Wolfgang Peter is one of Europe's key names when it comes to arbitration matters. His expertise lies in acting as counsel and arbitrator in post-M&A, joint venture and contractual disputes.
Wolfgang Peter is a founding partner of Peter & Kim SA, a new global specialist practice in Switzerland, South Korea and Australia, dedicated to international commercial and investment arbitration.
Dr Peter represents major companies from Europe and overseas as counsel in large and complex international arbitrations. He also regularly serves as an arbitrator in high-stakes arbitrations under the auspices of various institutions throughout the world.
He has acted, up to January 2020, in over 255 international arbitrations involving M&A; finance and banking; international trade; joint ventures and industrial cooperation; agency and distribution; licensing transfer of technology and natural resources (in particular gas-price adjustment disputes).
Further to his arbitration practice, Dr Peter has been retained as counsel in numerous Swiss and cross- border mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance and IPO transactions. He was a member of the board of several companies in the field of finance and industry.
Before founding Peter & Kim, Wolfgang Peter spent more than three decades leading the arbitration and corporate groups of Peter & Partners, a boutique law firm specialised in arbitration, and of Python & Peter, a major Swiss law firm. Dr Peter also held top management executive positions: he was CEO of the Breguet Watch Group from 1987 to 1995 and managing director of Montres Jaquet-Droz SA from 1995 to 2000.
He studied business administration, political science and law at the universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Harvard and Frankfurt and holds doctorate degrees in business administration (Lausanne) and in law (Frankfurt). He has written various articles on business law and international commercial arbitration; the second edition of his study Arbitration and Renegotiation of International Investment Agreements was published by Kluwer in 1995.
Dr Peter is a member of various arbitration-related organisations, including the Geneva and Swiss Bar associations, the LCIA (board member), the Geneva Association of Business Law, the ASA (executive board member) and the IBA.