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Philippe Bärtsch, LL.M.


Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes

P.O. Box 2088

1211 Geneva 1

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

French, English, German

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

Philippe Bärtsch is a Partner and Vice-Chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice Group and he is also a member of the firm's Management Committee. Philippe has extensive experience handling complex international commercial arbitrations.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in dozens of arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, involving a wide array of matters under many different laws
  • Representing a large French construction company in a dispute over a piping project in Eastern Europe
  • Representing a leading energy company in a high stakes arbitration seated in Paris
  • Representing a US multinational in an arbitration seated in London concerning a large wind farm project
  • Representing a US multinational in several disputes against distributors and suppliers
  • Representing an engineering company in an arbitration relating to the construction of an airport in the Middle East
  • Representing a client in a commercial dispute relating to a worldwide sports event


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Foreign Associate in a leading US firm in New York (arbitration group)
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

Education and Admission
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. Iur., University of Geneva

Additional Professional Activities
  • Regular publications and speaking engagements on topics related to arbitration
  • Teacher at the Swiss Arbitration Academy
  • Member of the Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution
  • Co-chairs Young Arbitration Practitioners (YAP)
  • Co-chairs the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)


  • The Legal 500: Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Sports 2016 - 2018
  • Expert Guides: Commercial Arbitration 2014 - 2018
  • Who's Who Legal Switzerland: Arbitration 2013 - 2018

„the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ Philippe Bärtsch is recommended“

Legal 500

Selected Publications

The impact of trade sanctions on contractual obligations and arbitration proceedings
In: International Business Law Journal = Revue du Droit des Affaires Internationales, Issue 4, 2012, pp. 405-437
"Consent" in Sports Arbitration: Which Lessons for Arbitrations Based on Clauses in Bylaws of Corporations, Associations, etc.?
in: ASA Special Series No. 41, Sports Arbitration: A Coach for Other Players?, published by JurisNet, LLC, 2015, pp. 95-122
Arbitration Law of Switzerland: Practice and Procedure
Philippe Bärtsch, Schramm Dorothée
co-authored with Dorothee Schramm, published by JurisNet, LLC, April 2014