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Nathalie Voser
Office:
Löwenstrasse 19
PO Box 2201
8021
City:
Zurich
State:
Zurich
Country:
Switzerland
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+41 44 215 5252
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+41 44 215 5200

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Litigation 2017

Nathalie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Basel and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1990. She further obtained a juris doctor, summa cum laude, and earned an LLM from Columbia University (New York) with honours. In 2014, Nathalie was awarded the title of professor in private law, arbitration law, private international law and comparative law by the University of Basel. While mainly being a partner in the dispute resolution team of Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich, Nathalie regularly teaches arbitration and private law.

What drove you to enter the legal profession?

I wanted to become a lawyer from the age of 12. Looking back, and still now, I think I do have a particularly developed sense of justice. I was always the person who tried to find solutions when others were arguing or fighting.

What inspires you as a practitioner?

Dispute resolution in general is very often complex and truly international and this is an aspect I very much enjoy. International arbitration in particular is a highly dynamic field, where the practitioners can shape and influence the best practice or even institutional arbitration rules if they invest enough time in a specific area. I had several such experiences and always found them very rewarding.

What are the challenges currently facing lawyers in this area?

The issues that we deal with have become more complex. It is not rare to see cases that are worth more than €100 million with the existence of an entire company at risk. At the same time, cost sensitivity of the clients has increased. This increases pressure on litigation lawyers, counsel and arbitrators.

Are clients more likely to utilise alternatives methods of dispute resolution? If so, what effects is this having on your practice and the field in general?

Given the increasing pressure to lower the costs of dispute resolution in general, ADR is a good alternative for parties who wish to have a less costly and faster process of dispute resolution. Thus, ADR is, and will be even more in the future, in competition with litigation and arbitration.

The prominence of litigation boutiques in the market has led to enhanced competition. How does your firm distinguish itself in the current climate?

We have highly qualified and specialised lawyers from various legal and cultural backgrounds who are fully dedicated and committed to providing our clients with creative and result-oriented solutions. Moreover, and this is what distinguishes us from litigation boutiques, we can draw on an outstanding combination of skills, experience and resources in our different practice groups within Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd.

How will your firm’s expansion into the Asian market develop and augment the services that you offer to clients?

In recent years, we have seen a shift from European to Asian international arbitrations and our Singapore office serves us as gateway for clients from these regions who are involved in arbitrations. We also aim to assist Asian companies in both in and outbound investments.

What do you anticipate the future holds for lawyers active in this area in Switzerland?

I do not anticipate a lot of changes in the area of litigation although some jurisdictions are trying to attract more litigation into their country by offering specialised courts (Singapore, Dubai). However, in arbitration, we currently see a growing competition in the Swiss market by international law firms handling cases with a Swiss aspect. Some have opened offices in Switzerland (in particular in Geneva). At the same time, the competition from other jurisdictions and the cost pressure on Swiss law firms is high, in particular in the aftermath of the high Swiss franc. On this basis, it is difficult to predict what the future will bring, in particular for Swiss lawyers practising in arbitration.

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Nathalie is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s dispute resolution group. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of cases and has advised clients involved in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes before state courts. Her experience covers a wide range of commercial disputes, but she is particularly known for her expertise relating to construction disputes, civil engineering and energy-related projects. She also has substantial experience in the pharmaceutical and automotive industry.

What inspired you to enter the legal profession?

Since childhood, I’ve had an urge to resolve disputes and often got upset when I thought something was unfair. Later, I felt this would allow me to look into many different commercial areas. This proved entirely right.

What qualities make a successful arbitrator?

Excellent planning and organisational skills. Natural authority, which comes with an in- depth knowledge of the field of arbitration and a detailed knowledge of the file. An arbitrator must be a good listener, open to changing his or her mind after hearing different views.

What advice would you give to young lawyers looking to sit as arbitrators in the future?

The best would be to learn the “art of arbitrating” (as some call it) by acting as counsel in arbitration cases. An even better way to learn the necessary skills is to act as administrative secretary to experienced arbitrators. This exposes you to many different ways that recurring procedural issues are dealt with.

What would you say are the main challenges currently facing practitioners in the field?

In international arbitration, there is high, global competition. While the number of arbitration cases are increasing, clients have become more cost-conscious.

