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Christopher Boog

Christopher Boog

Schellenberg Wittmer LtdLöwenstrasse 19PO Box 2201ZurichZurichSwitzerland8021

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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Christopher Boog is a partner and vice chair of Schellenberg Wittmer’s international arbitration practice group, based in Singapore and Zurich. He has extensive experience representing clients in complex international commercial, investment and sports arbitration matters as well as in setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, and also sits as arbitrator. His practice focuses on the energy, construction, mining, commodities, automotive, aviation and pharma/life sciences sectors.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT PRACTISING IN THE ARBITRATION SPACE?

Working in teams with my colleagues and clients. I thrive on team work. The fact that I am able to work in a truly international setting and the fact that I have insight into so many different industries and fields of law.

HOW HAS THE ARBITRATION PRACTICE DEVELOPED SINCE YOU BEGAN YOUR CAREER?

Matters have become more complex in terms of both substance and procedure. Clients – rightly so – have become more demanding. And the emergence of an “arbitration industry”, including dedicated conference organisers, arbitration “press”, social media, and a wealth of new institutions and other services providers, all fighting for their piece of the cake and right to exist.

WHAT IMPACT DOES YOUR WORK AND EXPERIENCE AS COUNSEL HAVE ON YOUR APPROACH TO PROCEEDINGS WHEN ACTING AS ARBITRATOR?

I have a better understanding of what users – the parties – actually want from the process, and what is realistic in terms of the presentation of their case. I am very aware that every case is different and may require a different kind of procedure. I have not used a standard “PO1” in a long time. And I am very aware of cultural differences, including corporate culture and the way states and state-owned entities operate.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INTERESTING ARBITRATION YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF?

Many have been extremely interesting for varying reasons. If I had to choose one from each field, I’d say for investment it was representing the Russian Federation in setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court in two Crimea-related treaty matters. In the commercial field, it was acting as counsel in one of the largest ever infrastructure disputes with several parallel proceedings. And in sports, successfully representing dozens of athletes in their seemingly unwinnable struggle with the IOC before the CAS.

WHAT MAKES SWITZERLAND SUCH A FAVOURABLE PLACE IN WHICH TO CONDUCT ARBITRATIONS?

Its pragmatism and quality of (legal) services. The law is straightforward, clear, user-friendly and efficient, as are its arbitrators and counsel. The standard of legal services is outstanding on an international scale. Services standards are generally exceptional. Plus its geographical advantages and neutral standing don’t harm.

AS VICE CHAIR OF THE FIRM’S INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION PRACTICE GROUP, WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES REGARDING ITS DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

The main priority is to maintain the level of service we are able to offer clients and to maintain the high-stakes work we are able to offer the team. We are blessed with the best team I have ever worked with and a roster of exceptional clients who entrust us with their most challenging work. Another priority is further growing in the same diverse manner we currently are. We just made three new partners, and I hope to add several more over the next five years.

WHERE, IN YOUR OPINION, DOES THE FUTURE OF THE PRACTICE AREA LIE?

In a process that is more guided by the user and less by those who think they know what the user wants. In more individually crafted proceedings. And, frankly, in more ad hoc arbitrations.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF CAREER ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?

Appreciate the ups and the downs, because they mean you are not stagnating.

 

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Christopher Boog is identified by sources as “one of the superstars in Switzerland” when it comes to arbitration, and “obviously a top name”. One respondent effuses that Chris belongs among the best arbitration counsel of his generation”.

Biography

Dr Christopher Boog is vice-chair of Schellenberg Wittmer's international arbitration practice. He is based in the firm's Zurich and Singapore offices and represents clients in international commercial, investment and sports arbitration matters.

Christopher has been counsel and arbitrator in more than 120 complex arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide, involving a wide array of matters and under many different laws. His main areas of specialisation include construction and engineering, energy, commodities, investment and sports law, as well as the pharmaceutical/life sciences, automotive and mining industries.

Examples of Christopher's recent work include: representation of an international construction consortium in several parallel multibillion-dollar arbitrations regarding one of the world's largest infrastructure projects; lead counsel to the licensor in a multibillion-dollar licensing dispute regarding one of the world's best-selling drugs and the payment of royalties under the related licence agreement; representation of a state in several investment arbitrations; and successful representation of 39 Russian athletes who challenged lifetime bans imposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Two CAS panels cleared 28 of the athletes of any wrongdoing and reduced the bans for the other 11 athletes.

Christopher regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration. He is a vice-president of the Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution and a vice chair of the IPBA international construction projects committee. Christopher holds a PhD from the University of Zurich (summa cum laude; Professor Hug Prize).

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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.” 

Biography

Dr Christopher Boog is vice-chair of Schellenberg Wittmer's international arbitration practice. He is based in the firm's Zurich and Singapore offices and represents clients in international commercial, investment and sports arbitration matters.

Christopher has been counsel and arbitrator in more than 120 complex arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide, involving a wide array of matters and under many different laws. His main areas of specialisation include construction and engineering, energy, commodities, investment and sports law, as well as the pharmaceutical/life sciences, automotive and mining industries.

Examples of Christopher's recent work include: representation of an international construction consortium in several parallel multibillion-dollar arbitrations regarding one of the world's largest infrastructure projects; lead counsel to the licensor in a multibillion-dollar licensing dispute regarding one of the world's best-selling drugs and the payment of royalties under the related licence agreement; representation of a state in several investment arbitrations; and successful representation of 39 Russian athletes who challenged lifetime bans imposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Two CAS panels cleared 28 of the athletes of any wrongdoing and reduced the bans for the other 11 athletes.

Christopher regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration. He is a vice-president of the Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution and a vice chair of the IPBA international construction projects committee. Christopher holds a PhD from the University of Zurich (summa cum laude; Professor Hug Prize).

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