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GAR 100 - 9th Edition

Brown&Page

17 February 2016

A self-described “nano-firm” run by a former president of ArbitralWomen

People in Who’s Who Legal 1
Pending cases as counsel 8
Value of pending counsel work US$78 billion
Treaty cases 1
Current arbitrator appointments 8 (of which 1 is
as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator 2

The Geneva-based disputes boutique was founded in 2008 and is led by former Lalive lawyer and ArbitralWomen president Dominique Brown-Berset. The handles its own international commercial cases and regularly partners on cases with international law firms with cases in Switzerland, either providing Swiss law input or specialist international arbitration and public international law expertise. 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 remains tight-lipped about its clients. In one case that did become public it was hired by Israel to challenge a partial award in favour of the National Iranian Oil Company before Switzerland’s top court.

The challenge was dismissed, allowing an US$800 million dispute over an oil pipeline to proceed after an astonishing 19 years of wrangles over the constitution of the tribunal. The court described the case as a “cause célèbre”.

In another unusual and politically sensitive instruction, of counsel Laurence Boisson de Chazournes was part of Argentina’s counsel team in its dispute with Uruguay at the International Court of Justice, over a pulp mill on the river dividing the two countries.

Recent events

Boisson de Chazournes continues to sit as an arbitrator in four cases at ICSID, including two claims against Turkmenistan, a mining company’s claim against Venezuela and a solar claim against Spain.

Brown-Berset became a member of the LCIA and the executive committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

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