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Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators — Europe-wide

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Beechey Arbitration

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Beechey's former role as president of the ICC provides a further boost to his already superb reputation among peers in the international arbitration arena. He is often selected for sensitive LCIA and ICC arbitrations, including high-value disputes between European companies or high net worth individuals. He also has experience in administered and ad hoc investor-state cases in Europe and the Middle East. He is a founding member of Hong Kong boutique Beechey Arbitration and splits his time between Hong Kong and the UK.

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Ughi e Nunziante - Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rome-based Piero Bernardini of Ughi e Nunziante - Studio Legale continues to win roles in major international investment arbitration tribunals. Peers spread across Europe recognise him as a hugely experienced arbitration practitioner, saying: "He is one of the top arbitrators and always has been."

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Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel

Dr Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel operates as a sole practitioner based in Cologne. Peers note his vast experience in complex cases and describe him as "a great organiser with a lot of authority." He continues to act in high-profile investor-state disputes, particularly in Eastern Europe.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that London-based Gary Born"is in a class of his own in this field." "What I appreciate about him most is that he's not only fantastic but he's also a great person to be up against; he's cordial and always nice to have on the other side," says one peer. Born boasts an outstanding global reputation and is frequently present in major arbitration mandates on behalf of states and private companies. He also accepts appointments as arbitrator in European and Asian-seated tribunals.

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Bernardo M Cremades Sanz-Pastor

B Cremades y Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Standout mandates for Bernardo Cremades Sanz-Pastor of B Cremades y Asociados in Madrid include his appointment to an ad hoc arbitration tribunal under UNCITRAL rules concerning Russia's alleged expropriation of Sergei Pugachev's assets and investments. He has experience in commercial and investment arbitrations, including high-profile construction cases relating to projects in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. "He has a lot of experience in many industries and good commercial sense," says one source, adding: "Everything he says is measured and has meaning."

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Derains & Gharavi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yves Derains has a well-established reputation as a leading arbitrator in Europe. Interviewees highlight his diplomatic skills, saying: "He is able to manage what can sometimes be difficult parties, knowing both when to engage with them and when to simply ignore the noise."  He also stands out for his Spanish and Portuguese language skills, which have enabled him to build an impressive track record in Latin American investment treaty cases as part of his broader global practice. Derains is a founding partner of the firm and is based in Paris.

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Juan Fernández-Armesto

Armesto & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Fernández-Armesto enjoys a superb reputation among market commentators for his experience in ICSID arbitrations involving Latin American or European states. "These cases are always very intense and everyone is very stressed, but he is excellent and is always on time," says one interviewee, while another notes: "His questions during hearings are very sharp and you can tell that he is knowledgeable about the issues at stake."  Fernández-Armesto operates from Madrid boutique Armesto & Asociados.

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Emmanuel Gaillard

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emmanuel Gaillard enjoys a tremendous reputation in the market as a leading arbitration expert. Peers note his superb advocacy skills and ability to quickly summarise the issues in an effective manner, while clients highlight his strategic view of cases as a key advantage. Paris-based Gaillard leads many of the firm's most important cases, having played a key role in advice to GML on its long-running dispute with the Russian Federation following the latter's expropriation of shares in Yukos Oil Company. He also earns praise as a popular arbitrator in ICSID and ICC cases.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ian Glick of One Essex Court receives excellent comments from peers for his work as arbitrator in diverse commercial and investor-state cases, including those subject to LCIA, LMAA, ICC and ICSID rules. He attracts particular attention for his work in the energy sector, including gas price review cases. "He is a very highly respected arbitrator," report sources, adding: "He is bright and straightforward." Glick is based in London.

