Dispute resolution: arbitration in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. is noted for providing 'first-class legal service'; it has experience in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings under various rules and is also active in enforcement proceedings. Team members act as counsels and arbitrators in disputes concerning joint ventures, post-M&A, privatisations, R&D, commodity trading and sports law as well as oil and gas concessions. Geneva-based Pierre-Yves Gunter and Daniel Hochstrasser jointly lead the group and are noted for their broad scope of expertise. Matthew Reiter is a key contact in enforcement proceedings and international judicial assistance. Nadja Jaisli Kull is a key name for disputes in the financial services, pharmaceutical and transportation industries. Alexandra Johnson in Geneva is involved in construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Yves Gunter; Daniel Hochstrasser

Other key lawyers:

Cesare Jermini; Matthew Reiter; Nadja Jaisli Kull; Alexandra Johnson

Testimonials

‘Very reliable, experienced, focused, realistic and down-to-earth team that knows the files. Exceptionally high quality and well-founded deliveries. Very well connected in the arbitration industry.’

‘Focused, firm, to-the-point, down-to-earth’

‘Bär & Karrer has a very strong dispute resolution including arbitration and litigation. Partner involvement. The partners are always reachable and have vast experience and are able to find solutions that the clients appreciate. They have very high ethical standards, very hands on and hard working. As a client, you receive first-class legal service.’

‘Matthew Reiter has notable arbitration and litigation experience and is a very effective counsel. He is able to see the big picture and immediately realize what the real issues in the dispute are.’

‘Excellent knowledge concerning litigations and arbitration procedures.’

‘Pierre-Yves Gunter has one of the top teams in international arbitration today. He is on top of the issues and produces first class results. He has expertise in civil law and common law and is able to handle disputes world-wide with total confidence.’

‘A very strong litigation and arbitration team.’

‘Nadja Jaisli represents the interests of her clients very effectively and resolutely.’

Key clients

PNK Group

TeliaSonera

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for the claimant, a company acting under the trade mark of PNK Group, in a SCAI-arbitration against Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH.

Homburger

Homburger is 'at the top of its practice' and is regularly instructed by domestic and international blue-chip companies. Team members are well versed in representing clients from regulated industries, such as pharmaceutical, energy and telecoms, in a wide range of arbitration proceedings. Team head Balz Gross is an expert in disputes arising out of contracts. Gabrielle Nater-Bass acts as counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitration cases. Mariella Orelli specialises in energy and financial disputes. Stefanie Pfisterer, who made partner in January 2021, senior specialist Felix Dasser and associate Dilber Devitre are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Balz Gross

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Nater-Bass; Mariella Orelli; Felix Dasser; Stephanie Pfisterer; Dilber Devitre

Testimonials

‘Very responsive team, which takes a very thoughtful and strategic approach to its cases. They collaborate very effectively with co-counsel, and understand the client’s goals and how best to achieve them.’

‘Homburger has a very strong and experienced team, and it is definitely at the top of its practice. The lawyers have the ability to handle and litigate complex and large disputes, to understand the intricacies of complex matters and lucidly present them at arbitration, and to provide the client with clear and practical advice. They are also deeply familiar with the various arbitration institutes and with the leading figures in the arbitration world.’

‘Gabrielle Nater and Balz Gross – extremely experienced, highly regarded in the industry, smart sophisticated and highly capable. They are both first tier in this practice area.’

‘Stefanie Pfisterer is a notable team member.’

Key clients

A company of the Palestinian Investment Fund

Alpiq

Dadco Alumina and Chemicals

Pawlowski

Work highlights

  • Representing a company of the Palestinian Investment Fund against a $1.6bn claim.
  • Representing Alpiq in international arbitration against Romania regarding the termination of long-term electricity supply agreements.
  • Representing Dadco Alumina and Chemicals in an international arbitration regarding rights to ship bauxite extracted from Guinea in a $200m dispute.

LALIVE

LALIVE has a well-established arbitration practice, and is instructed by Swiss and foreign companies and states in international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, with particular expertise the infrastructure, construction, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors. The practice is led by the Geneva-based Veijo Heiskanen, who is frequently instructed by governments and investors, and Matthias SchererMichael Schneider has considerable experience in construction and energy disputes. Marc Veit is a contact point in London. Joachim Knoll in Geneva specialises in post-M&A disputes and Melissa Magliana is well versed in pharmaceutical arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Veijo Heiskanen; Matthias Scherer

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Knoll; Michael Schneider; Augustin Barrier; Melissa Magliana; Marc Veit

Testimonials

‘Knowledgable, good to work with, professional, pro-active, well-connected’

‘They leave no stones unturned in a very efficient manner.’

‘The team, particularly partner Veijo Heiskanen, has great qualities including wise insights, high ethics and integrity, constant hard work and ability to understand and then to simplify complex issues.’

‘Marc Veit – excellent legal brain and provides solid and practical advice.’

‘Lalive is one of the most prominent disputes firms in Switzerland specializing in arbitration and its capabilities and ingenuity confirms the accuracy of its reputation. The members are very meticulous in their approach and they provide their legal advice after having scrutinised the case facts so as to avoid surprises. ’

‘Top firm for complex international arbitration’

‘Excellent work of each person as an individual as well as a part of a team. The teamwork was visible and the trust and reliance on each person’s strengths were shown towards the team members every step of the way.’

