Mr Philippe Bärtsch, LL.M. > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes
P.O. Box 2088
1211 Geneva 1

Work Department

Geneva / International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Sports.


Philippe Bärtsch is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Geneva Office, and a Vice-Chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Philippe has extensive experience handling complex international commercial arbitrations. Philippe has successfully represented clients in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. He also advises clients on the enforcement of awards, on Swiss contract law and on international trade sanctions.


  • Counsel and arbitrator in more than 100 complex commercial arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide, involving a wide array of matters and under many different laws
  • Main areas of specialization include post M&A disputes, energy, construction / engineering, commodities, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and sports
  • Counsel in close to 100 different proceedings before sports arbitral institutions and adjudicative bodies of sports federations, including in some of the highest profile sports cases in recent history


2019 – Managing Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

2015 – Member of Schellenberg Wittmer’s Management Committee

2012 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

2006 – Foreign Associate in a leading US firm in New York

2003 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer


  • French
  • English
  • German


  • Member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy
  • Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution
  • Co-chair Young Arbitration Practitioners (YAP)
  • Co-chair the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)


2004 – LL.M., Harvard Law School

2002 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

2000 – lic. Iur., University of Geneva

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Philippe Bärtsch – Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is praised for its ‘outstanding reputation for arbitration’ and team of ‘true problem solvers’, led globally by Elliott Geisinger in Zurich and vice-chaired by Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog in Geneva and Zurich respectively. The practice excels in commercial, investment and sports arbitration proceedings as well as handling setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court; the team recently represented the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Clients single out ‘seasoned arbitration counselSebastiano Nessi and the ‘outstandingStefan Leimgruber; other key names include Anya George, who is recommended for insurance, energy and commodities work; Anna Kozmenko, IP specialist Philipp Groz and counsel Anne-Carole Cremades.

Switzerland > Sports law

The sports practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is led by Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog, ‘an unmatched pair of counsel that has proven extremely efficient to win difficult cases.’ Clients such as sports federations, organizations, and athletes as well as state entities and involved corporations instruct the group in a variety of matters. Sports arbitration, agreements, broadcasting rights, and doping matters are areas of particular strength. Anna Kozmenko has ‘deep knowledge of sports law.’

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly well known for its activities in all forms of dispute resolution, encompassing international arbitration and litigation as well as white-collar crime cases and investigations, as well as its banking and finance practice, with further strength in the real estate and construction sector. Key contacts for dispute resolution are Philippe Bärtsch, Louis Burrus, Benjamin Borsodi and Paul Gully-Hart while Caroline Clemetson, Tarek Houdrouge and Grégoire Wuest are the key figures for banking and finance advice. Real estate and construction specialist Yves Jeanrenaud and corporate and M&A-focused Christoph Vonlanthen are also noted.