Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd has been strengthened with the arrival of new team lead Hans-Ulrich Kupsch in 2022.
Spearheaded by Vitaliy Kozachenkoand Xavier-Romain RahmFortior Law‘s arbitration department principally focuses on disputes arising in the context of international trade, shipping and finance.
Gabriel Arbitration AG is a dispute resolution boutique led by Simon Gabriel and Axel Buhr, handling domestic and cross-border work from its base in Zürich.
Newly established disputes boutique 5Gambit Disputes Ltd includes Tamir Livschitz and Anja Vogt, who until September 2023 were active at Niederer Kraft Frey AG.

Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution: arbitration

Gabriel Arbitration AG

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Gabriel Arbitration is an independent dispute resolution boutique law firm specialising in international arbitration with its office in Zurich, Switzerland. Clients benefit from first-class dispute resolution services, fewer conflicts of interest and competitive pricing.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Handling a range of complex and cross-border disputes, ‘constructive and positive’ Bär & Karrer Ltd.‘s arbitration capabilities encompass, among other areas, technology, sports and oil and gas related matters. Jointly steering the practice is ‘outstanding’ Nadja Jaisli Kull and Pascal Hachem, the former of whose wide-ranging expertise across pharma, banking and finance and construction disputes strengthens the practice.  Cesare Jermini leverages his domestic and international experience to advise clients on a diverse array of disputes. Aurélie Conrad Hari possesses a wealth of experience in handling complex multi-jurisdictional disputes , with Matthew Reiter enhancing the practice with his strong grounding in criminal investigations, white collar crimes, enforcement proceedings and international judicial assistance. Former practice head Pierre-Yves Gunter departed the firm in April 2023 to found Gunter Arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Nadja Jaisli Kull; Pascal Hachem

Other key lawyers:

Cesare Jermini; Aurélie Conrad Hari; Matthew Reiter


‘Their capacity and skills to see the entire picture, the big scenario, either locally and internationally, while remaining very careful with the detail is impressive. They are always constructive and positive, bringing true added value to the client.’

‘Excellent team with a good command in corporate and M&A disputes.’

‘Nadja Jaisli Kull is truly outstanding and among the best of her generation.’

‘The team is capable to manage any arbitration topic at light speed.’

‘The team is noted for its accessibility and responsiveness. Further, they provide out of the box solutions and not only technical responses.’

‘The team around Nadja Jaisli Kull stands out for being hard-working, very competent, with outstanding advocacy skills. They are also sympathetic and likeable. ’

‘Short, to the point and efficient.’

Key clients

Huntsman Tekstil

Work highlights

  • Represented a Turkish subsidiary of Huntsman Corp. in an arbitration relating to an equity joint venture in Turkey. The arbitration was administered by the Swiss Arbitration Centre (former SCAI) with Turkish law applicable on the merits.


Known for the diverse array of blue-chip clients in its client roster, ‘top tier’ Homburger’s international capabilities and expansive industry experience ensures it maintains a strong presence in the arbitration sphere. The team is regarded as a ‘truly international team of talented disputes lawyers’ that is ‘extraordinarily qualified’ and ‘personally engaged’. Joint practice head Balz Gross is a well-known name in this space who also sits as arbitrator, while fellow practice head Mariella Orelli possesses considerable prowess in the fields of energy and financial services. Gabrielle Nater-Bass is well-versed in joint ventures, shareholder agreements and M&A disputes, among others, while Felix Dasser contributes his in-depth expertise in international commercial disputes. Stefanie Pfisterer is recommended for her strong practice that encompasses disputes arising out of M&A transactions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, as well as international sales contracts, with Dilber Devitre being another key name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Balz Gross; Mariella Orelli

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Nater-Bass; Felix Dasser; Stefanie Pfisterer; Dilber Devitre


‘Balz Gross leads a truly international team of talented disputes lawyers, with backgrounds from UK, US and of course Switzerland. Well versed in dealing with large complex international disputes, Homburger have been involved in a number of the largest international arbitrations and litigations of the last 20 years.’

‘Balz Gross is a stand-out leader in his field, having advised numerous large corporations and high net worth individuals in “bet the company” cases.’

‘The team is extraordinarily qualified with a broad understanding of the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Their competence to come up with strategies and convincing arguments and speed in “digesting” complex matters makes them a perfect partner to achieve excellent results in a minimum of time.’

‘They are personally engaged and don’t treat clients as a number.’

‘I have experienced the services rendered to be highly professional with a quick turnaround of documents and good original thinking.’

‘The Homburger team comprises Switzerland’s foremost legal experts in dispute resolution and arbitration. The team members possess a unique blend of academic excellence, having graduated from renowned universities, and practical expertise gained from handling high-profile cases. With a substantial team size, Homburger stands ready to address the clients’ and co-counsel’s inquiries around the clock, ensuring a responsive and effective service.’

‘At Homburger, the legal experts adopt an innovative approach to each case, carefully considering all conceivable scenarios, risks, and solutions. They place the client’s requirements at the forefront, crafting their legal expertise to align seamlessly with these needs. With a wealth of experience, they possess an intimate knowledge of the local legal and business environment, enabling them to navigate it with precision and expertise.’

‘Homburger is a top tier arbitration firm. They work seamlessly as a team with their corporate colleagues and have a profound understanding of all corporate and M&A matters which can make all the difference when litigating these type of disputes.’