‘Absolute and the highest level of professionalism, which was demonstrated by each member of the team in their specific sector. This is not just about the leaders of the team, but also about the involved assistants.’

‘Joachim Knoll has excellent professional and team leader skills, as well as cooperation skills.’

‘Associate Augustin Barrier’s expertise and knowledge in the case is particularly advanced. Particular emphasis should be placed on his skills to prepare witnesses for the proceedings. Patience, empathy capacity, perfect process (case) management, ability to establish mutual trust between client and legal representative.’

‘Pragmatic, available, able to develop the strategic vision of the case based on a realistic assessment of the merits and weaknesses.’

‘Matthias Scherer is a great lawyer, with a huge knowledge and extensive experience in International arbitration. He has the ability to develop a reliable strategic and realistic vision of the case. He also has an excellent knowledge of the business of his clients.’

Key clients

Romania

Republic of Mauritius

Republic of Latvia

Ukrnafta and Stabil

Ukrenergo

DSG Yapi San Tic A.S.

Lupaka Gold Corporation

Miami Football Club and Kingston Stockade

Work highlights

  • Representing Romania in a $4.4bn ICSID arbitration initiated by Canadian and UK investors concerning a gold mining project under Romania’s bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with Canada and the UK.
  • Represented Mauritius in two investment arbitrations conducted under the UNCITRAL Rules, the first a $1bn investment dispute concerning the misappropriation of the assets of an industrial group including a commercial bank and an insurance company and the second a $11m arbitration concerning alleged breaches of a BIT in relation to the establishment of a healthcare company.
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in a $500m ICC arbitration in relation to claims arising in connection with a post-acquisition dispute.

Lenz & Staehelin

The 'very strong, knowledgeable and efficient team' at Lenz & Staehelin is regularly involved in complex, cross- border disputes. It is instructed by states, state-owned entities, banks and large corporations and handles the full gamut of arbitration matters, including joint ventures, privatisation, sales and distribution, state contracts and post-M&A disputes. The practice has considerable experience representing client from the pharmaceutical, energy, luxury goods and telecoms sectors. The 'top-performingHarold Frey and Xavier Favre-Bulle, who is based in Geneva and also specialises in sports law, head the team. Martin Burkhardt handles disputes concerning media rights and private wealth. IP expert Thierry Calame, banking specialist Daniel Tunik in Geneva, and 'highly motivated' counsel Martin Aebi are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Harold Frey; Xavier Favre-Bulle

Other key lawyers:

Martin Burckhardt; Thierry Calame; Daniel Tunik; Martin Aebi; Hanno Wehland; Fadri Lenggenhager

Testimonials

‘A well rounded Swiss arbitration practice.’

‘Xavier Favre Bulle is a dynamic, reliable and easy to deal with counsel.’

‘Very strong, knowledgeable and efficient team, having the possibility to grasp foreign law issues/considerations and effectively handle procedural rules of international arbitration.’

‘Harold Frey is a top-performing litigator and an exquisite colleague, adept and capable of handling sophisticated substantive and procedural issues.’

‘Strong legal orientation paired with situational awareness and good advice.’

‘Solid performance.’

‘Very professional, client oriented attitude, conveying a feeling of confidence, addressing also very openly the weak points.’

‘Harold Frey and Martin Aebi: always very excellent team work, even during high workloads never conveying a feeling of stress. Highly motivated, go into all details even in technical complex cases and are capable of convincing arbitration panels with an always factual, objective argumentation. Fighting for the interest of the client, but also open for reasonable settlement discussions.’

‘Harold Frey is a very capable litigator and arbitration counsel.’

‘Lenz & Staehelin has a large experience in arbitration practice and a perfect knowledge of procedural rules and practices in this domain.’

Key clients

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

State of Palestine

Bank BTG Pactual S.A.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the State of Palestine in a dispute concerning a private investment.
  • Representing thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG in a six-party arbitration brought by the Hellenic Republic in the context of a major international shipbuilding project.
  • Reached an arbitration settlement for Bank BTG Pactual S.A. which arose out of Generali’s sale of Swiss private bank BSI to BTG Pactual.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's arbitration practice is well versed in a variety of commercial and investment disputes, and is equally adept at handling domestic and international arbitration proceedings. The team regularly acts for corporates, states, individuals and investors from a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, commodity, energy and consumer goods, among others. The firm's dispute resolution group is led by Michael Kramer, who is also experienced in sports and telecoms-related disputes. Laurent Killias and Geneva-based Thomas Legler head up the arbitration practice, which also includes Thomas Rohner and Florian Mohs, who is 'highly dedicated to defend the rights of his clients'.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Killias; Thomas Legler

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kramer; Thomas Rohner; Florian Mohs; Lukas Rusch

Testimonials

‘The law firm provides everything that multinationals require. Great educational background and experience, practical approach to every matter and business oriented work. Personal interaction has been also outstanding in all the dossiers with Pestalozzi team. Highly ranked for Switzerland based firms.’

‘Thomas Rohner: great background and experience, practical and business-oriented approach and close relationship with the client.’

‘Laurent Killias is among the best in Switzerland in the field of international arbitration.’

‘Michael Kramer is a very experienced arbitration counsel.’

‘Thomas Rohner is an excellent legal mind representing parties in commercial arbitrations.’

‘Florian Mohs in an excellent arbitration counsel highly dedicated to defend the rights of his clients.’

