Pierre-Yves Gunter is a partner of the international arbitration group at Python & Peter.
He has been acting since 1991 in the field of international and domestic commercial arbitration.
Up to end of September 2014, he has acted as counsel and arbitrator (chairman, sole arbitrator and party appointed arbitrator) in Switzerland and abroad in a total of 161 arbitration proceedings both ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and administered (ICC, Swiss Rules, LCIA, WIPO, FOSFA, Vienna International Arbitral Center, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, etc).
He is regularly appointed arbitrator by the leading arbitration institutions.
He is experienced in several fields in particular disputes relating to agency, sales, distribution, joint-venture, construction and complex projects, oil & gas, telecommunications and IT, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, real estate, hotel management, commodity and international trade, corporate/post M&A.
He also frequently represents parties in arbitration matters before the Swiss Supreme Court (appeals filed against arbitration awards) and before other Swiss courts.
Before joining Python & Peter, Mr Gunter worked with the firm Lalive & Partners under the supervision of Professor Pierre Lalive and Dr Jean-Flavien Lalive. He also worked as foreign associate for two years in London and Paris with the international arbitration group of Clifford Chance under the supervision of John Beechey.
Between 1996 and 1999, he was a member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (today Geneva Swiss Chamber) and between 1991 and 1998 he was a member of the editorial board of the Swiss Arbitration bulletin (Bulletin ASA). Between 2007 and 2009 he was co-chair of the international arbitration committee of the American Bar Association (section international law and practice). From March 2009 until March 2013, he was sitting as board member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and is a member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.
Mr Gunter was selected in 2006 a global peer survey as one of "45 Leading Arbitrators under 45" and in Spring 2013 was short-listed for the GAR (Global Arbitration Review) Awards for the "Best prepared/most responsive Arbitrator".
One finds the following comments in Chambers Europe 2014 about him: "Geneva-based Pierre-Yves Gunter is an 'erudite and impressive' arbitration lawyer, renowned in Switzerland and throughout Europe for his activity as arbitrator and counsel on significant multi-jurisdictional cases. Interviewees recommend him for major appointments, as he is 'serious, unpretentious and hard-working', and 'very thorough in his analysis'".
He graduated in 1987 from the Law School of Neuchâtel University (summa cum laudae) and holds a LLM (91') from Harvard Law School.
He has written various articles on international arbitration and frequently appears as speaker at conferences on arbitration.
He is fluent in English and French and has a good command of German as well as a basic knowledge of Italian.
Mr Gunter is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association and International Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Institut de l'Arbitrage International, the Comité Français de l'Arbitrage, the London International Arbitration Club, the Center for American and International Law and of the Curatorium of the Harvard Law School Foundation-Switzerland.
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