Dr iur Diana Akikol > Walder Wyss Ltd. > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Walder Wyss Ltd.
RUE D'ITALIE 10
1211 GENEVA 3
Switzerland

Work Department

Litigation & Arbitration

Position

Partner

Career

Diana Akikol represents our clients in complex commercial arbitrations and regularly sits as an arbitrator, often as president. She has been involved in more than 65 arbitrations seated in a number of jurisdictions and involving claims governed by various national laws. Her expertise extends to both institutional arbitrations (e.g. Swiss Rules, ICC, LCIA and DIS Rules) and ad hoc arbitrations (including UNCITRAL proceedings).

Diana Akikol acts as counsel or arbitrator in all types of contractual and commercial disputes. Her practice has a particular focus on sales of goods, commodities and energy trading, M&A, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, agency, licence and distribution agreements (including in the pharmaceutical industry), as well as services and consultancy agreements (in particular in the industrial, military and telecommunications sectors).

Moreover, she has many years of experience in construction arbitration, with particular expertise in dealing with warranty claims relating to large infrastructure projects.

Languages

Diana Akikol is a native German speaker and fluent in English and French. She has basic knowledge of Turkish.

Memberships

Diana Akikol is a member of the ICC Swiss National Committee, the ICC Arbitration Commission in Paris, the Board of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI), and the International Advisory Body of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC).

Education

Diana Akikol holds a law degree from the University of Fribourg and a doctorate degree from the University of Lucerne, both summa cum laude. She was admitted to the bar in 2002, ranked first of her class, and initially served as a law clerk in the White-Collar Crime Division of the High Court of Berne. From 2007 to 2014, she specialised in international arbitration with the Geneva office of a leading national law firm. As of 2014, she continued her arbitration practice as a co-founder of a Geneva-based law firm.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

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 lawyers‘ Michael 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.