Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes, LL.M.

Attorney at Law, Partner

4 Rue Charles-Bonnet
CH-1206 Geneva
T +41 22 839 63 00
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Franz Stirnimann Fuentes is an international lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in international dispute resolution and Swiss commercial and white-collar criminal law. Franz Stirnimann Fuentes joined our law firm as a partner in 2015 and was previously a partner in a major US law firm.

He is ranked as a leading dispute resolution specialist and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator (presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator) in more than 70 international arbitrations (both commercial and investor-State; ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, UNCITRAL, DIS, SCC, CAM, VIAC, CCL, ad hoc).

Franz Stirnimann Fuentes has conducted arbitrations in English, Spanish, German and French, subject to the substantive laws of a variety of civil jurisdictions (in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America) as well as common law (English and New York law), related to international joint ventures, M&A, shareholders, manufacture, licensing/IP, sales and investor-State disputes in the energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications, construction, infrastructure and finance sector.

Franz Stirnimann Fuentes is also a Swiss court litigator and has appeared as counsel in more than 50 court proceedings before various courts both in Switzerland (including frequently in annulment proceedings against arbitral awards before the Swiss Supreme Court) and as counsel or legal adviser in court proceedings in England, Spain, Germany, the USA and various countries in Latin America.

In addition, he has an active white-collar criminal law practice and regularly advises on cross-border commercial transactions (joint ventures, shareholders, agency, distribution, commodity trading, construction, licensing, R&D, etc.) subject to Swiss law. He also occasionally advises on Swiss antitrust, IP/IT, customs and employment law matters.

Franz Stirnimann Fuentes regularly publishes and gives panel presentations in his fields of work. He features on the panels of arbitrators of a number of international arbitration institutions (ICC, SCAI, LCIA, WIPO, CIMA, AIAC, CAIC, CCL, CEAR-CBHE, etc.) and is a member of a number of boards of academic institutions and law journals in Switzerland, Spain, Latin America and the USA.


Education & Admission

Admitted to the Bar in Switzerland (2011)
Admitted as Solicitor of England and Wales (2005)
Admitted to the Bar in New York (2001)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service (Georgetown Leadership Seminar)
University of Zurich (Dr.iur., Professor Walter Hug Prize)
Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., Heinrich Kronstein Scholarship and Scholarship of the Swiss National Science Fund)
University of Fribourg (lic.iur.)
Durham University, UK (Erasmus Scholarship)


Swiss Bar Association
Geneva Bar Association
New York Bar Association (NYBA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Law Society of England & Wales
Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB)





Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel)
Chambers Europe (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel)
Legal 500 EMEA (Dispute Resolution - Arbitration)
Who's Who Thought Leader Switzerland (Arbitration)
Who's Who Global Leader (Arbitration)
Who's Who National Leader Switzerland (Arbitration)
Leaders League (Litigation & Arbitration - International Arbitration)
Euromoney Expert Guide (Arbitration)
Best Lawyers in Switzerland (International Arbitration)


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