matthias Scherer's "unbelievable knowledge of international arbitration and its political aspects." His experience includes acting as co-counsel on arbitrations relating to tax enforcement proceedings, joint ventures and construction.

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Band 2

Georg von Segesser

von Segesser Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients see Georg von Segesser of von Segesser Law Offices as a "very experienced arbitrator with a very good grasp of commercial realities." He receives excellent market feedback for his long-standing experience in "high-profile cases." He is a member of several arbitration associations, including ICC, ASA and the LCIA, and has represented clients before the CAS.

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Band 2

Urs Weber-Stecher

Wenger & Vieli Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Urs Weber-Stecher acts as counsel and arbitrator on disputes regarding construction projects, joint ventures and licence agreements. One interviewee states that Weber-Stecher is a "very skilled arbitrator conducting the arbitration proceedings with great prudence and efficiency." He has particular experience of representing companies from the telecommunications, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 3

Domitille Baizeau

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Domitille Baizeau assisted with a USD100 million UNCITRAL arbitration related to investments in the consumer goods sector against an Eastern European state. She has further experience of representing state-owned companies and multinational clients in disputes in the energy, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors. One source enthuses that she has a "huge amount of knowledge in the area of international arbitrations and is very good at developing and pursuing overall strategy."

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Band 3

Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management

From the Chambers Europe guide

Perceived as one of the "leading litigators in Switzerland" by clients and peers alike, Martin Bernet of Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management has notable experience acting on domestic and cross-border disputes within the financial sector. He also acts as counsel and arbitrator on high-value claims before the Federal Supreme Court and arbitral tribunals, and acts for clients in the manufacturing sector on disputes regarding the delivery of equipment.

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Band 3

Xavier Favre-Bulle

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Xavier Favre-Bulle enjoys a "strong reputation" and is "very well recognised" for his work as both arbitration counsel and arbitrator. He advises both domestic and foreign-based clients on cross-border matters. He represents clients from a range of sectors, including energy, luxury goods, finance and sport, in matters regarding broadcasting and sales agreements and construction disputes.

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Band 3

Daniel Hochstrasser

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources enthuse that Daniel Hochstrasser is a "quick thinker, has a lot of experience and knows how to come up with a strategy to make his clients get the best results." He works for both domestic and foreign clients with notable cross-border experience. Interviewees view him as "an excellent arbitration practitioner, especially as counsel but also as an arbitrator." He also acts as a litigator on disputes involving licensing and investment advice for clients in the finance and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 4

Dominique Brown-Berset

Brown&Page

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dominique Brown-Berset of Brown&Page is recognised by peers for her experience of acting as arbitrator on international arbitrations. She frequently acts under a number of arbitration bodies on disputes relating to technology, procurement contracts and licence agreements.

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Band 4

Teresa Giovannini

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Teresa Giovannini is recognised by peers for her experience as an arbitrator, which includes acting on disputes relating to supply agreements, shareholder agreements and infrastructure projects. She has knowledge of acting as an expert witness.

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Band 4

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market observers regard Veijo Heiskanen as "very smart and accomplished" and note his expertise in investor-state cases. He acted as co-counsel on a USD4 billion arbitration initiated by investors concerning a mining project and has further recent experience of handling cases regarding tax enforcement and the misappropriation of assets. He also regularly acts as an arbitrator.

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Band 4

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lugano-based Cesare Jermini frequently represents clients as both an arbitrator and arbitration counsel and is highlighted for his focus on IT matters. He is also regularly appointed as arbitrator on Italian law cases. He has additional experience of acting for public sector clients and on energy-related disputes.

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Band 4

Pestalozzi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources feel that Laurent Killias is "very much to the point, pragmatic and calm under pressure" and possesses "a very smooth and quiet way of questioning witnesses." He assists clients with damages claims in the tourism sector, as well as on supply agreements and control disputes. He has further experience acting on international arbitration matters, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator.

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Band 4

Wartmann & Merker

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea Meier has experience of acting as both counsel and arbitrator on a wide range of commercial and licensing disputes. Commentators state that she "tries to find the middle ground" and is "elegant in removing the hostilities, good in leading the tribunals" and "open to the commercial side and the business realities."

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Band 4

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernhard Meyer of MME Legal | Tax | Compliance is active on a variety of arbitration panels, including ICC, ASA, the ICDR and the LCIA. He has strong experience acting as arbitrator on international matters and has further experience of acting on litigation matters.

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Band 4

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Nater boasts long-standing experience in the dispute resolution field, with particular expertise in sports-related matters, including doping and ethical issues. He has further experience of acting on commercial arbitration matters concerning termination of agreements. Sources describe him as "well prepared."

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Band 4

Christoph M Pestalozzi

Lustenberger Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christoph Pestalozzi of Lustenberger Attorneys at Law is widely recognised for his long-standing experience as an arbitrator in both domestic and international commercial arbitration. He advises both local and multi-jurisdictional corporate and private clients, and has a focus on the banking and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Band 4

Niederer Kraft Frey

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ernst Schmid assists clients with arbitrations involving high-profile shareholder disputes, as well as bankruptcy and fraud matters. One commentator states: "He understands the client’s needs and executes accordingly."

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Band 4

Hansjörg Stutzer

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hansjörg Stutzer has experience of acting as both chair and arbitrator in disputes regarding infrastructure projects, M&A transactions, construction and copyright issues. He is also noted by peers for his track record of handling sports arbitration.

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Up and Coming

GABRIEL Arbitration

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simon Gabriel of GABRIEL Arbitration has notable expertise in acting as chair on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional arbitration cases. He also acts as counsel on disputes concerning commodities trading and infrastructure projects, as well as post-M&A issues. One client enthuses: "I was particularly impressed by his understanding of the technical issues behind the claim. There were many industry-specific technicalities which he understood perfectly." The same source describes him as an "extremely efficient lawyer who is always on top of things," while a market commentator notes that he is "hands-on and collaborative" in his approach.

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