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Petra Rihar is “an outstanding arbitrator” who is well acquainted with handling complex commercial and investment-related disputes.


Petra Rihar is a Slovenian and Swiss national with more than 15 years' experience in international and domestic arbitration and litigation. Petra has served as arbitrator, counsel, legal expert and secretary to the tribunal in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations governed by a variety of substantive and procedural laws.

Petra’s expertise includes post-M&A and shareholder disputes; joint venture and consortium disputes in telecommunication and other infrastructure projects; construction and engineering; technology and know-how transfer; and disputes arising out of international sales, licensing, agency and distribution agreements.

Petra Rihar has particular experience in disputes concerning foreign investments in state infrastructure (investor-state disputes). Among others, she acted as sole arbitrator in a UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a Latvian investor's claim against Montenegro for termination of an investment project (Law Business Research reported on this case on 14 February 2018).

Petra has authored and co-authored several articles on Swiss arbitration law published on the Kluwer Arbitration Blog and Practical Law Arbitration.

She is listed as arbitrator at the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA), ICC Switzerland, the Serbian Arbitration Association, the Ljubljana Arbitration Centre and the European Court of Arbitration. 

Prior to founding her own law practice in 2013, Petra gained professional experience at leading international law firms in Zurich and London. She holds an LLM from Columbia Law School (2006), a PhD (Dr iur) from the University of Lucerne (2006) and a law degree from the University of Zurich (2000). She was admitted to the bar in 2004.

Petra's working languages are German, English, Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian.

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