Sébastien Besson
Switzerland
  • PositionPartner
  • FirmPython & Peter
  • Age-
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Sébastien Besson

Sébastien Besson

Switzerland
  • Position: Partner
  • FirmPython & Peter
  • Age: -

Partner
Python & Peter, Geneva
Swiss

Why international arbitration?

Because of its multicultural dimension.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Obtaining a very favourable settlement for the client after a one-day hearing and cross-examination.

Who do you consider your mentor?

[Swiss arbitrator] Jean François Poudret.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Be patient and work hard.

Do you sit as an arbitrator?

Yes. I was nominated for the first time aged 34 by a chamber of commerce.

What are the biggest challenges facing arbitration?

To remain appealing and affordable for regular and occasional users.

If you could change one thing about international arbitration, what would it be?

Place greater restrictions on document production requests.

What’s your most memorable moment in an arbitration?

The candour of an opposing counsel who ostensibly and repeatedly nodded in agreement to the answers of a witness that was killing their client’s case.

What’s your favourite city to arbitrate in?

Geneva because of the favourable legal environment and convenient facilities.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Rochat, in Crissier, Switzerland.

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