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Xavier Favre-Bulle
Office:
Route de Chêne 30
CH-1211
City:
Geneva 6
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 58 450 70 00
Fax:
+41 58 450 70 01

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Dr Favre-Bulle’s practice concentrates on dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in more than 200 arbitrations, eg, sales agreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc, in various business industries such as energy, construction, luxury goods, commodity trading, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, and sports. At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Xavier Favre-Bulle heads the arbitration group and the sports law sector.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in arbitration?

I was lucky: I was offered a 100 per cent arbitration position at Lenz & Staehelin in 1996 and I immediately loved this new field I was discovering.

You have been a part of Lenz & Staehelin for over 20 years now. What do you enjoy most about being at the firm?

We are a true partnership of highly qualified and skilful specialists in top fields, with a prime client base. I enjoy valuable independence in the management of our arbitration practice.

What skills make a successful arbitrator?

A good arbitrator must of course be efficient and reliable, but also open-minded and truly interested in the issues at stake (even when extremely complex or technical). Being able to listen to the parties is a key asset.

What new challenges will arbitration practitioners face in the future?

Competition. The race to gain more clients or appointments, with dumping on fees and conflicts issues, is likely to affect quality.

To what extent is Switzerland still a leading jurisdiction for arbitration, and what has it done to maintain its prestige in the area?

Switzerland is and remains a major arbitration centre. Every effort is made to promote arbitration through marketing committees and the like, and we trust that Switzerland is capable of continuing imposing itself in light of its extremely pro-arbitration legal environment and the long-lasting experience and reliability of both practitioners and courts.

How has the international arbitration landscape changed and developed since you first began your career?

Arbitration proceedings are much more sophisticated and matters handled with more professionalism as regards, eg, procedural aspects (with detailed rules and orders), evidence gathering (witness statements, document production, etc) and the role of quantum experts.

Does arbitration suffer from the fact that parties looking to go to dispute may not fully appreciate its benefits?

Time and costs have become the main factors considered by many clients, often to the detriment of efficient dispute resolution. Complex disputes do require that sufficient time (and corresponding costs) is dedicated to reach a satisfactory outcome on the merits.

What has been your proudest moment in practice?

Contributing to strengthening decades of dispute resolution at Lenz & Staehelin and being recognised by clients and peers as a solid arbitration practitioner, both as counsel and arbitrator.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Arbitration

Dr Favre-Bulle has more than 20 years of experience in dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in over 200 arbitrations - for example, salesagreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc, in various business industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, energy, construction, luxury goods, sports (in particular before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), etc. At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Xavier Favre-Bulle leads the arbitration group and the sports law sector. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 60 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle is a member of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) governing board, the current president of the Sports Law Commission, a member of the ADR Commission of the Geneva Bar Association and an associate member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He is a lecturer in the master's programme on arbitration and international business law at the University of Versailles, and the LLM on international sports law at the University of Zurich. Xavier Favre-Bulle is the former president of the International Arbitration Commission, a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002-2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004-2012). He speaks French, English and German.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999. He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since in 2003.

He is a member of the following professional associations: Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI), Comité français de l'arbitrage, International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar Association (OdA), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Société Suisse des Juristes, Geneva Association of Business Lawyers (AGDA), Société Genevoise de Droit et de Législation (SGDL), Centre du droit de l'entreprise de l'Université de Lausanne (CEDIDAC), Association Henri Capitant, Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Association suisse de droit du sport (ASDS), Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (SIAC).

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Buller is described by peers as “very smart, thorough and dedicated”. He is commended for his “very meticulous approach” and “high level of scientific knowledge”.​

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

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Dr Favre-Bulle has more than 20 years of experience in dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in over 200 arbitrations - for example, sales agreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc, in various business industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, energy, construction, luxury goods, sports (in particular before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), etc. At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Xavier Favre-Bulle leads the arbitration group and the sports law sector. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 60 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle is a member of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) governing board, the current president of the Sports Law Commission, a member of the ADR Commission of the Geneva Bar Association and an associate member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He is a lecturer in the master’s programme on “arbitration and international business law” at the University of Versailles and the LLM on “international sports law” at the University of Zurich. Xavier Favre-Bulle is the former president of the International Arbitration Commission, a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002-2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004-2012). He speaks French, English and German.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999.  He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since in 2003.

He is a member of the following professional associations: Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI), Comité français de l'arbitrage, International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar Association (OdA), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Société Suisse des Juristes, Geneva Association of Business Lawyers (AGDA), Société Genevoise de Droit et de Législation (SGDL), Centre du droit de l'entreprise de l'Université de Lausanne (CEDIDAC), Association Henri Capitant, Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Association suisse de droit du sport (ASDS), Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (SIAC).

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Bulle is a widely recognised figure in the market, and always demonstrates an “acute understanding” of the legal issues at hand.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Sports & Entertainment: Sport

Dr Favre-Bulle heads the sports law and arbitration groups at Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. His practice concentrates on sports law, arbitration (counsel or arbitrator), international litigation and ADR. He regularly acts as counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other bodies, including internal tribunals of sports federations. To date, he has been involved in more than 200 arbitrations in sports and other fields. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 60 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999. He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since in 2003.

Xavier is the current president of the sports law commission of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) and a member of the UIA governing board. He is a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002-2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004-2012). He also chaired the UIA international arbitration commission. He is a current member of the ADR commission of the Geneva Bar.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients. 

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Bulle is a widely respected figure in the Swiss market, recognised by peers for his exceptional work handling industry-related disputes.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Sports & Entertainment

Dr Favre-Bulle heads the sports law and arbitration groups at Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. His practice concentrates on sports law, arbitration (counsel or arbitrator), international litigation and ADR. He regularly acts as counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other bodies, including internal tribunals of sports federations. To date, he has been involved in more than 200 arbitrations in sports and other fields. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 60 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999. He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since in 2003.

Xavier is the current president of the sports law commission of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) and a member of the UIA governing board. He is a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002-2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004-2012). He also chaired the UIA international arbitration commission. He is a current member of the ADR commission of the Geneva Bar.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients. 

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Buller is a "very smart, thorough and dedicated" practitioner who has handled a number of cases before CAS.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

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