Markus Wirth is a founding partner of Homburger AG. He served as partner until 2015; as of 2016 he has remained as senior counsel with the firm, continuing his professional activities as arbitrator.
Markus Wirth has practised international arbitration for more than 30 years. As counsel he represented Swiss and foreign companies as well as foreign governments in numerous international arbitrations in Switzerland and abroad. As arbitrator he served in more than 150 international arbitrations with seats in Europe, North America and Asia, under a variety of institutional rules (including ICC, Swiss Rules, DIS, VIAC, SCC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA) and in ad hoc proceedings (including UNCITRAL).
Markus Wirth's arbitration experience extends to disputes relating to M&A transactions, joint ventures/shareholder agreements, licensing and distribution, EPC contracts (coal biomass and nuclear power plants, chemical plants, underground gas storage facilities, pipelines, oil refineries, steel mills, manufacturing facilities of all kinds), long-term energy supply contracts (electricity, oil and gas), project financing, start-up ventures, air and railway transportation, telecommunication, competition/state aid matters and investor-state disputes. Mr Wirth is a honorary president of the Swiss Arbitration Association (served as president 2005-2009), a former member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2009-2015), a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (1996-) and a former lecturer on arbitration on the University of Zurich's postgraduate programmes in international business law (1999-2014). He also served as a member of the supervisory board on attorneys of the High Court of the Canton of Zurich (1995-2015) .
Markus Wirth graduated lic. iur. and Dr. iur. from the University of Zurich and received an LLM from the University of Toronto. Before joining Homburger AG he served as a member of the Swiss delegation to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission in Panmunjom, Korea; as research fellow at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland; as an associate and subsequently partner with an international law firm in Zurich; and as foreign attorney with an international law firm in Washington, DC.
WWL says: The “eminent” Markus Wirth is considered a “fantastic arbitrator” who is “up to speed and good at finding the right balance” in complex arbitrations.
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