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Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Phillipe is an excellent arbitration practitioner who gets to the heart of the issue very quickly"
"He is expert in Swiss procedural and substantive law and has an in-depth knowledge of the arbitration arena"
"He impresses with the outstanding quality of his written submissions, which made clear complicated issues" "An excellent practitioner with a wealth of knowledge and experience"
"He has particular expertise and a strong track record in the field of international investments and sports arbitration"

Biography

Philippe Bärtsch is Schellenberg Wittmer's managing partner and one of the two global vice chairs of the firm's international arbitration practice. Philippe has been practicing international arbitration for over 13 years and has extensive experience handling complex international commercial arbitrations. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 120 high-stake arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional, across a wide variety of matters and applicable laws. He has handled disputes relating to M&A transactions, construction and infrastructure projects, joint ventures, and sales, licence and distribution contracts. His expertise spans a broad range of sectors, including the energy, commodity trading, construction, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and sports industries.

Philippe's recent arbitration expertise includes successful representation of: a leading pharmaceutical company in a dispute over a licence and distribution agreement; a telecommunication company in a post M&A dispute; a  leading European energy company in a price-revision dispute; a Swedish company in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court; and 39 Russian athletes who challenged their disqualification from the Sochi Games and their lifetime Olympic bans by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Philippe regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration. He is a member of the Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, the president of its marketing committee and co-chair of the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

Philippe holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School. He has been a partner at Schellenberg Wittmer since 2012.

Sports 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Philippe Bärtsch is a "truly excellent" practitioner who draws praise from observers for his "deep expertise" and experience in sports disputes.

Biography

Philippe is Managing Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer and one of two Vice-Chairs of its International Arbitration practice and the co-head of the Sports Practice.

Philippe has been practicing international arbitration for almost 20 years and alongside his international arbitration practice, has extensive experience handling complex international sports arbitration cases. Philippe has been involved in some of the highest profile sports matters in recent years.

Philippe's recent expertise in sports matters includes: The successful representation of 39 Olympic Athletes who challenged their disqualification from the Sochi Games and their lifetime Olympic bans by the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Successful representation of a Qatari sports official in a dispute with an international sports federation before the internal adjudicatory bodies of the federation as well as the CAS; and in a ground-breaking case, Philippe is currently representing the Russian Anti-Doping Agency against the World Anti-Doping Agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sports in what is most likely the largest and most complex sports arbitration to date. 

Philippe is also advising clients in relation to the organization of one of the largest sports events in the world and in relation to media rights surrounding another large sports event.

Philippe regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration and sports. He is a member of the Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution and was appointed President of its marketing committee; he co-chairs the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA); he is a member of the editorial board of the IBA Arbitration Newsletter; and he is a council member of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.

Philippe holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School. He has been a partner of the firm since 2012.

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The “very impressive” Philippe Bärtsch is “a terrific counsel” who “puts his point across clearly, calmly and assertively”. Peers also admire “his ability to focus on the important issues”.  

Biography

Philippe Bärtsch is Schellenberg Wittmer's managing partner and one of the two global vice chairs of the firm's international arbitration practice. Philippe has been practicing international arbitration for over 13 years and has extensive experience handling complex international commercial arbitrations. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 120 high-stake arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional, across a wide variety of matters and applicable laws. He has handled disputes relating to M&A transactions, construction and infrastructure projects, joint ventures, and sales, licence and distribution contracts. His expertise spans a broad range of sectors, including the energy, commodity trading, construction, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and sports industries.

Philippe's recent arbitration expertise includes successful representation of: a leading pharmaceutical company in a dispute over a licence and distribution agreement; a telecommunication company in a post M&A dispute; a leading European energy company in a price-revision dispute; a Swedish company in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court; and 39 Russian athletes who challenged their disqualification from the Sochi Games and their lifetime Olympic bans by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Philippe regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration. He is a member of the Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution since 2014 and a member of its Special Committee, the president of its marketing committee and co-chair of the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

Philippe holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School. He has been a partner at Schellenberg Wittmer since 2012.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Philippe Bärtsch is "very strong in arbitration" pertaining to sports disputes, where he is "excellent in cross-examination and is involved in many high-profile cases".

Biography

Philippe is managing partner at Schellenberg Wittmer and one of two Vice-Chairs of its International Arbitration practice and the co-head of the Sports Practice.

Philippe has been practicing international arbitration for almost 13 years and alongside his international arbitration practice, has extensive experience handling complex international sports arbitration cases. Philippe has been involved in some of the highest profile sports matters in recent years.

Philippe's recent expertise in sports matters includes: The successful representation of 39 Olympic Athletes who challenged their disqualification from the Sochi Games and their lifetime Olympic bans by the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Successful representation of a Qatari sports official in a dispute with an international sports federation before the internal adjudicatory bodies of the federation as well as the CAS; and in a ground-breaking case, Philippe represented the Russian Anti-Doping Agency against the World Anti-Doping Agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sports in what is most likely the largest and most complex sports arbitration to date involving numerous parties and intervenors.

Philippe is also advising clients in relation to the organization of one of the largest sports events in the world and in relation to media rights surrounding another large sports event.

Philippe regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to arbitration. He is a member of the Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution since 2014 and a member of its Special Committee, the president of its marketing committee and co-chair of the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

Philippe holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School. He has been a partner of the firm since 2012.

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