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Michael E Schneider

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International commercial and investment arbitration.


Partner at LALIVE. His practice areas are international commercial and investment arbitration, international commercial contracts and government contracts. Main sectors: construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, natural resources (in particular oil and gas), pharmaceutical and telecommunications.


Michael E. Schneider is a founding partner of LALIVE. He has practised in international arbitration for more than 40 years as
counsel in disputes involving States and corporations in construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, natural
resources (in particular oil and gas) and investment disputes, organising and leading teams of specialists from different fields and
different legal and cultural backgrounds. in ad hoc proceedings and under various rules, including those of the UNCITRAL, ICC,
ICSID, LCIA, Swiss Rules, Stockholm Institute, the Cairo Regional Centre (CRCICA), Dubai (DIAC), European Development
Fund and before other international bodies, including the WTO Appellate Body and the United Nations Compensation
Commission (UNCC). He has also acted as arbitrator (sole, presiding or co-arbitrator) under the rules of many institutions.


German, English, French, working knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Arabic.


President of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL). Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association
(ASA). Past chairman of the UNCITRAL Working Group II
(Arbitration) at its Sessions in New York and Vienna (2006-2010) on
the revision of the Arbitration Rules and on the revision of the Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings (2014-2015) and Vicechair of the Commission (2015-2017). Past Vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration until 2014, and member of several of
its working groups (1998 and 2012 revisions of the ICC Rules, Construction, Pre-arbitral Referee). Member of the Board of
Trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CR CICA).


Admitted in Munich, Germany, and as a foreign lawyer in Geneva. Comprehensive doctoral exam, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1965-68); Universities of Munich, Bonn and Geneva (law and history 1959-1964; first and second State examination, capacity to hold office as judge); AIESEC trainee, Shell Company, Sierra Leone (1962).


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Michael E Schneider - LALIVE

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

LALIVE is 'one of the most effective law firms in Switzerland',and its sizeable team 'works very hard trying to produce the best results for its clients' and 'collaborates well in other jurisdictions'. The arbitration practice is best known for handling commercial and investment disputes on a global basis, with strong links to Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. Dr Veijo Heiskanen and the 'well-organised and smart' Matthias Scherer represented Romania as defendant against Canadian and UK investors in a $4.4bn ICSID arbitration relating to a gold mining project. Together with Scherer, Domitille Baizeau successfully obtained an award for the Republic of Mauritius, in a matter concerning the defence of its first-ever treaty claim as brought by a French-Mauritian businessman. Firm founder Michael E Schneider specialises in construction- and energy-related disputes.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

LALIVE has international experience in banking and finance, dispute resolution and private client law. The Geneva team includes Alexander Troller, Domitille Baizeau, Dr Marc Henzelin, Sandrine Giroud , Matthias Scherer, Michael E Schneider, Thomas Widmer and Dr Veijo Heiskanen.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

LALIVE's specialism in real estate, construction and infrastructure law is dispute resolution, with the majority of clients stemming from the Middle East, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Canada. Key partners active in the energy, construction and engineering sectors include Michael E Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Dr Bernd Ehle and Joachim Knoll.

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