Key clients


Company of the Palestinian Investment Fund



With extensive capabilities across a multitude of complex multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, LALIVE‘s practice maintains a particularly strong presence in the construction and infrastructure, energy, mining, and pharma sectors. The practice is praised for its ‘impressive partner engagement from high-level strategy to the tiniest details’. Joachim Knoll and Melissa Magliana with their vast expertise in managing international commercial arbitration for a varied host of clients. Former practice head Matthias Scherer is a strong choice for clients requiring assistance with disputes arising from joint ventures and M&A, among others, while Veijo Heiskanen is pre-eminent within the areas of commercial and investment arbitration. Marc Veit utilises his multi-jurisdictional expertise to handle disputes arising from energy, telecoms and life sciences sectors, with Bernd Ehle being another name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Joachim Knoll; Melissa Magliana

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Scherer; Veijo Heiskanen; Marc Veit; Bernd Ehle; Michael Schneider; Teresa Giovannini; Sam Moss; China Irwin; Catherine Kunz; Domitille Baizeau


‘The team complimented each other very well. They decided their work to optimize performance. At the hearing, their use of technology to share, update and plan was top notch.’

They worked day and night to check and recheck their strategy. Their hard work and dedication was always above and beyond. A very difficult case was handled with the care and commitment any client would wish for.’

‘This team is unique among all lawyers I ever worked this. Each member has unique qualities. Domitille Baizeau is a great leader. Tough but compassionate. Hard working and a great motivated and organizer. Catherine Anne Kunz is a great one-two partner as they finish each other’s sentences but complete and complement one another.’

‘Melissa Magliana is an extremely perceptive lawyer. Quick on her feet, precise in her written and oral explanations. Great strategist. Patient with clients and opposing counsel. Strong drafting skills and good case overview.’

‘Hard-working team of dedicated specialists.’

‘Impressive partner engagement from high-level strategy to the tiniest details.’

‘Sam Moss has a keen eye for strategy and an impressive ability to address the most minute details. Deep expertise in construction disputes. ’

Key clients

The government of Romania

Gate Gourmet

Prairie Mining

DSG Yapi San Tic A.S.

Republic of Latvia

Indiana Resources and Winshear Gold Corporation

Lupaka Gold Corporation

EnviroGold (Las Lagunas) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Romanian government in a $4.75bn arbitration over a gold mining project under Romania’s bilateral investment treaties with Canada and the UK.

Lenz & Staehelin

A team recommended for its ‘truly global outlook’ and ‘great communication and organisational skills’, Lenz & Staehelin has recently been engaged by an impressive roster of clients to assist with mandates including post-M&A and construction disputes, as well as substantive and procedural matters produced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine crisis. It is pre-eminent with a diverse scope of sectors, from energy and telecoms to luxury goods and sports. ‘Exquisite top-performing colleague’ Harold Frey and ‘one of the leading arbitration practitioners’ Xavier Favre-Bulle spearhead the team from the firm’s Zurich and Geneva offices respectively. The former is especially noted for his vast experience in construction and M&A disputes on an international scale, and the latter utilises his wide-ranging experience to take on the role of President of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre. Commercial litigator Martin Burkhardt and IP expert Thierry Calame further bolster the practice. Daniel Tunik is notably active in the banking sector, and Martin Aebi consistently covers construction, M&A and banking arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Harold Frey; Xavier Favre-Bulle

Other key lawyers:

Martin Burkhardt; Thierry Calame; Daniel Tunik; Martin Aebi; Hanno Wehland


‘This team has a strong experience. They have great communication and organisational skills and they have a good team spirit. They are available and can be easily reached.’

‘Xavier Favre-Bulle stands out thanks to his level of expertise and its precise legal analysis. He is one of the leading arbitration practitioners of the Swiss market with excellent international practice.’

‘Top notch arbitration practitioners highly regarded at peer and client level.’

‘Harold Frey is an exquisite top performing colleague reaching the highest levels of professionalism in his practice area.’

‘Xavier Favre-Bulle is brilliant and brings depth of experience to any arbitration problem. He has a thoughtful and light touch, while delivering profound insight as an arbitrator.’

‘Lenz & Staehelin offers a unique combination of a highly specialised, boutique-esque arbitration practice backed with the resources of a large, full-service firm. They have a truly global outlook and do not back down from cross-border challenges. A key capability is the ability to quickly learn the ropes of any industry, and employ that knowledge to build a pre-dispute and dispute strategy suited to the individual case. ’

‘Harold Frey is a brilliant and very pleasant lawyer to work with. He stands out with a pragmatic and efficient approach, and has particularly impressed me with his creativity. Counsel Martin Aebi stands out with encyclopaedic knowledge of Swiss lex arbitri and has particularly impressed me with his rapid response times. ’

‘Excellent and clear-cut advice based on conviction and adapted to client’s special circumstances.’

Key clients

Clorox Spain

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

State of Palestine

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

‘Excellent’ Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler routinely handles a diverse scope of international mandates, undertaking complex work across the commercial areas with particular visibility within the sports sector. ‘Exceptional’ Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler and Laurent Lévy, alongside ‘outstanding’ Sébastien Besson and Antonio Rigozzi, jointly steer the team. Besson’s stellar client roster comprises Swiss and multinational companies, ultra-high net worth individuals, and state entities, while Rigozzi contributes his considerable sports expertise to the group. Michele Potestà specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration, and Silja Schaffstein is a key contact for banking and finance, pharma and gene technology related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler; Laurent Levy; Sebastien Besson; Antonio Rigozzi

Other key lawyers:

Michele Potestà; Silja Schaffstein


‘Great team, stellar lawyers.’

‘Antonio Rigozzi, Sébastien Besson, Michele Potesta, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, and Laurent Levy are simply the best.’

