Michael E Schneider is a founding partner of Lalive. He has practised international arbitration for more than 40 years, acting as counsel before arbitration tribunals under various rules, including Swiss rules and those of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the European Development Fund (EDF), the LCIA, Geneva, Vienna and Stockholm Chambers of Commerce and UNECE, as well as before other international bodies including the WTO appellate body and the United Nations Compensation Commission. He has also been sitting as arbitrator (chair, sole or co-arbitrator) under the rules of many institutions both in Switzerland and abroad.
Michael E Schneider's main areas of practice include construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, investment and other disputes involving states, natural resources (particularly oil and gas), environment, telecommunications and joint ventures.
Michael E Schneider is the immediate past president of the Swiss Arbitration Association; vice chair of the ICC commission on arbitration and a member of several of its working groups; president-elect of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers; and vice president of UNCITRAL and former chairman of the UNCITRAL working group II (arbitration and conciliation). He is a member of the board of trustees and the executive committee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre; and the board of trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre of International Commercial Arbitration. He is a director of studies at the Centre for Studies and Research at The Hague Academy of International Law, and lectures on international contracts for the LLM programme of the University of Fribourg.
Michael E Schneider speaks fluent English, French and German and has basic knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Arabic.
WWL says: Michael Schneider is an “outstanding” practitioner who is commended for his “quick grasp of complex issues”.
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