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Peers and clients say

"Axel is a rising star of the Swiss market"
"He provides a very detailed and thorough examination of the factual and technical issues"
"Axel is able to absorb and understand significant amounts of technical detail and its implications for the case"
"He is thoughtful in his approach and able to blend detail with the broader strategic approach to the arbitration"


Dr Axel Buhr is a partner at Gabriel Arbitration.

Axel has participated in numerous arbitration proceedings as arbitrator, counsel, and secretary. His track record includes cases under SCAI, ICC, VIAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitration rules. Most of his cases concern disputes in the field of construction/engineering, sales/purchases, joint venture/consortia, and agency/distribution agreements.

In addition to his arbitration work, Axel acts as counsel in state court litigations, in particular international commercial disputes.

Axel is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) and the Swiss Society for International Law (SVIR).

Axel is admitted to the bar in Switzerland (since 2013) and Germany (since 2009).

Axel holds a PhD from the University of Lucerne on procedural issues in cross-border litigation and has taught at the University of Lucerne since 2010. He has widely published in the field of international and domestic arbitration, private international law, and international procedural law including contributions in leading Swiss commentaries on private international law and Swiss law on arbitration.
From 2009 until 2017, Axel was a member of the dispute resolution team of an international law firm in Zurich. In 2017, Axel partnered with Gabriel Arbitration.

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