‘Pestalozzi has a long-standing dispute resolution practice with excellent team members guaranteeing high quality work.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Bouygues Construction

DHL

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Oliver Maus (owner of Maus Frères SA)

Republic of India

Republic of Kazakhstan

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

Union Bank of Israel

Work highlights

  • Representing Bouygues Construction, in a post-M&A dispute against Alpiq concerning the CHF850m sale of Alpiq’s engineering services business.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is noted for having an 'outstanding team capable of handling very complex cases'. Its caseload includes international commercial, investment and sports arbitration proceedings. The team has considerable expertise in a range of industries, including construction, infrastructure, energy, life sciences, commodities and hospitality. Elliott Geisinger in Geneva is the firm's arbitration chair and is experienced in disputes arising from joint venture agreements, as well as sales and distribution contracts. Christopher Boog, whose 'advocacy skills are unparalleled', divides his time between Zurich and Singapore. Other key names include Philippe Bärtsch , Anya George and Anna Kozmenko as well as counsels Anne-Carole Cremades and Sebastiano Nessi in Geneva. The team lost Nathalie Voser who left to set up dispute resolution boutique practice Rothorn Legal in November 2020. 

Practice head(s):

Elliot Geisinger

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Bärtsch; Christopher Boog; Anya George; Anna Kozmenko; Anne-Carole Cremades; Sebastiano Nessi; Benjamin Gottlieb

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team of Schellenberg Wittmer is very professional and knowledgeable. ’

‘They are very reactive and competent.’

‘Schellenberg’s arbitration practice is extremely competent, proactive, available. SW’s arbitration practitioners have vast experience in all sectors of international commercial and investor-state arbitration and their expertise in arbitration-related litigation before Swiss courts is unparalleled.’

‘Elliott Geisinger and Anne-Carole Cremades impress with their ability to identify the crucial issues and to deal with them expertly and efficiently and by their responsiveness.’

‘Excellent expertise with hands-on senior involvement, strategic thinking with the ability to navigate legal and factual issues quickly.’

‘Every team member is very focused on understanding the case in all aspects. This detailed approach helps the team to set up the right strategy from the outset. The professional approach, the large experience in arbitration and the structured working style are evidence that we took the right decision when selecting Schellenberg Wittmer.’

‘Excellent quality of the products delivered, sharp organization and practical approach.’

‘Stand-out partner, for sure, Christopher Boog. His advocacy skills are unparalleled: he is firm, determined without being unnecessarily aggressive and never loses sight of the overall picture of the case.’

‘The team has an excellent profile in the international arbitration field, but remains down to earth, always available and user friendly delivering excellent quality work.’

‘Christopher Boog has been extremely effective in identifying solutions and issues to achieve successful arbitration proceedings.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer has a team of an exceptional quality with high standards. Their advice is always precise and to the point.’

‘Anna Kozmenko stands out as an extremely sharp lawyer. She knows investment arbitration inside and out, and knows how to put together and present a winning case.

‘Anne-Carole Cremades is a very knowledgeable and extremely good lawyer.’

‘Schellenberg is truly international. They can ensure that the project team consists of the right people for the case, both in terms of knowledge of industry and relevant cultural background. One of the best arbitration teams I have ever met.’

‘Anna Kozmenko a brilliant arbitration lawyer. She is very client-oriented and organised. She speaks the same language as we do and she understands us – that is what matters.’

‘Schellenberg has an outstanding team capable of handling very complex cases. They are sharp, creative and very professional. I have an impression that everything is always being taken care off. They are dedicated and bright.’

‘Benjamin Gottlieb is one of my favourite associates and I really enjoyed working with Benjamin. Benjamin first wants to understand the case, the client and the client’s business’

‘I have been working with a team on a number of investor-state disputes and I was amazed by the level of expertise in all questions starting from public international law to quantum.’

‘Sebastiano Nessi is a tremendously talented and a sharp minded practitioner and certainly a top person to contact in Europe when having a complex arbitration matter. He is insightful, never misses a single detail and is always first to propose an excellent legal solution which is highly regarded by our common clients. Given his multi-fold expertise in investment arbitration matters and an impressive client management skills, Sebastiano is probably the best arbitration counsel of the young generation and obviously a star-advocate.’

‘Members of Schellenberg Wittmer’s arbitration practice are extremely hard-working which is always combined with their efficiency in resolving all kinds of relevant issues that might arise during the case. The team offers service of an excellent quality and always remains available to discuss any controversies analyzing them from different angles and providing reasonable, justified and clear legal solutions.’

‘Anne-Carole Cremades from Schelleng Wittmer Ltd is an excellent lawyer with a brilliant legal mind that can efficiently deal with elaborate legal structures. Anne-Carole Cremades offers a unique legal expertise in the field of investment arbitration, anticipating various issues in advance and proposing sharp solutions.’

‘The most valuable and unique feature of this team is an ability to think as arbitrators and give their counsel advice accordingly. Team’s thorough approach to all tasks and profound legal expertise is also remarkable.’

‘Perfect team player skills, which allow practice members to contribute a lot to complex projects where several counsel teams are involved. Solid skills of efficient communication with experts in various fields, which facilitate the development of a legal position and reconcile different parts of it as it evolves. Willingness to understand various foreign legal provisions involved in complex international disputes and “translate” them to the arbitrators’ language, so that they become self-explanatory.’

