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Teresa Giovannini

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Dispute resolution - arbitration and international litigation; Art and cultural property.


Partner. Specialised in arbitration and international litigation, domestic litigation, art and cultural property law, private international law and international judicial assistance. Has been involved in more than 170 international arbitration proceedings (115 as arbitrator, including 81 as presiding or sole arbitrator) under the rules of AAA/ICDR, ICC, Swiss Rules, SCC, ICHEIC, ICSID, LCIA, Milan Chamber of Commerce, Venice Chamber of Commerce, ad hoc. Main areas of practice include disputes relating to procurement contracts, license agreements, agency, joint venture and shareholder agreements in a wide range of sectors, in particular infrastructure projects, industrial engineering, aviation, transfer of technology, construction of turnkey factories, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods and arts.


LALIVE since 1994 (Founding Partner); Lalive Budin & Partners, Geneva (Partner, 1991-1994; Associate 1985-1991); Foreign Counsel, Chiomenti & Partners, Rome (1983-1985).


French and Italian (bilingual), fluent in English, working knowledge of German.


Member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR since 1 July 2015 after having been member and vice-president of the LCIA Court from 2006 until 2011 and a member of the Arbitral Council of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration from 1997 to 2005. She is also a member of several panels of arbitrators, including the ICC Swiss National Committee, the panels of the ICDR, the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), the CIETAC, the CRCICA, the DIAC, the ICHEIC and the LCIA. Since 2012 she has been included on the ICOM-WIPO List of Mediators with specific expertise in art and cultural heritage. She is currently a member of the global advisory board of the New York International Arbitration Centre (NYIAC), a member of the Council of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, the International Law Association Committee on Arbitration (Swiss Member), the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, the Advisory Board of the Transnational Arbitration Association, the LCIA Company and the Club of Arbitrators of the Milan Chamber of National and International Arbitration. In addition, she is a member of many other professional associations, including ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association), the Swiss Society of International Law, the Swiss Society of Jurists, the Comité français de l'arbitrage, the International Arbitration Institute, the International Arbitration Club, and the International Bar Association (Arbitration and Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committees).


Admitted in Geneva (1983); The Hague Academy of International Law (1974); Law degree, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Switzerland: Dispute resolution


Within: Arbitration

Lalivemeets international best standards in commercial arbitration’ and impresses with ‘outstanding case management, attention to detail and engagement for the benefit of the client’. The group is also highly adept at advising on investment arbitration and recently represented Romania in two high-value ICSID arbitrations against North American and Scandinavian investors. Furthermore, the practice acted for a Middle Eastern company against a European construction company in a $30m ICC arbitration related to outstanding payments for jointly planned Middle Eastern business activities. ‘Cutting-edge practitionerTeresa Giovanniniis very responsive, to-the-point and practical in her advice’, while Matthias Scherer has ‘impressive expertise in difficult international cases’. Marc Veit is also recommended.

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