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Xavier Favre-Bulle

Xavier Favre-Bulle

Lenz & StaehelinRoute de Chêne 30Geneva 6GenevaSwitzerlandCH-1211

Thought Leader

Thought Leaders - Arbitration 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Xavier Favre-Bulle is “a great lawyer” who is distinguished by market commentators as “one of Switzerland’s best arbitrators”.

Biography

Dr Favre-Bulle's practice concentrates on dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in more than 240 arbitrations (eg, sales agreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements and post-M&A disputes, etc, in various business industries such as energy, construction, luxury goods, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking and sports (in particular before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), etc). At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Dr Favre-Bulle leads the arbitration group and the sports law sector. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 70 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 Favre-Bulle is vice president of the arbitration court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution (SCAI), vice chair of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and former senior vice chair of its sport law committee. He is a former president of the International Arbitration Commission, the Sports Law Commission and a former member of the Governing Board of Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). Xavier Favre-Bulle is also member of the Swiss Arbitration Academy, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.

He is a member of the Panels of Arbitrators of, among others, ICC Switzerland, International Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC), Russian Arbitration Association (RAA), Arbitration Centre at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

He is a member of the following professional associations: Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), SIAC Users Council, Comité français de l'arbitrage, Associazione Italiana per l'Arbitrato (AIA), Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar and Swiss Bar Associations, Société suisse des Juristes, Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), and the Association suisse de droit du sport (ASDS).

He speaks French, English and German.

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms 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.

Sports 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Xavier Favre-Bulle is a "top star in the field" who "has vast experience in high-profile sports arbitration matters". 

Biography

Dr Favre-Bulle heads the sports law practice and arbitration group 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, in doping and disciplinary cases, as well as for commercial disputes. To date, he has been involved in more than 240 arbitrations in sports and other fields. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 70 books and articles.

He has a wealth of experience in providing legal advice to bodies including international, regional and national federations, associations, clubs and other institutions, as well as to athletes, agents, event organizers, sponsors, broadcasters and the media. His experience covers various sports, such as football, equestrian disciplines, motor sport, motorcycling, athletics, cycling, sailing, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, skiing, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, taekwondo, boules sports, etc.

Xavier Favre-Bulle holds a law degree (1988) and an LLM (1991) from the University of Geneva. He studied at the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute in Florence (1992) before completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva (1998). He 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. He joined Lenz & Staehelin in 1994 and has been a dispute resolution partner since 2003.

Xavier Favre-Bulle has been a senior officer of sports law commissions at the UIA (International Association of Lawyers) and the IBA (International Bar Association). He has also been a lecturer at various universities.

He is a member of professional associations among which: Association suisse de droit du sport (ASDS), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), SIAC Users Council, Comité français de l'arbitrage, Associazione Italiana per l'Arbitrato (AIA), Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI),  International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar and Swiss Bar Associations, Société suisse des Juristes, etc.

He conducts cases in French and English (passive languages: German, Italian, Spanish).

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest Swiss law firms 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.

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Xavier Favre-Bulle is a “powerful counsel who will leave no stone unturned”. He possesses strong arbitration experience, having been involved in more than 200 disputes across a range of industries.

Biography

Dr Favre-Bulle's practice concentrates on dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in more than 230 arbitrations (eg, sales agreements, agency and distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements and post-M&A disputes, etc, in various business industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, energy, construction, luxury goods and sports (in particular before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), etc). At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Dr Favre-Bulle leads the arbitration group and the sports law group. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 70 books and articles.

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.

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 (French Committee of Arbitration), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (International Association of Lawers, 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) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (SIAC).

He speaks French, English and German.

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 Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Xavier Favre-Bulle regularly acts for several international sports federations and is “very highly regarded as both counsel and arbitrator”.

Biography

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 230 arbitrations in sports and other fields. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 70 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.

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