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Sébastien Besson

Sébastien Besson

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler3-5 Rue du Conseil-GénéralPO Box 552GenevaSwitzerlandCH-1211 Geneva 4
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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Sébastien Besson is hailed by peers as an "excellent practitioner" who proficiently represents and advises clients in areas such as energy, construction and sporting disputes.

Biography

Sébastien Besson is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva. He represents companies before arbitral tribunals and state courts in commercial disputes and serves as arbitrator.

Sébastien Besson has acted as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator, counsel or legal expert in numerous international arbitrations under a variety of arbitration rules, and in different jurisdictions.

The nature of such cases, among others, includes joint ventures and industrial cooperation, agency and distribution, sales contracts, licensing, construction, finance and sport-related disputes.

Sébastien Besson has published extensively on arbitration. Notably, he has co-authored (with Professor Jean-François Poudret) the well-known treatise Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2007).

Sébastien Besson is a part-time professor at the University of Neuchâtel and he has taught several courses on arbitration and settlement of commercial disputes, including in the Geneva master in international disputes settlement programme (www.mids.ch).

Sébastien Besson was educated at Lausanne University, where he received his doctorate in Law, and at Columbia University (New York), from where he holds an LLM.

He is fluent in French and English, and has good knowledge of German.

Litigation 2018

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sébastien Besson is a well-known figure who boasts an impressive reputation for his expertise on construction and finance disputes.

Biography

Sébastien Besson is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva. He represents companies before arbitral tribunals and state courts in commercial disputes, and serves as arbitrator (chairman, sole and co-arbitrator) under a variety of rules.

Sébastien Besson has significant experience in dealing with disputes relating to, among other fields, joint ventures and industrial cooperation, agency and distribution, sales, M&A and shareholders’ agreements, licensing, construction, banking and finance, energy, pharmaceuticals and sports.

Sébastien Besson has published extensively on international dispute resolution and arbitration. Notably he has co-authored (with Professor Jean-François Poudret) the well-known treatise Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2007).

Sébastien Besson is a part-time professor at the University of Neuchâtel and he has taught several courses on arbitration and settlement of commercial disputes including in the Geneva master in international disputes settlement programme (www.mids.ch).

Sébastien Besson was educated at Lausanne University, where he received his doctorate in law, and at Columbia University (New York), from where he holds an LLM.

He is fluent in French and English, and has good knowledge of German.

Sports 2018

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The "excellent" Sébastien Besson draws praise for his expertise in sports disputes and for his sophisticated advice on commercial issues.

Biography

Sébastien Besson is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading arbitration and litigation firm. He represents companies before arbitral tribunals and state courts in commercial and sport disputes.

He has acted as counsel or legal expert in several Court of Arbitration for Sport's procedures, including high-profile and complex cases (eg, Juventus v ChelseaAdamu v FIFAKarpov Inc v FIDEFIFA v Platini, FIFA v Blatter, AC Milan v UEFA).

Sébastien Besson has published extensively on arbitration and the resolution of sport disputes. Notably he has co-authored (with Professor Jean-François Poudret) the well-known treatise Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2007).

Sébastien Besson is a part-time professor at the University of Neuchâtel, where he teaches courses on the resolution of sports disputes and sport contracts.

Sébastien Besson was educated at Lausanne University, where he received his doctorate in Law, and at Columbia University (New York), from where he holds an LLM.

He is fluent in French and English, and has good knowledge of German.  

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sébastien Besson is “one of the top experts in the market and is very sought after as an arbitrator”, say sources. His expertise lies in commercial disputes, including joint venture, finance and construction matters.

Biography

Sébastien Besson is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva. He represents companies before arbitral tribunals and state courts in commercial disputes and serves as arbitrator.

Sébastien Besson has acted as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator, counsel or legal expert in numerous international arbitrations under a variety of arbitration rules, and in different jurisdictions.

The nature of such cases, among others, includes joint ventures and industrial cooperation, agency and distribution, sales contracts, licensing, construction, finance and sport-related disputes.

Sébastien Besson has published extensively on arbitration. Notably, he has co-authored (with Professor Jean-François Poudret) the well-known treatise Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2007).

Sébastien Besson is a part-time professor at the University of Neuchâtel and he has taught several courses on arbitration and settlement of commercial disputes, including in the Geneva master in international disputes settlement programme (www.mids.ch).

Sébastien Besson was educated at Lausanne University, where he received his doctorate in law, and at Columbia University (New York), from where he holds an LLM.

He is fluent in French and English, and has good knowledge of German.

Switzerland - Litigation

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sébastien Besson receives widespread plaudits for his first-class work representing corporate clients on a range of complex matters before state courts. ​

Biography

Sébastien Besson is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva. He represents companies before arbitral tribunals and state courts in commercial disputes, and serves as arbitrator (chairman, sole and co-arbitrator) under a variety of rules.

Sébastien Besson has significant experience in dealing with disputes relating to, among other fields, joint ventures and industrial cooperation, agency and distribution, sales, M&A and shareholders’ agreements, licensing, construction, banking and finance, energy, pharmaceuticals and sports.

Sébastien Besson has published extensively on international dispute resolution and arbitration. Notably he has co-authored (with Professor Jean-François Poudret) the well-known treatise Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2007).

Sébastien Besson is a part-time professor at the University of Neuchâtel and he has taught several courses on arbitration and settlement of commercial disputes including in the Geneva master in international disputes settlement programme (www.mids.ch).

Sébastien Besson was educated at Lausanne University, where he received his doctorate in law, and at Columbia University (New York), from where he holds an LLM.

He is fluent in French and English, and has good knowledge of German.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sébastien Besson is a well-regarded sports lawyer who is highly praised by peers for his "impressive and complementary array of skills".

Biography

Sébastien Besson is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading arbitration and litigation firm. He represents companies before arbitral tribunals and state courts in commercial and sport disputes.

He has acted as counsel or legal expert in several Court of Arbitration for Sport's procedures, including high-profile and complex cases (eg, Juventus v ChelseaAdamu v FIFAKarpov Inc v FIDEFIFA v PlatiniFIFA v BlatterAC Milan v UEFA).

Sébastien Besson has published extensively on arbitration and the resolution of sport disputes. Notably he has co-authored (with Professor Jean-François Poudret) the well-known treatise Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2007).

Sébastien Besson is a part-time professor at the University of Neuchâtel, where he teaches courses on the resolution of sports disputes and sport contracts.

Sébastien Besson was educated at Lausanne University, where he received his doctorate in Law, and at Columbia University (New York), from where he holds an LLM.

He is fluent in French and English, and has good knowledge of German.

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