Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes
Franz specializes in international arbitration, litigation and Swiss commercial law. Franz joined our law firm as a partner in 2015, having worked previously as a partner in a major US law firm. He has more than 15 years’ experience in international dispute resolution and Swiss and cross-border commercial legal transactions.
He has acted as counsel and arbitrator (also presiding arbitrator) in close to 50 international arbitration and 30 court proceedings in Switzerland and other countries, involving joint ventures, post-M&A, shareholders, industrial manufacture and sales, licensing, distribution and agency, as well as investor-State disputes in the energy, construction, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, automotive, commodity trading, and financial sector. He also regularly works as Swiss transactional counsel in these areas.
Of both Swiss and Latin American origin, Franz works in German, Spanish, English and French and is conversant in Portuguese and Italian.
Franz is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and features in The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration. He is ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Euromoney’s Expert Guides, and The Who's Who Legal Switzerland, and has been described as "sharp, detailed and thorough in cross-examination," "always pushing for his client," "maintains an extremely good oversight in complex cases and brings alternative solutions," "quick, informative and a pleasure to work with" (Chambers Global, 2014 and 2016), as "outstanding" and "gifted" and as maintaining a "leading arbitration practice," "his practice is commended by clients for its unrivalled reputation" (The Who’s Who Legal Switzerland, 2014, 2015 and 2016). He is on the panel of arbitrators of a number of international and regional arbitration centers (ICC, LCIA, WIPO, CIMA/Spain, CAIC/Mexico, Cámara de Comercio de Lima/Peru, AMCHAM Peru and Switzerland, CEAR-CBHE/Bolivia, KLRCA/Indonesia) and is a member of several arbitration associations (ICC Latin American Arbitration Group, ASA, CEA, CIArb, IAI, ALARB).
Franz is both civil and common law trained and admitted to practise in Geneva as well as in England & Wales and New York. He holds a Doctor of Laws from the University of Zurich (Dr. iur., summa cum laude, Professor Walther Hug Prize, 2003), a Master of Laws from Georgetown University (LL.M., with distinction, Professor Heinrich Kronstein Scholar and Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2001), and a License in Law from the University of Fribourg and Durham University in the UK (lic. iur., Erasmus Scholar, 1996). He is also an Alumnus of the International Leadership Program of Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (class of 2003).
Franz is a regular speaker and author of up to 30 publications on matters of international arbitration as well as licensing, antitrust and Swiss, US and Spanish business law.