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Hanotiau & Van den Berg

From the Chambers Europe guide

Brussels-based Bernard Hanotiau is often identified as a leading figure in the global arbitration community. He acts as chair or party-appointed arbitrator in European and global proceedings, including significant Energy Charter Treaty cases brought against European states. Sources say that he is "a hard worker and is very fast in reaching decisions," adding: "I am impressed by his capacity to understand issues very rapidly." Hanotiau is a founding partner of Hanotiau & Van den Berg.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Brick Court Chambers' Lord Hoffmann draws on his previous experience as a law lord in the UK courts to attract appointments to commercial and investor-state arbitration tribunals. "He is hugely respected and incredibly hard-working," says one interviewee, while another reports: "He's supremely sharp, very fair and you can see the weight that his opinion as a former judge carries." Hoffmann is based in London.

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Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees regularly identify Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler as a superb choice as arbitrator in global arbitration proceedings. She is often appointed as presiding arbitrator in UNCITRAL and SCC rules cases brought against Eastern and Central European states. She also sits on tribunals in significant commercial cases heard before the ICC, LCIA and other arbitral institutions. Kaufmann-Kohler is based in Geneva.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Toby Landau is highly sought after as an arbitrator in complex cases, as well as frequently acting as counsel. He has proven experience in investment treaty cases flowing from expropriations, changes to energy sector regulation or the frustration of construction contracts. "He is certainly one of the key players in the UK in arbitration," says one peer, going on to note: "He is a compelling speaker, a real personage and a thinker in the field." Landau is a member of Essex Court Chambers in London.

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Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Lévy has significant experience in commercial disputes between companies in the energy and financial sectors. Interviewees say that "his personality means that he is good at dealing with difficult parties in complex cases." Lévy is a founding member of Geneva firm Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler.

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Julian D. M. Lew QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julian Lew of 20 Essex Street in London is well known to peers at the Bar for his experience in complex international cases. He acts as chair or party-appointed arbitrator on both investment treaty and significant commercial arbitrations, including cases generated from disputes in the Eastern European oil and gas sector. Interviewees highlight his "thorough analysis of the case and understanding of the issues."

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Pierre Mayer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators describe independent practitioner Pierre Mayer as "talented and pragmatic," adding: "Not only does he understand the legal issues but he also brings a sense of justice." He is often identified as one of most important Paris-based arbitrators and has demonstrable skill in commercial arbitrations between parties operating in the mining, oil and gas or telecoms sectors. Mayer also handles investment arbitrations brought against African or Central European states.

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Peter & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Peter operates from his own Geneva firm Peter & Partners and has a broad arbitration practice that encompasses work both as counsel and arbitrator. He often acts on commercial arbitrations conducted under ICC or SCC rules, including post-M&A, construction or energy sector supply contract disputes. Peers report that "he has great expertise in the oil and gas industry" and go on to say: "He is a big name in arbitration circles."

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Klaus Michael Sachs

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaus Michael Sachs is based in Munich and is widely recognised as a key figure within CMS's pan-European international arbitration practice. Sources praise his commitment to the speedy resolution of disputes, saying: "He is always very concerned about time issues and is really keen to make sure that arbitration remains a means of solving disputes efficiently." He is a popular choice as presiding arbitrator in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations.

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Michael E Schneider

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers say that Michael Schneider's superb reputation in the Swiss market is a key source of work for the firm's commercial arbitration practice. In addition to his work as counsel, Schneider is frequently appointed as arbitrator on commercial and investment treaty cases. He attracts particular praise for his experience in construction arbitrations involving projects in Europe and the Middle East.

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Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Brigitte Stern of Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) is a tremendously popular choice among respondent states facing investment treaty claims. Interviewees describe her as "an extremely active and important contributor to investor-state arbitrations," noting: "She has a really thorough substantive knowledge about the area."

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Université de Fribourg

From the Chambers Europe guide

Swiss arbitration specialist Pierre Tercier of the Université de Fribourg receives tremendous praise for his work predominantly as president in ICC and ICSID arbitration tribunals. Interviewees highlight his excellent language skills and say that "he is incredibly well organised and completely on top of the case." He has notable experience in complex energy, mining, infrastructure construction and financial sector cases that often relate to companies' activities in African and Asian markets.

