In this chapter we highlight 105 practitioners for their know-how and experience acting as counsel and arbitrators in a plethora of commercial disputes at both Swiss and international levels.
Most Highly Regarded
Lalive is renowned for its world-class arbitration offering and achieves 12 listings in this chapter.
Domitille Baizeau is “certainly one of the most in-demand practitioners in Switzerland for her generation”. She is hailed as “very dynamic with the advantage of combining common and civil law expertise”.
Bernd Ehle is “well established in the construction space” according to impressed peers. He has a wealth of experience in high-value disputes where he excels as “very convincing counsel”.
Michael Schneider is “very respected” in the market with over 40 years of experience in construction and infrastructure.
Joachim Knoll is singled out for his “extensive knowledge of investment arbitration” and is “well respected by peers and clients”.
Melissa Magliana is “superb in advocacy and cross-examination of witnesses”, and “one of the few who manages to be extremely persuasive without being overly aggressive”.
Matthias Scherer is “top-notch”, say sources, “with a lot of authority”. He receives widespread plaudits for his “huge knowledge of the law and the latest developments”.
At Schellenberg Wittmer, nine arbitration lawyers are recognised for their excellence in related disputes.
Christopher Boog is endorsed for his “very large arbitration practice” and his stellar reputation as a “very devoted and decisive practitioner”. One impressed peer adds, “You know that he is going to do an amazing job.”
Nathalie Voser is renowned as “one of the leading minds” in the market who “can be very persuasive and knows how to help clients get what they want from tribunals”.
Elliott Geisinger is an “expert on construction law” and a “household name”, with considerable experience in international construction disputes.
Philippe Bärtsch wins plaudits for his “outstanding counsel in writing and orally”. He receives glowing praise for his “relaxed approach” and ability to “understand the key matters rapidly”.
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler receives five listings in this chapter.
Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is “globally revered” and endorsed as “very knowledgeable” with profound experience having acted in over 200 international arbitrations.
Laurent Lévy is a pre-eminent figure in international arbitration, recognised for his formidable expertise in corporate disputes with a concentration in the oil, gas and finance sectors.
Sébastien Besson is “absolutely impressive” remark peers, particularly when it comes to sports arbitration, an area in which he is highly commended for his “encyclopaedic know-how”.
Antonio Rigozzi is “big in the sports world” and highly sought after by sports governing bodies, teams and athletes for his breadth of experience acting before sports tribunals, the CAS and the BAT.
Sabina Sacco’s first rate-arbitration practice is looked upon with enormous favour by peers, who note she is “very active in the Latin American market”.
Bär & Karrer achieves five listings this year.
Pierre-Yves Gunter is celebrated for his “expertise in construction and Middle East matters” and his “tremendous experience as an arbitrator”, as well as his “hands-on approach”.
Nadja Jaisli Kull “does an excellent job” and is always “thorough, precise, considerate and well-prepared”. One impressed peer enthusiastically calls her “one of my personal favourites”.
Daniel Hochstrasser is a “senior figure” and a “tough counsel”, with “very direct and broad experience”.
Alexandra Johnson is viewed as a “rising star” in arbitration, and placed “among the best”. She has a wealth of experience in joint venture agreements, and pharmaceutical and sale of goods disputes.
Cesare Jermini enjoys a strong international reputation as “an excellent and reliable arbitrator” who is “easy to work with”.
Homburger receives six nominations in this chapter.
Felix Dasser is a long-standing fixture in Swiss arbitration who focuses on counselling companies in commercial and investment disputes. Sources say he “really knows how to persuade a tribunal”.
Balz Gross wins glowing praise as “one of the best arbitration counsel in Switzerland”, with one source adding: “He is one of the arbitrators I appoint for large-scale cases.”
Mariella Orelli is recognised for her top-tier handling of complex international commercial arbitrations and routinely acts before the commercial courts.
Gabrielle Nater-Bass “has an excellent command of legal knowledge and is endowed with a strong focus and dedication to her work which is definitely impressive”, according to impressed sources.
Franz Stirnimann Fuentes of Froriep Legal is “superb” and “very intelligent”, with extensive arbitration experience in Latin American cases.
