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Christoph M Pestalozzi

Christoph M Pestalozzi

Lustenberger Rechtsanwälte KLGWiesenstrasse 10PO BoxZurichSwitzerlandCH-8032
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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Questions & Answers

For the past 20 years, the main professional focus of Dr Christoph M Pestalozzi has been on national and international commercial arbitration. He is very active in institutional arbitration and in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He has handled well over 100 arbitration proceedings in Europe and Asia as chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator. Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland (2019) says that he “is held in high esteem by peers, one of whom effuses, ‘He does an outstanding job as arbitrator’.”

WHAT DID YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT STARTING OUT IN ARBITRATION?

The arbitration community is close-knit. It is a challenge to become a member of the national and international “circle”. It takes many years of continued and dedicated effort to build a solid reputation and to be known among your arbitration peers. A good reputation is indispensable for a lasting career as arbitrator.

WHICH QUALITIES MAKE FOR A SUCCESSFUL ARBITRATOR?

One must be hard-working and precise, and keep a “helicopter view”, but still know the file in detail. It is equally important to be open-minded to arguments on all sides and have a good sense of justice. Also, as an arbitrator, especially as chair, one must have good management skills and be able to push the proceedings forward to an efficient end.

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE ARBITRATION YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF?

One of my most memorable arbitrations in the pharmaceutical industry was a hearing where I was the chair and the only male in the room – with two female co-arbitrators and female counsel/in-house counsel on both sides. It shows that women have made great progress in recent years in the world of international arbitration.

YOU HAVE IMPRESSIVE EXPERIENCE IN DISPUTES ACROSS A BROAD RANGE OF SECTORS. IS THERE AN INDUSTRY OR SECTOR YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY WORKING WITH?

I have an emphasis in construction and other “hardware” industries, dealing with highly technical matters and issues such as, eg, power plants or machinery. The combination of technical questions combined with legal issues is fascinating.

HOW DOES LUSTENBERGER ATTORNEYS AT LAW DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM THE COMPETITION?

Lustenberger Attorneys at Law is a specialised boutique law firm in Switzerland. We have a distinguished reputation as counsel and arbitrators in international commercial arbitration. It is our main business. “Small but beautiful” is our philosophy. Being small and specialised means that we have almost no conflicts of interest. We were, despite being a boutique, recently rated among the top 20 litigation firms of Switzerland.

IN WHAT WAYS HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS FORMER CHAIR OF THE INTERNATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION’S COMMITTEE ON CIVIL LITIGATION ENHANCED YOUR PRACTICE?

Being the former chair of the committee on civil litigation of the IBA gave me the unique opportunity to international exposure and to meet many colleagues from all over the world. I was able to build invaluable private friendships and establish profound professional relationships that have lasted to this very day. This network is still a solid base for my professional activities as a Swiss arbitrator active in international commercial matters.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Being a “senior” arbitrator brings along more “senior” cases with big financial risks at stake for the parties involved and, consequently, a lot of responsibility for the panel. I hope to be part of many more of those big international arbitration cases, where I can use my know-how and long-standing experience.

YOU HAVE ENJOYED A VERY DISTINGUISHED CAREER SO FAR. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACHIEVE THAT YOU HAVE NOT YET ACCOMPLISHED?

After a long career in international arbitration, I would very much like to pass on more of my practical experience to younger colleagues in the field, be it in formal educational courses or just by giving tactical and procedural advice to my partners and associates of our law firm.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

 Peers note that Christoph Pestalozzi is a "thoroughly experienced arbitrator" whose expertise in the field is widely acknowledged by prominent peers.

Biography

Christoph Pestalozzi is a partner in the arbitration and litigation team of Lustenberger Attorneys at Law. For the past 25 years, his main professional focus has been on international commercial arbitration as an arbitrator. He is active in institutional arbitration (ICC, Swiss Rules, VIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL etc.) and in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He has handled well over 100 domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region as chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator.

Christoph Pestalozzi's dispute resolution practice covers a broad range of additional fields, among them pre-arbitration/litigation strategic advice and representation of parties in state court proceedings. He has extensive experience mainly in the areas of international sales, construction, IT, pharmaceuticals, agency/distribution, joint ventures and corporate law.

Christoph Pestalozzi is published in the areas of arbitration, contracts and corporate law. He is a former chair of the International Bar Association's committee on civil litigation and has lectured on torts law at the University of Zurich. He has organised and chaired many panels at conferences and is a member of various international arbitration organisations.

Christoph Pestalozzi graduated from the University of Zurich in 1977 (Dr iur) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1979. He holds a master’s in comparative jurisprudence (MCJ) from NYU School of Law (1982). He is fluent in German, English and French.

Lustenberger Attorneys is a leading Swiss dispute resolution boutique.

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christoph Pestalozzi is held in high esteem by peers, one of whom effuses, "He does an outstanding job as arbitrator."

Biography

Christoph Pestalozzi is a partner in the arbitration and litigation team of Lustenberger Attorneys at Law. For the past 25 years, his main professional focus has been on international commercial arbitration as an arbitrator. He is active in institutional arbitration (ICC, Swiss Rules, VIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL, etc) and in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He has handled well over 100 domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region as chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator.

Christoph Pestalozzi's dispute resolution practice covers a broad range of additional fields, among them pre-arbitration/litigation strategic advice and representation of parties in state court proceedings. He has extensive experience mainly in the areas of international sales, construction, IT, pharmaceuticals, agency/distribution, joint ventures and corporate law.

Christoph Pestalozzi is published in the areas of arbitration, contracts and corporate law. He is a former chair of the International Bar Association's committee on civil litigation and has lectured on torts law at the University of Zurich. He has organised and chaired many panels at conferences and is a member of various international arbitration organisations.

Christoph Pestalozzi graduated from the University of Zurich in 1977 (Dr iur) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1979. He holds a master’s in comparative jurisprudence (MCJ) from NYU School of Law (1982). He is fluent in German, English and French.

Lustenberger Attorneys is a leading Swiss dispute resolution boutique.

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