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Albert Jan Van den Berg

Hanotiau & Van den Berg

From the Chambers Europe guide

Source appreciate Albert Jan Van den Berg's down-to-earth approach, saying: "He does things without any fuss and just gets on with it. He is not overly impressed with drama and emotion." He accepts appointments to European investor-state and commercial arbitration tribunals as part of his global arbitration practice that spans the Americas, Asia and North Africa. He is a leading partner in Brussels firm Hanotiau & Van den Berg.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Europe guide

London-based Essex Court Chambers member V V Veeder attracts attention both for his contributions to the reform of UK arbitration law and for his regular appointment as chair of arbitral tribunals in international disputes. "He is highly experienced and an extremely safe pair of hands," says one interviewee. In addition to his commercial arbitration practice, Veeder has a significant caseload of investment disputes in the renewable energy, oil and gas, telecoms and banking sectors.

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Arias SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Arias receives superb praise from peers for his handling of European and Latin American commercial arbitrations. He runs his own Madrid boutique, Arias SLP, and has standout experience in ICC cases seated in Paris, Lima and Mexico. "He is a truly international lawyer with the mentality to understand worldwide issues," says one interviewee, while another notes: "He studies all his cases in depth and is well prepared, so every decision he takes is fast and well grounded."

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Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernard Audit is a well-respected academic and arbitrator based in the Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). He is often appointed on French-seated ICC cases. Peers say that "when you have issues in the case to do with French public international law, that is really his sweet spot; he is very knowledgeable about those issues."

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Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

From the Chambers Europe guide

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier partner Laurent Aynès has an excellent reputation among peers in the Paris market for his work as arbitrator in highly sensitive commercial cases. "He really understands the arguments and the deliberations," says one peer, adding: "He really asks the right questions." Aynès has experience in high-value ICC and investment treaty cases.

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Domitille Baizeau

Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Domitille Baizeau attracts praise for her work both as counsel and as arbitrator in significant international cases. "She has an extremely good understanding of both the commercial and the legal sides of a dispute," says one source, while another notes her demonstrable experience both as president and as co-arbitrator on arbitral panels.

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Antonio Crivellaro

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Crivellaro stands out for his experience in construction arbitrations relating to infrastructure or energy projects in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He is a well-respected figure in BonelliErede's Milan team.

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Matthieu de Boisséson

Littleton Chambers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight Matthieu de Boisséson's increasing availability to take on arbitrator roles in international cases. "He is very well regarded in the community and is particularly strong in Latin American and European disputes," says one source, going on to say: "He has a focus on Brazil because he is fluent in Portuguese." De Boisséson is a door tenant at Littleton Chambers and splits his time between the UK and Brazil.

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Siegfried H. Elsing

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Siegfried Elsing is best known for his work as arbitrator in international proceedings. He accepts appointments in diverse commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, including those flowing from expropriations of capital investments, cross-border post-M&A disputes or IP-related commercial agreements. He is based in Düsseldorf.

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Ibrahim Fadlallah

Université de Paris X (Nanterre)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight Ibrahim Fadlallah's ability to manage hard-fought cases and describe him as a "well-known professor and a really smart guy." He sits as arbitrator both in investment treaty and commercial arbitration tribunals and is a professor at the Université de Paris X (Nanterre).

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Elliott Geisinger

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elliott Geisinger is based in Geneva and leads the firm's arbitration practice. He enjoys an excellent reputation among peers for his varied arbitration practice that includes regular appointments as presiding or sole arbitrator in international tribunals. "He is really well prepared, is very strong on the facts and ensures a good structuring of the hearing," says one interviewee. Geisinger also advises on set aside proceedings before Swiss courts relating to investor-state or commercial arbitral awards.

