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Philippe Bärtsch, LL.M.

Partner

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

Languages:
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

Career

Professional Experience
2012
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
2006-2007
Foreign Associate in a leading US firm in New York (arbitration group)
2003-2011
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

Education and Admission
2004
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School
2002
Bar Admission in Switzerland
2000
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)

Recognitions

  • 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