Hansjörg Stutzer is a founding partner of Thouvenin, a Zurich-based international law firm, who focuses his practice on international arbitration. In addition he serves on the board of a number of companies in Switzerland.
He is involved in all fields of arbitration, be it commercial, investment treaty or sports arbitration.
Hansjörg Stutzer has acted as chairman, sole arbitrator (party-appointed and appointed by arbitration institutions), party-appointed arbitrator, counsel and co-counsel in over 160 international and national arbitrations under the rules of ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, CAS, Swiss Rules, Vienna Rules, Zurich Chamber of Commerce, Slovak Arbitration Court and ad hoc.
In commercial arbitration, he has handled disputes involving, among others, turn-key factories, shareholder agreements (regarding change of control, dead lock, transfer of shares and change of management, among other issues), adjustment of purchase prices under M&A agreements, break-up of joint ventures, mining and oil exploitation (confirmed in the Court of the Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Canada), performance under franchise agreements, and various aspects of performance and termination under distributorship agreements and agency agreements (such as telecommunications, pharmaceutical, steel trading), responsibilty of two banks for Swiss withholding taxes, copyright in music. In investment treaty arbitration, he has worked on matters involving expropriation and discriminatory treatment in energy sector. His sport arbitration caseload includes such matters as the transfer of football players, disciplinary sanctions against football clubs, doping disciplinary offences of football players and actions for annulment of arbitral awards at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne, in particular, A_558/2011of 27 March 2012 in the matter of Francelino da Silva v FIFA, representing the player, in the first and so far only Federal Supreme Court decision, since the Private International Law Act (PILA) came into force 26 years ago, to annul an international arbitral award rendered in Switzerland based on article 190 (2)(e) of the PILA for violation of public policy.
For the above proceedings, the laws of the following states were applied: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Congo, Czech, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, the state of Ohio, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey, and two cases under ex aequo et bono.
Hansjörg Stutzer has published extensively on arbitration and also frequently acts as a lecturer and panellist. He serves on the Swiss panel of ICC arbitrators.
Hansjörg Stutzer is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), the London Court of International Arbitration, the Miami International Arbitration Society, the German Institution of Arbitration, the Zurich and Swiss bar associations, the International Bar Association, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the Brazilian Arbitration Committee, the Spanish Arbitration Club and Rex Sport.
Hansjörg Stutzer is fluent in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. He graduated as Dr iur From the University of Zurich in 1980 and was admitted to the Bar of Zurich in 1977.
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WWL says: Sources warmly endorse Hansjörg Stutzer’s exceptional abilities as both counsel and arbitrator in commercial and sporting disputes.
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