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Derains & Gharavi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Hamid Gharavi as "extremely dynamic, fearless in hearings and able to think out of the box." He leads many of the firm's major Middle Eastern investment treaty and construction arbitrations on behalf of corporates, high net worth individuals and states. Gharavi also earns considerable praise as an active and effective arbitrator in important cases. Interviewees note his valuable input during hearings, saying: "He always raises good questions that are material to the outcome of the case."

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Pierre-Yves Gunter

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre-Yves Gunter joined the Geneva office of Bär & Karrer AG in 2017. He is often identified by market sources as a highly sought-after arbitrator with experience as chair, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in diverse commercial and construction cases. Gunter also acts as counsel in major international disputes, having led the firm's advice to National Iranian Gas Company on a gas price review case against BOTAŞ Petroleum Pipeline.

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Habegger Arbitration

From the Chambers Europe guide

Following his establishment of Zürich boutique Habegger Arbitration, Philipp Habegger has focused his practice on attracting appointments as arbitrator in international cases. He has proven experience in DIS and ICC commercial arbitrations and is well respected among peers across Europe.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stockholm-based Kaj Hobér is an associate member of 3 Verulam Buildings and is a high-profile figure in both the Swedish and European arbitration world. He further cemented his reputation in Sweden through his appointment as chairperson of the SCC Board, having long been considered an excellent choice for SCC Central and Eastern Europe-related investment arbitration cases. Hobér also handles investor-state cases involving the Middle East and West Africa.

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Richard Kreindler

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frankfurt partner Richard Kreindler is well known to peers in Germany and across Europe for his practice both as counsel and as arbitrator in important commercial cases. He predominantly handles arbitrations under ICC, DIS and Swiss rules and attracts particular attention for his US law background.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Leaver comes recommended as a highly skilled commercial arbitrator. "He is liked by many parties because of his decisiveness and speed of producing decisions," says one source, while another reports: "He is a very efficient and effective arbitrator." Leaver is based in London barristers' chambers One Essex Court.

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Advokatfirman Lundblad & Zettermarck HB

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators know Claes Lundblad as a leading Scandinavian arbitrator. He leverages his knowledge of shipping, financial and general commercial law to attract appointments on ad hoc and administered arbitrations. He is a founding partner of Advokatfirman Lundblad & Zettermarck and is based in Stockholm.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers note Carole Malinvaud's activity as arbitrator in major commercial and sports cases and report that "she hasshown herself to be very skilful in conducting arbitrations both as co-arbitrator and as chair." Malinvaud also has an excellent reputation in the French market for her work as counsel in ICC and high-profile ICSID arbitrations. Clients appreciate her ability to offer "a quick and sound assessment of specific problems."

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Paolo Michele Patocchi

Patocchi & Marzolini

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paolo Michele Patocchi of Patocchi & Marzolini is regularly appointed to multiparty tribunals in Swiss Rules and ICC arbitrations. He also has proven experience in ICSID and UNCITRAL cases brought against European states. Interviewees describe him as "solid and very hard-working" and note his prominence in the Swiss market.

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Luca G Radicati di Brozolo

ARBLIT – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight Luca Radicati di Brozolo's "razor-sharp legal mind" and note that he is "driven and passionate." He is well known both in Italy and across Europe both for his academic contributions to the field of international arbitration law and for his experience as arbitrator in commercial and high-profile Energy Charter Treaty arbitrations. He is a key partner in Milan firm ARBLIT – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Alan Redfern as a "household name" in the European arbitration community. He is widely respected as an experienced arbitrator who handles ICC or ad hoc UNCITRAL rules arbitrations between companies in the oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and banking sectors. Redfern is a member of One Essex Court in London.

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ARP Andreas Reiner & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vienna-based Andreas Reiner leverages both his language skills and his significant market presence built up over a long career as arbitration counsel to win appointments to international commercial and investor-state arbitral tribunals. Peers note his particular focus on construction cases and say that "he is extremely meticulous." Reiner operates from his own boutique ARP Andreas Reiner & Partners.

