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Franz Stirnimann Fuentes

Franz Stirnimann Fuentes

Froriep4 Rue Charles-BonnetPO Box 399GenevaGenevaSwitzerland1211

Thought Leader

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"

Biography

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

Switzerland - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Franz Stirnimann Fuentes is “superb” and “very intelligent”, with extensive arbitration experience in Latin American cases.

Biography

Franz Stirnimann has two decades’ experience in international dispute resolution, Swiss commercial and white-collar criminal law. He joined our firm as a partner in 2015 and was previously a partner in a major US law firm. 

He has acted as counsel, arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in some 70 commercial and investor-state international arbitrations, and up to 50 court proceedings in Switzerland and abroad. He also has an active white-collar criminal law practice and advises on cross-border transactions subject to Swiss law, as well as Swiss employment matters.

Franz Stirnimann is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is ranked in leading legal directories.

He is trained in civil and common law, and admitted to practise in Geneva,  England and Wales, and New York. He holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Zurich; a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University; and a licence in law from the University of Fribourg and Durham University. He is an alumnus of the international leadership programme of Georgetown, and a regular lecturer at the Universities in Switzerland and in Latin America.

He is listed on various panels of arbitrators at arbitral institutions, and is a member of numerous professional associations, boards of academic institutions, and law journals in Switzerland and the Americas.

Of Swiss and Latin American origin, Franz Stirnimann works in English, Spanish, German and French.

Froriep is one of the largest law firms in Switzerland, with offices in Zurich, Geneva and Zug, as well as London and Madrid.

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