Philip Wimalasena is “an outstanding young lawyer” according to sources who predict an exceptionally bright future for this "very impressive arbitration practitioner”.
Dr Philip Wimalasena is an associate in Schellenberg Wittmer's international arbitration group in Zurich and Geneva. His areas of practice include international and domestic commercial arbitration, litigation and sports arbitration.
Philip's recent expertise includes: representing a Russian sports federation in a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dispute over the suspension of membership rights in connection with allegations of institutionalised doping manipulations in Russia; representing multiple Russian athletes in disciplinary proceedings relating to alleged anti-doping rule violations before the International Olympic Committee, international sports federations and the CAS in one of the highest-profile cases in sports in recent history; and representing a contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the construction of an airport terminal.
Philip studied law at the universities of Bonn, Frankfurt and Lyon. He completed his law studies in Frankfurt (2009) and his legal clerkship in Berlin (2012). During his studies, Philip clerked for the German Foreign Office, the German Federal Parliament and various international law firms.
Philip holds a doctorate degree in law from the University of Frankfurt (Dr iur, 2015), a master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge (LLM, 2016) and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Lyon (Licence en droit, 2007). He is dually qualified as both a German and a Swiss attorney-at-law.
Before joining Schellenberg Wittmer, Philip gained experience in the dispute resolution department of a major international law firm in Frankfurt. He regularly publishes and speaks on international arbitration issues and is a member of a number of professional associations, including the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, ASA Below 40, DIS 40, Young ICCA, and the Zurich and Frankfurt Bar Associations.