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Christopher Boog
Office:
6 Battery Road, #37-02
049909
City:
Singapore
Country:
Singapore
Tel:
+65 6580 2248

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Christopher is a partner at Schellenberg Wittmer, where he is a vice chair of the international arbitration practice group. He divides his time between the firm’s Singapore and Zurich offices. Christopher represents clients in complex international commercial, investment and sports arbitration matters seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide, as well as in setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, and also sits as arbitrator.

What inspired you to become an arbitration lawyer?

The fact I am able to learn about a new industry or sector with every new case I take on.

What do you do to ensure an outstanding service for your clients?

The two main points I would mention are team work and an open line of communication. Team work also means working as an integrated team with the in-house legal team and often also management or project management at the client.

What motivates you in your work?

Solving problems and creating added value. In my line of work, that means avoiding disputes, achieving good settlements and winning cases. I also thrive on teamwork – especially preparing for and conducting a hearing; oral advocacy is a lot of fun.

As managing director of Schellenberg Wittmer in Singapore, how are you looking to develop the firm’s strategy in this jurisdiction in the next few years?

We are currently moving on from the “start-up” to the consolidation phase. The next few years will be about consolidating our position in the market, based on the reputation we have made for ourselves as the go-to civil law-focused practice for international disputes and general Swiss law advice, with a focus on Swiss-inbound investment by Asian parties.

How does Schellenberg Wittmer distinguish itself from competitors in the international legal market?

I think what our clients appreciate most is the combination of an international team with written and oral advocacy skills that you would expect from a large international firm in London or New York, but with a down-to-earth, reasonable, maybe slightly more civil law-focused approach to handling, staffing and conducting arbitrations.

Looking back over your practice, what have you been proudest of?

I do a lot of construction and engineering work. In a technical meeting on a case I did when I was a senior associate, an engineer was explaining a rather complex engineering issue to me, which to my own surprise I got right away. His reaffirming comment – “You are not so dumb for a lawyer” – is my proudest moment. There was also a case we won a couple of years ago which seemed rather hopeless based on the documentary evidence, but we managed to turn it around by means of a solid case strategy and thanks to oral advocacy.

What are the greatest challenges facing arbitration lawyers at present?

Meeting clients’ expectations of efficiency; cost pressure; public (mis)perception of arbitration, especially investment arbitration; and most importantly, staying on top of technological developments; and convincing firms that there is a need for substantial technological investment.

What predictions do you have for the disputes legal sector in Singapore over the next few years?

It will further thrive and establish itself as a leading dispute resolution hub, not only in Asia but globally. The understanding of and commitment of the government toward promoting dispute resolution services is formidable and second to none.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Arbitration

Christopher Boog is a partner at Schellenberg Wittmer. He is based both at the firm's Zurich and Singapore offices. Christopher is a vice-chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group.

Christopher has extensive experience handling complex international arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 50 arbitrations, involving a wide array of matters under many different laws. His main areas of specialisation include construction and engineering, energy (including oil & gas), infrastructure projects, commodities, sports and investment law. He also works extensively with clients in the pharmaceutical, automotive and mining industries.

Christopher regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration, and teaches international arbitration at the EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution and a Vice Chair of the IPBA International Construction Projects Committee. Additional memberships include the SIAC User's Council, the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings, the drafting committee for the revision of the DIS Arbitration Rules. Christopher also is an honorary overseas member of the Commercial Bar Association (combar).

Christopher graduated with honours from the law schools at the Universities of Fribourg and Amsterdam. He holds a PhD from the University of Zurich (summa cum laude; Professor Walther Hug Prize). He also was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School, New York, where he conducted extensive research in the fields of international arbitration and transnational litigation.

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.

Alternate address:
Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd 6 Battery Road
#37-02 Singapore 049909
Tel: +65 6580 2240
Fax: +65 6580 2241

WWL says: Christopher Boog is “held in high esteem” by interviewees, who describe him as “really on the ball, with exceptional analytical and written advocacy skills”.

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

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Christopher Boog is a partner and one of the two global vice chairs of Schellenberg Wittmer’s international arbitration practice group. He divides his time between the firm’s Zürich and Singapore offices and is managing partner of Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd in Singapore.

Christopher has extensive experience handling complex international arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 60 international arbitrations, involving a wide array of matters under many different laws. His main areas of specialisation include acting as lead counsel in high-stake disputes in commercial, investment and sports matters, including in the construction and engineering, energy (including oil and gas), pharmaceutical and life sciences, automotive and mining industries and also sits as arbitrator in seats throughout Europe and Asia.

Christopher is highly recognised for his arbitration work in leading directories and publications across Europe and Asia including Chambers and Partners, Asia Who’s Who, Expert Guides, GAR and Who’s Who Legal, where is he “held in high esteem”, by interviewees, who describe him as: “really on the ball, with exceptional analytical and written advocacy skills.” He is described as having “an impressive range of experience with a written advocacy skillset that is very strong".

Christopher Boog was named as one of “18 global thought leaders”, and is ranked as one of the top four “most highly regarded individuals;” in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017.

Christopher regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration, and teaches international arbitration at the EBS law school in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution and a vice chair of the IPBA international construction projects committee. Additional appointments include the SIAC user’s council, the ICC task force on emergency arbitrator proceedings and the drafting committee for the revision of the DIS Arbitration Rules. Christopher also is an honorary overseas member of the Commercial Bar Association (combar).

Christopher graduated with honours from the law schools at the Universities of Fribourg and Amsterdam. He holds a PhD from the University of Zürich (summa cum laude; Professor Hug Prize). He also was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School, New York, where he conducted extensive research in the fields of international arbitration and transnational litigation.

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: The “outstanding” Christopher Boog is a highly respected figure in the Swiss market. He is recognised for his top-tier international practice and is described by one impressed commentator as “probably the top civil lawyer covering arbitration in Singapore".

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

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