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.
As of December 2014, he has acted as counsel and arbitrator (chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator) in Switzerland and abroad in a total of 165 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 and 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 the 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 of international law and practice). From March 2009 until March 2013, he was sitting as board member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); he is also 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 he was shortlisted at the Global Arbitration Review Awards as Best Prepared/Most Responsive Arbitrator.
Chambers Europe (2014) states: "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 laude) and holds an LLM (1991) 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, Swiss and International Bar Associations, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Swiss Arbitration Association, the International Arbitration Institution, the French Commission on Arbitration, the London International Arbitration Club, the Center for American and International Law and the Curatorium of the Harvard Law School Foundation-Switzerland.
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