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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

BRANDSCHENKESTRASSE 90, 8027 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 58 261 50 00
Fax:
Fax +41 58 261 50 01
Email:
Web:
www.baerkarrer.ch
Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Pierre-Yves Gunter

Tel:
Work +41 58 261 57 00
Email:
Web:
www.baerkarrer.ch/lawyers/partner/pierre-yves-gunter.html
Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Work Department

Arbitration | Litigation | Media, Entertainment & Sports | Energy | IP & Technology

Position

Pierre-Yves Gunter is co-heading the arbitration practice at Bär & Karrer.

He has been acting since 1991 in the field of international commercial arbitration. Pierre-Yves Gunter has extensive experience as Counsel and Arbitrator in the fields of agency, sales, distribution, joint-venture, construction and complex projects, oil & gas, telecommunications and IT, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, real estate, hotel management, commodity and international trade as well as corporate/post M&A. He also regularly acts before state courts for litigation cases.

He was for several years a Member of the Board of Directors at the SIAC and Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA (Section International Law and Practice).

Career

  • Partner at Bär & Karrer (since 2017)
  • Partner at a Swiss law firm (1999-2016)
  • Associate at two Swiss law firms (1995-1999)
  • Associate at Clifford Chance (1993-1995)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (1991-1993)
  • Teaching Assistant at Neuchâtel University Law School

Languages

French, English

Member

  • ICCA
  • LCIA
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)

Education

  • LL.M. Harvard (1991)
  • Neuchâtel University Law School (Law Degree, summa cum laudae, 1987)


Switzerland

Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

The multilingual team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has 'excellent knowledge of Swiss law', focusing on M&A, private client, intellectual property and IT disputes for a range of companies in the scientific, automotive, media and technology industries. Pierre-Yves Gunter serves as chairman in a $700m ICC arbitration proceeding concerning the Panama canal, and also co-represents the National Iranian Gas Company in a €5bn gas dispute against claimant Turkmengas. Daniel Hochstrasser in Zurich and the 'terrific' Geneva-based Saverio Lembo, who 'has excellent practical judgement', are also key partners.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Full-service firm Bär & Karrer Ltd. stands out for its 'in-depth know-how and pragmatic legal advice', as well as its 'experience in complex international cases and good relationships with other relevant entities'. The ten-partner team is best known for M&A, private client, intellectual property, IT litigation and white-collar criminal law matters. In a pending matter before the Swiss Supreme Court, Pierre-Yves Gunter and Aurélie Conrad Hari are instructed by Omea to enforce an award against the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in order to secure a payment of more than €95m, while Matthew T Reiter represented an industrial company in a successful appeal proceeding before the Zurich Superior Court concerning profit margins related to a share purchase agreement. 'Excellent outside-the-box thinkerAndreas Länzlinger acts for an insurance carrier as respondent to the insured in a proceeding regarding alleged claims under a professional indemnity insurance policy. Saverio Lembo is a key partner in Geneva.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.'s team impresses with its 'straight-to-the-point advice, great availability and efficiency'. Its practice groups are uniquely strong in handling transactions, as well as banking, regulatory, dispute resolution and white-collar criminal law matters. Cédric Chapuis, Saverio Lembo, Pierre-Yves Gunter and 'skilled arbitrator' Alexandra Johnson are the names to note. The Geneva office was further bolstered by the arrivals of Martin Anderson and Frederic Betrisey from Baker McKenzie.

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Legal Developments by:
Bär & Karrer Ltd.

  • Bär & Karrer Advises Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB in the Acquisition of emapalumab

    Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB, an international specialty biopharmaceutical company listed in Sweden, agreed to acquire, from Novimmune’s shareholders, a newly established company owning emapalumab and related assets, giving Sobi access to world-class R&D capabilities in the field of Immunology. The acquisition supersedes the previously announced exclusive licence agreement with Novimmune. In addition, Sobi agreed with Novimmune on options for the shared financial rights to NI-1701 and NI-1801, two product candidates in the field of immuno-oncology. The transaction value is CHF 515 million, of which CHF 400 million was previously committed in the exclusive license agreement for emapalumab.
    - BÄR & KARRER LTD.

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