‘Excellent professional services. The academic background of the team and the personal experience of the individuals in the arbitration field makes the law firm stand out compared to other firms. Swift and focused responses.’

Key clients

Confederation of African Football (CAF)

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the national oil company of a Middle-Eastern State in proceedings for the revision of an international arbitral award before the Swiss Supreme Court, as well as in ICC proceedings.
  • Acting for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in an ICC arbitration arising from a long-term media and marketing rights agreement.
  • Advising the Privinvest shipbuilding group in a large multi-party, multi-contract and multi-jurisdictional dispute involving a State and several state-owned entities.


Covering a diverse scope of industries in its practice, Pestalozzi‘s ‘very well-prepared and experienced’ arbitration team is especially noted for its in-depth capabilities within commodities and banking related disputes as well as internal investigations. Active at both a national and international level, the team is a strong choice for states and state-owned entities, as well as private clients, for assistance with civil, criminal and regulatory disputes. Laurent Killias, who is geared to assist with disputes arising from construction, civil engineering and R&D, jointly leads the practice alongside Thomas Legler, who is a reputed expert within the IP, IT and data protection arenas. Michael Kramer utilises his tri-lingual capabilities to advise clients on a range of international commercial arbitration across the fields of banking, pharma and commodities, while Thomas Rohner is entrusted with asset tracing and a host of commercial disputes. Alexandra Johnson, who is noted for her ‘exceptional responsiveness, unwavering client focus, and razor-sharp acumen’, is also active at both a national and international level. Lukas Rusch’s wide ranging expertise consists of, but is not limited to, construction, insurance and investor-state disputes.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Killias; Thomas Legler

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kramer; Thomas Rohner; Alexandra Johnson; Lukas Rusch; Florian Mohs; Tanja Planinic; Christine Moehler


‘Very close relationship with the client, and are open to work with other law firms.’

‘Florian Mohs is noted for his great responsiveness and is very in-tune with the industry. Lukas Rusch provides excellent and detailed legal advice on economic topics.’

‘Great team of lawyers. Outstanding practice in international arbitration and IP.’

‘Very well prepared and experienced lawyers.’

‘Lukas Rusch is a pleasure to work with – he is smart, diligent and very responsive.’

‘Alexandra Johnson is a prominent figure in the Swiss arbitration community, known for her exceptional responsiveness, unwavering client focus, and razor-sharp acumen.’

‘Very responsive.’

‘Analysis of legal and factual issues are very detailed and convincing.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bouygues Construction



Johnson & Johnson

Swiss Life AG


Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Demonstrating strengths in commercial, investment and sports related arbitration, ‘high-quality’ firm Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd features a varied arbitration practice that covers construction, life sciences and financial services disputes. Co-lead and global chair Elliott Geisinger acts in complex commercial disputes and in investor-state cases, while fellow co-lead Christopher Boog holds a prominent presence within international commercial, investment and sports related arbitrations. Rounding out the team’s leadership is Philippe Bärtsch, who is capable of advising clients on disputes arising from M&A transactions, construction and infrastructure projects, and distribution contracts, among others. Anya George capitalises on her considerable multi-jurisdictional expertise to represent states, state-owned entities and private companies in a variety of arbitrations, while Stefan Leimgruber regularly represents parties before Swiss courts, often handling the enforcement of foreign awards.

Practice head(s):

Elliott Geisinger; Christopher Boog; Philippe Bärtsch

Other key lawyers:

Anya George; Stefan Leimgruber; Philipp Groz; Anne-Carole Cremades; Katherine Bell; Benjamin Gottlieb


‘High-quality team on all issues.’

‘The team works as a whole. They are very united and efficient, easy to work with and very friendly but with the necessary sharpness required for important issues. More importantly, they really accommodate your opinions into the submissions and arguments. This is always easier said than done.’

‘Christopher Boog is super smart, very diligent, good sense in commercial transactions. He can always work with us to find out the best solution and to win the case.’

‘Collaborative, innovative, responsive and superb oral and written advocates, the Schellenberg Wittmer arbitration team are leaders in their field.’

‘Elliott Geisinger is an excellent strategist; a master at the international “3-D Chess” game that contentious international arbitration proceedings have become. Highly experienced, his oral and written advocacy is finely-tuned to grab the attention of the most jaded arbitral tribunal.’

‘Benjamin Gottlieb is dedicated, bright and personable. He not only possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of substantive international arbitration law, but is also very practical, enjoying a unique ability to ensure even the most commercially-minded clients understand often highly-complex points of foreign law.’

‘Outstanding in the market – excellent on all levels from associates to junior and senior partners.’

‘Christopher Boog – likely the best a client can get in the market and has no weaknesses. Benjamin Gottlieb – up and coming, very sharp mind, highly engaged’

Key clients



Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Celgene Corporation




Güriş Construction and Engineering Company

Ingersoll Rand Group

Johnson & Johnson

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.


PEB Steel Asia

Procter & Gamble

Republic of Hungary

Republic of India

Salinen Aktiengesellschaft



SMS Group


Tetra Pak

Webuild S.p.A.

Zafer Taahüt, Inşaat ve Ticaret A.S.

Zhonghuan Hong Kong Holding Ltd.

