Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes is an international lawyer with over 20 years of experience in international and Swiss dispute resolution as well as Swiss commercial and white-collar criminal law.
He is admitted to practice in Switzerland as well as England & Wales and New York. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has been appointed by the Government of Switzerland to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators.
He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 80 international arbitrations. both commercial and investor-State, under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCAI/the Swiss Rules, DIS (Germany), SCC (Stockholm), FAI (Finland), CAM, CIAM and CIMA (Madrid), VIAC (Vienna), CCL (Lima), and ad hoc.
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 (he drafts awards, orders, written submissions and procedural correspondence in these four languages), 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 holds a SJD/doctorate from the University of Zurich (summa cum laude, Prof. Walther Hug Prize for best Swiss dissertation), an LL.M. from Georgetown University (with distinction, Prof. Heinrich Kronstein Scholarship and Fellowship of the Swiss National Fund) and a JD/law degree from the Universities of Fribourg and Durham (UK).
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.