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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.

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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 Schellenberg Wittmer's 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 (e.g. ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR and Swiss Rules), involving a broad range of matters under many different laws. He has, for example, handled disputes relating to M&A transactions, construction and infrastructure projects, joint ventures, as well as sales, licence and distribution contracts. His clients are active in a wide range of industries, including in the energy, sports, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, construction, consumer goods and commodity trading sectors.

Philippe Bärtsch has also successfully represented clients in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court and in enforcement proceedings before Swiss courts. He also advises clients on Swiss contract law issues, as well as on international sanctions and their impact on contractual obligations.

Philippe Bärtsch regularly speaks at conferences and publishes in international arbitration. He is a member of the Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution. He co-chairs Young Arbitration Practitioners (YAP), as well as the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is also a member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy. In addition, he is member of several professional associations, including the Geneva Bar Association, 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. In 2004, he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School. He has been with Schellenberg Wittmer since 2001, except in 2006–2007 when he worked in New York as a foreign associate for the arbitration group of a leading US firm.

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

Recognitions

  • Recommended in Arbitration by Who's Who Legal and Expert Guides

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