‘Elliott Geisinger – exceptional arbitrator-oriented mind and understanding of arbitrators’ decision-making process.’

‘Anna Kozmenko has managing and team-player skills and willingness to take the client’s perspective.’

‘Sebastiano Nessi: his deep understanding of issues of damages stand out, which contributes a lot to each and every case.’

‘The questions are answered by the member of the team having the appropriate level of seniority. This leads to a better cost control. The general level of knowledge of the team is very high. They are flexible and understand very well the client’s needs. The fees are reasonable given the high level of knowledge of the team.’

‘Anne-Carole Cremades understands our business very well. She is flexible and able to submit a high-level legal opinion in a very short time when needed.’

Key clients

Coty

BASF

Tetra Pak

Samsung

RUSADA

Chubb

The Russian Federation

Republic of Hungary

Alpiq

Procter & Gamble

GUPC SA

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Celgene Corporation

PEB Steel Asia

Johnson & Johnson

CTI Systems

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.

Ingersoll Rand Group

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EnviTec

Kujtesa Net

CRH

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia

39 Olympic Russian Athletes

Nutra Essential OTC, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Russian Anti-Doping Agency against the World Anti-Doping Agency  before the Court of Arbitration for Sports in a significant CAS arbitration.
  • Representing a subsidiary of Coty Inc. in arbitral proceedings brought by one of its former distributors concerning two claims arising from the termination of the distribution agreement.
  • Acting for the Russian Federation in four investor-state arbitrations under the Russia-Ukraine BIT – each of these cases involve claims by Ukrainian claimants relating to alleged investments in Crimea – as well as two additional matters before the Swiss Supreme Court.

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

At highly regarded arbitration boutique Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, the team members are particularly well known for acting as arbitrators as well as counsel and are active in international commercial and investor-state disputes. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler and Laurent Lévy are experienced practitioners. Antonio Rigozzi and Sébastien Besson have additional expertise in sports arbitration proceedings. Eva Kalnina is a 'good negotiator', and alongside counsels Michele Potestà and Silja Schaffstein, is frequently instructed as counsel.

Practice head(s):

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler; Laurent Lévy; Sébastien Besson; Antonio Rigozzi

Other key lawyers:

Silja Schaffstein; Eva Kalnina; Michele Potestà

Testimonials

‘Michele Potestà impresses with his thorough analysis and great attention to detail which helped the client to take certain commercial decisions.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, approachable and good to work with’

‘The team is hardworking, always accessible and problem solver. ’

‘Eva Kalnina knows how to deal with the counterparty, she is always ready and well-prepared, she is a good negotiator and she knows about the future strategies of the counterparty. She gives you the idea that your team is always one step ahead!’

‘Silja Schaffstein is a hard worker, she has a deep academic knowledge and she is good at combining the academic knowledge with the practice.’

‘Sébastien Besson is considered as an authority in the field of international commercial arbitration and one can rely on him.’

‘They are true specialists in international arbitration, particularly from a Swiss law point of view, but also more widely. They have a virtually unprecedented number of recognised practitioners relative to their size, and conduct work as arbitrators, counsel and experts.’

‘Sébastien Besson and Silja Schaffstein thoroughly impress. They are very responsive, easy to work with, thorough in their research and comprehensive in their work product. They have always made themselves available when needed, including at very short notice.’

‘The firm is a brilliant symbol of competence and professionalism.’

‘A fantastic work relationship with the practitioners of this law firm and the outcome of all cases were excellent. All practitioners of this firm have accurate knowledge of law and excellent legal mind.’

Key clients

FIFA

UCI

UEFA

Confederation of African Football (CAF)

 

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in ICC emergency arbitration proceedings concerning a high-value media and marketing rights agreement.
  • Representing a leading manufacturer and distributor of marine equipment in a Swiss Rules arbitration arising from a procurement contract.
  • Successfully represented two Iranian companies in setting aside proceedings against an ad hoc international arbitral award.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG stands out for its expertise in disputes in the construction, energy, manufacturing and sports areas where team members act as counsel as well as arbitrators. The team, which is led by Ernst Schmid, has a strong track record handling joint venture and post-M&A proceedings, often with cross-border elements. Notable practitioners also include Tamir LivschitzDaniel Eisele, who has considerable experience in a variety of disputes; and Valerie Meyer Bahar, who is well versed in arbitration proceedings in the insurance and financial services sectors. Lukas Beeler made partner in January 2020. Senior associate Anja Vogt is 'very knowledgeable, quick and diligent'.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Tamir Livschitz; Daniel Eisele; Valerie Meyer Bahar; Lukas Beeler; Anja Vogt

Testimonials

‘Great legal knowledge skill and empathy.’

‘Efficient and qualified team with a practical approach. Keeps in mind that clients not necessarily want to set case law but find a satisfying solution to problems.’

‘Tamir Livschitz has great oratory and court skills.’

‘Top legal know-how combined with shrewd tactics. ’

‘Tamir Livschitz: Just outstanding. Unbelievably responsive: the longest time I had to wait for a substantive response to a question was two hours, but normally it goes faster than this.’

‘NKF has a leading and very strong arbitration practice in Switzerland. The NKF dispute team has outstanding and very experienced arbitration lawyers. The team consists of talented younger and older lawyers. They can handle difficult and complex matters.’

