Dr Franz Stirnimann Fuentes is a partner in Froriep’s Geneva office who focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation as well as Swiss commercial law.
Dr Stirnimann has acted as counsel and arbitrator (chair, party-appointed, sole) in well over 50 international arbitrations (ICC, ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, SCC, DIS, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc), commercial as well as investor-State, and governed by various procedural and substantive laws. Several of those cases relate to transactions in Latin America or Spain. He also regularly acts as counsel in related proceedings before Swiss courts, including the Swiss Supreme Court.
Dr Stirnimann is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is listed in the panel of arbitrators of a number of arbitral institutions (ICC, SCAI, LCIA, WIPO, CIMA, KLRCA, etc.). He is ranked by Who'sWho Legal International, as well as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Expert Guides, among others, for arbitration and dispute resolution.
He specialises in disputes relating to international joint ventures, M&A, shareholders, manufacture, licensing/IP, sales and investment disputes in the energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications, construction, infrastructure and finance sector. He also regularly acts as transactional counsel in these areas.
Dr Stirnimann, who is of Swiss and Latin American origin, is fluent in English, German, Spanish and French, and also works in Portuguese and Italian. He is both civil and common law trained and admitted to practise in Geneva, England & Wales, and New York. He holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, an LLM from Georgetown University and a JD from the Universities of Fribourg and Durham. He is a regular speaker and author of dozens of publications on arbitration-related topics and has been a lecturer teaching arbitration at a number of Swiss and Latin American universities.