Anya George is a senior associate in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zürich. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and litigation. She has represented states, state-owned entities and private companies in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes across a wide range of sectors with particular emphasis on energy, natural resources, insurance and reinsurance contracts and manufacturing and sales agreements. She has handled arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCAI and before the PCA, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. Anya has special expertise in arbitration-related litigation, including enforcement, interim relief and setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, in both French and German.
Some recent examples of Anya's expertise in commercial arbitration matters include:
- Successful representation of 39 Russian athletes who challenged their disqualification from the Sochi Games and their lifetime Olympic bans by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Court of Arbitration for Sport's decisions cleared 28 of the athletes of any wrongdoing and reduced the bans for the other 11 athletes;
- Representation of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company Plc. in setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court in a dispute with the Republic of Croatia;
- Representation of the Russian Federation in an investment arbitration matter in proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court to set aside an interim award on jurisdiction rendered by an investment tribunal seated in Geneva and administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
Anya is recognised by leading directories and publications for her expertise. Who's Who Legal enthuses that she performs exceptionally well in common and civil law contexts and is internationally recognised as "one of the best of her generation worldwide". Anya is additionally recommended by Legal 500 for providing "clear-cut advice".
Anya is trilingual (English/French/German) and dual-qualified as a Swiss attorney and a solicitor of England and Wales. During a secondment in London, she worked as a foreign associate in the international arbitration department of a Magic Circle law firm and spent three months with leading barristers at Essex Court Chambers, taking part in a number of trials before the High Court.
Anya is a co-chair of the LCIA's young international arbitration group (YIAG). She is also on the young professionals group committee of the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce and is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Anya speaks and publishes regularly on a variety of international arbitration topics.