International arbitration has recently come under fire for the under representation of women among its practitioners. What steps do you believe the community needs to take to overcome this challenge?

It is necessary and important to continue raising awareness of this issue, and to increase the number of highly qualified female arbitrators. It is difficult to understand why the situation among arbitrators should be any different to that within law firms, where we still experience a very low level of representation from female partners.

You are highly regarded for your expertise in handling matters concerning the construction industry – to what extent is arbitration the preferred form of dispute resolution in this sector?

In our globalised world, infrastructure projects are international – so typically arbitration is the first choice anyway. Disputes often have a complexity and scope which is not manageable by ordinary state courts. Courts are often not equipped for this. Before state courts, construction cases often take a very long time.

To what extent do you think the emergence of new regional arbitration centres around the world, such as SIAC, will have on Switzerland’s popularity as a chosen seat of arbitration?

There is a shift to Asia, because more Asian parties are involved in arbitration. But Switzerland, with only one appeal directly to the Supreme Court, which decides within months, will remain very popular.

Looking back over your career, what have you been proudest of?

Reaching a stage where parties and clients trust me with complex and important disputes.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Arbitration

Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zurich. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of cases and has advised clients involved in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes before state courts. Nathalie's areas of specialisation include general contract law and international procedural law such as (pretrial) attachment and recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Her practice focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects, research and development, distribution and licence agreements, joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Nathalie is well known for her expertise in the construction, power production, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. She is currently a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the VIAC International advisory board. Moreover, she is a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the SCC Rules Revision Committee and the SIAC Users' Council.

In 1988, Nathalie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Basel, and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1990. In 1992, she became a juris doctor summa cum laude, and in 1994 she earned an LLM with honours from Columbia University, New York. In 2005, she received the venia docendi for private law, conflicts of laws and comparative law; in 2014, she was awarded the title of professor in private law, arbitration law, private international law and comparative law by the University of Basel, where she regularly teaches courses in commercial arbitration and other areas of Swiss private law. 

Nathalie frequently publishes in her specialised field with a focus on international commercial arbitration and litigation dealing with matters such as conflicts of interests, provisional measures and multiparty arbitration and certain areas of Swiss and comparative substantive law. She has also co-authored a textbook on international arbitration in Switzerland, notably the third edition of International Arbitration - Comparative and Swiss Perspectives (Zurich: Schulthess, 2016). Furthermore, she has given numerous presentations in these areas in Europe, the US and Asia.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction,  dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration. 

WWL says: Nathalie Voser is a highly skilful arbitrator and counsel in complex disputes who peers describe as a “leading figure on the scene”.

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

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zurich. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a vast number of cases and has advised clients involved in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes before state courts. Her areas of specialisation include general contract law and international procedural law such as (pretrial) attachment and recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Her practice focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and energy related projects, research and development, distribution and licence agreements, joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Nathalie Voser is well known for her expertise in the construction, power production, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. She is currently a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the VIAC International advisory board. Moreover, she is a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the SCC Rules Revision Committee and the SIAC Users' Council.

In 1988, Nathalie Voser graduated summa cum laude from the University of Basel and was admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 1990. In 1992, she became a juris doctor with summa cum laude and earned an LLM from Columbia University (New York) in 1994 with honours. In 2005, she received the venia docendi for private law, conflicts of laws and comparative law; in 2014, she was awarded the title of professor in private law, arbitration law, private international law and comparative law by the University of Basel, where she regularly teaches courses in commercial arbitration and other areas of Swiss private law.

Articles published by Nathalie Voser focus on international commercial arbitration and litigation dealing with matters such as conflicts of interests, provisional measures and multiparty arbitration and certain areas of Swiss and comparative substantive law. She has also co-authored a textbook on international arbitration in Switzerland, notably the third edition of International Arbitration – Comparative and Swiss Perspectives (Zurich: Schulthess, 2016). Furthermore, she has given numerous presentations in these areas in Europe, the US and Asia.

Nathalie Voser was raised bilingual in French and German, is equally fluent in English and has a good working knowledge of Italian.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime, and compliance. From its Singapore office, the firm covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments, as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: Nathalie Voser is "one of the best disputes lawyers in the business" and strongly recommended by those who have worked with her. 

