Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes
Franz has more than 20 years' experience in international dispute resolution and Swiss commercial and white collar criminal law. Franz joined our law firm as a partner in 2015 and was previously a partner in a major US law firm.
He has acted as counsel and arbitrator (also presiding arbitrator) in close to 60 international arbitration and 40 court proceedings in Switzerland and other countries. He also has an active white-collar criminal law practice and regularly advises on cross-border transactions subject to Swiss law and in Swiss labor and employment matters.
Franz is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a ranked individual in leading legal directories:
- "Franz Stirnimann maintains an extremely good oversight in complex cases and brings alternative solutions. He is quick, informative and a pleasure to work with" (Chambers 2017); "sharp, detailed and thorough in cross-examination" and "always pushing for his client" (Chambers 2015)
- "Franz Stirnimann is a clear leader in the field and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in disputes involving a range of industry sectors including energy, construction and finance (The Who's Who Legal 2017); "his practice is commended by clients for its unrivaled reputation" (The Who’s Who Legal 2016); "outstanding" and "gifted" (The Who's Who Legal 2015)
Franz is both civil and common law trained and admitted to practise in Geneva, 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).
Of both Swiss and Latin American origin, Franz works in German, Spanish, English and French and is conversant in Portuguese and Italian.