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GAR 100 - 4th Edition

Brown & Page

18 February 2011

The co-founders of this Swiss boutique – Dominique Brown-Berset and Gerald Page – were formerly with Lalive in Geneva.

People in Who’s Who:
1
Pending cases as counsel:
6
Value of pending counsel work:
US$5.51 billion
Treaty cases:
0
Current arbitrator appointments:
5 (of which 5 are as sole or chair)
No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
2

They left that firm in late 2008 to create what they described as “an entirely new practice model in the Swiss context”. The key to the model is prioritising counsel-work over arbitral appointments. In that capacity, members serve as local counsel for international law firms with arbitrations in Switzerland; provide the Swiss law input on cases underway elsewhere; and - on occasion - help to run a case for a firm that lacks specialist international arbitration expertise. So far all appears to be going well. The year-on-year comparison shows an expanding caseload. New people also continue to arrive: most recently, Isabelle Hering, a specialist in IP and an experienced mediator, who joined in September 2010. Another aspect of the model is to offer top-notch public international law advice, through Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, who is head of the public international law faculty at the University of Geneva. Dominique Brown-Berset continues to be much in demand as an arbitrator and as a public speaker, while Joachim Knoll, who is also an active arbitrator, was recently appointed co-chair of the Swiss Arbitration Association’s young practitioners’ group.

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