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Bar Admission: Switzerland 2002
Office: Geneva
Languages: French, English, German

Contact

Philippe Bärtsch, LL.M.
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes / P.O. Box 2088
1211 Geneva 1 / Switzerland

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

Philippe Bärtsch, LL.M.

Partner

Contact

Philippe Bärtsch, LL.M.
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes / P.O. Box 2088
1211 Geneva 1 / Switzerland

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

Philippe Bärtsch is a partner in our International Arbitration Group in Geneva. He has extensive experience handling complex international commercial arbitrations.

Philippe Bärtsch has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional (ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR and Swiss Rules), involving a wide array of matters such as share purchase and asset purchase transactions, joint ventures, sales and distribution contracts, license agreements, construction and infrastructure projects, and collateral management agreements. He has represented clients from around the world active in a wide range of industries, including in the energy, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, construction, food, luxury goods, and commodity trading sectors.

Philippe Bärtsch also advises clients on Swiss contract law issues and on arbitration-related matters, including drafting of arbitration agreements, challenges of arbitral awards before the Swiss Supreme Court, and enforcement of arbitral awards. He has also experience in international trade sanctions.

Philippe Bärtsch regularly speaks at conferences and publishes in international arbitration. He is a co-chair of Young Arbitration Practitioners (YAP), and a member of the editorial board of the IBA Arbitration Newsletter. He is also a member of several professional associations, including the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Arbitration Association, ASA Below 40, the LCIA and LCIA YIAG, and the Harvard Club of Switzerland.

Philippe Bärtsch graduated from the University of Geneva Law School in 2000, receiving an award for the best law degree, and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School (2004). He joined Schellenberg Wittmer as a trainee in 2000 and as an associate in 2004. In 2006–2007, he worked as a foreign associate in the arbitration group of a leading US firm in New York. He became a partner of Schellenberg Wittmer in 2012.
 

Selected deals and cases

  • Counsel in an LCIA arbitration between two multinational companies in the wind energy sector
  • Counsel in ICC arbitrations arising from the breach of collateral management agreements
  • Counsel in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court