Pestalozzi’s arbitration practice was founded more than 25 years ago by Pierre Karrer, who’s since gone on to become a leading arbitrator. The firm operates from Geneva and Zurich and now also in Brussels.
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$3.1 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 18 (of which 8 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
After losing part of its team to a rival four years ago it has rebuilt, making up a partner in Zurich and bringing in associates. It has also brought in the academic Ivo Schwander as counsel to cover private international law.
The head of the Zurich practice is now Michael Kramer. In 2009, the firm recruited Laurent Killias, from Stiffler & Partners in 2009, one of the founders of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.
Pestalozzi supports its international and domestic clients from its offices in Zurich and Geneva regarding all aspects of Swiss law. With the extensive experience and the strong commitment of its staff, the firm helps its clients achieve their goals quickly and efficiently. Pestalozzi’s roots go back to 1911; of the major Swiss law firms, Pestalozzi has the longest tradition.
Pestalozzi's Litigation & Arbitration practice group offers a full range of dispute resolution services for all businesses and industries and covers all aspects of litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
The Litigation & Arbitration practice group has a long-standing reputation for excellence in advising and representing clients in complex national and international commercial disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals. In addition to acting in commercial disputes, the Litigation & Arbitration practice group is well known for its expertise in insolvency matters, asset tracing, and international judicial assistance in civil and criminal matters as well as matters involving white-collar crimes. The large size of the Litigation & Arbitration practice group and the profound expertise of its individual members allow the firm to provide each of its clients the best team for its needs.
Members of the group also frequently serve as arbitrators and mediators in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Further, they regularly lecture on dispute resolution issues before practitioners and academics and publish in their areas of expertise.
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd
8001 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 44 217 9111
F: +41 44 217 9217
Pestalozzi Avocats SA
Quai du Mont-Blanc 5
1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 999 9600
Fax: +41 22 999 9601
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