Xavier Favre-Bulle
Office:
Route de ChĂȘne 30
CH-1211
City:
Geneva 6
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 58 450 70 00
Fax:
+41 58 450 70 01

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Dr Favre-Bulle’s practice focuses on dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, court litigation). He has over 20 years of experience and has been involved in over 220 arbitrations (sales agreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc) in various business industries (energy, construction, luxury goods, commodities, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, sports, etc). At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Xavier Favre-Bulle heads the arbitration group and the sports law sector group.

DID YOU ALWAYS INTEND TO PURSUE A CAREER IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION?

My initial specialisation was contract law (banking in particular), with a particular focus on dispute resolution. My practice of litigation led me to arbitration: I was offered a 100 per cent arbitration position at Lenz & Staehelin in 1996.

WHAT MAKES LENZ & STAEHELIN STAND OUT FROM ITS COMPETITORS IN THE MARKET?

Long-standing prime clients and numerous firms over the world who trust and recommend us as they have concretely tested our dedication, responsiveness and business-minded approach to work. We like to provide advice that is concrete and practical, and which truly matches the client’s needs. 

WHAT STEPS MUST ARBITRATION COUNSEL TAKE TO ENSURE THEY ARE EFFECTIVE IN THE ROLE?

Be truly interested in the issues at stake (even when extremely complex or technical) and listen to the clients to understand and learn quickly. This is key to propose appropriate strategies and solutions to problems, instead of merely relying on academic knowledge.

TO WHAT EXTENT IS THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT AN EFFECTIVE FORUM FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION WITHIN THE INDUSTRY?

Ninety per cent. This is the best alternative to having to resort to inadequate courts around the world. There’s only one forum, protected by the excellent Swiss legal framework, with specialised arbitrators and counsel, applying mainly sports regulations. There is, however, some room for improvement, in particular for more diversity in arbitrator appointments and faster proceedings for standard cases.

HOW TRUE IS IT TO SAY THAT THE TIME HAS COME FOR A BINDING CODE OF ETHICS ON THE CONDUCT OF ADVOCATES AND COUNSEL IN ARBITRATION, AS SUGGESTED BY THE SWISS ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION (ASA) SEVERAL YEARS AGO?

I respectfully disagree. I am not sure we need one set of rules in that field, and certainly not a binding code. I would rather leave this to arbitration practice and to the applicable rules of professional conduct. Arbitrators should not become referees with yellow/red cards or police officers giving fines. We can, and I do, handle difficult situations in real life. The existing devices are sufficient to cope with counsel’s conduct in most situations.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INTERESTING ARBITRATION YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF?

The one about top models’ contests in Brazil, unfortunately without a site visit … More seriously: almost all arbitrations are interesting, in particular, those with tangible problems that we can tackle as if we were in after-sales services: defective plant, machine not working as expected, etc. I particularly like technical issues in the high-end watch industry; it is fascinating how complex certain timekeepers are.

WHAT MAKES SWITZERLAND SUCH A FAVOURABLE PLACE IN WHICH TO CONDUCT ARBITRATIONS?

A unique setting with political neutrality, pro-arbitration laws and practice, reliable courts, in particular, the Swiss Supreme Court with its fast and pragmatic decisions. The quality of our services has always been an asset of Switzerland, and the same is true with arbitration in Switzerland: the legal system, the arbitration institutions and the arbitration practitioners (both counsel and arbitrators) are the guarantee of very efficient proceedings, facilitating the finality and enforcement of decisions.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT AS HEAD OF THE FIRM’S ARBITRATION PRACTICE SO FAR?

As co-head with my partner Harold Frey, we have been able to develop strong arbitration practices both in Geneva and Zurich, making our global team one of the largest at the Swiss level, with significant capabilities that clients appreciate in large and complex cases, as well as specific know-how of our lawyers in areas such as energy, M&A, banking, sports, IP, telecommunications, antitrust, etc.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Dr Favre-Bulle has more than 20 years of experience in dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in over 200 arbitrations - for example, sales agreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc, in various business industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, energy, construction, luxury goods, sports (in particular before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), etc. At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Xavier Favre-Bulle leads the arbitration group and the sports law sector. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 60 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle is a member of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) governing board, the current president of the Sports Law Commission, a member of the ADR commission of the Geneva Bar Association and an associate member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He is a lecturer in the master's programme on "arbitration and international business law" at the University of Versailles and the LLM on international sports law at the University of Zurich. Xavier Favre-Bulle is the former president of the International Arbitration Commission, a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002–2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004–2012). He speaks French, English and German.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999. He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since 2003.

