Ms Teresa Giovannini > LALIVE > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6
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Work Department

International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Arbitration.


Senior Counsel


Teresa Giovannini is a founding partner of LALIVE and now Senior Counsel specialising in international arbitration, as well as art law. She has participated in more than 200 international arbitrations (119 as arbitrator, including 89 as presiding or sole arbitrator), either ad hoc, in particular UNCITRAL, or administered by various institutions including AAA/ICDR, ICC, ICHEIC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, Chamber of Commerce of Milan, Chamber of Commerce of Venice and Swiss Chambers (Geneva, Zürich and Ticino), including setting aside proceedings with the Swiss Supreme Court. Her areas of specialization include disputes relating to procurement contracts, sales, license, agency, joint venture and shareholder agreements in a wide range of sectors, in particular infrastructure projects, aviation, transfer of technology, construction of turnkey factories, pharmaceuticals, insurance, luxury goods and arts.

Teresa Giovannini is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR since 1 July 2015. She was a member and vice-president of the LCIA Court from 2006 until 2011 and a member of the Arbitral Council of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration from 1997 to 2005. Teresa Giovannini is also a member of several panels of arbitrators, including the ICC Swiss National Committee, the panels of the ICDR, the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), the CIETAC, the CRCICA, the DIAC, the ICHEIC and the LCIA. Since 2012 she has been included on the ICOM-WIPO List of Mediators with specific expertise in art and cultural heritage. She is currently a member of the global advisory board of the New York International Arbitration Centre (NYIAC), a member of the Council of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, the International Law Association Committee on Arbitration (Swiss Member), the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, the Advisory Board of the Transnational Arbitration Association, the LCIA Company and the Club of Arbitrators of the Milan Chamber of National and International Arbitration. She furthermore presides the ICDR Committee on Ethics. Mrs Giovannini is a member of many other professional associations, including ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association), the Swiss Society of International Law, the Swiss Society of Jurists, the Comité français de l’arbitrage, the International Arbitration Institute, the International Arbitration Club, and the International Bar Association (Arbitration and Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committees).

Teresa Giovannini is also a frequent speaker at international conferences on international arbitration as well as the author of many publications in the field of international law and arbitration. She has been ranked for many years by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global for Dispute resolution – Arbitrators for Switzerland, as well as in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration. She has recently been listed among the Best Prepared/Most Responsive Arbitrators by the Global Arbitration Review (GAR).

Before joining Lalive Budin & Partners in 1985, Teresa Giovannini trained in Rome (Chiomenti & Partners, 1983-1985) and in Geneva (Turrettini & L’Huillier, 1981-1983), after having worked as a legal counsel in Geneva (University Hospital, 1977-1981) and in Freiburg (Public Health Department of the Cantonal Government). She graduated from the University of Freiburg in Switzerland and studied at The Hague Academy of International Law (1974).


French English and Italian, good knowledge of German.