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

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Construction & Real Estate

Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zurich. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of cases and has advised clients involved in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes before state courts. Nathalie's areas of specialisation include general contract law and international procedural law such as (pretrial) attachment and recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Her practice focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects, research and development, distribution and licence agreements, joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Nathalie is well known for her expertise in the construction, power production, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. She is currently a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the VIAC International advisory board. Moreover, she is a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the SCC Rules Revision Committee and the SIAC Users' Council.

In 1988, Nathalie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Basel, and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1990. In 1992, she became a juris doctor summa cum laude and in 1994 she earned an LLM with honours from Columbia University, New York. In 2005, she received the venia docendi for private law, conflicts of laws and comparative law; in 2014, she was awarded the title of professor in private law, arbitration law, private international law and comparative law by the University of Basel, where she regularly teaches courses in commercial arbitration and other areas of Swiss private law.

Nathalie frequently publishes in her specialised field with a focus on international commercial arbitration and litigation dealing with matters such as conflicts of interests, provisional measures and multiparty arbitration and certain areas of Swiss and comparative substantive law. She has also co-authored a textbook on international arbitration in Switzerland, notably the third edition of International Arbitration - Comparative and Swiss Perspectives (Zurich: Schulthess, 2016). Furthermore, she has given numerous presentations in these areas in Europe, the US and Asia.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: Nathalie Voser is a well-known disputes specialist with a strong track record in cross-border construction contracts disputes.

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

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers

Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zurich. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of cases and has advised clients involved in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes before state courts. Nathalie's areas of specialisation include general contract law and international procedural law such as (pretrial) attachment and recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Her practice focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects, research and development, distribution and licence agreements, joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Nathalie is well known for her expertise in the construction, power production, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. She is currently a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the VIAC International advisory board. Moreover, she is a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the SCC Rules Revision Committee and the SIAC Users' Council.

In 1988, Nathalie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Basel, and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1990. In 1992, she became a juris doctor summa cum laude and in 1994 she earned an LLM with honours from Columbia University, New York. In 2005, she received the venia docendi for private law, conflicts of laws and comparative law; in 2014, she was awarded the title of professor in private law, arbitration law, private international law and comparative law by the University of Basel, where she regularly teaches courses in commercial arbitration and other areas of Swiss private law.

Nathalie frequently publishes in her specialised field with a focus on international commercial arbitration and litigation dealing with matters such as conflicts of interests, provisional measures and multiparty arbitration and certain areas of Swiss and comparative substantive law. She has also co-authored a textbook on international arbitration in Switzerland, notably the third edition of International Arbitration - Comparative and Swiss Perspectives (Zurich: Schulthess, 2016). Furthermore, she has given numerous presentations in these areas in Europe, the US and Asia.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: Nathalie Voser is identified by impressed sources as "a very, very good lawyer with excellent knowledge of the construction industry".

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

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Litigation

Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zurich. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of cases and has advised clients involved in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes before state courts. Nathalie's areas of specialisation include general contract law and international procedural law such as (pretrial) attachment and recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Her practice focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects, research and development, distribution and licence agreements, joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Nathalie is well known for her expertise in the construction, power production, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. She is currently a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the VIAC International advisory board. Moreover, she is a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the SCC Rules Revision Committee and the SIAC Users' Council.

In 1988, Nathalie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Basel, and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1990. In 1992, she became a juris doctor summa cum laude and in 1994 she earned an LLM with honours from Columbia University, New York. In 2005, she received the venia docendi for private law, conflicts of laws and comparative law; in 2014, she was awarded the title of professor in private law, arbitration law, private international law and comparative law by the University of Basel, where she regularly teaches courses in commercial arbitration and other areas of Swiss private law.

Nathalie frequently publishes in her field with a focus on international commercial arbitration and litigation dealing with matters such as conflicts of interests, provisional measures and multiparty arbitration and certain areas of Swiss and comparative substantive law. She has also co-authored a textbook on international arbitration in Switzerland, notably the third edition of International Arbitration - Comparative and Swiss Perspectives (Zurich: Schulthess, 2016). Furthermore, she has given numerous presentations on these topics in Europe, the US and Asia.

Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.

WWL says: Natalie Voser offers clients deep experience and expertise in multi-jurisdictional cases.

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

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