Philippe Bärtsch is a partner at Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, and a vice chair of the firm's international arbitration practice group. He is also a member of the firm's management committee.
Philippe has extensive experience handling complex international commercial arbitrations. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in dozens of arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, involving a wide array of matters under many different laws. He has, for example, handled disputes relating to M&A transactions, construction/infrastructure projects, joint ventures, and sales, licence and distribution contracts. His expertise spans over a broad range of sectors, including the energy, commodity trading, construction, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and sports industries.
Philippe has also successfully represented clients in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. He also advises clients on the enforcement of awards, on Swiss contract law and on international trade sanctions.
Philippe regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration. He teaches at the Swiss Arbitration Academy. He is a member of the Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution. He co-chairs Young Arbitration Practitioners (YAP), as well as the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).
Philippe graduated from the University of Geneva Law School in 2000, receiving an award for the best law degree. In 2004, he obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School. He has been with Schellenberg Wittmer since 2001, except in 2006–2007 when he worked in New York in the arbitration group of a leading US firm
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: Philippe Bärtsch is an accomplished practitioner in international proceedings and is highlighted for his ability to adeptly handle complex cases.
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