Jean Marguerat has “been around for a long time” and is “very sharp and quick”. His first-class practice focuses on international arbitrations relating to joint ventures, commodities and marine works.
At Peter & Kim, Wolfgang Peter is a “big name in Switzerland” and “extremely well known” among peers. He adeptly advises clients on oil and gas projects, post-M&A disputes and valuations.
Christoph Brunner is a “splendid legal mind and very practical” according to peers, who note he is “an outstanding figure in international sales in the Vienna convention.”
Harold Frey at Lenz & Staehelin is hailed as “very brilliant” and a “star among stars” when it comes to international arbitrations concerning a range of industries including pharmaceuticals, telecoms and construction.
Xavier Favre-Bulle is a “powerful counsel who will leave no stone unturned”. He possesses strong arbitration experience, having been involved in more than 200 disputes across a range of industries.
Philippe Pinsolle at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan ranks as “one of the big names in arbitration worldwide” and is heralded by peers for his market-leading work on “high-profile cases as counsel and arbitrator”.
Philipp Habegger of Habegger Arbitration is “one of the most experienced and prestigious arbitrators in Switzerland” with a “brilliant mind”. One impressed peer adds: “He lives and breathes arbitration.”
Simon Gabriel at Gabriel Arbitration is “one of the leaders in the field”, highlighted for his “strong advocacy skills”. Sources add: “He is deeply knowledgeable about arbitration.”
Diana Akikol at ABR Avocats is “outstanding” and a “very strong practitioner, extremely efficient and devoted”, with “a great knowledge of the law”.
Bernhard Berger of Kellerhals Carrard is hailed as “one of the top practitioners in Switzerland”. One impressed peer adds, “You can learn a lot from him,” while another notes he is “very structured and possesses a deep knowledge from the procedural perspective”.
Independent practitioner Pierre Tercier is “one of the most prominent figures in the country” and a “true expert”, recognised for his profound knowledge of investment and commercial disputes.
Martin Bernet of Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management “is one of the best-known names in Zurich”. He is distinguished for having “mastered the procedures” with peers adding he is “not easily caught off by the strategies of other parties”.
Christoph Müller at Université de Neuchâtel is a “fantastic arbitrator” whose “analysis of legal matters is extremely rigorous”. Peers add: “He is able to convey it is a user-friendly and clear way.”
Frank Spoorenberg at Tavernier Tschanz is a revered practitioner who “deserves to be among the top practitioners for arbitration in Switzerland”
Pierre-Yves Tschanz is a well-recognised figure in international arbitration thanks to his “practical approach” to commercial disputes and his “good judgement”.
Andrea Meier at Wartmann Merker is regarded as “one of the top arbitration practitioners” in Switzerland. She is recognised for her “expertise with arbitration involving banks” as well as her impressive ability to “grasp the meaning of problems quickly”.
Sandra De Vito Bieri of Bratschi is “a really outstanding practitioner” who wins glowing praise for her “very structured, strategic and hands-on approach”. One peer remarks: “She has a great grasp of the business behind cases.”
Maurice Courvoisier at Walder Wyss is an “established figure on the scene”. He receives accolades for his deep-seated knowledge in a plethora of commercial and corporate arbitrations.
Michael Feit is a standout player in the market, dubbed “very intelligent and committed” and highlighted for his expertise in investment arbitrations.
Paolo Michele Patocchi at Patocchi & Marzolini is well respected for his “outstanding legal knowledge and practice skills”, as well as his extensive experience advising on international arbitration and contract law.
Paolo Marzolini is “super smart and outstanding”, and “very well known” for his “strategic vision and broad legal knowledge”.
Thomas Legler of Pestalozzi “specialises in IP and patent disputes”, ranking highly for his “great experience”. One source remarks: “He is very knowledgeable in IP arbitration and really knows what he’s doing.”
Laurent Killias is an “important name” in the Swiss market and garners plaudits from impressed clients, one of whom notes he “rendered us invaluable assistance”.
Christian Oetiker of Vischer is a “prominent player” in arbitration. Sources note, “When he sits as an arbitrator, he is pragmatic and passionate about making arbitration more efficient.”