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Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for

Acclaimed group of international arbitration experts headquartered in Geneva, supported by a London-based team. Highly respected across the PIL, investor-state and commercial arbitration fields, the  law firm offers:
• A well-regarded investor-state and commercial arbitration practice with particular expertise in the energy, construction, telecoms and mining sectors.
• Expert guidance to governments, state-owned entities, multinationals and high net worth individuals.
• Experience handling significant disputes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America.

Strengths

An impressed source highlights: "One of the reasons we picked Lalive is because of their diverse team - they can speak 18 different languages as well as being qualified in various legal systems in other jurisdictions. There are also a large number of bright up-and-comers who have a good future there."

Another commentator appreciates that "the team's heart was in it as well. They cared about our needs and helping us find solutions."

Notable practitioners

Domitille Baizeau offers a breadth of experience handling arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL, ICC and Swiss rules. She is highly regarded for her work as a counsel, regularly representing sovereign state clients, as well as sitting as sole arbitrator and president of tribunals.

According to sources, Matthias Scherer is "very experienced and smooth on his feet" in front of arbitral tribunals. He is noted for his ability to take on big-ticket commercial disputes involving global elements from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Scherer is particularly knowledgeable on arbitrations arising from the construction and infrastructure industries.

Veijo Heiskanen is highly regarded by the market for the skills he brings to the table when representing clients across both the arbitration and public international law fields, as well as when he sits as an arbitrator. Specific areas of strength for Heiskanen include vast knowledge of investment treaty cases concerning European and Middle Eastern jurisdictions. An interviewee compliments his "ability to really go into the core of matters very, very quickly," adding that "one thing which is helpful is he listens and takes on board feedback which is provided."

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Overview

  • LALIVE is internationally renowned for its expertise in the field of dispute resolution, especially in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and litigation.
  • The firm operates on a worldwide basis, representing individuals, multinationals, States and State entities in high profile commercial and investor-State disputes.
  • The arbitration practice is composed of 16 partners and 55 full time arbitration associates qualified in Switzerland and 18 other countries. 
  • The practice handles cases involving a broad range of substantive laws, arbitration laws and arbitration rules in all key jurisdictions. It is the only Swiss-based firm to have a significant investment arbitration practice. It handles the advocacy itself in all of its cases.
  • The practice is unique in the number of jurisdictions it is able to cover and is particularly active in Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. 
  • The firm’s twelve renowned international arbitration partners are actively involved in many of the major international arbitration associations, committees, and working groups (including the ICC Arbitration Commission, Swiss Arbitration Association, UNCITRAL Working Groups, LCIA Users’ Council, ICCA, AAA, and IBA Arbitration Committee) as well as holding key executive positions in several arbitration institutions (Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, ICC Court of International Arbitration, ICDR, SCC, DIAC).



Arbitration (International)

Lalive

firm
Location

35 Rue de la Mairie

PO Box 6569

Geneva

Geneva

Switzerland

1211

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Global Market Leaders

Arbitration (International)


Domitille Baizeau
Band 4
Matthias Scherer
Band 4
Veijo Heiskanen
Band 4

Public International Law


Veijo Heiskanen
Band 3