Daniel Eisele is an excellent, efficient and creative arbitration practitioner. He is very experienced, having worked in this field for more than two decades. He knows how to handle the most complex arbitration cases with a practical approach, has an extraordinary tactical sense and anticipation skills. Daniel is very responsive and it is always a pleasure to work with him. He is on top of his matters and he is a trusted advisor to clients.

Tamir Livschitz is an excellent and forthright arbitration practitioner with a great legal and strategic acumen. He is very precise and outstandingly good at finding creative and pragmatic solutions to problems. He has an excellent knowledge of arbitration law and has been successfully tested in practice many times.

‘Daniel Eisele is a top arbitration and commercial counsel with excellent legal and advocacy skills. Daniel has broad experience in commercial and sports arbitration, is very responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Tamir Livschitz und Anja Vogt are both very good, broad-minded lawyers, they have a fighting spirit and always attempt to best serve their clients.’

‘NKF’s arbitration team consists of highly knowledgeable and outstandingly experienced lawyers who are results-oriented and always fully committed to win. They are pragmatic and efficient and know how to handle the most complex international arbitration proceedings with great competence and excellent tactical skills. It is always a pleasure to work with NKF’s arbitration team who are very collegial, responsive and reliable.’

 

Anja Vogt is a very impressive young arbitration practitioner. She is very knowledgeable, quick and diligent. She is a rising star in the Swiss arbitration scene, having been involved in many large arbitration cases in the past. She is very talented, pragmatic and I can highly recommend her.

‘The team of NK&F demonstrates utmost professionalism, capability to work under stress and with tight deadlines, and most importantly – the ability to argue the case on the basis of legislation of different countries.’

‘Tamir Livschitz is considered as an outstanding professional. He demonstrates outstanding professionalism, ability to organize the proceedings and work in an international environment, as well as excellent command of foreign languages. In addition, Mr. Tamir Livshitz demonstrated high skills in conducting proceedings when foreign law is applicable to the case. ’

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s strengths are in construction, plant and equipment engineering disputes. It also has notable experience in arbitration proceedings arising from joint venture, agency and distribution agreements as well as shareholder and post-M&A-cases, where practice head Dieter Hofmann is a key contact. Other names to note are 'outstanding lawyersMichael FeitMicha Bühler and Michael CartierAndrea Meier and Geneva-based Diana Akikol joined in April 2020 from Wartmann & Merker and ABR Attorneys at Law LLC respectively.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Hofmann

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Walder Wyss is a perfect law firm for arbitration advice and Swiss civil law matters. The team has a good understanding of the arbitration world in Switzerland and a good network.’

‘The team is able to act very smoothly and react to a need to provide legal advice on a short term basis. The quality of the advice was very high and very well-researched.’

‘Andrea Meier is very knowledgeable in terms of the Swiss arbitration market. She is also very easy to work with and very responsive. She was able to accommodate our requests easily even if put forward on short notice.’

‘Excellent, fast, hard-working team ready to investigate any details in pursuit for arguments in favour of the client.’

‘Michael Cartier is an excellent attorney, able to predict actions of opposing counsels and to act accordingly. He has an excellent knowledge of law and the ability to use IT technologies to advance the position of the client.’

‘Micha Bühler is highly recommended for: his calming presence in the most difficult of cases; tactical insights; excellent client-handling skills; and ability to go to the heart of legal problems every time.’

‘Michael Feit is a talented advocate and consistent provider of first class tactical and legal advice in arbitrations.’

‘This is a very strong team dealing with commercial arbitration.’

‘Michael Feit has great knowledge of ICC arbitration matters.’

‘Micha Bühler and Michael Feit are outstanding lawyers and partners. In addition to being full of technically great lawyers, the Walder Wyss international arbitration team: is very collegiate (a delight to work with them); has true ‘bench strength’ in the associates – there is a significant pool of talent at the firm; and is calm in the face of even the toughest of cases and situations. The combination of all these factors make the experience of working with them an excellent one. You have the security of top rate legal advice delivered by individuals with whom you enjoy working.’

Key clients

Roche

Nestlé

The Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard's team includes a 'good mix of senior people with industry knowledge and young talent with global connections'. Team members are involved as counsel, mediators and arbitrators in a variety of arbitration proceedings. Bern-based Bernhard Berger stands out for agency and distribution, M&A and joint venture cases and Martin Molina has core expertise in the commodity trading, medtech and energy fields. In Basel, Olivier Mosimann has a 'strong commercial background' and Claudia Götz Staehelin is a key names for life sciences disputes. François KaiserHenry Peter and Jean-Cédric Michel are the key contacts in Lausanne, Lugano and Geneva, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Berger; Martin Molina; Olivier Mosimann; François Kaiser; Henry Peter; Jean-Cédric Michel

Testimonials

‘Martin Molina is fluent in German, French, English and Spanish making his practice very international. Martin is an excellent professional with exceptional strategic approach to the case. He is very calm and this quality radiates through to the team around him. It is very reassuring because you know that he is in control of the situation.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is an expert in both litigation and arbitration. Very smart, knowledgeable and easy to work with. Certainly one of the up and coming dispute resolution specialists in Switzerland.’

‘Bernhard Berger is one of the top Swiss arbitrators.’

‘The firm has a very efficient and focused approach, which helped resolve a complicated matter in a very short timeframe. Full partner attention at all times.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is very professional and has excellent judgement.’

