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

Questions and Answers:

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 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 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.

According to leading directories and publications such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, GAR and Who’s Who Legal, Nathalie is highlighted as a “strong leader”, with an “impressive depth of understanding”, which is “not matched by everyone”. She is praised as a “highly skilful arbitrator and counsel in complex disputes”, whom peers describe as a “leading figure on the scene”. She has also been described as “a well-known disputes specialist with a strong track record in cross-border construction contracts disputes”.

Nathalie is currently a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association and a board member of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). She has other functions in various institutions such as being a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris. 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. She additionally has published a leading text book in arbitration and numerous articles in the area of dispute resolution. Finally, she is regularly invited as a panellist or session chair at various conferences.

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 “an obvious inclusion” according to peers, who highlight her exceptional international reputation as a leader in arbitration.

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

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Arbitration

Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s dispute resolution group in Zürich. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of cases. Her practice focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects, oil and gas production projects, research and development, distribution and license agreements, joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions. Nathalie is well known for her expertise in the construction, power production, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and automotive industries.

Nathalie's recent expertise in arbitration includes:

- Swiss lead counsel to a Hungarian energy and gas company in the setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court;

- Representation of an Emirian company in arbitration against an Austrian company in a dispute in relation to the construction of a desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates;

- Representation of a German construction company alongside its Dutch consortium partner in ICC arbitration against a Polish shipyard operator in a dispute over a contract regarding the delivery of technical equipment for a specialty ship.

According to leading legal directories and publications such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, GAR and Who’s Who Legal, Nathalie is highlighted as a “strong leader”, with an “impressive depth of understanding”, which is “not matched by everyone”. She is praised as a “highly skillful arbitrator and counsel in complex disputes”, who peers describe as a “leading figure on the scene”. Nathalie has also been described as a "strong, high-level and technical lawyer who has a big international following" and who is "a very experienced practitioner".

Nathalie is currently a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association. She is an immediate past member of the board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). She has other functions in various institutions such as being a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris.

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 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. She additionally has published a leading text book in arbitration and numerous articles in the area of dispute resolution. Finally, she is regularly invited as a panellist or session chair at various conferences.

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 wins praise as “an excellent arbitrator” who features “in the top category” when it comes to contracts work.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland 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 recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Nathalie is well known for her expertise in disputes regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects.

Nathalie's recent expertise in construction matters includes:

- Counsel in an arbitration conducted in Zurich under the ICC arbitration rules concerning a dispute that arose out of a project for the expansion of an existing power plant in Russia;

- Counsel for an EPC contractor and power plant construction company in ICC arbitration against an Indian civil construction company in a dispute over delayed and defective civil works;

- Co-arbitrator in ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration, involving a Middle Eastern government and a construction company in a dispute over a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project concerning the drilling of water wells and the construction and operation of a water conveyance system.

According to leading legal directories and publications such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, GAR and Who’s Who Legal, Nathalie is highlighted as a “strong leader,” with an “impressive depth of understanding”, which is “not matched by everyone”. She is praised as a “highly skillful arbitrator and counsel in complex disputes”, who peers describe as a “leading figure on the scene”. She has also been described as “a well-known disputes specialist with a strong track record in cross-border construction contracts disputes”.

Nathalie is currently a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association. She is an immediate past member of the board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). She has other functions in various institutions such as being a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris.

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 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. She additionally has published a leading text book in arbitration and numerous articles in the area of dispute resolution. Finally, she is regularly invited as a panellist or session chair at various conferences.

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 an esteemed name in Swiss construction arbitration where she has deep experience in complex cross-border disputes concerning contractual and procedural issues.

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 recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Nathalie is well known for her expertise in disputes regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects.

Nathalie's recent expertise in construction matters include:

- Counsel in an arbitration conducted in Zurich under the ICC arbitration rules concerning a dispute that arose out of a project for the expansion of an existing power plant in Russia;

- Counsel for an EPC contractor and power plant construction company in ICC arbitration against a Indian civil construction company in a dispute over delayed and defective civil works;

- Co-arbitrator in ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration, involving a Middle Eastern government and a construction company in a dispute over a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project concerning the drilling of water wells and the construction and operation of a water conveyance system.

According to leading legal directories and publications such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, GAR and Who’s Who Legal, Nathalie is highlighted as a “strong leader” with an “impressive depth of understanding”, which is “not matched by everyone”. She is praised as a “highly skillful arbitrator and counsel in complex disputes” who peers describe as a “leading figure on the scene”. She has also been described as “a well-known disputes specialist with a strong track record in cross-border construction contracts disputes”.

Nathalie is currently a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association. She is an immediate past member of the board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). She has other functions in various institutions such as being a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris.

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 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. She additionally has published a leading text book in arbitration and numerous articles in the area of dispute resolution. Finally, she is regularly invited as a panelist or session chair at various conferences.

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 widely regarded as a top choice as counsel and arbitrator for complex construction disputes.

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

Who's Who Legal Litigation: Lawyers

Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s dispute resolution group in Zürich. 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 license 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.

According to leading directories and publications such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, GAR and Who’s Who Legal, Nathalie is highlighted as a “strong leader,” with an “impressive depth of understanding”, which is “not matched by everyone”. She is praised as a “highly skillful arbitrator and counsel in complex disputes,” who peers describe as a “leading figure on the scene”. She has also been described as “a well-known disputes specialist with a strong track record in cross-border construction contracts disputes”.

Nathalie is currently a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association as well as a board member of the arbitration institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). She has other functions in various institutions such as being a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris.

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. 

She additionally has published a leading text book in arbitration and numerous articles in the area of dispute resolution. Finally, she is regularly invited to as a panelist or session chair at various conferences.

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 comes highly recommended for her exceptional disputes experience in the Swiss market and internationally.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Litigation 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 Zürich. 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. She also regularly represents parties before Swiss Courts in arbitration related matters (setting aside proceeding or recognition of awards). Her practice focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering and energy-related projects, oil and gas production projects, research and development, distribution and license agreements, joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions. Nathalie is well known for her expertise in the construction, power production, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and automotive industries.

Nathalie's recent expertise in litigation includes:

- Swiss lead counsel to a Hungarian energy and gas company in the setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court;

- Representation of an Emirian company in arbitration against an Austrian company in a dispute in relation to the construction of a desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates;

- Representation of a German construction company alongside its Dutch consortium partner in ICC arbitration against a Polish shipyard operator in a dispute over a contract regarding the delivery of technical equipment for a specialty ship.

According to leading legal directories and publications such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, GAR and Who’s Who Legal, Nathalie is highlighted as a “strong leader”, with an “impressive depth of understanding”, which is “not matched by everyone”. She is praised as a “highly skillful arbitrator and counsel in complex disputes”, who peers describe as a “leading figure on the scene”. One source also states: "I have a lot of respect for her: she is outstanding".

Nathalie is currently a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association. She is an immediate past member of the board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). She has other functions in various institutions such as being a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission in Paris.

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 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. She additionally has published a leading text book in arbitration and numerous articles in the area of dispute resolution. Finally, she is regularly invited as a panelist or session chair at various conferences.

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 "certainly a well-known litigator" and is a highly respected name in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration.

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

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