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Future Leaders

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say

"She possesses excellent knowledge of the construction industry"
"Eliane is very diligent, extremely committed to the case and always has exceptional ideas"
"The quality of her argumentation is impressive, both oral as well as written"
"Excellent, efficient and reliable"
"An absolute pleasure to work with - very effective in her written advocacy"


Eliane Fischer is a founding partner of rothorn legal, an international dispute resolution boutique. She acts as counsel in cases involving complex international construction and engineering projects, oil and gas disputes, sales, supply and distribution contracts, joint ventures and post M&A disputes. Who is Who Legal praises her “excellent knowledge of the construction industry”, her strategic and straightforward thinking and the exceptional ideas she brings to her cases (WWL Future Leaders 2020). She was repeatedly recognised as one of Europe’s top ten Future Leaders in the WWL rankings.

Eliane represents parties and acts as arbitrator in cases under various arbitration rules and impresses market sources with her fantastic written and oral skills (WWL Construction Future Leaders 2020). Her recent experience includes advising the main contractor of a major construction project concerning the force majeure termination due to the Covid pandemic; representing a joint venture in arbitration proceedings concerning delay and disruption incurred in the expansion of an oil field; representing a pure precious metals company in proceedings relating to a post M&A dispute about tax-related reps and warranties; representing a designer and manufacturer of high-performance sensor solutions in a dispute arising from an agency contract; representing a utility provider in a dispute regarding breaches of a contract for the construction of a coal-fired power plant; representing a market-leading commodity producer and distributor in the medical sector in a dispute with its joint venture partners; representing a gas-storage provider in disputes over price adjustments in long-term gas-storage contracts.

Eliane also advises applicants in cases before the European Court of Human Rights, where she previously worked as a clerk.

Eliane is an active member of the arbitration community. She co-chaired the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners and was a member of the ICC Commission for several years. She also regularly organizes conferences, such as GAR Live Vienna (2017-2019), the Vienna Arbitration Days (2019) and the ASAb40-DIS40-AIA-ArbIT40 and YAAP Summer Retreat (2017-now) which she co-founded in 2017. She also teaches the International Commercial Arbitration class at the Lille Catholic University.

Prior to founding rothorn legal, Eliane worked for more than ten years at major international law firms.

Eliane completed her legal education at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (Master’s degree, bilingual German/French) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Master of International Affairs bilingual English/French). She is qualified to practise in Switzerland and speaks German, English and French.

With offices in Zurich and Frankfurt, rothorn legal is a highly specialised dispute resolution boutique. rothorn legal combines the partner attention, cost-effectiveness, and innovation-driven approach of a boutique with the experience that its partners have gained at international law firms and companies. Clients of rothorn legal benefit from the team’s extensive experience as counsel in cross-border arbitration, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution as well as their insight into tribunals’ deliberation and decision-making processes gained from being regularly appointed as arbitrators. rothorn legal embraces an inclusive and respectful work culture that allows its employees to thrive and unlock their full potential.

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