‘Bernhard Berger is unique – with or without a team.’

‘Bernhard Berger is an exceptional lawyer. He is very precise, quick and pays the necessary attention to detail.’

‘Martin Molina is a strong practitioner, very knowledgeable and reliable. His ability to work seamlessly in French, German, English and Spanish is very impressive.’

‘Good mix of senior people with industry knowledge and young talent with global connections and very strong academic background.’

‘Claudia Götz has incredible industry know-how paired with legal rigor and a deep understanding of the business. This is significant and unique in this combination.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is an up and coming partner who has global connections through his long time involvement with the Vis Moot and Basel university, and a very strong academic background he knows how to put into practice.’

‘Basically form a dream-team for every in-house lawyer.’

‘Bernhard Berger is clearly a leader in arbitration. Very pleasant to work with, very diligent as an arbitrator. ’

‘Claudia Götz: always keeps oversight of the bigger picture and the strategy.’

‘Olivier Mosimann: Strong commercial background, absolute CISG expert.’

‘The Swiss market has a lot of strong players in the international arbitration space, but Kellerhals has shown excellent strength in intellectual property, and has been able to marry these two strengths for purposes of the matter on which we are collaborating.’

‘Martin Molina has very good instincts in the international arbitration context, and is exceedingly easy to work with.’

‘Dynamic and internationally-oriented arbitration team. Small, but very efficient team with highly qualified lawyers.’

‘Very dedicated and thorough lawyers, some with substantial in-house experience and an understanding of what clients need.’

‘Claudia Goetz is very sharp, great strategic thinker.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is thorough and very smart.’

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP fields an 'exceptionally skilled team of individuals', who are active in international arbitration proceedings. Arbitration relating to infrastructure construction projects is a strength and the group also acts for clients from the commodities, financial services, energy and life sciences sectors. Charles Adams has considerable experience in the disputes space and he leads the practice together with Vanessa Liborio, who is well versed in manufacturing and energy investment proceedings. 'Superb tacticianJames Hargrove divides his time between Geneva and London. Rena Scott made partner in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Charles Adams; Vanessa Liborio

Other key lawyers:

James Hargrove; Rena Scott

Testimonials

‘Charles Adams is a global superstar – his stellar reputation for calm under fire and legal acumen is richly deserved. ’

‘Charles Adams has a fantastic network and a brilliant command of the English language.’

‘Vanessa Liborio is meticulous and extremely hard working.’

‘Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has an extremely strong practice in this area with the fantastic James Hargrove. They offer an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who provide advice which is always considered and on-point. They have developed a very strong following in the market.’

‘James Hargrove is a virtuoso lawyer at the absolute top of his game. He is an absolutely superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. He has masterly command of the subject and has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of his cases. He displays absolute charm with his clients and all those with whom he works. He is very charismatic and clients love him. Most importantly, he gets great results for his clients.

‘Very efficient team, good work allocation, quick response times, expectation management, transparent and open communication, very good risk evaluation, capable of providing different fee arrangements.’

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company

BNP Paribas

Litasco (a subsidiary of Lukoil)

Grupo TSK

Tecnicas Reunidas

King Abdullah Financial District

Hobart Group

EspeRare Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acting for an oil trading and mining company in three separate London LCIA arbitrations against a European Petroleum company.
  • Acting for a European construction company in a dispute concerning its EPC services in the construction of a refinery in the Middle East.

Peter & Kim

Peter & Kim's team combines international experience from Switzerland, Australia and South Korea. Global corporations as well as mid-sized companies instruct the group in a variety of arbitration proceedings, including case relating to M&A, joint ventures and in the energy space. It has particular expertise  in international law and BIT (investments) cases. Practice head Wolfgang Peter in Geneva has longstanding experience acting as an arbitrator and counsel. Konstantin Christie, also in Geneva, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Peter

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Brunner; Konstantin Christie; Daniel Greineder

Key clients

Dogus

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH has considerable experience in international commercial cases, investor-state disputes, and state-to-state arbitration. The team is instructed by Swiss and foreign corporations, financial institutions, investors and foreign states and is led by Thomas Werlen, who is noted for his 'superb intellect and experience'; he has special know-how acting for banks, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Counsel Simon Vorburger is 'perfectly able to deal with complex legal issues'.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Werlen

Other key lawyers:

Simon Vorburger

Testimonials

‘Simon Vorburger is a very promising arbitration practitioner; perfectly able to deal with complex legal issues and present them in compelling briefs.’

‘Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP are not only lawyers but counsellors and trusted advisors. This more personal element in combination with their presence and expertise ensure a smooth collaboration with colleagues and clients. Furthermore, their commercial oriented approach allows the team to offer the best possible solution to the issues, commercial or legal.’

‘They constantly strive to offer the best legal advice so as to provide guidance through the complex maze of legal processes, negotiations and other legal issues.’

‘The firm has a very competent, strong, smart, pragmatic and commercially minded team.’

‘Thomas Werlen has vast practical knowledge in specialized international transactions and disputes. He has a deep corporate and commercial know-how and a wide-ranging contentious and non-continuous experience. His superb intellect and experience enable him to grasp the core of every matter swiftly and provide effective solutions.’

‘Simon Vorburger is an extremely diligent and responsible individual with a professional and proactive approach. His vision is to provide a different legal experience more personalized on the basis of the principles of friendship, accountability, integrity and professionalism.’

