STIRNIMANN FUENTES Dispute Resolution is an independent law firm specialized in international and Swiss dispute resolution with offices in Geneva/Switzerland.
The firm represents clients before international arbitral tribunals across the globe and before Swiss state courts. The firm works with lawyers from a network of Swiss and foreign law firms. The founder of the firm, Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes, is a recognized international arbitrator who is regularly appointed as presiding, sole or co-arbitrator in arbitrations in Switzerland, Europe and Latin America.
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Of Swiss and Latin American origin and trained and with work experience in both civil and common law, Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes has worked in arbitrations conducted in English, Spanish, German and French under the substantive laws of civil as well as common law jurisdictions. The arbitrations dealt with international joint ventures, M&A, shareholder agreements, licensing/intellectual property rights, industrial manufacturing, international sales and investor-State disputes in the energy, mining, commodities, infrastructure/construction, automobile, aviation, telecommunications, food/beverage, and finance sectors.
Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes is also a Swiss court litigator. He has tried more than 50 commercial cases before civil courts in both the German and French speaking part of Switzerland. This practice includes appearing before the Swiss Supreme Court in proceedings relating to the annulment of arbitral awards. He has also acted as advisor in court proceedings in England, Germany, Spain, the USA, and various countries in Latin America.
In addition, he regularly advises on cross-border commercial transactions subject to Swiss law (joint venture, shareholders, agency, distribution, commodity trading, construction, licensing, and R&D agreements) and has represented foreign clients in Swiss white-collar criminal matters (freezing of bank account in the context of a criminal investigation). He also occasionally advises on Swiss antitrust, IP/IT, customs, and employment law matters.
He is described by clients and peers as “An excellent counsel who is always to the point”; “A brilliant arbitrator”, and “A Swiss lawyer with a real international outlook”, and as having “extensive arbitration experience in Latin American cases” (Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration, 2021).
He frequently publishes and gives panel presentations in his fields of work and is a board member of academic institutions and law journals in Switzerland, Spain, Latin America, and the USA.