Fabrice Robert-Tissot co-heads the arbitration and sports department at Bonnard Lawson, a leading arbitration and business law firm based in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, with foreign offices in Shanghai, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong. He serves as an arbitrator (chairman, sole or party-appointed arbitrator) and counsel in international and domestic commercial arbitrations, under various rules, such as the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, Swiss Rules and the CAS Code. Fabrice's areas of expertise include inter alia oil and gas and other natural resources, international sales of goods, share and purchase agreements, distribution, shareholders’ agreements, construction and infrastructure, joint ventures and consortia agreements, as well as service agreements.
He also represents clients in arbitration-related court proceedings in Switzerland, in particular in connection with applications to set aside (international and domestic) arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He is regularly involved in proceedings before the Swiss courts for the recognition and enforcement of foreign awards, including the freezing of assets located in Switzerland.
Fabrice is also specialised in sports arbitration. He regularly appears as counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other tribunals representing athletes, teams and clubs, as well as sports federations. His expertise includes commercial disputes, with a special expertise in football-related matters (including transfer of players, representation contracts between agents and players and financial fair-play), disciplinary proceedings, anti-doping and governance disputes.
He has published several articles on commercial and sports arbitration, contracts, international insolvency and the enforcement of arbitral awards.
Fabrice is admitted to the Geneva and the New York Bars. He holds a PhD from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (summa cum laude – awarded the Walter Hug Prize for the best doctoral thesis in Switzerland). He also holds an LL.M. from the Columbia Law School (awarded the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar – 2010-2011).