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Arbitration

International contracts all too often generate disputes, thus jeopardising important financial and legal positions of the contracting parties. It is of utmost importance that a party may fully rely on its counsel's expertise, efficiency and careful handling of legal proceedings triggered by such disputes.

The firm's arbitration team is composed of 15 partners and associates who combine their know-how and extensive experience for the successful conduct of international and domestic arbitrations. The arbitration team enjoys broad expertise gained by handling disputes both as counsel and as arbitrator.

We advise our clients in proceedings under the rules of the major arbitration institutions and systems (including ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules, SCC, WTO, WIPO, ICSID, UNCITRAL and CAS) as well as in ad hoc arbitrations where no rules have been specified.

Although our arbitration team is comprised mostly of lawyers educated and trained in Switzerland, some are qualified attorneys in other jurisdictions (USA, England and Germany). Many have significant experience of working abroad (USA, England, France, Germany, Japan and Malaysia). We regularly handle cases governed by foreign laws.

The members of the arbitration team benefit from a strong academic background. Several have published textbooks and articles in the field of international arbitration and regularly appear as speakers at conferences on international arbitration.

The team's attorneys are mainly involved in cases conducted in English, but are equally able to handle arbitrations in German, French and Italian. In addition, members of our team have working knowledge of Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Russian.

The arbitration team has experience with disputes arising in the following fields:

  • Joint Ventures, Consortia and Corporate
  • Sale and Purchase Agreements
  • Agency, Distribution, Franchising and Licensing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Banking and Finance
  • IT, Internet and Telecom
  • Commodities, Maritime and Shipping, Transport
  • Competition
  • Investment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sports and Related Commercial Contracts
  • Insurance

Various members of our team are on the boards of arbitration committees or on the governing boards of leading arbitration institutions.

Several members of the arbitration team are listed in leading professional guides such as Chambers, Legal 500, Who is Who in International Arbitration and Experts in International Arbitration.