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International Arbitration

International Representation at the Highest Level

Our International Arbitration Group is composed of lawyers with diverse backgrounds, training and practices, all of whom have a distinctly international outlook. As a result, we offer our clients a special combination of skills and resources:

  • Our team includes very high-profile arbitration practitioners who have long-standing and extensive experience in a wide range of industries and complex matters;
  • Our team has extensive expertise not only in arbitration in Switzerland under Swiss law, but also in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, where we have an office in Singapore;
  • Our team is multi-cultural and multi-lingual, with lawyers having very diverse legal backgrounds. This enables us to understand our clients’ perspective, and to handle matters governed by a wide range of laws and in several languages;
  • Our team focuses on our clients’ needs not only in terms of legal advice and litigation strategy, but also in terms of business and industry focus, and of alternative dispute resolution opportunities that each case may present;
  • Our team includes several practitioners who also act as arbitrators. This gives us valuable insight on what arbitrators recognize to be effective advocacy and on the decisionmaking processes of arbitral tribunals.

„Schellenberg Wittmer has ‘strong industry knowledge that means it provides a level of expertise that other firms cannot match’.“

Legal 500

Key Contacts

Elliott Geisinger
Philippe Bärtsch
Dr. Christopher Boog


Our expertise enables us to achieve our clients’ objectives effectively and efficiently in a broad spectrum of cases, from straightforward matters to complex large-scale disputes.

We have acted in disputes involving parties from around the globe and many types of commercial transactions such as:

  • Infrastructure, construction and engineering;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Joint ventures, consortium agreements and shareholders’ disputes;
  • Energy upstream and downstream;
  • Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences;
  • Automotive;
  • Mining & minerals;
  • Commodities trading;
  • Luxury and consumer goods;
  • Information technology, patent and other intellectual property related disputes;
  • Licensing, technology transfer and distribution agreements;
  • Hotel and hospitality;
  • Sports-related commercial disputes;
  • Investment disputes;
  • Finance and banking transactions;
  • Transportation, aviation, shipping and maritime disputes.

We have acted in cases under all leading arbitration and ad hoc with places of arbitration around the globe, including:

  • Representation of many leading engineering and construction companies in a wide variety of fields including infrastructure projects, industrial facilities, oil refining and gas terminals, mining and major hotel projects, under several different applicable laws (Swiss, French, German, Russian, Emirati, Polish, Filipino, Saudi, etc.);
  • Representation of the Russian Federation before the Swiss Supreme Court in setting-aside proceedings relating to an award rendered under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The decision is published in the hard-copy collection of Swiss Supreme Court decisions;
  • Representation of a Turkish company in arbitral proceedings relating to the construction, maintenance and operation of a wind farm in Turkey;
  • Representation of an Italian company in arbitral proceedings relating to various corporate agreements for the exploitation of renewable energies;
  • Representation of a leading European pharmaceutical group against a major U.S. pharmaceutical company in a multibillion dollar WIPO arbitration arising out of a patent license agreement covering one of the world’s bestselling pharmaceutical products and concerning the validity of a U.S. patent, and several other high-profile cases in the pharmaceutical and life-science industries;
  • Representation of a Swiss client in the energy sector in a high-stake arbitration seated in Paris and governed by Senegalese law;
  • Representation out of our Singapore office of an Indonesian steel manufacturer against a Swiss commodities trader concerning the sale/purchase of prime steel billets;
  • Representation of a developer and producer of complex automotive parts in a number of high-value arbitrations concerning research and development joint ventures and claims deriving from recalls due to defective parts;
  • Representation of a leading European energy company in a price review dispute;
  • Lead Counsel in the Swiss proceedings to the Russian Federation in setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court regarding an arbitral award rendered in a multi-billion dollar ad hoc arbitration under the Russia-Ukraine BIT. This is one of the "second-wave" Yukos cases brought against the Russian Federation. We are additionally part of the international legal team for Yukos matters;
  • Representation of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company Plc. in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court concerning a multi-billion dollar dispute against the Republic of Croatia;
  • Successful co-representation of the Vice President of the Qatar Football Association in a high-profile sports-related dispute regarding his suspension by the FIFA Ethics Committee before the FIFA dispute resolution bodies and CAS;
  • Representation of multiple Russian athletes (before the IOC, CAS and their sports federations) who are being investigated amidst allegations of a systematic doping scheme. This is one of the most high profile cases in recent sports history.

Deals & Cases

Court of Arbitration for Sport clears 28 Russian Athletes of Anti-Doping Rule Violations

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked and recognized amongst leading law firms in global directories and publications:

  • Chambers Global and Europe in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
  • Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
  • Expert Guides
  • WWL Switzerland and across WWL Arbitration
  • GAR 30

Selected Publications