Though the firm dates back 100 years, Pestalozzi’s arbitration practice was born 25 years ago, flourishing under the care of respected arbitrator Pierre Karrer.
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$3.5 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 18 (of which 10 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
He left the firm some years ago to establish his own boutique but the team has continued to thrive. It is among the largest arbitration practices in Switzerland, with as many as 10 partners and of counsel regarded as highly literate in the area.
Several members of the team sit regularly as arbitrators – particularly Laurent Killias, Michael Kramer and Thomas Rohner. The firm encourages its junior lawyers to attend the Swiss Arbitration Academy; Laurent Killias, a partner in the firm’s Zurich office, was one of the founding members of the academy and now sits on the faculty.
Zurich, Geneva and an office in Brussels.
Who uses it?
Without naming any names, the firm is at present counselling an energy company (on a dispute worth US$1.5 billion), a Russian steel producer, a foreign bank (in arbitration proceedings against a rival), and a Swiss insurance company (in a post-M&A dispute).
It’s a matter of public record that Glencore often uses it for disputes work.
The firm recently enjoyed success at every stage of a matter for three companies owned by a common foreign private investor: it obtained various attachments within Switzerland in proceedings against a business partner, before an LCIA award and enforcing it locally.
2011 saw Tanja Planinic of the Zurich office complete a respected commentary on the new Swiss federal law as it applies to domestic arbitrations. (That law came into force in January 2011.)
Meanwhile, Thomas Rohner and Michael Lazopoulos published an article in the ASA Bulletin called “Respondent’s Refusal to Pay its Share of the Advance on Costs”; and Rohner is co-writing a commentary on the IBA rules on the taking of evidence in international arbitration.
The firm has also recently established an internal programme for continuing professional development and legal education, which includes mock arbitration cases, discussions of important cases, participation in external seminars, and writing and publishing articles.
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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