Region: Switzerland

Gunter leaves Bär & Karrer to launch practice

Bär & Karrer’s former co-head of arbitration Pierre-Yves Gunter is leaving the firm to set up his own practice in Geneva, citing a wish to avoid conflicts of interest.

22 February 2023

Japanese pharma group declares win in billion-dollar royalties dispute

Japan’s Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation says it has defeated an ICC claim brought by Switzerland’s Novartis over royalties for a treatment for multiple sclerosis – a dispute understood to be worth around US$3 billion.

20 February 2023

Edison pays award over environmental breaches

Italian power utility Edison has paid nearly €92 million to Belgian chemicals group Solvay to satisfy an ICC award that held it liable for breaching environmental representations and warranties relating to a two-decade old M&A.

15 February 2023

Schellenberg Wittmer promotes in Zurich

Schellenberg Wittmer has promoted Benjamin Gottlieb, who specialises in international arbitration and sales and trade disputes, to the partnership in Zurich.

07 February 2023

Iranian state entity fails to unseat panel in US$32 billion case

The National Iranian Oil Company has failed to disqualify three arbitrators from a US$32 billion case over their refusal to reschedule a hearing despite the unavailability of the state entity’s senior lead counsel.

31 January 2023

Swiss centre names new court members

The Swiss Arbitration Centre has appointed new members to its arbitration court, which now has gender parity, as “game-changing” new rules for corporate law disputes come into effect.

26 January 2023

Swiss bankers liable in dynastic dispute

Former partners at Geneva’s oldest private bank breached good faith obligations by failing to inform two descendants of its founder of their dynastic right to join the partnership, an arbitral tribunal chaired by Hamid Gharavi has ruled.

09 December 2022

Ukrainian lawyers charged with fraud in Switzerland

Three partners at Ukrainian firm Eterna Law have been charged with fraud in Switzerland after a former arbitration client accused them of forging a legal services agreement.

02 December 2022

Slovenia joins European exodus from ECT

Slovenia has become the latest EU member state to announce it is withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty, as Switzerland confirms it will vote to adopt modernisations to the treaty.

10 November 2022

ASA-AFA event compares Geneva and Paris as international seats

A joint conference of the Swiss and French Arbitration Associations looked at what makes these jurisdictions "arbitration friendly" and considered the future of Geneva and Paris as arbitration seats.

26 October 2022

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