Zorlu Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a Hong Kong manufacturer of large-scale industrial products in a Swiss arbitration worth several hundred million of Euros.
  • Represented the Republic of India in revision proceedings against an UNCITRAL award before the Swiss Supreme Court.
  • Represented MOL Hungary in revision proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court brought by the Republic of Croatia against an UNCITRAL/PCA Award rendered in MOL’s favour in 2016.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Charles Adams leads Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s ‘proactive, strategic and cost effective’ arbitration practice, which is noted for its capabilities in assisting clients with complex arbitrations arising from infrastructure, energy projects, financial services and technology sectors, among others. Adams, who operates from the firm’s Geneva office, is also global co-head of the firm’s worldwide International Arbitration Practice Group. Vanessa Liborio frequently handles matters pertaining to major infrastructure projects and joint venture agreements, while James Hargrove possesses extensive experience in banking and financial services, real estate and shipping disputes, among others. Rena Scott and Ali Al Khasawneh are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Charles Adams

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Liborio; James Hargrove; Rena Scott; Ali Al Khasawneh


‘Proactive, strategic and cost effective. A great team to work with.’

‘Great coordination and strong legal insight.’

‘The team is extremely competent, experienced, responsive and business-oriented.’

‘Charles Adams, Rena Scott and Vanessa Liborio are outstanding professionals. They work hand-in-hand with their clients, provide first-class legal advice and deliver top quality legal products at all times.’

‘They are experts in the arbitration field with a lot of personal and business acumen. They are fully dedicated to their clients.’

‘The Arbitration practice is exceptional and a pleasure to work with. Their understanding of matters related to delay, damages and technical issues regarding construction and engineering matters is impressive and sets them apart.’

‘Amazing expert and diverse arbitration team lead by Vanessa Liborio and Rena Scott. The advocacy in every submission they write is really persuasive. They understand the business behind the case and structure the position in a professional and credible way. The team is essentially diverse, with members of different nationalities, groups and language skills. ’

‘They all share some great qualities: expertise, professionalism, availability and engagement.’

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company

King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)



Grupo TSK

Tecnicas Reunidas

EspeRare Foundation

Hobart Group

Work highlights

  • Defending a party to an arbitration concerning claims and counterclaims for delay and lost profits in a $2.8bn arbitration relating to the construction of a strategically and nationally important infrastructure project.
  • Representing a Middle Eastern client in relation to claims concerning a massive infrastructure project worth over $2.7bn.
  • Representing a multinational construction company in the renewable energy sector in multiple arbitrations around the world.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Active across a range of industry sectors including commodities, trading and pharma, the ‘agile, creative and strategic’ team at Walder Wyss Ltd. retains a strong market position in relation to construction, plant and equipment engineering disputes, with a practice that comprises a diverse array of sectors. Dieter Hofmann spearheads the practice, specialising in construction, joint venture, shareholders and post M&A disputes, while Micha Bühler maintains an active presence in the Zurich Commercial Court. Commercial and investment arbitrator Michael Feit further enhances the group’s expertise, alongside Andrea Meier and Diana Akikol, who often represent parties in disputes relating to large industrial and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Hofmann

Other key lawyers:

Micha Bühler; Michael Feit; Diana Akikol; Andrea Meier; Michael Cartier


‘Professional approach, vast knowledge of local laws’

‘Provide a personal, hand on approach.’

‘Very good workload distribution and excellent knowledge of arbitration proceedings.’

‘Their capacity to learn and get deep knowledge on technical subjects associated with the case and their ability to explain legal procedural terms related to arbitration in a down-to-earth manner. Also, their ability to stay on top of the matters and availability to always connect to the client is impressive.’

‘The team is very responsive, agile, creative and strategic.’

‘Michael Feit is very analytical and sound. Always provides very solid pieces of advice.’

‘Walder Wyss not only deliver stellar results, but also can forge long term relationships with clients.’

‘Michael is THE lawyer in the field of arbitration and there is no greater expert. Furthermore, he is very relatable and modest; that makes him the perfect lawyer for any client being under pressure in an arbitration.’

Key clients

Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Johnson & Johnson


Greiner AG

Ali Gohar & Company (Private) Limited

Sharma Fabrictors and Erectors Private Limited

AFRILAND First Group

Idorsia Ltd (listed on SIX stock exchange)

Kellerhals Carrard

Regularly engaged by clients operating within the construction, chemical and technology sectors, Kellerhals Carrard demonstrates particular prowess in sports and commercial arbitration proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Bern-based Bernhard Berger, whose caseload includes disputes concerning agency and distribution, joint ventures and industrial projects, and Basel-based Olivier Mosimann, who is particularly active in high-tech, energy and maritime sectors, to name a few areas. Commercial disputes expert Martin Molina and Henry Peter, who principally focuses on company law. Isabelle Romy is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Berger; Olivier Mosimann

Other key lawyers:

Martín Molina; Henry Peter; Isabelle Romy


‘The dispute resolution and arbitration team is wide and strong, with a number of partners involved in both Geneva and Zurich which are the Swiss arbitration hot spots. Although their practice is international-oriented they have a very good knowledge of the Swiss arbitration market.’

‘Martin Molina is excellent with great capacity of listening to the needs of the clients, being available, providing reliable advice and showing great control over the case because of his personal involvement in each case he has been instructed for.’

‘Excellent arbitration team in particular in Bern, Lausanne and Lugano.’

‘Bernhard Berger, Henry Peter and Jean-Luc Chenaux are excellent, experienced and reliable.’

‘Bernhard Berger and Martin Molina are highly regarded arbitration practitioners. They are very well-prepared and responsive arbitrators.’

‘Bernhard Berger is a brilliant arbitration lawyer and one of the top names in Switzerland. He is very sharp and efficient and at the same time a great chair.’

‘Bernhard Berger is an excellent arbitrator and chairperson. He masters all what is needed to be an excellent share: he is one of the greatest specialist in Swiss arbitration law, he masters the procedural aspect of the case and has a clear and efficient drafting.

‘Henry Peter an excellent arbitrator, specially for corporate-law disputes.’