He is a member of the following professional associations: Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI), Comité français de l'arbitrage, International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar Association (OdA), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Société Suisse des Juristes (Swiss Society of Jurists), Association genevoise de droit des affaires (Geneva Association of Business Law, AGDA), Société Genevoise de Droit et de Législation (Geneva Society of Law and Legislation, SGDL), Centre du droit de l'entreprise de l'Université de Lausanne (Centre for Company Law, CEDIDAC), Association Henri Capitant, Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Association suisse de droit du sport (Swiss Sports Law Association, ASDS), Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (SIAC).

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Bulle has extensive experience in the field and is acknowledged by peers as an "excellent arbitrator and arbitration counsel".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Arbitration

Dr Favre-Bulle has more than 20 years of experience in dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in over 200 arbitrations - for example, sales agreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc, in various business industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, energy, construction, luxury goods, sports (in particular before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), etc. At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Xavier Favre-Bulle leads the arbitration group and the sports law sector. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 60 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle is a member of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) governing board, the current president of the Sports Law Commission, a member of the ADR commission of the Geneva Bar Association and an associate member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He is a lecturer in the master's programme on "arbitration and international business law" at the University of Versailles and the LLM on international sports law at the University of Zurich. Xavier Favre-Bulle is the former president of the International Arbitration Commission, a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002–2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004–2012). He speaks French, English and German.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999. He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since 2003.

He is a member of the following professional associations: Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI), Comité français de l'arbitrage, International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar Association (OdA), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Société Suisse des Juristes (Swiss Society of Jurists), Association genevoise de droit des affaires (Geneva Association of Business Law, AGDA), Société Genevoise de Droit et de Législation (Geneva Society of Law and Legislation, SGDL), Centre du droit de l'entreprise de l'Université de Lausanne (Centre for Company Law, CEDIDAC), Association Henri Capitant, Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Association suisse de droit du sport (Swiss Sports Law Association, ASDS), Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (SIAC).

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Bulle is a top name in the Swiss arbitration space who is recognised by sources for “his excellent arguments, and meticulous organisation and preparation”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Sports & Entertainment

Dr Favre-Bulle heads the sports law and arbitration groups at Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. His practice concentrates on sports law, arbitration (counsel or arbitrator), international litigation and ADR. He regularly acts as counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other bodies, including internal tribunals of sports federations. To date, he has been involved in more than 200 arbitrations in sports and other fields. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 65 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999. He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since 2003.

Xavier is a member of the UIA (International Association of Lawyers) governing board and a past president of the UIA sports law commission and of the International Arbitration Commission. He is a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002–2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004–2012). He is a member of the ADR commission of the Geneva Bar.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients. 

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Bulle stands out in the market for his excellent sports law practice and is recognised for his top-class work handling related disputes in both international and domestic arbitration proceedings.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Sports & Entertainment: Sport

Dr Favre-Bulle heads the sports law and arbitration groups at Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. His practice concentrates on sports law, arbitration (counsel or arbitrator), international litigation and ADR. He regularly acts as counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other bodies, including internal tribunals of sports federations. To date, he has been involved in more than 200 arbitrations in sports and other fields. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 65 books and articles.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He graduated from the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). Xavier Favre-Bulle was a visiting foreign lawyer with a major London firm in 1999. He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1996 and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Xavier Favre-Bulle joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a partner since 2003.

Xavier is a member of the UIA (International Association of Lawyers) governing board and a past president of the UIA sports law commission and of the International Arbitration Commission. He is a former member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002–2012), and the arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004–2012). He is a member of the ADR commission of the Geneva Bar.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients. 

WWL says: Xavier Favre-Bulle is an esteemed arbitration lawyer and litigator who is well known for his strong sports expertise. He is regarded as a go-to counsel for CAS proceedings.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment which can be purchased from our Shop.

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