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Gentium Law Group is an arbitration boutique that prides itself on intellectual excellence and uncompromising combat on behalf of its clients. It helps them fight their way out of the most difficult and perplexing of confrontations. The firm accepts both commercial and political disputes, and problems in which the two fields are mixed.
Gentium also undertakes a substantial quantity of English commercial litigation, and contentious and non-contentious Swiss legal work in both French and German. The firm was founded in the autumn of 2014 by Dr Matthew Parish, formerly a partner at Holman Fenwick Willan in Geneva. His team followed him from that firm, and it has since developed to include attorneys with educations from the world’s very best universities and with training in some of the globe’s very best law firms.
Dr Parish also has significant international political and scholarly interests, having authored three books and over 100 articles. In 2013 he was named by Bilan Magazine as one of the 300 most influential people in Switzerland, and was elected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Areas of practice
Gentium specialises in financial disputes, commodities trading, shipping, construction, energy, infrastructure and foreign investment. Less than a year after its establishment, Gentium was nominated as one of the top 100 arbitration law firms worldwide by Global Arbitration Review.
International business transactions require a means of speedy and impartial resolution of disputes. National courts are not always suitable, for various reasons. Instead, international arbitration has evolved as the method of choice often because of the industry sector involved, or because arbitration awards are more widely enforceable internationally than court judgments. The firm regularly deals with arbitrations under different procedural rules and across a number of jurisdictions. Its international arbitration practice encompasses references under the rules of ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and ARIAS, and under the industry-specific rules of FIDIC, LMAA, GAFTA, FOSFA, LME and RSA.
Investor-state, investment or BIT arbitration concerns state-owned enterprises in international arbitrations involving claims brought against them by foreign investors under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, investment contracts and national investment laws. The firm represents multinational companies as claimants, and governments as respondents, in disputes arising under international trade agreements and investment treaties. The team regularly provides representation and advice to clients in investor-state proceedings under the auspices of major international arbitral institutions, including ICSID and the ICC. In addition, the firm has extensive experience handling ad hoc investor-state arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL rules.
Gentium’s work involves the representation of clients in high-stakes investment treaty disputes before a wide array of international tribunals. It also helps its clients leverage international law to deal successfully with the legal and diplomatic challenges of cross-border disputes.
The team has a proven track record of handling disputes that involve a wide spectrum of facts and legal issues. It integrates substantive legal expertise and comprehensive industry knowledge to address client needs across industries, including: energy and infrastructure, trading and shipping, telecommunications, finance, mining and minerals, construction and infrastructure, and insurance and reinsurance.
Contact Dr Matthew Parish (managing partner)
Young International Arbitration Group Association
International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum
Young ICSID Association
Russian Arbitration Association 40
ICDR Young & International
Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)
Istanbul Arbitration Centre
SAC Scottish Arbitration Centre
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