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GAR 100 - 10th Edition

Brown&Page

06 March 2017

The Swiss boutique has been acting for Israel

People in Who’s Who Legal 1
Pending cases as counsel 6
Value of pending counsel work US$15 billion+
Treaty cases 1
Current arbitrator appointments 13 (of which 3 are as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator 3

The Geneva-based disputes boutique was founded in 2008 and is led by former Lalive lawyer Dominique Brown-Berset, a past president of ArbitralWomen. The firm handles international commercial cases and regularly partners with international law firms on cases in Switzerland, either providing Swiss law input or specialist advice on international arbitration and public international law. Its cases are often resolved pre-hearing, a matter on which the firm prides itself.

Brown&Page is particularly well placed to handle technology and pharma disputes –with an office in Nyon, the heart of a fast-growing region for technology and biotech companies, as well as in Geneva.

Swiss bar rules mean the firm won’t give anything away about its clients. However, it is believed to be advising the Israeli government in a multibillion-dollar dispute with the National Iranian Oil Company over an abandoned oil pipeline venture. The politically sensitive dispute has been quietly playing out over more than two decades in various arbitrations and court actions.

The firm is also known to be advising Paris-based Medex Petroleum in an UNCITRAL claim against Algeria’s national oil and gas company Sonatrach concerning contracts for two oilfields. The dispute has already seen a failed conciliation, a skirmish in the Swiss courts and a partial award in Sonatrach’s favour.

Recent events

Arbitrator and environmental law specialist Laurence Boisson de Chazournes left the firm to join Matrix Chambers in London. Former Tavernier Tschanz attorney Isabelle Fellrath joined the firm as a junior partner in May 2016.

As part of its work for Israel mentioned above, the firm appeared before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in an unsuccessful challenge to a US$1.2 billion award that compensated the National Iranian Oil Company for oil deliveries pre-dating Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1979.