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Lenz & Staehelin

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Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich

Dr Xavier Favre-Bulle

Work +41 58 450 70 00
Lenz & Staehelin

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration, Commercial and Contracts, Technology Media Telecoms (TMT) and Outsourcing, Sports, Art


Dr. Favre-Bulle's practice concentrates on dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in more than 200 arbitrations (e.g. sales agreements, agency & distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc., in various business industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, energy, construction, luxury goods, sports [in particular before the Court of Arbitration for Sport], etc.). At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Xavier Favre-Bulle heads the Arbitration group and the Sports law sector. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 60 books and articles.


Joined Lenz & Staehelin (1994), Admission to Geneva Bar (1997), Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (2000), Partner at Lenz & Staehelin (2003).


French, English, German.


Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI), Comité français de l'arbitrage, International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar Association (OdA), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Société suisse des Juristes, Geneva Association of Business Lawyers (AGDA), Société Genevoise de Droit et de Législation (SGDL), Centre du droit de l'entreprise de l'Université de Lausanne (CEDIDAC), Association Henri Capitant, Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Association suisse de droit du sport (ASDS), Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (SIAC).


University of Geneva (Licence en droit (LLB) 1988), University of Geneva (Diplôme d'études supérieures en droit (LL.M.) 1991), Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (1992), University of Geneva (Ph.D. 1998), College of Law, London, UK (1999).


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

The multi-jurisdictional practice at Lenz & Staehelin 'thinks strategically' and 'has exceptionally strong knowledge of the nuts and bolts of Swiss arbitration' and has a 'diligent' approach and 'sharp understanding of foreign law matters'. The team acts for various industries, including pharmaceuticals, construction, telecoms, sports and energy. 'Outstanding and high-calibre' practitioner Harold Frey, who impresses with 'actionable advice and on-the-spot arguments in court', achieved the dismissal of all claims against the State of Palestine concerning a private investment, which were brought by a private company. 'Hands-on, dedicated arbitrator' Xavier Favre-Bulle is the key partner in Geneva.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Geneva- and Lausanne-based firm Lenz & Staehelin receives major recognition for its banking expertise, alongside its outstanding strength in capital markets, private client matters, tax, real estate, sports law and dispute resolution. Key lawyers include Shelby Du Pasquier, Olivier Stahler, François Rayroux, Lucien Masmejan, Andreas Rötheli, Jean-Blaise Eckert, Benoît Merkt and Xavier Favre-Bulle.

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Sports law

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Xavier Favre-Bulle - Lenz & Staehelin

Within: Sports law

Best known for acting for athletes and sports organisations, Lenz & Staehelin provides a broad range of services, including dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, competition, immigration, intellectual property and tax matters. Marcel Meinhardt acts for Swisscom, CT Cinetrade and Teleclub in the foreclosure of ice-hockey content on pay TV being distributed over Swisscom's TV platforms. Head of arbitration Xavier Favre-Bulle has expertise in CAS and tribunal disputes.

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