Key clients

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

International Federation of Sport Climbing

International Olympic Committee

Ultimate Concepts Ltd.

World Anti-Doping Agency

Work highlights

  • Representing WADA in anti-doping proceedings concerning Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, who tested positive for trimetazidine.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

‘Excellent’ Niederer Kraft Frey AG is well-versed in handling disputes arising from the financial services, chemicals and commodities, as well as media and sport sectors. Daniel Eisele spearheads the practice, while Frank Spoorenberg often sits as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman on a variety of proceedings. Boris Vittoz focuses on international commercial disputes, and Valerie Meyer Bahar maintains a prevalent position within the financial and insurance sectors. Tamir Livschitz and Anja Vogt departed the team in September 2023, joining 5Gambit Disputes Ltd.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Eisele

Other key lawyers:

Frank Spoorenberg; Boris Vittoz; Valerie Meyer Bahar; Ernst Schmid


‘Excellent team. Recent opening of the Geneva office with great lawyers. In arbitration: Boris Vittoz.’

‘Superb. Excellent advocacy skills. Very well prepared.’

‘Ernst Schmid is a highly qualified and reliable arbitrator with a sound judgement and cogent reasoning; highly recommended.’

‘A law firm with a broad field of expertise. Excellent collaboration, top competent in whatever they do.’

‘Highly responsive, highly competent individuals. Strong negotiators, with an excellent grasp of their clients’ business. ’

‘Frank Spoorenberg stands out as one of the best arbirators in Switzerland. ’

‘Excellent team in Geneva.’

‘Frank Spoorenberg and Boris Vittoz are first-class practitioners.’

Work highlights

Peter & Kim

Leveraging its global network across Geneva, Berne, Seoul and Sydney, Peter & Kim’s international practice routinely undertakes a variety of construction and mining matters, oil and gas and energy disputes, alongside strengths in international sales disputes. ‘Invaluable’ Wolfgang Peter leads the team, which is active in M&A disputes among other matters. Konstantin Christie primarily focuses on international public and investment arbitration, while Flavio Peter’s wide-ranging expertise incorporates disputes relating to construction contracts, gas supply contracts and post-M&A disputes. In January 2023, the team strengthened its sports law and arbitration practice with the arrival of partner Alexis Schoeb, who is based in Geneva and Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Peter

Other key lawyers:

Konstantin Christie; Flavio Peter; Alexis Schoeb


‘This international arbitration practice stands out as the best team we’ve ever worked with for several compelling reasons. Their unmatched expertise in international arbitration sets them apart.’

‘Their track record of successful outcomes in high-stakes cases demonstrates their competence. Additionally, they employ a multidisciplinary approach, combining legal prowess with industry-specific knowledge.’

‘Their global network ensures access to top-notch resources worldwide.’

‘Konstantine Christie is a legal luminary in the realm of international arbitration. His unparalleled expertise, fortified by an intricate understanding of international laws and regulations, consistently results in favourable outcomes for our clients.’

‘Wolfgang Peter brings an invaluable perspective to our team, combining his great legal experience with his extensive background. Peter’s insights and ability to dissect complex technical evidence have been pivotal in securing successful outcomes in our arbitration cases.’

‘Very client-oriented approach and 100% dedication to the case.’

‘Extremely flexible and allways on top of the issues. Exceptional partner attention. Many heavy high-stakes arbitration proceedings. ’

‘Wolfgang Peter is an outstanding lawyer, counsel and arbitrator. Always friendly, calm, but extremely strong in defending his principles and values. Flavio Peter has joined the firm two or three years ago, and has continued to boost his career ever since. Despite his young age, he is an extremely experienced arbitration practitioner who never loses control. Excellent performer in cross-examination!’

Key clients

NIOC (National Iranian Oil Company)



Eurasian Resources Group

OMV Group

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dogus Construction (a major Turkish construction conglomerate) for more than 10 years in commercial arbitrations stemming from two separate construction projects.
  • Acting for ENGIE for more than 10 years, advising them concerning contentious matters in respect of long-term energy supply contracts under the auspices of the ICC and Swiss Arbitration Centre. A case involving a long-term electricity supply agreement is pending.
  • Selected by Vietnam to represent it in an investor-state arbitration against Chinese claimants, stemming from a construction project.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH

In addition to the firm's abilities within arbitrations themselves, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH regularly represents clients before national courts concerning arbitration proceedings, handles high-stakes appeal proceedings and assists with the enforcement of arbitral awards against assets located in Switzerland. Co-lead Philippe Pinsolle is chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice for continental Europe and is noted for his capabilities in the energy, power, construction, and defence industries. Fellow co-lead Simon Vorburger’s wealth of experience includes acting as counsel in international commercial arbitrations as well handling investment treaty claims. Managing partner and finance disputes expert Thomas Werlen further bolsters the practice.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Pinsolle; Simon Vorburger

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Werlen; Pierre-Yves Marro


‘We found that the lawyers of the Quinn Emanuel team were true experts in their relevant fields with a strategic mind and a high acumen of the sports industry, highly efficient and committed and had a strong professional relationship with all relevant law enforcement authorities.’

‘The team working for us acted as one team across numerous jurisdictions and was highly effective in doing so.’

‘Thomas Werlen was the lead partner for our matter who oversaw and handled the whole matter for us. His legal expertise, strategic mind, commitment, professionality and responsiveness is second to none. He is always on top of the matter, even if it is a complex with many workstreams.’

Key clients

Uniper Global Commodities

Group of bondholders of Credit Suisse Additional Tier1 bonds

Mercuria Energy Trading SA and Mercuria Capital Partner Limited

United Media Network AG / United Group B.V.