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J. William Rowley QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees highlight William Rowley QC as an active and well-respected figure in both commercial and investment arbitrations. He handles ICSID and UNCITRAL rules arbitrations brought pursuant to NAFTA, the ECT or individual BITs. He also has significant experience in LCIA or ad hoc arbitrations flowing from shareholder disputes or contested oil and gas sector commercial contracts. Rowley is based in London chambers 20 Essex Street.

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Lalive

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Matthias Scherer is "calm, pragmatic and an excellent strategist," while peers in the Swiss market note his ability to handle complex global arbitrations either as arbitrator or as counsel. He often defends European states in high-value investment arbitrations and has further experience in Swiss Rules and ICC arbitrations relating to infrastructure or energy projects.

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Richard Siberry QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees note that Essex Court Chambers member Richard Siberry's former experience as a High Court judge has a significant influence on his skills as arbitrator in LCIA, LMAA and ICC administered arbitrations. He sits as sole arbitrator or on arbitral tribunals in diverse commercial cases, including those in the shipping, financial and energy sectors.

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Eduardo Silva Romero

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paris-based Eduardo Silva Romero represents Latin American and some European states in BIT claims brought under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. He also acts on the investor side of construction cases in Central America and the Middle East, while his experience defending arbitral awards was showcased in advice to the Republic of Poland on annulment proceedings brought in Paris by Vincent Ryan, Schooner Capital and Atlantic Investment Partners. "He's an encyclopedia of knowledge," reports one client, who goes on to say: "He expresses himself very clearly and is quiet but powerful."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joe Smouha QC of London's Essex Court Chambers stands out for his work as arbitrator in global and European commercial and investor-state cases. He has recent experience in arbitrations subject to LCIA, ICC and ICSID rules. Sources say that he is "outstanding and extremely insightful. A first-rate arbitrator."

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Sutton is a member of 20 Essex Street in London and is often appointed as arbitrator in international commercial disputes. He has experience in diverse administered and ad hoc proceedings, including LCIA, ICC, SCC and HKIAC arbitrations.

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Pierre-Yves Tschanz

Tavernier Tschanz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees attest to Pierre-Yves Tschanz's skill as arbitrator in complex international disputes, saying: "He comes to the right conclusion based on cogent reasoning on the facts." He focuses on commercial arbitration and is based in Geneva firm Tavernier Tschanz.

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Vera Van Houtte - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vera Van Houtte is a sole practitioner based in Belgium who attracts significant praise from peers as a "helpful and active" arbitrator. "She's recognised as one of the best EU arbitrators," states one impressed interviewee. Van Houette handles a high volume of ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations in addition to construction and energy sector cases.

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Fabian von Schlabrendorff

Pfitzner Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fabian von Schlabrendorff receives praise from peers in Germany and across Europe for his vast experience in the arbitration sphere. He is based in Frankfurt firm Pfitzner Legal and predominantly acts as arbitrator in international commercial cases. "I would appoint him for those cases that require good judgement," says one interviewee.

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Georg von Segesser

von Segesser Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Georg von Segesser as a "continental black-letter lawyer in the most positive way; he makes predictable decisions when you know the law is on your side." He is a highly respected Swiss arbitrator who operates out of his own Zürich firm von Segesser Law Offices.

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nathalie Voser increasingly attracts attention for her work as arbitrator in commercial cases. Sources note that she "has great experience in the field of construction" and appreciate that she "goes deeply into the file and is knowledgeable on the facts during hearings." "She is experienced and always well prepared," notes another interviewee, going on to say: "She has a particular interest for the technical issues from which the dispute has arisen." Voser also acts as counsel in Switzerland-seated ICC and ad hoc arbitrations.

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Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers say of Markus Wirth that "if you are looking for a senior Swiss arbitrator for a high-value case with a Swiss link, you should certainly consider him." He is a senior counsel in the firm's Zürich office and has notable experience in ICC, Swiss Rules, DIS and ICSID arbitrations.

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