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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Franz Stirnimann Fuentes is a brilliant arbitrator"
"He really is first rate"
"An excellent counsel who is always to the point"
"A Swiss lawyer with a real international outlook"


Dr Franz Stirnimann Fuentes focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation as well as Swiss commercial law.

Dr Franz Stirnimann has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 80 international arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, CAM, SCC, DIS, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc) governed by various procedural and substantive laws. He also regularly acts as counsel in arbitration-related proceedings before Swiss courts, including the Swiss Supreme Court.

Dr Franz Stirnimann is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is listed in the panel of arbitrators of a number of arbitral institutions. He is ranked by Chambers GlobalChambers Europe, Who’s Who Legal , Best Lawyers and Expert Guides, among others, for arbitration and dispute resolution. Dr Franz Stirnimann specialises in disputes relating to international joint ventures, M&A, shareholders, manufacture, licensing/IP, sales and investment disputes in the energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications, construction, infrastructure and finance sector and also regularly acts as transactional counsel in these areas.

He is of Swiss and Latin American origin, is fluent in English, German, Spanish and French, and also works in Italian and Portuguese. He is both civil and common law trained and admitted to practise in Geneva, England and Wales, and New York. He holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, an LLM from Georgetown University and a JD from the Universities of Fribourg and Durham. He speaks and publishes regularly on arbitration-related topics and has been a lecturer teaching arbitration at a number of Swiss and Latin American universities.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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