Dr. Hansjörg Stutzer


"Hansjörg Stutzer is a highly eminent figure in the arbitration field." Sources call him "a great chairman"".

Who’s Who Legal 2017

"Hansjörg Stutzer of Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is recognized both in Switzerland and a broad as a skilled arbitrator."

Chambers UK 2014

"an experienced dispute resolution practitioner - creative, fast, efficient and very reasonable."

Chambers Global 2018

Clients speak highly of him, with one remarking: "He offered excellent service and has a lot of expertise. He's not confrontational and looks for common ground in negotiations, where he establishes a relationship of respect and trust."

Chambers Global 2016

"Hansjörg Stutzer leads the arbitration practice and is frequently appointed as an arbitrator on a variety of disputes"

Chambers Global 2016

Practice Summary

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte, Zurich, Switzerland, Founding Partner

A law firm specialising in commercial law, corporate law, merger and acquisitions, litigation, arbitration, telecommunication and new technologies, banking law, real estate and competition law.

Arbitration (commercial, investment treaty and sport arbitration), corporate and commercial, telecommunication, joint ventures, interim management.

Hansjörg Stutzer acted as chairman, sole arbitrator (party appointed and appointed by arbitration institutions), party-appointed arbitrator, counsel and co-counsel in over 155 international and national arbitrations under the rules of ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, CAS, Swiss Rules, Vienna Rules, Zurich Chamber of Commerce, Slovak Arbitration Court and ad hoc.

For the above proceedings the laws of the following states were applied: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India; Italia; Luxembourg, Norway, State of Ohio, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and two cases under “ex aequo et bono”.

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Commercial Arbitration

Disputes involving, amongst other, disputes on turn-key factories, shareholders agreements (amongst other re change of control, dead lock, transfer of shares and change of management), adjustment of purchase prices under M&A agreements, break-up of joint ventures, mining and oil exploitation (confirmed in the Court of the Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Canada), performance under franchise agreements and various aspects of performance and termination under distributorship agreements and agency agreements (such as telecommunications, pharmaceutical, steel trading).

Investment Treaty Arbitration: expropriation and discriminatory treatment in energy sector.

Sport Arbitration

Transfers of football players, disciplinary sanctions against football clubs and doping disciplinary offences of football players and actions for annulment of arbitral awards at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne, in particular, and most recently, (4_558/2011, March 27, 2012) in the matter of Francelino Metuzalem da Silva vs FIFA, representing the player, in the first decision of the Federal Supreme Court in the 25 years of existence of the Private International Law Act (“PILA”) annulling an arbitral award rendered in Switzerland based on Art. 190 (2)(e) PILA for violation of public policy.

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