This year’s chapter lists 113 standout individuals leading the Swiss arbitration market. Their vast expertise ranges across the gamut of domestic and international disputes.
Most highly regarded
Lalive earns an impressive 12 entries this year.
Melissa Magliana is “an excellent practitioner who excels as arbitrator in commercial disputes”. Peers highlight her as “brilliant in cross-examinations”.
Joachim Knoll is widely commended as a “very responsive and well organised practitioner”, with one respondent adding, “You feel in good hands with him as arbitrator.”
Bernd Ehle receives a plethora of recommendations for his first-rate expertise in international construction, distribution and joint venture disputes.
Michael Schneider is “a terrific lead counsel” who “always puts forward an impressive presentation” in arbitration proceedings.
Matthias Scherer is “an authority on international arbitration” who provides “great input into procedural questions” and is “excellent at pinpointing critical issues”.
Domitille Baizeau is a “terrific and very active arbitrator” who focuses her top-tier practice on international investment, commercial and public disputes.
Noradèle Radjai has “a great reputation” in arbitration, with sources praising her as being “excellent as counsel” and a “fantastic cross-examiner”.
Teresa Giovannini is “a very experienced arbitrator” with notable expertise in construction, energy and pharmaceutical disputes.
Veijo Heiskanen attracts praise for his deep expertise in cross-border energy, construction and IP disputes.
Schellenberg Wittmer is home to 10 standout practitioners recognised this year.
Sources celebrate Christopher Boog as a “very convincing and knowledgeable” with a “strong international outlook” in his role as counsel. Sources further praise his “polite but firm” approach.
Elliott Geisinger is “very well known in the arbitration community” and is widely admired for “asking independent and fair questions” in proceedings.
The “very impressive” Philippe Bärtsch is “a terrific counsel” who “puts his point across clearly, calmly and assertively”. Peers also admire “his ability to focus on the important issues”.
Walder Wyss distinguishes itself with eight individuals ranked.
Sources celebrate Diana Akikol as “a go-to arbitrator who is extremely smart, well prepared and on top of things”. They further commend her “detail-oriented and nuanced approach”.
The “meticulous and thorough” Andrea Meier is “fair, reasonable and always well prepared” in her capacity as arbitrator and counsel.
Michael Feit is “highly regarded” for his adept handling of high-value disputes across a range of sectors, including energy, aviation and construction.
Homburger places an impressive six practitioners in this year’s edition.
Respondents herald Gabrielle Nater-Bass as “exceptionally impressive”, citing her “pro-activeness and ability to give the other side a hard time”.
The “excellent” Felix Dasser is a “first-rate arbitrator and legal expert” who excels in complex criminal and regulatory disputes.
Markus Wirth earns acclaim for his long-standing international arbitration practice, which sees him regularly involved in high-stakes proceedings.
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler achieves five listings.
Peers distinguish Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler as “someone who does not need any introduction”. They add, “She is the biggest name in Swiss arbitration,” and highlight her significant experience handling high-value commercial proceedings.
Sébastien Besson is “very efficient and gets to the point in a polite manner”, applaud sources. He is recognised as “one of the best” and, as an arbitrator, wins praise for his ability “to put parties at ease”.
Antonio Rigozzi is "one of the most sought-after sports disputes lawyer in Switzerland" and a "big name" in the arbitration market.
Laurent Lévy earns plaudits as an arbitrator who “always knows the facts of the case inside out”. His great breadth of expertise includes corporate disputes in the oil, gas and finance sectors.
Bär & Karrer stands out with five individuals excelling in a wide range of disputes.
Pierre-Yves Gunter “performs excellently as an arbitrator” and is “has a truly international outlook”. He earns additional acclaim for “being on top of things” and for his “top-tier presentation skills”.
The “very active” Nadja Jaisli Kull is “an outstanding arbitrator” and a “top choice” for high-value disputes.
Daniel Hochstrasser receives wide-ranging recommendations for his adept handling of multi-party arbitrations in complex M&A, finance and industrial disputes.
