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Dispute resolution - International arbitration - Ranking 2020 - Law firm - Switzerland

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  • Melissa Magliana, Bernd Ehle, Marc D. Veit, Noradèle Radjai, Michael E. Schneider, Domitille Baizeau, Joachim Knoll, Matthias Scherer, Veijo Heiskanen, Teresa Giovannini
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  • Matthew T. Reiter, Saverio Lembo, Pierre-Yves Gunter, Daniel Hochstrasser, Michele Bernasconi, Cesare Jermini, Alexandra Johnson, Nadja Jaisli Kull
  • Mariella Orelli, Felix Dasser, Balz Gross, Gabrielle Nater-Bass
  • Xavier Favre-Bulle, Harold Frey, Daniel Tunik, Thierry Calame, Martin Aebi, Fadri Lenggenhager, Hanno Wehland
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  • Peter C. Honegger, Daniel Eisele, Andras Gurovitz, Ernst F. Schmid, Tamir Livschitz, Valerie Meyer Bahar, Thomas Sprecher, Lukas Beeler
  • Laurent Killias, Florian Mohs, Thomas Legler, Thomas Rohner, Christophe Emonet, Michael Kramer
  • Dieter Hofmann, Maurice Courvoisier, Micha Bühler, Michael Cartier, Peter Straub, Rodolphe Gautier, Michael Feit
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HIGH-CALIBER ARBITRATION PRACTICE
Firm

Bär & Karrer

Leader(s)

Pierre-Yves Gunter

Team

Pierre-Yves Gunter, Daniel Hochstrasser, Cesare Jermini, Michele Bernasconi

Since

1969

Track record : The firm is involved in leading commercial and investment arbitrations. They act both as counsel and arbitrator in varied arbitration proceedings (ICC, Swiss Rules Arbi- tration, LCIA, DIS etc), notably in construction, energy, distribution and infrastructure. Recent cases include a huge arbitration dispute in which Pierre-Yves Gunter is representing the National Iranian Gas Company (NICG).
Differentiation : Pierre-Yves Gunter and Daniel Hochstrasser lead a team of 19 partners, three counsel and 35 qualified lawy- ers across four offices. Co-head Pierre-Yves Gunter is Geneva-based, where he reinforces the arbitration practice, along with Alexandra Johnson, co-chair ASA Geneva group. Cesare Jermini and Michele Bernasconi are also names to remember.
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PLAYING A LEAD ROLE IN HIGH PROFILE CASES
Firm

Lenz & Staehelin

Leader(s)

Xavier Favre-Bulle, Harold Frey

Since

1951

Track record : The arbitration team deals with disputes arising from M&A transactions, and in the fields of construction, energy, luxury, distri- bution and sports law. It acted in an UNCITRAL arbitration for Hidroelectrica in a dispute with energy trader EFT and an ad hoc arbitration where Lenz & Staehelin successfully repre- sented the French Republic in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court.
Differentiation : With offices in Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne, Lenz & Staehelin advises and defends states, state-owned entities and private clients on every aspect of business law. The arbitration team is headed respectively by Xavier Favre-Bulle in Geneva, who also sits as an arbitrator, and Harold Frey in Zurich, highly praised in the pharmaceutical, construction and telecoms industries.
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DIVERSE AND VIGOROUS DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTICE
Firm

Niederer Kraft Frey

Leader(s)

Daniel Eisele, Ernst F. Schmid, Peter C. Honegger, Tamir Livschitz

Since

1936

Track record : The team has recently handled varied arbitration cases, ranging from the defense and construction industries to commo- dities, post M&A and the pharmaceutical sector. They also often work on sports arbitration cases and handle foreign litigation in circumvention of arbitration. The team has in-depth expertise in arbitrations related to complex banking and investment vehicle matters.
Differentiation : The Zurich-based firm's dispute resolution team has seven partners and 20 qualified lawyers. They are involved in arbitrations in Switzerland and abroad and can advise in 13 languages. Ernst F. Schmid is a renowned arbitrator in the banking, M&A and commercial disputes fields. Tamir Livschitz's arbitration experience in civil law and common law jurisdictions is particularly appreciated.
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SOUGHT-AFTER ARBITRATION EXPERTISE
Firm

Pestalozzi

Leader(s)

Thomas Legler, Laurent Killias, Michael Kramer

Since

1911

Track record : The firm is known for its experience in arbitration in the commodities business and the pharmaceutical industry. It is adept at cross border and complex commercial disputes. They also intervened in a landmark case where the Swiss Federal Tribunal set aside an arbitral award and on the largest arbitration case pen- ding before the Swiss Chambers.
Differentiation : The arbitration team has 11 partners and 30 lawyers. It acts in arbitration and state court proceedings. Geneva team leader Thomas Legler is highly praised in arbitration related to complex legal issues in the field of IP law, whilst Laurent Killias, Zurich-based, is a member of the Arbitration Committee of the ICC Switzerland and the Swiss Commission on Arbi- tration of the ICC Switzerland.
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TOP MULTILINGUAL LAWYERS
Firm

Aceris Law

Leader(s)

William Kirtley

Since

2015

Track record : International arbitration experts Aceris Law is advising Malaysian enginee- ring group KNM in a SCC claim worth $96 million against a subsidiary of Russia’s Lukoil for unpaid works at gas-condensate fields in Uzbekistan. The firm is counselling the ministry of an African state in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings under Angolan law, in a dispute regarding a World Bank financed project.
Differentiation : Led by William Kirtley, the team is made up of multilingual lawyers working from offices in Paris, Geneva, London and Singapore, and via shared documents, since they travel frequently. Aceris Law is highly focused on offering top-quality advice and providing clients with a fair price that they can anticipate through the firm’s comprehen- sive cost projection system.
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