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Philippe Bärtsch, LL.M.

Managing 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

„very knowledgeable“

Who's Who Legal

„creative, incredibly responsive and gets your answers quickly“

Chambers Global

„great leadership“

GAR

„communications skills, both orally and in writing, consistent availability, attention to the changing circumstances and ability to provide focused and detailed advice.“

GAR

„extremely able“

Who's Who Legal

„trustworthy“

Who's Who Legal

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

Legal 500

„great reputation“

Who's Who Legal
 

Philippe Bärtsch is Schellenberg Wittmer's current Managing Partner, a Vice-Chair of our International Arbitration Practice Group and a Co-Head of our Sports Practice Group. He represents clients in complex international commercial, investment and sports arbitration matters as well as in setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. Philippe is highly recommended by the legal directories, both as an arbitration and as a sports lawyer.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Counsel and arbitrator in more than 100 complex commercial arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide, involving a wide array of matters and under many different laws
  • Main areas of specialization include post M&A disputes, energy, construction / engineering, commodities, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and sports
  • Counsel in close to 100 different proceedings before sports arbitral institutions and adjudicative bodies of sports federations, including in some of the highest profile sports cases in recent history

Career

Professional Experience
2019
Managing Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
2015
Member of Schellenberg Wittmer's Management Committee
2012
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
2006-2007
Foreign Associate in a leading US firm in New York
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
  • Member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy
  • Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution
  • Co-chair Young Arbitration Practitioners (YAP)
  • Co-chair the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

„very knowledgeable“

Who's Who Legal

„creative, incredibly responsive and gets your answers quickly“

Chambers Global

„great leadership“

GAR

„communications skills, both orally and in writing, consistent availability, attention to the changing circumstances and ability to provide focused and detailed advice.“

GAR

„extremely able“

Who's Who Legal

„trustworthy“

Who's Who Legal

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

Legal 500

„great reputation“

Who's Who Legal

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500: Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Sports 2016 - 2019, French Speaking Switzerland
  • LMG Expert Guides: Commercial Arbitration 2014 - 2018
  • Who's Who Legal Switzerland: Arbitration 2013 - 2018
  • Chambers Global 2 Europe 2019

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