Mr Olivier Carrard > CMS > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd
Rue Bovy-Lysberg 2, PO Box 5067
1211 Geneva 3

Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Olivier Carrard mainly focuses on Sports law, litigation, arbitration, commercial law, construction law, inheritance law and bankruptcy.

Graduated from the University of Fribourg (1982), he was admitted at the Geneva Bar in 1985. He worked at the General Direction of SBS (Basel). He founded his own firm in 1990, and joined ZPG as a partner in 2005, which merged with CMS in 2014. Olivier Carrard is now a Partner of the CMS Geneva office.

Since January 1st 2016, he has been appointed in 98 CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) arbitrations: 27 times as sole arbitrator, 14 times as chairman, 57 times as co-arbitrator. In total, Olivier Carrard has been involved in more than 390 CAS arbitrations since 1996, which makes him one of the most experienced CAS arbitrators around the world. He has been a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport since 1996 and was Member of the ad hoc Division of CAS during the winter Olympic Games of Vancouver 2010.

Former participant as an athlete to the Olympic Games of Los Angeles (1984), he is President of the Swiss Fencing Federation since 2004 and President of the Ethic Board of the International Fencing Federation (FIE).


French, English, German


  • President of the Swiss Fencing Federation
  • President of the Ethic Board of the International Fencing Federation (FIE)
  • International Association of Lawyers (IAL)
  • Association Suisse du Droit du Sport (ASDS)


  • 1985 – Bar exam
  • 1982 – Law degree, University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

The team at CMS is regularly involved in matters of debt enforcement, bankruptcy and restructuring-related proceedings before Swiss authorities and courts. Beyond that, the practice also advises Swiss companies as well as domestic and foreign financial creditors on restructuring and reorganisation matters. Embedded in an international network, the practitioners are frequently sought after as Swiss counsel in multi-jurisdictional cases. Olivier Carrard has experience in dispute resolution and leads the practice together with the ‘highly articulate and responsiveReto Hunsperger.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Lauded for its ‘quality of people, technical skills (especially in tax matters), good contacts with local authorities and international network’, CMS‘ team covers a broad array of practice areas and also work with teams in other jurisdictions. The Geneva team, which is led by Pascal Favre, has strengths in dispute resolution, competition, tax and sports law as well as corporate matters and M&A transactions. The key figures are Christian Lüscher, Olivier Carrard, Andrio Orler and Pierre Ducret.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

CMS is active in the arbitration arena, acting as both counsel and arbitrator for a range of domestic and international clients. The team is particularly adept in proceedings relating to construction disputes, post-M&A issues, distribution contracts and joint ventures, and also has notable sector-based expertise. Philipp Dickenmann and Christian Lüscher lead in Zurich and Geneva respectively, Pierre Ducret and Olivier Carrard handle sports arbitrations, Niklaus Zaugg has acted in construction and banking claims, and managing partner Jodok Wicki excels in insurance work.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

The real estate practice at CMS focuses on advising national and international institutional investors on all aspects of transactions. This includes acquisitions and divestments in asset and share deals, developments of various types of real estate, financings and sale-and-lease back transactions of office, hotel and logistics properties. Stefan Gerster and Olivier Carrard jointly head the team, which ‘distinguishes itself by an efficient and hands-on attitude‘, and further advises on corporate real estate matters, including real estate litigation. Sibylle Schnyder is a further key contact. Sidonie Morvan, who has a focus on acquisitions, construction and development projects, joined from OA LEGAL in January 2021.