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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Alexandra C. Johnson

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Arbitration | Litigation | Energy | Media, Entertainment & Sports | Life Sciences


Alexandra Johnson has more than seventeen years of experience in international arbitration. She has acted as counsel and co-counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional, in various matters such as international joint venture agreements, gas sales, construction and engineering, distribution and licensing agreements, sale of goods, pharmaceutical, M&A and sport-related disputes. In addition to her counsel work, Alexandra Johnson also sits as arbitrator.

Moreover, Alexandra Johnson frequently advises clients on Swiss contract law and represents parties in enforcement or setting aside proceedings before Swiss cantonal courts and before the Swiss Supreme Court. She also regularly acts before state courts in litigation cases.

Alexandra Johnson regularly speaks and writes on international arbitration topics. She is a Co-Chair of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Local Group and a member of the ASA marketing committee. She is also a member of the board of ArbitralWomen and a member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.

Alexandra Johnson is listed in Who's Who Legal's Future Leaders Arbitration 2017 and 2018.


  • Partner at Bär & Karrer (since 2017)
  • Partner at a Swiss law firm (2016)
  • Counsel at a Swiss law firm (2012-2015)
  • Senior Associate at a Swiss law firm (2010-2011)
  • Senior Associate at a Swiss law firm (2005-2010)
  • Associate at Clifford Chance in New York (2001-2002) and London (2002-2004)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (1999-2000)
  • Assistant to Prof. François Knoepfler (1999-2000)
  • Trainee at a Swiss law firm (1997-1999)


French, English


  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Co-Chair of the Geneva Local Group
  • Member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy
  • Board Member of ArbitralWomen
  • Past Board Member of ICDR Young & International
  • Harvard European Law Association


  • Admitted to the New York Bar (2001; not practicing)
  • Harvard Law School: LL.M (2001; Fulbright Scholar)
  • University of Neuchâtel: lic. iur. (1997)


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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