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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Pierre-Yves Gunter

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Arbitration | Litigation | Media, Entertainment & Sports | Energy | IP & Technology


Pierre-Yves Gunter is co-heading the arbitration practice at Bär & Karrer.

He has been acting since 1991 in the field of international commercial arbitration. Pierre-Yves Gunter has extensive experience as Counsel and Arbitrator in the fields of agency, sales, distribution, joint-venture, construction and complex projects, oil & gas, telecommunications and IT, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, real estate, hotel management, commodity and international trade as well as corporate/post M&A. He also regularly acts before state courts for litigation cases.

He was for several years a Member of the Board of Directors at the SIAC and Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA (Section International Law and Practice).


  • Partner at Bär & Karrer (since 2017)
  • Partner at a Swiss law firm (1999-2016)
  • Associate at two Swiss law firms (1995-1999)
  • Associate at Clifford Chance (1993-1995)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (1991-1993)
  • Teaching Assistant at Neuchâtel University Law School


French, English


  • ICCA
  • LCIA
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)


  • LL.M. Harvard (1991)
  • Neuchâtel University Law School (Law Degree, summa cum laudae, 1987)


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

The multilingual team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has 'excellent knowledge of Swiss law', focusing on M&A, private client, intellectual property and IT disputes for a range of companies in the scientific, automotive, media and technology industries. Pierre-Yves Gunter serves as chairman in a $700m ICC arbitration proceeding concerning the Panama canal, and also co-represents the National Iranian Gas Company in a €5bn gas dispute against claimant Turkmengas. Daniel Hochstrasser in Zurich and the 'terrific' Geneva-based Saverio Lembo, who 'has excellent practical judgement', are also key partners.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Full-service firm Bär & Karrer Ltd. stands out for its 'in-depth know-how and pragmatic legal advice', as well as its 'experience in complex international cases and good relationships with other relevant entities'. The ten-partner team is best known for M&A, private client, intellectual property, IT litigation and white-collar criminal law matters. In a pending matter before the Swiss Supreme Court, Pierre-Yves Gunter and Aurélie Conrad Hari are instructed by Omea to enforce an award against the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in order to secure a payment of more than €95m, while Matthew T Reiter represented an industrial company in a successful appeal proceeding before the Zurich Superior Court concerning profit margins related to a share purchase agreement. 'Excellent outside-the-box thinkerAndreas Länzlinger acts for an insurance carrier as respondent to the insured in a proceeding regarding alleged claims under a professional indemnity insurance policy. Saverio Lembo is a key partner in Geneva.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.'s team impresses with its 'straight-to-the-point advice, great availability and efficiency'. Its practice groups are uniquely strong in handling transactions, as well as banking, regulatory, dispute resolution and white-collar criminal law matters. Cédric Chapuis, Saverio Lembo, Pierre-Yves Gunter and 'skilled arbitrator' Alexandra Johnson are the names to note. The Geneva office was further bolstered by the arrivals of Martin Anderson and Frederic Betrisey from Baker McKenzie.

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