Mr Michael E Schneider > LALIVE > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6
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Work Department

International commercial and investment arbitration.


Senior Counsel


Michael E. Schneider is a founding partner of LALIVE and now Senior Counsel. He has practised in international arbitration for more than 40 years as counsel in ad hoc proceedings and under various rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, Swiss Rules, Stockholm Institute, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), European Development Fund, UNCITRAL, and before other international bodies, including the WTO Appellate Body and the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC). He has also acted in many cases as arbitrator (chair, sole or co-arbitrator) under the rules of many institutions both in Switzerland and abroad.

Mr Schneider’s main areas of practice are disputes involving States and corporations in construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, natural resources (in particular oil and gas), pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and investment disputes. He has specific experience in dealing with technical issues and in managing large and complex disputes, organising and leading teams of specialists from different fields and different legal and cultural backgrounds.

Mr Schneider is honorary president of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). At ASA, he developed inter alia the Arbitration Practice Seminar organised annually since 1997 with civil law and common law practitioners. He was vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration until 2014 and has been a member of several of its working groups (1998 and 2012 revisions of the ICC rules, construction, pre-arbitral referee). He chaired the UNCITRAL Working Group II (Arbitration) at its Sessions in New York and Vienna (2006-2010) on the revision of the Arbitration Rules and on the revision of the Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings (2014-2015) and was Vice-Chair of the Commission (2015-2017). He is past president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL) and was co-chair of the IBA Committee on international Construction Projects.  He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore Arbitration Centre; he was a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He also was advising as inhouse counsel Universal Engineering and Finance Corporation (UNEFICO) on all contract matters.

Mr Schneider lectures at the University of Fribourg LLM Programme and was Director of Studies at the Centre for Studies and Research at the Hague Academy of International Law (Transnational Arbitration and State Contracts). He studied law and history at the universities of Munich, Bonn and Geneva and completed the 1st and 2nd State examination (capacity to hold office as a judge). He completed postgraduate studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and is a former AIESEC trainee with the Shell Company in Sierra Leone.


German, English, French, working knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Arabic.


Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

Michael Schneider – LALIVE

LALIVE ‘delivers seamless advice’ and is a key name in the market for commercial and investment arbitration, representing individuals, multinationals, state entities and states; clients include Romania, Mauritius and the Republic of Latvia. The team also has substantial expertise in the construction and infrastructure, energy, mining, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries; it recently represented Prairie Mining in a UNCITRAL arbitration involving the Australian/Poland bilateral investment treaty. Matthias Scherer and Joachim Knoll jointly lead the team; Scherer is praised for his investor-state arbitration knowledge and Knoll is active in disputes arising from commercial transactions. Michael Schneider has expertise in energy and construction claims, Teresa Giovannini focuses on contractual disputes, Veijo Heiskanen regularly acts for governments and foreign investors, and Melissa Magliana is ‘very strong on tactics and strategy’.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

LALIVE is well known for its strengths in domestic and international dispute resolution and arbitration. The key practitioners Matthias Scherer, Alexander Troller, Sandrine Giroud, Domitille Baizeau, Marc Henzelin, Veijo Heiskanen and Michael Schneider all have specific areas of expertise, including commercial contracts, financial matters, fraud, asset recovery, joint ventures, M&A transactions, economic criminal law and construction matters.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

LALIVE has a strong focus on dispute resolution in an international construction and real estate context. The team frequently represents clients, such as private companies as well as states and statal entities, in domestic and cross-border litigation proceedings, commercial and investor-state construction arbitrations as well as transactions. Arbitration specialists Melissa Magliana, Matthias Scherer, Michael Schneider, Bernd Ehle and Joachim Knoll are commended for their ‘ability to develop a reliable strategy and gain client trust‘ as well as their ‘wide international knowledge‘ as they also act in dispute resolution under foreign law.