Lonza Ltd.


Salt SA





Sonatrach S.p.A.

Aabar Investments




Aryzta AG

Asia League


FC Basel

Highlight Communications

Lion Point

M. M. Warburg

NMC Healthcare

Oro Negro


Partners Group


Schenker-Winkler Holding

SIG Combibloc Group


STA Travel Holding AG

Stadler Rail Group


World Boxing Super Series

Work highlights

  • Represent Uniper Global Commodities in a high-stake multi-billion Euro dispute against Gazprom Export LLC based on long-term gas delivery contracts between the two parties. Following the Russian war in Ukraine, Russia ceased gas deliveries to Germany, effectively breaching multiple obligations, resulting in damages to Uniper amounting to a two digit billion EUR sum.
  • Representing the founder of Tan Tao Group and companies controlled by her in two arbitrations under the US-Vietnam Trade Agreement pursuant to the 1976 UNCITRAL Rules.
  • Represent Swiss-based Mercuria Energy Trading SA and Mercuria Capital Partners Limited in an arbitration against World Natural Resources Limited and World Natural Resources Congo S.A.U. and also involving Energy Complex DMCC under a sale and purchase and cooperation agreement. The dispute concerns the Marine XI oil block located in the Republic of Congo. The arbitration, which is being conducted under the ICC Rules, is seated in Paris and subject to English law.

White & Case S.A.

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer helms the ‘talented’ White & Case S.A. arbitration practice, noted for her representation of EPC contractors in global projects and with experience handling parallel proceedings particularly regarding the IP elements of a construction dispute. More broadly, the team demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the construction, mining and energy sectors, among others, whilst also possessing evident multijurisdictional capacity, covering complex mandates across Europe, the US, China, and the Middle East. Commercial arbitration expert Alexandre Mazuranic and Zelda Hunter, who has recently been engaged by clients to assist with engineering, power and biotech mandates, are other key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Mazuranic; Zelda Hunter


‘The team is very strong and dedicated to their work and clients. They have an exceptional level of expertise in various sectors and in every aspect of arbitration.’

‘They are always available to their colleagues and clients. ’

‘Anne Véronique Schlaepfer has outstanding skills and a great expertise. Her experience undeniably gives another dimension to the cases. She is an excellent strategist and she always understands the bigger picture which always serves the parties to arbitration proceedings.’

‘Anne Véronique Schlaepfer is a very skilled and experienced arbitration litigator with a sharp and pragmatic approach to the file.’

‘A relatively small but extremely well organized team of legal professionals.’

‘They are very competent and entirely focused on getting the best results for their clients. ’

‘Very talented lawyers.’

‘Zelda Hunter and her colleagues know how to meet their clients expectations by listening to what people have to say, quickly analyzing information and making informed decisions.’

Key clients

Republic of Mozambique

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Mozambique in five Swiss arbitrations in connection with the $2bn multi-forum dispute with Abu Dhabi-based shipbuilder Privinvest, arising from the “Tuna Bond scandal”.


Focusing on EMEA, the CEE/CIS region and Latin America, Archipel‘s ‘dynamic’ arbitration practice incorporates considerable cross-border expertise to provide arbitration advice in a commercial, sport and investment setting. The team is notably active across commodities, telecoms and engineering sectors, to name a few. Co-lead Guillaume Tattevin is active across a range of cross-border disputes, while fellow co-lead and ‘genuine expert’ Giulio Palermo is regularly retained by clients for mandates involving disputes arising from transnational sales contracts, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements. Rounding out the team’s leadership is Laurence Ponty, whose strength lies in cross-border disputes as well as asset recovery and enforcement. Panagiotis Kyriakou is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Tattevin; Giulio Palermo; Laurence Ponty

Other key lawyers:

Panagiotis Kyriakou


‘They are a very dynamic and creative group of top-notch practitioners. They have tailor-made answers and solutions for every questions or need. Archipel delivers effectively and immediately.’

‘They always explain you which are the risks at stake but they don’t shy away from bold suggestions and creative solutions.’

‘Their billing system is extremely accurate and they never pass their estimate budget. Their innovative style is described above.’

Work highlights

Baker McKenzie Switzerland AG

Capitalising on the firm's global network, Baker McKenzie‘s arbitration team possesses a capacity to handle disputes originating in complex infrastructural matters, post M&A and sports disputes, among others. The group counts multinationals, well-known banking institutions, individual shareholders and investors in its varied client roster. The ‘very experienced, sharp-minded’ Urs Zenhäusern and ‘excellent’ Luca Beffa, who is praised for his ‘great analytical skills’, jointly steer the practice. Joachim Frick is another key name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Urs Zenhäusern; Luca Beffa

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Frick; Caroline Dos Santos


‘Great team. Luca Beffa is excellent.’

‘Excellent lawyers; they are very well prepared.’

‘Urs Zehnhäusern is a very experienced, sharp-minded and excellent counsel in commercial arbitrations.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a reinsurance Company on a reinsurance coverage dispute relating to COVID-19 claims of a first insurer.
  • Advising a Swiss commodities trader in a NY arbitration regarding claims raised by creditors in connection with a corporate restructuring and a related M&A transaction.
  • Representing a leading international manufacturer of solar cells and solar panels in a ICC arbitration against its Chinese customer in relation to the customer’s claims for damages due to damage caused to solar panels.

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd.

