Dr Franz X Stirnimann Fuentes is a recognized international arbitrator and Swiss litigator with over 20 years of experience in international and Swiss dispute resolution, who is regularly appointed as presiding, sole or co-arbitrator in arbitrations in Switzerland, Europe, and Latin America.
After working as a partner in major Swiss and US law firms, he founded STIRNIMANN FUENTES Dispute Resolution, an independent law firm based in Geneva, Switzerland, specialized in providing arbitrator services and representing clients in international arbitrations and in civil and commercial litigations before Swiss courts.
Dr Stirnimann Fuentes is of Swiss and Latin American origin. He is both civil and common law trained and admitted to practice in Switzerland as well as England & Wales and New York. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has been appointed by the Government of Switzerland to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators. He holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, an LLM from Georgetown University and a JD from the Universities of Fribourg and Durham. In addition to his ranking in the Expert guides, he is ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Who’s Who Legal, and Best Lawyers, among others, for arbitration and dispute resolution.
Dr Stirnimann Fuentes has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 80 international arbitrations, both commercial and investor-State, in English, Spanish, German and French, under the rules of the major arbitration institutions, and under the laws of civil as well as common law jurisdictions. He is also a Swiss court litigator with trial experience in more than 50 commercial cases before courts in both the German and French speaking part of Switzerland and the Swiss Supreme Court. He specializes in disputes relating to international joint ventures, M&A, shareholders, manufacture, licensing/IP, sales and investment disputes in the energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications, construction, infrastructure and finance sector and also regularly acts as transactional counsel in these areas.