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Georg von Segesser
Office:
MĂĽhlebachstrasse 173
8008
City:
Zurich
State:
Zurich
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 44 382 01 00
Fax:
+41 44 382 01 03

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Georg von Segesser practises as an independent arbitrator. He has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in over two hundred domestic and international arbitrations. His arbitration practice covers a broad range of issues, among them disputes related to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distributorships, oil and gas, construction, building and manufacturing contracts, service and cooperation agreements and intellectual property rights.

Describe your career to date.

I started my practice with corporate law, contract law, M&A and litigation. In 1976 I became partner in one of the largest law firms in Zurich; I got my first assignment as arbitrator in 1980. In 1982 I co-founded my own law firm, which after a merger became Schellenberg Wittmer. As co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland in 1998/1999, I focused more on international arbitration. In 2017 I left Schellenberg Wittmer to continue my practice as an independent arbitrator.

What prompted you to specialise in international arbitration?

While serving for the CRT I had the privilege to meet and work with very experienced and brilliant arbitrators. This prompted my decision to concentrate on international arbitration.

What case most sticks in your mind and why?

The cases that stand out combined interesting and challenging law issues with an overview of economic and business-related environments, which provide an insight into special markets such as gas, oil and energy.

What advice would you give to practitioners that hope to be in your position one day?

They have to learn the specialities of international arbitration, and to gain experience in specific areas of law and industry.

International arbitration has faced harsh criticisms in recent years relating to a general lack of transparency. What can be done to offset these criticisms?

The media and politicians must be educated about the serious and useful work done by international arbitrators. Transparency can help where the parties agree, and the publication of awards will offset criticism.

What impact do you think the growing popularity of international arbitration among younger lawyers will have on the practice in the coming years?

Younger lawyers in large firms will mostly focus on counsel work. But they should also strive to get appointed as arbitrators so as to rejuvenate the global team of arbitrators.

To what extent do academic pursuits outside of private practice contribute to an arbitrator’s profile and market standing?

Academic pursuits provide you with the possibility to research new techniques, and find solutions to unsolved issues. It can make international arbitration more reliable as it helps to establish guidelines.

What has been the key to your success?

The most important thing is to be well prepared for a hearing, and to take a proactive role in the preparation of evidentiary hearings. It is essential to thoroughly analyse the legal issues. The key to success is solid and serious work.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Arbitration

Georg von Segesser practises as an independent arbitrator. He has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in over 200 domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, Swiss Rules, DIS, VIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and others) and as co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. He is an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His arbitration practice covers a broad range of issues, among them disputes related to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distributorships, oil and gas, construction, building and manufacturing contracts, service and cooperation agreements and intellectual property rights.

Georg von Segesser has authored publications on international arbitration, property and trust law, and cultural and art law. He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the International Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the German Institution of Arbitration, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellowship), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, and arbitration institutions in England, Austria, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, and Hong Kong, etc. He is a past president of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

In 1971, Georg von Segesser graduated from Zurich University. After serving as a district court clerk in 1971–1972, he worked as an associate and partner at Pestalozzi & Gmür in Zurich from 1973 until 1982, and in 1974–75 as a foreign associate with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts in New York. In 1982, Georg von Segesser co-founded the law firm in Zurich which is now Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd and became of counsel in 2015. In 2017, Georg von Segesser opened von Segesser Law Offices and continues to practise as an independent arbitrator.

WWL says: Georg von Segesser is an independent arbitrator with expert knowledge on matters ranging from commercial law to sporting disputes. Clients commend his “ability to understand client needs".​

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

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Georg von Segesser practises as an independent arbitrator. He has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in over 200 domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, Swiss Rules, DIS, VIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and others) and as co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. He is an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His arbitration practice covers a broad range of issues, among them disputes related to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distributorships, oil and gas, construction, building and manufacturing contracts, service and cooperation agreements and intellectual property rights.

Georg von Segesser has authored publications on international arbitration, property and trust law, and cultural and art law. He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the International Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the German Institution of Arbitration, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellowship), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, and arbitration institutions in England, Austria, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, and Hong Kong, etc. He is a past president of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

In 1971, Georg von Segesser graduated from Zurich University. After serving as a district court clerk in 1971–1972, he worked as an associate and partner at Pestalozzi & Gmür in Zurich from 1973 until 1982, and in 1974–75 as a foreign associate with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts in New York. In 1982, Georg von Segesser co-founded the law firm in Zurich which is now Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd and became of counsel in 2015. In 2017, Georg von Segesser opened von Segesser Law Offices and continues to practise as an independent arbitrator.

WWL says: Sources "highly recommend" Georg von Segesser for his "excellent skills as chairman", particularly in cases under German law. His expertise covers M&A and joint ventures, as well as construction oil and gas and sports.

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

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Private Client

Georg von Segesser practises as an independent arbitrator. He has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in over 200 domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, Swiss Rules, DIS, VIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and others) and as co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. He is an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His arbitration practice covers a broad range of issues, among them disputes related to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distributorships, oil and gas, construction, building and manufacturing contracts, service and cooperation agreements and intellectual property rights.

Georg von Segesser has authored publications on international arbitration, property and trust law, and cultural and art law. He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the International Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the German Institution of Arbitration, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellowship), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, and arbitration institutions in England, Austria, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, and Hong Kong, etc. He is a past president of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

In 1971, Georg von Segesser graduated from Zurich University. After serving as a district court clerk in 1971–1972, he worked as an associate and partner at Pestalozzi & Gmür in Zurich from 1973 until 1982, and in 1974–75 as a foreign associate with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts in New York. In 1982, Georg von Segesser co-founded the law firm in Zurich which is now Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd and became of counsel in 2015. In 2017, Georg von Segesser opened von Segesser Law Offices and continues to practise as an independent arbitrator.

WWL says: Georg von Segesser is a distinguished figure in the Swiss market known for his longstanding private client expertise.

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

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