“Star arbitrator” Martin Bernet of Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management is “critical, sharp and the exemplum of integrity in the arbitration field”. Peers “hold him in high esteem for his excellent work on tough cases”.
Lenz & Staehelin’s “leading figure” Harold Frey is “very experienced as counsel and arbitrator”. Sources additionally recommend “discreet approach” in complex disputes.
Xavier Favre-Bulle “produces top-quality work as arbitrator and counsel” and distinguishes himself as a “top practitioner in Switzerland”. He possesses over 25 years’ experience in commercial and sports arbitrations.
The “excellent” Bernhard Berger at Kellerhals Carrard is a “top Swiss practitioner” who is “highly respected as arbitrator and counsel”.
Habegger Arbitration’s Philipp Habegger is a “top arbitrator” who is “known to be very experienced and reasonable in his practice”. He possesses more than 25 years of experience specialising in domestic and international commercial disputes.
At Froriep, the “fantastic” Jean Marguerat cuts a distinguished figure as “a very pragmatic practitioner” who “always produces well-structured work”.
At STIRNIMANN FUENTES Dispute Resolution Franz Stirnimann Fuentes is a “sharp Swiss lawyer with a real international outlook” and a “strong background in investment arbitration”.
Nathalie Voser of rothorn legal is “a big name in the market” according to sources who note that she is “extremely strong as counsel in construction arbitrations”.
Simon Gabriel at Gabriel Arbitration is “a diligent arbitrator who cuts through smokescreens and finds pragmatic solutions”. Respondents add that “he is the master of complex, multi-party hearings”.
Pierre Tercier with Peter & Kim is "an absolute star" who is "highly respected on the domestic and worldwide arbitration stage".
Wolfgang Peter is highly sought after as counsel and arbitrator in complex post-M&A and contractual disputes.
The "very experienced" Christoph Brunner is "an excellent practitioner" and a "first-rate arbitrator and counsel".
Sources praise Wenger & Vieli’s Urs Weber-Stecher as an “excellent arbitration specialist and a top-choice as counsel”. He receives plaudits for being “straight to the point, reliable and easy to work with”.
Paolo Michele Patocchi from Patocchi & Marzolini is “an authoritative chair” and “tremendously thorough arbitrator”.
Georg von Segesser at von Segesser Law Offices is “a model of good conduct who brings everyone on board when finding solutions”. Clients applaud his “thoroughness, diligence and legal competence in complex and high value disputes”.
At Sidley Austin, Dorothee Schramm adeptly handles high-value disputes for big-name clients in the life sciences and technology sectors.
David Roney is a “top practitioner” who excels in commercial and investor-state disputes.
Anne Véronique Schlaepfer at White & Case possesses “excellent knowledge of international markets” and is highly esteemed for expertise in large-scale construction disputes.
Tobias Zuberbühler at Lustenberger Rechtsanwälte enjoys 20-plus years of experience in complex IP and domain name disputes.
Christoph Pestalozzi has amassed substantial expertise as arbitrator in a wide range of European and Asian disputes.
Independent practitioner Martin Wiebecke comes highly recommended as “a fantastic arbitrator who is always in demand” by sources who further highlight “his strong focus on promoting diversity and consistently thorough work”.
Charles Poncet from Poncet Sarl is a seasoned practitioner with vast experience in the arbitration space, with peers adding “he is very successful and always in high demand among clients”.
Seasoned practitioner Philippe Pinsolle at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is “a great lawyer with a sharp mind”. He has a wealth of experience in international investor-state and commercial disputes.
Dominique Brown-Berset at Brown & Page is recognised for the breadth of her experience in international arbitration proceedings. She is “a senior figure” who “always fights for her clients”.
Pierre-Yves Tschanz of Tavernier Tschanz combines an “extremely impressive ability to master a huge amount of factual and legal material” with “exemplary judgement and diplomacy”.
Frank Spoorenberg possesses “extensive knowledge of the arbitration process” and provides a “strategic and professional approach” in M&A, financing and contract disputes.