Melissa Magliana > LALIVE > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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International Commercial Arbitration




Melissa Magliana is a partner at LALIVE specializing in international commercial arbitration.

With experience in both common and civil law jurisdictions and holding legal degrees in US and Swiss law, she advises and represents clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings under all major rules of arbitration. She also acts as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and as chair of arbitral tribunals and advises on other forms of dispute resolution and related proceedings, such as mediation and international legal assistance. Her expertise spans different sectors, including the construction, transportation, pharma and mining industries, with a particular focus on works contracts as well as shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes arising in a post-M&A and construction projects context.

Melissa Magliana is a member of the Executive Committee of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre, where she acts as Secretary to the Court. She is also a member of the board of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), for which she acts as co-chair of the ASA Practice Building Seminar. She previously served as a co-chair of ASA below 40 and as a Steering Committee member of Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners. She is a frequent speaker and publishes regularly on matters relating to international dispute resolution.

Melissa Magliana was the 2016 recipient of the ASA Prize for Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration, awarded every two years to international arbitration counsel to recognize exceptional advocacy in international arbitration. She has also been recommended by several directories, including as a global leader in Arbitration by Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal.

Before joining LALIVE, Melissa Magliana clerked for The Hon. Carol Bagley Amon at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was Counsel in arbitration and litigation at a leading Swiss law firm. She graduated from Princeton University in 1999 (magna cum laude) and received her Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law in 2004, where she was a James Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review. In 2014, she obtained a Swiss law degree (MLaw, magna cum laude) from University of Lucerne School of Law.


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Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Next Generation Partners)

Melissa MaglianaLALIVE

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 > 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.