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Lalive is an independent, internationally orientated law firm located in Geneva and Zurich. The firm is seen as “a world leader” in international commercial arbitration and, in this regard, it is “virtually unmatched” in the skill and depth of its practitioners.

The firm boasts some of the country’s very best counsel and arbitrators, who are experienced in a range of international commercial arbitrations. Founding partner Michael Schneider has practice in the field for over 35 years, with a special focus on construction, engineering and infrastructure, investment and natural resources disputes. According to respondents, “He is one of the biggest names in the business,”. Others add that he is “effortlessly intelligent” and “supremely efficient”. Matthias Scherer is “a superstar” of international disputes arising out of commercial transactions, including construction, joint ventures, M&A and energy arbitrations. According to a number of respondents he is “outstanding in all regards”. Philipp Habegger is extensively experienced in international arbitral proceedings across a range of jurisdictions and areas of commercial law. Many respondents share the view that he is an “excellent arbitrator, hands-on, with sublime attention to detail”. Domitille Baizeau is fully focused on international arbitration with a particular specialism in joint ventures, M&A, shareholders, sales, privatisation and investment disputes. She is seen as a “first-class” practitioner, with a “no-nonsense approach”; one peer adds that she is “an inspiration”. Bernd Ehle is highly active in construction, infrastructure, telecommunications and energy sector arbitrations. He is well respected by sources, and one client stated that he is “really outstanding: very energetic and equally efficient”.

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