Key clients

ABB

Accenture

Asia League Limited and East Asia Super League

Comosa

Diethelm Keller Group

EFG International (inc. BSI)

FC Basel

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Ferrexpo PLC

Garmin

Highlight Communications

Lion Point

Lonza

Monaco Increase Management

MSI DK

Mubadala Investment Company

Schenker-Winkler Holding

STA Travel Holding AG

Swarovski

Swatch

TEAM Marketing

Trafigura

Urs Burkard

Viagogo

Viasat

World Boxing Super Series

Work highlights

  • Representing a global satellite company in a dispute concerning the operation of a joint venture.
  • Representing an international energy company in an arbitration against a joint venture partner with respect to the development and commercialisation of jointly developed fuel products.
  • Acting for a multinational chemicals and biotechnology company in a dispute concerning the termination of a development and manufacturing services agreement.

White & Case LLP

Led by the experienced Anne Véronique Schlaepfer, the Geneva-based team at White & Case LLP stands out for its strong international practice. It acts in cross-border construction, gas price and pharmaceutical disputes and is instructed by global corporations as well as foreign states. Schlaepfer and Alexandre Mazuranic are both active as arbitrators and party counsellors.

Practice head(s):

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

Other key lawyers:

Zelda Hunter; Alexandre Mazuranic

Archipel

Archipel is 'deeply knowledgeable in international arbitration matters'. The team is active in a variety of industry sector disputes, including commodities, construction, telecoms and sport, and can conduct arbitration proceedings in several different languages. Guillaume Tattevin is a key name for disputes relating to Africa and the Middle East. He and Giulio Palermo, who is well versed in sports law, lead the practice. Counsel Laurence Ponty has experience in Russia and wider CIS disputes. 

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles infrastructure, energy, post-M&A, and sports arbitration proceedings as well as disputes with a nexus to corporate and banking law. Through close links with its international network the team well positioned for cross-border mandates. The practice is led by Urs Zenhäusern and Luca Beffa in Zurich and Geneva, respectively. Joachim Frick combines corporate, insurance and dispute resolution expertise.

Practice head(s):

Urs Zenhäusern; Luca Beffa

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Frick; Valentina Hirsiger

Testimonials

‘Luca Beffa is proactive, demonstrates attention to detail, and is an arbitration specialist.’

‘Good international network of top lawyers within one firm.’

‘High appraisal of Luca Beffa’s legal/analytical skills as a lawyer.’

Work highlights

  • Representing an international IT services provider in a Swiss Chambers’ arbitration brought by a former purchaser of IT services.
  • Represented a Middle Eastern distributor of pharmaceutical products in an ICC arbitration against the Swiss manufacturer of pharmaceutical products regarding termination provisions and breach of contract.
  • Acted for an international business jets and chartering company in a LCIA arbitration in South Africa in relation to warranty claims raised by the purchaser in an M&A dispute and related liability claims against the target company and its management.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd focuses its practice on arbitration proceedings in the life sciences, medtech, infrastructure and private banking space. With offices in London and Madrid, disputes are often international in nature and practitioners have experience acting as counsels as well as arbitrators. Franz Stirnimann is well versed in a range of commercial disputes. Other integral members of the team are Jean Marguerat and Jean-Marie Vulliemin.

Other key lawyers:

Franz Stirnimann; Jean Marguerat; Jean-Marie Vulliemin; Dmitry Pentsov

Testimonials

‘Very professional approach, high quality of work, know-how, open-mindedness and intensive focus on clients’ needs are the things that set Froriep apart from other law firms.’

‘Lucien Valloni has broad legal knowledge in the area of dispute resolution. He is very professional and very pleasant to work with.’

‘They are very competent and have an excellent knowhow in international commercial arbitration.’

‘Jean Marguerat is very competent and a good advocate with excellent skills.’

Key clients

Clariant

FCC Construcción

Ali Riza

The Czech Republic

The Kingdom of Spain

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

Led by Roberto Dallafior, the team at Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG fields 'disputes specialists with solid know-how and excellent legal and advocacy skills'. It handles a variety of international commercial and sports arbitration cases. Manuel Arroyo has experience of acting as an arbitrator as well as counsel.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Dallafior

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Arroyo 

Testimonials

‘The team includes renowned disputes specialists with solid know-how and excellent legal and advocacy skills. The key partners are very accessible and uncomplicated to work with.’

‘Manuel Arroyo is a very knowledgeable and sharp arbitration specialist, with the ability to see the big picture as well as the small details in each case. He is very responsive, makes strong, persuasive points and is very good in achieving a consensus.’

‘Boutique law firm with strong litigation and arbitration practice. High quality standards. Handling complex, cross-border cases usually involving either Swiss law or Swiss parties; a mix of multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration.’

‘Manuel Arroyo: outstanding lawyer, focusing on arbitration, broad view also on commercial and strategic issues; covers a wide range of industries. He is very experienced and has has impressive analytical skills. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Roberto Dallafiour: standout practitioner who is highly specialised in corporate and commercial disputes and on complex insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial litigation and arbitration as well as on unfair competition, antitrust and procurement proceedings.’

Key clients

Miami FC

Holmer Maschinenbau GmbH (Germany)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Miami FC in a dispute with respect to the structure of the football world concerning the closed leagues in the US.

