Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes
Franz has up to 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 some 60 international arbitrations (both commercial and investor-State) and up to 50 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 as well as 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:
- Chambers Global 2018: "Franz Stirnimann has a wealth of experience in arbitration matters, including disputes stemming from construction and supply agreements, real estate issues and partnership rights. He also assists with investor-state arbitration. Clients highlight 'his deep understanding of arbitration' and the fact that he is 'brilliant and thorough in his analysis'."
- Chambers Europe 2018: "Franz Stirnimann focuses on arbitration and litigation. He advises on commercial and investor-state disputes and is experienced in the construction, energy, pharmaceuticals, automotive and financial services sectors. One source states: 'He can spot issues quickly and rightly gives a lot of confidence'."
- Who's Who Legal International 2018: "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."
- Who's Who Legal Switzerland 2018: "Franz Stirnimann Fuentes stands out as 'one of the best names in the Swiss arbitration market' where he is recognized for the 'impressive quality of his work', most notably in relation to cases involving Latin American parties'."
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), and has been a lecturer at University of Lucerne, Universidad del Pacífico in Peru, and Universade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil, amongst others.
Franz regularly publishes and gives panel presentations in his fields of work. He is listed on the panels of arbitrators of a number of arbitral institutions (ICC, SCAI, LCIA, WIPO, CIMA, AIAC, CAIC, CCL, CEAR-CBHE, etc.) and is a member of numerous professional associations (CIArb, ASA, CEA, LCIA, IAI, ALARB, OdAGE, SAV/FSA, NYBA, ABA, Law Society of England & Wales, etc.) as well as of a number of boards of academic institutions and law journals in Switzerland; Peru and the USA.
Of both Swiss and Latin American origin, Franz works in English, Spanish, German, and French and is conversant in Italian and Portuguese.