Dr Laurent Killias is a partner and member of Pestalozzi's litigation and arbitration group in Zurich.
He graduated from the University of Zurich and was admitted to the Zurich bar in 1990. He published a doctoral dissertation summa cum laude in the area of forum selection clauses in international litigation. In addition, he received his LLM from King's College, London.
Laurent's practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation. In addition to representing parties in complex disputes, he has been appointed as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator and sole arbitrator in well over 50 ICC, Swiss Rules and ad hoc proceedings.
He has extensively published in the field of international litigation and arbitration, as well as in private international law and debt collection. His most recent publications include, among other things, commentaries on the Lugano Convention/Brussels Convention and the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure as well as articles on the enforcement of foreign judgments, forum selection clauses, the relevance of arbitration under the Lugano Convention, conflict of law issues in relation to distributorship agreements and the international jurisdiction of disputes between companies and their shareholders. In addition, he has delivered many lectures on the subject of international litigation and arbitration.
Laurent Killias is a lecturer on international arbitration at the University of Zurich's LLM program in international business law. He is also a co-founder of the Swiss Arbitration Academy. He is a member of the Swiss Commission of Arbitration (National Committee) of the ICC Switzerland.
Laurent Killias is recommended as litigator and arbitrator in professional publications and listings such as "Chambers" etc.
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