Patocchi & Marzolini

Disputes boutique Patocchi & Marzolini is noted for having 'the perfect combination of top-level competence, interpersonal skills and professional integrity'. Team members are instructed by international companies and financial institutions to represent them in arbitration proceedings and also act as arbitrators. Paolo Michele Patocchi and Paolo Marzolini, who jointly lead the practice, have knowledge of the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, commodities, construction, aviation, and defence industries. Senior associate Daniel Durante provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Michele Patocchi; Paolo Marzolini

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Durante

Testimonials

‘Personalised service and great growing talent. They are flexible to the company’s needs and expectations. It’s an extremely reliable team of brilliant professionals that are always immediately available for any request or call requiring their legal advice. Very responsive, and very hands-on.’

‘This is a boutique law firm providing high quality services that a client may only find in the bigger international law firms. ’

‘A consistent and dedicated team, which is very client-focused. Lawyers at Patocchi & Marzolini are very competent and pragmatic.’

‘Paolo Marzolini has a great legal mind and his attention to detail is remarkable.’

‘Very competent and professional.’

‘This firm maintains and nurtures an environment where you can find the perfect combination of top-level competence, interpersonal skills and professional integrity. The name partners are highly esteemed practitioners who are known and respected not only in Switzerland but around the world.’

‘The whole team is composed of lawyers who are very intelligent, responsive and hard working. The firm stands amongst the very best of the law firms that operate within the highly competitive world of international arbitration. ’

‘Michele Patocchi is one of the leading authorities in the practice of international arbitration and commands respect from both clients and peers.’

‘Paolo Marzolini is the most enthusiastic and driven colleague I have ever worked with. He is very hardworking and responsive and has one of the sharpest minds in the business. Despite the highly demanding nature of the work, he is a joy to work with.’

‘Daniel Durante represents the values Patocchi & Marzolini is built upon. He is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable and has an eye for detail. He is also very easy to work with.’

‘They are always on top of the case, they work very hard and make sure they know it better than everyone in the room.’

‘We worked closely with Paolo Marzolini, who is brilliant, meticulous, very hard working and a pleasure to watch in action.’

Tavernier Tschanz

Geneva-based Tavernier Tschanz is a disputes boutique, which focuses on arbitration matters. Headed by Frank Spoorenberg and Pierre-Yves Tschanz, the team handles disputes arising post-M&A, as well as from distribution agreements and contracts.

VISCHER

VISCHER fields a team of 'challenging sparring partners', who act as arbitrators and counsel in a broad range of arbitration cases. A particular area of expertise is the enforcement of arbitral awards. Daniele Favalli is an 'outstanding arbitration specialist' and leads the practice together with Christian Oetiker in Basel and Gérald Virieux in Geneva. Thomas Weibel is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Daniele Favalli; Christian Oetiker; Gérald Virieux

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Weibel

Testimonials

‘Very quick and reliable. Understanding the “business part” as well.’

‘Daniele Favalli is always available and quick to answer. Good business point of view.’

‘Daniele Favalli is an experienced multilingual arbitrator.’

‘Vischer is an all-in-one stop and has built a team dedicated to biotech / pharma. They are involved at various levels in the biotech Swiss world, which is a great advantage.’

‘Very good team, one of the best in Zurich.’

‘Daniele Favalli – outstanding arbitration specialist.’

‘Daniele Favalli: business acumen, creativity, solution-driven.’

‘The lawyers are challenging sparring partners who always try to represent their customers in the best possible way. They have an excellent understanding of the specific client’s business and needs. To do so they are deeply involved in the facts and can understand technically and financially challenging details in a short time period.’

‘Diversity, as far as it can be implemented and communicated in Switzerland, is implemented by VISCHER in an exemplary manner.’

‘Daniele Favalli always has a look at the big picture and has an excellent strategic view. He knows the relevant details and points out weaknesses as well as how to eliminate them. He can put together, delegate and instruct his team very well. When needed he is always available, absolutely reliable and committed. In addition, it is always a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sakto Corporation

Pirelli

Huntsman

T-Systems

AIG

Wenger & Vieli LTD

Wenger & Vieli LTD's is active in a a wide range of arbitration proceedings, institutional as well as ad hoc. The group handles disputes relating to industries including construction, energy and natural resources, telecoms and life sciences. Practice head Urs Weber-Stecher is 'equally excellent as arbitrator and counsel'. Of counsel Daniel Girsberger and counsel Flavio Peter are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Urs Weber-Stecher 

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Girsberger; Flavio Peter

Testimonials

‘Experienced arbitration team, very dedicated, reliable and hardworking.’

‘Urs Weber-Stecher is a very cooperative person, intelligent and to the point.’

‘Wenger Vieli’s arbitration team is highly qualified, well-versed and experienced. It especially stands out by its practically-oriented hands-on approach.’

‘Urs Weber-Stecher: As President of the ICC Swiss Commission of Arbitration and ADR and in his capacity as co-head of the Dispute Resolution practice group at Wenger & Vieli he is extremely well connected and one of the most highly regarded arbitration practitioners in Switzerland.’

‘Flavio Peter: Among the younger generation he is one of Switzerland’s most active and highly qualified Swiss arbitration practitioners.’

‘The quality is good, especially when Urs Weber-Stecher appears as arbitrator or leads a respective team in arbitration proceedings.