Zurich-based Philipp Dickenmann and Geneva-based Daniel Kinzer lead the arbitration practice at CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd., a team which handles complex contentious construction mandates as well as commercial and contractual disputes. Key contact Niklaus Zaugg‘s strengths lie in managing construction projects and various supply agreement disputes. Olivier Carrard and Pierre Ducret contribute considerable expertise in the arena of sports, while Jodok Wicki possesses a wealth of experience in the remits of insurance law, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Philipp J. Dickenmann; Daniel Kinzer

Other key lawyers:

Niklaus Zaugg; Olivier Carrard; Pierre Ducret; Jodok Wicki

Key clients

China Development Bank

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Framatome GmbH (member of EDF group)

Insolvency administrator regarding the assets of South 1 EPC Engineering Gesellschaft


Thyssenkrupp Presta

United Medical Supply A/S

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Thyssenkrupp Presta Aktiengesellschaft (TKP) in a high stakes ICC arbitration proceeding relating to the delivery of defective components by one of its suppliers.
  • Representing United Medical Supply, a leading US-based global medical supplies company, in arbitration and enforcement proceedings under the ICC rules against a supplier of pharmaceutical products which failed to deliver products.
  • Successfully represented Framatome in an ICC emergency arbitration, in which the applicant vainly sought to hinder our client from drawing a bank guarantee.

Eversheds Sutherland AG

Zurich-based Manuel Arroyo and Geneva-based Patrick Eberhardt spearhead the Eversheds Sutherland AG arbitration practice. ‘Outstanding’ Arroyo is noted for his extensive abilities in the commercial sphere as well as his strength in handling complex contractual disputes, while Eberhardt significantly strengthens the practice with his vast experience in international trade and trade finance. Peter Haas further enhances the practice with his coverage claims expertise and multifaceted work for a host of insurers. The team is also expanding its investor-state arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Arroyo; Patrick Eberhardt

Other key lawyers:

Peter Haas; Leonid Shmatenko


‘As part of a global network with offices in over 35 countries, the firm has a truly international practice with access to top-notch practitioners both in Switzerland and outside.’

‘The Zurich practice is particularly renowned and has recognised expertise in construction, oil & gas, and pharmaceutical disputes.’

‘Manuel Arroyo (partner) is a reference in international arbitration in Switzerland who impresses with his solid knowledge of procedural and substantive law. As arbitrator he is mindful of the parties’ expectations and interests and actively promotes constructive solutions.

‘International full service law firm with international network and local practice. There are not many of this kind of firms in Switzerland. ’

‘Manuel Arroyo is my to-go-partner in arbitration. Outstanding lawyer who knows the needs of his clients. He is also well regarded as arbitrator. ’

‘Manuel Arroyo stands out as an arbitrator in international complex cases.’

‘Very focused and very experienced in what they do’

Key clients

Ferrexpo AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Ferrexpo AG on the enforcement of a UNCITRAL ad hoc Vienna arbitral award in Switzerland.

Lustenberger + Partners

A ‘highly qualified’ team with a ‘global mindset’, Lustenberger + Partners operates regularly across the full gamut of dispute avoidance and resolution. The team holds an established presence across a multitude of sectors, from telecoms and pharma through to retail. Claudius Triebold leads the practice alongside Monika McQuillen and Michael Lazopoulos. Another name to note in the group is Beat Gino Koenig, who predominantly focuses on infrastructure projects, pharma and telecoms, as well as media and sport related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Claudius Triebold; Monika McQuillen; Michael Lazopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Gino Koenig


Michael Lazopoulos is very thorough, a real expert in legal matters, and a team player. It was a great pleasure working with him!’

‘Very experienced partners. They have a global mindset and possess international work experience, and they are well connected in the Swiss and international arbitration practice.’

‘Highly committed to their clients and the case. Hard working and reliable, delivering on spot and on time, solution oriented. In-depth knowledge of the case and the documentation provided by the parties. Truly a pleasure to work with.’

‘Monika McQuillen and Claudius Triebold are very experienced arbitration practitioners, handling high-value disputes for their clients with a pragmatic and business-minded approach.’

‘Strong partner-led engagement on the cases – those leading the cases are who you actually get.’

‘Both Claudius Triebold and Monika McQuillen are hugely experienced and totally reliable.’

‘Lustenberger + Partners have a team of highly qualified and experienced lawyers, in particular in the field of international litigation and arbitration. The response time is excellent, work is done very efficiently and cost effectively.’

‘Michael Lazopoulos is the perfect professional. Dedicated, broad experience and very knowledgeable in international litigation and arbitration. Excellent response time, high quality of written submissions, pleasant to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Acting as Counsel for the claimant in a €280m consortium dispute concerning the construction of a railway system against the consortium leader.
  • Defending a US pharma company against a major Swiss pharma company in a dispute concerning the sale of drugs on the basis of compassionate use under a licence agreement.
  • Defending a Swiss engineering company against an Iranian customer concerning the design and supply of equipment, and taking recourse against an Iranian sub-contractor.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

With considerable expertise across the public and private sectors, ‘very reactive and professional’ MLL Legal has handled an array of arbitrations in Switzerland and across Europe, Africa the Middle East and the Americas. The team maintains a strong presence in the fields of commercial, sports and investment disputes. Practice head Jean Marguerat is well-versed in the full range of commercial disputes. Urs Boller, who frequently handles matters pertaining to the sale of goods, construction projects and joint venture related disputes, and Jean-Marie Vulliemin, who is particularly active in art and sport law, are other notable names in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jean Marguerat

Other key lawyers:

Urs Boller; Jean-Marie Vulliemin; Léonard Stoyanov; Reinhard Oertli


‘Very reactive and professional team.’

‘Jean Marguerat is always involved in the case.’

‘The arbitration team of MML Legal has a mix of high professional skill and closeness to the client.’

‘Adaptability and closeness with the client and a great level of availability. Always emphatic with the client situations and aims.’

‘Reinhard Oertli is part of a strong team at MLL.’

‘Reinhard Oertli is an outstanding lawyer with a lot of international experience. He is well versed in both procedural and substantive law. He works meticulously as you would expect it from Swiss lawyer and at the same time he has a great sense of humour.’

‘Jean Marguerat is a great arbitrator. He knows the file, he is a no-nonsense person and very easy to work with. As counsel, he knows how to bring his points gently and efficiently and to to get the arbitrator’s ear.’

;Jean-Marie Vulliemin masters the Swiss arbitration law; h is one of the best specialists. If I have a question of arbitration law, he is among those I turn to.’

Key clients

FCC Construcción

The Kingdom of Spain


Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG‘s strengths lie in the contentious realm, being retained by a variety of clients for assistance with disputes arising from commercial matters and intellectual property, to name a few. ‘Calm, strategic thinker’ Roberto Dallafior manages a comprehensive range of disputes, from contract and corporate mandates to insurance and banking issues. Benjamin Schumacher specialises in insurance and reinsurance disputes, with ‘highly committed’ Nino Sievi is entrusted by clients to advise on crypto and blockchain disputes. Mladen Stojiljković joined the team from VISCHER in February 2023. All named lawyers share leadership of the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Dallafior; Mladen Stojiljkovic; Nino Sievi; Benjamin Schumacher


‘The billing was seamless and smooth. The people were great to work with. Everyone responded quickly.’

‘Nino Sievi is totally responsive and available 24/7. His advice was practical and sound. ’

‘Roberto Dallafior is a calm strategic thinker.’

‘Benjamin Schumacher shows considerable experience and knowledge despite his quite young age.’

‘Roberto Dallafior is an outstanding lawyer, lot of experience as counsel and arbitrator. He can tackle complex cases other lawyers would be overwhelmed with.’

‘Their special knowledge of arbitration under Swiss law should be emphasised.’

‘The motivated willingness to familiarise oneself with special legal matters at short notice and to be equally flexible and spontaneously accessible for further explanations was impressive.’

‘Nino Sievi was highly committed to familiarising himself with unfamiliar legal matters in the shortest possible time and to providing legal assessments that can be used pragmatically; spontaneously and flexibly available and also open to revisions at short notice.’

Work highlights

Patocchi & Marzolini

Patocchi & Marzolini is a boutique firm specialising in arbitration and litigation. The practice routinely operates for multinational companies and top-tier financial institutions, with a demonstrable capacity to manage complex cross-border disputes. Founding partners Paolo Michele Patocchi and Paolo Marzolini spearhead the practice, with Daniel Durante also being recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Michele Patocchi; Paolo Marzolini

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Durante

Work highlights

Rothorn Legal AG

The ‘proactive’ team at  Rothorn Legal AG undertakes a diverse array of work that encompasses automotive, energy and pharma and biotech areas, regularly undertaking commercial liability, supply chain and corporate law disputes. Co-lead Nathalie Voser is capable of handling complex multijurisdictional disputes, and fellow co-lead James Menz is active in the transport, pharma, and biotech sectors, among others. Alongside them, Eliane Fischer notably focuses on oil and gas disputes as well as blockchain and crypto disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Voser; James Menz; Eliane Fischer


‘Very fast, very proactive and have a business-oriented mindset which makes it easy for the business to understand complex legal matters.’

‘Very good understanding of technical complex matters and good collaboration between legal and business units.’

‘Deep experience in arbitration law and practice.’

Key clients

BTS Holding, A.S. v. Slovakia

Work highlights

  • Represented a joint venture company whose principal shareholder is the Vienna airport in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights concerning the refusal of Slovakia to enforce an ICC award on dubious grounds.


Consisting of a ‘strong bench of experienced arbitration experts’, VISCHER stands out for its abilities within the fields of construction, aviation, transport and insurance. ‘Conscientious and thoughtful’ Daniele Favalli, ‘outstanding’  Christian Oetiker and Gerald Virleux jointly helm the department. Karin Graf particularly focuses on corporate disputes, commercial trade and banking matters, among others, while Thomas Weibel possesses a strong grounding in the financial services, defence, and aviation sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daniele Favalli; Christian Oetiker; Gérald Virieux

Other key lawyers:

Karin Graf; Thomas Weibel


‘VISCHER have a true international practice, enabling them to work on matters and cases involving multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Christian Oetiker is an outstanding arbitration practitioner – he is very bright and fast, and always produces brilliant quality.’

‘Daniele Favalli is a conscientious and thoughtful arbitrator.’

‘The people are the key. Vischer has a strong bench of experienced arbitration experts. Christian Oetiker chiefly among them. The experience in a wide range of disputes across boarders and involving complex fact patterns and sophisticated parties makes them my go to firm for arbitration matters.’

‘Christian Oetiker has exceptional experience combined with his keen intellect make him a dangerous adversary; he is someone you want fighting for you.’

‘The team has highly technical skills, coupled with the ability to communicate effectively and a problem-solving attitude ’

‘Thomas Weibel is a highly responsive and dedicated professional. He combines excellent technical skills with the ability to provide sound, practical advice to clients in a clear and effective manner ’

‘Karin Graf is a specialist in international arbitration and a highly regarded arbitrator.’

Key clients

MCH Group, Art Basel Hong Kong / Art Basel Miami Beach


EBT swiss engineering AG




Sakto Corporation

T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom)

Work highlights